Looking Forward

Looking Back

July 10, 2005

LOOKING FORWARD

MONDAY

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be hunting for ways to end the yearlong impasse with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program as she visits four nations in East Asia. China may be the most difficult stop for Rice, given growing disagreements between the two countries on issues including North Korea. Rice is also visiting Thailand, Japan and South Korea.

TUESDAY

Gov. Janet Napolitano hosts a summit in Flagstaff, Ariz., to devise plans for enforcement of federal immigration laws in Arizona, the busiest illicit entry point on the nation's porous southern border. While immigration enforcement is a federal responsibility, the federal government has failed to fully reimburse the state for costs of incarcerating illegal immigrants who commit crimes in Arizona, Ms. Napolitano claims.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds arguments in Rockville, Md., and may issue an order on the Yucca Mountain license application.

Major League Baseball All-Star game takes place in Detroit, Mich.

WEDNESDAY

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a Washington hearing on money laundering and terrorism financing issues in the Middle East.

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has scheduled a Washington hearing on security at chemical facilities. At least 100 chemical plants nationwide could be targeted to produce devastating releases of toxic chemicals, according to congressional researchers in a report that was released last week.

House Armed Services Committee has scheduled a Washington hearing on the national security implications of the bid by China's state-owned CNOOC Ltd. for Unocal Corp. The overture from China's biggest offshore oil and gas producer reveals Washington's ambiguous relationship with the Communist-led giant.

Former WorldCom chief Bernard Ebbers is scheduled to be sentenced in New York. Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to sentence Ebbers to spend the rest of his life in prison for leading the largest accounting fraud in U.S. history. They argue Ebbers's sentence should match the extent of the fraud at the telecommunications company. Ebbers was found guilty March 15 on nine counts of conspiracy, securities fraud and false regulatory filings for his role in orchestrating $11 billion in improper accounting entries.

Planned launch of space shuttle Discovery in the first shuttle flight since seven astronauts died aboard the shuttle Columbia two and a half years ago. Relatives of at least three of the Columbia astronauts plan to attend the launch of Discovery. Some are sending mementos up with Discovery's crew, such as flags, gold medallions and a Columbia mission pin. Discovery commander Eileen Collins said her crew plans a special tribute to their Columbia colleagues from space, but she declines to share the details.

Nextel shareholders meet in Reston, Va., to vote on the proposed merger of Nextel Communications and Sprint Corp. to create the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier. Sprint shareholders will meet in Overland Park, Kan.

FRIDAY

President Bush meets in Washington with El Salvador's president, Tony Saca.

World Series of Poker final table is played in Las Vegas.

LOOKING BACK

The World

Four terrorist bombings in London killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds more. Three of the bombs killed commuters in the city's subway system. A fourth killed at least 13 passengers on a double-decker bus. Authorities have said the attacks had the signatures of the al-Qaida terror network, and American counterterrorism officials said they were taking seriously an Internet claim of responsibility by a group calling itself The Secret Organization of al-Qaida in Europe. A Web statement in the same name claimed responsibility for a string of bombs that hit commuter trains in Madrid, Spain, in March 2004, killing 191 people.

Vowing not to be sidetracked by the deadly London bombings, world leaders unveiled a $50 billion package to help lift Africa from poverty and proposed up to $9 billion to help the Palestinians achieve peace with Israel.

Comet Tempel 1 spewed jets of gas after being smashed by a NASA probe. Scientists studied the impact designed to deepen understanding of the origin of the solar system. The Deep Impact spacecraft flawlessly launched a probe that smashed into the comet at 23,000 mph in one of the most widely watched projects in NASA history.

Afghanistan's government sharply criticized U.S. military forces for killing up to 17 civilians in a recent airstrike and ordered an immediate inquiry. The United States, calling it a "very unfortunate situation," said it would investigate. The airstrike targeted a known base for insurgents, the U.S. military said.

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