The Week That Was

August 25, 2002

The World

A Russian transport helicopter designed to carry 80 but carrying 147, crashed in Chechnya, killing more than 100 soldiers and relatives.

A huge collection of videotapes found in Afghanistan by CNN and CBS provided the clearest evidence yet that the al-Qaida terror network was developing chemical agents and had tested them on animals.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf single-handedly enacted 29 amendments to his country's constitution, giving himself near-dictatorial powers.

Israeli troops began withdrawing from Bethlehem on the West Bank as Israel and the Palestinians took steps to carry out the first security agreement reached without U.S. help in nearly two years of fighting. .

Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, facing low poll numbers and a challenge from within his party, said he would not seek a fourth term.

Pope John Paul II completed an emotional three-day visit to his Polish homeland.

A Nuremberg court sentenced a German former high school teacher to three months in prison for denying that the Nazis had persecuted the Jews.

Five men from an Iraqi opposition group were arrested by German police after they stormed the new Iraqi embassy in Berlin and took hostages.

The State Department released about 4,000 previously classified documents pertaining to the "Dirty War" in Argentina from 1976 to 1983, some of them indicating the regime in Buenos Aires believed the United States condoned its tactics.

Swami Satchidananda, the guru with the cottony beard who opened the 1969 Woodstock festival by calling music "the celestial sound that controls the whole universe," died in Madras, India, at age 87, The New York Times reported.

Winnie Madizikela-Mandela was found guilty of violating the code of conduct for the South African Parliament by not reporting outside income.

More than 100 pounds of nuclear material - enough to make two nuclear bombs - was taken from a decaying reactor in Serbia and flown to Russia, where it will be used in a commercial power plant.

The Cadbury candy company apologized for running an advertisement in India that compared the disputed region of Kashmir with a chocolate that is "too good to share."

The Nation

The fund set up by the federal government to compensate families of victims attack victims made its first 25 awards, which averaged $1.3 million. Nine were quickly accepted, while four families asked for hearings to argue for more money.

The federal deficit for July reached $29.16 billion, compared to a $2.82 billion surplus the previous July. The government posted a $147.2 billion deficit for the first 10 months of fiscal 2002, which began Oct. 1, compared to a $171.77 billion surplus for the same period a year earlier.

President Bush proposed to make it easier for timber companies to remove wood from 190 million acres of the most fire-prone forests.

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced a major overhaul of the city's police and fire departments to handle catastrophes, including a plan to break through the historic rivalry between the departments.

Biologists at Rockefeller University have discovered an agent that could detect an anthrax attack and serve as an antidote to subsequent infections, according to an article in Nature .

Hurricane Andrew, which devastated South Florida in 1992, was officially promoted to a Category 5 hurricane by the National Hurricane Center, making it one of the three most ferocious storms known to hit the United States.

One in four public middle school and high school classes is taught by a teacher not trained in the subject, and the percentage is worse in schools that serve low-income and minority students, according to a study by the Education Trust.

A federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., rejected a Christian group's lawsuit intended to prevent freshmen students of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from discussing a summer reading assignment about the Quran, the holy book of Islam.

Rich Beem, a former cell phone salesman from Seattle, won the PGA championship, defeating Tiger Woods by a stroke.

David Westerfield, 50, was convicted in the murder of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam, who lived in the same San Diego neighborhood as he did.

A black bear killed a 5-month-old girl after snatching her from her stroller outside her family's summer cottage in a Catskill, N.Y., resort area.

Marijuana is easier to buy than cigarettes and alcohol, according to teen respondents to a survey conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.

A California Superior Court judge issued a temporary restraining order against the sale of Barry Bonds' 600th home run ball in a case brought by three men who said they had a deal with Jay Arsenault, who caught the ball, to split the proceeds four ways if any of them caught it.

A New York radio station canceled its popular afternoon Opie and Anthony Show after it broadcast an account of a couple having sex in St. Patrick's Cathedral. A Virginia couple was charged with public lewdness.

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