The Week That Was

January 27, 2002

The Crisis

President Bush asked Congress for $3.5 billion to bolster the nation's defenses against terrorism and said he would seek $48 billion in additional military spending.

Pakistan, one of America's foremost allies in the war against the Taliban and Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida, announced it would hold legislative elections in October, two years after Gen. Pervez Musharraf took over the country in a bloodless coup.

U.S. soldiers arrived in the Philippines as the first part of a joint team to fight Muslim terrorists in the former U.S. territory.

Senate workers returned to the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington for the first time since Oct. 17, when the building was evacuated after Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle received a letter filled with anthrax. The reward for information on the sender of the tainted letters was raised to $2.5 million.

Afghan Prime Minister Hamid Karzai said the international force policing Kabul should be expanded and deployed in the chaotic provinces.

The Nation

David Duncan, a former executive of the Arthur Andersen accounting firm, invoked the Fifth Amendment in refusing to answer congressional committee questions about the shredding of documents from the bankrupt Enron Corp.

Kenneth Lay resigned as chairman and chief executive of Enron, the company he founded.

J. Clifford Baxter, a former Enron vice chairman, was found shot to death, an apparent suicide.

Amtrak lost $1.1 billion in 2001, the most in its 30-year history.

American Airlines pilots signed a petition demanding that their employer ground its fleet of A-300 Airbuses, the type of aircraft that crashed in the Queens section of New York City Nov. 12, killing 265 people.

Thomas Junta, the 44-year-old truck driver who beat another father to death during their sons' youth hockey practice, was sentenced to six to 10 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter.

Kmart sought protection from its creditors in the largest retail bankruptcy case ever filed after its suppliers cut off shipments.

The federal government is expected to run a $102 billion deficit this year, according to White House estimates.

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said the economy appears to be reviving and does not need further tax cuts.

Mariah Carey was dropped by her record company, EMI, which paid $28 million to get out of its contract with the volatile singer after disappointing sales of Glitter.

The World

Pope John Paul II and leaders of 12 major religions - Islam, Christianity and Buddhism among them - made a pledge to end violence in the name of God at a meeting in Assisi, Italy.

Elie Hobeika, a Lebanese Christian leader who led the massacre of Palestinians in Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps in 1982, was killed by a remote-controlled bomb in Beirut.

At least 60 people were killed in more than a week of fighting between rebels and the army in two towns outside Burundi's capital, Bujumbura.

Former French Gen. Paul Aussaresses, 83, was fined $6,517 for "complicity in justifying war crimes" in connection with a book he wrote detailing atrocities committed by the French during the Algerian independence war.

India successfully test-fired a short-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, drawing protests from neighboring Pakistan.

The Region

A 63-year-old Pennsylvania school bus driver with a loaded rifle was charged with kidnapping after driving his bus 160 miles into Maryland with 13 youngsters aboard.

A congressional redistricting plan submitted by Gov. Parris N. Glendening is designed to help more Democrats win elections and appears to target Montgomery County Republican Rep. Constance A. Morella by packing more Democrats into her district.

A drought warning was issued by Maryland environmental authorities for 15 counties in Central Maryland and the Eastern Shore.

Mayor Martin O'Malley threw his support behind a proposal to put a cruise ship terminal at Canton Crossing.

Quote

"My own mother-in-law bought stock, and it's not worth anything now." President Bush, expressing outrage at the Enron scandal

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