The Week That Was

February 17, 2002

The Crisis

John Walker Lindh pleaded not guilty to charges that he aided terrorist organizations and conspired to kill Americans.

World Trade Center excavators found enough cash to fill 60 garbage bags. The money is believed to be part of $11 million belonging to Bank of America.

Lotfi Raissi, the Algerian pilot alleged to be the "lead trainer" of the Sept. 11 hijackers, was set free in London after five months of detention as a British court ruled the U.S. government could not provide evidence to support its charge.

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III issued an alert for another terrorist attack after interviews with al-Qaida prisoners indicated a strike.

Sheik Omar Saeed, the top suspect in the kidnapping of American journalist Daniel Pearl, was arrested in Pakistan and admitted his involvement. There were conflicting reports ofPearl's fate.

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said that the administration is exploring a number of ways to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq.

Interim Afghan Prime Minister Hamid Karzai accused six senior government officials of killing the country's tourism minister. The death was originally blamed on a riot at the Kabul airport.

A driver's license examiner in Tennessee, charged with selling licenses to five men being investigated for ties to terrorism, died in a fire in her automobile that was deliberately set.

The Nation

A sweeping campaign finance reform bill was approved by the House 240-189.

Frank Crosetti, shortstop and third-base coach for the New York Yankees for 37 seasons, died at 91.

Kenneth L. Lay refused to Testify before a congressional committee investigating the Enron collapse. Sherron Watkins, an Enron vice president, told the committee that Lay did not understand the company's accounting woes, blaming other top executives.

Surrey Spice Girl, a miniature poodle, was named best-in-show at the Westminster Dog Show.

Researchers at Texas A&M cloned a cat.

Nicolas Soltys, a Ukranian immigrant charged with killing six members of his family in California, hanged himself in his jail cell.

The World

Israeli F-16 fighter planes fired missiles on Gaza City in retaliation for a Palestinian rocket attack . . . Two Palestinians killed two female soldiers and wounded four others outside an Israeli military base before being shot by Israeli security forces . . . Three Israeli soldiers died when a mine blew up under their tank which was responding to an ambush on a settlers' convoy in the Gaza strip, spurring more F-16 attacks.

Researchers revealed that millions of monarch butterflies were killed in a severe winter storm in central Mexico last month.

The United Nations issued a global ban on using soldiers younger than 18 under a treaty that has not been signed by the United States, which allows voluntary enlistment at 17.

The Region

Marvin Lewis signed a three-year contract to become the defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins.

Baltimore County police arrested three teen-agers in the death of Melanie Wentz, who was killed when an empty Jeep Wrangler rolled down a hill and crashed through the wall of her Cockeysville apartment into the bed where she was sleeping.

Iris T. Metts, Prince George's County superintendent, will keep her job as state school board decided that local school boards have no authority to fire their superintendents.

The Board of Regents said Joseph F. Vivona will be interim head of the University System of Maryland when Chancellor Donald N. Langenberg retires in April.

Eugene A. Ludwig, a former U.S. comptroller of the currency, was chosen to take over Allfirst Financial Inc.'s internal investigation of its $750 million loss.

Daniel Reardon, a University of Maryland freshman found unconscious after a fraternity party, died when he was taken off life support.

General Assembly leaders hope to save this year's state income tax cut that Gov. Parris L. Glendening proposed delaying.

Quote:

"It is important the whole international community come together and speak candidly about, it, forget about taboos, forget about conservative ideas with respect to what you should tell young people about. It's the live of young people that are put at risk by unsafe sex." -- Secretary of State Colin L. Powell speaking on MTV, advocating condom use for sexaully active teen-agers.

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