The Week That Was

November 04, 2001

Schaefer at 80

Maryland Comptroller Wil liam Donald Schaefer, the Energizer Bunny of Mary land politics, marked his 80th birthday Friday. Forty-six of those years have been in elected office. He was elected to the Baltimore City Council in 1955, presi dent of the City Council in 1967, served as mayor of Baltimore from 1971 to 1986, as governor of Mary land from 1987 to 1995 and, unable to stay out of public office, won election as state comptroller in 1998.

Great-granddad's boy

William Clay Ford Jr. took over the auto manufacturer that his great-grandfather Henry started with the Model T. He was chosen by the family to replace Jac ques A. Nasser, who cut costs and made a lot of people angry, from dealers to autoworkers.

The Crisis

B-52s slammed the Taliban front lines facing Northern Alliance troops with heavy bombing as the United States abandoned its attempt to have an interim government ready to take control in Afghanistan.

Civil liberties advocates intended to sue the government if it did not release the names, charges and detention centers of the more than 1,000 people arrested in relation to the attacks on Sept. 11.

California bridges were ordered guarded by National Guard troops after Gov. Gray Davis said they could be terrorist targets.

The color of food packets dropped in Afghanistan will be changed from yellow to blue so they will not resemble unexploded cluster bombs.

Over $200 million in gold and silver was removed from a vault that survived the collapse of the World Trade Centers.

Investigators were searching for the source of anthrax that killed a New York woman who worked in a hospital, not, like previous victims, in mail service or the media.

Anthrax was discovered at additional postal facilities in Washington as the Postal Service announced that all mail headed for Congress, the White House or federal agencies would be sanitized.

The Nation

Recession lies ahead for the United States as the gross domestic product fell at a 0.4 percent annual rate for the third quarter, the first time it has dropped since 1993.

The unemployment rate jumped to 5.4 percent in October, the highest in 21 years.

Consumer confidence has plummeted since the Sept. 11 attacks to its lowest point in 7 1/2 years, indicating that the economy may not bounce back as quickly as expected.

U.S. budget surplus fell to $127 billion in the 2001 fiscal year, only half of the surplus last year, and is expected to fall into a deficit in 2002.

FBI crime ranking found that Southern cities had the highest number of reported crimes, but experts wonder if the report is an unreliable statistical index because it is voluntary.

Sara Jane Olsen pleaded guilty to plotting to blow up a restaurant and police station in 1975, and now faces charges that could result in life imprisonment.

The Treasury Department announced that it will no longer issue 30-year bonds in an effort to allow corporations to sell them privately, which may lead to a further drop in home mortgage rates.

The World

Peru's congress unanimously approved embezzlement charges against former President Alberto K. Fujimori for allegedly diverting $15 million in state funds to pay former spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos to leave Peru without an argument.

Ukraine destroyed its last nuclear missile silo, fulfilling a pledge to give up the vast nuclear arsenal it inherited when the Soviet Union collapsed a decade ago. The silo was blown up at a military range near Pervomaisk.

Slobodan Milosevic, the former president of Serbia, was back in the dock at his war crimes trial in The Hague, labeling as "fabrications" and "lies" the ever-growing list of crimes against humanity he is accused of instigating in the Balkans.

The Kursk, the Russian submarine that sank last year, killing 118, was fatally damaged by the explosion of one of its own torpedoes, according to an official heading the investigation of the disaster.

The Region

Tax amnesty in Maryland ended after two months with $12.96 million collected, far below the $70 million some had expected.

Air service between Baltimore, Hagerstown and Cumberland, subsidized by the state, will begin Nov. 29, four weeks behind schedule.

Douglas M. Duncan said he would run for re-election as Montgomery County executive next year, withdrawing his name from speculation about a run for governor.

The Charles Street ramp to the Jones Falls Expressway was reopened, marking the completion of the first phase of renovation of the North Charles Street bridge over the rail tracks.

A Lansdowne fire killed Henry Walter Atkins, 24, and three young children -- Nikolas Atkins, 1, Liam Wrightson, 3, and Micah Wrightson, 4.

Havre de Grace High School will keep an Indian warrior as its mascot, according to Harford County's superintendent of schools.

Quote:

"The enemy won't rest during Ramadan and neither will we."

President Bush, reacting to pleas that he stop bombing Afghanistan during the Muslim holy month.

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