The Week That Was

January 13, 2002

The Crisis

Seven U.S. Marines died when a refueling plane crashed into a mountain in Pakistan.

U.S. troops were fired on at Kandahar airport as they were supervising the first transfer of 20 al-Qaida prisoners to the Guantanamo naval base in Cuba.

Two leading al-Qaida operatives were captured at a cave complex in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said.

After accounting for more than $325,000 spent on the attacks Sept. 11, federal investigators ended their probe, saying another $175,000 was probably used in cash transactions.

Maryland released a tape of the traffic stop that nabbed suspected hijacker Ziad Jarrah for speeding Sept. 9, two days before he died when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania.

The first members of the international peacekeeping team began patrols with Afghan police in Kabul, where armed men have been ordered to report to barracks outside of town, but crime remains rampant.

The attacks Sept. 11 will be responsible for the loss of more than 1.6 million jobs this year and will reverberate through the U.S. economy for years, according to a new study.

The Nation

A 15-year-old boy with a note in his pocket expressing sympathy for Osama bin Laden died when he crashed his small plane into an office building in Tampa, Fla. It was later found he had a prescription for the acne medicine Accutane that some have linked to suicide.

President Bush and his brother Florida Gov. Jeb Bush signed an agreement that guarantees the water necessary to restore the Everglades.

The Justice Department launched a criminal investigation into the collapse of the energy trading company Enron as more congressional committees also announced investigations. It was revealed that, as their company neared bankruptcy, Enron executives sought help from Bush Cabinet members and other administration officials who declined to intervene.

Merrill Lynch announced the layoff of 9,000 employees, 14 percent of the work force of the nation's biggest brokerage firm.

Ford Motor Co. said it plan to get rid of 35,000 jobs, about 10 percent of Ford's work force, close five plants and stop producing Ford Escort, Mercury Cougar, Mercury Villager and Lincoln Continental. About 22,000 of the layoffs will be in North America.

The Supreme Court ruled that only those whose disabilities are "central to daily life" are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

An education reform bill that mandates testing and provides $26 billion in aid was signed by President Bush.

Two of Jerry Garcia's guitars will go to members of the Grateful Dead and two to Doug Irwin, who made the instruments and was willed them by Garcia, in an agreement that ends a long-standing dispute.

With wholesale prices falling by 0.7 percent last month, 2001 recorded the lowest inflation rate at the producer level since 1986, with prices dropping by 1.8 percent. In 2000, wholesale prices rose 3.6 percent.

The Fantasticks ends its run in New York tonight after 42 years and 17,162 performances.

The World

Four Israeli soldiers and two Palestinian gunmen died in a raid on an Israeli army outpost next to the Gaza Strip. Israelis responded by bulldozing several Gaza houses and destroying the airstrip at the Gaza airport.

The Colombian government broke off three years of talks with the country's largest rebel group, saying the Marxist-inspired FARC was not interested in ending its 38-year-old guerrilla war.

Argentina ended its peso's tie to the dollar - devaluing the currency by 30 percent - but delayed opening its banks fearing a run on peso accounts.

Israel put on display 50 tons of weapons seized from a ship in the Red Sea that Israeli officials - and the ship's captain - say were destined for Palestinian leaders.

Yves Saint Laurent, legendary haute couture designer, announced his retirement.

Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi appointed himself foreign minister after the resignation of Renato Ruggiero.

Gregor Gysi, leader of the party that is the direct descendant of East Germany's Communist Party, will be in charge of economics for Berlin under a new coalition government.

The Region

The Baltimore Teachers Union filed a grievance over safety conditions at Northern High School.

Former Baltimore Mayor J. Harold Grady, who left City Hall in 1962 a year before his term ended to begin a 22-year career as a judge, died at age 84.

The Glendening administration released its redistricting proposal, which would take two state Senate districts from Baltimore and give them to the fast-growing Washington suburbs. State Sen. Clarence M. Mitchell IV of Baltimore said that minor changes to the map were enough to put on hold his threat to leave the Democratic Party.

The Army plans to get rid of the 1,621 tons of mustard gas stored at Aberdeen Proving Ground three years ahead of schedule because of terrorism concerns.

Maryland's basketball team had its biggest margin of victory ever over North Carolina, 112-79.

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