The Week That Was

October 10, 2004

The World

Dozens died in a bombing of an Egyptian coastal resort popular with Israelis. The blasts collapsed part of the luxury Hilton hotel in Taba, a Sinai Peninsula town bordering Israel, as rockets were reportedly fired at two other nearby resort hotels.

Wangari Maathai of Kenya became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, awarded for her work in environmental movements and in campaigns for women's rights and expanded democracy in her home country. The medicine Nobel went to Americans Richard Axel and Linda B. Buck for researching the sense of smell; in physics, the prize went to Americans David J. Gross, H. David Politzer and Frank Wilczek for work 30 years ago on the structure of the atom; the chemistry prize went to Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko of Israel and American Irwin Rose for showing how human cells get rid of unwanted proteins.

Briton Kenneth Bigley, kidnapped more than three weeks ago in Iraq, was beheaded by his captors. A videotape of the killing showed a banner for a group led by Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, an al-Qaida ally thought to be behind many similar killings in Iraq.

The Nation

A shortage of flu vaccine, caused by concerns over contamination in the factory of a British producer, led the U.S. government to recommend that shots be given only to those most vulnerable to the disease - mainly infants 6 to 23 months old and adults 65 and older.

Homemaking guru Martha Stewart eluded the media as she reported to a minimum-security federal prison in West Virginia to begin serving her five-month sentence for lying about a 2001 stock trade.

The last Labor Department figures on job growth before the election showed that the economy added 96,000 jobs in August, well below expectations.

Vice President Dick Cheney and his Democratic opponent, Sen. John Edwards, showed contrasting styles in a spirited encounter in Cleveland.

Comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who hilariously complained of getting no respect, died at 82.

Shock jock Howard Stern signed a five-year deal estimated to be worth $500 million with Sirius Satellite Radio, a subscription radio service, that will put him out of reach of the Federal Communications Commission, which has fined for indecency Stern and the broadcast stations that carry his show.

The Region

The Miss USA Pageant will be contested in April 2005 at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore.

Quote

"Saddam Hussein ended the nuclear program in 1991 following the gulf war."

- Charles A. Duelfer, the top U.S. arms inspector in Iraq, in a report to Congress that found Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction for a decade before the U.S. invasion in March 2003 but that it hoped to build such weapons if U.N. sanctions were lifted

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