The Week That Was

September 09, 2001

Fearsome fizzle

It wasn't the sort of fireball and smoke cloud Americans once pictured when they imagined a Soviet missle coming through the atmosphere toward the United States. Instead, early-risers from Washington to New York gaped in wonder just before sun rise Thursday as a 26-year-old Vostok rocket fell from orbit and traced a fiery trail up the East Coast. The spy satellite that it put into space in 1975 expired a decade ago - like the country that built it.

Deadly shark attacks

A shark killed a man and severely injured his girlfriend in an attack off the North Carolina Outer Banks only two days after a 10-year-old was killed by a shark in 4 feet of water off Virginia Beach. Va. In North Carolina, Russian immigrant Sergei Zaloukaev, 23, died and Natalia Slobodskaya, 23, lost her left foot in the Labor Day incident. David Peltier (above) of Richmond, Va., died when a shark severed an ar tery in his leg in the Virginia Beach attack. The number of shark attacks actually is down this year.

The World

Mexican President Vicente Fox, making a state visit to Washington, pushed for a quick deal that would aid Mexican workers in the United States, to which President Bush replied: Not so fast ... North and South Korea agreed to resume their reconciliation dialogue ... Zimbabwe agreed to stop takeovers of white-owned farms, to enforce the rule of law in land reform and to restore civil rights ... Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye surfaced in suburban Washington, asking that foreign aid to Uganda's leader Yoweri Museveni be cut off ... Macedonians are asking NATO troops to expand their role beyond collecting weapons to peacekeeping ... An Indonesian train collision killed at least 40 ... Afghanistan's Muslim fundamentalist Taliban regime showed foreign reporters evidence of Christian proselityzing by foreign aid workers on trial in Kabul in a case that could get them the death penalty ... The former U.S. embassy in Tehran, where 52 Americans were held hostage for almost 15 months from 1979 to 1981, is being turned into a museum that will display "public tools and apparatus" that Iran says were used by the Americans for subversion ... Mobs of Protestants in Belfast, Northern Ireland, attacked Catholic children on their way to a school in a Protestant area ... A fire in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, destroyed the city's straw market, a popular tourist attraction ... Syrian authorities arrested leading opposition activist Riad Seif one day after he hosted a free-speech forum at his home despite a government ban ... The Concorde supersonic passenger craft, grounded 13 months ago after one crashed at on takeoff in Paris killing 113 people, will begin flying passengers again next month, British Airways announced.

The Nation

President Bush and Congress returned to work, facing tough debate over such issues as the economy, education, health care and missile defense ... The White House and the Democratic leadership in the Senate agreed they would not take money from the Social Security program, a promise that most economic analysts believe cannot be kept in the face of the federal treasury being tapped to pay for Bush's $1.3 trillion tax refund and sapped by the withering economy. Then Sen. Pete V. Domenici, the New Mexico Republican, said he "saw no reason in the world" not to take funds from Social Security to cover education and defense spending ... A San Diego judge ruled that cameras that take pictures of motorists running red lights are constitutional, but still illegal because a private company administers the program and takes a cut of the tickets ... About 1,000 firefighters battled a blaze covering about 64,000 acres in and around Glacier National Park in Montana, but as the week drew to a close, they were helped by rain. Later, a fast-moving wildfire in Butte County, Calif., destroyed at least eight homes ... Bush administration officials acknowledged that only 24 or 25 of the 60 approved stem cell cultures are viable for research ... The Secret Service arrested an unarmed man who tried to scale a fence at the White House.

The Region

West Nile disease appeared to have struck two Marylanders ... Prince George's County police ruled out foul play in the death of Alexander Eugene Klochkoff, 20, a University of Maryland, College Park junior whose body was found on the front porch of his SAE fraternity house ... United Way of Central Maryland announced a 2001 fund-raising goal of $45 million, compared with $43.1 million raised last year ... Baltimore police charged a 21-year-old man with filing two false complaints against police officers whom he said had beaten him after he was arrested last September. The accused, Michael W. Connell, is in jail awaiting trial on robbery charges in an unrelated case ... Delaware adopted the nation's toughest limit on arsenic in drinking water, lowering it from 50 parts to 10 parts per billion, and gave municipalities and private water suppliers five years to comply.


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