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FBI Honing in on Some Muslim Leaders in Phoenix Area

Several incidents have prompted the FBI in the Phoenix area to take a closer look at the Muslim community.

By Sean Holstege and Dennis Wagner
The Arizona Republic
PHOENIX — The FBI has sharpened its scrutiny of some Phoenix-area Muslim leaders because of their links to two controversial incidents and a federal probe into the financing of terrorist groups.
No Arizonan has been accused of supporting terrorist groups or actions. However, a Mesa man was charged with lying to the FBI during the financing investigation.
The events that triggered the stepped-up scrutiny were the federal probe into a Muslim charity accused of funneling money to the Palestinian group Hamas; a target-shooting episode in Phoenix this year involving a large group of Muslim men and boys firing hundreds of rounds from AK-47s and other guns; and the high-profile removal in 2006 of six Arizona-bound imams from a jetliner after passengers and crew complained of their behavior. Click here to find out more!
Although some Islamic leaders say they understand the scrutiny, they also view it as another sign that innocent Muslims unjustly fall under suspicion because of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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Rapper Terrance “Bump J” Boykin Indicted For Bank Robbery

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In the recording world, there’s more than one way to get attention. Bump J has found another way.

By Associated Press
CHICAGO – Chicago area rapper Bump J has been arrested in Southern Illinois on bank robbery charges.
The man, whose real name is Terrance Boykin, was arrested in Carbondale after a traffic stop this week.
Boykin is accused of robbing an Oak Park bank with another man last January, with the FBI saying they made off with $100,000.
Authorities around the nation were searching for Boykin after he was indicted by a grand jury in September.
If convicted, he faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.
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Sen. Stevens Harmed Himself in Trial by Testifying

Like every egocentric politician in this town, Sen. Ted Stevens may have given himself too much credit when testifying on his own behalf in a public corruption case.

Sen. Stevens During the Campaign/official photo

Sen. Stevens During the Campaign/official photo

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — The jurors had spent the better part of two days battling one of their own, Juror No. 9, who had refused to participate in deliberations. Several feared that they were headed for a hung jury, an ignominious end to the month-long corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens, one of the most powerful Republicans in Congress.
But when the jurors reconvened a few days later, it took them just hours to find Stevens guilty on all seven counts of lying on financial disclosure forms to hide more than $250,000 in gifts and renovations to his Girdwood, Alaska, house.
The jurors said they went from near-disaster to a quick verdict after they put their bickering aside and realized that prosecutors had presented an overwhelming case. Stevens, they said, did himself no favors by taking the stand, where he destroyed the grandfatherly image his lawyers had carefully crafted.
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Convicted Sen. Ted Stevens Continues to Slip in Vote Count

Sen. Ted Stevens lost his criminal trial. Could he now lose his seat in the Senate after 40 years? It looks like it could happen.

Sen. Ted Stevens/official photo

Sen. Ted Stevens/official photo

By SEAN COCKERHAM
Anchorage Daily News
ANCHORAGE — Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is in grave danger of losing re-election after Mark Begich widened his lead to 1,022 votes Friday.
More than 90 percent of the votes are now counted, and Friday’s count of absentee and questioned ballots could have been Stevens’ best chance to make a comeback. That’s because it included all the ballots left from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, where Stevens has enjoyed his most unwavering support.
There are about 24,000 ballots left to be counted, coming from Anchorage, Southeast Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula. The state will tally them all Tuesday.
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Former FBI Agent Charged in Vegas With Hammer Slaying

A former FBI agent finds himself on the wrong side of the bars.

By Adrienne Packer
Las Vegas Review-Journal
LAS VEGAS — A former federal agent arrested in the death of a woman who was beaten with a hammer Thursday was once an agent with the organized crime division in the Las Vegas FBI office, a source said Friday.
Edward Preciado-Nuno, 61, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center early Thursday on suspicion of murder with a deadly weapon.
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Tough Fed Prosecutor Nominated to Oversee $700 Billion Bailout

With the endless stories of corporate parties and huge bonuses on Wall Street, it’s no wonder the American people are skeptical about the $700 billion bailout. Will Neil Barofsky be enough to pacify the skeptics?

By Amit R. Paley
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Neil M. Barofsky, who was nominated yesterday to be the chief watchdog of the $700 billion bailout program, has spent his career as a federal prosecutor going after everyone from perpetrators of esoteric multibillion-dollar accounting frauds to South American drug lords with names such as “El Gordo” and “Matador.”
“He has stared down international drug traffickers,” said Roberto Finzi, a close friend and former colleague, “so he ought to be able to stare down investment bankers.”
The nomination comes amid growing concern over lack of oversight of the unprecedented bailout program, which is supposed to be scrutinized by two new independent bodies: a special inspector general and a congressional oversight panel.
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NY Times Readers Have Their Say As To Who Should Head Justice and Homeland Security

Gov. Napolitano/official photo

Gov. Napolitano/official photo

If it were up to New York Times readers, Richard  A. Clark would head  Homeland Security and Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano would be our next Attorney General. Some readers also said they would like to see Ron Paul as the next Attorney General or Homeland Security chief, a sentiment not likely to materialize.

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