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Dateline: Week Of April 22, 2002 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

Human remains are fond in a shed behind the Oregon home of ward Weaver, a toolmaker with a history of violence toward women. He is the prime suspect in the disappearance of Ashley Pond (12) and Miranda Gaddis (13) who vanished this winter in Oregon City and remain missing.

Unsolved for decades - Michael Skakel is sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the October 1975 murder of his 15-year-old female friend/neighbor. Skakel (41) was convicted in June of fatally bludgeoning and stabbing Martha Moxley with a broken golf club in their Greenwich, CT neighborhood. He was also 15. Attention focused on Michael in the early 1990’s after he changed the story he gave police about the night of the murder when he talked to private investigators hired in 1992 to clear the Skakels’ name.  Skakel is a nephew of Robert F. Kenney’s widow Ethel.

Grand juries in Detroit and Seattle charge six alleged Islamic militants with supporting global terrorism activities. One is a U.S. citizen.

Two men who were reported missing after the World Trade Center attacks have been found alive in New York hospitals.

In Utah, polygamist Tom Green is sentenced to spend five years to life in prison for a child rape that occurred when he took a 13-year-old girl as his “spiritual” wife more than a dozen years ago.

Vice President Dick Cheney spells out the Bush administration’s rationale for ousting Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. He said he believed that the dictator will add the nuclear bomb “fairly soon: to his arsenal of weapons of mass destruction.”

Qatar and Saudi Arabia refuse to support the U.S. effort in Iraq, giving the Bush administration complications on any attack plans from those areas. 

Also In the news – West Nile virus. It’s been around three years and is slowly spreading west.

President Bush is seen on the cover of Runner’s World Magazine.


Technology News – August 22, 2002

Women, who logged on to the female-based IVillage.com, also got other people’s private messages, in an apparent e-mail glitch. Each time the sites users logged on, they saw a different person’s messages. The messages were part of Ivillage’s free e-mail service. 

New – T-Mobile’s Pocket PC phone. Now you can log-on, just like your PC. Just $500. 

KPIG – an FM station near Santa Cruz, CA and a station that was popular with Internet listeners until it shut down its stream (due to costs) is back up and available, but you’ll have to pay a fee. The $5.95 a month subscription fee offsets the expense of the service and music royalties.

Sony Stops Betamax

Sony announces that it would stop making the last two models of the Betamax videocassette recorder by year’s end. The company made fewer than 3,000 of the VCR’s last year and sold them only in Japan.


Sports News – August 22, 2002

 Negotiators for Major League Baseball and its players work through the night before reaching agreement on a new labor contract, averting a baseball strike.


Radio news – August 22, 2002

WNEW-FM (New York) shock jocks Opie and Anthony have been off the air all week after a stunt in which a couple were charged with having sex during Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. In an update, the pair is fired by the station for the stunt. Apparently, they broadcast a live account of the act. 


Music news – August 22, 2002

In Chicago, a judge rules that singer R. Kelly, who has been free on bond since was indicted on child pornography charges, can leave the state to appear at a nightclub in Miami this weekend. Kelly (35), whose first name is Robert, was indicted in June on 21 counts of child pornography stemming from a videotape authorities say shows him having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Eminem’s “Without Me” walks off with best video of the year as well as the awards for best male video, best rap video and best direction at the 19th annual MTV Video Music Awards.

“Behind The Music” becomes VH1’s longest running show at five years. This week, it is presenting a marathon including some of its most popular and notorious episodes and hosted by Cedric the Entertainer.


Television news – August 22, 2002

Producers of CBS’s “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn” apologize after repeating an episode in which the host spoofed Laker announcer Chick Hearn, who passed away earlier this month.

NBC and fox will air Saturday morning educational programs for kids this fall, designed to comply with the Children’s Television Act. NBC’s will be produced by the Discovery Channel while Fox will get its programming from 4Kids Entertainment.


Top Movies – August 22, 2002



SpyKids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Blue Crush

Serving Sara

Austin Powers in Goldmember



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