The Week That Was

July 04, 2004

The World

Islamic militants in Iraq released three Turkish captives that they earlier threatened to behead.

Al-Jazeera, the Arabic TV news network, broadcast a videotape that it said showed the execution of Spc. Keith M. Maupin, 20, of Batavia, Ohio, by Iraqi militants who had held him captive since April 9.

Israel's Supreme Court ruled that part of the barrier the Israeli army is building in the West Bank illegally harms Palestinians by cutting them off from their land. It ordered army officials to alter the route, even if it reduces security for Israel.

Palestinians set off a powerful bomb in a lengthy tunnel they dug under an Israeli military base in the southern Gaza Strip, wounding at least five soldiers.

Three American soldiers were charged with manslaughter in the drowning death of an Iraqi detainee who was forced to jump off a bridge over the Tigris River in Samarra.

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell issued a warning to the Sudanese government, saying it had "days" to stop atrocities by Arab militias in the province of Darfur or face punishment by the international community.

As many as 17 men were killed by Taliban fighters after registering to vote in Afghanistan's national elections in what was the deadliest attack yet in a campaign to sabotage the vote.

The United States restored diplomatic relations with Libya for the first time in 24 years.

Top-seeded defending champion Serena Williams hit the fastest serve ever by a woman at Wimbledon, at 126 mph.

The Nation

The Supreme Court ruled that people classified as enemy combatants by the Bush administration - in the United States and at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - must be allowed to challenge their detention before a judge or other "neutral decision-maker."

In an online eavesdropping case with potentially profound implications, a federal appeals court in Boston ruled that it was acceptable for a company that offers e-mail service to track its subscribers' messages.

U.S. officials expelled two security guards at Iran's United Nations mission after they were seen taking movies and pictures of New York landmark buildings and parts of the city's transportation system.

Archaeologists revealed the existence of the pristinely preserved ruins of an ancient civilization that was long ago lost to the mists of time in the remote cliffs of eastern Utah but later protected by a local rancher.

The Federal Reserve raised a key short-term interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point, the first increase in four years

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that a law meant to punish pornographers who peddle their wares to child viewers on the Internet probably violates the First Amendment's right to free speech.

Marlon Brando - who brought raw power to the screen in A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront, and later in The Godfather - died at 80.

The U.S. economy added 112,000 jobs in June, less than half the average monthly gain of the first five months of the year and well below the expected rise of over 200,000.

"Blackie," the Fender Stratocaster that was Eric Clapton's main guitar from 1970 to 1985, brought $959,500 at auction as part of a $7.5 million fund-raiser for the Crossroads Centre rehab facility in Antigua, West Indies.

Essie Mae Washington-Williams, the biracial daughter of the late South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond, said she wants to join the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a group for descendents of soldiers who fought for the South in the Civil War.

The Region

New Jersey and the District of Columbia began enforcing new laws banning the use of hand-held phones while driving.

Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. has filed a $5.3 million lawsuit against cigarette maker Brown & Williamson Corp., claiming the company's hip-hop-themed promotional campaign for its Kool brand violates an agreement not to market tobacco to children.

David F. Tufaro, a developer and Republican activist who lost to Martin O'Malley in the 1999 Baltimore mayoral election, was one of four people named by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to the State Board of Education. Ehrlich also named Timothy E. Meredith, a Severna Park trial attorney, to serve on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

Increases in the fees for Maryland vehicle registration went into effect, boosting the biennial fees for passenger cars from $81 to $128, and for sport utility vehicles and trucks from $108 to $180.

Students across the state improved their test scores in this year's Maryland School Assessments, enabling nearly 400 schools to avoid being designated as failures. But 32 Baltimore schools must be overhauled.

Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick Ryan Adle, a Fallston High School star football and lacrosse player, was killed in Baghdad, when the Humvee he was riding in struck a roadside bomb.

Quote

"I think that's typical of someone who never really does know what he's talking about and who is nothing more than a small-time politician aspiring to high political offices, which if he was successful to achieve he simply couldn't execute properly."

Orioles owner Peter Angelos criticizing Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley's remarks expressing no opposition to a Major League Baseball team in Washington.

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