The Week That Was

March 17, 2002

The Crisis:

Four hundred U.S. soldiers returned to their base after commanders declared that the "major battle" against al-Qaida fighters in mountains south of Kabul was over.

The bodies of at least 11 firefighters and numerous civilians were recovered when work crews began digging at the base of the first of the World Trade Center towers to collapse.

A federal court in New Jersey indicted Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, an Islamic militant and British passport holder. Saeed is accused of luring Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl to his death.

A Florida flight school received notification of student visa approvals for two of the Sept. 11 hijackers who had trained there.

Reagan National Airport will return to its full pre-Sept. 11 schedule next month.

U.S. and Saudi officials seized the assets of a charity linked to Osama bin Laden.

The World:

Yugoslavia ceased to exist after the only two republics remaining in the Yugoslav federation agreed they would join by name: Serbia and Montenegro.

Robert G. Mugabe was re-elected in Zimbabwe's presidential election, which was denounced as flawed by international observers.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon lifted travel restrictions on Yasser Arafat after the Palestinian leader arrested all the suspects in the killing of an Israeli cabinet minister.

Russia banned poultry imports from the United States.

A Rwandan human rights group said that 660 people have been sentenced to death for involvement in the 1994 genocide and another 1,795 given life sentences while 2,566 were acquitted. It estimated 115,000 remain in jail waiting trial.

Almost 11 million children die from preventable causes each year - the majority from malnutrition - according to a United Nations report.

A Scottish appellate court meeting in the Netherlands denied the appeal of a Libyan intelligence agent convicted of murder in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 that killed 270 in 1988. Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi began serving a life sentence.

The Nation:

Andrea Yates was convicted of murder in the drowning deaths of her five children as a Texas jury took four hours to reject her insanity plea.

The rector of an embattled church in a Detroit suburb was accused of plagiarizing sermons from sources on the Internet.

The Maryland Terrapins were given a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament for the first time in the team's history.

Insurance will not cover all of the estimated $100 million that the Boston diocese of the Roman Catholic Church will pay to settle sexual abuse lawsuits.

Tougher gas mileage standards were defeated in the Senate by a 62-38 vote that called instead for studying the issue for two years.

Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, once known as H. Rap Brown, received a life sentence for killing a sheriff's deputy in Georgia.

President Bill Clinton's pardons as he left office were an abuse of his power, according to a report by the House Government Reform Committee, led by Indiana Republican Dan Burton.

Police arrested a 34-year-old man after someone walked into a Long Island church during morning Mass and opened fire, killing a priest and a 73-year-old worshipper.

Citigroup trimmed the bonus of its chairman, Sanford I. Weill, from $18.5 million in 2000 to $17 million for 2001 after a disappointing year that saw only a small rise in earnings. Weill's restricted stock awards went from $8.7 million to $8 million as his salary remained at $1 million.

David Letterman decided to remain on CBS, saying on his late night show that he hoped Ted Koppel and Nightline would stay on ABC "for as long as a guy like that would like to have that job."

Arthur Andersen, the accounting firm, was charged with obstruction of justice in the shredding of documents after the collapse of Enron.

The Bush administration's nomination of federal district judge Charles W. Pickering to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals was rejected by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 10-9 party line vote.

A 125-vehicle pileup on a fog-shrouded interstate highway in northwest Georgia left four dead and 39 injured.

The Region:

Eric D. Stennett, the 19-year-old acquitted of murder after a Baltimore police officer died in a car chase two years ago, was arrested and charged with 14 offenses, including drug trafficking, assaulting police and littering.

Treasurer David M. Cronin and five other Allfirst Financial employees were forced out after an investigation into the rogue trading of John M. Rusnak that cost the bank almost $700 million.

Derrick Lemell Breedlove, 17, a football star at Dundalk High School who had a full scholarship to Hampton University in Virginia, was shot and killed while allegedly holding up a liquor store on Holabird Avenue.

Arnold Cole, a 30-year veteran of the Secret Service, was named federal security director at BWI Airport.

O'Conor, Piper and Flynn real estate merged with three other mid-Atlantic firms and became part of Coldwell Banker Regional Brokerage.

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