Man Linked to Hijackers Indicted

Cardozo said eBay should ban trade center memorabilia, at least until the city and the company can agree on what can be sold. Otherwise, he said, he may go to court.

EBay officials said the company is not likely to institute such a ban.

— The Associated Press

Airlines Saw Drop in Passengers Last Month

W A S H I N G T O N, Feb. 22 — Americans are apparently still reluctant to fly in the wake of the September terrorist attacks.

The major airlines carried 37.5 million passengers last month — 6 million fewer than in January last year.

The Air Transport Association said the number of passengers was down 14 percent. That matches a drop in December, but is not as bad as declines in October and November. And the airline trade group said it has been seeing a steady improvement in business.

Last month's passenger decline happened despite cheaper fares. Passengers paid on average 16 percent less for a domestic ticket compared to a year earlier. Fares for international flights were down 14 percent.

— The Associated Press

Unemployed Guard Pleads Guilty to WTC Looting

N E W Y O R K, Feb. 22 — An unemployed man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he looted a jewelry store Sept. 12 while pretending to be an emergency worker at the World Trade Center.

Johnny Dunham, 26, a former security guard, pleaded guilty to grand larceny and other charges, admitting he stole at least six watches from Tourneau, an upscale store in the building complex.

Dunham pleaded guilty in exchange for a sentence of seven years, the maximum for third-degree grand larceny. He will be eligible for parole after he serves two years and four months.

State Supreme Court Justice Herbert Altman said he will sentence Dunham on March 21.

Court documents say Dunham bragged that he stole as many as 20 watches from Tourneau and gave one $15,000 watch to a woman he was trying to impress.

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said Dunham, twice convicted on charges of impersonating a police officer, also stole a firefighter's jacket and an oxygen canister bag from an ambulance that was destroyed at the scene.

— The Associated Press

INS to Let Detainees Pray, Eat Special Food for Muslim Holiday

N E W A R K, N.J., Feb. 22 — Muslims held in New Jersey jails as part of the terrorism investigation will be allowed to pray together and eat special meals as they celebrate a major religious holiday this weekend, federal officials said.

Friday marks the beginning of the four-day Eid al-Adha, or "Feast Of the Sacrifice," a time when Muslims make pilgrimages to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is one of the holiest times of the year in the Muslim calendar, along with the holy month of Ramadan.

During Ramadan, detainees complained they were not allowed to pray adequately in the Hudson and Passaic County jails, and were not given food prepared according to Muslim dietary laws. In protest, some detainees staged a hunger strike lasting nearly two weeks.

As a result of those problems, authorities agreed to be more accommodating this weekend, said Scott Dempsey, a spokesman for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in Newark.

"I think we learned from that," he said. "Prior to Ramadan, I don't know if we knew what they needed. Once we know, we try to be as accommodating as we can to their religious needs."

Among other things, the traditional meal of lamb will be offered to the Muslims.

Authorities said recently they are holding about 460 detainees arrested since Sept. 11, most of them Muslims. About 90 percent are incarcerated in New Jersey, mostly on immigration charges.

Muslim community leaders in New Jersey pressed immigration officials to change the way detainees are allowed to observe the Eid.

— The Associated Press

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