The Week That Was

September 15, 2002

The World

Flooding in southeastern France near the historic city of Nimes killed at least 26.

The Cabinet of the Palestinian Authority, facing a no-confidence vote, resigned, a move seen as a blow to President Yasser Arafat.

Sabotage was suspected in the wreck of an Indian train that left the tracks between Calcutta and New Delhi and plunged into a river, killing 106.

The Vatican urged the United States to seek United Nations approval before taking military action against Iraq.

Former U.N. arms inspector Scott Ritter told members of the Iraqi parliament that their country was not capable of producing weapons of mass destruction and should prove it by letting inspectors back in.

Iraq has the ability to assemble nuclear weapons within months if it could get the necessary raw material, according to a report released by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Maoist rebels killed at least 58, mostly policemen, when they overran a town in western Nepal, the government reported.

The U.S. Air Force announced criminal charges against two American F-16 pilots who mistakenly bombed Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan in April, killing four and wounding eight.

The Nation

The terrorist threat level was raised to orange on the eve of the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack.

A van full of migrant forestry workers plunged off a bridge in Maine, killing 14.

Life expectancy in the United States reached 76.9 years as statistics for the last half of the 20th century showed the gap narrowing between men and women and whites and blacks.

Voting problems again troubled Florida, leading Janet Reno to refuse to concede defeat to lawyer Bill McBride in the Democratic primary to determine who will take on Republican incumbent Jeb Bush for governor. The state elections board refused her request for a recount.

Florida police closed Interstate 75 near Naples after stopping two cars containing three men accused of making terrorist threats overheard by a Georgian restaurant patron.

One-time Republican presidential candidate Elizabeth Dole will run against former Clinton aide Erskine Bowles to succeed Jesse Helms in the Senate as both won their North Carolina primary races.

In New Hampshire, two-term Sen. Bob Smith lost in the Republican primary to three-term Rep. John E. Sununu, the son of former Gov. John H. Sununu.

Martin Strel of Slovenia finished his 68-day end-to-end swim of the Mississippi River in New Orleans.

The Senate defied President Bush and voted 79 to 16 to provide $6 billion in drought relief.

Noelle Bush, daughter of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, was found with 2 grams of crack cocaine, according to workers at a drug rehabilitation center who refused to cooperate with police.

Christopher Reeve, the actor paralyzed in a 1995 horse riding accident, has regained some feeling in his body and ability to move his limbs after years of intensive therapy.

The FBI again searched the Frederick apartment once occupied by Steven Hatfill, who has been deemed a "person of interest" in the investigation of last fall's anthrax mailings.

The number of people who were victims of nonlethal violent crimes fell by 9 percent last year, according to the National Crime Victimization Survey, sending the violent-crime rate fell to its lowest level in two decades.

Pete Sampras beat Andre Agassi in four sets to win the U.S. Open men's tennis championship.

As many as 500 New York firefighters may retire early because of lung problems caused by exposure to dust, smoke and fumes after the World Trade Center collapse.

The Region

Washington Mayor Anthony A. Williams, forced to run a write-in campaign after his ballot petitions were ruled invalid, easily won the Democratic primary.

The University of Maryland, College Park, made it into the top 20 public universities in the nation in the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings.

Baltimore Circuit Judge William D. Quarles was nominated by President Bush for a seat on the U.S. District Court.

Former governor and current Comptroller William Donald Schaefer beat back a challenge to his re-election by Secretary of State John T. Willis in the Democratic primary.

Patricia C. Jessamy won the Democratic primary race for Baltimore state's attorney. In city state Senate races, Lisa A. Gladden defeated incumbent Barbara A. Hoffman in the 41st District, Clarence M. Mitchell IV was beaten by Verna L. Jones in the 44th, and Maggie M. McIntosh won in the 43rd.

As expected, Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. will face each other in the race for governor after easy primary victories.

Baltimore County police were asked to investigate the disappearance of thousands of dollars from a fund for library books and school assemblies established by the PTA of Chesapeake Terrace Elementary School in Edgemere.

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