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


In The News

President Bush orders warplanes to strike five air defense sites on the outskirts of Baghdad. It’s clearly a signal he expects Saddam Hussein to abide by the Gulf war accord.

President Bush says he would ask Congress to triple spending for an elementary school reading program next year.

The U.S. charges Robert Philip Hanseen – a veteran FBI counterintelligence agent on charges of spying for Moscow for the last 15 years. The FBI is calling it one of the most damaging espionage cases in U.S. history.


Technology News – February 15, 2001

Attempting to settle lawsuits from the record industry, Napster offers to pay record companies $1 billion over five years for the right to include their music in a new fee based song-swapping service.  


Entertainment News – February 15, 2001

Advertising – Coca-Cola Co. will be Warner Bros’ promotional partner for the upcoming movie “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” The ad campaign will include the placement of Harry Potter-related images on Coca-Cola, Minute Maid and Hi-C packaging, but won’t extend to product placement in the movie.


Sports News – February 15, 2001

Dale Earnhardt Dies

Shocker as Dale Earnhardt (49) – who is called America’s greatest stock car racer is killed on the final turn of the last lap of the Daytona 500 when his Chevrolet Monte Carlo crashed almost head-on into a concrete retaining wall at Daytona. He was 49 and a seven-time Winston Cup champ and winner of the 1998 Daytona 500. He was racing for third position on the fourth turn when his car was tapped in the rear by Sterling Marlin’s Dodge.


Music news – February 15, 2001

It’s confirmed – Sean “Puffy” Combs breaks-up with Jennifer Lopez.


Television news – February 15, 2001

Rick Rockwell and Darva Conger – who were made infamous on Fox’  “Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?” make their first post honeymoon appearance on Larry King’s CNN program.

Getting attention – A Sci-Fi Channel original  “Black Scorpion” as our superhero is a female!. It was co-created by B-movie king Roger Corman. 

Jon Stewart of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” will host the 43rd annual Grammy Awards next Wednesday over CBS-TV.

 “Barbara Streisand: Timeless” – billed as her last TV concert – drew 8.8 million viewers to Fox-TV.

Thursday night television listings/TV Guide – week of February 15, 2001

CBS – Survivor: The Australian Outback, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 48 Hours, Late Show

NBC – Friends, Friends Outtakes, Will & Grace, Just Shoot Me, ER, Tonight, Conan O’Brien

ABC – Whose Line is It Anyway? Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Prime Time Thursday, Nightline

Fox – World’s Most Incredible Animal Rescues, Conspiracy Theory-Did We Land on the Moon?

UPN – WWF Smackdown

WB – Gilmore Girls, Charmed

PBS – Mystery!, Charlie Rose


WWF Smackdown – Michael Cole and Jerry (The King) Lawler are at ringside.

On the  Late Show – Rapper Nelly performs.

On the Tonight Show – Keanu Reeves joins Jay Leno.   


Top 5 DVD Rentals – February 15, 2001

What Lies Beneath

Me, Myself and Irene

Coyote Ugly

Disney’s the Kid

Hollow Men


Top Movies – February 15, 2001


Down to earth

Recess: School’s Out

Sweet November

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon


The Wedding Planner


Cast Away

Saving Silverman

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