The Week That Was

August 22, 2004

The World

Observers said that the Venezuelan election that gave populist President Hugo Chavez a 58-to-42 percent victory over his divided opposition was fair.

An estimated 1,500 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons launched a hunger strike aimed at getting more family visits, an end to strip searches and other reforms.

British officials charged eight suspected terrorists who were arrested Aug. 3 with conspiracy to commit murder, saying they were in possession of plans for attacks on prominent financial institutions in the United States.

An article in the British medical journal Lancet claimed that U.S. military medical personnel contributed to the abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison by, among other things, falsifying medical reports and death certificates.

Unrest in Iraq helped drive oil prices to a record $49.40 per barrel, a gain of 57 percent for the year.

The Nation

President Bush announced plans to change the deployment of U.S. forces, a plan that would close dozens of military installations in Western Europe and move up to 70,000 troops in Europe and Asia to new locations or back to the United States over the next decade.

Three men were charged by federal authorities with raising millions of dollars for the group Hamas, which has taken credit for dozens of suicide bombings in Israel. Two - Abdelhaleem Ashqar, who has lived in the Washington area; Muhammad Salah, who has lived in a Chicago suburb - were arrested while a third, Mousa Abu Marzook, is now in Syria.

A report on Army military intelligence troops' role in the abuse of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison will recommend that more than two dozen soldiers be disciplined but would spare anyone above the colonel who commanded them, according to Pentagon sources.

After complex negotiations, Google settled on an $85-per-share price for its initial public offering of stock which quickly rose over $100 when it reached the stock exchange.

John Kerry struck back at a group of Navy veterans who have claimed that the Democratic presidential nominee has lied about his Vietnam War experience. He denied their charges and called them "a front for the Bush campaign."

Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts told a congressional hearing that he was blocked from boarding airplanes five times because his name resembled the alias of a suspected terrorist.

The Region

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. rejected a proposal from House Speaker Michael E. Busch for a referendum on a slots plan that would put the machines in publicly owned facilities along interstate highways in Baltimore, Frederick and Harford counties.

Federal prosecutors in Atlanta added a charge to their indictment of Ravens running back Jamal Lewis, saying that in addition to the previous charge of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms of cocaine and using a cell phone in the commission of a drug crime, he also aided and abetted his childhood friend Angelo Lewis in his attempt to possess cocaine.

Federal investigators have subpoenaed Comcast for documents detailing gifts that the cable television provider has given to Baltimore City Council members during the past few years, a company spokesman revealed.

Three members of a Parkville family - Muhammad Khan, 39, and his two sons, Saif, 7, and Haider, 1 - were killed when their SUV overturned on Interstate 95 near Elkton. Aisha Khan, 29, who was driving, and the couple's daughter Maryam, 3, survived the crash.

Rouse Co., the real estate firm credited with creating one city in Maryland - Columbia, its home base - and revitalizing an old one - Baltimore with Harborplace - was sold to General Growth Properties, a Chicago-based shopping mall company, for $7.2 billion in cash. Including the assumption of $5.4 billion in Rouse debt, the deal is worth $12.6 billion.

Van Halen sued the Orioles for $2 million in a California court for allegedly backing out of a deal that would have brought the rock group to Camden Yards for a Sept. 2 concert.

Quote

"I'm having a blast."

Rodgers Forge resident Michael Phelps, seen here celebrating after capturing the gold medal in the men's 200-meter butterfly, on his time at the Olympics.

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