The Week That Was

August 11, 2002

The World

Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, a U.S.-educated millionaire, was chosen by Bolivia's Congress as president of South America's poorest nation.

At least nine Israelis died in the bombing of a bus in northern Israel, the worst incident in a week of violence that saw the Israelis shut down travel by Palestinians in the northern West Bank. However, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators resumed cease-fire talks.

The Bush administration announced a $1.5 billion loan to Uruguay, the first such loan of the Bush administration.

The Vatican excommunicated seven women who had been calling themselves priests after an ordination ceremony that took place in late June in Europe.

Four gunmen attacked a Christian boarding school in Pakistan and killed six school employees.

A man was arrested for his daily practice of fishing hundreds of dollars in coins out of Rome's Trevi Fountain.

The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that it is legal to destroy the homes of families of suicide bombers.

Twelve gunmen, thought to be al-Qaida operatives, were killed in an attack on an Afghan army post in Kabul that left three soldiers dead.

The International Monetary Fund agreed to lend Brazil $30 billion, the biggest loan in the history of the IMF.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said the United States will not be allowed to use Saudi land to attack Iraq.

Scientists in England and Oregon isolated a hormone that makes people feel full, reporting that people injected with it ate about a third less than usual.

The Nation

Year-old Guatemalan twins, joined at the head, were separated in a 22-hour operation in Los Angeles.

A mother bear and cub died in a house fire in California's San Bernadino mountains that started when they broke in searching for food and knocked over a lamp.

A federal circuit court struck down Florida's voucher law, ruling that the state constitution forbids giving tax money to religious schools.

Taking advantage of a computer failure caused by the Sept. 11 attacks that allowed unlimited withdrawals, thousands of people allegedly stole $15 million from New York's Municipal Credit Union.

New York will observe the anniversary of the World Trade Center attack with a series of events, including a reading of the names of the 2,823 victims begun by former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.

Rep. John D. Dingell, the longest-serving member of the House, overcame a strong challenge from another incumbent, Rep. Lynn Rivers, in the Michigan Democratic primary.

AOL Time Warner Inc. named Jonathan Miller, former head of USA Interactive, to head its America Online division.

The Major League Baseball Players Association dropped its opposition to steroid testing.

A federal appeals court in Vermont upheld a state law that limits how much political candidates can spend, even with no public funding.

Samuel D. Waksal, the former chief executive of ImClone Systems, was indicted in Manhattan on charges of insider trading, fraud, obstructing a federal investigation and forgery.

WorldCom announced that it had uncovered another $3.3 billion in accounting irregularities, bringing the total to $7.1 billion.

A report by the Treasury Department found that the U.S. Customs Service could not account for 2,241 computers and nearly 1,200 employees.

The daughters of Richard M . Nixon came to an agreement on how to spend a $20 million bequest to their father's presidential library, ending a three-year dispute.

Ten died when a U.S. Air Force Special Operations plane crashed in Puerto Rico.

A surgeon who took a break from a six-hour operation to run an errand at a bank was suspended by Massachusetts authorities.

The Region

The top executive of Magna Entertainment Corp., which is buying Pimlico and Laurel Park, said he wants to demolish Pimlico Race Course and build a new track on the site.

The governors of Maryland and Virginia and the mayor of the Washington signed a regional homeland security pact, the first agreement of its kind.

Maryland's Board of Public Works approved spending almost $4.6 million to settle legal claims by inmates abused while in juvenile boot camps.

Gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Kennedy Townsend said she would support a 36-cent-a-pack increase in Maryland's cigarette tax to pay for health care for the uninsured.

EntreMed, a Rockville biotech company, announced the layoffs of about 30 employees, or 25 percent of its work force.

An appeals court barred Washington Mayor Anthony A. Williams from the Democratic primary ballot next month because of fraudulent petitions.

Baltimore's public works director announced "drought-level" water restrictions.

Ed Kane, owner of Water Taxi, reversed his position and announced that he is no longer willing to sell his 25-year-old Inner Harbor business.

A smoky fire erupted at a Sparrows Point mulch plant.


"The United States government has no right to force Pax Americana on the rest of us, or to unilaterally determine the fate of the world."

Tadatoshi Akiba, mayor of Hiroshima, Japan, at ceremonies marking the 57th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on that city

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