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


In The News

The Supreme Court says no to medical marijuana use.

President Bush hits the road to promote a sweeping energy policy that calls for aggressive development of fossil fuels and nuclear power. Bush says the plan would yield an array of “abundant and affordable and reliable” energy sources for decades to come.

Israeli F-16 planes hit targets in three Palestinian cities in retaliation for a suicide bombing at a crowded Israeli shopping mall that claimed six lives and wounded more than 100.

Arab leaders meeting in Cairo call for an end to all political contacts with Israel.

Jenna Bush – 19-year-old daughter of the President, is ordered to pay $51.25 in court costs, serve eight hours of community service and attend six hours of classes. She plead no contest to a charge of being minor in possession of alcohol. 


Some best-selling books – May 15, 2001

Sheba – Nicholas Clapp

Napalm and Silly Putty – George Carlin

I’m The One That I Want – Margaret Cho Sho

Seabiscuit – Laura Lillenbrand

Back When We Were Grownups – Anne Tyler

Death in Holy Orders – P.D. James

Silent Joe – T. Jefferson Parker

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon


Business News – May 15, 2001

Ford says it will replace more than 10 million Firestone tires that were not covered in last year’s massive tire recall. The 15 and 16-inch Wilderness AT tires were sold on sport utility-vehicles such as the Explorer, Expedition, Mercury Mountaineer and the discontinued Ford Bronco.


Technology News  - May 15, 2001

Compaq and IBM introduce laptop computers with built-in wireless access. Both will configure with antennas using the standard known as 802.11b or Wi-Fi, which allows wireless access wither within a building set up for the system or in public areas with the same equipment. 

Apple Computer Inc says it will open 25 retail stores this year – its first attempt at neighborhood computer shops.

Cisco Systems announces that it has new equipment that can support a new system that can expand the 4.2 billion potential Internet “addresses available today by several orders of magnitude. Urgency is needed. Experts say fewer than 1 billion usable Internet addresses are now left for assignment and the supply could be exhausted in a few years.

Vivendi Universal agrees to buy mp3.com for $372 million.


 Sports News – May 15, 2001

 The XFL pro-football league folds after a season. NBC and partner - World Wrestling Federation, will lose some $70 million.


Television news – May 15, 2001

Former “NYPD” Blue star Andrea Thompson will join CNN as an anchor. She’ll begin duties this summer.

Walker, Texas Ranger ends its nine seasons this week.

Trekkies – stand by for more. “Enterprise” – the fifth in the Star Trek franchise, will debut on UPN this fall. It’s set in the 22nd century, after the invention of the warp drive and 100 years prior to the voyages of the original Star Ship Enterprise.

Pax network unveils a new series “The Ponderosa” – a drama billed as a prequel to the classic western “Bonanza.” Should start in the fall.   

Lynn Russell (54) of CNN Headline News, calls it quits after 18 years. She says she wants to spend more time to write and be with her boyfriend, who’s recovering from cancer surgery.

CBS cancels “Nash Bridges,” “Diagnosis Murder” and its Wednesday night movie.

On MTV this week – “True Life: Camp Scott Lock-Up – a one-hour documentary exploring a court-ordered boot camp for wayward females.

Keith Olbermann is leaving Fox and Fox Sports Net after some 2 ½ years.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – May 15, 2001

ER – 23.17

The Practice – 21.02

CSI – 18.9

Law & Order – 18.82

Everybody Loves Raymond – 18.34

Millionaire (Sun) – 17.77

Friends – 17.23

Millionaire (Tue) – 17.16

West Wing – 17.01

Survivor-Outback – 16.26

Millionaire (Thur) – 15.98

 Becker – 15.81

CSI #2 – 15.61

Law & Order SVU – 15.06

NYPD Blue – 14.68

Frasier – 14.50

Millionaire (Wed) – 14.20

Will & Grace – 14.17

Malcolm in the Middle – 14.02

Country Music awards – 13.86

The Simpsons – 13.81

Judging Amy – 13.72

Weakest Link (Tue) – 13.65

Just Shoot Me – 12.92

X-Files – 12.75

Millionaire (Fri) – 12.58


Top syndicated television shows – May 15, 2001

Wheel of Fortune


Entertainment Tonight

Judge Judy

Oprah Winfrey




Live With Regis and Kelly

Jerry Springer

Judge Joe Brown

Drew Carey

Hollywood Squares



3rd Rock From The Sun

Montel Williams 


Sunday Night Television listings/TV Guide – May 15, 2001

CBS – 60 Minutes, Touched By An Angel, Like Mother, Like Son

NBC – Dateline NBC, Movie-Submerged

ABC – Classic TV Bloopers, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Movie-Anne Frank Pt 1

PBS – Nature, Masterpiece Theater, Crown & Country

 Fox – The Simpsons, Malcolm in the Middle, X-Files

WB – Jamie Foxx, The PJ’s, Steve Harvey, The Oblongs, Nikki, For Your Love

UPN – Star Trek Voyager, Maximum Exposure

HBO – The Sopranos season finale! The Iceman Confesses: Secrets of a mafia hit man.


Star Trek: Voyager – A doctor impersonates several crewmembers to retrieve the ship’s warp core.

Malcolm in the Middle – Hal and Lois look back on the births of their sons.

X-Files – Mulder, Dogget, Skinner and Reyes work to protect Scully’s unborn child.


Music news – May 15, 2001

Another rap summit – Russell Simmons calls on hip-hops power brokers to attend a summit that will focus on the lyrics, content ad advertising of the music. Scheduled to participate on June 12 is Sean P. Diddy Combs and Master P. Also expected – Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, KRS-One, Q-Tip and common. 

Celine Dion signs a three-year contract with Caesars in Las Vegas. The deal will pay her some $45 million over the term of the contract.

Jennifer Lopez is returning to television with an NBC deal that will kick off with a music special airing this fall. Ms. Lopez started her career as a dancing “fly girl on Fox’s “In Living Color.”


Top Pop Music Hits – May 15, 2001

What Would You Do – City High

My Baby – Lil’ Romeo

Bizounce – Olivia

Missing You – Case

Angel – Shaggy

Survivor – Destiny’s Child

Get Over Yourself – Eden’s Crush

Keep It real – Kelli Mack

What It Fells Like… Madonna


Top Music Albums – May 15, 2001

All For You – Janet Jackson

Survivor – Destiny’s Child

Part III – 112

Set This Circus Down – Tim McGraw

Now… Vol 6 – Various artists

Moulin Rouge – Soundtrack

Wingspan – Paul McCartney

Trouble in Shangri-La – Stevie Nicks

Until the End of Time – 2-Pac


Top Movies – May 15, 2001

A Knight’s Tale

The Mummy Returns

Bridget Jone’s Diary

Along Came A Spider


Crocodile Dundee in L.A.


Spy Kids


Tailor of Panama

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