The Week That Was

April 13, 2003

The War

Two Islamic clerics attending a reconciliation, one of whom returned from exile to attend a meeting at one of Shiite Muslims' holiest shrines in Najaf, were killed by an angry mob.

Kurdish fighters, aided by American troops, took control of Kirkuk and Mosul in northern Iraq. A Turkish official said Secretary of State Colin L. Powell promised Kurds would withdraw from Kirkuk and leave it in American hands.

Looting broke out in much of Baghdad and other areas under coalition control.

The U.S. military issued a deck of cards with pictures of the 55 most-wanted figures in the Hussein regime.

The United States attacked a mosque and bombed a building in a residential neighborhood in Baghdad on reports that Saddam Hussein and other top Iraqi officials were there.

Two soldiers and two journalists were killed when an Iraqi missile hit a U.S. Army headquarters south of Baghdad. Two journalists were killed when a U.S. tank fired on the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad. An Al-Jazeera correspondent died when his Baghdad bureau was bombed by the United States.

NBC correspondent David Bloom died of an apparent embolism while on assignment.

President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair met in Northern Ireland to discuss Iraq's future.

Eighteen Kurdish fighters died when a U.S. plane mistakenly dropped a bomb on their convoy.

Five Russian Embassy employees were injured when caught in the crossfire as they fled Baghdad.

The World

Two school fires in Russia left 50 children dead, including 28 at a school for the deaf.

Ten suspects in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole escaped from prison in Yemen.

Three Cubans charged with terrorism for hijacking a passenger ferry were executed after summary trials.

Israel launched two missile strikes on cars in the Gaza Strip, killing leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad and four civilians. Two Palestinian militants killed two Israeli soldiers in a raid on an army camp in the West Bank and were then killed by Israeli troops.

The respiratory virus SARS continued to spread. A Chinese doctor said his government had underreported the extent of the disease in that country.

A U.S. warplane in Afghanistan mistakenly dropped a bomb on a house, killing 11 civilians.

Mahmoud Abbas, the new Palestinian prime minister, delayed appointing a new government after a dispute with Yasser Arafat over who should be put in charge of security forces.

Ugandan troops killed 30 members of the Lord's Resistance Army rebel group after a three-week cease-fire expired.

Armed militants in northeastern Congo killed at least 1,000 people in recent fighting, U.N. investigators determined.

A court decided that the winner of the British television show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? cheated by receiving coded coughs from a fellow contestant.

The Nation

The Transportation Security Administration has wasted as much as $250 million on such items as rented SUVs and overstaffing in its mission to provide security at the nations airports, according to auditors and investigators.

Seven tourists from China were killed and four injured when their van crashed on slush-covered roads in central Pennsylvania.

The number of prisoners in the United States exceeded 2 million for the first time. One out of every 142 residents is incarcerated.

The Supreme Court ruled that cross burning is not protected by the Constitution as free speech.

Police in Oakland, Calif., fired rubber bullets into an anti-war protest, injuring 18 of the 500 demonstrators.

Former FBI agent James W. Smith was charged with negligence for allowing classified documents to slip into the hands of Chinese double agent Katrina Leung, a Republican political activist with whom Smith was having an affair.

University of Massachusetts President William M. Bulger was granted immunity for his testimony on the whereabouts of his mobster brother, James "Whitey" Bulger.

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. agreed to buy home satellite service DirectTV for $6.6 billion.

The Region

Longtime WJZ television reporter George Baumann died at 74.

Baltimore is considering adding 60 red-light cameras, joining the 47 that are used to monitor major city intersections. The cameras take pictures of cars running red lights; owners get tickets in the mail.

The General Assembly closed its session on time, and Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. signed his first batch of bills but indicated he would wield his veto power on some measures the General Assembly passed.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark apologized to the public after a city police officer was indicted on federal drug dealing charges.

Henry Kimball, a Californian who was a key figure in a Baltimore property flipping scheme, was sentenced to 37 months in prison for violating federal mail fraud statutes.

Benjamin Sifrit was convicted of one count of second-degree murder for his involvement in the killing of a Virginia couple in Ocean City during Memorial Day weekend last year.

Both houses of the Maryland General Assembly voted unanimously to require Maryland's CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield to remain nonprofit.

Bonnie S. Copeland was named interim chief executive officer of Baltimore's school system.

Diana Sugg, a medical reporter for The Sun , won the Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting.

City College's castle-like building, which opened in 1928, was designated a national landmark.

Quote

"The game is over and I hope peace will prevail. I hope the Iraqi people will have a happy life."

Mohammed Al-Douri, Iraq's U.N. ambassador, after the fall of Baghdad

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