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February 21, 2003
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Terror Indictments
Al-Arian raised money for terrorists, feds say

The USF professor is among eight defendants accused of financing, managing and supervising Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
After years of worry about her husband: 'They're here'
TAMPA -- The knock came at 5:15 a.m.
Jihad leader emerged from shadows of USF
Almost eight years have passed since Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, an obscure professor at the University of South Florida, departed to become head of a Middle East terrorist organization.
Hammoudeh a bright scholar, USF peers say
TAMPA -- Members of the campus community at the University of South Florida knew Sameeh Hammoudeh as a father, part-time Arabic instructor and dedicated doctoral student.
Fariz worked for doctor, visited Mecca recently
SPRING HILL -- For the better part of a year, Hatem Naji Fariz managed the business affairs of a Hernando County doctor's office. He lived in an attractive Spring Hill home with a child's plastic basketball hoop in the driveway.
USF faces decisions on Al-Arian
TAMPA -- University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian's arrest on terrorism charges Thursday was seen as vindication for the school's efforts to fire him -- and a sign of more trying times ahead.
Local Muslims deny Al-Arian fits government description
TAMPA -- At the Islamic Academy of Florida, the school Sami Al-Arian helped run, federal agents carted out dozens of boxes Thursday from the administration trailer. They talked at length to the principal, who tried to keep the day normal.
Balance sometimes lacking in TV's Al-Arian coverage
For some news outlets, the Thursday arrest of suspended University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian seemed like confirmation of suspicions they had been airing for years.
Intercepting evidence likely took 'small army'
TAMPA -- In the case against Sami Al-Arian and his co-defendants, federal prosecutors are relying heavily on intercepted telephone calls and faxes that purportedly establish links to terrorists in the Middle East.
Al-Arian's rise in U.S. began in academics
He came to America in 1975 to study and became a professor. He was admired by students and led Islamic causes.
Context clues indicate unnamed co-conspirator is Mazen Al-Najjar
TAMPA -- The indictment against Sami Al-Arian includes numerous references to an "Unindicted Co-conspirator Twelve," a man federal prosecutors say played an active role in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Breach in 'the wall' opened intelligence to investigators
WASHINGTON -- Law enforcement officials called it "the wall." And when it came down last November, criminal investigators pursuing Sami Al-Arian suddenly found themselves awash in critical new evidence for their case.
Sami Al-Arian, in his words
Howard Troxler: Which face of Al-Arian should be believed?
I spent a long time Thursday with a yellow highlighter and Sami Al-Arian's federal indictment. Now it is getting late in the evening, but two feelings keep colliding in my brain, over and over.
Editorial: The Al-Arian indictment
Whether or not it amounted to criminal conduct, the USF professor's activity in support of an Islamic terrorist group is laid out in damning detail.

Shuttle Disaster: Firefighters to seek 'Columbia' clues
Tampa firefighters are part of two Florida teams headed to Texas to relieve exhausted local search teams.

Choice hands 9 of 10 their wish
Computer matchups of students to schools portend an easy transition to the new choice system this fall.

Driver accused of pulling gun in road rage incident
BROOKSVILLE -- One driver's attempt to pass another on Interstate 75 turned into a road rage incident that left a family shaken Thursday but not injured, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

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