- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 13, 2001

Cuban spy sentenced to life in prison
MIAMI The leader of a Cuban spy ring was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for trying to infiltrate U.S. military bases and for betraying the lives of four Cuban Americans whose private planes were shot down by Fidel Castro's communist government in 1996.
Gerardo Hernandez, 36, received the maximum sentence after a 20-minute speech in which he denounced his federal trial as a "propaganda show" and blamed his prosecution on the political clout of Miami's Cuban exile community.
Hernandez was one of five men convicted June 8 of operating as unregistered foreign agents. He was the only one charged and convicted of murder conspiracy in the deaths of four Brothers to the Rescue members whose planes were shot down on Feb. 24, 1996, by Cuban jet fighters in international airspace.

September 11 widow commits suicide
STROUDSBURG, Pa. A 51-year-old woman who friends say had been depressed since her husband died in the attack on the World Trade Center committed suicide this week, authorities said yesterday.
Pat Flounders, 51, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at her home on Monday, Monroe County Coroner Dave Thomas said. Her body was found by a friend.
Her husband, Joe Flounders, 46, worked for Euro Brokers Inc. on the 84th floor of the trade center's South Tower.

Florida boys indicted in father's slaying
PENSACOLA, Fla. Two adolescent brothers have been charged with murder in the slaying of their father and have been indicted as adults in the most recent case to have drawn attention to Florida's laws regarding juvenile offenders.
Derek and Alex King, ages 13 and 12, were charged Tuesday with premeditated murder and arson for reportedly bludgeoning their father and setting the house on fire. If convicted of first-degree murder, they could be sentenced to life in prison.

Palestinian loses job for anti-Semitism
CLEVELAND A Palestinian Islamic cleric who made anti-Semitic remarks on local television 10 years ago has been told he can't teach a class on Islam at a community college.
Fawaz Damra, imam of the mosque at the Islamic Center of Cleveland, has been replaced by another instructor, Lakeland Community College President Morris Beverage said Tuesday.
In the days after the September 11 terrorist attacks, Mr. Damra represented Muslims at interfaith gatherings. Then local television stations broadcast the videotape from a Chicago gathering 10 years ago in which he was seen raising money for Islamic Jihad, a group that claimed responsibility for suicide bombings against Israelis.
On the tape, Mr. Damra said Muslims should be "directing all the rifles at the first and last enemy of the Islamic nation and that is the sons of monkeys and pigs, the Jews."

INS arrests foreign students
SAN DIEGO Immigration authorities arrested 10 persons in the San Diego area yesterday in the first crackdown of its kind on Middle Eastern students suspected of violating the terms of their visas by not being in school.
None of those arrested is suspected of involvement in the September 11 attacks, authorities said.
Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for the Immigration and Naturalization Service, said about 50 people were being sought in the area.

FBI says Texas schools get retaliation threat
AUSTIN, Texas The FBI warned yesterday that it had learned of a vague threat suggesting that two persons might retaliate against Texas schools for the U.S. bombing in Afghanistan.
FBI agent Bob Doguim said the threat had not been corroborated, and did not specify a school or what type of retaliation might take place.
Mr. Doguim said the FBI informed Texas' Homeland Security Task Force, which began disseminating the information to public and private schools, and colleges and universities late Tuesday.


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