Week In Review

Published: Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 9:30 p.m.

Lieberman announces bid for White House

At a time when many Democrats have been announcing that they might announce for president sometime later this year, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut skipped the preliminaries, declaring he was running.

Weapons inspectors find empty warheads

Less than two weeks before they are to report on what they have found in their first 60 days in Iraq, U.N. weapons inspectors found 11 empty chemical warheads at an ammunition storage depot. White House officials called the discovery "serious and troubling." But the inspectors, at a news conference, said their goal was to avoid war and that they would ask the Security Council for more time to do their job.

Air Force judge weighing the evidence

An Air Force judge began weighing evidence against two F-16 pilots who dropped a 500-pound bomb on a squad of Canadian soldiers in April near the Kandahar airport. Four Canadians were killed and eight were wounded, six of whom testified in the military's equivalent of a grand jury hearing. The pilots, Majs. Harry Schmidt and William Umbach, face a possible court-martial. The pilots insist they were acting in self-defense after thinking they had come under fire from the ground.

North Korea rebuffs White House initiative

President Bush said he still wouldn't negotiate with North Korea, but suggested, for the first time, that if the nation gave up its nuclear weapons program he would consider offering a "bold initiative" of aid, trade openings and security guarantees. The North Koreans were unimpressed: They called the offer "pie in the sky." But Washington seemed to be edging toward negotiations, and the North will soon face the choice of making bombs or making a deal.

11 killed as conflict continues in Israel

Nine Palestinians and two Israelis were killed in a single day of violence last Sunday, as the conflict in Israel became entangled in the run-up to the Israeli elections later this month. The violence followed an appeal by Yasser Arafat, the leader of the Palestinian Authority, for Palestinians to refrain from attacks on Israeli civilians. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon accused Arafat of trying to swing the election in favor of his more dovish opponents.

Bush opposes policy on affirmative action

President Bush's lawyers told the Supreme Court that the affirmative action programs for admissions to the undergraduate and law schools at the University of Michigan were unconstitutional because they relied too heavily and directly on race and unfairly penalized white applicants. The Supreme Court will have the final say this spring.

High court upholds copyright extension

The Supreme Court does not often defer to Congress these days. But in copyright law, almost anything that Congress says goes. That was the message of a decision upholding the 1998 extension of existing copyrights by 20 years.

AOL Time Warner chief stepping down

Stephen M. Case, the architect of AOL's acquisition of Time Warner just two years ago, resigned as chairman of AOL Time Warner. Richard D. Parsons, the company's chief executive, will succeed Case.


Secretary of State Colin L. Powell will speak at the United Nations on Monday. The Senate plans to vote on the nomination of Tom Ridge for secretary of homeland security on Tuesday.

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