Dateline: Week Of August 1, 2001 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
The House approves a sweeping ban on human cloning.
President Bush swings into vacation mode in Texas and went fishing in his band and took a stroll at his ranch. The President can celebrate back-to back legislative successes on energy and patients’ rights.
Bill Clinton gets $millions for a book he’s about to write – a candid book. Some say the deal is for $12 million.
The House votes to permit oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as part of a comprehensive energy bill.
Tropical storm Barry stalled in the Gulf of Mexico, but could hit Alabama or the Florida Panhandle.
Vice President Dick Cheney writes to Congress refusing to turn over documents detailing deliberations on President Bush’s energy policy Doing so would “unconstitutionally interfere” with the White House duties he said.
A packed commuter train rear-ended another on the elevated tracks during morning rush hour near the downtown loop, sending more than 140 people to hospitals and stranding thousands of commuters for hours.
Unemployment held steady at 4.5%. Spendng rose .4% but consumer confidence fell.
Bosnia-Herzegovina - Muslim Croat federation police have arrested three Muslim former army officers indicted by a U.N. war crimes tribunal for alleged atrocities during the 3 ½-year Bosnian war. They are Mehmed Alagic and Enver Hadzihasanovic, both former generals and senior Officer Amir Kuburua. Also, Radislav Krstic – a former Bosnian Serb general is found guilty of genocide in the Srebrenica massacre of more than 7,000 Muslims six years ago.
Sports News – August 1, 2001
Passing – Korey Stringer – of the Minnesota Vikings, dies at training camp. He was 27. The temperature was 110 degrees.
Bill Simpson, the center of controversy after Dale Earnhardt’s death – resigns as head of the company that manufactured Earnhardt’s safety belts.
Terry Glenn of the New England patriots is suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Technology News – August 1, 2001
Computer virus Code Red II is out and moves faster than Code Red. Instead of just defacing Web sites and attempting to spread itself, the new worm leaves a back door open on infected computers.
Net Zero says it will scale back the amount of free Internet service it offers to customers and begin charging those who live in outlying areas.
Priceline reports its first profit – with second-quarter net income at $111.7 million.
Music News – August 1, 2001
Bassist Bill Wyman, who quit the Rolling Stones back in 1992, says this is the best time of his life. He’s writing books and touring with the Rhythm Kings. He says he’s never regretted his decision.
Concert promoters don’t like that Clear Channel is also in the concert business and can cross promote concerts with its radio stations – and other promoters are getting a squeeze play.
Marion “Suge” Knight is out of prison after five years. The Death Row Records founder says he’s stress free and is not bitter. He went in back in 1996 after a judge said he had violated his probation by kicking a man during a scuffle in Las Vegas.
Eminem’s group D12 is kicked off the Warped Tour after clashing with other rappers in Camden, NJ.
Carson Daley hosts MTV’s 20th anniversary special. Mary J. Blige, Billy Idol, TLC, Method Man, Run-DMC and Jane’s addiction will perform.
Television News – August 1, 2001
Mother and daughter swap identities for a day on MTV’s “Flipped.”
The disappearance of Chandra Levy has boosted ratings at CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.
CNN Headline news now uses “Real News. Real Fast” and, beginning this week, will update stories 15 minutes instead of 30 minutes.
Passing – Actor Christopher Hewitt – best known as “Mr. Belvedere.” He was 80.
Top Movies – August 1, 2001
Rush Hour 2
Planet of the Apes
The Princess Diaries
Jurassic Park III
Cats & Dogs.