The Week That Was

September 26, 2004

The World

More than a year after becoming China's president, Hu Jintao was handed the full reins of power when his predecessor, Jiang Zemin, gave up the nation's most powerful military post. The move ends a power-sharing arrangement that has seen two rival camps maneuvering for position as China faces major foreign and domestic policy challenges, such as relations with Taiwan, North Korea's nuclear program, government corruption and dealing with rapid economic growth.

Iran defied the United Nations by announcing that it had begun converting tons of uranium into the gas needed to turn the radioactive element into nuclear fuel. The world body's nuclear watchdog agency had called for the country to suspend all such activities.

The Nation

Angels in America, the HBO adaptation of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about AIDS, won 11 Emmys, making it one of the most honored programs in television history. Kushner won for writing, Mike Nichols for directing and Al Pacino and Meryl Streep for acting.

Eddie Adams, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of a Vietnamese officer executing a Viet Cong prisoner in Saigon became an enduring symbol of the brutality of the Vietnam War, died in his New York home. He was 71.

CBS News retracted much of a story on President Bush's military service, saying it had been deceived by a retired Texas National Guard officer who presented documents purporting to show Bush received preferential treatment to avoid fulfilling his Vietnam War-era obligations.

Negotiators for President Bush and Democratic Sen. John Kerry reached agreement on three presidential debates. The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates had selected Sept. 30 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.; Oct. 8 at Washington University in St. Louis; and Oct. 13 at Arizona State University in Tempe.

The Region

Dozens of downtown Baltimore restaurants and businesses were affected by a widespread power outage blamed on an underground utility cable fire. Traffic lights were out and parking garages, with their mechanical arms removed or locked in an up position, were left open and unattended.

John Unitas' widow and business advisers improperly wrested control of the marketing rights to the Baltimore Colts legend from his son, a state appellate court ruled, adding a chapter to a family feud that began almost immediately after the quarterback's death in September 2002.

Maryland is collecting more tax revenue than expected, a trend sure to influence administration decisions on whether to cut deeply into health care for children, addicts and the poor. The treasury should take in $242.6 million more in this budget year than projected six months ago, unofficial figures obtained by The Sun show.

Quote

"There's no excuse. I made a mistake. We made a mistake. We clearly established the documents could have been authentic. But we did not prove they were authentic."

Dan Rather, apologizing to a national television audience for the "60 Minutes" error in a story on President Bush's military service

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