The Week That Was

October 28, 2001

The crisis

The anthrax scare escalated. Two postal workers in a Washington mail facility died while many more were hospitalized. Part of the Hart Senate Office Building was closed. A State Department mail handler was hospitalized with the disease and the bacterium was found in mail handling facilities for the CIA and Supreme Court. An estimated 10,000 people are now taking anti-anthrax medicine.

Bayer reached a deal with the U.S. government to provide Cipro at a low price

Swiss Re, the largest insurer of the World Trade Center, sued the buildings' managers to limit its to $3.5 billion.

Donald H. Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense, again warned that the war will be long and cast doubt on the possibility of finding Osama bin Laden quickly.

Congress approved and President Bush signed a package of anti-terrorist measures that increase law enforcement powers.

U.S. bombers began hitting Taliban positions near Northern Alliance troops who dismissed the strikes as ineffective. . .

Abdul Haq, an Afghan opposition leader, was captured and killed by the Taliban after slipping into Afghanistan to rally opposition forces.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf warned the United States not to bomb during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, but Rumsfeld suggested that military actions would not be dictated by the religious calendar.. New York swore in 300 new firefighters to help fill the ranks left open after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The flow of opium from Afghanistan, which had been on the decline, began to increase as the war effort escalated.

The World

The Irish Republican Army agreed to dismantle its arsenal of weapons, keeping the Northern Ireland peace process alive

Israel said its troops will withdraw from several West Bank cities, including Bethlehem after deadly violence came to the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

Bombings by guerrilla and paramilitary groups in Colombia killed 29 people including five children.

Digna Ochoa, one of Mexico's most prominent human rights lawyers, was shot to death.

Russian President Vladimir V. Putin and President Bush agreed to alter the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, freeing the U.S. to test an anti-missile system. The U.S. then postponed tests that might have violated the treaty.

Ukraine's defense minister resigned after admitting that his military was responsible for the destruction of the Russian airliner that was hit by an errant missile over the Black Sea on Oct. 4.

A French woman and two Russian men crewed a new Soyuz capsule sent to the International Space Station to replace the old capsule, which serves as the station's lifeboat.

Former Yugoslav Army General Pavle Strugar surrendered to the United Nations war crimes tribunal to face 16 charges of murder and plunder in the Croatian town of Dubrovnik.

Over 350 asylum seekers from the Middle East drowned when an unseaworthy boat sank off the coast of Indonesia on its way to Australia.

A black hole in the constellation Centaurus produced something new - an intense glow that indicated energy was pouring out. Two trucks collided in a Swiss tunnel starting a fire that killed 11 with many more missing.

Pope John Paul II apologized to China for "errors" in the Catholic Church's missions there.

The Nation

O.J. Simpson was acquitted of assault charges in a Florida road rage case.

Pilot fatigue was cited as a cause of a 1999 American Airlines crash in Little Rock, Ark., that killed 11. The National Transportation Safety Board recommended immediate changes in rules governing pilots work hours.

Howard Finster, a backwoods Baptist preacher known for his colorful, offbeat paintings, died in Georgia.

Microsoft launched XP, its new operating system, shown at left.

The Runner, a highly touted ABC reality show, was canceled before it got on the air as the ersatz reality genre appeared to be losing its appeal in the face of genuine reality.

The Region

A patent on broccoli sprouts held by the Johns Hopkins University was thrown out by a federal judge who ruled that the researchers who discovered the sprouts' anti-cancer potential had not invented them.

Baltimore-Washington joined New York, Houston and San Francisco as finalists for the U.S. city that will bid to play host to the 2012 Olympics.

Black and Decker's profits fell by 46 percent in the third quarter.

One would-be robber was shot and another arrested in the attempted robbery of an armored car guard in Havre de Grace.

Maryland Tax scofflaws have handed in $7.3 million during the two-month amnesty period that ends this week, far below the $70 million predicted.

Large middle schools would be eliminated as more elementary schools would add grades six, seven and eight under a plan proposed by Baltimore education officials.

Rising Medicaid expenses are expected to cause a $500 million shortfall in the state budget.

Two Johns Hopkins medical school researchers - psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison and biologist Geraldine Seydoux - were awarded $500,000 MacArthur "genius" grants.

Mary Buddin Adams, a former state delegate and City Council member, died at age 85.

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