The Week in Review



Deaths: Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Atlanta Braves announcer Skip Caray died.

Mr. Solzhenitsyn's accounts of life in Josef Stalin's gulags exposed the history of the Soviet Union's vast prison system, earning him exile and acclaim. He was 89.

Mr. Caray, long known as the voice of the Braves, died at home at age 68. He had been broadcasting Braves games since 1976.

ANTHRAX ATTACKS: DNA from the bodies of anthrax victims helped lead investigators to Bruce Ivins, who oversaw the toxin in an Army lab, a government scientist revealed. Cutting-edge technology allowed researchers to uncover a '"fingerprint" that pinpointed Mr. Ivins' exact lab.


OIL PRICES: Oil prices hit a three-month low after fears lessened that Tropical Storm Edouard would do severe damage in the Gulf of Mexico. One analyst promised relief at the pump as the average price for a gallon of gas fell to $3.881.

CHINA: Sixteen Chinese police officers died when two Muslim militants crashed a truck into a group, throwing explosives as they went. The attack put Olympic organizers on edge, but security officials promised the games would be safe.


BUSINESS: Urban Outfitters Inc. will be outfitting its Edgefield County facility with 100 more employees. The Pennsylvania-based apparel and furniture retailer announced it is expanding its wholesale distribution center in Trenton, S.C., and moving some call center operations.

ENVIRONMENT: Olin Corp. will pay $1,000 in fines for waiting more than four hours to report a Jan. 21 chlorine spill at its facility on Doug Barnard Parkway, according to Georgia's Environmental Protection Division.


WORLD: President Bush said North Korea has much to do before the U.S. can remove it from the terrorism blacklist. At a news conference with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, Mr. Bush said he remains concerned about North Korea's human rights record and about its ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

ECONOMY: The Postal Service had a net loss of more than a billion dollars in the third quarter of the fiscal year, the agency said. Officials blamed reduced mail volume in the slowed economy, coupled with rapidly rising transportation costs because of high fuel prices.

BUSINESS: St. Louis-based Monsanto plans to seek a buyer for its dairy hormone, Posilac, which is produced in Augusta. Posilac is bovine somatotropin, which increases milk production in dairy cows.


BUSINESS: A proposed Wal-Mart shopping center near Grovetown came a step closer to realization with the Columbia County Planning Commission approving a preliminary plat for the project.

IRAQ: Iraq and the U.S. are near an agreement on all American combat troops leaving Iraq by October 2010, with the last soldiers out three years after that, two Iraqi officials told The Associated Press. U.S. officials insisted there had been no agreement on dates.


NEGLECTED CHILDREN: Jeremy Long, 37, the father of 11 children and teens found living in squalor in rural Burke County, surrendered to authorities and was charged with cruelty to children.

POLITICS: Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards admitted in shame to ABC News that he had an affair with Rielle Hunter, 42, who produced videos, as he prepared to launch his campaign. He denied fathering her child.

WORLD: Russian tanks and artillery rumbled into the breakaway South Ossetia region of Georgia after Georgian forces launched an offensive aimed at capturing the capital. Witnesses said hundreds of civilians had been killed.