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Cheney is heckled at Baker event

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Vice President Dick Cheney was heckled by peace protesters yesterday as he spoke at the groundbreaking for a public policy center honoring Howard Baker, a former Senate majority leader.

During Cheney's brief remarks, about a half-dozen people protesting the war in Iraq yelled, ''War, what is it good for?" and held up a large banner saying, ''Peace Now."

Cheney continued speaking and didn't acknowledge the protesters, who were escorted from the ceremony which was held in the University of Tennessee's basketball arena.

About 50 protesters demonstrated outside the arena.

Cheney said Baker, a Republican who was President Reagan's chief of staff and ambassador to Japan, has brought tremendous credit to the university, to Tennessee, and to the nation.

''It's good to know that far into the future people will come to this place and learn of Howard's career and his deep belief in the nobility of public service," Cheney said.

About 400 people attended the ceremony, which coincided with Baker's 80th birthday.

The $25 million privately financed Baker Center is being created to foster greater appreciation of public service and understanding of government.

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