Dateline: Week Of June 8, 2002 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Jose Padilla – a former Chicago gang member who turned Islam is arrested – accused of planning an attack with a senior Al Qaeda operative to detonate a radioactive bomb on American soil.
Authorities in Pakistan interrogate a second suspect in an alleged Al Qaeda plot to detonate a radioactive bomb in America.
A jury finds Michael Skakel guilty of murdering Martha Moxley with a golf club nearly 27 years ago.
Carlos Pacheco – an employee at a Providence Journal production plant is found dead in a burned-out car after she shot a co-worker to death and wounded another, then killed another employee at his home near Providence.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat announces a leaner, slightly redesigned Cabinet after pressure from the international community.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says he has no hard information that Al Qaeda fighters were operating near the Pakistani-Indian frontier in Kashmir. “We do have a good deal of scraps of intelligence. It tends to be speculative. It is not actionable, it is not verifiable.”
Priest sex abuse - Opening a meeting of the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops in Dallas, Bishop Wilton Gregory offers “the most profound apology” for derelict leadership and promised to enact tough reform measures.
President Bush launches a physical fitness initiative to make the U.S. “stronger and healthier.”
The nation’s unemployment rate dipped to 5.8% in May.
Passing – Clothes designer Bill Blass (79).
Sports News – June 8, 2002
Winger Brett Hull scores his 100th playoff goal in the Red Wings’ 3-0 victory over Carolina in game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals.
Technology News – June 8, 2002
Yahoo unveils its first overhaul in five years, hoping their new look will better serve visitors. The redesigned home page highlights Yahoo promotions and affiliated sites. It had to do something – it’s revenue has been in a free fall for the past five quarters.
The top search engines as of June 8, 2002
Yahoo with about 80 million visitors per month.
MSN – about 77 million.
AOL – 51 million
Terry Lycos – 40 million
Netscape home page – 12 million.
New ad campaign for Apple rolls out this week. It’s all about testimonials from those who have switched into Apple. It replaces “Think Different.”
Film88.com (first known as movie88.com – a pirate online film site offering hit movies on demand for $1 is shut down for the third time after its servers are seized. The site enabled Consumers to watch hundreds of hit movies and classic TV programs in near VHS quality, charging $1 a viewing. It never did obtain the studios’ permission. Nor did it pay for them.
Music News – June 8, 2002
Singer Brandy is getting her own reality series on MTV. Look for “Diary Presents: Brandy Special Delivery” debuting in June. It’s described as a document in the daily life of Brandy as she balances her marriage, career, family and impending motherhood.
Marry – Paul McCartney to Heather Mills in Scotland.
R. Kelly reports to Chicago authorities to face child pornography charges and is released after posting bond.
David Bowie appears on Dave Letterman’s show this week.
Entertainment /Celebrity News – June 8, 2002
Walt Disney says it will aggressively cross-promote its new fall TV lineup at Disneyland and Disney world – in feature films, retail stores, its ESPN Zone restaurants and CD’s. Disney is trying to improve the performance of ABC, which is third in the ratings.
Johnny Depp has agreed to star “The Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Takedown” – two Jerry Bruckheimer films.
Univision is acquiring Hispanic Broadcasting Corp. – the largest Spanish-language radio network in a $3.5-billin stock deal.
Radio News – June 8, 2002
JJ Jackson – perhaps best-known as an early MTV veejay – is now on “The Wave’ – 94.7 in Los Angeles.
Television News – June 8, 2002
A couple slaps a $10-million lawsuit on MTV and Las Vegas’ hard rock hotel-casino, charging that they were given a room with hidden cameras. The equipment was intended to record their reaction to finding a mutilated corpse on the premises – to air on MTV’s “Harassment.”
Don’t miss “Oprah Winfrey After The Show” to air on Oxygen weeknights. Winfrey is a 25% owner of the channel.
Top Movies –June 8, 2002
The Sum of All Fears
Divine secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Star Wars: Episode Ii Attack of the Clones
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
About A Boy.