- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 9, 2003

Crash into high-rise ruled an accident
ROME An investigation into the crash of a plane into Milan's landmark Pirelli tower concluded last week that the "most probable" cause was that the pilot couldn't steer the aircraft through technical difficulties, not that he tried to kill himself.
The National Agency of Air Security also said that "ambiguous, inadequate and contradictory" instructions from the control tower at Milan's Linate airport may have contributed to the crash.
Pilot Luigi Fasulo, 67, and two workers inside the Pirelli tower were killed April 18 when his Rockwell Commander 112-TC slammed into the building in a crash that sparked memories of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
The pilot's son suggested in interviews that his father committed suicide because of despair over his finances.

Police seize mobile-phone guns
ROUEN French police said Friday that they had seized two mobile phones capable of shooting four bullets, with the digital touchpads used as triggers.
The black phones, identical to normal mobile phones on the outside, were discovered in a raid on the home of someone suspected of being a criminal in the northern city of Rouen on Tuesday.
The phones come apart in the middle to reveal a four-chamber compartment for .22-caliber bullets, which can be shot out of a protruding fake antenna.

Country for hire for conferences
ZURICH, Switzerland The tiny principality of Liechtenstein is putting itself up for rent in a bid to attract corporate conferences and bolster its tourism industry.
The new Rent a State program lets corporate clients symbolically take over the tiny country of 60 square miles and 33,000 residents tucked away among the Alps between Switzerland and Austria.
Rent a State is based on the Rent a Village concept developed by event management firm Xnet AG in small towns in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Weekly notes
The notebooks of a 20th-century French executioner who sliced off the heads of almost 400 people fetched $92,000, more than five times its expected sale price, at an auction Wednesday. In pencil and ink, Anatole Deibler noted places, dates, the weather, the names and crimes of the condemned, and details of their trials, charting his work on 2,000 pages. He died of a heart attack on an underground platform in 1939 on his way to an execution. … An Italian court has ruled that taking 40 joints of hashish on a school trip is not a crime. The marijuana was for personal use because the 17-year-old student planned to share it with two fellow students and a teacher, the appeals court judge said. Under Italian law, selling marijuana is a crime, but possession for personal use is not. … German police who got no response when they knocked on a 25-year-old suspect's door in Hanover noticed on his arrest warrant that it was his birthday and got better results when they broke into a rendition of "Happy Birthday," they said Wednesday.

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