An amateur historian says he is yielding to pressure from Italian-American groups and dropping efforts to have gangster Al Capone's old house listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

"I still think the house has tremendous historical interest, but I have no intention of offending anyone, and some people left me no doubt that they quite clearly are offended by it," Mark Levell said Wednesday.Levell, a computer repairman, took up the cause of having the privately owned house placed on the register in January, after requests from others were rejected by the Chicago Landmarks Commission and the Illinois Historic Sites Council.

His appeal of those rejections went all the way to the National Register.