The Week That Was

March 24, 2002

The Crisis

Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Zacarias Moussaoui, the man identified as the "20th hijacker" in the attacks of Sept. 11.

Abu Anas Liby, identified as an al-Qaida official on President Bush's most-wanted list of international terrorists, was captured in Sudan.

U.S. forces raided a suspected terrorist compound 40 miles west of Kandahar, but later released the 31 captives, saying they were not al-Qaida members.

The Pentagon said al-Qaida prisoners may remain in custody even if they are acquitted by military tribunals.

Around-the-clock video surveillance will be in place at major monuments on the Mall in Washington by October.

Two Americans with Maryland ties were killed in a grenade attack on a Protestant church in Pakistan.

Attorney General John Ashcroft said 3,000 more foreigners in the United States will be sought for questioning in the terrorism investigations.

An additional $27.1 billion for antiterrorism and security measures is being sought by the Bush administration.

Inspired by the attacks Sept. 11, Minnesota handyman Joe Temeczko changed his will a few weeks before his death in October at 86, leaving his $1.3 million estate to New York.

Twenty-three people were charged with falsely claiming relatives died in the Sept. 11 terrorism to get money from aid funds. Fifteen of them received $740,465.

The Nation

Tipper Gore decided not to run for her husband's old Senate seat from Tennessee this year.

A child pornography ring that spread nationwide through e-mail messages was shut down by the FBI with the arrest of 19.

Heavy rain in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia caused floods and mudslides that killed at least seven people and destroyed dozens of houses.

A 13-year-old girl died two days after she was struck by a puck at a National Hockey League game in Columbus, Ohio.

An intelligence analyst admitted spying for Cuba for the 16 years she worked at the Defense Intelligence Agency. Ana Belen Montes, 45, could receive up to 25 years in prison.

Federal Reserve board officials left the benchmark overnight lending interest rate at 1.75 percent, perhaps indicating the first rate increase in two years could come soon.

The U.S. trade deficit was $28.5 billion in January, higher than the 27.1 billion forecast.

Foreign aid would increase by 50 percent - to $15 billion - over three years starting in fiscal 2004, under a Bush administration plan.

A five-volume report on the six-year Whitewater investigation concluded insufficient evidence existed to charge President Bill Clinton or his wife, Hillary, with any crime.

An overhaul of the campaign finance laws that would essentially outlaw so-called soft money contributions was passed by the Senate, and President Bush said he will sign it.

The Democratic Party announced a $7 million donation from television entrepreneur Haim Saban the day after the Senate passed the reform bill that would outlaw such contributions.

Marjorie Knoller, whose dog killed a neighbor in San Franciso, was convicted of second-degree murder. Her husband, Robert Noel, who was not present at the attack, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

The World

Zimbabwe's President Robert G. Mugabe was sworn in for another six-year term after an election that many Western leaders denounced as rigged. His actions brought reprisals and sanctions that included a year's suspension from the British Commonwealth. His rival for the presidency, Morgan Tsvangirai, was formally charged with treason.

Saudi officials denied accusations that religious police blocked men from rescuing girls from a school fire in Mecca because the girls were not wearing the proper Islamic dress.

A piece of ice the size of Rhode Island is melting surprisingly quickly off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, according to scientists who say this is the first time in thousands of years that peninsula has seen so much ice erode.

A series of Palistinean suicide bombings damaged attempts by U.S. envoy Anthony Zinni to get peace talks started in that Mideast conflict.

Robbers at London's Heathrow Airport made off with $3 million in cash that had just been off-loaded from a flight from Johannesburg, South Africa.

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, 76, is retiring from the lecture circuit after suffering a series of small strokes over the last several months.

A car bomb exploded near the U.S. embassy in Lima, Peru, days before President Bush is scheduled to visit that country, raising fears the Shining Path guerrilla movement has returned to action.

Fong Fuming, a U.S. citizen, was sentenced to five years by a Chinese court for bribery and obtaining state secrets.

Lloyd's List, the shipping paper, will stop referring to ships as "she." All vessels will now be "it."

An asteroid big enough to destroy a major city passed within 300,000 miles of Earth, but astronomers didn't see it until after it had gone by.

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