Monday, January 22, 2018
News Roundup

Q&A: What happened to Al-Arian?

Sami Al-Arian?

Whatever happened to Sami Al-Arian?

A representative for the Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace has kept tabs on Sami Al-Arian, now 55, and provided this update:

"Dr. Al-Arian has been under house arrest in the Washington, D.C., since Sept. 2, 2008, pending a trial on criminal contempt. The indictment came in June 2008 because Dr. Al-Arian refused to cooperate with the government, citing his plea agreement.

"The house arrest was relaxed a bit early this year where he now has a curfew but is still monitored electronically. There is a pending motion before Judge Leonie Brinkema of the Eastern District of Virginia to dismiss the indictment. This motion has been pending since March 2009."

Al-Arian is the son of Palestinian refugees who was born in Kuwait and came to the United States in 1975. He began teaching computer science at the University of South Florida in 1986, and was active politically in Muslim causes. He co-founded the World and Islam Studies Enterprise, "a research and academic institution dedicated to promoting dialogue between the Muslim and Western worlds," according to his biography on the website www.freesamialarian.com.

Al-Arian became a tenured professor, and won a distinguished teaching award in 1993. In 1994, he was named in a PBS documentary as a key figure in Palestinian Islamic Jihad's U.S. support network.

Two weeks after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Al-Arian appeared on the Fox program, The O'Reilly Factor, with host Bill O'Reilly, where he was pressed about his ties to terrorist groups. Public reaction to the appearance was negative, and USF announced its intentions to fire him.

In February 2003, Al-Arian was arrested by federal authorities and charged for coordinating support operations for Palestinian Islamic Jihad. A week later he was fired from USF.

Al-Arian was acquitted of eight of the 17 charges against him in December 2005, with the jury deadlocked on the others. In April 2006 he agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy and to accept deportation once he had served the remaining 18 months of his sentence.

In October 2006 he was summoned to testify to a grand jury investigating an Islamic organization in Virginia. Al-Arian refused. A court disagreed, and he was cited for contempt.

The tan? It's natural

Every time I see John Boehner on TV, he looks so tanned. Is he a tanning bed junkie?

Boehner, R-Ohio, the speaker of the House, has said his dark complexion is natural, but it has been a source of jokes in Washington. "I have never been in a tanning bed or used a tanning product," he told the Wall Street Journal in 2010. Boehner, 63, said his complexion comes from his mother, and the paper reported that he had the darkest complexion in a picture of high school classmates.

Compiled from Times and wire reports. To submit a question, email [email protected]

Comments

High school scoreboard for Jan. 22

Monday’s scoreboardBoys soccerPalm Harbor U. 3, Clearwater 0Boca Ciega 3, Indian Rocks Christian 1Girls soccerClass 4A, District 10: Countryside 7, Clearwater 0; Dixie Hollins 2, East Lake 0Class 3A, District 10: Osceola 14, Gibbs 0...
Updated: 22 minutes ago

Lottery resultsNumbers drawn after 9 p.m. are no longer available by our deadlines. For results, go to tampabay.com/lottery.Pick 2, 3, 4, 5Mon., Jan. 22, midday:49 851 5049e_SRit11446Mon., Jan. 22, evening:05 733 5365e_SRit06330Fantasy 5Mon., Jan. 22...
Updated: 28 minutes ago
Glass art shines at St. Petersburg’s new Imagine Museum

Glass art shines at St. Petersburg’s new Imagine Museum

ST. PETERSBURGThe bay area’s thriving glass art scene adds another member to its ranks today when the Imagine Museum officially opens in downtown St. Petersburg.Dedicated to the movement of studio glass, the museum is the brainchild of benefactor Tri...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Facebook vows progress in halting election meddling

Facebook said Monday that it fell short in preventing the social media network from being used for foreign meddling in the U.S. presidential election.New blog posts written by Facebook executives appear to be the most critical self-assessment yet of ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Back to work: Government shutdown ending as Dems relent

Back to work: Government shutdown ending as Dems relent

Associated PressWASHINGTON — Congress sped toward reopening the government late Monday as Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations. They relented in return for Republican assurances that the Senate will soon take up the p...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Judge: Victims of sports doc are ‘sister survivor warriors’

Judge: Victims of sports doc are ‘sister survivor warriors’

Associated PressLANSING, Mich. — The judge overseeing the sentencing of disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar said Monday that more than 120 girls and women who had given statements so far at the five-day hearing were "sister survivor warriors....
Updated: 2 hours ago
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri severs contract with CareerSource Pinellas

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri severs contract with CareerSource Pinellas

Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri severed his agency’s contract with CareerSource Pinellas on Monday after learning that the jobs center told the state it helped 624 sheriff’s employees get hired since 2014.The sheriff said he has no record of CareerSou...
Updated: 2 hours ago

TexasVoter-fraud panel targeted Hispanics, documents showPresident Donald Trump’s voter-fraud commission specifically asked for records identifying all Texas voters with Hispanic surnames, according to newly released documents. Records made public by...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Baby, 11 months, dies in reported drowning at Brandon apartments’ pool

BRANDON — An 11-month-old girl’s parents said their daughter drowned in an apartment complex pond Monday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.The infant and her parents were not publicly identified by the Sheriff’s Office. The paren...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Father of Lyfe Coleman confronted suspect in son’s shooting death

Father of Lyfe Coleman confronted suspect in son’s shooting death

TAMPA — A loud knock at Life Malcolm’s bedroom door wrenched him from sleep just after midnight. In the darkness of that early morning — Jan. 5, 2015 — Malcolm opened the door and heard his sister say something about his son in the front yard.Malcolm...
Updated: 3 hours ago