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


In The News

Despite fumigation of a small section of the Hart senate Office Building in Washington, Live anthrax spores were found in the office suite of senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.

Militiamen overrun the Al Qaeda terrorists’ last bastion in Afghanistan after two weeks of fighting – but no sign of Osama bin Laden.

The Pentagon says the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden are getting fainter as Afghan militia fighters went from cave to cave in search of the terrorist leader.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld slips into Afghanistan and meets with interim leader Hamid Karzai in a show of confidence in the military campaign there.

Congress gives final approval to legislation that establishes the broadest federal testing requirements yet for public schools. It provides billions of dollars to help needy students learn basic skills among others.

President Fernand de la Rua resigns as President of Argentina as tens of thousands defied a state of siege he had declared.

White House officials say that they should not have let three days and two media briefings go by before notifying the public that President bush had four benign lesions removed form his face this week.

FBI agents begin interrogation at the Kandahar International Airport on Taliban and Al Qaeda prisoners in Afghanistan.

U.S. intelligent agencies expand their search for Osama bin Laden into western Pakistan using spy satellites and other equipment.


Technology News – December 15, 2001

AT&T agrees to sell its cable TV business to Comcast Corp for $52 billion.

Looks like Sony’s PlayStation 2 – now a year old – has a sales edge over Microsoft’s Xbox and Nintendo’s GameCube.

Dr. Koop Lifecare Corp. says its DrKoop.com health website will shut down. It was founded in 1998 by former surgeon general C. Everett Koop. It will file for chapter 7 bankruptcy.


Sports News – December 15, 2001

The Boston Red Sox are sold for a record $660-million to a group led by Florida Marlin owner John Henry and former sand Diego Padre owner Tom Werner.

The New York Mets trade outfielder Tsyoshi Shinjo and infielder Desi Relaford to the San Francisco Giants for pitcher Shawn Estes.

Chick Hearn – the announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers – who has not missed a game since he began in 36 years – is out for six weeks after heart surgery. Hearn has announced 3,338 consecutive Laker games either on radio or TV.

Disney and the NBA reach an agreement on a new national TV contract in which Disney, which owns ABC and ESPN will pay the league an average of $400 million per year.


Music news – December 15, 2001

Don’t miss “A Home For the Holidays With Mariah Carey” on CBS TV about adoption.

Actor Bruce Willis is launching his own record label – “Uptop Music Corp,” and will release a new album by Ivan Neville, son of Aaron Neville.

Dick Clark sues the Grammy’s – saying he’s had it because they illegally preventing such pop icons as Britney Spears and Michael Jackson from appearing on his American Music Awards program.

Home Simpson will sing a version of Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumping” on a “Simpsons” episode in April. 


Television news – December 15, 2001

MTV signs a deal with the producer’s of “Jackass” for a movie version of the show.

“Today” show co-anchor Katie Couric signs a new contract that will make her the highest paid personality in TV news – around $15 million per year.

On “Saturday Night Live” this week – Ellen DeGeneres hosts with musical guest No Doubt.

NBC will become the first broadcaster to air hard liquor ads. Look for the first – a Smirnoff vodka ad this weekend. 

Top TV Shows/Ratings – December 15, 2001

ER – 28.86

Friends – 23.85

Law & Order – 19.39

Will & Grace – 19.38

 Everybody Loves Raymond – 19.30

West Wing – 18.42

Survivor: Africa – 18.40

Will & Grace at 8:30p – 18.01

Just Shoot Me – 17.79

CSI – 17.47

A Town Without Christmas – 17.42

JAG – 18.41

Becker – 16.12

60 Minutes – 15.74

Law & Order: SVU – 15.33

Monday Night Football – 15.04



Music news – December 15, 2001

Top Pop Music Artists For the year 2001

Destiny’s Child

Jennifer Lopez

Janet Jackson

Matchbox Twenty



Faith Hill

Ja Rule





Jagged Edge

Alicia Keys

Lenny Kravitz

Mis “Misemeanor’ Elliott





3 doors down




Blue Cantrell


Lee Ann Womack


‘N Sync

R. Kelly


New Top Pop Music Artists – Year 2001

Alicia Keys



Linkin Park

Blue Cantrell

Nelly Furtado


Crazy town


Aaron Carter


Top Hop Hip Hop Music Tracks – December 15, 2001

Always On Time – Ja Rule/Ashanti

U Got It Bad – Usher

Rock the Boat – Aaliyah

We Thuggin’ – Fat Joe/R. Kelly

A Woman

S Worth – Alicia Keys

Differences – Ginuwine

Butterflies – Michael Jackson

Lights, Camera, Action! – Mr. Cheeks


Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – December 15, 2001

Alive – P.O.D.

In the End – Linkin Park

How You Remind Me – Nickelback

Blurry – Puddle of Mudd

Wish You Were Here – Incubus

My Sacrifice – Creed

Shop Suey – System of a Down

Fade – Staind

Defy You – The Offspring

Crawling in the dark – Hoobastank


Top Pop Hit Music – December 15, 2001

How You Remind Me – Nickelback

U got it Bad – Usher

Hero – Enrique Iglesias

Family Affair- Mary J. Blige

Get the party Started – Pink

Turn off the Light – Nelly Furtado

Whenever, Wherever – Shakira

Livin’ it Up – Ja Rule/Case

Gone – ‘N sync

I’m real – Jennifer Lopez/Ja Rule

Emotion – Destiny’s Child

Always On Time – Ja Rule/Ashanti

Only Time - Enya


Top Music Albums – December 15, 2001

Scarecrow – Garth Brooks

Weathered – Creed

Now 8 – Various artists

Britney – Britney Spears

Now That’s What I Call Christmas – Various Artists

A Day Without Rain – Enya

Christmas Extraordinaire – Mannheim Steamroller

Genesis – Busta Rhymes

Hybrid Theory – Linkin Park

Silver Side Up – Nickelback

Cocky – Kid Rock

8701 – Usher

Pain Is Love – Ja Rule

Missundaztood – Pink

Laundry Service – Shakira


Top Pop Music Hits In Britain – December 15, 2001

Have You Ever – S Club 7

Gotta Get Thru This – Daniel Bedingfield

Everybody – Hear Say

Resurrection – PPK

What If – kate Winslet

Who Do You Love Now (Stringer) – Riva

Calling – Geri Halliwell

If You Come Back - Blue


Top Country Hit Music – December 15, 2001

Where Were You (When the World stopped Turning) – Alan Jackson

I Wanna Talk About Me – Toby Keith

I’m Tryin’ - Trace Adkins

Riding with Private Malone – David Ball

Where The Stars And Stripes and the Eagles Fly – Aaron Tippin

Run – George Strait

Good Morning Beautiful – Steve Holy

Wrapped Around – Brad Paisley

Wrapped Up In You – Garth Brooks


Top Movies – December 15, 2001

Vanilla Sky

Ocean’s Eleven

Not Another Teen Movie

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Behind Enemy Lines

Monsters Inc

Spy game

Black Night

Shallow Hal


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