Weekly Review — November 23, 2004, 12:00 am

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George W. Bush holds a turkey's neck, smiling, as Dick Cheney looks on.
White House photo.

George W. Bush named national security advisor Condoleezza Rice to replace Colin Powell as secretary of state.Washington Post A few days later,Condoleezza Rice entered the hospital for minor surgery of an undisclosed nature.ReutersBush spared two Thanksgiving turkeys from death.Reuters “By virtue of an unconditional presidential pardon, they are safe from harm,” he said.White House The turkeys, named Biscuits and Gravy, were chosen by an Internet poll, beating out Patience and Fortitude.White HouseTexas prisoner Anthony Fuentes was executed.Houston Chronicle A buck was captured and euthanized after running through Chicago’s O’Hare AirportABC 7 Chicago, and a Texas website was planning to offer hunters the ability to shoot animals online.ZDNetCongress passed a $388 billion spending bill.USA Today The bill had $15.8 billion worth of “extras,” including $25,000 for the study of mariachi music and $2 million to buy back the presidential yacht, sold by Jimmy Carter in 1977.USA Today The yacht, the U.S.S. Sequoia, currently rents for $2,500 an hour.sequoiayacht.com The bill also allows hospitals and HMOs to refuse to provide abortions, andLA Times gave two committee chairmen and their assistants access to income tax returns, without regard to privacy laws. Republicans acknowledged the mistake of the latter provision, and vowed to repeal it.AP The House Republican Conference changed its rules to allow majority leader Tom DeLay to maintain his leadership role if he is indicted.Bloomberg The dollar fell sharply against the Euro.GuardianInflation roseABC News, and many credit card lenders were doubling and tripling their rates.The New York Times

There was fighting in Baghdad, Addhamiya, and Mosul, where nine Iraqi soldiers were executed.ReutersFox News It appeared that Margaret Hassan, an aid worker held hostage in Iraq, had been executed. Another hostage, Teresa Borcz Khalifa, was released after being held for three weeks.BBC A U.S. Marine was caught on videotape as he shot and killed a wounded, apparently unarmed man in a Falluja mosque.APSoldiers at Fort Lewis, Washington, were throwing chocolate pudding and lemon-lime Gatorade at each other in order to prepare for duty at Army detention centers like Guantánamo Bay. “I feel good about this mission,” said one soldier. “I get to be part of the solution.”The Olympian Web publishers were upset with the White House for denying them the right to host a Christmastime video of Barney the dog; the White House insisted that the publishers link to the video instead of hosting it themselves. Last year’s video, “Barney Reloaded,” which featured Karl Rove draped in Christmas lights, brought 24 million visitors to the White House website.News.com The Army and Air Force increased the number of mobilized National Guard and Army Reserve personnel to 182,478, andDept. Defense Senator John McCain called for up to 50,000 more troops in Iraq.AFPColin Powell visited Israel and the West Bank.BBC

Kmart and Sears mergedCNN, thieves stole a 10-ton railway bridge in Australia,News.com.au and an elderly South African woman was eaten by a shark.CNN A Yemeni FBI informant set himself on fire in front of the White HouseChicago Sun-Times, and the Clinton library opened in Little Rock, Arkansas.SFGate/AP The management of a company with offices near the library asked its employees to leave their guns at home on the day of the opening.Reuters British programmers released a game called “JFK: Reloaded,” which recreates the Grassy Knoll. “Players will discover just how hard it is to place those three bullets in exactly the same way that Oswald did,” said a spokesman for the game company.Guardian It was extremely windy in Austria and SlovakiaABC News, and strong winds killed seven in Poland.Disaster Relief Fifty-five died in an iron mine fire in the Chinese province of HebeiThe New York Times, and 54 were killed in the crash of a passenger plane in Baotou, in Inner Mongolia.BBCChina was planning to launch 100 satellites by 2020.ABC News A plague of locusts, which are kosher, swept through parts of Israel.Wired NewsLocusts also invaded CairoReuters, and Egypt decided to allow foreign belly dancers.ABC13, AP The mayor of Riyadh announced that no foreign observers would be welcome in Saudi Arabia’s municipal elections, nor would women be able to participate as voters, or candidates.Arab News The U.N. announced plans to send 7,000 peacekeeping troops to SudanGlobe and Mail, and U.S. and Afghan forces were looking for three kidnapped U.N. workers in Kabul.SFGate/AP A union representing U.N. staff registered a vote of no confidence in the U.N.’s senior management.Fox NewsUkraine elected Viktor Yanukovich as its president, although observers said the election failed to meet international standards.Reuters The World Conservation Union released a list of 15,589 endangered species, 8,323 of them plants or lichenReuters, and a tanker spilled 44,909 gallons of oil off the coast of Newfoundland.CBC NewsCholera killed 42 in NigeriaReuters, and an experimental jet flew at 6,600 miles an hour.The New York Times A new poll showed that nearly one half of the U.S. population believes that human beings did not evolve, but instead were created by God within the last 10,000 years, while only one third believe that the theory of evolution is accurate.GallupCubans were building a new Russian Orthodox churchDetroit Free Press/AP, and Catholic dioceses in America were buckling under the financial strain of sex-abuse lawsuits; dioceses in Tucson, Arizona, and Portland, Oregon, had declared bankruptcy.Chicago Sun-Times The World Toilet Summit was held in ChinaAP, and Americans were celebrating National Bible Week.HouseScientists flooded the Grand Canyon.ABC News

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