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


August 15, 2001

Jeffrey Skilling abruptly resigns as chief executive of Enron Corp – a company facing accusations of electricity price gouging in California.

The U.S Census Bureau reports that the number of unmarried partner household rose 72% during the 1990’s.

Radio address - President Bush urges Americans to pressure their senators to approve his proposal to help religious and other community groups seeking to provide social services usually delivered by the government.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says he seeking to shape a smaller, more nimble military that’s capable of winning a major war decisively while still fighting smaller conflicts around the world.

John Dilulia Jr. resigns as director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives after six months.


Technology News - August 15, 2001

“AOL Anywhere” - AOL says a unit to oversee the next-generation cable TV services such as video on demand and AOL TV. IT also said it is slashing prices on its devices that enable customers to connect to the online service without using a PC – such as its AOL Mobile Communicator and AOL TV set-top boxes.


Radio news – August 15, 2001

 Program Director John Ivey moves from KISS-FM Boston to KIIS-FM Los Angeles. 


Television news – August 15, 2001

 Scoop – Rep Gary Condit will give his first interview regarding missing intern Chandra Levy to Connie Chung of ABC. The interview will air this Thursday on “PrimeTime Live.”

ON HBO – “Shot in the Heart” – about the relationship murderer Gary Gilmore had with his brother – Mikal. The show uses “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes” – a 1977 punk release by the British punk band – the Adverts.

On Saturday Night Live this week – Mena Suvari hosts with musical guest Lenny Kravitz.

MTV News

Interesting – MTV says it rarely bothers to lock up its talent because it knows each new generation wants its own heroes. The latest? Jackass’ Johnny Knoxville may leave after being with the show for one season. MTV talents are signed to one-year contracts.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – August 15, 2001

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire on Sunday – 13.45

Millionaire – 12.54

Millionaire on Tuesday – 12.47

Everybody Loves Raymond – 11.46

Dateline NBC on Monday – 11.31

Law & Order – 11.22

60 Minutes – 11.12

Wayne Brady – 11.00

The Weakest Link – 10.90

Becker – 10.54

20/20 – 10.22

CSI – 9.90

Fear Factor – 9.86

Friends – 9.81

Wayne Brady Show at 8pm – 9.78

Big Brother II – 9.66

King of Queens – 8.85


Music news – August 15, 2001

Rapper Nelly and a crowd of 3,000 are refused entry to a Lake of the Ozarks nightclub – too many people. 

Mariah Carey couldn’t attend MTV’s big 20th birthday bash Aug 1 at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. She cited an “emotional and physical breakdown,” but sent a videotape offering congratulations. Appearing – Sum-41, TLC, Billy Idol, Kid Rock (without his Twisted Brown Trucker band), Mary J. Blige. Madonna was another no-show.

Marry – Sade (34) to Nick Sommerlad (27) – a British journalist.  

Roger Daltrey (The Who), will host VH1’s first scripted drama series – “Strange Frequency.”

Don Cornelius – producer of “Soul Train” says MTV has been pressuring African American artists not to appear on his “Lady of Soul Awards” program which airs the same week as the MTV “Video Music Awards.” This year, Alicia Keys was supposed to, or booked on both shows. MTV contends it does have appearance parameters – but that goes for all other competing shows – black or white – even talk shows such as the Tonight Show. 


Top Country Hit Music – August 15, 2001

I’m Just Talkin’ About Tonight – Toby Keith

 Austin – Blake Shelton

Where The Blacktop Ends – Keith Urban

Downtime – Jo Dee Messina

What I Really Meant To Say – Cyndi Thomson

I’m Already There – Lonestar

While You Love Me – Rascal Flatts

Laredo – Chris Cagle


Top Pop Music Albums – August 15, 2001

Songs In A Minor – Alicia Keys

Now 7 – Various Artists (19 chart topping hits)

Celebrity – ‘n Sync

Duces ‘N Trays – The Old Fashioned Way – Snoop Dogg Presents Tha Eastside

So Bla – Blue Cantrell

Hybrid Theory – Linkin Park

Devil’s Night – D12

J.l.o. – Jennifer Lopez

 The Sage Continues… P Diddy & The Bad Boy Family

Jagged Little Thrill  - Jagged Edge

Rush Hour 2 Soundtrack

Aaliyah – Aaliyah –

Three Chord Opera – Neil Diamond

Take Of Your pants and Jacket – Blink 182

Jagged Little Thrill – Jagged Edge

O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Soundtrack


Hot Pop Hit Music – August 15, 2001

Loverboy – Mariah Carey

Purple Hills – D12

Bootylicious – Destiny’s Child

She’s All I Got – Jimmy Cozier

All Or Nothing – O-Town

Take You Out – Luther Vandross

Fill Me In – Craig David

There She Goes – BabyFace

I Wanna Be Bad – Willie Ford


Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – August 15, 2001

Smooth Criminal – Alien Ant Farm

It’s Been Awhile – Staind

Schism – Tool

Crawling – Linkin Park

The Rock Show – Blink 182

Bad Day – Fuel

Control – Puddle of Mud

Clint Eastwood – Gorillaz

Hash Pipe - Weezer


Top Movies – August 15, 2001

American Pie 2

Rush Hour 2

Rat Race

The Others

The Princess Diaries

Captain Corell’s Mandolin

Planet of the Apes

American Outlaws

Jurassic Park III

Legally Blonde

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