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Thursday, February 20, 2003
BREAKING NEWS
Al Arian arrested, charged with supporting terrorism
[Times photo: Ken Helle]
Sami Al-Arian is walked in cuffs through the Federal Building in Tampa this morning.
3 others are taken into custody in Chicago
Controversial University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian was arrested at his Temple Terrace home and taken into federal custody early this morning. Al-Arian was handcuffed as agents led him through the front door of the FBI building in downtown Tampa.
Story by Graham Brink Click for timeline
The indictment (from U.S. Dept. of Justice)
AP updates

From 10 News
Ashcroft news conference: (56k | High-Speed)
Newscast: (56k | High-Speed)

FROM TODAY’S TIMES
Alzheimer's research director leaves USF
The resignation follows an investigation into sexual harassment allegations. With the move, the university loses millions of dollars and dozens of scientists. Story
Who has dibs on this dog?
One family has more than a bone to pick with another. That Boston terrier is ours, they say. Story
St. Petersburg Grand Prix
photo
[Times photo: Cherie Diez]
Roy Hanchett puts up race flags Wednesday around a hospitality tent at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg's corporate village on top of the Bayfront Center garage.

Best part of Prix for VIPs: It's free
St. Petersburg will hand out 600 race tickets and roll out the red carpet for politicians, developers and executives. Story
Jourdain ready to move to the front
Sitting out and not in a car is hard on driver
What do they really drive?
Special online section

Visiting TIA? Pull over, open up
Because of the higher terror alert, even vehicles that are just dropping off or picking up passengers may be searched. Story

WORLD&NATION
Moroccan gets 15 years for aiding 9/11 hijackers
Mounir el Motassadeq helped the terrorists keep up the appearance of being normal students while they plotted the attacks. Story
New shuttle inquiry rules nothing out
In the days after Columbia's destruction, NASA officials made their case: The foam couldn't have caused that kind of damage. It wasn't ice or metal that flew off the fuel tank. The left wing was not breached. Story
Turkey and Israel thrive as allies
The two countries have economic and military dealings. And Jewish residents say there are no problems living in mostly Muslim Turkey. Story

OPINION and COLUMNS
Editorial: Excessive consistency
Editorial: Take a deep breath
Letters: There should be no compromise on smoking ban
Mary Jo Melone: Sanchez's campaign is a climb up the curve
Gary Shelton: Owners, it's time to ante up

WORLD&NATION
  • New shuttle inquiry rules nothing out
  • Moroccan gets 15 years for aiding 9/11 hijackers
  • Turkey and Israel thrive as allies

  • TAMPA BAY
  • Dress code might be due some alterations
  • Astronaut shares a rare perspective
  • Kindly woman, 82, attacked in home

  • BUSINESS
  • Fla. tourism racks up record year
  • Low mortgage rates fuel boom in housing starts
  • Uncle Sam wants you -- for a refund

  • SPORTS
  • Bucs won't take drastic steps to keep Jackson
  • Rays give their pitchers a hand
  • Striking while hot
  • Age no factor for Irwin; it's victories he counts
  • Salukis watch

  • STATE
  • 7 years cut from 'TV intoxication' murderer's term

  • ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT
  • Passion for 'All Seasons' comes through
  • Singer PayCheck dies
  • 'Bachelorette' sets up ABC's humiliation reality show

  • PASCO
  • Commission rejects parole for 2 killers
  • On a seedy lot, 80 teens work a miracle for nonprofit group

  • HERNANDO
  • Stewardship drives joint sales tax idea
  • Officer who killed armed suspect is cleared

  • CITRUS
  • 2 officers suspended in disturbance at bar
  • Man accused of trying to run down neighbor

  • WEEKEND
    photoReviving beats of music, life
    The Manhattan Casino, a nightclub where musical greats performed and the onetime hub of St. Petersburg's black community, is the force that drives a new song-filled show. Story

    FLORIDIAN
    photoTell Dr. Bob all about it
    At a middle school in Largo, troubled kids vent their frustrations and anxieties to a sympathetic ear. Story

    Spring Training   Click for information of teams training in the Tampa Bay area and search schedules for all teams training in Florida.

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    NEWS UPDATE
    Pasco judge's stepson gets 9 months on drug charge
    The stepson of a Pasco judge was sentenced to jail today after pleading guilty to drug charges. (more)
    Click here for the News Update
    I-95 northbound closed near Jacksonville after accident
    Click here for the CQ update
    TAMPA BAY
    Dress code might be due some alterations
    The School Board will hash out what kids must wear for two key events. Story
    Astronaut shares a rare perspective
    Proud to be an astronaut Story
    Kindly woman, 82, attacked in home
    TAMPA -- Jewel Prater has long been the neighborhood's grandmother. Story
    SPORTS
    Rays give their pitchers a hand
    The club sees its best chance to improve in an upgraded defense. Story
    Bucs won't take drastic steps to keep Jackson
    Tampa Bay is taking a realistic approach with free agents and will not use the franchise tag to keep safety Dexter Jackson from shopping around. Story
    Striking while hot
    LIGHTNING 2, THRASHERS 0: Tampa Bay scores late again to stay in top eight in playoff chase. Story
    Age no factor for Irwin; it's victories he counts
    At 57 and in top shape, he destroys myth 55-plus golfers can't win. Story
    STATE
    7 years cut from 'TV intoxication' murderer's term
    The Florida Parole Commission votes to set Ronny Zamora's release date in 2005. Story
    BUSINESS
    Fla. tourism racks up record year
    But the picture isn't all sunny. Visitors' spending and length of stays are down. Story
    Low mortgage rates fuel boom in housing starts
    New home construction hit its highest level since 1986, remaining a bright spot in the shaky economic recovery. Story
    Uncle Sam wants you -- for a refund
    The IRS is searching for 124,000 Floridians still owed money from 1999. Returns must be filed by April 15. Story



     
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