$99M U.S. Navy Contract For SAIC

MCLEAN, Va., Aug. 9 (UPI) — Science Applications International Corp. has won a $99 million contract from the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center for C4ISR services.

The prime contract for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance is an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity award. It features a one-year base period of performance and six one-year options.

Under the contract, SAIC will provide services in areas such as operations and security management, help desk, training, shipping, transportation and equipment and system-related support for Navy and Joint C4ISR systems at worldwide shore and ship operational commands as required.

SAIC is one of two contractors that will compete for task orders under the contract.

“We look forward to providing SSC Atlantic with operational insight and knowledge management to help successfully integrate secure solutions to help naval, joint and national agencies achieve their critical missions,” said Tom Baybrook, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager.

Prof Said To Retaliate Against Students

CHESTER, Pa., Aug. 9 (UPI) — Widener University Law School says it suspended an instructor for allegedly retaliating against students who said he made violent, racist and sexist statements.

Lawrence J. Connell, an associate professor, has been suspended for a year without pay, ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment and formally apologize, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

“Filing an informal or formal complaint of discrimination or harassment is protected activity under the law,” the university said in a statement. “The university prohibits retaliation against any individual who files a complaint in good faith or who participates in a discrimination and/or harassment inquiry.”

Connell’s attorney, Thomas Neuberger, said he would not comply with the ruling and called the university’s actions against him “draconian.”

In June, a faculty panel, the second to review the case, found accusations Connell made racist, sexist and violent statements had not been proved, but that he did retaliate against students who made them.

Connell, who is white, has asserted Law School Dean Linda L. Ammons, who is black, wants him fired because of his conservative political views.

Connell, who has taught at the law school 26 years, has filed a $1.8 million defamation suit against the university and two students who made the allegations for lost wages and benefits he said he would have received in the 12 years he intended to continue working. He’s also seeking damages for humiliation, pain and suffering, emotional distress and harm to his reputation.

The ruling said the alleged retaliation included e-mails to other students about the accusations and threats in the media to sue the students

Neuberger said the actions were not retaliation but Connell’s attempt to defend himself.

In December, the Inquirer said, Connell was accused of using “hypothetical examples” during criminal procedure classes that included his attempt to shoot Ammons. He was also accused of using racist and sexist statements.

Sony Warehouse Burned To Ground In London Riots

LONDON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — A Sony warehouse was looted of CDs and DVDs, then burned to the ground during a third day of rioting in London, a company representative said.

Police struggled to gain control of the city from groups of young people who have been vandalizing businesses and vehicles, setting fires and stealing in an episode of civil unrest not seen in England for decades. The Metropolitan Police said 525 arrests have been made in connection with the riots.

Monday night’s destruction of the three-story Sony building, which is the company’s only distribution center for CDs and DVDs in the United Kingdom, is expected to impact delivery of music and movies to both retailers and consumers, a Sony spokeswoman told Sky News.

The BBC said the building was home to the United Kingdom’s biggest distributor of independent music, Pias, as well.

Memphis Industries, one of the labels Pias handles, said via Twitter: “All the stock we got left is sitting in our office. Devastated is the word.”

“For us, it’s devastating. It’s a lot of labels that are distributed by Pias,” Spencer Hickman from the Rough Trade East record store told the BBC. “It’s complete chaos. We don’t know how long it’s going to take them to get back on their feet. It looks like people have lost everything that was in the warehouse. I’m sure there are labels which aren’t insured. I’m sure there will be labels that will go bust.”

Several movie theaters also closed their doors Monday night but were expected to reopen Tuesday if the situation allowed, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Former Philippines Pres. Arroyo On Immigration Watch List

MANILA, Philippines, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo cannot leave the Philippines without the government’s permission, the Bureau of Immigration said Tuesday.

Arroyo has been placed on an immigration watch list due to corruption cases pending against her, Inquirer.net reported from Manila.

The former president faces plunder charges alleging she illegally used hundreds of millions of dollars in government funds for her election campaign.

She also faces separate criminal complaints alleging she failed to remit $1.7 million in taxes on the sale of a government lot and diverted more than $13 million in an overseas workers’ fund to her 2004 election campaign, the Philippines’ GMA News reported.

Arroyo’s lawyer said earlier plans to place his client on the immigration watch list was a form of political harassment.

Search Still On For ‘crime Spree’ Siblings

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 9 (UPI) — The FBI says a massive search is ongoing for three Florida siblings on the run after allegedly shooting at a police officer and later robbing a bank.

The search for 29-year-old Lee Grace Dougherty and her two brothers, Dylan, 26, and Ryan, 21, began after a police officer in Zephyrhills, Fla., tried to stop a car for speeding and was led on a high-speed chase during which the occupants of the car fired on him before evading the chase, CBS News reported Tuesday.

Police say following the chase the group robbed a bank in Valdosta, Ga.

They fired shots into the air before leaving with an unknown amount of money, witnesses said.

Police say they believe the siblings may have been planning their crime spree for some time after a search of a home where the suspects reportedly lived discovered a sophisticated underground bunker system.

The trio should be considered armed and dangerous, authorities said.

“We don’t want people to think that these are just three kids,” Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said from Tampa. “These are three felony (offenders). They’ve actually committed numerous felonies throughout their lives. They’re street-smart. They know what they’re doing, and we need the public’s assistance to help capture them.”

9-year-old’s Lost Wallet, Cash Returned

POQUOSON, Va., Aug. 9 (UPI) — The manager of a Virginia 7-Eleven said a 9-year-old’s wallet was returned with all its contents, including more than $300, after the boy posted a note.

Marvin Ward, manager of the store on Wythe Creed Road in Poquoson, said the wallet was returned after the boy, identified only as Charlie, posted a note at the store explaining how he accidentally left his wallet near the shop’s Slurpee machine with more than $300 inside, The (Newport News, Va.) Daily Press reported Tuesday.

“The wallet’s been returned,” Ward said Monday. “Some lady turned it in and Charlie got his wallet back. Everything was in there.”

“I’m just glad Charlie’s got his wallet back,” he said.

Charlie’s letter was headlined, “How many people would return a lost wallet?” and lists the contents of the wallet, including three gift cards and more than $300.

“I hope whoever has it needed it more than me,” the note concluded.

FBI: ‘D.B. Cooper’ Test Inconclusive

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — DNA testing of a necktie belonging to airline hijacker “D.B. Cooper” has failed to link it to a new suspect in the four-decade-old case, the FBI says.

However, the bureau said, the testing does not definitely rule out a man named L.D. Cooper, now deceased, as a suspect, USA Today reported Tuesday.

L.D. Cooper’s niece, Marla Cooper, told the FBI earlier this year she believed L.D. and another uncle were involved in the skyjacking of a Northwest Orient flight over Oregon in 1971, when the hijacker, known as “D.B. Cooper,” threatened to blow up the plane and demanded and received $200,000 ransom and a parachute.

With the cash in hand, the hijacker bailed out of the airplane somewhere over Oregon.

Marla Cooper, who was 8 at the time of the hijacking, says L.D. Cooper showed up at her house bloodied and bruised the morning after the hijacking.

She overheard her uncles talking about a hijacking and getting “rich,” she says.

The FBI says testing of some items belonging to L.D. Cooper has proved inconclusive, but they are talking to the family to identify other items that could be tested, possibly for fingerprints.

Britain’s Trade Gap Widens

LONDON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Britain’s trade gap rose to $7.2 billion in June as exports fell by $1.9 billion and imports dropped by $1.2 billion, the government said Tuesday.

Britain’s deficit in goods trading grew to $14.2 billion in June from $13.7 billion in May. In services, the trade surplus came in at $7.1 billion, unchanged from a month earlier.

The gap in trading in goods with EU countries shrank from $5.5 billion in May to $5.1 billion June. With non-EU countries, the trading gap in goods rose from $8.2 billion in May to $9.2 billion in June.

Excluding oil trading, the volume of goods exports fell by 2.7 percent, while the volume of goods imports fell by 5.8 percent compared with May, the Office of National Statistics said.

Exports prices rose 0.6 percent month-to-month. Import prices rose slightly faster, up 0.7 percent May to June, ONS said.

Masked Men Attack Moscow Preservationists

MOSCOW, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Fifteen preservationists trying to stop the demolition of a 19th century building in Moscow were beaten by a group of some 50 masked men, activists said.

They said the attackers also slashed the tires of residents’ cars and refused to allow paramedics access to people injured in the incident, The Moscow Times reported.

A video of the attack uploaded on YouTube shows several police officers failing to intervene in the scuffle.

The newspaper said the incident was the culmination of a monthlong standoff that has pitted activists and local residents against a developer who wants to replace the old building with a seven-story house complete with underground parking lot.

City authorities ruled earlier that the building is not a historical landmark and can be demolished.

Preservationists are demanding that police open a criminal investigation of the beatings.

Guilty Plea In S.C. School Bomb Case

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C., Aug. 9 (UPI) — A South Carolina teenager agreed to plead guilty to charges he shot at a school officer and took pipe bombs to the school in September, his attorney said.

Christian Helms, 15, who was facing trial as an adult on charges of attempted murder and three counts of transporting or possessing a destructive device, will plead guilty to two counts of the destructive device charges, The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News reported Tuesday.

Helms entered a so-called Alford plea on the attempted murder charge.

In such a plea a defendant asserts innocence but admits sufficient evidence exists for the prosecution to likely convince a jury to return a guilty verdict.

Police say Helms went into the Socastee High School office of Erik Karney, the school’s resource officer, on Sept. 21 with a loaded gun and two pipe bombs in his backpack.

Helms, 14 at the time, shot at Kearney, police said, and was taken into custody at the school.

Helms’ plea was entered after a jury was selected Monday, and Circuit Court Judge Thomas Cooper set sentencing for Wednesday.