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Bush to attend World Series in New York

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Despite a "credible" threat of more terror attacks in the United States over the next few days, President Bush plans to be at Yankee Stadium Tuesday night for Game 3 of the World Series, Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge told CNN.

White House officials said that Bush still plans to throw out the first pitch in the game between the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks, despite a security alert issued by the Justice Department.

Ridge said that neither he and nor the president wanted the public to go into seclusion, and that Bush would be "going to the third game of the World Series in New York."

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"It's just a matter of America being very cognizant of the fact that our environment changed on September 11," Ridge said. "America is on guard and we've got to stay on guard for the foreseeable future."

In announcing Bush would throw out the first pitch, spokesman Ari Fleischer said, "This is part of the balance our society is coming to understand, that as threats are received, as security is beefed up, it similarly is important for (Americans) to go about their normal life.

"No one has ever been able to make the American people cower and not live the American life," Fleischer said.

Fleischer, a die-hard Yankee supporter who donned a team cap to announce Bush would go to the game, dodged the delicate issue of which team the president would support. He told reporters, "The president at tonight's game will be proudly rooting for the Texas Rangers." Bush is a former part-owner of the Rangers.

The World Series isn't the only high-profile sports event in New York Tuesday night. After a 3 1/2 year retirement, basketball great Michael Jordan makes his return to the game at Madison Square Garden when his Washington Wizards meet the New York Knicks for the open of the National Basketball Association's 2001-2002 season.


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