Saudi bombmaker convicted in Texas

With ties to the Saudi royal family, a terrorist faces life in prison

By Nicholas Nehamas

Every Monday, Latitude News brings you stories from local papers across America that show how news doesn’t stop at the border. In today’s interconnected world, what happens overseas can play out in your community and daily life.

Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari planned to target former President George W. Bush’s home in Dallas as well as various nuclear plants. (Reuters)


1) In Texas, a federal court convicted a Saudi man of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. He now faces a potential sentence of life in prison. Highlighting his ties to the Arab kingdom, Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari’s stay in America was financed by a chemical firm owned by the Saudi royal family. (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)

2) A manufacturer in New York has discovered a surprising truth: sometimes, once you factor in shipping and other costs, it’s cheaper to make goods in America than it is in China. (San Francisco Chronicle).

3) A street sign in Tampa Bay’s Latin Quarter is causing divisions between linguistic purists and proponents of the local Spanish/English/Italian dialect. (Tampa Bay Times)

4) Like most Japanese firms, Toyota is a highly centralized, top-down enterprise. But in the midst of an economic slowdown and high-profile safety concerns, Toyota’s home office has allowed an American team to redesign its flagship sedan. (Detroit Free Press)

5) You might have guessed the Caesar salad was invented in the kitchen of the Waldorf or Four Seasons. But the iconic dish actually comes from Baja in Mexico. A festival in Tijuana at Caesar’s Restaurant recently celebrated that little-known fact. (LA Weekly)