CRASHED. GENESIS, NASA space probe, after its parachutes failed to open on its return to Earth's atmosphere; in Utah. The probe, part of a $260 million mission to study the evolution of the solar system, captured solar particles 1.5 million kilometers from Earth on its 37-month journey. With its cargo considered too delicate for a hard landing, helicopters manned by stunt pilots were deployed to snare the craft as it drifted downóbut the parachute mishap meant the saucer-shaped ship plummeted to Earth at almost 320 km/h. NASA researchers hope to recover much of the payload, about the weight of a few grains of salt, from the wreckage.
SURRENDERED. CHARLES JENKINS, 64, U.S. Army sergeant who allegedly deserted to North Korea, to American military authorities; at Camp Zama, outside Tokyo. Jenkins, who disappeared while on patrol near the Demilitarized Zone in Korea in 1965, was at the center of a sensational diplomatic tussle to reunite him with his Japanese wife, a former captive of the North, earlier this year. If convicted he faces life in prison but is expected to strike a deal for a lighter sentence.
DIED. MUNIR, 38, Indonesian human-rights campaigner; of a reported heart attack during a flight to Amsterdam. Munir was a vocal critic of the Indonesian military and a key member of a commission that investigated the 1999 violence in East Timor. As a lawyer and founder of Kontras, one of the country's leading pro-democracy and human-rights organizations, Munir investigated claims of abuse at the hands of the military and the former Suharto regime.
DIED. RICHARD G. BUTLER, 86, founder of the white-supremacist group Aryan Nations; in Hayden, Idaho. Butler, who developed his racist ideology after witnessing the caste system while in India during World War II, became a high priest of white hate, preaching that blacks were inferior and Jews evil. His movement spawned chapters in a dozen states and contacts around the globe but was effectively bankrupted by a $6.3 million lawsuit in 2001 filed by a woman and her son who were assaulted by Aryan Nations guards outside Butler's Idaho compound.
DIED. C.F. BEYERS NAUDE, 89, white South African cleric who reversed his support of apartheid in the early 1960s to become a leading opponent of racial segregation; in Johannesburg. Naude, a cleric in the Dutch Reformed Church, which provided religious justifications of apartheid, began to question the state's policy following a 1960 massacre of black demonstrators by police. Three years later he denounced apartheid in a sermon and was kicked out of the church; by the late '70s, the government had banned him from speaking in public and had restricted his movements. Former President Nelson Mandela eulogized Naude as "a true humanitarian and a true son of Africa."
Performance of the Week
On the final day of last week's Deutsche Bank Championship near Boston, VIJAY SINGH proved once again what has become increasingly clear all year: he's the world's best golfer. The 41-year-old Fijian held off Tiger Woods to snatch his sixth win of the season, ending the ex-champ's record 264-week stand as the sport's No. 1. "The easier part is getting to the top," Singh said later. "The hardest part is staying up there."
1,000 Number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq since March 2003, as of last week
85% Proportion of soldiers killed since May 1, 2003, when President George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations
1 million Number of people around the world who commit suicide every year, more than those murdered or killed in war
7 Number of typhoons to hit Japan this year, the most since record-keeping started in 1951
690 million Number of Asians living on $1 per day or less in 2002, according to the Asian Development Bank, down from 913 million in 1990
75% Proportion of that decline occurring in China
$26 billion Revenue lost by international companies since 2002, caused by delays in putting foreign employees to work due to more stringent U.S. immigration controls, according to a recent survey