The Week That Was

July 07, 2002

The World

The U.S. agreed to extend the mission of American peacekeepers in Bosnia by 12 days, even though there still is no provision to exempt them from actions by the new International Criminal Court.

Afghans claimed that fire from U.S. airplanes killed dozens of civilians and injured 100, contending that firearms shot into the air to celebrate a wedding in a southern Afghan village might have been mistaken for enemy fire.

A Russian passenger plane and a German cargo plane collided over Switzerland, killing 71, most of them Russian students heading for a vacation in Spain. Swiss authorities acknowledged that a collision alarm system which might have prevented the accident was out of commission.

Jean Marie Messier, who turned a French utility company into a multimedia giant, was forced out as chairman of Vivendi Universal as its stock price plummeted.

Brazil defeated Germany, 2-0, to win the World Cup.

Vladimiro Montesinos, once the powerful head of Peru's intelligence agency, was sentenced to nine years in prison for abuse of power.

Robert Waugh, a farmer whose pigs are blamed for starting last year's foot-and-mouth epidemic that devastated British livestock, was fined $15,000 and banned from keeping farm animals for 15 years.

The Nation

The price of a pack of cigarettes in the Big Apple rose to more than $7 as New York City raised its tax from 8 cents to $1.50 a pack.

Northrop Grumman and TRW Inc. agreed to a $7.8 billion merger.

Congressional investigators have found no records supporting Martha Stewart's explanation - an arrangement with her broker to sell when the share price fell below a certain level - for why she sold ImClone shares just before they tanked.

Rep. J.C. Watts of Oklahoma, the only black Republican in Congress, said he would not seek a fifth term in the House.

WorldCom Inc. chief executive John Sidgmore apologized for his company's accounting scandal as it was revealed that problems with its bookkeeping could date back as early as 1999.

Managers of pension funds in New York, California and North Carolina said they would withhold business from Wall Street firms that do not take steps to limit conflicts of interests in the firms between investment bankers and analysts who make stock recommendations.

Zaccarias Moussaoui, charged with aiding the Sept. 11 terrorists, called Osama bin Laden "my brother in Islam and my father in Jihad" in court papers he filed claming that he was under government surveillance before Sept. 11 and thus could not have participated in the attacks.

Eighty-four marines and sailors, no officers, have been convicted of the sale and use of drugs in an investigation at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

A gunman, identified as Egyptian native Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, 41, opened fire at the El Al counter at Los Angeles International Airport, killing two and wounding several more, before he was shot dead by El Al security officials.

Two America West pilots, whose Phoenix-bound flight was returned to the gate in Miami before taking off because a security agent smelled alcohol on their breath, lost their licenses. Both face felony alcohol charges.

Flooding in central Texas claimed seven lives as the drought-troubled region received as much as 24 inches of rain in a week.

The Region

A federal jury in Baltimore rejected claims that Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy hurt the reputation of a former Democratic National Committee secretary when he linked the burglary to a call-girl ring.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. named Michael S. Steele, chairman of the state Republican Party, as his running mate.

John T. Willis, Maryland's secretary of state, filed to run against incumbent Comptroller William Donald Schaefer in the Democratic primary.

Mayor Martin O'Malley fired the director of the Department of Recreation and Parks, saying he was unhappy about appearance of some city parks. He also fired the head of the Commission on Aging and Retirement Education but didn't say why.

Baltimore health officials said that as many as 50 infants have suffocated while sleeping with parents or older siblings during the past 4 1/2 years.

A two-alarm fire that destroyed eight apartments in Dundalk was ruled an arson by Baltimore County fire officials.

Dan Pooley defeated Tom Watson on the fifth hole of a playoff to win the U.S. Senior Open at Caves Valley Country Club in Owings Mills.

A 100-degree reading at Baltimore-Washington International Airport on the Fourth of July tied a record set in 1966.

Three former students at St. Mary's College, who were attacked while on a field trip to Guatemala in 1998, will receive $195,000 to settle a negligence lawsuit against the school.

An Anne Arundel County grand jury decided not to indict FBI agent Christopher Braga for shooting Joseph C. Shultz as he sat in his car in March. The agent mistook the 20-year-old Pasadena man for a bank robbery suspect.

The Rev. Alfred A. Dean, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in East Baltimore, was suspended after a 14-year-old boy accused him of sex abuse.

The Baltimore County police union endorsed James T. Smith's bid for county executive.

Seymour Attman, owner of Attman's Deli on Lombard Streeet, died at 76. The business was founded by his father.

The Quote

"No authority of government can ever prevent an American from pledging allegiance to the one nation under God."

President Bush, at a July Fourth celebration in Ripley, W.Va., after a recitation of the pledge that included shouting out the words deemed unconstitutional by a federal court

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