The Week That Was

March 03, 2002

The Crisis

Though intelligence reports suggest Osama bin Laden is still alive, hiding somewhere in the mountainous region of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, U.S. officials sought DNA from his relatives to use to identify his remains.

Four Moroccan nationals were arrested, accused of scheming to plant a chemical bomb beneath the U.S. Embassy in Italy.

The Bush administration has ordered 75 or more senior officials to work secretly outside Washington since Sept. 11 to ensure that government operations continue if the nation's capital is crippled by terrorist attack.

Taliban and al-Qaida detainees in Guantanamo went on a hunger strike over their right to wear turbans.

U.S. military advisers are providing antiterrorist training to soldiers in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

The Nation

Police found the body of Danielle van Dam, the 7-year-old abducted from her California home.

A North Carolina deputy sheriff, attacked by Army Special Forces soldiers who thought he was part of a war games exercise, shot and killed one of the soldiers and wounded another.

Gordon Matthews, inventor of voice mail, died at 65.

Jayson Williams, former New Jersey Nets star and now an NBC television commentator, was charged with manslaughter in the death of his limousine driver.

Linda Tripp, whose secret tape recordings of Monica Lewinsky spurred President Clinton's impeachment, is being treated for breast cancer.

Doris Kearns Goodwin, after acknowledging that she inappropriately copied more passages in her book on the Kennedy family than she had previously realized, was taken off the PBS program, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

Three of the four New York City police officers convicted in the torture of Abner Louima had their convictions reversed on appeal.

A federal court ordered the Bush administration to turn over files detailing the work of Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force.

Federal agents discovered a tunnel between Mexico and Southern California that they say was used to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs into the United States.

ABC is wooing David Letterman to replace Nightline.

The World

Israeli troops attacked and occupied two densely populated Palestinian refugee camps on the West Bank.

A Middle East peace plan was advanced by Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, who suggested that Arab counties would recognize Israel if it withdrew from Palestinian territories.

Robert G. Mugabe's challenger in Zimbabwe's presidential elections was charged with treason days before this week's vote.

Two pregnant women - one Israeli, one Palestinian - gave birth after being shot and wounded in separate attacks as they were on their way to the hospital.

Almost 300 died in religious violence in western India that began when Muslims attacked and burned a train carrying Hindus returning from a disputed temple site in western India, killing 57.

The Region

Phi Sigma Kappa revoked the charter of its University of Maryland chapter after a freshman, celebrating his admission, died there.

A tugboat collided with a 520-foot freighter in the Elk River at the head of the Chesapeake Bay, leaving four crew members missing and feared dead.

Bill Gates' foundation is donating $12 million, and nine other charitable groups have pledged another $8 million, to improve Baltimore's high schools.

The Baltimore school system revived plans to open a downtown high school in Charles Plaza

The Ravens cut eight starters to get under the NFL-mandated salary cap.

A victory over Florida State and a Duke loss to Virginia gave Maryland the ACC regular season basketball title, its first since 1980.

An employee of former world heavyweight boxing champion Hasim S. Rahman and a woman were found fatally shot in a car owned by the fighter.

Quote:

"I mistakenly suggested that increasing violence in the Middle East was attributable to the peace efforts that were under way in 2000."

White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, rescinding his statement that blamed Israeli-Palestinian violence on President Bill Clinton's peace efforts pushing "the parties beyond where they were willing to go."

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