Dateline: Week Of July 8, 2001 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
President Bush tours New York – attending a ceremony at Ellis Island and a gathering at St. Patrick’s Cathedral honoring the late Cardinal John O’Connor.
The House votes to make it legal to purchase prescription drugs from foreign countries by Internet or mail.
Threat to U.S. - Investigators from the international community say there is evidence of a North African terrorist network that loosely tied with Islamic militant Osama bin laden.
Chile - Gen. Augusto Pinochet cannot be tried on human rights charges because of his deteriorating health and mental condition, a divided court rules – brining the former dictator’s legal troubles to an end.
It’s announced that Maureen Reagan, daughter of former President Ronald Reagan and actress Jane Wyman has malignant melanoma that has spread to her brain.
A bill aimed at reducing the influence of big money (campaign finance laws) – is now shaky because of House feuding.
Hundreds of mourners fall silent as Germany’s former Chancellor Helmut kohl shook holy water into his wife’s coffin to bid her farewell.
Tony Stewart avoids suspension when NASCAR fined him $10,000 and extended his probation through the end of the season for separate blowups with a Winston Cup official and a reporter after the Pepsi 400.
A federal judge orders Napster not to resume operations until it can prove that it is not violating music industry copyrights.
A team of Virginia fertility researchers report that it created human embryos for the specific purpose of disassembling them to obtain the valuable stem cells inside.
Police search rep. Gary Condit’s Washington D.C. home to look for clues in the death of Chandra Levy.
Sports News – July 8, 2001
The NFL partners with AOL, CBS and Sportsline.com to offer games online in a five-year deal. Sportsline.com will operate various league Web sites such as NFL.com and SuperBowl.com.
For the first time ever, China will host the Olympic games as it is chosen by the International Olympic Committee to host the 2008 Summer Games.
Venus Williams wins her second consecutive Wimbledon singles title.
Technology News – July 8, 2001
Yahoo Inc announces earnings that beat analyst’s expectations – revenue of 1 cent per share or $182 million.
Compaq Computer Corp says it will fire 4,000 more workers and its second-quarter revenue will fall 9% from the first three months. That means the firm has cut some 8,500 this year.
Radio News – July 8, 2001
Paul Harvey is set to have outpatient surgery later this month at the Mayo Clinic and he’ll be out for most of the summer. Harvey signed a 10-year, $100-million contract with ABC radio last November to continue his news and commentary program.
Music News – July 8, 2001
Four Backstreet Boys appear on NBC’s “Today: show to talk about member A.J. McLean’s 30-day alcohol treatment program, citing their responsibility as role models. Earlier, they had canceled their U.S. tour, announcing the news on MTV’s “Total Request Video” with Carson Daly.
Jennifer Lopez says she’s not racist because she used the “n” word in her song “I’m Real.”
Hollywood - Shots ring out in a club where Wu-tang Clan performed. One is dead and three are hurt.
Concert business is down 12% so far this year. The top grosser so far are U2 with $69 million, Elton John and Billy Joel - $57.2 and the Backstreet Boys with $51.6 million. The Backstreet Boys and Dave Matthews are #4 and 5.
Top Pop Hits – July 8, 2001
U Remind Me – Usher
There She Goes – Babyface
She’s All I Got – Jimmy Cozler
Purple Pills – D12
Fill Me In – Craig David
Mis California – Dante Thomas
Hit Em Up Style (Oops) – Blue Cantrell
I Wanna Be Bad – Willa Ford
Television News – July 8, 2001
CBS decides to charge for viewers to voyeur into the “Big Brother 2” website for updates.
“Road Rules” begins its 10th season on MTV.
Top Movies – July 8, 2001
Cats & Dogs
Scary Movie 2
Kiss of the Dragon
The Fast and the Furious
Dr. Dolittle 2
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Atlantis: The Lost Empire