The Week That Was

February 24, 2002

The Crisis

A videotape showed the killing of kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan.

An inactive Army National Guardsman was arrested for allegedly trying to sneak a nonfunctioning military explosive through airport security in Los Angeles.

Six widows and a mother of Sept. 11 victims sued Osama bin Laden and 140 others in an effort to "bankrupt terrorist organizations forever."

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld acknowledged that 16 Afghans killed by American troops were not members of the Taliban or al-Qaida, but did not say the mission was wrong.

New York City officials asked eBay to remove all World Trade Center memorabilia from its Web site.

Pat Robertson described Islam as a violent religion bent on world domination on his television show 700 Club.

A U.S. Army helicopter with 10 aboard participating in anti-terrorism exercises with Philippine troops crashed into the sea.

The World

Communist rebels killed at least 129 police, soldiers and civilians in Nepal in one attack and 37 more in a later assault. The army said 10 rebels were killed.

President Bush traveled to Japan, South Korea and China.

Zimbabwe was sanctioned by the European Union after President Robert G. Mugabe's government expelled the leader of the European team that was to observe next month's national elections.

Russian investigators admitted the submarine Kursk did not collide with another vessel before sinking on Aug. 12, 2000, suggesting the disaster was caused by a combination of unstable fuel and obsolete torpedoes.

South African leaders in two provinces defied their national government and made the AIDS drug nevirapine, which helps prevent transmission of HIV to infants, available to pregnant women in public hospitals.

Britain's military apologized after its troops invaded Spain by mistake during a military exercise near Gibraltar.

Rebels attacking the government of Liberian President Charles Taylor crossed a river 45 miles from the capital Monrovia.

The State Department ended peace efforts in Sudan after the Sudanese military attacked civilians at a food distribution site and killed 17 people.

Colombia's government launched an air and ground assault on rebel-held areas, apparently ending a three-year peace process.

The Angolan government said that Jonas Savimbi, 67, leader of the rebel group UNITA, was killed in a battle with government forces.

The prime minister of Sri Lanka and the leader of separatist Tamil rebels signed a cease-fire agreement.

The Nation

John W. Gardner, secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under President Lyndon B. Johnson who went on to found Common Cause, died at 89.

Investigators found hundreds of decaying bodies near a Georgia crematory.

About 100 members of the St. Petersburg Symphony, said to be drunk and disorderly, were thrown off a plane en route from Amsterdam to Los Angeles during a scheduled stop at Dulles Airport.

Andrea Yates, the Texas mother who admitted drowning her five children, went on trial.

Federal health officials backed use of the mammogram in fighting breast cancer.

John Demjanjuk, who was once cleared by an Israeli court of being concentration camp guard "Ivan the Terrible," was stripped of his U.S. citizenship by a federal judge, who said the 81-year-old Cleveland resident was a Nazi death camp guard.

Congressional investigators sued the White House seeking information about contacts between corporate executives and the administration's energy task force.

The Region

Officials at Allied Irish Banks, which owns Allfirst said $691.2 million in currency trading losses began in 1997.

Baltimore County police fatally shot a man suspected of shoplifting a bottle of liquor, Phillip J. Lamberson, 44, after he allegedly pointed a pellet gun at officers.

Charles Plaza, Baltimore's original downtown renewal area, will be renewed this spring.

Mayor Martin O'Malley appointed William J. Goodwin Jr. Baltimore's new fire chief.

Two buildings in Columbia designed by Frank O. Gehry - the firehouse and the Exhibit Center - are scheduled for demolition.

The Ravens lost linebacker Jamie Sharper and return specialist Jermaine Lewis to the Houston Texans in the expansion draft and cut tight end Shannon Sharpe.

A Frederick jury convicted Elmer Spencer Jr., 46, of the November 2000 murder and molestation of a 9-year-old Frederick boy.

Quote:

"We are heartbroken at his death."

Peter Kann, Wall Street Journal publisher, on the killing of kidnapped reporter Daniel Pearl

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