In The News
ValuJet Airlines agrees to suspend all flights immediately until it corrects “several serious deficiencies” found during an intensive inspection by the FAA.
After a two-week crackdown by Chinese officials that resulted in the closing of 15 pirate compact disc factories, the United States withdraws threatened sanctions against $2 billion worth of products made in china, averting a trade war.
In a sworn affidavit requested by the Senate Whitewater Committee, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton denies knowing how her missing law firm billing records turned up in the White House living quarters. Her attorney, David Kendall, accused the Republican-controlled panel of carrying out a “last-minute hit-and-run smear.”
Eleven weeks after Unabomber suspect Theodore John Kaczynski was arrested in his remote Montana cabin, a federal grand jury in Sacramento indicts him in four bombings including ones that killed a Capitol lobbyist and a local merchant.
Nancy Gemmell, a former longtime White House employee, tells a congressional committee that after President Clinton was inaugurated, young students and volunteers without full security clearances were allowed to work in an office that handled hundreds of sensitive FBI background reports.
California - in a blow to the state’s tough “three strikes” law, the California Supreme Court decides that judges have the power to spare defendants lengthy sentences by overlooking prior convictions.
In his weekly radio address, President Clinton directs the Justice Department to devise a nationwide plan to track child molesters and sex offenders. He endorsed the idea of such a nationwide registry as the logical “next step” to laws that require states to track sex offenders and to notify communities when a child molester is released from prison.
Medical/AIDS News Update – June 15, 1996
AIDS - a record number of broadcast and cable programs take part in the “Fourth Annual Day of Compassion” this week. The campaign features television programming highlighting compassion and support for people affected by AIDS and HIV. It is the largest media event ever for AIDS awareness.
After 10 years of research, scientists identify a key molecule that allows the AIDS virus to infect human cells, a discovery that promises a new approach to treating the disease and that yields insight into why some are more resistant to the virus.
Bestselling Books – June 15, 1996
The Tenth Insight: Holding The Vision - James Redfield
A Crown of Swords - Robert Jordan
The Runaway Jury - John Grisham
How Stella Got Her Groove Back - Terry McMilian
The Intruder - Peter Blauner
The Fourth Estate - Jeffrey Archer
Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away With Murder - Vincent Bugliosi
The Zone - Barry Sears with Bill Lawren
Bad Gold My Way - Leslie Nielsen and Henry Beard
Hit and Run: How Jon Peters and Peter Guber Took Sony for a Ride in Hollywood - Nancy Griffin, Kim Masters
The Dilbert Principle - Scott Adams
Falling Up - Shel Silverstein
Technology news - June 15, 1996
Netscape Is The Dominant Browser
Netscape Communications Corp’s Internet Browser is now used by 38 million people, making it the most popular software of its kind. Netscape’s Navigator, released in December 1994, is more popular than other well-known software products including Microsoft Corp’s Word, Excel and Office programs and International Business Machines Corp’s Lotus 1-2-3 says Netscape. Microsoft’s Office is used by 22 million people, Microsoft Excel by 30 million and Microsoft Word by 21 million.
Sports news – June 15, 1996
250,000 turn out at Grant Park to cheer for the NBA champion Bulls. Michael Jordan graciously acknowledged the adulation from a crowd in which barefoot people in T-shirts mingled with businessmen in buttoned-down shirts and suits. “When I leave this city and when I leave this earth, there’s one thing that I will know. That I’ve been in a city that truly loves me and I love them.”
Music news – June 15, 1996
Jefferson Holt resigns as the manager of R.E.M. Sources say that Holt was asked to leave after members of the group investigated allegations that he sexually harassed a female employee at R.E.M’s Athens, Ga office. Holt denies he had ever sexually harassed anyone and said the decision to part with R.E.M. was mutual.
“KISS” gets together for a reunion concert at the KROQ (Los Angeles) “Weenie Roast” - the station’s fourth. Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley Ace Frehley and Peter Criss returned for their first costumed KISS show since 1983.
Becky Lee Meza (10) is cast to play the young Selena in an upcoming movie from Warner Brothers. She’ll star alongside Jennifer Lopez (Money Train).
George Martin - the Beatles producer, is now known as “Sir George Martin” after receiving knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.
Hollywood news - here are the top Hollywood talent agencies:
Creative Artists Agencys (CAA)
International Creative Management (ICM)
William Morris Agency
United Talent Agency
Top movie video rentals – June 15, 1996
The American President
Leaving Las Vegas
The Money Train
Radio news – June 15, 1996
Westinghouse says it plans to acquire Infinity Broadcasting Corp for $4.5 billion. The deal would create an 83-station radio giant with an estimated $1 billion in revenues. Infinity President Mel Karmazon is considered the best at what he does in radio. He is credited with giving Howard Stern is break after he was fired by WNBC in 1986, he put him on the air at Infinity’s WXRK (92.3) and syndicated him to 13 markets. Other Infinity talent includes Don Imus. The deal creates a radio network about three times the size of its nearest competitor. It would also give Westinghouse a dominant position in the top 10 radio markets, where it would hold 69 stations, including markets like Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.
Television news – June 15, 1996
Barbara Walters will conduct the first television interview with convicted murderers Lyle and Erik Menendez, June 28 on ABC’s “20/20.”
Garry Shandling will resume productions next month on the HBO series - “The Larry Sanders Show.” The show has been on hiatus since last year so Shandling could work on movie projects.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – June 15, 1996
NBC Postgame NBC-Sunday - 18.9
NBA Finals (Sun) - 18.8
NBA Finals (Wed) - 18.1
NBA Finals - 17.2
Seinfeld - 14.1
NBC Tip-off (Wed) - 12.6
Caroline in the City - 12.4
ER - 12.3
Home Improvement - 12.2
Dateline NBC (Tue) - 11.6
Coach - 11.1
20/20 - 11.1
Grace Under Fire - 1.1
Friends - 10.9
PrimeTime Live - 10.9
The Single Guy - 9.9
NBA Top-Off (Fri) - 9.8
Dateline NBC (Weds) - 9.7
NBA Tip-Off (Sun)
Walker, Texas Ranger - 9.6
Frasier - 9.5
The Nanny - 9.4
NYPD Blue - 9.4
Sings - 9.3
Cybill - 9.0
Movie - Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves - 8.8
Mad About You - 8.8
Tuesday Night television listings/TV guide – week of June 15, 1996
CBS - The Client, Movie
NBC - 3rd Rock From The Sun, NewsRadio, Frasier, Wings, Dateline NBC, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
ABC - Home Improvement, Disney’s Most Unlikely Heroes, Home Improvement, Coach, NYPD Blue. Nightline
FOX - Movie “Son-in-Law”
UPN - Moseha, Minor Adjustments, The Paranormal Borderline
PBS - Frontline, Nature Perfected, Charlie Rose
BET - Caribbean Rhythms, Screen Scene, Rap City, South Bank Show, Movie
SCI-FI - Friday the13th, Twilight Zone, Monsters, Quantum Leap, Something is Out There, Friday the 13th
MTV - Beach MTV-Daisy Fuentes, Beach House Nights, Buzzkill, Rockumentary, Singled Out, Beavis and Butthead, Alternative Nation.
Top pop singles music(top-40) – June 15, 1996
Theme From Mission: Impossible - Larry Mullen Jr./Adam Clayton
Crossroads - Bone Thungs-N-Harmony
You’re Making Me High - Toni Braxton
You’re the One - SWV
Fastlove - George Michael
All The Way Live - Coolio
Touch Me, Tease Me - Case
How Do U Want It - 2Pac
Delinquent Habits - Tres Delinquent
Why I Love You So Much - Monica
Some top music albums – June 15, 1996
Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette
Load - Metallica
The Score - Fugees
Gettin’ It (Album Number Ten) - Too Short
Tragic Kingdom - No Doubt
Down On The Upside - Soundgarden
E. 1999 Eternal - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Falling Into You - Celine Dion
New Beginning - Tracy Chapman
The Nutty Professor - soundtrack
Top Country music albums – June 15, 1996
Blue Clear Sky - George Straight
Woman in Me - Shania Twain
Borderline - Brooks and Dunn
Hits - Garth Brooks
Greatest Hits - Alan Jackson
Music for all Occasions - The Mavericks
High Lonesome Sound - Vince gill
Fresh Horses - Garth Brooks
Hits - Garth Brooks
Spirit - Willie Nelson
Top movies – June 15, 1996
The Cable Guy - Jim Carey, Matthew Broderick, George Segal
The Rock- Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, Michael Biehn, William Forsythe
Mission: Impossible - Tom Cruise
Twister - Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton
Dragonheart - Dennis Quaid
Eddie - Whoopi Goldberg
The Phantom - Billy Zane, Treat Williams, Kristy Swanson, Catherine Zeta Jones, James Remar, Patrick Mcgoohan
Spy Hard -
The Arrival - Charlie Sheen
Moll Flanders - Robin Wright, Morgan Freeman
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Eraser - Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caan, Vanessa Williams, James Coburn.