The Week That Was

October 26, 2003

The World

After failing to attract large numbers of foreign peacekeepers to Iraq, the Pentagon is drawing up plans to rotate in as many as 30,000 more reservists early next year.

The Defense Department opened an investigation into statements by Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, the Pentagon's deputy undersecretary for intelligence, that characterized the American war on terrorism as a fight between Christian good and Islamic evil.

American authorities investigating the killing in Pakistan of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl believe that his throat was slit by Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, a senior al-Qaida operative and alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The CIA said it believed that a new audiotape purportedly of Osama bin Laden is probably authentic.

Palestinian gunmen opened fire on an Israeli army foot patrol on a darkened road outside the West Bank city of Ramallah, killing three soldiers and wounding a fourth.

Israeli helicopters and warplanes launched airstrikes against Gaza that killed at least two Hamas members and one bystander and wounded 34 Palestinians, including several children.

Iran agreed to accept stricter international inspections of its nuclear sites and to halt production of enriched uranium.

Two U.S. soldiers died when a mortar exploded at a small base near the northern Iraqi city of Samarra. Another died while guarding a small grain silo in western Mosul.

A donor conference in Madrid raised about $13 billion in grants, credits and loans for Iraq, more than $20 billion short of its goal, though U.S. officials were quick to call the event a success.

Hours after President Bush urged North Korea to avoid provocative actions, the reclusive regime fired an anti-ship missile that landed harmlessly in the sea off the coast of Japan.

Madame Chiang Kai-shek, widow of the Chinese leader who was defeated by Mao Tse-tung and moved his government to Taiwan, died at her home in New York. She was 105.

Gunmen killed a British couple working as teachers for the Austrian charity SOS Children's Villages in the northern self-proclaimed Republic of Somaliland.

A Russian capsule docked with the International Space Station delivering Michael Foale of the United States and Russian astronaut Alexander Kaleri, who will spend 200 days on the orbital platform. Spaniard Pedro Duque will stay a week.

The Nation

Congress gave final approval to a ban on a procedure critics call "partial-birth abortion."

The federal budget deficit more than doubled to $374 billion in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, less than the $455 billion figure predicted by the Bush administration in July.

Federal agents raided 60 Wal-Mart stores across the country, arresting more than 250 illegal immigrants who were working for cleaning contractors.

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, acting on an emergency measure passed by the Florida legislature, ordered the reinsertion of a feeding tube for Terri Schiavo, a 39-year-old woman with severe brain damage whose husband had sought the removal of the tube over the opposition of her parents.

A mistrial was declared in the obstruction of justice trial of Wall Street banker Frank P. Quattrone.

The Rev. Canon V. Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop-elect, said he agonized over the turmoil that his election was causing but believed God wanted him to go forward.

A Colorado judge ordered Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant to stand trial on charges that he sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman.

A 40-year-old Michigan man who went over Niagara Falls with only the clothes on his back and survived was charged with illegally performing a stunt.

The Region

Police arrested Barry K. Brooks, 38, whom they described as a career criminal, in an armed robbery at a Northeast Baltimore church in which a priest was slapped and thousands of dollars were stolen.

Denouncing rising tuition as a "tax increase" and Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. as "Public Enemy No. 1," student activists from the University of Maryland, College Park launched a political action committee to protect higher education from further state budget cuts.

Nathaniel T. Heatwole, 20, of Damascus, was charged in U.S. District Court in Baltimore with carrying a concealed dangerous weapon aboard an airliner. He smuggled box cutters and other banned items found concealed in two Southwest Airlines jets as part of what he called an "act of civil disobedience" intended to point out flaws in airport security, authorities alleged.

Baltimore recorded its lowest teen birth rate in at least four decades, city health officials announced. In 2001, the latest year for which statistics are available, 8.3 percent of Baltimore females ages 15 to 19 had babies - two-tenths of a percentage point lower than the rate in 2000.

The Chimes, a respected, Baltimore-based nonprofit group that provides jobs and care for the disabled, paid three top executives $2.44 million over three years that it failed to disclose in Internal Revenue Service filings of Chimes Inc. and its main subsidiaries.

The Baltimore City Council put to rest a dispute over the popular Bohager's site between Fells Point and the Inner Harbor with a vote that cleared the way for the location to be used for a 13-story, 306-unit apartment building and a 10-story condominium structure.


"Is our current situation such that 'the harder we work, the behinder we get?'"

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, in a memo to top Pentagon officials about progress in Iraq and Afghanistan

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