The Week That Was

May 26, 2002

The World

A suicide bomber disguised as an Israeli soldier killed himself and three Israelis in a market in Netanya.

A tanker truck was blown apart by a remote control bomb at Israel's largest fuel depot but the resulting fire was extinguished before spreading to storage tanks.

Fighting in Kashmir left 15 dead in an escalation of the Indo-Pakistan battle for the remote border province. Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee told troops in Srinigar to prepare for a "decisive battle."

East Timor celebrated independence after 24 years under Indonesian occupation preceded by some four centuries as a Portuguese colony.

Sierra Leone re-elected President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, who is credited with bringing peace to the violence-ridden West African state.

Alec Campbell, the last known Australian survivor of the disastrous Allied assault against the Turks at Gallipoli in 1915, died at his home in Hobart, Tasmania, at age 103.

British police arrested 36 people in coordinated raids on computer users suspected of using child pornography Web sites.

India reported that 1,030 people had died in a heat wave in which temperatures reached 122 degrees.

Authorities in the Belarus capital of Minsk said they would stop allotting land for building McDonald's restaurants because the health ministry had declared the restaurant chain's food dangerous.

American warplanes twice attacked air defense installations in Iraq after coming under fire.

The Israeli Embassy in Paris was burned out by what appeared to be an accidental fire.

The United Nations extended the stay of peacekeeping troops in Afghanistan for another six months.

The Nation

The Supreme Court agreed to take on a case that challenges the right of states to require publicizing names and addresses of convicted sex offenders.

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III warned that America inevitably will face attacks by suicide bombers of the kind that have killed hundreds of Israelis.

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said it is inevitable that terrorists eventually will obtain weapons of mass destruction and use them.

The Justice Department said it would sue to compel three Florida counties to remedy election irregularities that deprived some citizens of their right to vote in the 2000 presidential election.

An Alabama jury convicted former Ku Klux Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry of murder in the 1963 bombing that killed four black girls in Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.

Philadelphia's former mayor, Ed Rendell, soundly defeated incumbent Robert Casey Jr. in the Democratic primary for governor of Pennsylvania.

Merrill Lynch & Co, the nation's second-largest brokerage, agreed to pay a $100 million civil penalty to settle a complaint that it misled investors with "tainted" stock research.

Calvin McCarter, 10, of Jenison, Mich., won the National Geography Bee and a $25,000 scholarship for correctly identifying China as the location of the Lop Nur nuclear testing site.

The U.S. Navy said that hundreds of sailor were sprayed with nerve gas between 1964 and 1968 during chemical warfare readiness tests.

Golfing great Sam Snead died at 89.

An agent in the FBI's Minneapolis office claimed that bureau officials in Washington hindered the pre-Sept. 11 investigation of Zacarias Moussaoui, now charged with aiding those attacks.

Joseph M. Mesa Jr. was convicted of killing two fellow students at Gallaudet University in Washington in the 2000-2001 school year as a jury rejected his insanity defense.

The Senate approved an expansion of the president's authority to negotiate trade pacts in a bill that also expanded aid to workers who lose jobs to foreign competition.

Airline pilots will not be allowed to carry guns, the Transportation Department ruled.

Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura vetoed a bill requiring school students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at least once a week.

The Region

The Harford County school board voted to ban tank tops, flip-flops and sleepwear from clothing considered permissible in schools.

The Baltimore state's attorney's office said it could find no record of letters which the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Maryland claims it sent to the prosecutor reporting allegations of sexual abuse by the Rev. Maurice J. Blackwell. The church later released edited versions of its copy of the letters.

The Rev. Brian M. Cox, 53, a longtime priest in Westminster who ran a rural Carroll County farm that ministered to the homeless and troubled families, was arrested on charges of sexually abusing a boy two decades ago. Cox was suspended from priestly duties in 1995 after similar charges.

Sarah Hanley Blackman of Bethesda won the Sophie Kerr Prize of $65,000 awarded each year at commencement to Washington College's most promising writer among its graduates.

Maryland's two Democratic senators, Barbara A. Mikulski and Paul S. Sarbanes, endorsed the gubernatorial candidacy of Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, apparently hoping to discourage Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley from entering the race.

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