Dateline: Week Of March 8, 2001 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
The House approves President Bush’s across-the-board income tax cut.
President Bush says he will not begin regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants because the action could make energy prices go up.
F/A-18 Hornet - A navy warplane on exercises in Kuwait, accidentally dropped a bomb on a group of military observers – killing five U.S. troops – plus a New Zealander.
Vice President Dick Cheney says he plans to serve out his term despite his heart problems and expressed nonchalance about the 40% chance he’ll need a repeat of the artery-opening surgery he underwent a few days ago.
In Florida – 14-year-old Lionel Tate – who said he was imitating his pro wrestling heroes when he killed a playmate, is sentenced to life in prison without parole.
The captain of the nuclear submarine Greeneville was to blame for its collision with a Japanese fishing boat that killed nine people because he spent too little time searching the surface with a periscope, a top U.S. navy submarine officials testified this week.
PLO President Yasser Arafat calls for Israel’s new government to resume talks – but so far, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has turned down the request.
O.J. Simpson asks the California Supreme Court to overturn the $33.5-million wrongful-death civil judgment against him.
The Dow plunges 436 points.
Pope John Paul II beatifies hundreds of priests, nuns and others – who died in the Spanish Civil War.
Technology News – March 8, 2001
More copyright infringement lawsuits against Napster are in play with Emmusic.com as well as the producer of the Grammys show filing this week.
Sports News – March 8, 2001
New England Patriot QB Drew Bledsoe signs the biggest contract in NFL history – a 10-year $103 million deal.
Legendary QB Troy Aikman is history as the Cowboys waive him this week. They don’t want to pay the $7 million. Aikman is a three Super Bowl champ QB.
Music News – March 8, 2001
Usher says that Napster has forced him to scrap much of his new album. He said all the songs on Napster have been dropped and he’s starting over.
Janet Jackson is back. She’s on mtvicon and is the artist of the month on sister VH1. She has a new single “All for You” that’ll probably be a huge hit.
Radio News – March 8, 2001
Snoop Dogg has a syndicated radio show.
Giant Clear Channel now wants to go after record promo money – and hopes to generate more than $20 million annually by selling advertising packages, research and airplay data to labels whose songs are played on its stations. Clear Channel will sell ads to labels that would air right after a song is played. But – the song must be a hit.
Television News – March 8, 2001
Pax-TV has its biggest ratings with the debut of “Doc,” with Billy Ray Cyrus.
On “Saturday Night Live” – Conan O’Brien hosts with musical guest Don Henley.
A special “SpongeBob” cartoon airs – with live-action segments with Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob. Look for “Patchy the Pirate.” Viewers will decide how the half-hour will end by voting for three possible endings.
Top Movies – March 8, 2001
The Wedding Planner
Down to Earth.