The Week That Was

September 29, 2002

The World

U.S. troops went to the Ivory Coast to evacuate 100 American schoolchildren trapped in the rebel-held town of Bouake. France also sent troops to its former colony.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair presented the House of Commons a 50-page dossier outlining Iraq's attempts to build nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

Argentina's economy minister said the country will miss a loan payment to the International Monetary Fund and other multilateral lenders.

Twenty-one Chinese children were killed when a stairway gave way at a school in Fengzhen in the Inner Mongolia region.

A senior U.S. diplomat will travel to North Korea next month, ending a two-year break in relations, the Bush administration announced.

Three retired four-star U.S. generals told the Senate Armed Services Committee that because Iraq does not pose any immediate threat, diplomatic efforts to end its weapons development should be exhausted before any military action is taken.

Oil prices rose to a 19-month high after Iraq said it would not accept any new U.N. resolutions on weapons inspections.

German Justice Minister Herta Daubler-Gmelin, who compared President Bush to Adolf Hitler, submitted her resignation to German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder after he narrowly won re-election.$55 million in U.S. aid was withheld over suspicions that Ukraine had sold an advanced radar system to Iraq.

Nine Palestinians were killed in fighting when Israeli tanks went into the Gaza Strip and blew up a metals factory.

Israeli troops ended four days of assaults on Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's compound.

Uri Even, 62, became the first openly gay member of the Israeli Parliament, representing the Meretz party.

Israel fired missiles into a car stuck in Gaza traffic but Hamas leader Mohammand Deif escaped with nonfatal injuries.

The Nation

The Federal Reserve left key interest rates unchanged, though two members registered a rare dissent.

The terrorism threat level was lowered from orange to yellow.

A federal judge in Vermont declared the federal death penalty unconstitutional.

A customer at a KFC shop in California called police after receiving two bags of marijuana instead of the biscuits he had ordered.

U.S. drug trafficking indictments against three members of Colombia's right-wing paramilitary were announced.

The nation's poverty rate rose and household income declined last year, according to the Census Bureau.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle attacked President Bush for saying that those opposed to the administration's Department of Homeland Security bill were not interested in the security of the American people.

The "E" that stood outside Enron's Houston headquarters sold for $44,000 at auction.

A committee investigating claims of important physics breakthroughs by J. Hendrik Schon of Bell Labs said they were based on fraudulent data. Schon was fired.

Three members of the Rigas family that controlled Adelphia Communications were indicted on charges of conspiring to defraud investors.

Men from Saudi Arabia were added to the list of foreign visitors from some Middle Eastern and North African countries who must register with the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Former Vice President Al Gore criticized President Bush's policy on Iraq, saying it could damage the war on terrorism.

David F. Myers, former controller of WorldCom Inc., pleaded guilty to phony accounting to inflate profits and a subsequent cover-up.

Zacarias Moussaoui was mistakenly given 48 pages of classified documents by federal attorneys prosecuting him on charges of aiding the Sept. 11 terrorists.

Federal health officials sent states guidelines for administering smallpox vaccines in case of a terrorist attack.

Qwest Communications, under investigation for its accounting practices, said it overstated revenue in 2000 and 2001 by as much as $1.48 billion.

The Region

Scandal-troubled Allfirst Financial Inc. was sold by its Irish owner to M&T Bank Corp, a Buffalo, N.Y., company with 700 branches concentrated in the Northeast.

Michael Jordan said he would return for another season with the Washington Wizards.

Jerard M. Bazemore, an 18-year-old senior who started on the Milford Mill Academy football team, was charged with killing Charles Howard Sharp III, 19, in a drive-by shooting in Randallstown.

The Baltimore Arena will be renamed the First Mariner Arena in a deal that will bring the city $750,000 over 10 years.

An 11-month-old state hiring freeze was tightened after more dismal budget projections.

A junior at Kenwood High School in Baltimore County was initially removed from an honors biology class when she refused to dissect a cat, but was reinstated when officials approved us of a computer simulation.

Cardinal William H. Keeler named more than 80 priests in the Baltimore archdiocese who have been accused of sexual abuse in cases reaching back seven decades.

Naval Academy officials said that Midshipman John Paul Ruggiero was intoxicated, by state standards, when he fell to his death from the Bancroft Hall dormitory last month.

The Baltimore Sheriff's Department is investigating five of its deputies who are alleged to have used a stun gun on a man in Lexington Market they mistakenly thought was a suspect in a bank robbery.

Senator Theatre owner Thomas A. Kiefaber said a city guarantee will allow him to get a $1.2 million loan to refinance that theater and reopen the Rotunda Mall's movie houses.

Quote

"It's a question of what's the sense of urgency here? ... There is nothing that indicates that in the immediate next hours, next days, that there's going to be nuclear-tipped missiles put on launch pads to go against our forces or our allies in the region."

Gen. Wesley K. Clark, former NATO military commander, testifying about military action against Iraq before the Senate Armed Services Committee

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