Archive for Sunday, February 24, 2002

Nation Briefs

February 24, 2002


Colorado: Columbine food fight brings police running

Less than two months before the third anniversary of the Columbine school shootings, deputies rushed to the high school again to quell a food fight that authorities say was a near-riot.

After one student was arrested for throwing a pie Friday, 400 students screamed and yelled at deputies in protest, a spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said. Three additional students were arrested.

Several students said school officials have been too zealous about avoiding any violence because of the April 20, 1999, assault that left 12 students, one teacher and two teen gunmen dead.

The four students arrested Friday were released on bond ranging from $750 to $1,000.

NEW YORK: Trade center research keys on planes' speed

Researchers believe the second hijacked plane to hit the World Trade Center tower was traveling about 100 mph faster than the first, according to a published report.

Investigators are focusing on the speed of the two planes as they seek to explain what caused the south tower to collapse first, even though it was hit later, The New York Times reported Saturday.

Researchers have closely studied videos, sound recordings and radar to estimate how fast the two jetliners were moving. Studies show that both planes were traveling well over the federal limits for altitudes below 10,000 feet, The Times said.

The second plane was flying so fast that it was in danger of breaking up in the air as it approached the south tower, Boeing spokeswoman Liz Verdier told the Times.

Florida: Argument, threat lead to airport arrest

A man was arrested after arguing with a National Guardsman and threatening to blow up the passenger terminal at Naples Municipal Airport.

Johnny Ray Gobin, 27, was charged Friday with threatening to discharge a destructive device, resisting an officer and breach of the peace. He was being held Saturday at Collier County Jail in Naples on $32,500 bond.

Gobin walked out of a restaurant in the terminal Friday and asked National Guardsman Tony Hartley whether his gun was loaded.

Gobin grew belligerent and said he hated loaded guns, according to a police report.

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