Dateline: Week Of May 8, 2002 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
As Israel plans retaliation for yet another suicide bomber where 16 died, Yasser Arafat says he has ordered a halt to terrorist attacks and calls on the United States for protection.
Standoff over (Israel)- A siege at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity ends as over 100 Palestinians begin leaving.
Treaty completed - The Untied states and Russia agree to cut their nuclear arsenals by two-thirds over the next decade. President Bush said the action “will liquidate the legacy of the Cold War.”
FBI spy Robert Philip Hanssen is ordered to send the rest of his life in prison for selling the Russians reams of valuable state secrets.
President Bush signs a $190-billion farm bill guaranteeing higher subsidies to growers in Midwestern and Southern states where key political races will decide witch party controls Congress next year.
Russia - A bomb blast in the southern city if Kasplyak kills 35.
Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld says the Pentagon would kill the $11-billion Crusader artillery system whether its supporters like it or not.
Bill Clinton is asked to go to east Timor – his first official role for the government since leaving the White House. He was asked by President Bush to join him – in a May 20- celebration marking east Timor’s independence from Indonesia.
Surgeons were unable to reattach a zookeeper’s arm after it was torn off by a 350-pound lion as the woman took her parents and boyfriend on a behind the séances tour of the animal’s sleeping quarters at Busch Gardens, Tampa.
Also in Florida – At least two dozen champion Yorkshire terriers and other show dogs were killed in a fire sparked by a dryer used in grooming. Twenty five were saved.
Thousands of independence activists took to the streets of Taiwan’s capital, Taipei campaigning for the island to be officially called Taiwan rather than the Republic of China.
Passing – Notorious gangster Joseph Bonanno. (97).
Technology News – May 8, 2002
Sony Corp slashes the price of its Playstation 2 video game console by a third. This to more compete with Nintendo and Microsoft.
EBay Inc begins digitally confirming the identify of sellers. The process, developed by VeriSign Inc – matches user information against several national databases.
Sports News – May 8, 2002
The NFL will begin testing players for the banned stimulant ephedrine. A positive test for the stimulant could result in a four-game suspension. The fun begins July 1.
Radio News – May 8, 2002
Debuts this week – Bill O’Reilly’s new national radio show.
Entertainment News – May 8, 2002
Bootleg copies of the latest “Star Wars” hits the Internet. It’s Star wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.”
Music News – May 8, 2002
Britney Spears and ‘N Sync’s Justin Timberlake are back together. She’s in the middle of her “Dream Within a Dream” tour and she’s making a video with Mike Myers this week.
Jon Bon Jovi and wife Dorothea are parents of a baby boy – Jacob Hurley.
Rush – “Vaper Troils” tour.
Cher – Living Proof “Farewell” tour.
Marc Anthony – 2002 tour.
After two years, Eddie Van Halen is no longer battling tongue cancer.
The Rolling Stones announce yet another tour – their 40th anniversary tour
R. Kelly – under criminal investigation for allegedly videotaping sex acts with an underage girl – says he is not the man in the X-rated images – so he tells BET Tonight’s” Ed Gordon.
Passing- early rock and R&B songwriter Otis Blackwell. He was 70.
Television News – May 8, 2002
Anthony Michael Hall – best known as a teen movie star back in the 1990’s – gets a TV series. USA will air “The Dead Zone” and Hall plays a man who spend six years in a coma following a car accident – then awakens to strange powers.
On “Saturday Night Live” – Kirsten Durst with musical guest Eminem.
Brad Grey Television – best known for producing “The Sopranos” – signs an exclusive deal with Fox-TV.
Meredith Vieira is tapped to host a syndicated version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”
Top Movies – May 8, 2002
The New Guy
Murder by Numbers
Life or Something Like It.