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Dateline: Week Of January 15, 2000 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

Street fighting continues to rage for control of Grezny, the capital of Chehnya.

After a warrant was issued for his arrest, Michael Skakel, under suspicion from the start in the killing of Martha Moxley back in 1975, turns himself in. He’ll probably plead innocent. 

Ecuador’s political and economic troubles boil over into crisis as the military demands the resignation of President Jamil Mahuad and declares a three person government junta in charge.

Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl resigns as honorary chairman of the Christian democratic Union after a financing scandal. 

The Institute of Medicine concludes that dust mites can lead to the development of asthma in susceptible people.

Passing – Actress Hedy Lamarr. She was 86.


Technology News – January 15, 2000

Microsoft says its fourth-quarter profit surged 22% over the same period last year to $2.44 billion, citing strong worldwide demand for it products.

A 30-second television ad for the upcoming Super Bowl will cost $2 million. Lots of .com’s will be advertising this time – Ourbeginnings.com, Oxygen Media, Pets.com, HotJobs.com and Monster.com.


Music news – January 15, 2000

 So far, more than half-dozen major rap figures have been charged with violent crimes since hip-hop and rap became popular during the 1990’s. They include – Sean “Puffy” Combs, Ol’ dirty Bastard, Snoop Dogg, Marion Suge Knight, Jay Z and the late Tupac Shakur. The most recent – Jay-Z, was just arraigned on charges of stabbing a rap record executive in a New York nightclub.  

Year 2000 American Music Awards - News Update:

 Carlos Santana’s band won best-album for “Supernatural,” Shania Twain won for favorite pop-rock female artist and country female artist. Garth Brooks got favorite country male artist and favorite county album. Lauryn Hill got soul-rhythm and blues female artist and to soul-R&B album with “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” Will Smith won for pop-rock male artist. R. Kelly won for favorite male soul-R&B artist and DMX won for favorite rap/hip-hop artist. 


Television news – January 15, 2000

“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” wants contestants. Call 800 433-8321 to qualify.

The Howard Stern produced “Son of a Beach” debuts on FX in March.

David Letterman leaves the hospital – five days after undergoing successful cardiac by-pass surgery. Letterman (52) has a family history of heart disease.

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Jan. 12 appearance on Dave Letterman’s show, pushed the show to beat Jay Leno in the ratings.

HBO premieres Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” – a half-hour series based on David’s most recent HBO comedy special. Look for it this summer.

 The Sopranos open their second season on HBO to the largest audience in pay TV – 7.6 million people.


Top Movies – January 15, 2000

Next Friday

Stuart Little

The Hurricane

Girl, Interrupted

The Green Mile

Galaxy Quest


Toy Story 2

Any Given Sunday

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