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


In The News

Colin Powell leaves the Middle East after a  10-day peace mission. Little progress was made between Israel and the Arab world. 

The Senate blocks oil and gas drilling at the Artic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. It’s a defeat for President Bush.

The House votes to permanently keep President Bush’s tax cut plan – a 10-year plan.

A small plane hit’s Milan’s tallest skyscraper. Terrorism was feared, but the pilot radioed he was having trouble. Three are dead.

The Supreme Court rules the government can’t make it a crime that show adult actors who “appear to be minors” involved in sex. 

Israel special forces arrest Marwan Barghoutt – leader of Yasser Arafat’s Fatah faction. Israel believes he’s responsible for dozens of deadly attacks on its citizens.

President Bush says that the Arab nations that have supported the U.S.-led fight in Afghanistan must also clearly oppose terrorist acts in the Middle East. Do you hear that Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan?


Business News – Starbuck Update – April 15, 2002

Starbucks Corp says it has agreed to pay as much as $18 million for those cheated out of overtime pay.


Sports News- April 15, 2002

Cynthia Lucero who ran the Boston marathon dies – two days after collapsing near the end of the race. She was 28.

Tiger Wood wins his third Masters with a three-shot victory over Retief Goosen.


Some best-selling books – April 15, 2002

The Nanny Diaries – Emma McLaughlin

Atonement – Ian MCewan

The Summons – John Grisham

Everything’s Eventual – Stephen King

Lucky Man – Michael J. Fox

Stupid White Men… Michael Moore

 Bias – Bernard Goldberg

The Natural – Joe Klein


Technology News – April 15, 2002

Yahoo History

Wylie Gustafson – a cowboy-singer-poet who yodels, is accusing Yahoo of using his signature vocalization in its yodeling commercials.  Gustafson was paid $590 to record the “Yahoo” some six years ago, and says the network now owes him $5 million for all the usage. “All I know is I created this yodel and it’s become an audio trademark for this company and that wasn’t the original agreement.””


Entertainment news – April 15, 2002

Actor Robert Bake and his bodyguard are arrested in the shooting death of the actor’s wife last May outside a restaurant in Los Angeles.


Television news – April 15, 2002

Fox is canceling “Ally McBeal” after five years.

TNN picks up six episodes of “Gary the Rat,” – the animated series that Kelsey Grammer helped produce for Mediatrip.com

Looks like the reality show “The Osbournes” featuring Ozzie and family is MTV’s biggest hit – the biggest in its history. More than 6.2 million tuned in last Tuesday. 

 Passing – Robert Urich dies of cancer. He was 55. Mr. Urich probably had more TV series any other actor. 


Top TV Shows/Ratings – April 15, 2002

CSI – 22.24

Law & Order – 19.54

Survivor: Marquesas – 19.34

Everybody Loves Raymond – 17.67

Friends – 17.30

Movie – The Pilot’s Wife – 17.20

Friends at 8:30p – 17.19

Will & Grace – 16.30

King of Queens – 15.65

60 Minutes – 15.38

JAG – 14.82

ER – 14.71

Just Shoot Me – 14.38

Fear Factor – 14.29

Judging Amy – 14.20

Frasier – 14.13

Law & Order: SVU – 14,10

West Wing – 13.28

Crossing Jordan – 13.05

The Guardian – 13.00


Monday night television listings/TV Guide – week of April 15, 2002

CBS – Yes, Dear, Baby Bob, Everybody Loves Raymond, Becker, Family Law, Late Show, Late Late Show

NBC – Fear Factor, Third Watch, Crossing Jordan, Tonight, Conan O’Brien

ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos, the Bachelor, Once and Again, Nightline, Politically Incorrect

PBS – Antiques Roadshow, Masterpiece Theater, The Children of Chabannes, Charlie Rose

 Fox – Ally McBeal

UPN – The Hughleys, One on One, Parkers, Girlfriends

WB – 7th Heaven, Angel

Sci-Fi – Star Trek

Discovery – Quest for the Giant Squid.

7th Heaven – The Glass’ and Camdens get together for dinner. 

Late Show – Regis Philbin and Andie MacDowell.

Tonight Show – Ethan Hawks and chef Emeril Lagasse.


Music news – April 15, 2002

 The upcoming live action “Scooby Doo” movie soundtrack album contains a duet by Selange (sister of Destiny’s Child’s Beyonce Knowles) and Murphy Lee of St. Lunatics. Name of the song is “Thinking About You.” Beyonce produced the track.

Warner Brothers has signed the Swedish band – the Hives – described as a neo-garage punk band.

 Passing – Layne Staley – Alice in Chains lead singer. He was only 34.

Rapper R. Kelly has canceled his upcoming tour. He’s got some problems and is accused of having sex with minors. 

KIIS-FM (Los Angeles) Wango Tango concert lineup is finalized. Appearing – Celine Dion, Do Doubt, Ja Rule, Pink, Alanis Morissette, Ashanti, Mary J. Blige, Arie, India, O-Town, marc Anthony, the Calling, Vanessa Carlton, Paulina Rubin, Aaron carter, Michelle Branch, Craig David. The concert is June 15.

Global recorded music sales fell by 5% in 2001. The proliferation of free music on the Net and CD copying was surely a factor.

New – Vanessa Carlton. She’s 21 and use to be a ballerina. MTV and radio lover her “A Thousand Miles,” from her A&M album – “Be Not Nobody.”

After disbanding three years ago, pioneering industrial act KMFDM – whose career spanned 15 years and 10 albums, returns with a new album – “Attack.”


Top Music Albums – April 15, 2002

A New Day Has Come – Celine Dion

Ashanti – Ashanti

O Brother Where Art Thou? – Soundtrack

Now 9 – Various Artists

Southern Hummingbird – Tweet

The Scorpion King – Soundtrack

Ecstasy – Avant

The Best of Both Worlds – R. Kelly & Jay-Z

Word of Mouf – Ludacris

Laundry Service – Shakira

WWF: Forcible Entry – Various Artists

Missundestood – Pink

Come Clean – Puddle of Mudd

Hybrid Theory – Linkin Park

No More Drama (2002) – Mary J. Blige

Silver Side Up – Nickleback

Come Clean – Puddle of Mudd

B2k – B2k

Pain Is Love – Ja Rule

8701 – Usher

Drive – Alan Jackson

Full Moon – Brandy

J.O.S.E: Jealous Ones Still Envy – Fat Joe


Top Country Music Hits – April 15, 2002

I Breathe In, I Breather Out – Chris Cagle

My List – Toby Keith

Young – Kenny Chesney

What If She’s An Angel – Tommy Shane Steiner

That’s When I Love You – Phil Vasser

Blessed – Martina McBride

The Cowboy in Me – Tim McGraw

Drive (For Daddy Gene) – Alan Jackson

Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde – Travis Tritt


Top Pop Music Hits – April 15, 2002

Ain’t It Funny - Jennifer Lopez/Ja Rule

Foolish – Ashanti

What’s Luv? – Fat Joe/Ashanti

Blurry -  Puddle of Mudd

U Don’t Have To Call – Usher

In the End – Linkin Park

How You Remind Me – Nickleback

Girfriend ‘N Sync/Nelly

Oops (Oh My) – Tweet

Escape – Enrique Iglesias

Don’t Let Me Get me – Pink

I Need A Girl (Part one) – P. Diddy/Usher/Loon

Wherever You Will Go – The Calling

Can’t Get You Out of My Head – Kylie Minogue


Top Hip-Hop Music Tracks – April 15, 2002

U Don’t Have to Call – Usher

Foolish – Ashanti

Oops (Oh My) – Tweet

What’s Luv? – Fat Joe/Ashanti

Anything – Jaheim/Next

Pass the Courvoisier Part II – Busty Rhymes/P. Diddy/Pharrell


Hot Modern Rock Music Tracks – April 15, 2002

Youth of the Nation – Puddle of Mudd

The Middle – Jimmy East World

Crawling in the Dark – Hoobastank

For You – Staind

First date – Blink-182

Too Bad – Nickleback

Seein Red – Unwritten law

Toxicity – System of a Down

Friends and Family -  Trik Turner


Popular Video Rentals – April 15, 2002


Training Day

Don’t Say A Word

Riding In Cars With Boys

Joy Ride




Popular Kid’s DVD’s – April 15, 2002

Cinderella II Dreams Come True

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Balto in Wolf Quest

Scooby Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf

Sponge Buddies

Nautical Nonsense


Top Movies – April 15, 2002

Changing Lanes

Panic Room

The Sweetest Thing

Ice Age

The Rookie

High Crimes


Blade 2


National Lampoon’s Van Wilder

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