The Week That Was

March 16, 2003

The World

An Argentine judge ordered the arrest of four Iranian government officials he said were accomplices in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in which 85 people were killed.

Albania offered to send troops to fight alongside a U.S.--led force against Iraq.

North Korea test-fired another missile into the Sea of Japan, and the United States said it would resume surveillance flights in the area.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the leader of Turkey's governing Justice and Development Party who favors allowing U.S. forces into the country for a war against Iraq, was elected prime minister of Turkey.

Malta's voters narrowly approved a move to join the European Union.

Li Peng, the leader of China's parliament, resigned. He had a strong role in using the military to put down pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Scientists in Italy said they have discovered what they believe to be 350,000-year-old footprints, making them the oldest known prints of a Stone Age human species, the magazine Nature reported.

Iran's first nuclear power plant, which the United States says could be used to make bombs, is 70 percent completed, an Iranian official said.

Talks to re-unify the island of Cyprus collapsed after rival Turkish and Greek leaders failed to agree on a power-sharing plan proposed by the United Nations.

Israeli soldiers shot and killed two armed men near a West Bank Jewish outpost who turned out to be security guards for a nearby settlement.

Hundreds in Vietnam, Hong Kong and China have come down with a mysterious respiratory disease that has killed six.

The Nation

A study by University of Michigan researchers linked excessive television viewing in youth with aggressive adult behavior.

Rep. James P. Moran, a Democrat from Virginia, apologized for remarks blaming the "strong support of the Jewish community" for the war in Iraq, and resigned as House regional whip.

Air Force Academy officials proposed a variety of reforms, including separating men and women in dormitories, in the wake of allegations of widespread sexual assaults.

Opinion polls showed a growing support for war with Iraq.

University of Georgia basketball coach Jim Harrick was suspended and his team barred from post-season play by school administrators investigating a variety of allegations, including a phony coaching class taught by Harrick's son, who was fired as an assistant coach.

The president of St. Bonaventure College in western New York resigned after it was revealed that he approved allowing a student who transferred from a junior college with a certificate in welding to play on the basketball team.

Hours before Delma Banks Jr. was to become the 300th person executed in Texas since 1976, the Supreme Court granted a stay.

A Black Hawk helicopter crashed at an Army base in upstate New York, killing 11 of the 13 soldiers on board.

The Senate voted to ban so-called partial-birth abortions.

Two black men were convicted of killing a white police officer during riots in York, Pa., in 1969.

The House voted to put a $250,000 limit on punitive damages in malpractice suits.

The Region

Sylvan Learning Systems announced it is selling the tutoring business that was the foundation of the original company to concentrate on higher-education endeavors.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and his wife, Kendel, put their Mays Chapel home up for sale for $235,000.

The projected state budget deficit grew by $220 million to $2 billion, and legislative leaders said the Ehrlich administration indicated it might agree to tax increases.

The neglected Civil War-era Mazie Smith Stoll house in Glen Burnie was demolished.

The rape case against ex-priest Thomas R. Schwind, now a West Baltimore Pentecostal pastor, was dropped when his accuser, former nun Rita D. Monahan - who said at a news conference in May that the attack occurred in 1989 at St. Ambrose Church - said she would not participate in the prosecution.

The owner of two of the racetracks slated to receive slots under the Ehrlich administration proposal asked that the tracks be allowed to serve alcohol until 4 a.m.

Courtney Noakes, 22, who evaded conviction on three murder charges, was sent to jail for 10 years for selling heroin.

A report said the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association has exaggerated the number of its hotel room bookings, members and the amount of its revenue for years.

Lynn Y. Buhl's nomination by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. as environmental secretary was rejected by the state Senate 26-21.

Tishara Duffy, 22, who was weaving in and out of traffic at up to 100 mph near Dover, Del., before crashing into a van and killing four members of the Abbott family of Freeland, Md., last year, received a 12-year jail term for negligent homicide.

Baltimore County officials proposed issuing three new liquor licenses in Towson to revitalize the commercial area.

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