News Briefs

By Kelly Finlan
October 16, 2003

Rob Cain

Mayor’s personal items seized in investigation

Philadelphia Mayor John Street’s handheld computer, as well as other personal items, was seized on Friday, Oct. 10, by authorities investigating the possibility of corruption in city hall. The investigation came after a “sophisticated listening device” and two FBI-planted microphones were found in Street’s office, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Murderer escapes from Pa. prison

Hugo Selenski, convicted of the murders of five people, escaped the Luzern County Correctional Facility on Saturday, Oct. 11, after climbing down a 60-foot rope made of bed sheets. He has yet to be found, according to the Washington Post.

Car bomb kills 8, wounds 40

An Oldsmobile station wagon full of explosives went off at a police station in Baghdad, Iraq on Thursday, Oct. 9, killing eight and wounding more than 40. Within the hour, on the other side of town, a man dressed as a Shiit Muslim cleric assassinated a 43 year-old Spanish diplomat. Also at approximately the same time, a grenade hit an American convoy, killing an American soldier. He was the 92nd American casualty since the war in Iraq was officially over, according to the New York Times.

Sniper suspect to plead guilty

Lawyers representing Lee Malvo, the 18 year-old Washington D.C. sniper suspect, have revealed that he will be pleading insanity based on his prolonged influence from John Muhammad, his 42 year-old cohort, at his trial, according to the New York Times.

Muslim woman wins Nobel Peace Prize

Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer, became the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslow, Norway on Friday, Oct. 10. She was recognized for her work in promoting human rights, especially those of women and children, according to the New York Times.

Israeli search for weapons ends in death of 7 Palestinians

An Israeli search for weapons resulted in the death of seven Palestinians in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip on Friday, Oct. 10. More than 40 were wounded, according to the New York Times.

Four of Saddam’s security force captued in Iraq

Four men, suspected of being Saddam Hussein’s security force, were captured in a village outside Tikrit, Iraq, on Saturday, Oct. 11. Seven insurgents and 50 rifles were taken in by U.S. troops in Baqouba, Iraq, on the same day, according to the Washington Post.

Bush looking to relax laws protecting endangered animals

President Bush is looking to relax the laws protecting endangered animals in the U.S. and abroad. This would allow hunters and circuses to bring endangered animals in to U.S. markets, lessening the growing demand. Bush hopes this will help poor countries generate revenue to create better wildlife conservatory programs, according to the Washington Post.

Hotel car boms ends in 6 dead, 35 injured

A hotel widely used by Americans and the Iraqi Governing Council was the target of a car bomb on Sunday, Oct. 12, in Baghdad, Iraq. Six Iraqi security guards were killed and 35 others were injured, according to the New York Times.

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