The Week That Was

January 05, 2003

The World

Three Americans associated with a missionary hospital in Yemen were killed by a Muslim fundamentalist gunman.

Kenyans elected Mwai Kibaki president in a vote that brought to power an alliance of opposition parties and toppled the party that has ruled the East African nation since independence from Great Britain in 1963.

A ship carrying more than 2 million gallons of kerosene struck the wreckage of a sunken car transporter in the English Channel but was freed after more than two hours.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland, said it would cooperate fully with police investigations into allegations of sexual abuse by priests.

Swedish police shot dead a bull elk that attacked a young boy while drunk on fermented apples. The boy was not seriously injured.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon fired deputy minister of infrastructure Naomi Blumenthal after she refused to answer questions posed by police investigating corruption in the selection of Likud Party candidates for parliament in this month's national elections.

The British government considered trying to relocate 200,000 Catholics from Northern Ireland to the Irish Republic in 1972 as a way to end the fierce sectarian conflict in Ulster at the time.

A New Year's Eve fireworks blast killed 28 people in the Mexican Gulf Coast city of Veracruz.

China said it hoped to become the world's third space-faring nation by launching a manned capsule this year, an expensive prize for a government hungry to showcase its progress and increase its global prestige.

Rising global temperatures that have lured plants into early bloom and birds to nest earlier in the spring are altering the ranges and behavior of hundreds of plant and animal species worldwide, according to two studies published in the journal Nature.

The Nation

North Carolina Democratic Sen. John Edwards announced he will seek the presidency in 2004.

Binge drinking is on the rise in the United States, most sharply among 18- to 20-year-olds, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The FBI was seeking five Arab men who entered the United States illegally during Christmas week.

Bush administration budget officials cut estimates of the potential cost of a war against Iraq from as high as $200 billion to between $50 billion and $60 billion.

The Food and Drug Administration said people recently vaccinated against smallpox should not give blood for three weeks because recipients could be harmed by tainted blood.

A Wisconsin man was charged with stalking his former girlfriend by using a global positioning device planted beneath the hood of her car.

California officials fighting to halt the spread of the Exotic Newcastle Disease from devastating the state's $3 billion poultry industry ordered the destruction of 1 million egg-producing chickens.

The Coast Guard closed the Port of New York to pleasure craft after receiving warnings from federal authorities about a possible terrorist attack on New York Harbor.

Five prisoners, each serving more than 100 years for murder and other crimes, escaped from a maximum-security prison in Puerto Rico after climbing onto a roof, where a helicopter landed and whisked them away.

The Air Force pressured two U.S. pilots to take amphetamines before a mission over southern Afghanistan, possibly impairing their judgment and causing the release of a bomb that killed four Canadian soldiers, according to a lawyer for one of the pilots.

The Region

A Baltimore judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by a depositor attempting to force Allfirst Financial Inc.'s former and current officers and directors to repay $691.2 million lost in a currency trading scandal that rocked the bank last year.

A Virginia judge ordered prosecutors to turn over to defense attorneys for accused sniper Lee Boyd Malvo any statements the 17-year-old suspect has made to authorities about two killings in Virginia.

A refurbished two-screen movie theater reopened at the Rotunda Mall in North Baltimore.

An 82-year-old Anne Arundel County man shot and wounded a man trying to break into his house.

Maryland and eight other states sued the federal Environmental Protection Agency for ruling to relax the requirements so that power companies and other "smokestack industries" have greater flexibility in upgrading and expanding older plants without installing expensive new pollution control equipment.

The USNS Comfort, a hospital ship berthed in Baltimore, prepared to leave port for duty in the Persian Gulf region.

Maryland watermen may be in the midst of the worst oyster season on record after recent drought conditions helped devastating diseases to spread, according to state environmental officials.

Quote

"I guess football's more important than a person's life to them. That's why I'm ready to get this game over and go back home."

Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett, who said he missed the funeral of a lifelong friend because university officials never answered his request to miss practices for the national championship game

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