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September 18, 2005

LOOKING FORWARD

SUNDAY

Ellen DeGeneres will host the 57th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

MONDAY

Tyco executives Dennis Kozlowski and Mark Swartz are scheduled to be sentenced in New York. They were convicted of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from the company. Kozlowski is known for his extravagant lifestyle supported by the booming stock market of late 1990s and early 2000s; allegedly he paid $6,000 for the shower curtains in his New York City apartment. Some allege that personal extravagance extended into violation of fiduciary responsibility to shareholders, as when the company paid half of a $2 million tab for a 40th birthday party for Kozlowski's wife, Karen. Despite his financial impropriety at Tyco, Tyco International, unlike Enron, was never in financial crisis. Tyco has continued to prosper.

The trial of Somali immigrant Nuradin Abdi begins in Columbus, Ohio. Abdi is accused of conspiring to help terrorists blow up a shopping mall. Abdi has pleaded innocent.

TUESDAY

The 2005 MacArthur Fellows are to be announced by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The MacArthur "genius grants" of $500,000 are typically given each year to about 20 creative leaders in the arts, sciences and public policy. The fellowships recognize what the foundation calls "exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work." A secret network of 100 nominators, whose membership rotates frequently to minimize string-pulling, scours the country for candidates, who can't nominate themselves. A smaller secret panel winnows the nominations to about 30 finalists. The foundation's board makes the final selection. Among past winners are evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould, novelists Cormac McCarthy and Edward P. Jones, poet Derek Walcott and Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman.

WEDNESDAY

The 35th annual Congressional Black Caucus conference will take place in Washington. Speakers will include Sen. Hilary Clinton, Les Brown, Donna Brazile, Dr. Ben Carson, Harry Belafonte and others. This year's ambassador: Jamie Foxx.

THURSDAY

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote to endorse the nomination of John G. Roberts Jr. as chief justice of the Supreme Court. The full Senate is scheduled to vote on Roberts' nomination next week. Roberts successfully weathered three days of grilling by Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, and even his harshest critics expect him to easily win approval from the Senate.

SATURDAY

Anti-war activists plan a national demonstration in Washington and regional ones in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle to urge an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

The 2005 National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, with first lady Laura Bush as host, is to be held on the National Mall in Washington. The event is to feature John Irving, Tom Wolfe, E.L. Doctorow, Tom Clancy, Buzz Aldrin and many others.

LOOKING BACK

The World

At least 73 people were killed and 162 wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle near a group of construction workers in north Baghdad, police said. The blast occurred near a crowd of day laborers who had assembled before going to work on nearby construction sites, said police Maj. Musa Abdel Kerim.

The Ulster Volunteer Force, a major outlawed Protestant group in Northern Ireland, has abandoned its 11-year-old truce and is again an enemy of the peace, Britain said in a long-expected declaration. The British governor in Northern Ireland, Peter Hain, said he has received sufficient evidence that the UVF committed four killings this summer and launched attacks last week against the police and British army.

Iran said it would not stop uranium conversion and warned of consequences if it was referred to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions over its nuclear program. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Iran wants to continue talking with Europe without preconditions.

Israeli army forces left the Gaza Strip after a 38-year occupation, the first withdrawal from a territory that Palestinians are seeking for a future state. Tanks and armored vehicles moved out of positions and checkpoints, and headed back to Israel as groups of jubilant Palestinians took to the streets to celebrate. Thousands of Palestinians streamed into the long-fortified Israeli enclaves for the first time.

The Nation

Faced with the unprecedented destruction of a major U.S. city and communities across the Gulf Coast, President Bush -with damaged New Orleans as his backdrop - offered a package of new federal aid to help uprooted hurricane victims. Bush announced a reconstruction plan during a televised address also aimed at mending his image as a strong leader in a time of crisis. It was Bush's first formal prime-time speech during more than two weeks of suffering along the gulf.

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