|Appalachian School of Law Shootings|
Thu, 17 Jan 2002
Helper in New Year bomb plot sentenced
An Algerian man was sentenced Wednesday to the maximum 24 years in prison for his role in a failed plot to detonate a suitcase bomb at the Los Angeles airport amid turn-of-the-century celebrations.
Mokhtar Haouari, 32, was convicted by a Manhattan jury in July on federal charges that he supplied fake IDs and cash to two others in the plot.
The plot—planned for Jan. 1, 2000—was foiled when its mastermind, Ahmed Ressam, was arrested at Port Angeles, Wash., while trying to enter the United States from Canada in a car with explosives in December 1999. Ressam had trained in terrorist camps financed by Osama bin Laden, whom the United States accuses of masterminding the Sept. 11 attacks.
3 dead in shooting spree
A law school student upset about his grades went on a shooting spree Wednesday, killing three people and critically wounding three others before he was wrestled to the ground by students, officials said.
Those killed included a student, a faculty member and the dean of the Appalachian School of Law, said Ellen Qualls, spokeswoman for Gov. Mark Warner.
The student, who used a .380-caliber handgun, was not identified.
Plaque honors wrong man
A plaque intended to honor black actor James Earl Jones at a Florida celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. instead paid tribute to James Earl Ray, the man who killed the black civil rights leader in 1968, officials said Wednesday.
The plaque read, “Thank you James Earl Ray for keeping the dream alive.”
Texas plaque manufacturer Merit Industries blamed a typographical error. It was being corrected before Jones’ Saturday visit to the Ft. Lauderdale suburb.