The Week That Was

September 02, 2001

The World

THE WORLD Conference Against Racism opened Friday in Durban, South Africa, under a cloud over how to refer to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the meeting's final declaration. The United States said it was attending but not taking part ... East Timor's first elections went off well with more than 90 percent of the new country's 425,000 registered voters casting ballots in a jovial atmosphere that contrasted with the brutal violence of two years ago when Indonesian troops sought to retain control of the province ... Australia's prime minister, John Howard, was greeted with cheers in Parliament when he announced that the government would not permit a ship carrying 438 Asian refugees rescued from a sinking ship to land in Australia ... Israel assassinated the leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, an accused mastermind of attacks against Israelis, and occupied and then withdrew from Beit Jala, a Palestinian town near Bethlehem because Palestinian gunmen there were firing into nearby Jewish areas ... Iraq claimed to have shot down an unmanned U.S. reconnaissance plane and American planes blasted that country's anti-aircraft sites ... A British soldier was killed by a block of concrete thrown through the windshield of his vehicle as NATO troops began collecting weapons in Macedonia ... FAA investigators questioned if the pilot of the plane that crashed in the Bahamas, killing singer Aaliyah, was authorized to fly the craft.

The Nation

Nikolay Soltys, 27, the Ukranian immigrant accused of stabbing to death his wife, 3-year-old son, aunt, uncle and two young cousins, was captured without incident in the back yard of his mother's California home ... Florida's ban on adoptions by gay couples was upheld by a federal judge ... . The University of Georgia cannot use a formula that gave a numerical advantage to black applicants in striving for diversity, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled ... George Rivas, who led a seven-man Texas prison escape last year, received the death sentence he asked for in the killing of a police officer during the six-week break ... Rep. Gary Condit's two sons resigned from the administration of Gray Davis after the California governor said their father should resign for his behavior in the Chandra Levy disappearance, though one of the sons - Chad - said his father should escape media attacks by not running for re-election ... Catnip appears to repel mosquitos, according to a study at Iowa State University, though its effect on nearby cats is not clear ... Insulin may be available in pill form, according to Purdue University researchers ... The prison population in the United States rose 2 percent last year to a record 6.5 million ... A New Hampshire man apparently killed himself by intentionally crashing a small plane into his own home - burning it to a crisp but causing no other injuries - the day after his wife got a restraining order against him ... Binge drinking is the top concern of parents of college students, according to an American Medical Association study that estimates 44 percent of college students indulge ... Air bags, a life-saving device, killed 18 children in 2000, down from 35 in 1996, according to the National Safety Council.

The Region

Maryland Comptroller William Donald Schaefer announced an amnesty until Oct. 1 for scofflaws to pay of delinquent taxes ... Catherine Curran O'Malley asked the state Judicial Ethics Commission for advice on avoiding conflicts between her new job as a Baltimore District Court judge and her husband's line of work as the city's mayor and her father's as state attorney general ... Peter Angelos filed a $100 million lawsuit against Philip Morris Inc. on behalf of the widow of a Baltimore County man who died of lung cancer in January ... SAT scores in Maryland stayed about the same, but Baltimore County showed a 24 point rise ... The intersection of Lombard and Howard streets and the light rail lines, damaged in the July train tunnel fire, are expected to reopen this week ... An independent panel appointed by Johns Hopkins to investigate the death of Ellen Roche in an asthma study sharply criticized the school's "inadequacies of institutional oversight" and called for an end to the common practice of employees volunteering for their supervisors' studies ... Baltimore County police discovered that a suspect in a seige of a Wendy's apparently eluded police by hiding in the restaurant's ceiling and walking out a day later ... Three bodies turned up in Clifton Park, alarming neighbors and golfers.


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