The Week That Was

November 11, 2001

The Crisis

Federal agents shut down financial networks said to have helped finance terrorism. The operations relied on the halawa system, a way of transferring money used in the Middle East and Asia that sees no funds change hands.

Twelve employees of the a New York Port Authority cafeteria in the World Trade Center were charged with falsely claiming they had lost their jobs in the Sept. 11 attack to collect $14,065 from the Red Cross.

President Bush called for the creation of a new volunteer civil defense force to help fight terrorism.

The Department of Health and Human Services will order enough smallpox vaccine for all Americans.

The Postal Service says it needs $5 billion to fight bioterrorism in the mail.

Argenbright Security was hired by airlines to work at BWI days after eight of its employees were suspended for letting a man pass through checkpoints at Chicago's O'Hare Airport with several knives and a stun gun in his baggage.

The Region

The state delayed release of MSPAP results, trying to figure out some odd scores.

Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend has raised nearly $4.4 million toward a gubernatorial campaign next year. Aides say her total could rise to $6 million by January.

Six homicides since Oct. 31 have sparked concern among Baltimore police who are redeploying officers and ordering commanders to work night shifts. Officials blame the deaths on higher drug prices.

Annapolis elected Democrat Ellen O. Moyer as mayor on Tuesday, the first woman ever to lead the historic city.

Radar failure at BWI caused hundreds of planes to be rerouted for the second time since late August. The FAA has not determined the cause of the trouble.

Pamela Carter was named to Bea Gaddy's City Council seat.

A Harborplace merchant was stabbed to death and her assailant - said by police to be her husband - was captured by bystanders in a violent struggle.

The Nation

Mark Warner, a wealthy Democrat who has never held office, defeated former state attorney general Mark Earley in the race for governor of Virginia. A Democrat also took New Jersey's state house, Jim McGreevey besting Bret Schundler.

Atlanta and Cleveland both elected their first female mayors - longtime mayoral assistant Shirley Franklin in Georgia and Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jane Campbell in Ohio.

Baseball owners voted to close two teams - they didn't say which two - a move likely to be opposed by the players' union.

Strom Thurmond Jr. - a 29-year-old who graduated from law school three years ago - was named U.S. Attorney for South Carolina.

Voting machines that held the butterfly ballot used in Palm Beach County's presidential election last year are for sale on eBay.

Punitive damages of $5.3 billion against Exxon for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill were thrown out by a federal judge.

Several states that are part of the antitrust action against Microsoft will oppose the settlement with the federal government.

The Federal Reserve cut the key interest rate to 2 percent, the lowest in 40 years.

The World

Israel ended its three-week military occupation of the town of Ramallah, part of a gradual pullout from West Bank towns it sent troops into last month.

A judge was shot and killed and 90 people were injured in a bomb attack in Spain, attacks blamed on Basque separatists.

David Trimble, the moderate Protestant, was re-elected head of the Northern Ireland assembly despite fierce opposition from hard-line Protestant groups.

Workmen in Ilchester, England accidentally discovered a 4th century mosaic depicting dolphins.

Parisian leaders plan to phase out the $5 million yearly budget for machines that clean up the mess left by dogs on the city's sidewalks and make pet owners do the work themselves.

Enrique Bolanas defeated former Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega for president of Nicaragua.

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