Dateline: Week Of June 22, 2002 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
President Bush calls on the Palestinians to reject their leadership (Arafat) and elect a new generation of democratic reformers to oversee the transition to a permanent state.
In Memphis, Al Gore declared that if he ran again for president, he would shed the constraints of polls, tactics and consultants that hobbled his 2000 campaign and “let if rip.”
President Bush receives a clean bill of health after a colonoscopy, during which he transferred the powers of his office to Dick Cheney for just over 2 hours.
The Supreme Court opens the door for the use of taxpayer money to send students to church schools and ruled that Ohio’s use of vouchers does not violate the Constitution’s ban on establishment of religion.
The Supreme Court rules that it is unconstitutional for judges, rather than jurors to decide the key facts that call for sending a guilty person to death row.
Xerox Corp discloses it had improperly recorded $6.4 billion in revenue over a five-year period – larger than the $3 billion estimated in April.
President Bush says it’s outrageous – in the revelations of massive accounting improprieties by yet another company – WorldCom and promises a full investigation. It’s found that the company inflated its books by $3.9 billion. Besides Xerox – earlier in the week – A federal grand jury indicted three former executives of Rite Aid drugstores on charges of running a massive accounting fraud. Earlier this month, L. Dennis Kozlowski – deposed chief executive of Tyco International ltd, was indicted on charges of evading New York State and city sales taxes.
The California 9th circuit court declares the pledge of allegiance violates the constitution because it contains the term “under god” which undermines separation of church and state.
President Bush tours a marine cargo terminal in Newark, NJ – seeking support for his plan to create a Cabinet-level department of Homeland Security.
The Palestinian Authority has placed Sheik Ahmed Yassin – founder and spiritual mentor of the Islamic militant group Hamas under house arrest in Gaza City.
China allows 24 North Korean asylum seekers to leave the country.
Rescue teams search for survivors in Iran after an earthquake killed an estimated 500 people.
Vincent A. Cianci Jr. – the mayor of Providence is a crook. He’s convicted of conspiring to turn City Hall into a virtual shopping center where power and influence were up for sale.
President Bush takes a three-mile run with hundreds of White House workers. He came in 26th.
United Airlines – damaged by the slump in air travel since Sept. 11 – applies for a $1.8 billion federal loan guarantee.
Celebrity Obituary News – June 22, 2002
Passing – Famed columnist Ann Landers. She was 83. She did it for 46 years.
Sports News – June 22, 2002
Pitcher Darryl Kile of the St. Louis Cardinals is found dead in his Chicago hotel room. He was only 33.
Technology News - June 22, 2002
Buy.com – the Internet’s #4 retailer – says it will wage a price war with Amazon and cut book prices by 10%.
Music News - June 22, 2002
Passing – Rosemary Clooney – pop singer of the 1950’s. She was 74.
Passing – John Entwistle (57) bass player of The Who. Death was a heart attack – on the eve of the band’s reunion tour.
R & B singer R. Kelly pleads innocent in Chicago of charges of child pornography.
Television News – June 22, 2002
Tom Hanks gets the 2002 AFI Life Achievement Award. On USA.
Connie Chung debuts on CNN this week!
Tuesday night television listings – June 22, 2002
CBS – JAG, The Guardian, Judging Amy, David Letterman, Craig Kilborn
NBC – Frasier, Scrubs, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien
ABC – Spin City, Mile II: The Next Betrayal, Houston Medical, Nightline
UPN – Buffy, The Parkers, The Hughleys
WB – Gilmore Girls, Smallville
Fox – That ‘70s Show, American Idol.
VH1 – Driven (Brandy)
PBS – Nova, P.O.V., Charlie Rose
On David Letterman – Adam Sandler
On Jay Leno – Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Smith, Rosey.
Top Movies – June 22, 2002 –
Lilo & Stitch
The Bourne Identity
The Sum of all Fears
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Star Wars: Episode Ii Attack of the Clones