Dateline: Week Of January 8, 2002 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan – in an address to his nation, pledges to dismantle the structure of extremism in mosques and religious schools that breed violence.
U.S. soldiers capture 14 suspected Al Qaeda fighters at the Zhawar Kili al Badr cave and bunker complex in Afghanistan.
The Justice Department launches a criminal probe of Enron – a probe into illegal acts by the firm and its officers.
Enron Corp has asked a top Treasury Department official for help in securing a much-needed loan from the company’s bankers. Congress is looking into any political connections.
More Enron – it’s reported this week that an accounting firm said it had destroyed a significant number of documents related to Enron’s audit. The firm is Anderson.
President Bush signs into law a revision of federal education policy. It offers flexibility to school officials for accountability and gives states more freedom in spending federal dollars
Passing – Cyrus Vance - Secretary of State under President Carter. He was 84.
Fascinating Facts – January 8, 2002
Ford says it will cut 35,000 jobs and close five North American factories and discontinue four models – including the Lincoln Continental.
Passing – Dave Thomas (69) – founder of Wendy’s hamburger chain.
Paris - Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent announces his retirement.
Del Taco Inc says it is expanding – and will open 120 new locations!
Sports News - January 8, 2002
Dallas maverick owner Mark Cuban gets hit with a $500,000 fine by the NBA! He’ll match the fine with a contribution to charity.
Technology News – January 8, 2002
Apple unveils a stylish new version of its iMac desktop – complete with flat panel display.
A judge says that Microsoft Corp’s $1-billion plan to settle more than 100 consumer antitrust lawsuits was rejected because it’s not enough money.
Napster re-launches – but this time – as a subscription service that pays for music and deters piracy. The launch is by invitation trial only and limited to 20,000 participants who will receive the service for free.
Entertainment/Celebrity News – January 8, 2002
Passing – Avery Schreiber (66) – half the comedy team of “Burns and Schreiber.”
Music News - January 8, 2002 -
Another hip-hop summit – this one will be held in Los Angeles Feb. 13 and 14. Look for Suge Knight, Dr. Dre and others.
The FCC said they would not impose a $7,000 indecency fine on KKMG-FM Colorado Springs for airing a version of “The Real Slim Shady” by Eminem.
Nelly Furtado doesn’t like a photo published in a British men’s magazine – apparently altered to show a bare torso – and not hers!
Television news – January 8, 2002
Actress Yasmine Bleeth is sentenced to two years’ probation on a cocaine possession charge.
Engaged – Charlie Sheen to Denise Richards.
Coming to MSNBC - “Alan Keyes is Making Sense” on January 21.
New on NBC – “Last Call With Carson Daly.” The first few episodes were postponed to a contract issue. Daly is seen on rival MTV’s “Total Request Video.”
Sunday night television listings – week of January, 2002
CBS – 60 Minutes, Education of Max Bickford, 28th Annual People’s Choice Awards
NBC – Weakest Link, Law & Order: Criminal Intent
ABC – Movie-George of the Jungle, Alias, The Practice
PBS – Nature, American Experience
MTV WWF Sunday Night Heat, Unplugged Uncensored, Andy Dick Show
VH1 – Behind the Music
Fox – Futerama, King of the Hill, The Simpsons, Malcolm in the Middle, X-Files
WB – Steve Harvey Show, Jamie Kennedy Experiment, Nikki, Off Centre
Showtime – Queer as Folk
HBO – The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Oz
Weakest Link features Seinfeld sidekicks.
Top Movies – January 8, 2002
A Beautiful Mind
Lord of the Rings
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Royal Tenenbaums
Kate and Leopold
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone