Marijuana request:A federal appeals court is being asked...

Newswatch... on last week in review

March 11, 1991

Marijuana request:

A federal appeals court is being asked to order the government to legalize use of marijuana for medical purposes such as controlling nausea in cancer patients.

The Drug Enforcement Administration ignored evidence that marijuana can ease the suffering of patients with cancer, glaucoma and multiple sclerosis, said plaintiffs in the case being argued last Monday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Latvia, Estonia vote to secede:

Latvians and Estonians voted overwhelmingly for independence from the Soviet Union, in referendums that carry no legal weight but represent a challenge to President Mikhail Gorbachev. With most ballots counted after the March 3plebiscites, secession was favored by more than three-fourths of voters in both republics, officials said.

Cold capsules taken off shelves:

The maker of the popular cold remedy Sudafed announced March 3 a nationwide recall of the 12-hour decongestant capsules after federal officials said they believed two people had died and a third had become ill from taking cyanide-laced capsules.

* Burroughs Wellcome Co., the manufacturer of Sudafed, offered a $100,000 reward Thursday for information leading to a conviction in a cyanide tampering case.

Gulf report:

With a cease-fire in place, the news last week was one of homecomings and upheaval.

* In the first step toward meeting allied truce terms, 10 allied prisoners of war -- six of them Americans -- were freed last Monday by Iraq.

On Tuesday, 35 more allied prisoners of war, including 15 Americans, were released in Baghdad. It was not until Wednesday, however, that they were able to fly to freedom in Saudi Arabia. The allies also freed the first Iraqi POWs Wednesday, about 300 out of more than 63,000 held by coalition forces.

* Opposition to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was being reported in Basra, the country's second largest city, and several other southern urban areas as remnants of the Iraqi army returned home. Reports of fierce fighting continued through the week with the loyal Republican Guard apparently regaining a measure of control in Basra with its brutal tactics. The Kurds opened a second front, attacking cities in the north.

* President Bush summarized the lessons of the Persian Gulf war Wednesday night for the American people and Congress. He said that the war should lay the foundation for a broader peace in the Middle East.

* Secretary of State James A. Baker, launched a drive for new security arrangements in the Middle East. He met Saudi officials Friday to discuss prospects for peace between the Arabs and Israel.

* The first large group of American soldiers from the gulf war returned home Friday to cheers and tears, in a jubilant scene destined to be repeated in the days and weeks ahead. Thousands returned over the weekend at several East Coast bases, including Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

L.A. beating probed:

The FBI has opened an investigation into the conduct of Los Angeles police officers who were caught on a home video repeatedly beating and kicking a motorist after a high-speed chase.

* L.A. Police Chief Daryl Gates said Thursday that he wanted felony assault charges filed against three officers implicated in

the beating. The financial world had little to cheer about last week.

* On Friday, the government reported February's unemployment rate surged to 6.5 percent, the highest level in four years. The latest figures for Baltimore showed unemployment declined to 6.4 percent in January.

* The Port of Baltimore blamed a faltering economy and labor disputes for an 11 percent drop in general cargo last year.

* Sales of new homes continued to evaporate in January, falling 12.3 percent to the lowest level in 8 1/2 years, the government reported last Monday.

In one of the few bright spots, the Dow Jones industrial average briefly poked above the 3,000 mark Wednesday. For the week, stocks were up over 40 points.

Anniversary:

A year ago Thursday, about 1,200 Morgan State University students began the second day of a sit-in demonstration in Truth Hall, the administration building. At 3 p.m. Wednesday on the steps of the administration building, 14 students recalled the tumultuous period during which they disrupted university operations for a week.

Briefly noted:

Junk bond king Michael Milken surrendered at a federal prison in Pleasanton, Calif., a day early to begin serving a 10-year sentence for securities violations, a spokeswoman said last Monday. . . . The United Democratic Front, a coalition of anti-apartheid groups formed 7 1/2 years ago, announced last Monday that it will disband as a result of the political changes under way in South Africa. . . . Union officials say a report that a 40-hour workweek could cost Maryland almost $5 million in federal aid supports their argument that it would be unwise for the state to extend working hours.

Hubble fix may be costly:

Fixing the Hubble Space Telescope's blurred vision could cost about $60 million if a new corrective device is used, according to NASA.

However, the troubled orbiting telescope still would not operate at the same level as first envisioned, Lennard Fisk, chief scientist for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, said Wednesday. An apparent manufacturing error in the $1.6 billion Hubble's mirrors hinders focusing on distant objects.

Fisk said that COSTAR -- short for corrective optics space telescope axial replacement -- could be installed by astronauts during a 1993 shuttle mission.

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.