Archive for Sunday, October 7, 2001

Nation Briefs

October 7, 2001


PHILADELPHIA: Amtrak changes ticket policy

Starting Monday, Amtrak passengers will need to have tickets before boarding trains between Boston and Washington.

Conductors will no longer sell tickets onboard Northeast Corridor trains under the railroad's new policy announced Friday. Riders in other parts of the country will still be allowed to purchase tickets on board, but they will have to show photo identification, according to officials in the railroad's Northeast Corridor headquarters in Philadelphia

Amtrak adopted a new policy after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that requires passengers to show photo identification when buying tickets or checking baggage.

Oregon: Bogus marshal ticketed

A California man was taken into custody at Portland International Airport after claiming to be a U.S. sky marshal, airport officials said.

James Klingler, 35, of San Bruno, Calif. allegedly tried to push past other passengers Thursday night as they got off an Alaska Airlines flight in Portland, said Steve Johnson, airport spokesman. The flight originated in San Francisco.

"A passenger allegedly pushed through the aisles of the plane to the front of the aircraft and identified himself as a federal sky marshal," Johnson said. "It seemed to be a case of pushing past other passengers to get off the aircraft first."

Port of Portland officers cited Klingler for criminal impersonation and released him, Johnson said.

Saudi Arabia: Deadly bombing called unrelated to U.S. attacks

A remote control bomb went off Saturday outside a shop in the eastern Saudi city of Khobar, police said. Saudi television reported two people were killed.

Five people were injured in the blast, Khobar's Al-Fahd Hospital said. An American and a Briton were among those hurt, but there was no immediate word on the nationalities of the other victims. All the casualties were non-Saudis, the television said.

A White House spokesman said Saturday's explosion appeared unrelated to the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

New York: Afghan filmmaker killed

An Afghan filmmaker was fatally stabbed, beaten and then dismembered by one of his investors who kept the head in a refrigerator, police said Saturday.

Jawed Wassel, 42, was killed shortly before Wednesday night's opening of his film "FireDancer," said Lt. Frank Guidice, head of the Nassau County homicide squad.

The suspect, Nathan Powell, was supposed to receive 30 percent of the movie's gross and allegedly killed Wassel in an argument over money. Powell, who was arrested Thursday night, was arraigned Saturday in Mineola on a second-degree murder charge.

Wassel was smuggled out of Afghanistan by his mother after the Soviet invasion of 1979, living in Pakistan, Germany and France before coming to New York. He spent six years working on "FireDancer," his autobiographical story of an Afghani youth who eventually leaves his village and settles in New York.

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