The Week That Was

September 08, 2002

The World

Afghan president Hamid Karzai survived an assassination attempt as a man dressed in a soldiers uniform opened fire on the president's car in Kandahar. A car bomb in Kabul killed about 25 people.

German authorities arrested a Turkish man suspected of being a follower of Osama bin Laden and the man's fiancee, an employee of the U.S. military, for planning an attack on a U.S. military base on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack.

Two Israeli soldiers were killed when their tank was blown up by Palestinian fighters. Israeli helicopters later destroyed a suspected bomb factory in the Gaza Strip. Israeli troops captured and destroyed a vehicle with a powerful half-ton of explosives.

A Parliamentary committee recommended that England's Queen Elizabeth II give up the royal train, which made 17 trips at a cost of $900,000 last year.

Russia said it will ratify the Kyoto Protocol on limiting greenhouse gases that the United States continues to oppose.

The Israeli Supreme Court approved sending relatives of terrorist suspects from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip if there is evidence they aided in acts of terror.

The Sri Lankan government ended its four-year ban on the Tamil Tigers, a condition for peace talks with the rebel group.

Akbar Tanjun, speaker of Indonesia's parliament, was convicted of misusing $4.5 million intended to buy food for the poor. He was sentenced to three years in prison.

Hecklers disrupted Secretary of State Colin L. Powell's speech to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, as he defended the United States' environmental record.

Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo said he would shrink the military by 20 percent, but gave no timetable.

The Dutch arrested seven men suspected of being recruiters for al-Qaida.

The Nation

The Senate Judiciary Committee rejected the nomination of Priscilla Owen, a justice on the Texas Supreme Court picked by President Bush for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Airline pilots will be allowed to carry guns under a bill passed by the Senate. The House earlier approved similar legislation.

The nation's unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent in August, a five-month low.

President Bush said he would seek congressional approval before taking military action against Iraq. He called the leaders of France, China and Russia seeking support for toppling Saddam Hussein.

Mayor Vincent A. Cianci Jr. of Providence, R.I., was sentenced to five years and four months in prison for corruption.

A whale jumped onto a 22-foot boat out on a tuna fishing trip in Morro Bay, Calif., throwing Jerry Tibbs, 51, into the water. His body was recovered 12 hours later.

A Florida jury convicted 13- and 14-year-old brothers -- Alex and Derek King -- of killing their sleeping father with a baseball bat.

A former altar boy who said Msgr. Michael Smith Foster, a top official in the Boston Archdiocese, abused him in the 1980s, withdrew his lawsuit. Foster had denied the accusations.

Three of four recipients of organs from a Georgia woman who carried the West Nile virus when she died in a car crash also developed the disease.

Andrew M. Cuomo, trailing H. Carl McCall in the polls, ended his bid to be Democratic nominee for governor of New York.

Oakland Athletics lost an 11-run lead, but won their 20th straight game -- an American League record -- 12-11 over the Kansas City Royals.

Descendents of slaves filed lawsuits against several major corporations, including Aetna Corp., which insured slaves, and CSX, which used slave labor on rail lines.

Sept. 11 will be called Patriot Day under a proclamation signed by President Bush.

Nabil Almarabh, a former Boston cab driver portrayed as a key terrorism suspect in the weeks after Sept. 11, was deported to Syria on immigration charges. Prosecutors said there was no evidence linking him to terrorism. Almarabh served 11 months in jail.

The Region

Gov. Parris N. Glendening spent $25,000 of his campaign funds to run advertisements denouncing Comptroller William Donald Schaefer, aiding the campaign of his secretary of state, John T. Willis.

Alicia Ann Dieter, 9, died of injuries suffered when her mother, Lisa A. Dieter, 35, crashed her car in Baltimore County's Double Rock Park in what she said was an attempt to kill herself and her child. The mother suffered no life-threatening injuries.

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley endorsed Sen. Barbara A. Hoffman over Lisa A. Gladden in the 41st District Senate race and campaigned for incumbent William Donald Schaefer, who is running against Secretary of State John T. Willis in the state comptroller's race.

Federal investigators launched an investigation into the state's troubled juvenile justice, which is overseen by Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.

A 22-inch snakehead was found floating in the Inner Harbor by a fisherman.

Quote

"I think Congress ought to be here, working. There's not anything that I can do by going up there. Lord knows, there's not anything more that can be said about our sorrow."

Sen. Robert C. Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat, objecting to a trip from Washington to New York for a ceremonial meeting of Congress commemorating the Sept. 11 attacks.

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