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Dateline: Week Of January 15, 2002 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

A generation after their alleged crime, William and Emily Harris and Sara Jane Olson, co-survivors of the 1970’s Symbionese Liberation Army are arrested and charged with murdering a Sacramento-area church volunteer during a 1975 bank robbery A fourth member, Michael Bortin is arrested on similar charges.

Security forces in Pakistan detain hundreds of members of militant Islamic groups over the last two days that neighboring India accuses of launching terrorist attacks in Kashmir.

A federal judge denies a request for televised (Court-TV) coverage of the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person charged in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Enron Collapse News – January 15, 2002

A detailed road map of Enron Corp’s aggressive accounting maneuvers and an uncannily accurate prediction of the company’s collapse were laid before Enron Chairman Kenneth L. Lay in August, in a memo made public this week.

More Enron – Enron Chairman Kenneth L. Lay was warned last summer by a company vice president that the energy company’s financial practices might cause it to “implode in a wave of accounting scandals,” congressional investigators said. 

The collapse of Enron, so far a political, legal and investor crisis, now imposes widespread costs on the U.S. economy. Electricity and natural gas companies face higher costs and projects to build power infrastructures have come to a halt. 


Business News – January 15, 2002

K-Mart shares tumble 35% as credit agencies slash ratings for the nation’s second-largest discount retailer.


Sports News – January 15, 2002

After throwing a punch during a game with Chicago, Laker Shaq O’Neal is suspended for three days. He’ll lose three days pay ($714,000) and will be fined $15,000. O’Neal through the punch at Bull center Brad Miller. 


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – January 15, 2002

Golden Globe Awards – some highlights –

Best drama picture – “A Beautiful Mind”

Best comedy or musical picture – “Moulin Rouge”

Best actor, drama – Russell Crowe – “A Beautiful Mind”

Best actress, drama – Sissy Spacek – “In the Bedroom”

Best actor comedy or musical – Gene Hackman – “The Royal Tenenbaums”


Best actress comedy or musical – Nicole Kidman – “Moulin Rouge”

Best director – Robert Altman- “Gosford Park”

Passing – actress Carrie Hamilton (38) – whose struggle with drugs led her mother (Carol Burnett) to go public with the ordeal (of cancer).


Music news – January 15, 2002

Jennifer Lopez has four films due for release within the next two years: The Chambermaid, a romantic comedy; Enough, a drama in which she plays an abused wife; Gigli – a crime drama and thriller Tick Tock.

MTV will premiere “The Osbournes” on March 5, a hybrid reality-comedy show starring heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne, his wife Sharon and their two teenage children Kelly and Jack.

E! News online reports Bruce Springsteen has granted a tentative clearance to turn his songs into a rock opera called “Drive All Night.” The rocker is expected to preview a rough demo of the two-hour production in March.

George Harrison’s widow Olivia Arias Harrison files a civil suit against her former brother-in-law, Carl Roles and his current wife, Carol, for allegedly stealing Harrison memorabilia and attempting to sell it the day after the former Beatles’ death.


Television news – January 15, 2002

 The Sundance Channel, owned by Robert Redford and Showtime Networks, launches a digital cable channel devoted entirely to documentaries.

After nine years, “The X-Files” will be folding. Overall, the show has been averaging 8.7 million viewers, down dramatically from its peak season (1996-1997) when the weekly audience was 18.3 million.

Alan Ball, creator of HBO’s “Six Feet Under” signs a seven-figure deal that will keep him producing the series for at least tow more years.

Regis Philbin turns down a syndicated version of  “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” The show is being sold in syndication, but still doesn’t have a host.  

CNN hires former Fox Sports Net anchor Keith Olberman as a contributing editor to “NewsNight With Aaron Brown.

Monica Lewinsky announces a documentary on her White House experience – “Monica in Black and White” which will air March 3 on HBO.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – January 15, 2002

 Survivor: Africa – 27.26

Friends – 25.53

ER – 25.42

Everybody Loves Raymond – 22.28

Jets-Raiders Wild Card – 22.03

Law & Order – 19.95

60 Minutes – 19.29

Survivor: Africa Reunion  - 19.05

Monday Night Football – 18.76

Will & Grace #1 – 18.46

The West Wing – 18.38

Will & Grace #2 – 18.35

 Becker – 18.03

Law & Order (SVU) – 16.95

Just Shoot Me – 16.70

JAG – 16.68

King of Queens – 16.39

Judging Amy – 16.06

American Music Awards – 16.02

The Practice – 15.62


Wednesday Night Television – listings/TV Guide – January 15, 2002

CBS – 60 Minutes II, Muhammad Ali’s 60th Birthday, 48 Hours, David Lettermen

NBC – Ed, The West Wing, Law & Order, The Tonight Show

ABC – MY Wife and Kids, According To Jim, Drew Carey, The Job, Downtown, Nightline

PBS – PBS Hollywood Presents, Charlie Rose

FOX – That 70’s Show, Grounded For Life, The Bernie Mac Show, Titus

WB – Dawson’s Creek, Glory Days


UPN – Enterprise, Special Unit.

That 70’s Show – Kitty is disappointed when everyone accepts Hyde forgets her birthday.

Muhammad Ali’s 60th Birthday – Will Smith, Mariah Carey and R Kelly are among other celebs.

The West Wing – President Bartlet and his staff prepare the State of the Union.

Bernie Mac – The air conditioner breaks on the hottest day of the year.

On David Lettermen – Comedian David Brenner guests.

On Jay Leno – Angie Harmon, Cedric the Entertainer


Music Charts – January 15, 2002

MTV Hot Video Rotation – January 15, 2002

I’m Not a Girl, Not yet a woman – Britney Spears

Wherever You Will Go – The Calling

Always On Time – Ja Rule

My Sacrifice – Creed

Forever – Kid Rock

Ain’t It Funny – Jennifer Lopez

Efy You – The Offspring

Hey Baby – No Doubt

Girlfriend – N Sync

Dig In – Lenny Cravitz


Top music albums – January 15, 2002

Weathered – Creed

Hybrid Theory – Linkin Park

Word of Mouf – Ludacris

Silver Side Up – Nickeback

Now 8 – Various Artists

A Day Without Rain – Enya

Pain Is Love – Ja Rule

Missundaztood – Pink

Stillmatic – Nas

Rock Steady – No Doubt

8701 – Usher

Laundry Service – Shakira

Songs In A Minor – Alicia Keys

Britney – Britney Spears

Escape – Enrique Iglesias

Satellite – POD

Echoes – The Best of Pink Floyd


Hot Hip Hop Music – January 15 2002

U Got It Bad – Usher

Always On Time – Ja Rule

Butterflies – Michael Jackson

A Woman’s Worth – Alicia Keys

Rock The Boat – Aaliyah

We Thuggin’ - Fat Joe Featuring R. Kelly

Roll Out (My Business) – Ludacris

Lights, Camera, Action! – Mr. Cheeks

Differences – Finuwine

Break Ya Neck – Busta Rhymes


Hop Pop Hit Music – January 15, 2002

How You Remind Me – Nickelback

 U Got it Bad – Usher

Always On Time – Ja Rule

Family Affair – Mary J. Blige

Whenever Whereever – Shakira

My Sacrifice – Creed

Hero – Enrique Iglesias

A Woman’s Worth – Alicia Keys

Differences – Ginuwine

Wherever You Will Go – The Calling


Hot Modern Rock Music Tracks – January 15, 2002 

My Sacrifice – Creed

In The End – Linkin Park

Chop Suey – System Of A Down

Wasting My Time – Default

Wish You Were Here – Incubus

How You Remind Me – Nickelback

Fade - Staind

Crawling In The Dark – Hoobastank

Defy You – The Offspring

The One - Foo Fighters

The Middle – Jimmy Eat World

Last Nite – The Strokes

Nice To Know You - Incubus


Top Country Hit Music – January 15, 2002

Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning) – Alan Jackson

 Good Morning Beautiful – Steve Holy

Where The Stars and Stripes And The Eagle Fly – Aaron Tippin

I’m Tryin’ -  Trace Adkins

Wrapped Up in You – Garth Brooks

I Wanna Talk About Me – Toby Keith

Wrapped Around – Brad Paisley

Bring On The Rain – Jo De Messina With Tim McGrew

Riding With Private Malone – David Bell

The Long Goodbye – Brooks and Dunn 


Top Jazz albums – January 15, 2002

The Look of Love – Diana Krall

Playin’ With My Friends – Tony Bennett

Songs I Heard – Harry Connick Jr.

30 – Harry Connick Jr.

Standard Time – Steve Tyrell

Blue Gardenia – Etta James

Come Dream With Me – Jane Monheit

Finding Forrester - soundtrack


VHS Tape sales – January 15, 2002

Shrek – Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy

The Princess Diaries – Anne Hathaway, Julie Andrews

How The Grinch Stole Christmas – Jim Carrey

Rush Hour 2 – Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker

Jurassic Park III – Sam Neill, William H. Macy

The Land Before Time: The Big Freeze


Top Movies – January 15, 2002

Lord of the Rings

A Beautiful Mind

Ocean’s Eleven

The Royal Tenenbaums

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Vanilla Sky


Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone

Monster’s Inc

How High

The Majestic


Joe Somebody

Kate & Leopold

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