Looking Forward

Looking Back

August 28, 2005

LOOKING FORWARD

MONDAY

President Bush is expected to travel to San Diego to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. Officially, Bush's planned speech at North Island Naval Air Station will mark the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri, anchored in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945. The president is expected to use the occasion to shore up sagging support for the war in Iraq. An official familiar with the speech preparations said, "You can expect some historical comparison between then and today's broader war on terrorism."

Trial begins in Burbank, Calif., in the wrongful-death suit filed against actor Robert Blake by his slain wife's children. Blake was acquitted of charges of murder and solicitation of murder in her 2001 shooting death.

TUESDAY

Boeing is scheduled to give the machinists union - the aircraft builder's largest - a final contract offer. They are seeking cost-of-living increases for retirees, among other demands. The union's contract expires just after midnight Sept. 2 and members will vote Sept. 1 on whether to accept the offer and whether to go on strike.

The U.S. Tennis Open tournament opens at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. Defending U.S. Open champion and world No. 1 Roger Federer of Switzerland and world No. 1 Maria Sharapova of Russia will be seeded No. 1 in men's and women's singles, respectively.

WEDNESDAY

The Commerce Department will report preliminary second-quarter numbers on the nation's gross domestic product. The economy had been showing strong growth earlier this year, and the new numbers are expected to confirm that trend. But economists fear that recent sharp increases in crude oil prices are putting a serious drag on consumer spending.

George Hyatte and his wife, Jennifer, the couple charged in the killing of a corrections officer during a getaway outside a Tennessee courthouse this month, are expected to face a preliminary hearing in Kingston, Tenn. The two were captured in Ohio 36 hours after George Hyatte's escape.

Sentencing is scheduled in Concord, N.H. for two former Enterasys Networks executives, Enrique "Henry" Fiallo and Gail Spence Luacaw, who were found guilty in a case of securities fraud that allegedly cost investors in the company $1.3 billion.

THURSDAY

Thomas Kean, chairman of the 9/11 commission, will speak at a meeting of the 9/11 Public Discourse Project. Kean and other former members of the commission have been pushing hard to encourage the Bush administration to push harder to implement the commission's recommendations and to provide regular reports on progress toward that goal.

FRIDAY

Islamic Society of North America's annual convention begins in Rosemont, Ill. Heated discussion of how Muslims should respond to growing hostility toward the religion is expected to take place.

SATURDAY

President Bush is scheduled to return to Washington, ending an extended vacation at his ranch in Crawford, Texas.

LOOKING BACK

The World

A bomb planted by a roadside in southern Afghanistan killed four U.S. soldiers and wounded three others. Two U.S. Embassy staff members were slightly wounded when a bomb went off under their official vehicle in a suburb of Kabul.

Israeli troops completed Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's announced pullback by forcibly removing hundreds of militants who had barricaded themselves in two West Bank settlements. All told, the troops removed 15,000 people from 25 settlements in the West Bank and Gaza, including about 6,000 nonresidents who had come to protest the withdrawal.

Amid blown deadlines, various recriminations and several violent incidents, Iraqi negotiators failed to reach an agreement on a new constitution despite a phone call from President Bush urging compromise.

The Nation

At least seven people were killed and more than 1 million lost power when Hurricane Katrina hit densely populated southern Florida, moving across the peninsula and into the Gulf of Mexico, where it regained strength.

A Pentagon task force looking into sexual harassment and misconduct at the nation's military academies blamed the prevailing culture at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point for many of the problems.

Northwest Airlines continued to fly despite a walkout by 4,400 mechanics and cleaners, though the union representing the workers said that the airline was having difficulty keeping its flights on time while using contract employees to replace the strikers.

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