Day of the twister:A tornado devastated scores of homes...

Newswatch ... on last week in review

October 22, 1990

Day of the twister:

A tornado devastated scores of homes Thursday afternoon in the Reisterstown area, causing damage estimated in millions of dollars. Hospital officials said seven people were treated for chest pains or storm injuries.

State officials said the twister caused property damage between $9.5 million and $10 million. As many as 170 homes and 500 people were affected. Baltimore County police said 59 people were displaced by the storm, and as many as 60 others were hurt, none seriously. Iraq said Friday it would ration gasoline and lubricating oil beginning tomorrow as a result of the U.N. trade blockade. It was the first clear sign that the U.N. embargo, imposed four days after Iraq conquered Kuwait, was starting to hit the economy.

* The United States pressed last week for swift passage of a new U.N. resolution condemning Iraq's human rights violations in Kuwait and demanding the release of all hostages held by Baghdad.

* Saudi authorities are blocking the shipment of commercial goods to Jordan, apparently in an attempt to pressure Amman into pulling back from supporting Iraq, shipping agents and officials in Amman said Thursday.

* Tehran Radio said Iran and Iraq would resume a prisoner-of-war exchange this week, and Iran officially reopened its Baghdad embassy Saturday.

* The five permanent U.N. Security Council members reached agreement Wednesday on a resolution that would require Iraq to pay for damages stemming from its invasion of Kuwait.

A trying time:

A flood of drug cases combined with tight budget restraints threatens to cripple Baltimore's court system, says Judge Joseph H.H. Kaplan, the administrative judge of the Baltimore Circuit Court. He warned last Monday that to survive under the city's proposed $6.3 million budget appropriation, the court would have to stop paying jurors and eliminate its community services division, eliminate juvenile court masters or get rid of the court's medical services division.

Tribble pleads guilty:

Brian Lee Tribble, 28, who gained notoriety in 1986 when he was implicated in the cocaine-induced death of University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to an unrelated charge of cocaine conspiracy.

In a plea bargain, Tribble agreed to a no-parole prison term of 10 years and one month, plus a five-year term of supervised release afterward.

Hunter acquitted in slaying:

A hunter was found not guilty Wednesday in Bangor, Maine, of manslaughter charges in the death of a woman he shot and killed when he mistook her for a deer.

Donald Rogerson, a supermarket produce manager, was charged in the Nov. 15, 1988, death of Karen Wood, 37, the mother of twin 1-year-old girls. She was shot once in the chest as she stood about 130 feet behind her home in Hermon, a Bangor suburb.

Rogerson, 47, testified Tuesday that he saw a deer in the scope of his rifle and fired twice before discovering he had shot and killed Wood.

Peace Prize to Gorbachev:

Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, 59, won the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize last Monday for his decisive role in the dramatic rapprochement between East and West -- leadership that helped end the Cold War, free the East bloc and slow the arms race.

In giving Gorbachev the $700,000 prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee also cited him for allowing greater openness in his homeland.

Other Nobel Prizes announced last week:

* Physics to Jerome I. Friedman, 60, of Chicago, and Henry W. Kendall, 63, of Boston, both professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Canadian Richard E. Taylor, 60, a professor at Stanford University, for finding the first evidence of quarks, now believed to be basic building blocks of matter.

* Chemistry to Elias James Corey, 62, a professor at Harvard University and a native of Methuen, Mass., for "his development of the theory and methodology of organic synthesis."

* Economics to Harry Markowitz, 63, of the City University of New York; Merton Miller, 67, of the University of Chicago; William Sharpe, 56, of Stanford University; for their pioneering work in financial economics and corporate finance. Leonard Bernstein, an exuberant conductor, a versatile composer and the man who more than anyone brought American music to the world, died Oct. 14 at age 72 at his home in New York City of cardiac arrest caused by lung failure. . . . The Cincinnati Reds won the World Series Saturday, defeating the Oakland Athletics four games to none.

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