The Week That Was

July 11, 2004

The World

A U.S. Marine who was reported to have been executed by Islamic militants in Iraq, Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, turned up alive and well at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.

A car bomb exploded in the town of Khalis about 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, killing 13 people attending a wake for the victims of a previous attack.

U.S forces dropped 2 tons of bombs on a purported militant safe house in Fallujah, killing at least 10 people, according to officials, and turning the building into a 30-foot-deep pit of sand and rubble.

Five American soldiers and an Iraqi guard were killed in a mortar attack against an Iraqi National Guard base in the Sunni-dominated city of Samarra.

The AIDS epidemic in Asia could see 10 million more infections by the end of the decade and a cost increase of more than $10 billion annually by 2010 unless countries in the region take urgent steps to halt its spread, the Asian Development Bank and United Nations said.

Roger Federer won the Wimbledon men's tennis championship, beating Andy Roddick 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-4 .

Britain's House of Lords, Parliament's upper house, modified a government bill by limiting, but not prohibiting, parents' right to spank their children.

The International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled in a 14-1 vote that Israel's security fence is an illegal violation of the human rights of Palestinians and must be dismantled. Only the U.S. judge dissented.

The Iraqi government issued a package of security laws to help crush insurgents, including a provision allowing interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi to impose martial law.

Clearing the route for future loans to Iraq, the International Monetary Fund formally recognized the battered nation's new interim government.

The Nation

A steady stream of intelligence, including nuggets from militant-linked Web sites, indicates al-Qaida wants to attack the United States to disrupt the coming elections, federal officials reported.

The Defense Department announced steps being taken to allow detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to challenge their status as enemy combatants.

Confronted with growing costs from clergy sex-abuse lawsuits, the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection - an unprecedented step for a Roman Catholic diocese that effectively cedes control of church operations to a federal judge.

President Bush declined an invitation to speak at the NAACP's annual convention in Philadelphia. Democratic challenger John Kerry accepted.

A Senate Intelligence Committee report concluded that the CIA fell victim to "group think" as it failed to challenge its own faulty assumptions, leading to an overestimation of the danger of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in the buildup to the war there.

The cornerstone of the 1,776-foot skyscraper that will replace the destroyed World Trade Center was laid during a July Fourth ceremony in New York.

Former Enron chief Kenneth L. Lay pleaded not guilty to 11 federal charges, including conspiracy and fraud, in connection with the collapse of the energy trading company.

Adelphia Communications Corp. founder John Rigas and his son Timothy were convicted of conspiracy, bank fraud and securities fraud for looting the cable company and duping its investors.

Three bodies were found on a New Mexico ranch owned by Sam Donaldson, the ABC news commentator. A 14-year-old boy was being held in the murder of Donaldson's ranch foreman, and the foreman's wife and daughter.

The Region

Mayor Martin O'Malley said he wants to create an agency to investigate allegations of fraud, corruption and mismanagement in city government.

The Pennsylvania legislature authorized as many as 61,000 slot machines for horse racing tracks, resorts and slots parlors across the state, a move that officials hope will generate $1 billion a year.

Baltimore County police charged James Edward Johnson, a 39-year-old Essex man, with murder in the fatal beating of a homeless man after the victim insulted the suspect's girlfriend.

Charles Bennett, the second suspect wanted in the shooting death of city police Officer Brian D. Winder, shot and killed himself in a Reisterstown Road motel room as police were closing in. Police already had in custody Jermaine A. Gaines, 31, who was arrested at the scene of the shooting.

The Rev. Frank M. Reid III, pastor of Baltimore's Bethel AME Church, dropped his bid for bishop in the 3 million-member denomination and issued a scathing critique of the church's "bloated, self-serving" bureaucracy, calling it a "satanic system."

The American Civil Liberties Union sued the city of Baltimore and four Maryland counties for the right of same-sex couples to marry.

In a rare meeting of the minds, Maryland's two highest-ranking legislative leaders - Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch - vowed to go to court to stop Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. from evicting the State House press corps from its offices.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich named former state elections chief Gene Raynor, 69, to the State Board of Elections, prompting Democratic leaders to say the governor reneged on a pledge.

The Baltimore Zoo - renamed the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore - plans to lay off five staff members, close during January and February and eliminate the reptile house to cut $1.2 million from its annual budget.

The first permanent home of the Calvert School, a 1901 building at 10 W. Chase St. in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood, was put up for sale at $1.2 million.

Quotes

"We've got better vision. We've got better ideas. We've got real plans. We've got a better sense of what's happening to America. And we've got better hair ... "

Sen. John Kerry,pumping up his partnership with Sen. John Edwards.

"Dick Cheney can be president."

President Bush,suggesting that Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards would be unprepared if he had to assume the presidency.

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