The Week That Was

October 06, 2002

The World

Iraq agreed to allow U.N. weapons inspectors to enter and conduct surprise visits at some facilities, but not Saddam Hussein's presidential palaces. The United States and Britain said the conditions were unacceptable. Inspectors delayed going to Iraq while the Security Council considers a tougher resolution.

The Bush administration said it would ignore a provision recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, even though it was contained in a spending bill signed by the president.

Israel withdrew most of its tanks and other equipment from the West Bank headquarters of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

An American Green Beret sergeant and two Filipinos were killed when a bomb was thrown into a restaurant in Zamboanga, the Philippines. Authorities blamed the attack on a group linked to al-Qaida.

The 11-year-old heir to a German banking fortune, Jakob von Metzler, was killed by his kidnapper days before a ransom of $1 million was paid, authorities in Frankfurt said.

The World Health Organization reported that about 1.6 million people died from violence last year around the world, many of them suicides and homicides.

Argentina allowed a thaw in the freeze on private bank accounts, permitting withdrawals up to $1,900 in the hope of moving ahead the stalled economy.

France lifted its ban on beef imported from Britain for the first time since mad cow disease struck six years ago.

Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo vowed that higher courts would overturn the death-by-stoning sentences handed down to convicted adulterers by Islamic courts.

The ozone hole over Antarctica is smaller and has divided into two holes, according to scientists from two U.S. agencies.

Europe took back golfing's prestigious Ryder Cup from the United States.

An Iraqi vice president proposed a duel between Saddam Hussein and President Bush to solve the conflict between his country and the United States.

India and Pakistan tested surface-to-air missiles within hours of each other.

The Nation

Richard Reid, the British-born Muslim who is accused of trying to set off a bomb in his shoes on a flight from Paris to Miami, pleaded guilty, apparently to avoid further embarrassment to his family.

Six people - five of them U.S. citizens - were charged with trying to travel to Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attacks and join forces with al-Qaida and the Taliban. Four were arrested.

C.F. Hathaway Co., the nation's last major manufacturer of men's shirts, will close this month.

Researchers said they had mapped the genes of the parasite that causes malaria and the mosquito that spreads it. Their findings could lead to better insecticides and other new ways to combat the disease.

A California jury awarded Betty Bullock, 64, who was diagnosed with lung cancer last year, a record $28 billion in punitive damages in her fraud and negligence lawsuit against Philip Morris.

Bear, Stearns accidentally placed an order for the sale of $4 billion worth of stock instead of $4 million, briefly upsetting the market even more than usual. The mistake was caught, but not before $632 million had been sold off.

Former New York Police Commissioner William J. Bratton was named to head the Police Department in Los Angeles.

The president of Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., resigned over his failure to attribute material he had used in a speech to incoming freshmen.

Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President John F. Kennedy, was picked as the chief fund-raiser for the New York City schools.

Walter H. Annenberg, philanthropist, art collector and former U.S. ambassador to Britain who once presided over a media empire that included The Philadelphia Inquirer and TV Guide, died at 94.

Child pedestrian deaths declined over the past decade with 475 younger than 15 killed on public roadways in 2000 compared with 861 in 1990.

Hurricane Lili slammed into Louisiana west of New Orleans with 100 mph winds and weakened quickly as it moved inland.

Martha Stewart, under investigation for possible insider trading of ImClone shares, resigned from the board of the New York Stock Exchange.

West Coast shipping came to a halt as dockworkers were locked out by port authorities who claimed workers engaged in an illegal slowdown during contract negotiations.

The Region

Five people were killed in random drive-by sniper shootings that terrorized Montgomery County.

President Bush came to Baltimore and helped Republican Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. raise about $1.8 million for his campaign for governor.

A poll found that the race for governor of Maryland is practically tied between Republican Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Democrat Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.

More than $36,000 disappeared from the federal courthouse in Baltimore where it had been used as evidence in the conviction of a bank robber.

Aer Lingus, the Irish airline, will resume flights between Baltimore-Washington International Airport and Dublin beginning in the spring.

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