- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 21, 2002

Lack of forms ties up gun sales

DENVER A minor change in a form for federal background checks blocked gun sales across the country this week because the new paperwork didn't reach dealers on time.

"We didn't know about it until [Tuesday] morning, when salesclerks called the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and they said they wouldn't process any more background checks unless they were on the new forms," said Dave Anver, president of Dave's Guns, the largest gun dealer in Colorado.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms spokesman Dave McCombs confirmed yesterday that the forms were never mailed.

Crash tapes reveal no plane problems

Doomed American Airlines Flight 587 took off without problems, though pilots were warned of turbulence from the plane that preceded it in the air, newly released air-traffic-control tapes show.

Tapes of conversations between air-traffic controllers and crew of the American Airlines Airbus A300-600 showed no problems until a voice is heard saying that the plane was descending to the ground.

The tapes, released yesterday by the National Transportation Safety Board, do not indicate whether the voice was that of a controller or a member of the flight crew.

The Airbus A300-600 crashed Nov. 12 shortly after taking off. All 260 persons aboard and five on the ground were killed.

31 Yemenis barred from boarding plane

NEW YORK Some 31 Yemeni nationals were barred from boarding a Yemen-bound flight from New York's John F. Kennedy airport because they held one-way tickets paid for in cash, an airport official said yesterday.

The 31 Yemenis were stopped from boarding British Airways Flight 116 "because they had only one-way tickets that had been purchased in cash," Port Authority spokesman Pasquale DiFulco told Agence France-Presse.

The travelers were released after being questioned by the FBI.

Deputy identifies Brown as man who shot him

ATLANTA Attorneys for former 1960s radical H. Rap Brown yesterday attacked the credibility of a sheriff's deputy who claims Mr. Brown wounded him and killed his partner in a shootout two years ago.

Attorney Jack Martin pointed out discrepancies in statements Fulton County Deputy Sheriff Aldranon English gave about the shooting. Deputy English acknowledged the inconsistencies, but insisted that Mr. Brown now known as Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin was the gunman.

Mr. Martin has contended that Mr. Al-Amin, now 58 and a Muslim cleric, is a victim of mistaken identity and shoddy police work.

On the opening day of the trial Tuesday, Deputy English pointed to Mr. Al-Amin as the man who shot the two deputies as they tried to serve him with a warrant.

Education officials OK Bible class

MEMPHIS Tennessee education officials have given Memphis-area schools a green light to offer a Bible class this fall, Scripps Howard News Service reports.

The conditional approval granted by the Tennessee Department of Education caps a controversial two-year effort to offer a course on the religious text, which critics say has no place in public schools.

Shelby County school officials received the notice Tuesday in Nashville, where they were meeting with state legislators.

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