Brief News

By Kelly Finlan
November 6, 2003

Angelina Wagner

Lawyer shooting caught on videotape
Camera crews watched as Jerry Curry, a 53 year-old lawyer from Simi Valley, Calif, was shot multiple times on Friday, Oct. 31, by a very disgruntled former client outside Van Nuys courthouse where accused killer Richard Blake is on trial. Video footage showed Curry hiding behind a tree, trying to escape the gunfire. The shooter, William Striler, was “tackled” by an off-duty sheriff’s reserve official as he walked calmly away from the scene on the crime, according to the New York Times.

U.S. helicopter downed in Iraq
A Unites States helicopter was shot down by guerillas outside Falluja, Iraq, on Sunday, Nov. 2, killing 16 and wounding 20. This is being called the deadliest attack since the U.S. invaded Iraq in March, according to the New York Times.

Fights for territory leave 5 dead in Afghanistan
Fighting among factions is becoming increasingly dangerous in Afghanistan. Warlords are currently fighting for control of territories. The Taliban is suspected of kidnapping a Turkish road engineer near Kabul on Saturday, Nov. 1. At least five soldiers have been killed in such fights in the past week, according to the New York Times.

13-year-old loses arm in shark attack
Thirteen year-old Bethany Hamilton, a professional surfer from Hawaii, lost her left arm, just below the shoulder, by a single shark bite on Sunday, Nov. 2. Hospital authorities said her experience and physical ability gave her the strength to survive the attack, according to the New York Times.

Former Iraqi official said Hussein did not order attack
Tariq Aziz, the former deputy prime minister of Iraq under Saddam Hussein, told U.S. officials that Hussein did not order a counter attack when ground troops invaded Iraq because he dramatically underestimated the extent of the attack, according to the Washington Post.

Congress approves $87.5 billion in Iraqi aid
Congress approved an $87.5 million budget for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan on Monday, Nov. 3. This comes after the worst bout of American casualty since March, according to the Washington Post.

U.N. propses monitoring of plutonium
The United Nations’ nuclear chief proposed that the production of weapons-grade plutonium be monitored by the U.N. Officials believe the control of such materials would stem the tide of the increasing threat of terrorism, according to the Boston Globe.

Street wins
Tuesday, Nov. 4, democtraic candidate, Mayor John Street was re-elected. Having beat out republican candidate, Sam Katz, Street takes his second term as Mayor of Philadelphia.

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