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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Pirate and the Murder Trial

I remember well the years in the 1980s when Sammy Khalifa was young and promising shortstop for the Pittburgh Pirates, also notable for being a very rare Arab-American (Egyptian in his case) in the major leagues.  He never became a star and frankly I had not thought of him for years, decades.  Now there's a major NYT story posted tonight.  Khalifa's father was murdered at a mosque he had founded in Arizona in 1990.  Now the trial for the alleged killer has started and the former shortstop is attending.  Now 49, he  lives in Tucson, where he drives a cab.

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