- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 11, 2002

FAA newsletter sent to hijacker
MIAMI The Federal Aviation Administration mailed its regional pilots' newsletter to one of the September 11 hijackers last month.
Kathleen Bergen, an FAA spokeswoman in Atlanta, said yesterday she did not know why Ziad Samir Jarrah's name had not been removed from the mailing list.
The incident came to light weeks after it was disclosed that the Immigration and Naturalization Service sent official notice to a Florida flight school six weeks after the attacks that two of the other hijackers had been approved for student visas. The episode embarrassed the INS and prompted a shake-up at the agency.
Jarrah, a 26-year-old from Lebanon, was believed to have piloted United Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania, apparently after passengers fought back against the hijackers.

Concealed weapons ban ruled unconstitutional
CINCINNATI A state appeals court yesterday declared Ohio's decades-old ban on carrying concealed weapons unconstitutional because it violated the right to self-defense.
The framers of the Ohio Constitution "put the citizens' rights up front," said Mark Painter, presiding judge of the 1st Ohio District Court of Appeals. "We believe they meant what they said." An appeal is likely.
The appeals court upheld Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman's Jan. 10 ruling that the state ban was unenforceable in the county.

Five get jail terms for Vieques trespass
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Five members of Puerto Rico's pro-independence party were sentenced to 30 days in a federal detention center yesterday for breaking into U.S. Navy lands to protest military exercises on Vieques island.
The five women were detained after breaking though fences on April 1, when Navy planes resumed dropping inert bombs on the island's firing range after a pause of several months.
The trespassers did not mount defenses, saying they didn't recognize the federal court's authority in the U.S. territory.
Handing down the sentences, Judge Salvador Casellas said that because the United States is at war, Puerto Ricans as U.S. citizens have "a responsibility" to support national defense. The protests had been tailing off after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The judge also denied bail yesterday for five members of the Socialist Movement group who were detained on Navy lands this week, ordering them held until their trials were scheduled.

Group sees drop in attacks against Jews
LOS ANGELES Vandalism against Jewish targets in the United States is at its lowest level in 20 years and the overall number of anti-Semitic attacks has declined as well, perhaps because of heightened security since the September 11 attacks, according to data released yesterday.
The Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights group that monitors anti-Semitic activity, said 1,432 verbal and physical attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions were reported in 2001, down 11 percent from 1,606 reported in 2000.
The study found the biggest declines in anti-Semitic incidents were reported in New York and California, which together accounted for virtually the entire decrease.

Man found guilty in hammer-beating death
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. A man who killed his ex-girlfriend with a hammer was found guilty of murder yesterday, 24 years after he was convicted in a similar slaying in Germany.
William Coday, 45, could get the death penalty for beating and stabbing Gloria Gomez more than 140 times in his Victoria Park apartment in 1997.
The defense argued that Coday had psychiatric problems and that he killed Miss Gomez in a fit of rage after Miss Gomez, 30, told him she had never loved him.
Coday was convicted of fatally beating an American exchange student with a hammer in Hamburg, Germany, in 1978. He served 15 months behind bars.

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