The Week That Was

November 09, 2003

The World

Three explosions rocked the heavily fortified Iraqi presidential palace compound where many U.S. officials live and work, wounding four people in the second such attack on the complex in Baghdad in 10 days.

Insurgents attacked three American military convoys in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul with rocket-propelled grenades and roadside bombs, killing three Iraqi civilians and wounding five Americans.

Poland suffered its first combat death since the aftermath of World War II when a Polish major was fatally wounded in an ambush south of Baghdad. Two American soldiers died in attacks near the capital and along the Syrian border, another in the ambush of a convoy in northern Iraq.

Six American soldiers from the 101st Airborne Air Assault Division were killed when their Black Hawk helicopter went down near Tikrit.

In a gesture to Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia, Israeli defense officials said they had begun easing West Bank travel restrictions and were discussing the removal of unauthorized settlement outposts.

Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, imprisoned since Oct. 25 on charges of embezzlement, resigned as chairman of Russia's richest company, Yukos Oil.

Israeli troops killed three Palestinian gunmen in two clashes in Gaza, and a 10-year-old boy who was said to be trapping birds in a restricted area along the security fence dividing Israeli and Palestinian territory in the West Bank. Israeli officials said troops shot at a group that appeared to be planting a bomb along the barrier.

A flash flood in Sumatra left more than 200 dead or missing, as trees felled in rampant logging in Sumatra's forests may have blocked waterways, letting the floodwaters back up.

The Nation

President Bush signed an $87.5 billion package approved by Congress for Iraq and Afghanistan, calling the money a financial commitment by the United States to the global war to defeat terrorism.

Washington lobbyist Haley Barbour unseated Mississippi Democratic Gov. Ronnie Musgrove as the Republican Party won two governor's races. In Kentucky, Rep. Ernie Fletcher ended 32 years of Democrats in the state house.

Job growth of 126,000 last month was the best showing in nine months, as unemployment fell from 6.1 percent to 6.0 percent. This marked the first time since late 2000 that the economy added workers for three straight months.

Philadelphia's Democratic Mayor John Street easily won re-election against Republican businessman Sam Katz after a racially charged campaign that was turned on its head when an FBI bug was discovered in the mayor's office.

An openly gay priest, the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, was consecrated as Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire - a break with 2,000 years of Christian tradition that could split the worldwide Anglican Communion.

A federal judge in Texas ordered Jose L. Betancourt, who won millions of dollars in the state lottery, to spend 24 years in prison for cocaine trafficking, and the jury ordered him to return more than $5 million of his lottery winnings because he bought the winning ticket with drug profits.

Florida Democratic Sen. Bob Graham said he would not seek re-election to a fourth term, turning Florida into a key prize in the fight for control of the Senate.

Linda Tripp, whose secret tapes of conversations with White House intern Monica Lewinsky helped lead to President Bill Clinton's impeachment, will get more than $595,000 from the Defense Department to settle a lawsuit over the release of confidential personal information about her to a magazine, her attorneys said.

The captain of a Staten Island ferry that slammed into a pier last month, killing 10 people, invoked his right against self-incrimination under questioning by federal investigators.

Eleven Washington-area post offices were reopened after an anthrax scare at a Navy mail facility turned out to be a false alarm.

CBS canceled its four-hour mini-series The Reagans, which will instead air on the Showtime pay-cable channel.

Joan Kroc, widow of the founder of McDonald's, left National Public Radio about $200 million in her will.

The Region

Federal prosecutors expanded their wide-ranging investigation into the Baltimore City Council by subpoenaing the records of at least 10 more members, bringing to 17 the number of council members asked for financial and other information.

Baltimore County investigators sifted through the rubble of an Essex duplex trying to pinpoint the source of the natural gas leak that caused the house to explode, trapping two firefighters and the homeowner.

Two bodies were found in the trunk of a car pulled over by state police for traffic violations on Interstate 95 near Elkton.

The Orioles chose Yankee first-base coach Lee Mazzilli as their new manager.

Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. unveiled his first major legislative initiative - a process designed to speed revitalization of underused or vacant commercial properties in older communities.

St. Mary's Seminary & University, the nation's oldest Catholic seminary, announced the largest combined contribution by lay Catholics in its history: $7.5 million to endow five faculty chairs.


"Choking is what I did, and I was pretty good at many women, I have a hard time keeping them straight."

Gary Leon Ridgway, the so-called Green River Killer, confessing to killing four dozen women in the Seattle, Wash., area.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.