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The battle against SARSor against SARS hysteriahas reached South Pickett Street in Alexandria, Va. Taped to the front door of the local Charlie Chiang’s restaurant is a sign reading: “NOTICE If any of your family members or friends came back from CHINA, HONGKONG, OR TORONTO recently, Would you please come back TEN DAYS later! Thank you for your corporation [sic].” Restaurant manager Denny Deng argues that the sign makes customers feel comfortable. “SARS is all over the world; a lot of people have died,” Deng says. “A lot of Chinese restaurants, their business has gone down, but not ours.” Although the notice is meant to quell patrons’ fears, at least one diner doesn’t appreciate the sentiment. “I don’t think it’s a good idea,” said lunch patron Richard Acheampong on Tuesday. “You go through screening before you come into the country. This is a free, public place. You can’t discriminate.” Sarah Godfrey