Dateline: Week Of July 22, 2001 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
In Italy – President Bush and Vladimir Putin agree to expand their missile defense talks to include offensive and defensive nuclear weapons.
Over 180 nations adopt the Kyoto protocol to fight global warming. Cutting greenhouse is the name of the game. This despite President Bush’s rejection of the accord.
Beijing releases two U.S.-based Chinese scholars convicted of spying for Taiwan. They were sentenced to ten years in prison. They are Sociologist Gao Shan and Qin Guangguang.
Miami - Nathaniel Brazill – the 14-year-old boy convicted of murdering his favorite teacher by shooting him in the head, is given 28 years in prison.
In Moscow – National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice meets with Russian President Vladimir V. Putin and they discussed how long strategic arms talks might last.
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein “is still a menace” a decade after the Persian gulf war, President Bush said following a close attempt by Baghdad’s military to shoot down a U.S. U-2 spy plane. “We’re going to keep the pressure on Iraq,” said the President.
Brushfires near Jackson, Wyoming forces the evacuation of hundreds of residents.
Secretary of State Colin Powell is in China and meets with Beijing leaders.
Treasury officials say the economic slowdown, coupled with tax rebate checks will force the government to borrow $51 billion by September.
National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice on CNN’s “Late Edition” said that the Bush administration has not set a deadline for completing its polity for combating global warming.
Big Boy Restaurants are switching to Pepsi after 65 years with Coke. Oh well! It had to do with an interesting proposal from Pepsi. Big Boy has 170 locations.
The wheel of an amusement park ride sheered off its axle and crashed to the ground at Michigan’s Adventure Amusement park, injuring two dozen people and leaving some riders stranded for hours on the “Chaos” ride.
Florida governor? - Former U.S. Atty. Gen. Janet Reno, still weighing whether she’ll run for governor, says she considers it important to improve the image of politics.
Economic growth slows to its weakest in 8 years – to a .7% annual rate this spring.
Spreading - The West Nile virus has spread to the Southeast – Florida and Georgia. It began its trek from New York City – where it was discovered in 1999.
Media News - July 22, 2001
Fox’s acquisition of Chris-Craft is approved by federal regulators – and it’ll make Fox television group the most powerful in the nation.
Walt Disney Co. announces that it is buying Fox Family Worldwide from News Corp for $3 billion in cash.
Sports News – July 22, 2001
David Duval wins the British open and in second place – Niclas Fasth.
Technology News – July 22, 2001
XM Satellite Radio will begin service on September 12. It’ll launch a $100 million advertising campaign on August 10.
Lucent Technologies posts a $3.25 billion third quarter loss and will cut some 20,000 jobs.
Technology News - July 22, 2001
Microsoft Corp. says it will require computer makers who put an AOL icon on the desktop of the upcoming Windows XP operating system to include its MSN service as well.
Music News – July 22, 2001
On VH1 – “Bon Jovi: One Last Wild Night” – it’s the band at Giant’s Stadium.
Madonna will star in her husband’s next movie - - a remake of the 195 Italian love story, “Swept Away.
Philadelphia - Madonna opens her first major North American tour in 11 years! It’s called the “Drowned World” tour.
R. Kelly’s TP-2.com tour.
Now that the Napster thing is behind them, look for Yahoo, AOL, RealNetworks, MSN and others, to launch subscription music services backed by or owned by music labels. On-line music is here!
Top Music Albums – July 22, 2001
Songs in A Minor – Alicia Keys
Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey – Kurupt
The Saga Continues – P. Diddy
Devil’s Night – D12
Broken Silence – Foxy Brown
Lil’ Romeo – Lil’ Romeo
Personal Business – Bad Azz
Survivor – Destiny’s Child
Take Off Your Pants & Jacket – Blink 182
Television News – July 22, 2001
TLC presents “Diana: Story of a Princess” – a documentary that begins this week.
Keith Olberman, still out of work – guest hosts on CNN’s “Greenfield at Large” this week.
Passing – Frances R. Horwich – created early TV’s “Ding Dong School.” She was 94.
Nickelodeon declares “SpongeBob Summer” and will run the cartoon in prime time.
“King of Queens” star Kevin James returns to his stand-up comedy roots with a Comedy Central special this week.
ER is losing actor Eriq La Salle. He plays Dr. Peter Benton and joins actor Anthony Edwards who left earlier this year.
Top Movies – July 22, 2001
Jurassic Park III
Cats & Dogs
The Fast and the Furious
Scary Movie 2
Dr. Dolittle 2
Kiss of the Dragon.