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Dateline: Week Of December 8, 2000 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

The Florida Supreme Court throws the election into another turmoil and orders a statewide recount of selected ballots. George Bush leads by 154 votes. Bush moved to block the decision, asking the Supreme Court for a temporary delay in the recount until an appeal could be filed. 

Calling a halt to the counting of Florida’s disputed votes - A divided U.S. Supreme Court clears the way for Texas Gov. George W. Bush to become the nation’s 43rd president, overturning a Florida Supreme Court decision allowing the hand tabulations sought by Vice President Gore.


George Bush Is Named President Of The United States


 After 36 days – the wait is over as George Bush is named the next President of the United States. Bush said, “Our nation must rise above a house divided.”

Vice President-elect Dick Cheney begins pushing a start to George Bush’s agenda of cutting taxes, shoring up the military, reforming Social Security and improving education.


Business/Economy News – December 8, 2000

Michael Milken – who went to prison for stock fraud and since his release has become known as a philanthropist, asks President Clinton to pardon him.

Unemployment rises slightly to 4%. 


Technology News – December 8, 2000  

RealNetworks – a leading provider of software for delivering audio and video over the Internet, is expected to release upgrades that will improve the reliability and quality of Web broadcasts. “RealSystem IQ” will allow webcasters to reach larger audiences by increasing the number of viewers who can connect to each server while enabling multiple networks of servers to deliver the same feed. 


Sports News – December 8, 2000

The Texas Rangers sign Seattle shortstop Alex Rodriquez to the largest contact in the history of pro-sports - $252 million over 10 years. 


Entertainment news – December 8, 2000

Passing – Actor George Montgomery. He was 84.

More trouble as actor Robert Downey Jr. is charged with felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of the prescription depressant diazepam (Valium) and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Madonna will marry British actor Guy Ritchie in Scotland on December 22.


Music news- December 8, 2000 

Hundreds of John Lennon devotees make their annual pilgrimage to Central Park to sing and reminisce about him some 20 years after his death.


Television news – December 8, 2000

The Fox Family Channel orders 26 episodes of a new Mary-Kate and Ashley comedy to debut this summer. The series is still unnamed.

 Passing- Actor Werner Klemperer – best-known for portraying Col. Klink on “Hogan’s Heroes.” He was 80. 

NBC cancels the late night talkshow “”Later” which was once hosted by Bob Costas.

NBC cancels “The Michael Richards Show.”

ABC is adding another reality-based gameshow – “The Mole.” It’ll run for nine weeks.

Wednesday night television listings/TV Guide – December 8, 2000

CBS – JAG, 60 Minutes II, Judging Amy, Late Show

NBC – Michael Richards, 3rd Rock, Frasier, DAG, Dateline NBC, Tonight, Conan O’Brien

ABC – Millionaire, Dharma & Greg, Geena Davis, Once and Again, Nightline

Fox – That 70’s Show, Titus, dark Angle

WB – Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angle

UPN – Movie

HBO – Curb Your Enthusiasm


Judging Amy – Donna has her baby in the living room. 

Late Show – Bobby Labonte joins Dave.

Tonight show – Ricky Martin and Greg Kinnear join Jay.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – December 8, 2000

ER – 28.08

Friends – 21.08

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire on Wednesday – 20.94

Millionaire on Tuesday – 20.66

The Practice – 20.00

 Millionaire on Sunday – 19.67

Just Shoot Me – 19.46

Millionaire on Thursday – 19.09

Will & Grace – 18.07

Malcolm in the Middle – 16.92

The Simpsons – 16.84

Everybody Loves Raymond – 16.79

Frasier – 16.37

60 Minutes – 16.22

Movie-The Runaway – 16.20

Touched by an Angel – 15.87


Top Movies – December 8, 2000

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Vertical Limit

Proof of Life


Dungeons & Dragons

102 Dalmatians

Rugrats in Paris

Meet the Parents

Charlie’s Angels


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