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By ALEX CUKAN, United Press International   |   Nov. 19, 2003 at 6:54 AM
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Thanksgiving is the heaviest travel holiday of the year and the Department of Homeland Security has advice on how to get through airport security quickly.

They call it "Three for Three" -- three steps that can have travelers avoid secondary screenings that, on average, take three minutes per person.

Airline travelers are advised to remember "IN, OUT and OFF." Passengers should place all metal items IN a carry-on bag while waiting in line. They should take laptops OUT of their cases. Coats should be taken OFF.

In addition, passengers are warned not to wear metal clothing or metal jewelry, presents should not be wrapped and luggage should not be over packed because no one has time to wrestle with closing them.


Many injured workers feel pressured to return to work before they are ready, finds a University of Toronto survey.

Occupational therapy researchers in Ontario asked injured workers about their experiences with the compensation and rehabilitation system in Canada.

The study, published in the journal Work, finds one-third of the 290 respondents said they felt pressured to get better faster than they were able.

"People felt that, as injured workers, they had to live with a lack of respect and trust and that was very depressing for them," says principal investigator Bonnie Kirsh.


Despite an overall rise in tolerance toward homosexuals in the past 20 years, many Americans remain highly critical of gays and lesbians.

A national survey of 1,515 adults, conducted Oct. 15 to 19 by the Pew Research Center and released Tuesday, finds 55 percent believe it is a sin to engage in homosexual behavior.

Fifty percent of all Americans have an unfavorable opinion of gay men and 48 percent of lesbians, the survey says.

More than three-quarters of voters who favor President George Bush's re-election oppose gay marriage but voters who prefer to see a Democrat elected in 2004 are divided -- 46 percent favor gay marriage while 48 percent oppose it.


An unprecedented collective effort between the estate of Alex Haley and Heritage Works Inc. has devised "ROOTS: The Heritage Game."

The game released on a CD-ROM for personal computers is a fun way to learn about black history.

Players are introduced to Griot, the traditional wise man and story teller of West African culture who shares stories and guides participants through the game.

The Griot then challenges players to master facts and accomplishments integral to black history with more than 1,100 questions on subjects ranging from History, science, arts, literature, sports, entertainment and government.

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