The Week That Was

January 19, 2003

The World

The United States sent Patriot anti-missile systems and troops to Israel to defend against missile attacks in the event of war with Iraq.

London police arrested Pete Townshend, guitarist for The Who, on suspicion of possessing "indecent images" of children.

Hans Blix, the United Nations chief weapons inspector, said he was expanding the number of inspection personnel in Iraq and might not be able to report complete findings until March. Inspectors said they found 11 empty chemical warheads.

A sunken 2,400-year-old ship has been salvaged from the Black Sea near Bulgaria by a team of American and Bulgarian scientists.

Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders resumed stalled talks meant to reach a settlement to the conflict that divided the island in 1974.

Congolese rebels engaged in systematic rape, torture and cannibalism against innocent civilians in a region near the Uganda border, a United Nations investigation reported.

A British police officer was killed and four others were injured while trying to arrest three people in a Manchester home who authorities said were connected to the discovery this month of ricin, a poison, in an apartment in London.

Israel's Labor Party vowed it would not join in another coalition with the leading Likud Party after this month's election.

The Nation

Relatives of two sniper victims sued the maker of the Bushmaster rifle allegedly used in the shootings and the Tacoma, Wash., gun store that lost the records of what happened to the rifle found with suspects John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo.

Ilan Ramon became Israel's first astronaut when the shuttle Columbia rocketed into space from Cape Canaveral.

The Bush administration acknowledged that the deficit will exceed $200 billion in the present fiscal year and probably exceed $300 billion in the next fiscal year.

Kmart Corp., struggling for survival, closed 326 more stores, lopping off 37,000 jobs.

President Bush urged Congress to approve a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages in malpractice suits.

A Los Angeles judge rejected the last-ditch attempts of a tree-squatting environmentalist to prevent the relocation of a 400-year-old oak standing in the way of a housing development project.

Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, the Democratic candidate for vice president in 2000, announced plans to run for president in the 2004 election.

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Sirhan Sirhan, convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. Sirhan argued that he did not get a fair trial because his defense lawyer was secretly working for the U.S. government.

FAO Schwarz, one of America's oldest and best-known toy stores, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Voter News Service, the consortium that counted votes and did exit polling for the Associated Press and five networks and cable news organization, was disbanded.

Steve Case, chairman of AOL Time Warner, resigned and was replaced by CEO Richard D. Parsons.

In briefs filed with the Supreme Court, the Bush administration argued that the University of Michigan's admission programs designed to increase minority enrollment are unconstitutional.

The Region

Facing a dire shortage of priests, Cardinal William H. Keeler selected a 50-year-old married laywoman to be the pastor of St. Clement I Church in Lansdowne.

A Virginia judge cleared the way for Lee Boyd Malvo, 17, to be tried as an adult and possibly get the death penalty for if convicted in last fall's Washington-area sniper shootings.

Thirty of Maryland's top political appointees were fired by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. two days before his inauguration as the state's first Republican governor since 1968.

The Baltimore school board voted to compel the system's 12,000 employees to take unpaid leave of two to three days as a way to help balance the budget.

Sales of existing homes in the Baltimore metropolitan region posted their second consecutive record last year.

The Justice Department lodged a civil fraud lawsuit against Johns Hopkins Hospital alleging that the hospital billed Medicare for millions of dollars in procedures involving cardiac arrest devices that were experimental, making the procedures ineligible for reimbursement.

M&T Bank Corp., the new owner of Allfirst Bank, announced it would lay off 1,132 people, half of them in Baltimore.

Crown Petroleum Corp., the century-old Baltimore company, announced it was seeking buyers.

Jim Phelan, the basketball coach at Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, announced he will retire at the end of this season, his 49th, after coaching more than 1,339 games.

Quote

"How fitting today that we celebrate not only the inauguration of a new era, but the birthday of a man who dreamed this day would come."

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele in his inaugural address, noting that he became the first African-American to assume an elected statewide office in Maryland on the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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