The Week That Was

February 16, 2003

The World

Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix told the Security Council that he has not found any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq but that Saddam Hussein has not accounted for many banned weapons that he once had. Mohamed ElBaradei, chief inspector for nuclear weapons, said that he found no evidence Iraq had resumed its nuclear weapons program.

An audiotape broadcast by Al-Jazeera, thought to be Osama bin Laden, called for more attacks like the ones that have "scared Americans and Israelis like never before."

The Bush administration offered to eliminate tariffs on textiles and clothing within five years to help advance a Free Trade Area for the Americas, but said it would not reduce subsidies to U.S. farmers.

Dolly the sheep, the world's first cloned mammal, was given a lethal injection after her creators in Scotland discovered signs of progressive lung disease. She was 6 years old.

King Abdullah of Jordan, under pressure to move toward democracy, created six seats limited to women in the Jordanian parliament.

Yasser Arafat said he would appoint a prime minister to help run day-to-day affairs, a reform demanded by the United States and the European Union.

A Kurdish minister and two members of the Kurdish parliament in northern Iraq reportedly were killed by an Islamic group with ties to al-Qaida.

The population of migrating monarch butterflies has recovered a year after a winter storm in Mexico killed more than 200 million of them.

The Nation

Sen. John F. Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat who is a candidate for president, underwent prostate cancer surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

America's oil supply dropped an additional 4.5 billion barrels in the first week of February, leaving inventories at their lowest since 1975.

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told Congress he did not support President Bush's plan to cut taxes.

A federal judge in New York restricted an anti-war protest expected to draw more than 100,000 to one place. The judge ruled out a march that police called a security risk.

Enaam Arnaout, head of one of the biggest Muslim charities in the United States, pleaded guilty to one count of terror financing for sending money to pay for military supplies for rebels in Bosnia and Chechnya.

A federal appeals court in Arkansas ruled that a convicted murderer who is a paranoid schizophrenic may be executed because he is sane when he is on medication.

The Pentagon mobilized civilian aircraft in the Civilian Reserve Air Fleet to transport soldiers and equipment to prepare for war against Iraq.

NASA investigators concluded that there was a hole in the aluminum skin of the space shuttle Columbia as it entered the atmosphere, letting in gas heated to 2,000 degrees and leading to its break-up.

A Texas jury convicted Clara Harris of murder for running over her philandering husband three times with her Mercedes-Benz in a hotel parking lot. She claimed that she was just trying to damage his lover's SUV.

The Region

Milton B. Allen, the first black person elected to a citywide office in Baltimore when he became state's attorney in 1970, and who went on to a long career as a judge, died at 85.

Baltimore police charged Kenneth Jenkins, 20, with murder in the death of his 2-month-old daughter. He is accused of putting her body in a trash bin, then saying the infant was abducted; this prompted the state's first "Amber Alert."

Wall Street money manager Alan B. Bond, whose swindle victims included Maryland's pension fund, was sentenced to 12 years in jail by a New York federal judge.

Three Baltimore Department of Public Works employees were given one-day suspensions for submitting false reports that problems phoned in by residents to the city's 311 number had been fixed.

The execution of Steven H. Oken, scheduled to die March 17 for the rape and murder of a Baltimore County newlywed, was postponed by the state Court of Appeals, which set a May date to consider if a recent Supreme Court decision means the standard of proof for a death sentence in Maryland is too low.

Clarence M. Mitchell IV, who lost his bid to retain his state Senate seat representing West Baltimore after he was reprimanded by a General Assembly ethics committee, was given a $92,000-a-year job as director of the new Office of Urban Development by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., whom Mitchell supported in last year's election.

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"Some, but not all, members of the asbestos bar have made a mockery of our civil justice system and inflicted financial ruin on corporate America."

Terrence Smith, a plaintiff's attorney, commenting on the American Bar Association's call for restrictions on who can sue over exposure to cancer-causing asbestos

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