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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

The Week That Was

A look back at the week's top stories

Libby indicted in CIA leak case

The vice president’s chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, was indicted on charges of obstruction of justice, perjury and making false statements during an investigation into the disclosure of a covert CIA officer’s identity. Libby, 55, immediately resigned his position. Karl Rove, President Bush’s closest adviser, was not indicted but remained under investigation.

Wilma plows across Florida

In a seven-hour assault on Florida, Hurricane Wilma caused billions of dollars in damage and knocked out power to nearly 6 million people before swirling north into the Atlantic. At least 10 deaths were blamed on the storm in Florida. Wilma also killed at least six people in Mexico, one in Jamaica and 12 in Haiti. It was the eighth hurricane to hit or pass by Florida in 15 months.

Bush names Greenspan’s replacement

President Bush named top White House economic adviser Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. Bernanke, who would succeed Alan Greenspan, 79, said his top priority would be “to maintain continuity with the policies and policy strategies under the Greenspan era.” Bush said his choice as the nation’s new central banker “commands deep respect in the financial community.” Bernanke is expected to win easy Senate confirmation.

U.S. deaths in Iraq surpass 2,000

The U.S. death toll in the war in Iraq surpassed 2,000. The Senate observed a moment of silence to honor the dead. “We owe them a deep debt of gratitude for their courage, for their valor, for their strength, for their commitment to our country,” Senate Mjority Leader Bill Frist said. The milestone came with polls showing growing disapproval in the U.S. public about the Iraq conflict.

Miers ends Supreme Court candidacy

Faced with a chorus of social conservative opposition and Republican Senate doubts, Harriet Miers withdrew her Supreme Court candidacy. President Bush promised a quick replacement nominee to succeed Sandra Day O’Connor. Democrats accused the president of bowing to the “radical right wing of the Republican Party.”

Rosa Parks dies

Rosa Parks, the mother of the modern civil rights movement, died at the age of 92. It was her refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man that launched the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott 50 years ago and inspired a generation of leaders, including the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

CBS News chief replaced

The longtime president of CBS News, Andrew Heyward, was replaced by the president of the network’s sports division, Sean McManus. One of McManus’s first tasks will be to decide what to do about the “CBS Evening News,” which has been temporarily anchored by Bob Schieffer since April’s retirement of Dan Rather.

White Sox win World Series

The Chicago White Sox swept the Houston Astros in the World Series, taking their first title in 88 years. Fans raced into the streets of Chicago to celebrate with firecrackers blasting and car horns blaring. Jermaine Dye, who drove in the first Series run and the last, was named the most valuable player.

Swoopes says she’s gay

Women’s basketball star Sheryl Swoopes told ESPN The Magazine that she’s a lesbian. She said she disclosed her sexuality because she’s ”tired of having to hide my feelings about the person I care about.” She added that ”sexuality and gender don’t change anyone’s performance on the court.” A five-time All-Star and three-time Olympic gold medalist, Swoopes, who plays for the Houston Comets, is the WNBA’s only three-time MVP.