2002

Bought back the family home and began my MBA

 
   
Spencer, Jen, Kris and Dave round out the Crest Team at "Quizo" night in Fergies Pub on Halloween.
 
Ed Casey helping me with the home remodeling.
  I began my MBA studies  

 

Sports History
..Philadelphia Phillies (MBL) ..80-81 ..
..Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) ..42-27-10 ...Conference Champions .
..Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) ..12-4 ...Division Champions
..Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) ..43-39 ...
..Philadelphia Wings (MLL) ..8-8 ....
..Philadelphia Charge (WUSA) ..women's soccer. ..11-4-6 ..
..Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL Hockey) ..33-27-15-5 ..
..Penn State (College Football) ..9-4
..Salisbury University (my college) .. ..National Champions -

..Conference Champions -
Woman's Field Hockey
Men's Soccer
Women's Soccer
Baseball
Men's Lacrosse
Softball


What Happened This Year?

Blood continued to be shed in the Middle East as the Israeli/Palestinian conflict threatened to snowball out of control. Israeli PM Ariel Sharon and PLO leader Yasser Arafat were unable to push the peace process forward in a year tainted by violence on both sides.

Throughout 2002 the question on everybody's lips was: "Where is Osama Bin Laden?" The terror chief continued to evade capture, despite the efforts of the U.S. military machine to track him down. An audio tape claiming to feature the voice of Bin Laden - confirmed as genuine by U.S. intelligence officials - surfaced in November, adding to fears the al Qaeda leader was still alive.

As the Taliban crumbled in Afghanistan, U.S. bombing raids continued throughout January in an attempt to flush out al Qaeda terrorists. In June, Hamid Karzai was officially elected as the Afghan head of state as the war-torn country attempted to rebuild after a winter of conflict. However, the situation remained precarious and Karzai narrowly escaped an assassin's bullet in September.

American Taliban John Walker Lindh appeared in court in July, pleading guilty to aiding the Taliban and carrying explosives in the commission of a felony. In October a jury sentenced him to 20 years imprisonment.

With the War on Terror gathering momentum, President George W. Bush focussed his sights on Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. In November weapons inspectors returned to Iraq and world leaders debated whether this would be enough to prevent U.S.-led military action.

The UN food agency issued a warning to the world that more than 38 million people in Africa are facing the prospect of famine. A report issued by the agency claimed that as of December 2002, 18 million people were at risk of starving in Ethiopia, Eritrea and Sudan.

James Traficant, the former Ohio Congressman, was found guilty of bribery and racketeering in April. Traficant became only the second member of Congress to be expelled since the Civil War and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

The remains of missing Washington intern Chandra Levy were discovered in a D.C. park and medical examiners concluded she was murdered. Gary Condit, who reportedly told police he'd had an affair with Levy, was no longer considered to be a suspect in the case. Condit lost his Californian Democratic Primary race in March.

January marked the beginning of a difficult year for the Catholic Church, as a deluge of child sex abuse claims made the headlines. Pope John Paul II was criticized for being too slow in condemning the actions of abusers within the church, but in April he promised a plan of action to prevent future scandals.

In October former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition for his work to promote world peace. He is the third former President to receive the Nobel prize - after Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt.

French politics hit the news in April, after the electoral success of far-right politician Jean Marie Le Pen. Le Pen shocked European political leaders by making the final round of the French presidential elections, but was comprehensively beaten by Jacques Chirac in the May 5 run-off.

In May the FIFA World Cup kicked off in Seoul as international soccer teams met for the most popular sports tournament in the world. The final was contested between Germany and Brazil, and the Germans were outclassed 2-0 after a typically strong display from the brilliant South American team.

For those in business, 2002 could well be remembered as the year of the corporate scandal. Along with the collapse of Enron, telecommunications giant WorldCom was also at the center of a financial storm. As investors digested the bad news, markets across the world slumped and corporate confidence began to evaporate.

Europe took a battering over the summer after experiencing its worst floods in 100 years. Countries including Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic were left to mount a huge clean-up operation as the relentless floodwaters forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes.

World leaders turned a cautious eye to North Korea after the communist state admitted having a secret nuclear weapons program. The North Koreans had previously pledged to freeze all nuclear-related activities in an agreement signed in 1994.

The search for life on Mars took a giant leap forward, when the Mars Odyssey probe found huge reservoirs of ice just beneath the surface. If the ice melted, creating warm pockets of water, conditions could be suitable for life to develop. However, NASA scientists were cautious on the subject of finding life, pointing out that single-cell beings would be more likely to exist than little green men with attitude problems.