- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 24, 2003

ATF seeking to revoke license of gun seller

SEATTLE — A federal agency is moving to pull the license of a gun store to which a rifle used in the D.C.-area sniper shootings was traced, it was reported yesterday .

Citing sources close to the case who asked not to be identified, the Seattle Times reported that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms moved to revoke the license of Bull’s Eye Shooter Supply in Tacoma for record-keeping violations.

Owner Brian Borgelt appealed the revocation. A hearing was held and he is awaiting a decision by Richard Van Loan, ATF’s regional director of industry operations, the newspaper said.

Mr. Borgelt, 38, a former Army Ranger and military sniper instructor, also is the subject of a criminal investigation into record-keeping for gun sales and federally required background checks, plus potential tax violations.

Court denies request to delay campaign law

The Supreme Court will leave the new campaign-finance law in place for now, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist said yesterday.

Justice Rehnquist turned down a request from interest groups such as the National Right to Life Committee and the Club for Growth to lift the law’s restrictions on political ads until the high court considers whether the limits are constitutional.

“An act of Congress is presumed to be constitutional … and the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act should remain in effect until the disposition of this case by the Supreme Court,” he wrote.

The unusually blunt language is contained in a letter the court sent to the interest group’s lawyer.

FAA ordered to review role in Texas row

Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta has ordered a review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s role in helping U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay track the plane of a Democrat who joined a walkout from the Texas Legislature.

The review is the second federal agency inquiry into how Texas Republicans handled a Democratic walkout aimed at killing a congressional-redistricting bill that would likely have handed Republicans four additional seats in Congress. The Homeland Security Department has also announced a probe into how its resources were used.

A staffer for Mr. DeLay, Texas Republican, had requested information on the location of Pete Laney’s airplane for two dates, and FAA staff provided the information, a spokesman said yesterday.

N.Y. Times suspends Pulitzer Prize winning reporter

NEW YORK — The New York Times has suspended Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Rick Bragg for two weeks, the Columbia Journalism Review reported yesterday, the same day the newspaper published an editor’s note about his handling of a feature story.

The note said that while Mr. Bragg wrote the June 15 article about Florida oystermen and visited the Gulf Coast town where it originated, interviewing and other reporting at the scene were done by a free-lance journalist who also should have gotten a byline.

The suspension comes two days after The Times formed a committee to review newsroom policies following reporter Jayson Blair’s resignation over plagiarism and falsification of stories.

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