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Dateline: Week Of January 15, 2001 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

California electric crisis – as rolling blackouts keep happening, president-elect Bush rejects price gaps sought by Gov. Gray Davis. Deregulation of electrical power is killing the state. California paid as much as $800 per megawatt hour compared with $30 a year ago. Some $400 million of overpayments or excessive charges may never be recovered. Southern California Edison says it may soon be in default.

Dynegy Inc of Houston says it will haul Southern California Edison and PG&E into court if it isn’t paid its high rates for electricity sold to the two utilities.  

President Clinton strikes a deal ensuring he will not be criminally prosecuted for making false statements about his affair with Monica Lewinsky.  He agreed to give up his Arkansas law license for five years and pay a #25,000 fine to resolve the scandal.

Final duties – President Clinton grants pardons to 140 Americans including Patricia Hearst and Susan McDougal. Michael Milken, who requested a pardon, didn’t get one.

Boarding a jet at Andrews Air Force Base, Bill Clinton told the crowd, “You gave me the ride of y life and I tried to give as good as I got.”

George W. Bush takes office as the 43rd president of the United States. He called on Republicans and Democrats to join in “civility, courage and compassion” to relieve poverty, improve education and build a new sense of community.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson admits that he had fathered a daughter out of wedlock. In a statement, Jackson says he takes full responsibility for the child and has been supporting her. “I am father to a daughter who was born outside of my marriage,” “This is no time for evasions, denials or alibis. I fully accept responsibility and I am truly sorry for my actions.”

The dollar rallies against the yen – up to 119 yen – its best in over a year.


Sports News – January 15, 2001

David Winfield and Kirby Puckett – former Minnesota Twins, are elected into baseball’s hall of fame.

Former NFL Carolina Panther player Rae Carruth is acquitted of first-degree murder, but convicted on three lesser chargers in the shooting of his regnant girlfriend.


Technology News – January 15, 2001

IBM has a 28% jump in fourth-quarter profits and gives an optimistic sales forecast for 2001. 

Intel says it will buy Xircom – a maker of notebook computer communications devices for $748 million.

 Money-losing health website Drkoop.com is laying-off 45 employees.


Entertainment news – January 15, 2001

Jennifer Lopez releases the album “J.Lo,” her follow-up to “On the 6” – her 199 debut album.  Seems that fans want to hear about her boyfriend Sean “Puffy” Combs.

58th annual Golden Globe awards – some winners

Movies - drama best actor – Tom Hanks for “Cast Away.”

Drama best actress – Julia Roberts for “Erin Brockovich.”

Comedy best actor – George Clooney for “O Brother Where Art Thou?”

Comedy best actress – Renee Zellweger for “Nurse Betty.”

Television – Best drama series – “West Wing.”

Best actor – Martin Sheen – “West Wing.”

 Best actress – Sela Ward – Once and Again

Best comedy series – “Sex and the City.”

Best actor – Kelsey Grammer – “Frasier’

Best actress – Sarah Jessica Parker – “Sex and the City.”


Top TV Shows/Ratings – January 15, 2001

ER – 28.35

Friends – 22.86

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire on Wednesday – 20.85

The practice – 20.62

Millionaire on Sunday – 20.44

Law & Order – 20.34

Everybody Loves Raymond – 20.27

Will & Grace – 19.86

Millionaire on Thursday – 18.10

Frasier – 18.10

Just Shoot Me -  18.01

West Wing – 17.86

CSI – 17.49

60 Minutes – 17.44

Becker – 17.09

NYPD Blue – 16.41

Three Sisters – 16.31


Television news – January 15, 2001

 You didn’t know she was pregnant all along – but Frasier’s Jane Leeves  just had a baby girl. Because of the romance between her and Niles, producers hid her pregnancy on the show by standing behind furniture and wearing large coats and joking about her weight gain.

CNN says it lay off nearly 10% of its 4,350 employees in a cost-cutting effort. The network is axing “CNN Newsstand” a newsmagazine show launched in 1998.


Top Pop Hits – January 15, 2001

Stutter – Joe

Stronger – Britney Spears

SouthSide – Moby

So In Love With Two – Makalia

Liquid Dreams – O-Town

Mamacita – Public Annoucement

Dance With Me – Debelah Morgan

Independent Woman Pt. 1 -  Destiny’s Child

Case of the Ex – Mya


Top music albums – January 15, 2001

Hotshot – Shaggy

1 – The Beatles

Lover’s Rock – Sade

Human Clay – Creed

Now That’s What I Call Music 5 – Various artists

Greatest Hits – Lenny Kravitz

Chocolate Starfish – Limp Bizkit

The Last Meal – Snoop Dogg

No Angel - Dido


Music news – January 15, 2001

Jason Newsted, the bassist for Metallica for 14 years is leaving the band. He cites private and personal reasons. 

They’re back – Guns ‘n Roses played to more than 200,000 fans in Rio de Janeiro. They haven’t done live shows for seven years.

Only on MTV – Ricky Martin and Christina Aguilera “Nobody Wants to Be Lonely.”

Released this week – Bruce Springsteen: Video Anthology 1978-2000,” a collection of all 18 of his music videos and 15 previously unreleased performances. The Beastie Boys have one coming out next month.


Top Movies – January 15, 2001

Save the Last Dance

Cast Away


Double Take

What Women Want

Thirteen Days

Finding Forrester

Miss Congeniality

CrouchingTiger: Hidden Dragon

The Emperor’s New Groove

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