The Week That Was

May 12, 2002

The World

The CIA fired a missile at an Afghan warlord opposed to the interim government, but failed to kill Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

A bomb exploded amid a parade celebrating victory in World War II in Dagestan, a region of Russia near the breakaway province of Chechnya, killing 36 and injuring more than 150.

A suicide bomber in Islamabad blew up his car next to a bus filled with French civilians working on a military project for the Pakistani government, killing at least 14.

The 38-day siege at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank, came to an end as Cyprus agreed to take temporarily 13 Palestinian militants.

Nepal's government said 100 of its soldiers and police officers were killed when Maoist rebels recaptured the village of Gam. The government claimed to have killed 400 rebels in earlier fighting.

Right-wing Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn was assassinated a week before Holland's presidential election. Enviromental activist Volkert van der Graaf was charged with the killing.

Canadian troops found a grave with 23 bodies thought to be al-Qaida fighters in the Tora Bora mountains of Afghanistan.

A 19-year-old pregnant Nigerian woman who lives in the part of that country ruled by Islamic law received a sentence of 100 lashes for premarital sex with her fiance.

Jacques Chirac received more than 80 percent of the vote in trouncing right-winger Jean-Marie Le Pen in France's presidential election.

The Bush administration renounced the treaty setting up the International Criminal Court aimed at war criminals and said its prosecutors would receive no cooperation from the United States.

Vladimiro Roca, jailed in Cuba for publishing a pamphlet calling for multiparty elections, was freed a week before a visit by President Jimmy Carter.

More than 100 people, including at least 38 children, were killed in fighting between rebels and paramilitary forces in Colombia.

The Nation

The Senate and House agreed on a farm bill that returns the country to a program of taxpayer-funded subsidies for farmers.

The Navy said the Osprey, the hybrid helicopter-airplane grounded in December 2000 after a series of crashes, is ready to resume flight testing.

The House passed a $383 billion defense budget that includes the $11 billion Crusader artillery weapon that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is trying to eliminate.

Single-sex public schools would be encouraged under a change in regulations proposed by the Bush administration.

In a brief filed with the Supreme Court, the Justice Department said that the Second Amendment supports individual gun ownership, contradicting the last Supreme Court ruling on the issue, a 1939 case that said the amendment backs gun rights only in connection with state militias.

Boston Cardinal Bernard Law, answering questions in a deposition, said he turned charges of sexual abuse against a priest over to aides in the 1980s and did not know of their outcome.

Mariah Carey, dumped by Virgin Records, signed a deal with Universal.

The bishops of the United Methodist Church elected their first female president, Sharon Brown Christopher of Illinois.

The Rev. Paul Shanley, 71, who once defended sexual relationships between men and boys, pleaded not guilty to rape charges involving a youth in Boston. He was held on $750,000 bail.

The Monticello Association -- an organization for descendants of Thomas Jefferson -- voted overwhelmingly against allowing the descendants of slave Sally Hemings to join the organization.

Robert P. Hanssen, 58, a former FBI expert in counterintelligence who confessed to selling secrets to Moscow, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The Region

Baltimore police are investigating allegations by former nun Rita Monahan that she was raped by a priest, the Rev. Thomas R. Schwind, 13 years ago.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening stopped executions pending the completion of a study on racial and geographic disparities in death sentences.

City school officials backed away from a plan to open a high school in Charles Center.

A helicopter was used to rescue young bald eagles mired in a Charles County gravel quarry sludge pond. Three died, and five were being treated at the Baltimore Zoo.

Southwest Airlines announced service between Baltimore-Washington International Airport and Los Angeles.

Brenda Lee Sawyer, 42, who fled into muddy woods after she ran her car into a parked state police car in Eldersburg in November, pleaded guilty in Carroll County Circuit Court to her 10th drunken-driving offense.

The Keswick Multi-Care Center won the rights to $31 million left to the facility in a will that said the money was for white patients, with University of Maryland Hospital getting the funds if the legacy was not acceptable.

The Quote

"Slot machines in this state could be very good for racing, or they could be a disaster."

John Franzone, a racehorse owner who is a member of the Maryland Racing Commission

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