Dateline: Week Of November 15, 2001 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Afghanistan - The Bush administration urges the opposition force to yield to the United Nations and install a broad-based government representing the country’s ethnic groups.
First step - Four Afghan factions agree to meet with United Nations mediators in Berlin next week.
A U.S. air attack is believed to have killed Osama bin Laden confidant Mohammed Atef – the top military strategist in the al Qaeda terrorist network.
No deal with Taliban forces – as Northern Alliance forces demands that troops in Kunduz surrender.
The FDA makes an about-face and approves a gel that promises less internal scarring for women undergoing certain surgeries.
The CIA believes Bin Laden is still on the run in the rugged reaches of southern Afghanistan, and fear he may try to flee the country before he can be captured or killed.
Cairo - Egyptian men wept and screamed inside a courtroom cage as a judge sentenced 23 of them to jail terms of one to five years for gay sex in a trial denounced by human rights groups as persecution of homosexuals.
The British government releases what it said is further proof of Bin Laden’s guilt in the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S.
The Transportation Department announces plans to conduct an undercover operation in the next week to ensure tight security measures are in place by the Thanksgiving travel period. Citing “alarming lapses in the nation’s air transportation system."
Phillips Petroleum and Conoco announce a $15.2-billion all stock merger that would create the nation’s third-largest energy company.
Vladmir V. Putin appears on National Public Radio for an hour of talking. He showed his dry wit and thanked Texans for the reception he received there. He took questions from Americans. So far, Putin and Bush have not been able to agree on the question of missile reduction and defense. Putin said the ever-warming relationship between them and their countries will lead to an agreement.
Capitol Hill Mail - A new letter which may contain anthrax is addressed to Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont is discovered.
Technology News – November 15, 2001
Video games sales surged 34%over the first nine months of this year. The best-selling games are Pokemon Crystal, Gran Turismo 3: A Spec, Pokemon Solver, Super Mario Advance, Pokemon Stadium 2, Pokemon Gold.
Nintendo enters the three-way fight for game dominance with its GameCube console.
But wait, Microsoft debuts its Xbox console!
Radio News – November 15, 2001
Totally deaf for the past three weeks, Rush Limbaugh says he expects t get a cochlear implant for his left ear, and if that works, he may be able to hear again in January.
Music News – November 15, 2001
Garth Brooks Coast to Coast Live – Live from the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise!. Garth performs for the returning crew and their families. Hear all your favorites plus songs from his new CD: “Scarecrow.” On CBS-TV.
Michael Jackson tells Rolling Stone he plans to co-direct a movie with Bryan Michael Steller.
An appeals court orders Phil Spector to pay about $3 million to the Ronettes (Estelle, Nedra and Ronnie). Industry custom requires that Spector, who kept the rights to all Ronettes recordings, pay a 50% royalty to the artists which the producer failed to do.
Jennifer Lopez appears on Jay Leno’s show this week.
Don’t miss Britney Spears Live From Las Vegas! This week on HBO.
On “Saturday Night Live” – Billy Bob Thornton with musical guest Creed.
Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – November 15, 2001
ER – 27.37
Friends – 25.54
Michael Jackson’s 30th Anniversary (CBS) – 25.73
CSI – 25.1
Everybody Loves Raymond – 21.99
Law & Order – 20.42
The West Wing – 19.89
Survivor: Africa – 19.71
Frasier 9:30p – 9.28
Frasier – 19.27
Becker – 17.47
Scrubbs – 17.24
JAG – 17.11
Will & Grace – 18.59
Monday Night Football – 15.80
The Practice – 15.62
King of Queens – 14.84
Law & Order: SVU – 14.51
The Simpsons – 14.44
Just Shoot Me – 14.26
Top Movies – November 15, 2001
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (does an astounding $93.5 million in business this – the first week).
Life as a House