The Week That Was

October 14, 2001

The Crisis

U.S. BOMBERS and cruise missiles hit Afghanistan all week, pausing Friday for the Muslim holy day ... PRESIDENT BUSH said the bombing could be halted if the Taliban handed over Osama bin Laden ... A MOST-WANTED list of 22 terrorists was announced ... THREE PEOPLE were exposed to anthrax - one died - all connected to a Boca Raton, Fla., building that housed the operations of supermarket tabloids ... ANOTHER CASE of anthrax was reported in a New York employee of NBC News ... ANGERED BY LEAKS, President Bush proposed keeping classified information from Congress , then backed off ... NEW YORK, city and state, asked for a $54 billion federal aid package ... PLEDGES to the various charities collecting money for the Sept. 11 victims neared $1 billion ... TWO PALESTINIANS were killed in the Gaza Strip by Palestinian police breaking up a riot opposing U.S. air strikes ... THE EMMY AWARDS were postponed for a second time TV agreed to limit their use of tapes of bin Laden after National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice said he might be using them to send signals.

The Nation

BOTH POLITICAL parties returned to fund-raising a month after the attacks ... LIFE EXPECTANCY in the U.S. rose to a record 76.9 years ... MIKE MANSFIELD of Montana, the Democratic majority leader in the Senate for 16 years and then ambassador to Japan for 22, died at age 98 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery ... , ... THE SUPREME COURT rejected a request to throw out the antitrust ruling against Microsoft ... . RUSH LIMBAUGH announced that he has gone deaf over the last four months ... A DOZEN Burger King workers were treated for burns after fire-walking during a bonding retreat for 100 employees of the fast food chain ... HERBLOCK, who began drawing political cartoons in 1929 and continued his work in The Washington Post until a few weeks ago, died at 91 ... A RESEARCHER at Vanderbilt University analyzed 1,024 bouts of laughter and concluded that women produced more "voiced, song-like bouts" while men let out with more "unvoiced, grunt-like laughs" ... POLAROID CORPfiled for bankruptcy.

The World

A FRENCH COURT gave President Jacques Chirac broad immunity, derailing efforts to question him about corruption during his term as mayor of Paris ... SRI LANKA'S president Chandrika Kumaratungadissolved Parliament and set elections for December ... SLOBODEN MILOSEVIC faced new war crimes charges involving activities in Croatia in 1991 and 1992 ... A WRONG TURN by a private plane that pulled onto an active runway was blamed for the crash of a Scandinavian Airlines jetliner that killed 118 in Milan, Italy ... THE KURSK, the Russian submarine that sank in August, 2000, with 118 on board, was raised from the floor of the Barents Sea .. HURRICANE IRIS killed 17 members of a Richmond, Va. diving club when it hit Belize.

The Region

HOMES SALES in the Baltimore area recorded their lowest monthly increase in a year in September as pending sales declined for the first time since June, 2000 ... BALTIMORE AIR PARK in White Marsh was sold to developers who plan to build 146 single-family homes ... PUBLIC SCHOOLS in Baltimore scored significantly lower on state tests designed to measure basic reading and math skills ... PSINET STADIUM was chosen for next year's Navy vs. Notre Dame football game ... AIRTRAN AIRWAYS is coming to BWI in December with flights to Atlanta and Boston, helping to offset the cutbacks of other airlines ... BALTIMORE CITY SCHOOLS ended the fiscal year with a $4.9 million surplus ... JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL requested a 7 percent rate increase this year and another 7 percent next year ... HOWARD COUNTY is testing Maryland's first speed-detection camera ... A BALTIMORE CIRCUIT COURT ruled that a couple in Baltimore must remove a sign of Hitler from their front yard because it is too big ... JEANNE BLACKISTONE MANDEL, whose love affair with Gov. Marvin Mandel sparked a dramatics episode in Maryland's political history, died at age 64. ... CAL RIPKEN said he looked forward to his post-baseball career which he began with an appearance on the QVC cable channel which was hawking Ripken memorabilia.

The Nobels

MEDICINE - Leland H. Hartwell of the University of Washington, R. Timothy Hunt and Sir Paul M. Nurse of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, for discovering a molecules that regulate how cells multiply.

PHYSICS - Eric A. Cornell of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Carl E. Wieman of the University of Colorado and Wolfgang Ketterle of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; for creating a new state of matter, an ultra cold gas.

CHEMISTRY - William S. Knowles of the Monsanto Co., Ryoji Noyori of Nagoya University in Japan and K. Barry Sharpless of the Scripps Research Institute; for creating catalysts that make chemical reactions produce only one of the two versions of a molecule, eliminating a mirror image that can have very different properties.

LITERATURE - V.S. Naipul, a Trinidad-born British writer of Indian ancestry for a body of work that illuminated the confusion of the post-colonial world.

ECONOMICS - George Akerlof of the University of California at Berkeley, Michael Spence, a former dean at Harvard and Stanford Universities and Joseph Stiglitz of Columbia University for work that demonstrated the importance of information in economic transactions.

PEACE - The United Nations and its Secretary General Kofi Annan for working for a better organized and more peaceful world.


"We've got them on the run." President Bush at his news conference Thursday.

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