The Week That Was

January 20, 2002

The Crisis

John Walker Lindh, the 20-year-old American captured with Taliban forces in Afghanistan, was charged with conspiring to kill U. S. citizens and providing support to terrorist groups, counts that do not carry the death penalty.

Richard C. Reid, who allegedly tried to explode a jetliner with a bomb in his shoe, pleaded innocent to nine counts, including the charge that he was a member of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terror group.

Baltimore-Washington International Airport was chosen by the Federal Transportation department as a test of how luggage screening and other security measures will be handled at the nation's other major airports.

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell visited India and Pakistan to try to persuade them not to go to war, and Afghanistan, to voice U. S. support for the war-ravaged country.

Videotapes found in Afghanistan showing five purported al-Qaida terrorists making martyrdom statements were released by Attorney General John Ashscroft who asked for help in identifying and finding the men, saying, "They could be anywhere in the world."

After a month in custody charged with lying to investigators about having an aviation radio in his hotel room near the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, Egyptian Abdallah Higazy was released when another hotel guest, a private pilot, said the radio was his.

Britain arrested 13 in an anti-terror probe, charging that two are al-Qaida members.

Bosnia handed six Algerians suspected of having terrorist links over to U.S. military authorities, though that country's highest court had ruled that the suspects, most employees of various Islamic humanitarian groups, be released.

U.S. Special Forces began arriving in the Philippines to help in that country's battle with Islamic separatists linked to Osama bin Laden.

The Nation

A pretzel apparently lodged in President Bush's throat while he was watching the Ravens-Dolphins game, triggering a reaction that caused him to faint, bruising his face when he hit the floor.

A key figure in the Novatek International Inc stock-rigging scandal, Vincent D. Celentano, was fined $350,000 by the Security and Exchange Commission and barred from ever running a U. S. public company . . . Former executives of the Sunbeam corporation agreed to pay $15 million to settle a stockholder lawsuit accusing them of inflating he value of the appliance maker's stock . . . An internal memo warned Enron executives of accounting irregularities months before they led to the company's downfall.

Five former members of the radical Symbionese Liberation Army were named as suspects in a deadly bank robbery in California 27 years ago. One of them, Sara Jane Olsen, later received a 10-year sentence for conspiring to blow up a Los Angeles police cars.

A student at the Appalachian School of Law, went on a shooting rampage at the Grundy, Va., campus, killing the dean, a professor and another student.

President Bush named 17 Americans from the fields of medicine, law and religion to his Council on Bioethics, to advise him on delicate issues of science versus morality, beginning with the issue of human cloning.

The former home of Rosa Parks, a civil rights heroine who sparked the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott half a century ago, has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Facing possible bankruptcy, Kmart named turnaround specialist James B. Adamson as its new chairman.

The Security and Exchange Commission proposed that an outside group monitor the accounting industry. Bankrupt Enron fired Arthur Andersen as its accountant.

The World

Hundreds of thousands fled a volcanic eruption that sent lava flowing into Goma, Congo, a city on the border of Rwanda.

U. S. and Colombian law enforcement officials grabbed $8 million in cash and arrested three dozen suspects in the United States and Colombia in what they said was an assault on a major drug money laundering operation.

Sierra Leone and the United Nations agreed to form a special court to try people accused of atrocities during the West African country's decade-long civil war which the government declared over in a celebration that featured a bonfire of rebel weapons.

Seven Bolivians, including two police officers, were killed as poor farmers protested a crackdown on the sale of coca leaves, the raw material of cocaine.

The Region

The Redskins fired coach Marty Schottenheimer an replaced him with former University of Florida coach Steve Spurrier.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening asked the General Assembly to put off the final installment of a state income tax cut in order to help balance his $22.2 billion budget.

Richard N. Dixon resigned as state treasurer, blaming worsening diabetes.

No. 1 Duke ran away from No. 3 Maryland in the second half, winning the ACC basketball showdown 99-78.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig indicated Washington may be first in line for a relocated team in 2003.

The tenant of a Glen Burnie woman was arrested for killing the woman and her daughter-in-law. The bodies of Laverne May Browning and Tamie Browning were found in the trunk of a car parked at a nearby apartment complex.


"He's the mayor, I'm a judge. It's apples and oranges. He's the last person I'd ask advice of or be influenced by. I'm not involved in how city government runs. This is not Hillary and Bill."

--Baltimore District Court Judge Catherine Curran O'Malley, reacting to an ethics panel ruling that she may not hear cases in which police witnesses testify because her husband, Mayor Martin O'Malley is their boss.

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