The Week That Was

October 20, 2002

The World

North Korea revealed that it has been secretly developing a nuclear weapons program, the Bush administration said.

Iraqis voting in a "yes" or "no" referendum on whether to keep Saddam Hussein as president for another seven years all voted yes - 11,425,658 of them, the government said.

Kenya's ruling Africa National Union party picked Uhuru Kenyatta to succeed President Daniel T. arap Moi. Kenyatta's father, Jomo Kenyatta, was president from 1963 to 1978.

Yasser Arafat proposed a new Cabinet for the Palestinian Authority, firing a controversial interior minister and replacing him with one of Arafat's longtime associates.

Investigators in Bali, Indonesia, were having great difficulty identifying many of the 181 corpses recovered from the suspected terrorist bombing of two nightclubs.

Five Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korean agents 24 years ago were reunited with their families in Japan.

Serbia's presidential election was voided because less than half the eligible voters showed up at the polls.

Britain suspended Northern Ireland's assembly, in which Protestants and Christians share power, after a crisis over activities by the Irish Republican Army.

The new Bibliotheca Alexandrina was opened in Alexandria, Egypt, commemorating the ancient library of the same name.

Six Palestinians, including a 70-year-old woman and two teen-agers, died when Israeli soldiers, under fire in the Gaza Strip, responded with a tank cannon and machine guns.

Muslim militants are suspected of setting off bombs in two Philippine department stores that killed seven and injured 144.

The Nation

Ira Einhorn, the '70s hippie guru who fled to Europe after being charged with murder, was convicted of killing his girlfriend in Philadelphia and stuffing her corpse in his closet a quarter-century ago.

ImClone founder Samuel D. Waksal pleaded guilty to insider trading, bank fraud and other crimes.

Stephen E. Ambrose, whose best-selling books glorified anew America's aging Wold War II heroes, died of lung cancer at a hospital in Mississippi.

Ana Belen Montes, a spy for Cuba working as a Cuban affairs analyst in the Defense Intelligence Agency, was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Montes was not paid for her work, beyond expenses.

Time Inc. announced it would cease publication of Sports Illustrated Women, which was losing money.

Clara Jane Schwartz, 20, was convicted of plotting the murder of her father, a biophysicist stabbed to death in his Leesburg, Va., home in December.

An Enron trader pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges for manipulating the California energy market during that state's power crisis in 2000.

The convictions of two Florida boys, aged 13 and 14, for killing their father last year were overturned by the trial judge.

The genetic quirk that makes red hair also makes redheaded people more resistant to anesthesia, according to research presented to the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Delta Air Lines said it would cut 7,000 to 8,000 jobs to stem major financial losses since last year's terrorist attacks.

Noelle Bush, the 25-year-old daughter of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, was sentenced to 10 days in jail after being accused of having crack cocaine in her shoe while in drug rehab.

The Vatican rejected parts of the U.S. Catholic bishops' "zero tolerance" policy for priests accused of child sexual abuse.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy sued Vanderbilt University in Tennessee for removing "Confederate" from the name of a dormitory that the group helped finance in 1935.

The Region

Darrell L. Brooks, 21, allegedly angry with a neighbor for reporting drug activity to police, was charged with setting a fire that killed an East Baltimore woman and her five children.

The Defense Department authorized the use of sophisticated military surveillance aircraft in the search for the Beltway Sniper.

Outdoor discharge of firearms was temporarily banned in Prince George's, Montgomery, Anne Arundel and Howard counties just as the deer-hunting season was to begin to prevent distractions for police searching for the sniper who has killed nine people in the region.

Hood College trustees voted to admit men as residential students at the Frederick women's college this fall.

The State Board of Public Works, acting while Gov. Parris N. Glendening was away, gave a Garrett County mining company permission to tunnel under the Potomac River to get at coal deposits in West Virginia.

NCO Group Inc., one of the world's largest bill collectors, plans to open an office in Baltimore next year and bring as many as 600 jobs to the city.

The Maryland Higher Education Investment Board postponed new enrollment in the state's prepaid tuition plan until it can get a better idea of future tuition costs.

Cordish Co. said it plans to build an arena in Power Plant Live that will bring national acts to the downtown entertainment district.

Quote

"This is not the future of our city. This has to become part of our past."

Mayor Martin O'Malley, on the deaths of five children and their mother in what police say was a firebombing of their house in East Baltimore

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