Update on recent news events

By on April 11, 2002

National News

94 planes have flown through the No-Fly Zone that protects the White House in the past ten years, the Associated Press reported April 4. The latest incident occurred April 1, 2002.
Since the September 11 terrorist attacks, four commercial airliners and a medical helicopter have flown through the area, being punished with “a penalty less severe than a parking ticket.”
Security experts told the Associated Press that if a plane were to fly through the No-Fly Zone, it would be only seconds before it could crash and damage government buildings.
“Practically speaking, by the time a violation is discovered, it is too late to do anything to prevent a crash into the White House,” former FAA security chief Billie H. Vincent told the AP.

World News

The trial for the men charged with kidnapping and murder American Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl will be delayed one week, to begin on April 12.
The Defense Attorney made the announcement, saying that the defense was requesting medical treatment for one of the suspects, who claims to have been tortured and robbed while in a Karachi, Pakistan jail, among other requests.
According to CNN, it is not unusual for last minute petitions to be brought, since trials for terrorist act charges are mandated to last only a week in Pakistan.
Another petition was filed by the defense for another judge to preside over the trial. The current judge was present when Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh admitted to having masterminded the crime against Pearl, while he was not under oath.

Local News

Connecticut State Agencies involved in the management of water supply have issued a advisory to Connecticut residents that the state could be facing a significant drought. They are asking state residents to voluntarily conserve water.
According to the Hartford Courant, the water in wells of Connecticut residents are becoming severely depleted. A deficit of nearly 15 inches of precipitation over the past nine months is causing this significant reduction of well water.

New Jersey News

Two brothers were arrested after jumping into the Delaware River. The dive and arrest ended a chase by police on South Main Street in Phillipsburg.
According to the Easton Express-Times, 31-year-old Richard Sutton and 23-year-old Brad Sutton had tried to buy a $300 game system at a Pohatcong Walmart with a stolen credit card.
The two men were arrested after making their way to shore. Pohatcong police Sgt. Paul Hager told the Express-Times that he does not know why the two jumped into the river.
“I think they’re probably asking themselves the same thing right now,” Hager said.

Massachusetts News

A man was shot and killed outside the Rhythm and Spice nightclub in Cambridge on April 4, the Boston Globe reports.
The victim, whose name was not released at press time, was a 19-year-old from Boston. The shooting took place after a fight broke out outside the nightclub. No suspects have been arrested.


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