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Dateline: Week Of February 8, 2002 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 

 

In The News

President Bush says the United States will apply the rules of the Geneva Conventions to Taliban soldiers captured during he war in Afghanistan, but members of Al Qaeda will not get the same recognition.

The 2002 Olympic Winter Games open at Salt Lake City. 18 members of the 1980 men’s U.S. hockey team lit the Olympic caldron. “On behalf of a proud, determined and grateful nation, I declare open the games of Salt Lake City, celebrating the Winter Olympic Games,” said President Bush.

Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld asks for an investigation into allegations that a group of Afghans mistakenly taken prisoner by U.S. Special Forces troops was beaten and mistreated.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveils a budget filled with dramatic cutbacks deferred dreams and “pain all around” in the wake of the Sept 11 terrorist attacks.

The trial of Slobodan Milosevic – the former Yugoslav leader accused in the 1990’s slaughter in the Balkans begins in the Hague.

President Bush sets a goal of cutting the use of illegal drugs in the United states by 10% over two years and 25% over five years as he unveiled a national drug control strategy.

Federal energy regulars expand an investigation beyond Enron Corp to determine whether any companies used their market power to drive up electricity prices in the west last year.

Smoke and dust from the destroyed World Trade Center buildings is exposing resident of the area to some of the highest levels of air pollution ever studied.  Fires smoldering in the rubble turned glass, concrete and computer equipment into aerosol fallout that was far more intense and persistent than expected, said a study.

 

Business News – Enron/Worldcom – February 8, 2002

Enron Chief Accounting officer Richard Causey and Chief Risk Officer Richard Buy – both criticized for failing to oversee the energy giant’s complex partnerships are negotiating their exit from the company. Both say they will answer criticisms. 

WorldCom Inc – the beleaguered telecommunications giant says that fourth-quarter profit plunged 64% and that 2002 results will be lower than expected.

 

Technology News – February 8, 2002  

Comcast promises to stop recording the Web browsing activities of its 1 million high-speed Internet subscribers.

 

Sports News – February 8, 2002

Winter Olympics at Salt Lake City

Kelly Clark of Vermont gets the first gold medal for the U.S. by winning the women’s halfpipe.

 Five-time world champ Oscar De la Hoya says he’ll do three more fights – than retire.

 

Music news – February 8, 2002

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that it had anonymously received an explicit 26-minute videotape that purportedly shows rapper R. Kelly in intimate contact with an underage girl.

 

Top TV Shows/Listings – February 8, 2002

Winter Olympics on Friday – 45.56

Winter Olympics on Sunday – 30.20

Winter Olympics on Saturday – 29.41

Friends at 8p – 28.64

Friends at 8:30p – 28.06

ER – 27.35

Will & Grace – 25.30

CSI – 24.64

Everybody Love Raymond – 20.94

Frasier – 18.99

Law & Order – 18.95

Just Shoot Me – 18.93

The West Wing – 18.14

Becker – 17.31

CIS at 8p – 17.24

60 Minutes – 18.70

JAG – 16.70

My Wife and Kids – 14.43

Judging Amy – 14.34

King of Queens – 14.19 

 

Friday night television listings/TV Guide – week of February 8, 2002

CBS – JAG, First Monday, 48 Hours Late Show, Late Late Show

NBC – XIX Winter Olympics

ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos, Movie, Nightline

Fox – That 70’s Show, Malcolm in the Middle, Dar Angel

WB – Movie

 Sci-Fi – Strange World, The Chronicle, Lexx

 

Late Show – Andy Richter and Jake Johannsen join Dave Letterman

Tonight – Bernie Mac and Many Moore join Jay Leno.

 

Top Movies – February 8, 2002

Collateral damage

Big Fat Liar

Rollerball

Black Hawk Down

Snow Dogs

The Count of Monte Cristo

A Beautiful Mind

A Walk to Remember

The Mothman Prophecies

I Am Sam

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