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Dateline Florida

By TIMES WIRES
Published February 28, 2007


PROFESSOR, HIS WIFE, GET PRISON FOR TALKS WITH CUBAN AGENTS

A college professor was sentenced to five years in federal prison in a case involving allegations of spying for Cuba. Carlos Alvarez, 61, and his 56-year-old wife, Elsa, were sentenced on reduced charges of conspiracy to become an unregistered foreign agent, to which they pleaded guilty as part of a deal. Mrs. Alvarez was sentenced to three years in prison. "We are extremely upset," said the couple's son, also named Carlos Alvarez, 40. The former Florida International University professor's attorneys argue he was never a Cuban intelligence agent or a supporter of Fidel Castro, and that he was trying to open avenues of communication between the two countries.

For fan-hungry Rays, bay is a gulf

Tampa Bay Devil Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg acknowledges it's been tough trying to sell his baseball squad as the home team for St. Petersburg and Tampa since acquiring the Rays a little more than a year ago. It's a gaping divide. "I think it's narrowed since we came in, but the gulf was wider than I anticipated," he told reporters Tuesday after speaking at the University Club in Tampa. He told the group he hopes to see the team serve as a catalyst for creating a broader notion of community.