The Week That Was

October 13, 2002

The World

A U.S. Marine was killed and another was wounded in an attack attributed to terrorists during a training exercise in Kuwait. Another Marine died in an apparent land mine explosion.

A Chinese appeals court unexpectedly overturned the death sentences of five leaders of a Protestant evangelical Christian group, prosecuted under a law banning "evil cults."

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is unlikely to launch a chemical or biological attack against the United States unless he is provoked by the probability of an attack against his regime, intelligence sources told some members of the Senate.

Iran said it would not allow its airspace to be used by United States aircraft attacking Iraq.

The Palestinian parliament, infuriated by a U.S. law designating Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, passed a bill designating the Holy City capital of a future Palestinian state.

More than 11,000 plants and animals are threatened with extinction, including the nomadic Saiga antelope, the wild Bactrian camel and the Ethiopian water mouse, according to a report of the World Conservation Union.

The driver and a passenger on an Israeli bus, discovering that an injured man they were aiding was a suicide bomber, held him down and alerted bus passengers and bystanders before fleeing themselves. The bomber and a woman died in the blast.

Quaoar, an object half the size of the planet Pluto, was discovered by astronomers. The object - not a planet - is about one-tenth the size of Earth and orbits the sun every 288 years.

Bertelsmann AG, a German company considered the world's fifth-largest media conglomerate, formally apologized for its conduct during World War II, when it was one of Nazi Germany's largest publishers and appears to have used Jewish slave labor.

The Nation

Congress approved the unilateral use of force against Iraq.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to interfere in the New Jersey Senate fight, clearing the way for the Democrats to put former Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg on the ballot in place of Sen. Robert G. Torricelli.

The Jewish population of the United States declined by 300,000 in the past 10 years, to 5.2 million, according to the National Jewish Population Survey.

The Chicago leader of a prominent Islamic charity was indicted on conspiracy and racketeering charges in connection with allegations that his organization, Benevolence International, was helping to raise money for al-Qaida.

Little League Baseball announced it will require sex offense checks for coaches, administrators and other adults who have frequent contact with players.

Richard Connors, 53, a Chicago lawyer, was convicted of smuggling thousands of Cuban cigars into the United States when he took monthly trips to the island via Canada a decade ago.

One of every three American adults is obese, and nearly two-thirds are overweight, according to findings of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Campbell Soup recalled a day's output of cream of mushroom soup after the cans were found to contain clam chowder.

The Region

The state is investigating a Northeast Baltimore day care center after a 3-year-old girl was left locked inside when it closed for the day.

Loudoun County, Va., prosecutors said a college professor's daughter hatched the plot to kill her father in a computer fantasy game she created, while the defense said the game was an innocent way of venting teen frustrations. Clara Schwartz, 20, Katherine Inglis, 19, and Michael Pfohl, 21, are charged in the killing of Robert Schwartz in December.

Malaria-infected mosquitoes were found on a Montgomery County island in the Potomac River, the first time in 30 years the disease has been found in the state's insects.

Violent crime rose nearly 6 percent in Baltimore County last year to reach its highest level in four years, mainly due to a surge in robberies.

The University System of Maryland is considering revamping its pricing, raising tuition at public colleges and universities and increasing aid to low-income students.


"Here is a question of life or death. Can't I get more than 10 minutes?"

Sen. Robert C. Byrd, arguing that Congress should not be so quick to approve a resolution authorizing war against Iraq

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