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Dateline: Week Of January 8, 2001 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 

 

In The News

Facing a contentious Cabinet confirmation, attorney general nominee John Ashcroft is set to go into a Senate hearing this week.

Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards is sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined 4250,000 for extorting payoffs from businessmen applying for riverboat casino licenses.

Linda Chavez withdraws her nomination as Labor secretary after questions over whether she employed an illegal immigrant.

President Clinton dedicates a statue of the late President Franklin d. Roosevelt in his wheelchair – the first statue ever depicting a world leader using a wheelchair – at the entry to the FDR Memorial in Washington.

Interesting story – An attempt to save money on the costs of shipping a dead body, Janet Levine puts her dead mother in her car and drives from Colorado to Oregon so that she could be buried next to her husband. Transporting a body across state lines without a death certificate is illegal, but authorities said they would not press charges against Levine.

 Acclaimed racehorse “Affirmed” dies at 26. He was the 11th and most recent Triple Crown champ, which he did in 1978.

FedEx signs a seven-year shipping agreement valued at $7.2 billion with the U.S. Postal service.

Passing – Al Goss (82), credited for inventing the pager, walkie talkie and cordless phone.

Passing – William Hewlett of Hewlett/Packer fame. He was 87. He and David Packard founded the company with a combined capital of $538 back in 1938.

 

Technology News – January 8, 2001

Napster releases a new version of its software that includes an e-commerce link to CDNow, marking the first example of how the alliance between the media giant and the controversial music-swapping firm will make money.

At the Consumer electronics Show, Bill Gates unveils the Xbox game console and Ultimate TV, a set-top box that marries a TiVo-style digital video recorder with WebTV-style interactive television. Xbox, a sophisticated game system, trumps competing consoles in raw computing power and is seen by many as Microsoft’s best shot at breaking into the living rooms of consumers.  

 

Music news – January 8, 2001

Michael Jackson will join his brothers in making a Jackson 5 reunion album. It’s due out in July.

U2 will launch a U.S. arena tour in March.

At the American Music Awards – Faith Hill and Tim McGraw dominate with Hill winning 3 trophies and husband McGraw winning 1. Hill was named favorite female artist, favorite female country artist and “Breathe” was named best country album.  Creed was chosen favorite alternative music artist with their CD “Human Clay.” Other winners – Toni Braxton, Backstreet Boys, Destiny’s Child and The Dixie Chicks. The ceremony was hosted by Britney Spears and included a performance by Jennifer Lopez. 

 

Entertainment News – January 8, 2001

People’s Choice awards are handed out with Mel Gibson wining as favorite actor, Julia Roberts as favorite actress. 

 

Sports News – January 8, 2001

 David Cone leaves the Yankees for the Boston Red Sox. “He wants to beat the Yankees,” Boston General Manager Dan Duquette said. “Why else would he sign with the Red Sox?”

 

Television news – January 8, 2001

 E! recounts the unhappy life of Judy Garland on the channel’s “E! True Hollywood Story.”

CBS is adding a second “Survivor” – to premiere after the Superbowl January 28, and the network confirms it will add a third Survivor sometime in the future.

ABC is revamping “Millionaire” – It will now be designed to attract young viewers by placing members of groups such as the Dixie Chicks, Backsteet Boys and Metallica in the show’s hot seat. 

Time Warner agrees to sell the money losing World Championship Wrestling operation (WCW) to an investors’ group in preparation for an AOL deal. 

 Fox announces plans for “Los Luchadores,” a live-action Latino superhero series that will join Saturday mornings in February. 

Fox affiliate WRAZ-TV in Raleigh, NC drops Fox’s new reality series “Temptation Island” after learning one of the couples being enticed to break up on the show has a child.

 

Entertainment/Hollywood/Celebrity/Music News - January 8, 2001

Kim Basinger files for divorce from Alex Baldwin citing irreconcilable differences. They were married in 1993.

Britney Spears in movie – Britney  plans to make her feature acting debut in an untitled coming-of-age story described as “Boys on the Side” meets “Duets.”

Jason Priestley will serve five days this month at a correction center for a drunk-driving conviction received last year.

Ricky Martin is set to headline a George W. Bush pre-inauguration gala January 18.

Jay Leno signs to continue hosting “The Tonight Show” through the end of 2005.  Said Leno “The negotiations took 20 minutes… I said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it. Tack on as many years as you want.”

Legendary ABC broadcaster Jim McKay will work for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City for NBC. McKay will work in the studio alongside NBC host Bob

Costas. He will do the sort of “up close and personal’ features that ABC pioneered and that have become a staple of NBC’s Olympic coverage.

 

Friday Night TV listings/TV Guide- week of January 8, 2001

 CBS – The Fugitive, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Nash Bridges, The Late Show W/David Lettermen

NBC – Providence, Dateline NBC, Law & Order: SVU, Tonight Show w/Jay Leno

ABC – Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Two Guys, Norm, 20/20, Nightline

Fox – Police Videos, Freaky Links

UPN – Gary & Mike, Deathmatch, Cheating Spouses Caught On Tape

WB – Sabrina, Sabrina, Popstars

PBS – Washington Week in Review, Wall Street Week, Legacy of Harry T. Moore.

 

CSI – Grissom and Willows hunt a highway serial killer.

 Law & Order: SVU – A world-renowned gymnastics coach is a suspect in the death of a student.

20/20 - An interview with Linda Tripp is featured

 David Lettermen – Christine Baranski is featured.

Jay Leno – Catherine Zeta-Jones and Ryan Phillippe 

 

Top TV shows/ratings – January 8, 2001

ER – 30.41

Orange Bowl – 27.24

Friends – 24.37

Will & Grace – 20.36

Millionaire – 20.25

Sugar Bowl – 19.78

Millionaire (Thursday) – 19.21

The Practice – 18.94

The Simpsons – 18.52

Fiesta Bowl – 17.47

60 Minutes – 17.40

 

Top music albums – January 8, 2001

The Beatles

Now 5 – Various artists

Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water – Limp Bizkit

Tha Last Meal – Snoop Dog

Stankonia – Outkast

Human Clay – Creed

Country Grammar – Nelly

Black & Blue – Backstreet Boys

Lovers rock – Sade

Greatest Hits – Lenny Kravitz

Restless – Xzbit

 

Hot videos on MTV – January 8, 2001

Rollin’ – Limp Bbizkit

Stronger – Britney Spears

Love Don’t Cost A Thing – Jennifer Lopez

She Bangs – Ricky Martin

South Side – Moby

He Loves U Not – Dream

Independent Women Part 1 – Destiny’s Child

It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy

X – Xzibit

Ms. Jackson - Outkast

 

Top Pop Hits – January 8, 2001

With Arms Wide Open – Creed

It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy

If You’re Gone – Matchbox Twenty

Independent Women Part 1 – Destiny’s Child

Again – Lenny Kravitz

Case of the ex – Mya

He Loves U Not – Dream

This I Promise You – ‘N Sync

Most Girls – Pink

Crazy For This Girl – Evan and Joron

Love Don’t Cost A Thing – Jennifer Lopez

Don’t Tell Me – Madonna

Gotta Tell You – Samantha Mumba

 

Top Country Music Hits – January 8, 2001

My Next thirty Years – Tim McGraw

Born To Fly – Sara Evans

Without You – Dixie Chicks

Tell Her – Lonestar

Burn – Jo Dee Messina

I Lost It – Kenny Chesney

There Is No Arizona – Jamie O’Neal

WWW.Memory - Alan Jackson

Best of Intentions – Travis Tritt

Wild Horses – Garth Brooks

But For The Grace of God – Keith Urban

Just Another Day In Paradise – Phil Vassar

 

Top video sales – January 8, 2001

Chicken Run

Toy Story 2

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Fantasia 2000

X-Men

Playboy’s 2001 Playmate Video Calander

Mary-Kate & Ashley: Our Lips Are Sealed

The Perfect storm

American Beauty

‘N Sync Live At Madison Square Garden

 

Top music hits in Britain – January 8, 2001

Can We Fix It – Bob the Builder

Star – Eminem featuring dido

Never Had A Dream Come True – S Club 7

What Makes A Man- Westlife

Can’t Fight the Moonlight – Leann Rimes

Independent Woman part 1 – Destiny’s Child

Who Let The Dogs Out – Baha Men

Stonger – Britney Spears

Operation Blade (Bass in the Place) – Public Doman

Supreme – Robbie Williams

 

Top Hip Hop Music – January 8, 2001

Ms. Jackson – Outkast

I Just wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me) – Jay-Z

I Wish – R. Kelly

My First Love – Avant Featuring Ketara Wyatt

Danger (Been So Long) – Mystikal featuring Nivea

One Woman Man – Dave Hollister

Just Friends (Sunny) – Musiq

Emotional – Carl Thomas

Bow Wow – (That’s My Name) – Lil Bow Wow

Mamacia – Public Announcement

 

Top Movies – January 8, 2001

Cast Away

What Woman Want

Traffic

Miss Congeniality

The Family Man

The Emperor’s New Groove

Vertical Limit

Dracula 2000

Dude, Where’s My Car?

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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