Dateline: Week Of September 8, 2000 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Los Alamos nuclear weapon scientist Wen Ho Lee is finally released from prison after being there for nine months and no trial. Lee pleaded guilty to one felony charge if illegally retaining national defense information and was sentenced to the 278 days he was served since he was arrest. 58 other counts were dismissed.
The European Union lifts diplomatic sanctions against Austria that have been in place for seven months.
Firestone Tires says it takes full blame for producing defective tires and that quality control problems are factors in their tread failures.
Sports News – September 8, 2000
Greg Maddux pitches a four-hitter for his second-consecutive shutout as the Atlanta Braves beat the Florida marlins 4-0.
Venus Williams wins the wins the women’s side of the U.S. Open, beating Lindsay Davenport. It’s her second Grand Slam tennis title.
Coach Bobby Knight is fired as coach of Indiana. Reason – he violated a zero-tolerance conduct policy.
Technology News – September 8, 2000
The biggest yet – The Nomad Juke MP-3 player. This small portable features a 6-gig hard drive that can store the equivalent of 150 CD’s/four days of music/2000 songs! Just $499. You can play the songs in order or make your own playlist! A typical beeper-sized MP3 player costs #250 and carries one or two hours of music. They’ve been around for two years. But, this one has the largest storage to date! Amazing!
Another hand-held device – as Microsoft revisits hand-held computers with its PC 2000.
Music News - September 8, 2000
MTV Video Awards - Eminem gets video of the year for “The Real Slim Shady.”
Allayah received best female video and best video from a movie for “Try Again.”
Top Pop Hits – September 8, 2000
Muslc – Madonna
Doesn’t Really Matter – Janet Jackson
Incomplete – Sisqo
Wilfrey – Next
Aaron’s Party (Come get it) – Aaron Carter
No More – Ruff Endz
I Need You – LeAnn Rimes
Let’s Get Married – Jagged Edge
LeAnn Rimes – Can’t Fight the Moonfight
Television News – September 8, 2000
The Sopranos first-season episodes – all 13 – are being released on DVD!
Al Gore appears on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show. He called on the entertainment industry to regulate itself.
Down the hatch - “Survivor” winner Richard Hatch loses his book deal. He was bound by his CBS contract not to reveal details of life on the island. Oh well.
New – Debuting this week – The Dr. Laura Schlessinger TV show. Will the radio psych guru make it on TV?
Regis and Kathie Lee’s ratings shot up some 26% for her last week as co-host of the show! Guest hosts on the show will include Whoopi Goldberg, Raquel Welch and Gloria Estefan.
CBS will air another “Survivor” plus another reality show from the same producer – Mark Burnettt. This one’s called “Destination Mir. The show follows a dozen American civilians undergoing Russian cosmonaut training. Only one gets to go in space!!
The six remaining contestants of “Big Brother” – superheaded by the oldest – George – say they may bolt some two weeks before the show is supposed to end - because producers are manipulating contest rules. It’s all being played out on the show’s website.
52nd Annual Emmy Awards and some winners –
Best drama series – “West Wing”
Best comedy series – “Will & Grace”
Best actor drama – James Gandofini – Sopranos
Best actress drama – Sela Ward – “Once and Again”
Best comedy series – “Will & Grace”
Best actor comedy – Michael J. Fox – “Spin City”
Best actress comedy – Patricia Heaton – “Everybody Loves Raymond”
Top Movies – September 8, 2000
Bring It On
The Art of War
The Way of the Gun
The Original Kings of Comedy
What Lies Beneath