The Week That Was

April 14, 2002

The World

Palestinian suicide bombers killed and maimed Israelis in suicide attacks in the center of Jerusalem and the outskirts of Haifa . . . Israeli forces maintained their siege of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Ramallah, and other towns in the West Bank, including the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

The International Criminal Court, a permanent tribunal that will prosecute individuals for war crimes, genocide, and other heinous human rights violations, was ratified by the United Nations despite the objections of the United States.

Jimmy Carter, will become the firs former U.S. president to visit Cuba since the revolution led by Fidel Castro in 1959, when he visits as part of a small delegation without any specific mission.

A majestic funeral for Britain's Queen Mother Elizabeth drew more than 1 million people.

Crude oil prices fell almost 3 percent after Saudi Arabia promised to supply enough oil to cover any losses caused by a 30-day halt in exports by Iraq.

The Mexican Senate for the first time exercised its power to deny a Mexican president's right to travel abroad, arguing that President Vicente Fox should pay more attention to pressing domestic issues.

Russia's intelligence agency said it had broken up a U.S. spy ring trying to steal Russian defense secrets.

In an apparent assassination attempt, a bomb exploded 200 yards from the convoy of Afghanistan's defense minister, killing at least five people.

Residents found three mass graves filled with civilians in the rugged Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan. The civilians were believed to have been killed by the Taliban just before their collapse in December.

Twelve people were killed when two bombs exploded in Colombia's capital, igniting fears that the country's civil war is becoming one of unpredictable terrorist attacks.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez resigned under pressure from the military, after protests in which more than a dozen people were killed.

Sahara sand blew into Switzerland in such quantities that ski slopes were turned brown.

Amnesty International reported that governments executed at least 3,048 people last year, more than double the number in 2000.

A South African court acquitted Dr. Wouter Basson, known as Doctor Death during apartheid, on charges of murder, fraud and drug-dealing, saying the prosecution had failed to prove its case against the 51-year-old cardiologist accused of dreaming up gruesome plots against anti-apartheid activists while he was head of the apartheid government's chemical and biological warfare unit.

The Nation

Pressure mounted for Cardinal Bernard F. Law, the senior prelate in the American Catholic Church, to resign amid evidence that he knowingly protected suspected pedophile priests and repeatedly allowed them access to children.

Police in Fresno, Calif., dismissed a mentally ill woman's charges that she had been molested 32 years ago by Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony.

An audit found that Interior Department employees used government-issued credit cards to pay their rent, obtain money at casinos and buy jewelry and furniture.

Cigarettes cost Americans $7 for every pack sold, from medical care to lost productivity, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

David B. Duncan, an Arthur Andersen auditor who orchestrated the widespread destruction of Enron-related documents, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.

Three recent studies have shown that fish oil is good for the heart, and women can reduce their risk of heart disease by 30 percent if they eat fish twice a week.

The New York Times won a record seven Pulitzer Prizes this year. Previously, the most prizes won by any one publication was three.

St. John's wort may significantly interfere with a common cancer drug and can reduce its effectiveness for weeks after people stop taking the herbal supplement.

Louis Rukeyser, the abruptly departed host of Maryland Public Television's Wall Street Week, will appear at the same time as his old show, but now on CNBC, with a program called Louis Rukeyser's Wall Street.

The Region

The Maryland General Assembly ended its 90-day session.

PSIGoodbye seemed to be the way to look at Ravens stadium after the name of PSINet, the bankrupt Internet company, came off the football stadium.

Henry Myron Roberts, who died of heart failure while serving a sentence for murdering his nephew in 1991, was innocent, Baltimore prosecutors said after charging another man in the killing.

Darrell David Rice of Howard County was indicted in killings of two women in 1996 on the Appalachian Trail. Federal prosecutors said they would treat the killings as a hate crime.

Water and sewer rates were increased for the fifth time in seven years for consumers in Baltimore and surrounding counties.

Satellite data collected by the University of Maryland revealed trends that point to the virtual disappearance of the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay marshes by the end of this century.

Belvedere Square in North Baltimore could get back some of its "old magic" thanks to a $16 million redevelopment plan announced by Mayor Martin O'Malley.


"I'm sorry that we have to be here. I don't want to be suing my school. I just want to go to the prom with my boyfriend."

Marc Hall, 17, a Canadian fighting for the right to bring his boyfriend to the prom at Monsignor John Pereyma Catholic high school

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