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
Live With Regis and Kelly
Judge Joe Brown
3rd Rock From The Sun
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.
Tailor of Panama.