- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 11, 2002

Deported Muslim linked to terrorists
SALT LAKE CITY A Muslim cleric who raised suspicions a year ago by asking questions about security at the Winter Olympics and was deported for an immigration violation may have been a member of al Qaeda, a federal prosecutor said.
State Department officials told U.S. Attorney Paul Warner that they knew something about the cleric, Ghulam Rasool Chisthi, that they couldn't disclose at the time, Mr. Warner said.
Mr. Warner told the Associated Press that he only recently learned from the department that the information they had, from Italian authorities, linked Chisthi to a reported al Qaeda plot to plant a bomb at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City.
The prosecutor said he did not know why the State Department did not tell him about the suspected link to al Qaeda earlier. The State Department had no comment yesterday.

Pastor finishesunicycle trip
NEW YORK The rubber tread was worn, but the humble unicycle tire took the Rev. Lars Clausen across the Unied States to help the Eskimos to whom he once ministered for 3 years.
"It's a great adventure and it's a way for me to help the Eskimos of Alaska," the 41-year-old Lutheran pastor said yesterday as he ended his trek at the Statue of Liberty.
Mr. Clausen made the 5,000-mile journey to raise $250,000 for an endowment fund for the Inupiat Eskimos of the Seward Peninsula, where he had his first preaching assignment. The pastor said he rode 50 to 60 miles from 5 a.m. to midafternoon daily, taking breaks to eat and drink.

Police say girl, 6, killed by family friend
PHILADELPHIA A man was charged Friday with raping and killing a 6-year-old girl who disappeared during a sleepover and was found dead the next day in woods behind nearby row houses.
Police say Abdul El-Shabazz, 18, assaulted and killed Destiny Wright in his sister's home, put her in a shopping cart and dumped her body about 1 miles away.
Mr. El-Shabazz was arraigned via closed-circuit television from jail Friday night on several charges, including murder, rape and sexual assault.
Destiny had been staying about two weeks at the home of her father's girlfriend, Angela Graham, who is the sister of Mr. El-Shabazz, said police spokesman Sgt. Roland Lee. Destiny's father is in jail, police said.

Park ranger killed in border shootout
TUCSON, Ariz. A National Park Service ranger was killed Friday in a shootout with suspected smugglers near the U.S.-Mexico border, authorities said.
The yet-unnamed ranger was responding, along with the U.S. Border Patrol, to a call for assistance from Mexican authorities who were chasing two men in a vehicle that crossed the border into the Organ Pipe National Monument.
It wasn't immediately clear why the men were being chased. The shootout took place in a rugged stretch of desert known for both drug and people smuggling.

Fueling flaw halts Phoenix flights
PHOENIX Hundreds of travelers faced delayed and canceled flights to all parts of the nation yesterday because the airplane fueling system serving all airlines at Sky Harbor International Airport stopped working for two hours.
The system delivers jet fuel through underground pipelines to the gates at all three of Sky Harbor's terminals, said Suzanne Luber, spokeswoman for the nation's fifth-busiest airport.
"Delays are between a half-hour and an hour, and there aren't delays for every flight," Miss Luber said, adding that the suspected cause of the shutdown was an electical problem.

Train car derails, spilling chemical
WESTPORT, N.Y. A 65-car Canadian Pacific Railway freight train spilled a hazardous powder yesterday as one car derailed and was dragged for seven miles in northern New York state, said state police.
No injuries were reported and authorities did not immediately decide if anyone needed to be evacuated, said state Trooper Brian Rhoney.
The spilled chemical was identified as sodium chlorate, which can cause skin, eye and respiratory irritation, with serious illness possible if it is ingested. It also can post a fire risk.

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