The Week That Was

September 01, 2002

The World

China announced restrictions on the export of its missile technology, and the United States announced it would add to its list of terrorist groups an Islamic group that challenges Chinese rule in the western province of Xinjiang.

Traffic accidents kill more than 1 million people a year and injure tens of millions more, costing underdeveloped countries more than they receive in international aid, according to an official of the Road Traffic Injury Research network.

Israel reversed a decision to withdraw from Palestinian areas of Gaza and Bethlehem, asserting that the danger of violence had not abated. Later, Israeli forces killed four Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

American and British aircraft bombed two Iraqi radar installations used to track allied military movements. Iraqi officials said eight people were killedin the raid.

Pope John Paul II, in deteriorating health, decided not to visit the Philippines in January.

A Tokyo court ruled that Japan had used germ warfare in World War II, rebutting the government's historical claims to the contrary. The court rejected claims of Chinese who said they were affected by germ warfare.

More than 100 world leaders gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the largest-ever international meeting on how to save the planet. President Bush was not among them.

A Palestinian woman, 35, accused of spying for Israel, was executed by the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, which is connected to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah wing of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Her body was dumped in a square in the West Bank city of Tulkarm.

Bangladesh was rated the most corrupt state in the world in the annual study by Transparency International, a monitoring group. The United States was rated the 16th-least corrupt country.

The Nation

One in every 32 American adults - about 6.6 million people - were in jail, on probation or on parole by the end of last year, according to a government study.

The federal government brought terrorism charges against six men, accusing them of conspiring with al-Qaida members plotting to attack the United States.

Two men, listed for months as missing in the attacks Sept. 11 on the World Trade Center, have been found alive in regional hospitals.

Children raised with pets are less prone to cat and dog allergies, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

A Detroit judge exonerated Eddie Joe Lloyd, 54, who spent 17 years in prison for rape and murder which DNA evidence proved he could not have committed.

A security supervisor at Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport was fired for not detecting a loaded gun in a passenger's carry-on bag.

Major League Baseball players and owners avoided a strike with a last-minute agreement.

A Utah polygamist was sentenced to five years to life for a child rape that occurred when he took a 13-year-old "spiritual" wife a dozen years ago. It was the lightest sentence possible, after his young woman pleaded for leniency.

Harvard Law School acquiesced to pressure from the Defense Department and will allow military recruiters on campus. The university receives almost $330 million in federal aid.

A Japanese midget submarine that may have been sunk by a U.S. destroyer hours before the attack on Pearl Harbor was discovered in 1,200 feet of water three miles south of the base.

The Region

Baltimore's bid to co-host the 2012 Olympics with Washington was rejected in favor of New York and San Francisco.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening declared further water restrictions in the continuing drought. The next day, it rained over the state, but not nearly enough.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore unveiled a revised sexual abuse policy requiring criminal background checks for every church employee and every volunteer who works alone with children.

David Czajkowski, 38, was sentenced to five years in prison for sexually abusing three girls while a teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas School in Hampden.

Maryland faces a $1 billion deficit next year because of declining tax receipts and rising spending, said Comptroller William Donald Schaefer.

About 20,000 Baltimore elementary and middle school pupils will have to repeat a grade because they failed to meet standards.

A 41-year-old recidivist drunken driver was sentenced to 14 years in prison for causing a car crash that killed a Baltimore County police detective.

A US Airways flight was escorted to Baltimore-Washington International Airport by two military jets after a miscommunication between the pilot and air traffic controllers that indicated a security threat on board.

A federal judge awarded $40,000 to a former Maryland state trooper because he was denied extended paternity leave.

Mary Arabian, the first female judge of Baltimore's old Municipal Court, died at age 81.

Baltimore improved its national ranking for visits to the emergency room caused by drug abuse, dropping from third to fifth among U.S. cities, a federal survey shows. Three years ago, the city led the list, a position now occupied by Philadelphia.

Quote

"There will be thousands of dead. You will all think of me."

Marwan al-Shehi, suspected pilot of a plane that crashed into the World Trade Center, boasting to a librarian in Hamburg, Germany, in the spring of 2000, according to German investigators

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