Dateline: Week Of August 8, 2002 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, News, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
The Bush Administration issues new rules for medical patient’s privacy. Doctors, hospitals and HMO’s are now required to tell patients how their medical records are being used.
Columbia’s new President – Alvaro Uribe, declares of state of emergency and enacts new taxes to pay for more police and soldiers. He’s determined to confront Colombia’s leftist rebels who have waged a campaign against the government for four decades.
American Airlines unveils a major overhaul – cutting 7000 jobs and its flight schedule will be trimmed. Meanwhile rival US Airways files for bankruptcy protection this week, but flights will not be interrupted.
Japan – Makiko Tanaka – a popular politician in Japan – resigns from her seat in the House of Representatives under a cloud of allegations she had misused state funds meant to pay an aide’s salary. She denies those charges.
The International Monetary Fund agreed to its largest bailout ever (so far) and will lend Brazil $30 billion.
Disney stock falls to an eight-year low – $13.90.
Technology News – August 8, 2002
The FCC gives TV set manufacturers until 2007 to equip sets with new digital tuners – that is, for new digital transmissions.
WorldCom Inc says it’s accounting is worst that revealed. It has uncovered an additional $3.3 billion in faulty accounting dating to 1999.
Sports News – August 8 – 2002
Barry Bonds hits his 600th home run!
Music News – August 8, 2002
Jermaine Fuller, the brother-in-law of Snoop Dogg was found dead in a barricaded apartment – 11 hours after wounding a Las Vegas police officer in a struggle on the street.
Enrique Iglesias “Don’t Turn Off The Lights” tour!
Britney Spears says she’s taking off 6 months.
Last week - Bruce Springsteen appeared not one, but two nights on David Letterman’s CBS show. But the ratings say – that Leno clobbered Letterman.
Why was Springsteen on TV? To promote his new album, “The Rising” which debuts at #1 on the national album charts.
Continental Airlines Arena - Springsteen concert at the Meadowlands – opening his U.S. tour. With the E-Street Band!
Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – August 8, 2002
CSI – 14.14 million viewers
Dog Eat Dog – 12.65
60 Minutes – 12.19
American Idol on Tuesday – 12.15
Everybody Loves Raymond – 12.05
Law & Order – 11.33
Dateline NBC on Tuesday – 10.99
American Idol on Wednesday – 10.82 million viewers
48 Hours on Monday – 10.70
Becker – 10.68
Law & Order – Criminal Intent – 10.59
Television News – August 8, 2002
“American Idol” is on Fox-TV twice per week. Fox-TV is up 4% in the ratings because of it.
“The Anna Nicole Show” averaged 3.4 million viewers for show #2 – an 18% drop from its debut. On E!
Simon Fuller - producer of “American Idol” – is moving in on his show’s trend and will produce 13 episodes of “Supergirl.” Participants compete to become the ultimate American dream girl. Catch on it ABC-TV soon.
NBC announces a two-year deal with DreamWorks to produce shows for the network.
Top Movies – August 8, 2002
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
Austin Powers in Goldmember
The Master of Disguise
Road to Perdltion
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Stuart Little 2
Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat.