Dateline: Week Of February 22, 2002 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
A federal judge orders the U.S. Department of energy to release documents of secret U.S. energy policy meetings – documents Dick Cheney didn’t want released.
The death of Wall St. Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is confirmed – he has been killed by his terrorist captors. A video tape showed him being shot by pistol to the head.
President Bush calls for an end to religious persecution in China – just after 24 hours after President Jiang Zemin asserted that “religious faiths are protected by out constitution.”
Massachusetts - A judge sentences defrocked Roman Catholic priest John Geoghan to nine years in prison for touching a 10 year-old boy at a community swimming pool.
The Dow tops 10,000, influenced by hot home sales.
Notable Obituaries – February 22, 2002
Passing – Spike Milligan – last surviving member of Britain’s famed “Goon Show.” He was 83.
Passing – Actor Lawrence Tierney (82).
Passing – Famed cartoonist Chuck Jones (Bugs Bunny). He was 89.
Passing –Actor Kevin Smith – best known for “Ares” in the Xenia TV series. He was only 38 and his death is from complications of falling down stairs.
Technology News – February 22, 2002
Apple unveils the new iMac. The most expensive model sells for $1,799 has 256 megs of Ram, 60-gig hard drive and a SuperDrive which burns CD’s and DVD’s!
Sports News – February 22, 2002
Embattled Tampa Bay General manager Rich McKay will remain with the team – accepting a six-year contract.
The Olympic Games at Salt Lake City close. The event was rather peaceful – but police did have to arrest 20 people after a beer garden closed early and patrons did not disperse.
Music News – February 22, 2002
Rod Stewart - long associated with Warner Music, flips to J records – a new label from industry vet Clive Davis.
Elton John says the music industry is the pits – and is churning out “average and mediocre” bands. He also doesn’t like videos and says if he were in charge – they’d all go away so we could all listen to music again.
Wednesday night – Don’t miss The Grammy Awards on CBS-TV. Host Jon Stewart with performances by U2, Alicia Keys, Dave Matthews band, ‘N Sync, Emmylou Harris and Alison Krauss.
Jackson Browne, J.D. Souther and Jack Tempchin file suit – saying they are owed $millions for Eagles songs such as “Take It Easy,” “Best of My Love” and “Already Gone.”
2002 Grammy Awards held this week… some winners:
Record of the Year – “Walk On” – U2
Album of the Year - “O Brother, Where Art Thou” soundtrack. Producer T. Bone Burnett.
Song of the Year – “Fallin’” – Alicia Keys
Best New Artist – Alicia Keys.
Best pop vocal female – Nelly Furtado for “I’m Like a Bird.”
Best pop vocal male – James Taylor for “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight.”
Best pop group – U2 for “Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of.”
Top Country Hits – February 22, 2002 –
The Long Goodbye – Brooks & Dunn
Good Morning Beautiful – Steve Holy
Bring on the Rain – Jo Dee Messina w/Tim McGraw
Wrapped Around – Brad Paisley
Blessed – Martina McBride
Run – George Strait
The Cowboy in Me – Tim McGraw
Some Days You Gotta Dance – Dixie Chicks
Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning) – Alan Jackson
In Another World – Joe Diffie
Top Pop Hits – February 22, 2002 –
Ain’t It Funny – Jennifer Lopez fea. Ja Rule
U Got It Bad – Usher
How You Remind Me – Nickelback
Hey Baby – No Doubt fea. Bounty Killer
In the End – Linkin Park
Always on Time – Ja Rule fea. Ashanti
Wherever You Will Go – The Calling
My Sacrifice – Creed
A Woman’s Worth – Alicia Keys
Whenever, Wherever – Shakira
Get the Party Started – Pink
7 Days – Craig David
What About Us? – Brandy
Can’t Fight The Moonlight – LeAnn Rimes
No More Drama – Mary J. Blige
Butterflies – Michael Jackson
Hero – Enrique Iglesias
Blurry – Puddle of Mudd
Can’t Get You Out of My Head – Kylie Minogue
Roll Out (My Business) – Ludacris
The Whole World – OutKast fea. Killer Mike
Caramel – City High fea. Eve
Standing Still – Jewel
Lights, Camera, Action! – Mr. Cheeks
We Thuggin’ – Fat Joe fea. R. Kelly
Top Music Albums – February 22, 2002 –
Weathered – Creed
Drive – Alan Jackson
Silver Side Up – Nickelback
(Hybrid Theory) – Linkin Park
Pain is Love – Ja Rule
Word of Mouf – Ludacris
8701 – Usher
Stillmatic – Nas
Missunaztood – Pink
O Brother Where Art Thou? – Soundtrack
Songs in A Minor – Alicia Keys
No More Drama – Mary J. Blige
Laundry Service – Shakira
State Property – soundtrack
Come Clean – Puddle of Mudd
A Day without Rain – Enya
Satellite – P.O.D.
Rock Steady – No Doubt
The Essential Barbara Streisand
A Am Sam – Soundtrack
Escape – Enrique Iglesias
Cocky – Kid Rock
Big Boi and Dr Dre Present… OutKast
Scarecrow – Garth Brooks
Britney – Britney Spears
Doggy Dog – Lil Bow Wow
This Way – Jewel
Invincible – Michael Jackson
Hot DVD Sales/Rentals – February 22, 2002
The Fast and the Furious
Kiss of the Dragon
American Pie 2
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Ultimate DVD Edition)
Shrek special edition
Entertainment News – February 22, 2002
Film critic Roger Ebert (59) undergoes surgery to remove a cancerous growth in his thyroid gland. He should be OK.
Television News – February 22, 2002 –
Olympic TV Ratings - The Winter Olympics scores in the top 7 – with Monday night its highest ratings at 31.53 million viewers.
NBC is getting decent reviews for its Winter Olympics coverage and good ratings. Closing ceremony drew an impressive 22.3 rating – 33% share.
ABC’s Good Morning America conducts an exclusive interview with Daniel Pearl’s widow, Mariane. Her husband, a journalist for the Wall St. Journal – was killed by terrorists. Mariane is seven months pregnant.
Conan O’Brien signs for another four years of his late night NBC show.
Sunday night television listings – week of February 22, 2002 –
CBS – 60 Minutes, The Education of Max Bickford, The Rosa Park Story
NBC – Dateline NBC, XIX Winter Olympics
ABC – Movie, Alias, the Practice
PBS – Nature, American Experience
WB – The Steve Harvey Show, Jamie Kennedy Experiment, Off Centre,
Fox – King of Hill, The Simpsons, Malcolm in the Middle, The Simpsons
UPN – Enterprise, Tracker
VH1 – Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Special
MTV – What a Guy Wants…, Fashionably Loud, WWF Sunday Night Heat
Nick – Caitlin’s Way, As Told by Ginger, The Brothers Garcia
Top Movies – February 22, 2002
Queen of the Damned
Return to Never Land
Big Fat Liar
A Beautiful Mind