Dateline: Week Of February 15, 2002 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Bush decides that Nevada’s Yucca Mountain as the burial ground for the nation’s radioactive nuclear waste. Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn is all that happy and sues to block the action.
Interim Afghan Prime Minister Hamid Karzal promises to take “every measure to guarantee security in this battered nation.”
In Japan – President Bush meets with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and they gather for a several sessions.
President Bush sets out on a three-nation Asia trip. He’ll be visiting South Korea, Japan and China.
In South Korea - President Bush endorses South Korean President Kim Dae Jung’s vision of a united Korean peninsula and assures him that the U.S. won’t invade North Korea.
Georgia state officials say it will take at least eight months and a ton of money to recover and identify the hundreds of bodies they expect to find at the Tri-State Crematory. So far the number of corpses found on the 16-acre grounds is 242.
Employees, whose retirement finds have been decimated by the Enron collapse, are moving forward with a class-action suit against the company. The move was approved by a federal judge.
Business News – Walmart – February 15, 2002
Wal Mart says their fiscal 4th quarter profit rose 9.2% as net income rose to $2.19 billion.
Sports News – February 15, 2002
Salt Lake Winter Olympics –
Chris Witty gets a gold medal in 1,000-meter speedskating setting a world-record time of 1 minute 13.83 seconds.
Jack Shea wins a gold medal in men’s skeleton.
Ward Burton wins the Daytona 500. He was followed at the finish line by Elliott Sadler, Geoffrey Bodine and in fourth place – Kurt Busch.
Entertainment/Celebrity News – February 15, 2002
Mogal Dick Clark reaches an agreement to sell his television production firm to a group of private investors for $140 million. The company produces his annual “Rockin New Years’ show as well as the Golden Globe Awards among others. Clark who is 72, will remain chairman and chief executive of the company he formed back in 1957.
Career On Fire – In only a year, Disney’s Lizzie McGuire is suddenly a valuable franchise. This week – the Lizzie McGuire fashion doll and gift line debuts. Also, look for two Lizzie novels to be followed by a book series. Lizzie will also be on the packages of Oscar Mayer Lunchables and soon – a new Lizzie McGuire movie. The show debuted January of last year. She’s played by 14-year-old Hilary Duff.
Music news – February 15, 2002
Don’t forget to catch rocker Moby at the closing of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic games.
Television news – February 15, 2002
Passing – Pioneering newscaster Howard K. Smith. He was 87.
Vice President Dick Cheney appears on NBC’s “The Olympic Tonight Show With Jay Leno.”
Saturday night Television listings/TV Guide – February 15, 2002
CBS – Touched by an Angel, The District
NBC – XIX Winter Olympics
ABC – Movie – Thunderball (1965) – Sean Connery as James Bond
Fox – Cops, America’s Most Wanted
E! - True Hollywood Story, Wild On…
WWF – WWF Excess
Touched by an Angel – A girl begins an online relationship with a stranger.
Top Movies – February 15, 2002
Return to Never Land
Big Fat Liar
A Beautiful Mind
Black Hawk down