The Week That Was

February 10, 2002

The Crisis

John Walker Lindh, 20, was indicted by a grand jury on 10 additional counts including conspiring to kill Americans and being trained by al-Qaida. The American-born Lindh was denied release on bail.

Pakistani police arrested three in the kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and said that an Islamic extremist freed from jail two years ago to secure the release of passengers on a hijacked Indian jetliner is a suspect in the case.

Iraq offered to open talks with the United Nations, and Iran expressed "strong indignation" after President Bush named those two countries as forming -with North Korea - an "axis of evil" in his State of the Union address.

CIA chief George J. Tenet said the al-Qaida network is a still a danger to the United States, and that evidence shows Osama bin Laden was trying to develop sophisticated biological weapons.

U.S. forces in Afghanistan released 27 people captured in a commando raid last month, acknowledging that none is an al-Qaida or Taliban member. Reportedly, compensation was paid to the families of 18 killed.

Eight U.S. Olympians accompanied a tattered flag recovered from the World Trade Center into the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.

Geneva Convention standards will be applied to Taliban soldiers captured in Afghanistan, but not to al-Quaida members, President Bush announced. Neither group will be classified as prisoners of war.

The Nation

The American Academy of Pediatrics endorsed adoption by gay couples.

President Bush proposed a $2.13 trillion budget that includes a forecast of a $100 billion deficit next year.

Kenneth L. Lay canceled his voluntary appearance before a Senate committee investigating the collapse of Enron and resigned from its board, severing his last ties with the company he once headed.

The New England Patriots upset the St. Louis Rams 20-17 in the patriotism-drenched Super Bowl.

Catherine Reynolds withdrew her $38 million gift to the Smithsonian Institution after the exhibit it was to support on individual achievement - honoring a panoply from Nobel Prize winners to Martha Stewart - became embroiled in controversy.

The Senate approved a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits as other aspects of an economic stimulus package remained stymied.

President Bush signed a law making Ronald Reagan's boyhood home in Dixon, Ill., a historic site to mark the former president's 91st birthday.

Michael and Juanita Jordan announced that they are attempting to reconcile. She filed for divorce Jan. 4, claiming "irreconcilable differences."

The Arthur Andersen accounting firm named Paul Volcker, the former Federal Reserve Board chairman, as head of an oversight panel that has the power to reconfigure the firm implicated in the collapse of Enron.

Two Harvard seniors were charged with embezzling more than $90,000 from the school's Hasty Pudding club.

The Secret Service is investigating $4,000 in counterfeit bills allegedly found in the Atlanta home of former Olympic gymnast Olga Korbut.

The Bush administration will allow oil and gas drilling near Arches and Canyonlands national parks in Utah.

The Senate voted to limit the amount a single farmer can receive in subsidies to $275,000 annually, half of the previous limit.

Jeffrey K. Skilling, Enron's former chief executive, said he thought the company was in good financial shape when he resigned in August, and was shocked to watch it unravel into bankruptcy over the next few months.

The World

At least 45 died in an earthquake that struck central Turkey.

Cambodia's ruling party won a landslide victory in that country's first local elections.

Belgium offered an apology for its role in the assassination of Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba in 1961.

Three Palestinians who had just received 15 years for the murder of a security forces lieutenant were killed by a mob demanding the death penalty. Security forces were overpowered in a West Bank town.

Mexican President Vicente Fox, during a 24-hour visit to Havana that included a meeting with Fidel Castro, extolled "the strong ties of fraternity that unite the people of Cuba and Mexico."

Egypt's highest court granted a new trial to Egyptian-American sociologist Saad Eddin Ibrahim, a human rights advocate jailed for allegedly damaging the country's reputation.

An Uraguayan passenger kicked in a piece of the cockpit door on a United Airlines flight from Miami to Argentina, but a co-pilot subdued him by hitting him in the head with an ax.

The Region

A bill to ban the use of cellular telephones while driving received more support in the General Assembly after cell phone use was pointed to in a crash on the Capital Beltway that killed five.

Frederick Moore, 22, was convicted for the November 2000 killing of a 14-year-old Columbia girl who had sneaked out of her house to meet Moore and Scott Brill, 19, who was convicted in October in the killing.

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