The Week That Was

July 21, 2002

The World

Seven Israelis died when three Palestinian militants in Israeli military uniforms disabled a bus with bombs on the West Bank, then fired 150 rounds into its armor-plated sides. Two suicide bombers in Tel Aviv killed three more people.

An alleged al-Qaida suspect, arrested in Spain, videotaped the World Trade Center, the Brooklyn Bridges, the Sears Tower in Chicago and other landmarks during a 1997 visit to the United States.

FOR THE RECORD - A photo caption in last Sunday's Perspective section incorrectly identified Theodore R. McKeldin as the last Republican governor of Maryland. The last was Spiro T. Agnew. The Sun regrets the errors.

Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit agreed to elections in November after his parliamentary coalition weakened.

The Israeli Cabinet decided not to back a bill that would have prohibited Israeli Arabs from buying homes in communities built on state land.

Four Pakistanis were convicted of killing American journalist Daniel Pearl. Mastermind Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh was given a death sentence and the three others received life terms.

The headquarters of Hamas in the Gaza strip was destroyed in an Israeli missile attack.

Joaquin Balaguer, who ruled the Dominican Republic for 22 years in two stints as its president from 1966 to 1978 and 1986 to 1996, died at age 95.

Unarmed Nigerian women holding 700 workers hostage at a ChevronTexaco oil facility in Nigeria ended their siege when the company agreed to hire 25 local workers and build schools and other facilities.

Mexicans protesting construction of a Mexico City airport released hostages and ended a highway blockade after the government agreed to release jailed protesters.

Aryeh Deri, who built the Orthodox Shas party into a major player in Israeli politics, was released from jail after serving two years of a three-year sentence for corruption.

Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz traveled to Afghanistan, expressing support for Afghan President Hamid Karzai and regret for death-causing mistakes by U.S. forces. He visited former Northern Alliance allies, urging them to stop fighting each other.

Five Jewish settlers, four of them Israeli soldiers and a reserve army officer, were charged with selling ammunition to Palestinians.

Greece said it has broken up the November 17 guerrilla group blamed for killing more than 20 people in three decades of political assassinations

The 70-year-old scientist who played a key role in developing India's atomic bomb, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, was elected president of that country.

About 40 Jewish graves were desecrated in a cemetery in Rome.

The Nation

A poll conducted by The New York Times and CBS found that 61 percent of respondents felt that members of the Bush administration are more interested in protecting the interests of large corporations than those of ordinary Americans.

Former New York City police officer Charles Schwarz was convicted by a federal jury of perjury for his role in the case of police brutality of Abner Louima, but the jury deadlocked on civil rights charges.

General Motors, the world's largest automaker, reported quarterly profits more than double last year's figure.

Former Virgina House Speaker S. Vance Wilkins Jr. announced that he will resign from the General Assembly next month in the face of sexual harassment allegations.

The United Parcel Service and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters reached a tentative agreement on a six-year pact calling for a 25 percent increase in wages and benefits for 210,000 Teamsters.

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan reported that the recovery of the U.S. economy remains solidly on track despite recent drops in stock prices and what he called an "infectious greed" within the business community in the late 1990s.

Scientists said Alaska's glaciers are melting at more than twice the rate previously thought.

John W. Magaw, the one-time head of the Secret Service, was forced out as chief of the new federal agency overseeing airport security.

Pfizer agreed to acquire the Pharmacia Corp. for $60 billion in stock, making it the largest pharmaceutical company in the world with such popular drugs as Viagra, Rogaine and Celebrex.

Coca-Cola announced that it will change its accounting so that the company's reported earnings will reflect the value of stock options granted to executives and other employees.

The College Board announced it will stop flagging SAT exam scores of disabled students who received extra time to complete the test.

A Utah County judge was arrested on charges of possessing cocaine, heroin and barbiturates after being turned in by a relative.

Marjorie Knoller, the owner of two Presa Canario dogs who mauled and killed her neighbor January 2001, was sentenced to the maximum of four years in prison after a judge threw out her murder conviction.

Police found the body of Samantha Runnion, a 5-year-old girl abducted outside her apartment in Stanton, Calif. A 27-year-old man was later arrested, but police said the investigation was continuing.

A disabled man confined to a wheelchair, Edward Law, sued a West Palm Beach, Fla. strip club because an area of the club with private lap dances is reachable only by stairs.

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