The Week That Was

May 05, 2002

The World

The standoff in Bethlehem between Palestinians holed up in the Church of the Nativity and the Israeli army entered its second month, with some Palestinians leaving the church.

In two incursions into the West Bank, Israel sent troops into Hebron and Nablus in search of Palestinian militants.

An international conference on the Middle East this summer involving the United States, Europe, Russia and the United Nations was proposed by the Bush administration.

A newspaper editor in the central Russian city of Togliatti was killed after publishing articles on corruption in local government and businesses.

The Mexican Senate unanimously approved the country's first freedom of information act.

Three journalists, two Zimbabweans and an American, were arrested in Zimbabwe and accused of reporting false news after publishing opposition claims that a supporter was beheaded by government-backed militias.

British and American troops headed into a mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan in search of al-Qaida hide-outs.

Two French skating officials were suspended for three years in connection with the judging scandal that led to two sets of gold medals being awarded in the pairs competition at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Turkey agreed to take command of the international security force in Afghanistan sometime this summer.

The first 50 of up to 200 U.S. Special Forces troops arrived in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, where they will train and equip military personnel.

Liberian President Charles Taylor suspended all political activity 18 months before scheduled elections.

Alexander Lebed, 52, a former general who was a major player in Russian politics in the 1990s, died of injuries suffered in a helicopter crash in Siberia.

On a trip to Central Asia, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld met the rulers of Turkmenistan and Kazakstan to bolster support for anti-terrorism activities.

The Nation

The Rev. Paul Shanley, 71, a priest who once endorsed sex between men and boys, was arrested in San Diego and charged with raping a young boy during the 1980s in Boston.

A gathering of 50 people in Washington marked the one-year anniversary of Chandra Levy's disappearance.

Two young men died when they broke through a window while wrestling in a high-rise dormitory at the University of Kentucky and fell three stories.

California identified a half-dozen insurance companies that issued policies on slaves.

The creator of the Melissa computer virus, David L. Smith, 34, was sentenced to 20 months in a federal prison.

College costs are outpacing income, according to a study by the National Center for Higher Education that found families spent 25 percent of annual income for a public four-year college in 2000, compared with 13 percent in 1980.

Gov. Jesse Ventura closed Minnesota's governor's mansion in a dispute with state legislators over funding for his staff.

Bernard J. Ebbers, who built WorldCom Inc. into a telecommunications behemoth, quit as chief executive of the company, which has plummeted in value.

Eleven pages in the House of Representatives, all high school juniors, were dismissed for smoking marijuana.

Using robotic techniques to stimulate pleasure centers in the brain, scientists have created rats that can be controlled by remote control and could be used to inspect disaster areas.

Steven M. Bornstein resigned after only a year as president of the ABC television network, which is floundering as Who Wants to be a Millionaire? runs out of ratings steam.

President Bush backed equitable treatment for mental illness in health insurance plans, but did not endorse the "parity" proposals pushed in Congress.

The unemployment rate rose to 6 percent in April, its highest level in nearly eight years.

The Region

BWI became the first U.S. airport staffed with the new federally trained and employed baggage screeners.

Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend called for a moratorium on executions pending a study on the fairness of the death penalty in the state.

April saw the first above-normal rainfall since August, but the extra inch didn't solve the 12-inch deficit accumulated since fall.

A leak at a Perry Hall pumping station sent 6 million gallons of sewage into Gunpowder Falls.

A hung jury, deadlocked 10-2 for acquittal, resulted in a mistrial for defendant Donnell A. Ward, who is accused of shooting and wounding a police officer and a teen-ager last year on an East Baltimore street.

Baltimore officials will appeal Census Bureau figures that show the city's population dropped by 16,000 between April 2000 and July 2001.

Mayor Martin O'Malley said he would stand behind longtime friend Thurman W. Zollicoffer Jr. after the Baltimore city solicitor apologized for his confrontation with police officers who had just arrested his nephew on drug charges.

Rear Adm. Richard J. Naughton, the top trainer of the Navy's pilots, is expected to become the next superintendent of the Naval Academy.

Anton J.S. Keating announced that he will run for Baltimore state's attorney in the city's Democratic primary.

Quote

"This is La Plata, and it's gone."

Gov. Parris N. Glendening, touring the southern Maryland town that was hit by a tornado.

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