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Sat Sri Akal! Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh!! I dedicate this blog to my family,and Sikhism. First God created light and then the universe to which humanity belongs.Since all originated from this One Light, all are equals.

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Picture of the Week



This is the turban of Guru Gobind Singh Ji.




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KHALSA NEWS

Sikhs in Arizona serve Langar at huge Interfaith Gathering
Dr Jaswant Singh Sachdev, MD

Phoenix, Arizona“Oh! What a beautiful treat? What an amazing religious tradition of the Sikh faith? Never heard of such a religion that serves food to all and at every religious service. What a concept of sharing and equality? Thank you! our Sikh brothers and sisters” These were the different voices heard all over from those who came to share Langar at Heritage square in downtown Phoenix after Sikh community of Phoenix, Arizona took a lead from the Sikhs of England.
About one and half years ago, Sikhs from England set a unique example of the Sikh tradition of Langar at World religious conference in Barcelona, Spain. Thousands and thousands of people who attended that event were continuously served Langar or the Free Kitchen for two to three days by the Sikhs of England under the banner of Nishkaam Seva Jetha of England. Some of the members of Interfaith Movement from Phoenix belonging to other faiths had attended that event at Barcelona in the past and had been fascinated by it. When a similar kind of event was planned in downtown Phoenix on November 17th, the Sikh Community took the lead and came forward to serve Langar to the entire gathering. It was felt by many Sikh residents that this will be another unique opportunity to show off our unique Sikh identity through this noble Sikh tradition. This became further important for Arizona in the past had already earned the dubious distinction of being first in losing one of its Sikh residents in hate crime immediately after 9-11. Additionally, in this week the Sikhs all over the world were celebrating Prakash Utsav (Birthday) of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of the Sikh faith, who had initiated this unique concept for Sikhs to follow.The Lungar or “The Free Community Kitchen” as many in the west would often call it, is one of the fundamental and most important religious traditions of the Sikh faith the like of which is found in no other faith. Historically this tradition of the Langar (Free Kitchen) or Temple of bread was started by Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith. “He advised that all Sikhs must share “Vand Chhaknna” their food with others. Later on, this tradition took upon the form of an institution. Every Sikhs was expected to either contribute in the form of donating food or help in preparation or in the service. Guru Angad, the second Guru of the Sikhs further expanded it and personally volunteered in serving it. Mata Khivi, His wife would often look after the pilgrims who will come from all over the country to visit with Guru Ji and supervise preparation of the Langar. The kitchen will stay open from early morning to late evening so that each and every one who wished could come and join in, In fact the visit with Guru would always require to first join in a Pangat or line to have Langar before one could join into the Sangat or congregation. Food first and congregation next- ‘Pahle Pangat Pachhey Sangat’Guru Amar Dass, the third Guru of the Sikh formalized this tradition and put it on firm footing. Even Akbar, the then Emperor of India and Raja of Haripur were asked to sit on the floor with common people and take meals with them before an audience with the Guru. (Sikhpoint) Guru Ramdas the 4th Guru of the Sikhs furthered it by serving water and meals to travelers. Similarly 5th Guru of the Sikhs and his wife also personally served the Sangat. Traditionally in a Langar, all persons are asked to share food sitting in line touching one another regardless of the societal status and richness. This was to undo the harm that was being done to Indian Society as a result of despicable division. On the evening of November 17th, a group of about 50 Sikhs assembled in Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix to serve Langar to a huge expected gathering of Interfaith Movement in a unique and grand way. Fresh hot vegetarian full dinner was prepared couple of hours earlier. As soon as the members belonging to other faiths started arriving they were asked to take their shoes off. A separate area was earmarked where Sikh women volunteers and children bagged their shoes and kept them. Rows of long pieces of carpet were already spread down on the floor where visitors were respectfully asked to sit in Pangats touching one another. The langar was then served by Sikh Volunteers in exactly the way it is done in a Gurdwara. From 500 to 700 people were served Guru Ka Langar that had been sanctified with Ardas before hand. A slide presentation highlighting the history, significance and pictures of Langar service in Gurdwaras was continuously projected upon a huge screen visible to every body while they were enjoying Langar. Simultaneous Kirtan, the singing of Gurbani was continuously played in the background.The entire gathering was fascinated by this unique tradition of the Sikhs that not only serves free food but also breaks the barrier of caste system and rejects the difference between high and low. In fact the citizens of the valley and interfaith group could not believe as to how such a small community could pull their resources together and show their generosity for giving and serving selflessly. This effort of local Sikh community will go a long way in dispelling ignorance about Sikhs and their identity while letting the rest of the world know about their incomparable religious tradition.

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U.S NEWS

Police: 7-year-old at wheel after hit-and-run

FLEMINGSBURG, Kentucky (AP) -- Police got a surprise when they stopped a van following a hit-and-run crash on Kentucky's Mountain Parkway: A 7-year-old boy was at the wheel, sitting on his father's lap.
Donald Everett Waters, 39, of Flemingsburg, faces two felony counts of wanton endangerment and numerous other charges following the Friday afternoon incident.
When police caught up with the van on Interstate 64, Waters was working the foot pedals and his son Cody was on his lap steering, Clark County Sheriff's Deputy Ricky Estes said. He described Waters as "semiconscious."
"He said he was en route to Florida, and his son was going to get him there," Estes said.
Waters' 3-year-old son was also in the van, Estes said. He said it appeared Waters had been living out of the vehicle.
The children were taken by social services. Waters, meanwhile, faces several charges, including resisting arrest, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, leaving the scene of an accident and driving under the influence

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Khalsa News

French Sikh Wins Right to Wear Turban
Court: There is no law that requires a Sikh to bare his head for a driver's licence photograph
Paris, France-The French High Court, the Conseil d'Etat, ruled today that a French Sikh has a right to wear his Turban for his driver's licence photo. The court ordered that Shingara Singh Mann be given his driver's licence within a month.


Shingara Singh (extreme right) and a UNITED SIKHS delegation with the MEPs in the European parliament

The court said that the administration could not rely on a 1999 Order of the Interior Ministry to refuse a licence as it was outside the authority of that Ministry to regulate the issuing of driver's licence. It went on to say that the Transport Ministry has authority to make rules on the documentation required for a drivers licence. However, there is no requirement in the 1999 Order of the Transport Ministry that requires one's head to be bare for a driver's licence photograph.

"The High Court today has effectively suspended an earlier decision of the Administrative Court which had ruled, after an injunctive hearing, that the Administration had acted legally for requiring Shingara Singh to remove his Turban for his Driver's licence photo," said Francois Jacquot, a French lawyer engaged by UNITED SIKHS and the French Action Committee for the Sikh Turban.

"Today's High Court decision is significant as Shingara Singh will have his driver's licence soon without having to wait for the outcome of the substantive case in the Administrative Court," he added.

Mr Jacquot said that whilst the High Court's decision does not bind the Administrative Court, today's decision will have an impact on the lower court as a question of law has been decided. The decision of the High Court only affects the wearing of a Turban for a driver's licence, Mr Jacquot explained.

"I am very pleased that the French judiciary acted robustly in not allowing the French Turban ban law in schools to be extended into other areas by over-zealous administrators," said Kudrat Singh, director of the UNITED SIKHS chapter in France.

"UNITED SIKHS took up Shingara Singh's case as it affected a Sikh's right to practise his religion and it affected the future of Sikhs in France. We have worked on this case against all odds and we thank the Sikh community for its support," he added.

"I am very pleased with the outcome as a Sikh's right to practise his religion has been upheld and the integrity of the Sikh community has been preserved," said Shingara Singh, who is also a director of UNITED SIKHS.

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U.S News

Comedian Richard Pryor dies at 65

CNN) -- Just days after his 65th birthday, groundbreaking comedian Richard Pryor died Saturday of a heart attack, his wife told CNN.
Pryor, who had been ill with multiple sclerosis, died at Encino Hospital near Los Angeles at 7:58 a.m. PT. Jennifer Lee Pryor tried to revive him at their home before paramedics arrived and took him to the hospital, she said.
"He enjoyed life right up until the end," she said, adding that Pryor had been laughing a lot and was in good spirits in the two weeks preceding his death. "At the end, there was a smile on his face."
Jennifer Lee and Richard remarried in June 2001, 19 years after they divorced. (Watch an interview with his wife -- 6:07)
Born Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor in Peoria, Illinois, on December 1, 1940, the funnyman had long suffered from health problems at the time of his death. In addition to his multiple sclerosis diagnosis in 1986, he suffered a massive heart attack and underwent triple-bypass surgery in 1990. (Watch Larry King interview Pryor -- 3:36)
Pryor was known for his raunchy stand-up comedy and a variety of acting roles, including in "Superman III," "The Toy" and "Harlem Nights," in which he starred with his comedic predecessor, Redd Foxx, and his heir apparent, Eddie Murphy. (Pryor's filmography)
Though Pryor was known as a comic, Oscar-nominated director Spike Lee said he also was capable of serious roles, such as in 1972's "Lady Sings the Blues," a movie that earned five Academy Award nominations. (Watch the serious side of Pryor -- 2:25)
Lee also noted that it was Pryor who gave several entertainers license to inject social commentary into their comedy, acting or art. Lee, best known for his socially charged "Do the Right Thing," said he was "definitely" one of those entertainers.
"For me, Richard was a great. He was an innovator. He was a trailblazer, and the way he showed social commentary in his humor opened up a universe for other comics to follow in his footsteps," Lee said.
Pryor was arguably the biggest name in stand-up comedy during the 1970s, earning Grammy Awards for his comedy albums.
In addition to appearances in almost 40 films, Pryor also was part of the team that created the script for the Mel Brooks comedy, "Blazing Saddles."
He also directed himself in a semi-autobiographical film, "Jo Jo Dancer Your Life is Calling," in the mid-1980s, a film he says refused to be written as a comedy.
But despite his achievements on the screen and on stage, Pryor is often remembered for seriously burning over half his body while freebasing cocaine -- an incident he later dubbed a suicide attempt.
Even that made its way into his comedy, which his wife said was a common theme in his life -- being able to turn crisis into comedy -- and one that scored big with audiences at his stand-up shows.
As his disease became more and more debilitating, Pryor refused to abandon his career. He continued to do stand-up -- sitting down. Many have called it remarkable that he was so determined to keep performing despite his illness.
One is director Martin Scorsese, who said Pryor's resilience was inspiring.
"It's a very savage kind of humor, it comes out of a great deal of pain," Scorsese said.
Jennifer Lee Pryor said her husband inspired many people by being candid about his own strife.
"He was able to turn pain into comedy," she said. "He let the world see it, and that was his inspiration, too.
"People said, 'If he can do it, I can do it.' "
Pryor was married seven times to five different women and has seven children, Renee, Richard Jr., Elizabeth, Stephen Michael, Kelsey, Franklin and Rain.

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I think its just stupid to ban Turbans. Man! Thats just like banning the French from eating snails! Or not wearing their little caps! They should not do this to us. I mean,what harm does a turban cause,does it weak someones eye-sight? 84,000 Sikhs have died trying to save France.Its just PLAIN STUPIDITY. What did the Sikhs do to them. Thy just want to be mean. Its our respected religion. We can't break it! If you agree with me fellow Sikhs, please leave a comment. I WILL answer to you

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KHALSA NEWS

French Government Issues Circular to Ban Turban for Driver’s License Photograph

The French Government issued a circular yesterday effectively overturning a previous French High Court decision that said it was illegal to prevent a Sikh from wearing a turban for his driving license for his photograph.The Ministry of Transports, Equipments, Tourism and Seas have issued a circular through which they have now banned the wearing of turbans on driving licenses. Consequently, Shingara Singh Mann, the appellant of a case pending with the court, will not get his driving license within 30 days, as previously ruled by the High Court.On Monday, the French High Court ruled that the Ministry of Transport’s decision to disallow the wearing of the turban for driving license photographs was illegal since the Ministry had no rule in place to defend this. Consequently, it was deemed their decision to disallow Shingara Singh Mann’s turban-wearing picture on his driving license, was illegal. The Ministry of Transport promptly issued a Circular, which now allows them to not issue driving licenses to turban-wearing people unless the applicant removes his or her turban for the photograph.Mejindarpal Kaur, Director of United Sikhs Eu, stated: “The global Sikh community is shocked at the attitude of the French government. First it acted illegally by preventing a Sikh from wearing a turban on the driving license and when the High Court pointed out this illegality, the government passed a new rule the next day banning the turban on driving licenses.”Shingara Singh Mann and Kudrat Singh, Directors of United Sikhs France, together with the French Action Committee for the Turban, will meet with Patrice Spinosi, the High Court Counsel and his co-Counsel F Jacquot to decide on the way forward

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Passengers, witnesses describe terrifying landing

Skid kills one boy.


CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) -- People aboard Southwest Flight 1248 -- and witnesses on the ground -- described the harrowing moments before and after the jet ran off the runway Thursday night at Chicago's Midway International Airport, plowed into an intersection and killed a boy in a car.
In a news conference Friday, Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said that it was the first fatal accident involving a Southwest flight in the discount carrier's 35-year history.
In addition to the boy's death, about a dozen people were injured and taken to hospitals, according to Southwest Airlines.
It had been snowing all day Thursday in Chicago. By early Thursday evening, about 8 inches of snow had fallen on the ground, and winds were blowing at between 13 mph and 18 mph, according to CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.
Onboard the plane arriving from Baltimore, Maryland, were 103 people -- 98 passengers and five crew members. It was scheduled to land shortly after 7 p.m. CT.
Passenger Mike Abate told CNN that visibility was "just horrible," saying, "You couldn't even see the city lights until literally the last 10 seconds before the landing."
The landing felt normal, he said, until he saw "the terminal to my right ... went by pretty quickly, and we were still at a pretty good clip. That's when I realized something wasn't going well."
Fellow passenger Stanley Den said, "It looked like the runway wasn't plowed at all. The runway looked just like grass. I couldn't really tell if we were on the runway or the grass.
"It was really bumpy," he added. "We were kind of going for a while until the impact -- when we hit maybe, I guess, a barrier fence, went through that and into the middle of the street with cars and stuff riding past us."
Midway airport lies in a dense residential and commercial district west of downtown.
A bartender at a nearby pub said he heard two loud booms when the plane crashed into the intersection of 55th Street and Central Avenue on the northwest side of the airport. (Watch footage from the scene -- 1:33)
"We thought it was an automobile accident, and we looked out the window and we saw the tail section of a Southwest airliner lying across the street," said Tom Fitzgerald, adding that he saw passengers exiting the rear of the plane.
"People were running, and ambulances were coming down the street."
Amanda Doherty, who lives near the airport, said she saw a car pinned under the airplane with its headlights still on. (Watch witness account -- :27)
Boy's family also injured
The Cook County medical examiner's office identified the boy killed in the wreck as Joshua Woods, 6, of Leroy, Indiana.
"It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of a child who was in one of the vehicles hit by the aircraft," said Kelly, the Southwest CEO. "The entire Southwest family is grieving this loss, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the child's family, friends and loved ones."
The boy's parents and two younger brothers were injured, according to Deborah Song, spokeswoman for Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oaklawn.
Their car was crushed under the plane's nose and fuselage, said Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. (Watch him describe victims and scene -- 2:22)
As of Thursday night, the mother, in her 30s, was in good condition; the father, in his 40s, was in serious condition; the couple's 4-year-old middle son was in fair condition; and an infant was in serious condition, Song said.
Song could not provide an update of the family's conditions Friday morning because the family requested no information be released to the media.
Four people in a second car, found under a wing of the Boeing 737-700 jet, were in serious but stable condition.
Plane was cleared to land
The jet remained in the intersection Friday morning as the investigation proceeded. Midway closed at 8:16 p.m. CT Thursday and reopened at 6 a.m. CT Friday.
The National Transportation Safety Board said Friday it could take up to a year to determine what caused the crash.
The flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder have been sent to NTSB headquarters in Washington and " will yield a plethora of information" for investigators, said NTSB member Ellen Engleman Conners.
Visibility was three-quarters of a mile at the time of the landing, and weather would obviously be a major factor under review, she added.
Earlier, Kelly estimated visibility to be a quarter-mile to a half-mile through heavy snow.
Chicago's acting commissioner of aviation, Pat Harney, said airport runways had been salted and cleared Thursday, but he said he didn't know when the runway where the jet landed was last serviced. (Problems with older runways)
"The aircraft was cleared for landing," Kelly said. "At this point, since it was cleared for landing, all we can do is assume that the runway was prepared for landing, but we don't have any specific info about the condition of the runway at this point."
The pilot of the jet has been with Southwest for 10 years, and the co-pilot about three years, Kelly said.
"This was the first flight of the day for both pilots," he said.
He added that there were no indications of maintenance problems with the plane, and that it underwent a routine check Wednesday in Phoenix, Arizona.
The accident occurred the same day as a deadly crash at Midway 33 years ago when a plane coming in for a landing struck several homes before plowing into one.
Forty-five people -- 43 passengers and two in the house -- were killed.
CNN's Melissa Metzger contributed to this report.



WATCH:The horrible crash.
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Southwest Airlines jet slides off runway, hitting cars (2:29)

Chicago's fire commissioner describes the scene (2:29)

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SSA.I am fine and busy. I thought I would mess around with Bush! Well I have an entrance exam for The Doon School in the month of November. My sister is giving the entrance exam of Welham Girls. I have the pics of my horse in Hill Grange. It's name is Minnie. Its a Irish Draught.
I'snt it cool

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PICTURE OF THE WEEK
Pilgrims carrying the Phalki to Kesgarh Sahib.

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Looks like George is a Sikh too.That means more friendship between Manmohan Singh And George Bush!

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KHALSA NEWS

NRI couple’s humble contribution to native village.Amardeep Bhattal, Tribune News Service

The new gurdwara at Umaidpur village, which has been built with major financial support from NRI couple Major Gurcharn Singh Jhaj, and his wife, Mrs Raminder Kaur.Sahnewal, December 4The newly-constructed gurdwara at Umaidpur village near Sahnewal was inaugurated after bhog of 'Sri Akhand Path' last Saturday. Built with financial support of over Rs 25 lakh from NRI couple Major Gurcharn Singh Jhaj and his wife, Mrs Raminder Kaur, the gurdwara with a big hall has been constructed adjacent to the old building which was built before Partition.
"Its a dream come true for me as I always wanted to give something back to my community and village," said Major Gurcharn Singh Jhaj, an engineering graduate from Birla Institute of Technology, Pilani. The former Army officer, who served in the EME till 1971, is now settled in Chicago, USA.
A congregation of the devout sat through the ceremony spread over several hours as wafts of 'Gurbani' to the accompaniment of devotional music from the tabla and harmonium added to the serenity.
Bhai Gurcharn Singh, hazoori ragi, Sri Darbar Sahib, Amritsar, Bhai Sukhminder Singh from Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, Bhai Dilawar Singh from Tibba and the ragi jatha from Baru Sahib, Sirmour (Himachal Pradesh) performed kirtan which was followed by a 'dhadi darbar' featuring girls from Baru Sahib.
Highlighting the supreme sacrifice of Guru Teg Bahadur through 'vaars' the young girls from Himachal delved deep into history to pick and propagate the message of Sikhism.
Baba Iqbal Singh, president of the Kalgidhar Trust, Baru Sahib, who addressed the huge gathering, exhorted the Sikhs to follow the path shown by the great Gurus.
The congregation listened with rapt attention as Darbar Sahib hazoori ragi Bhai Gurcharn Singh recited " Bin Bhagaan Satsang Na Labhe …”, a shabad of the fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjan Dev, enshrined in the holy Guru Granth Sahib.
Among those present on the occasion were Dr Khem Singh Gill, former Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Mr Kirpal Singh, secretary, SGHUH Trust, Sidhwan Khurd, NRI Hardev Singh from England, Major Isher Singh, Mr MS Dhaliwal, Dr Bhupinder Singh, SGPC members, retired Army officers, and local leaders.
Residents of Umaidpur later presented siropas to the NRI couple. Siropas were also presented to the ragi jathas and others who had contributed towards the holy cause. Mr Santa Singh, a resident of Umaidpur, conducted the stage.
Compact discs of ‘shabads’ sung by prominent ragis were also distributed among the devotees. A cheque for $2500 was also presented by Major Gurcharn Singh Jhaj to Baba Iqbal Singh of Baru Sahib.
Guru Ka Langar was also served on the occasion.


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NEWS OF DECEMBER 7th 2005

MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Witnesses aboard an American Airlines jetliner say that Rigoberto Alpizar's wife pursued him, saying he was mentally ill, just before federal marshals shot and killed him. Air marshals said Alpizar had announced he was carrying a bomb.
Later, no explosives were found. The Wednesday incident remains under investigation.
"She was chasing after him," said fellow passenger Alan Tirpak. "She was just saying her husband was sick, her husband was sick." When the woman returned, "she just kept saying the same thing over and over, and that's when we heard the shots."
Another passenger, Mary Gardner of Orlando, said she also overheard Alpizar's wife. "I heard her say, 'He's bipolar. He doesn't have his medicine,'" Gardner recalled. ( Passenger: 'Something going on wasn't right' -- 3:21)
Ellen Sutliff, who said she sat near Alpizar, described him as agitated, even before he boarded the plane. His wife kept coaxing him, "We just have to get through customs. Please, please help me get through this," according to Sutliff.
"We're going to be home soon, and everything will be all right," Sutliff quoted the wife as saying.
Alpizar's mother-in-law told CNN affiliate WKMG that he suffered from bipolar disorder.
Symptoms for the manic-depressive illness, during its manic stage, can include increased energy, activity and restlessness; extreme irritability; poor judgment; and provocative, intrusive, or aggressive behavior, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
There are often periods of normal behavior between the manic and depressive stages, and the disorder can be stabilized with medication, the NIMH said.
Witnesses differ over hearing bomb threat
Accounts vary on whether Alpizar had announced he had a bomb.
Tirpak said he didn't hear Alpizar say anything.
Dave Adams, a spokesman for the Federal Air Marshal Service, said Alpizar had run up and down the plane's aisle yelling, "I have a bomb in my bag."
Adams said Alpizar fled the aircraft and marshals confronted him on the boarding bridge.
"They asked the gentleman, 'Drop your bag, drop your bag. Come to the ground. I'm a federal law enforcement officer. Police. Drop your bag,'" Adams told CNN.
"He failed to comply with their commands, continued approaching the air marshals claiming he had a bomb in his bag. And then they ordered him again down to the ground. He didn't."
The marshals fired two or three shots when Alpizar appeared to reach into his bag, Adams said.
"Based on their training they had to take the appropriate action to diffuse the situation to prevent a danger to themselves and also passengers in the terminal," Adams said.
One law enforcement source said the backpack had drawn attention, because Alpizar wore it over his chest, not his back.
It was the first time a federal air marshal fired a weapon at someone since the program was bolstered after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The agency said Alpizar was not on any terror watch lists.
The two marshals who fired at Alpizar were placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, the air marshal service said.
Both became federal air marshals in 2002, Adams said, and are based out of Miami. One was a border patrol agent for four years, the other was a customs inspector for two.
Marshals on plane
Gardner said that before the shooting, a fight broke out between the Alpizars. She said she was comforted after an airline pilot seated beside her said air marshals were on the plane and aware of the situation.
Gardner said the situation became more tense when the wife received a phone call on the plane.
"There was something going on that just was not right, and the pilot told me, he said ... 'Look, there's a marshal right there, they know what's going on. We're covered.'
"So we all felt fine, and then, of course, everything happened."
Alpizar ran off the plane clutching a bag, chased by a man in a Hawaiian shirt, passenger Mike Beshears told CNN. That man turned out to be one of the two air marshals.
Beshears said he did not hear Alpizar say anything. "He just was in a hurry and exited the plane," he said.
Alpizar's wife also followed him part of the way down the aisle, then returned to her seat saying, her husband was sick and she needed to get his bags, Beshears said.
"After she passed back toward her seat ... a number of shots rang out -- at least five, up to six, shots rang out. And I saw the flight attendants returning, running down first class toward coach, and we were all told, 'Get down, get down.'
"The gentleman's wife had made it back up," Beshears recalled. "And about the time she got to the row in which we were crouched, the flight attendant -- I have to commend her on the way she handled the situation -- she actually intercepted the lady and took her down in the aisle with myself and a guy."
Marshals entered the plane and ordered everyone to put their hands on their heads, while they searched it, Gardner said.
After the shooting, investigators took passengers' luggage off the plane, and an explosives team blew open Alpizar's luggage on the tarmac. A subsequent search of Alpizar's backpack and luggage aboard the aircraft turned up no sign of a bomb, Bauer said.
Neighbors recall Alpizar as the guy next door
Alpizar, a U.S. citizen, had boarded American Airlines Flight 924 in Miami to fly to Orlando, Florida. The 44-year-old Maitland, Florida, resident had just connected from a flight from Ecuador.
Neighbors and family described him as a nice guy and said the image that federal marshals painted of him was at odds with the man they knew. (Full story)
A neighbor, Janice Tweedie, called Alpizar "very friendly and helpful to people around the neighborhood ... a very pleasant person, he and his wife both."
"I've never seen any erratic behavior from him at all," Tweedie said.
Alpizar moved to the United States from Costa Rica in 1986 and worked for Home Depot, his brother-in-law, Steven Buechner, told CNN. He said that Alpizar and his wife had been in South America since the day after Thanksgiving to help out her uncle, a volunteer dentist.
Buechner said the couple had no children and that he was unaware of any mental health issues Alpizar may have had.

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SSA. Now on my blog I will put the Sikh news and International news. There will be a daily report of every thing. There will also be some videos when I learn how to put some:).

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MY cousin being a beast of burden(khota.Good thing he does'nt know punjabi:) Posted by Picasa

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Sat Sri Akal everybody!I am back from India. I came back yesterday at 4 o'clock. My last day in school was december 3RD. On the last day there was a horse riding show. I rode on a horse named princess. I did the cantering and march-past and all of the games.The plane we flew on was a Boeing 777. I am here til the end of January.So, I will keep updating t hs blog through-out my vacation!

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