The Week That Was

July 06, 2003

The World

U.S. forces returned five Syrian border guards who were wounded in a raid on a convoy to Syria that was thought to be carrying high-ranking officials of Saddam Hussein's regime, possibly Hussein himself.

President Bush told Americans to be prepared for a "massive and long-term" role in Iraq.

Vancouver, British Columbia, was picked for the 2010 Winter Games by the International Olympic Committee.

A powerful explosion in a mosque in the Iraqi city of Fallujah killed an outspoken anti-American Sunni Muslim cleric and six students.

A voice purported to be Saddam Hussein's aired on Arab TV, saying he is in Iraq and vowing "days of hardship and trouble for the infidel invaders." The broadcast came as one American was killed and 18 U.S. troops were wounded in Iraq.

An Iraqi appointed by U.S. forces to be the mayor of Najaf was arrested on charges of corruption and intimidation.

A reward of $25 million was offered by the United States for the capture or confirmation of death of Saddam Hussein. The bounty for his two sons is $15 million each.

Suicide attackers in Quetta, Pakistan, bombed a Shiite mosque packed with worshipers, killing more than 30 people and sending enraged Shiites on a rampage.

As Italy took over the rotating presidency of the European Union, Premier Silvio Berlusconi apologized for comparing a German official to a Nazi concentration camp guard.

Hans Blix, the 75-year-old veteran Swedish diplomat, formally retired from his last post as chief of the United Nations weapons inspection program.

Toronto was removed from the World Health Organization's SARS watch list, leaving Taiwan as the only place where the deadly respiratory disease is not fully under control.

The Nation

Air Force Academy officials said a sophomore will be court-martialed on charges of raping a female cadet, the first court-martial over sexual assault allegations since a rape scandal broke in February.

The stock market posted its best quarter since 1998.

A federal appeals court ordered the removal of a monument to the Ten Commandments in the rotunda of the Alabama State Supreme Court.

Sen. Bill Frist, the Tennessee Republican who is majority leader, said he would back a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages.

The University of Miami left the Big East to join the Atlantic Coast Conference for sports.

Bishop Sean P. O'Malley, a Capuchin Franciscan monk with a record of helping troubled Roman Catholic parishes, was named archbishop of Boston.

Andrew M. Cuomo, the son of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, and Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, a daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, announced they were separating after 13 years of marriage.

Former Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen Jr., credited with helping that city peacefully navigate the Civil Rights era, died at 92.

A tractor-trailer filled with fireworks for a Fourth of July show exploded in Bonita Springs, Fla., killing five.

Three top managers in NASA's space shuttle program were replaced in what was seen as a continuing management shake up in the wake of the Columbia disaster.

The U.S. unemployment rate rose to 6.4 percent in June, the highest in nine years.

Jazz flutist Herbie Mann died at age 73.

Four men from the Washington area charged with links to Kashmiri terrorist organizations were ordered released without bail by a federal judge in a rare rebuke to the Justice Department's anti-terror drive.

The Region

The State Ethics Commission imposed a $5,000 fine and a 10-month suspension against Bruce Bereano, a prominent lobbyist, for what it said was an illegal business agreement with one of his clients.

Diane Geppi-Aikens, the coach who turned the Loyola College women's lacrosse team into a national power, died after a long battle with brain cancer. She was 40.

Court papers in the disappearance of Baylor University basketball star Patrick Dennehy showed that former roommate Carlton Dotson of Dorchester County was being investigated.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced the formation of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security, naming former Howard County Councilman Dennis R. Schrader to run the office.

A roller coaster at Six Flags America in Largo stalled nearly 140 feet above the ground, leaving 24 riders dangling for more than two hours before mechanics could repair it.

A smoking ban in restaurants and bars was passed in Montgomery County.

Bernadette Gietka, 54, a part-time letter carrier from Baldwin, came forward as the winner in the $183 million Mega Millions lottery drawing June 20.

The trial of teen-age sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo was moved to a southern Virginia county near North Carolina.

Quote

"There are some who feel like that ... the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is, bring them on. We got the force necessary to deal with the security situation."

President Bush, reacting to increasing attacks against U.S. servicemen in Iraq

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