The Week That Was

February 02, 2003

The World

Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, acknowledged that a small number of U.S. troops are on the ground in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq.

Hans Blix, the U.N. chief weapons inspector, reported that Iraq has not fully accepted the need to disarm, even to avoid war.

Ariel Sharon's Likud Party dominated parliamentary elections in Israel, assuring his continuation as president.

Poachers who killed two rare female mountain gorillas and snatched the baby they were protecting were sentenced to four years in prison by a court in Rwanda.

The City Council of Londonderry in Northern Ireland voted to change the city's name back to Derry, which it was until four centuries ago when the English added "London."

Venezuelan banks agreed to resume operations on the 59th day of an opposition strike, the latest sign that the campaign for the quick ouster of President Hugo Chavez was unraveling.

American and allied troops reporting killing 18 Afghan dissident militants in their search for Taliban and al-Qaida fighters in the mountains of Afghanistan.

The leaders of eight countries - Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain - signed an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal endorsing President Bush's position on Iraq.

The Nation

Richard C. Reid, a British citizen who said he was a member of al-Qaida and pleaded guilty to trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight with explosives concealed in his shoes, was given a life sentence in a Boston court.

Laura Bush postponed a White House symposium celebrating poets Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes and Walt Whitman after it became clear that some of those invited would use their presentations to protest a war with Iraq.

An explosion at a pharmaceutical plastics factory in Kinston, N.C., killed three people and injured 37.

AOL Time Warner posted a $98.2 billion loss for 2002, the largest annual loss ever for a U.S. corporation.

Texas executed three men on consecutive nights, all convicted of murder in different cases.

Two top employees of the National Zoo in Washington were fired after the accidental poisoning of two red pandas.

Don Hewitt, 80, the television producer behind CBS' 60 Minutes, will leave the show after 35 years for a "senior post."

Voting along party lines, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Miguel Estrada to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington.

The Region

Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. called for abolition of the death penalty

The Ehrlich administration proposed putting 10,500 slot machines at four racetracks, directing two-thirds of the profits to schools, and made it clear the General Assembly must approve slots or face painful budget cuts.

Stephen H. Sachs, a former state attorney general and federal prosecutor, was picked to defend the state ethics commission's decision to bar felon Gerard E. Evans from resuming his role as a lobbyist before the state legislature.

Richard D. Bennett, another former Maryland federal prosecutor - and who led the Republican presidential campaign in Maryland in 2000 - has been nominated by President Bush for a seat on the federal bench in Maryland.

The families of two Eastern Shore law enforcement officers shot to death two years ago by Francis M. Zito brought a $50 million suit against Dorchester General Hospital for releasing Zito from psychiatric care three weeks before the shootings.

Mayor Martin O'Malley sent to the City Council a voter-mandated redistricting plan that reduces the council to 14 members from single-member districts and inevitably pits incumbents against each other.

Six students at the University of Maryland, College Park admitted cheating on an accounting exam by receiving answers in text messages on their cell phones.

Two employees of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s campaign were indicted on allegations of paying poll workers on Election Day in Price George's County.

Lynne Y. Buhl, a former environmental official in Michigan, was nominated to head the Maryland Department of the Environment by Ehrlich.

Quote

"Once again, this nation and our friends are all that stand between a world at peace and a world of chaos and constant alarm. Once again, we are called to defend the safety of our people and the hopes of all mankind. And we accept this responsibility."

President Bush, in his State of the Union address

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