The Week That Was

June 02, 2002

The World

Fifty prisoners taken May 24 in a nighttime raid by U.S. troops on the Afghan town of Bandi Temur, west of Kandahar, were released along with the body of tribal leader Hajji Berget, killed in the raid.

For the first time in six years, the United States sent a diplomat to the Sudanese capital of Khartoum.

Shipwreck hunter Robert Ballard found what might be the remains of PT 109, the boat John F. Kennedy commanded when it was sliced in two by a Japanese warship in World War II.

A reward of up to $5 million for the capture of leaders of Philippine Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf was offered by the United States.

Lawyers representing Libya offered to pay $2.7 billion to the victims of the Pan Am 103 bombing if sanctions against the country are lifted.

Paul Boetang, 50, became Britain's first black Cabinet minister when Prime Minister Tony Blair named him deputy treasury secretary.

Three Jewish settlers were indicted by an Israeli court for plotting to blow up a Palestinian girls' school in East Jerusalem.

Six Israelis died in Palestinian attacks, two in a suicide bombing near Tel Aviv, the others in shootings in West Bank settlements.

Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien fought off calls for his resignation over a growing influence-peddling scandal that has reached several Cabinet ministers.

Italian police revealed that they had intercepted phone conversations between al-Quaida militants in 2000 and early last year that contained references to an upcoming terrorist strike that might have been the Sept. 11 attacks.

Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa said 4 million people in his country face starvation without increased international aid.

Russia was formally welcomed into NATO as a junior partner in the organization formed five decades ago to thwart the Soviet Union's expansion plans.

Pete Sampras was beaten in the first round of the French Open tennis tournament.

Marianne Pearl, widow of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, gave birth to a son named Adam.

Mexican authorities said they had arrested Jesus Albino "Big Ears" Quintero Meraz, a drug trafficker responsible for bringing a ton of cocaine per month into the United States.

Colombia chose Alvaro Uribe as its next president.

The Nation

A federal judge in New Jersey ruled the U.S. cannot continue its blanket policy of holding secret hearings for immigrants detained after Sept. 11 but must seek to close the hearings on a case-by-case basis.

South African Breweries bought Miller Brewing from Philip Morris for $5.6 billion.

Pratyush Buddiga, 13, of Colorado won the National Spelling Bee on the word "prospicience," which followed his successful spells of "grobian," "thremmatology," "oubliette" and "troching."

An Air Force Reserve helicopter, trying to rescue hikers who fell into a crevasse on the snow-covered slopes of Oregon's Mount Hood, crashed, injuring the crew of five. At least three of the nine trapped hikers died.

In announcing a sweeping reorganization, FBI director Robert S. Mueller III said that the bureau might have thwarted the Sept. 11 attacks had it put together all the information it had available.

Attorney General John Ashcroft eased restrictions on domestic spying by the FBI, saying that they helped terrorists.

President Bush pledged $235 million in federal money to buy back oil and natural gas rights in the Everglades and off the Florida coast, a move to help the environment and the re-election campaign of his brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Former star Ken Caminiti joined Jose Canseco in saying that steroid use is rampant in Major League Baseball.

Georgia's Supreme Court upheld that state's ban on video poker machines.

A Supreme Court decision in an obscure dispute between a cruise line and the state-owned port of Charleston, S.C., that had gone before the Federal Maritime Commission expanded states' sovereignty by freeing them from the jurisdiction of federal agencies.

Napoleon Beazley, who was 17 when he killed John Luttig in a carjacking in 1994, was executed in Texas.

Large deposits of ice have been detected beneath the surface of Mars by scientists analyzing data from the Odyssey spacecraft.

Amnesty International said the United States and other governments have used the war on terrorism to erode human rights and stifle political dissent.

Chandra Levy's death was ruled a homicide by the District of Colombia medical examiner.

Bankruptcies are on a record pace nationwide, set to surpass last year's record of 1.49 million filings.

Broccoli was shown to help fight stomach ulcers and cancer in studies at Johns Hopkins.

The Region

A proposal to turn the old Railway Express building on St. Paul Street across from Penn Station into offices for an advertising firm and artists studios was approved by the city over the objections of neighborhood groups.

Allied Irish Banks, the parent company of Allfirst Financial, said it would decide by the end of the year whether to withdraw from banking in the United States.

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