Looking Forward

Looking Back

April 03, 2005



The world's largest-ever terrorism drill will take place in New London, Conn., to deal with a simulated plague unleashed by terrorists in central New Jersey and faux toxic chemicals released simultaneously in Connecticut.

The 2005 Pulitzer Prize winners in journalism, arts and letters will be announced in New York at 3 p.m.

The Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament finals will take place in St. Louis, Mo.


Congress reconvenes after its Easter holiday, with an early debate expected on a number of controversial federal court nominations made by President Bush.

The trial of Sgt. Hasan Akbar, accused of killing two officers and wounding 14 soldiers in a 2003 grenade attack on fellow soldiers in Kuwait, begins in Fort Bragg, N.C.

Women's Final Four, the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, begins in Indianapolis.


Jury selection begins for serial bombing suspect Eric Rudolph in Birmingham, Ala. Rudolph is charged with setting off the bomb that killed a police officer and critically injured a nurse at an abortion clinic in Birmingham on Jan. 28, 1998. He was arrested in Murphy, N.C., in 2003 after more than five years on the run.

Sentencing of white supremacist Matthew Hale, convicted of trying to have U.S. District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow killed, takes place in Chicago. In a court filing last week, federal prosecutors said they would seek to have Hale's conviction declared a crime of terrorism under sentencing guidelines and argued for a sentence of up to 40 years. A federal jury convicted Hale last year of soliciting his security chief, who was secretly working for the FBI, to kill Lefkow because she ordered his supremacist group to change its name after it lost a trademark-infringement lawsuit.


The house near Denver made famous in Woody Allen's movie Sleeper, known as the Sculptured House, will be auctioned on eBay.


The pre-trial hearing in what might be the nation's first class action lawsuit against a Roman Catholic diocese over clerical sexual abuse is scheduled to begin in Burlington, Ky. Steve Rubino, a New Jersey lawyer who has represented hundreds of victims of clerical sex abuse, said he believes the Burlington case is the first in the nation where a molestation lawsuit against a diocese is being permitted to go forward as a class action. The diocese spans 14 counties and includes 89,000 parishioners, many of them in the Kentucky suburbs of Cincinnati. The two sides are expected to ask that the trial date be moved again while mediation goes on.

Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America meets at its Chicago headquarters to set policy recommendations on homosexuality for a national assembly in August. The church has consistently avoided raising barriers to membership in the church, but the Lutherans preclude non-celibate homosexuals from serving as rostered pastors.


The World

A panel investigating the United Nations' scandal-scarred oil-for-food program for Iraq said that it found no evidence that U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan had influenced the awarding of a lucrative inspection contract to a company that employed his son. But the panel criticized Annan for not aggressively investigating the apparent conflict of interest when he learned about it shortly after the $10 million annual contract was awarded to Cotecna Inspection S.A. of Geneva, Switzerland.

An 8.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the northern coast of Sumatra, killing hundreds of people, authorities said, and triggering panic and mass evacuations in coastal areas leveled by the tsunami in December. Several countries issued tsunami warnings but withdrew them after no giant waves appeared. Experts said the undersea quake triggered waves 4 to 12 inches high in parts of the Indian Ocean.

The Nation

The emotional legal and unprecedented political battle over the life of a severely brain-damaged Florida woman reached its end with the announcement that Terri Schiavo had died, 13 days after the feeding tube that had sustained her for the past 15 years was removed at a judge's direction. That simple medical procedure touched off an extraordinary act of Congress, with national lawmakers and President Bush racing to enact legislation that forced the federal courts to review her case.

A girls basketball coach who complained that his players got shabbier treatment than the boys team - and then found himself benched - can sue for retaliation, the Supreme Court said in a case that expands the protections of a landmark gender-equity law. In a 5-4 decision, the court sided with Roderick Jackson, a high school girls basketball coach in Birmingham, Ala., who said his coaching duties were stripped after he repeatedly complained that the equipment and practice facilities provided to his team were inferior to what the boys received.

Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., the masterful attorney who gained prominence as an early advocate for victims of police abuse, then achieved worldwide fame for successfully defending football star O.J. Simpson on murder charges, died at his home in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles of an inoperable brain tumor. He was 67.

A commission that reviewed U.S. intelligence capabilities called on President Bush to "force widespread change" in the nation's spy network, issuing a scathing report that found that intelligence agencies were "dead wrong" about Saddam Hussein's weapons programs and "still know disturbingly little" about those of other U.S. adversaries.

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