The Week That Was

May 19, 2002

The World

Days after the assassination of anti-immigration politician Pim Fortuyn, Dutch voters threw out the leftist coalition that had been in power for eight years, giving the rightist Christian Democratic Appeal more votes than any other party, with Fortuyn's party coming in second.

Sierra Leone President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah received overwhelming support in that country's election as the party of the rebel group Revolutionary United Front garnered few votes.

Lithuania scrapped a Soviet-era regulation requiring women applying for driver's licenses to get gynecological exams.

International groups estimated that Israel's recent incursions into the West Bank caused $361 million in damage.

Pakistani police found what they believed to be the body of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

Fifty-four climbers made it to the summit of Mount Everest in a single day, including the grandson of Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, who made the first successful ascent of Everest 49 years ago with Sir Edmund Hillary.

Yitzhak Yaakov, 76, a retired Israeli general, was convicted of disclosing classified information about Israel's nuclear program in unpublished manuscripts sent to editors and an interview with a reporter.

Mahathir Mohamad, the prime minister who has run Malaysia for 21 years, was praised by President Bush as an ally in the war on terrorism though he has been castigated by the State Department for his suppression of dissent.

Russia and the United States agreed to reduce nuclear weapons by two-thirds, though the arms would go into storage, not be destroyed.

American and British forces returned for operations in eastern Afghanistan and reported no sign of al-Qaida or Taliban fighters. American forces did kill five people and captured 32 in a raid on a southern Afghanistan town.

An attack by three gunmen on an Indian town on the border with Pakistan in the disputed province of Kashmir killed 30, including 10 children.

The U.N. Security Council broadened the list of goods Iraq can import to lessen the impact of sanctions on civilians.

NATO, founded to oppose the Soviet Union, approved a partnership with Russia on issues of terrorism, arms control and crisis management.

The mother of a French man arrested for art theft apparently destroyed $1.3 billion in artwork he had pilfered from small European museums over the past few years.

The Nation

The Bush administration tried to curtail growing criticism of its handling of warnings of possible terrorist attacks in the months leading up to Sept. 11.

Lawyers for John Walker Lindh, accused of fighting for the Taliban, asked that charges against him be dropped, saying the First Amendment protects his right to associate with the Taliban and al-Qaida, while the Bush administration says the Second Amendment supports his right to bear arms.

Smoking has dropped to its lowest level among high school students in a decade -- 28.5 percent -- in part because cigarettes cost so much, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Witnesses in the Alabama trial of Bobby Frank Cherry, including his ex-wife, said the now 71-year-old bragged about bombing a Birmingham church in 1963, a blast that killed four black girls.

Mafia boss Joseph Bonanno, who was at the height of his power in the 1960s, died at 97 at his home in Tucson, Ariz.

Sears bought the mail-order clothing retailer Lands' End for $1.9 billion.

David B. Duncan, an Arthur Andersen auditor who worked at Enron and pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, told a jury hearing similar charges against Andersen that he committed a crime when he ordered documents destroyed, though Andersen lawyers say Duncan's acts were legal.

Jose Mesa Jr., 22, charged with killing two fellow Gallaudet University students in 2000, said that images of black hands in his mind led him to commit the crimes.

The University of Michigan's law school affirmative action policy that takes race into account in admissions was upheld in a 5-to-4 vote of the federal 6th Circuit appellate court.

The Republican Party took in a record $33 million at a fund-raising dinner, but drew fire from Democrats for using a picture of President Bush on the phone on Sept. 11 as a premium for those who gave $150 or more.

The Region

Seedlings sprouted from an apple tree linked to Sir Isaac Newton, given to St. John's College in Annapolis by the Class of '99, have died.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening vetoed 30 bills passed by the General Assembly, including one that would have made it easier for Native Americans to get tribal recognition.

Tuition at Maryland public college campuses is going up by 5.5 percent next year, an increase school officials say is needed due to budget cutbacks.

Regulatory investigation of the loss of almost $700 million in fraudulent currency trading at Allfirst Financial ended with an agreement with federal officials to tighten internal controls.

Surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center separated Loice and Christine Onziga, conjoined twins born in a remote village in Uganda.

A priest who resigned from a Connecticut parish last month amid sexual abuse allegations apparently committed suicide at a Catholic psychiatric facility in Silver Spring.

Western Maryland College will become McDaniel College on July 1.

A petition signed by more than 140 historians, many well-known in that field, asks that the Bryn Mawr School stop blocking the publication of a book on the school's history based on the doctoral dissertation of Andrea Hamilton.

The Quote

"After 43 years of animosity, we hope that someday soon, you can reach across the great divide that separates our two countries and say: `We are ready to join the community of democracies.' "

Former President Jimmy Carter in a broadcast address to Cuba

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