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


In The News

President Bush plans to allow increased humanitarian aid to Cuba but demand far-reaching political reforms by Castro as a prerequisite for easing U.S. economic sanctions against the island.

The Bush Administration denies airline pilots permission to carry guns in the cockpit, angering pilots who had sought that authority. The White House believes sky marshals are better matched against air hijackers. 

President Bush dismisses as “second-guessing” the mounting questions about his administration’s response to information in August that Osama Bin Laden’s associates might be planning airline hijackings.

FBI Director Robert Mueller voices fears sparked by recently gathered intelligence, says it is “inevitable” that suicide bombers will kill Americans on U.S. soil.


Some best selling books – May 15, 2002

The Nanny Diaries – Emma McLaughlin

Atonement – Ian McBwan

Daddy’s Little Girl – Mary Higgins Clark

Stupid White Men… And Other Sorry Excuses For the State of the Nation – Michael Moore

Master of the Senate – Rocert A. Caro

Lucky man – Michael J. Fox

Selp Matters – Hillip C. McGraw


Technology News – May 15, 2002

Microsoft says it plans to spend millions of dollars building a worldwide network that will let games play over the Internet. The new service will be called X-Box Live.

Sony Music says it has planted a “poisoned pellet” of software in the European version of Celine Dion’s latest CD – “A New Day Has Come.” Those who attempt to make copies of the disc risk having the optical drives of PC’s crash and in some cases, permanently freeze.

Time Warner Inc chief Gerald Levin ends his 10-year reign. “It has been a stunning ride. What will I do now? I’m not going to Disney World… I now close my business career and fade away.”


 Entertainment/Celebrity News – May 15, 2002

Hollywood news – Hollywood talent agency CAA picks up a new client – a virtual client and her name is Lara Croft. Ms. Croft – a figment of your imagination, stars in five video games, a comic book series and a Hollywood film. And she’s generated close to $1.2 billion in revenue over the last six years. 


Top Television Show Ratings – May 15, 2002

Friends – 34.91

ER – 27.47

CSI – 26.97

Survivor/Marquesas Finale – 25.87

Will & Crace – 27.65

Everybody Love Raymond – 19.41

Survivor/Marquesas – 19.15

Cosby Show: A Look Back – 18.48

Law & Order – 18.30

CSI (10:pm) – 18.26

 Survivor Marquesas Re-union – 17.89

Frasier – 17.23

Becker – 15.73

West Wing – 15.54

The Practice – 14.90

Crossing Jordan – 14.76

Fear Factor – 14.35

60 Minutes – 14.35

Law & Order SVU – 14.27

Dinotopia Part 2 – 13.36

Judging Amy – 13.29

The X-Files – 13.25

NBC Funniest Outtakes – 12.98

JAG – 12.84

Dinotopia – Part 3 – 12.73

Third Watch – 12.72

Mary Tyler Moore Reunion – 12.51


 Television news – May 15, 2002

Passing - Long time Los Angeles news anchor Jerry Dunphy (80).

The X-Files are about to shut down, but not without the return of David Duchovny as FBI Agent Fox Mulder. Fans are anticipating the Fox and Scully will ride off together.

Nick-At-Night is presenting Sponge Bob in a prime-time special this week – “SpongeBob’s House Party.” It’ll be combined with live action with “Patchy the Pirate.”

CBS airs an excerpt of a videotape made by captors of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, despite criticism from Pearl’s family. The CBS report showed Peal, under duress, saying he was Jewish.

Sunday night – “The Cosby Show… A Look Back.” The whole family is back for this two hour special. The funniest moments. Your favorite scenes. 

Thursday night television listings/TV Guide – May 15, 2002

CBS – Survivor: Marquesas, CSI:Crime Scene Investigation, CSI:Crime Scene Investigation, Late Show

NBC – Friends, Will & Grace, ER, Tonight Show

ABC – Movie, Nightline

PBS – Frontline, Noah’s Ark, Charlie Rose

Fox – Movie (The Nutty Professor)

WB – Charmed, Charmed

UPN – WWE Smackdown!

Sci-Fi Channel – Star Trek, Outer Limits, Stephen King’s The stand, Crossing Over

USA – JAG, Nash Bridges, JAG, JAG, JAG

MTV - Tough Enough 2, Deathmatch, Jackass, TRL


Friends – Rachel begins childbirth (last show of the season).

Will & Grace – How to have their baby – artificial or natural means? (last show of the season).

Charmed – Paige discovers that a past life reveals she was an evil enchantress.

Late Show With David Lettermen – Natalie Portman

Tonight Show with Jay Leno – Edwan McGregor, Billy Bob Thornton.


Top Video rentals – May 15, 2002

Behind Enemy Lines

Spy Game

Black Night

Domestic Disturbance


Training day


Thirteen Ghosts


Top Country Hit Music – May 15, 2002

Drive (For Daddy Gene) – Alan Jackson

My List – Toby Keith

Living and Living Well – George Straight

What If She’s An Angel – Tommy Shane Steiner

Young – Kenny Chesney

Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde – Travis Tritt

I’m Movin’ On – Rascal Flatts

That’s When I Love You – Phil Vassar


Top Hip Hop Music Tracks – May 15, 2002

What’s Luv? – Fat Joe/Ashanti

Foolish – Ashanti

I Need A Girl Part 1 – P Diddy/Usher & Loon

Pass the Courvoisier Part Ii – Busta Rhymes/P Diddy & Pharrell

Addictive – Truth Hurts/Rakim

Oh Boy – Cam’ron/Juetz Santana

Halfcrazy – Musiq

Anything – Jaheim/Next

Makin’ Good Love – Avant

Rainy Dayz – Mary J. Blige/Ja Rule


Top Pop Hit Music – May 15, 2002

 What’s Luv? – Fat Joe/Ashanti

I Need A Girl (part one) – P Diddy/Usher & Loon

Blurry – Puddle of Mudd

A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton

U Don’t Have To Call – Usher

Underneath Your Clothes – Shakira

Don’t Let Me Get Me – Pink

All You Wanted – Michelle Branch

The Middle – Jimmy Eat World

Ain’t It Funny – Jennifer Lopez/Ja Rule

In The End – Linkin Park

Pass the Courvoisier Part Ii – Busta Rhymes/P Diddy & Pharrell


Modern Rock Music Tracks – May 15, 2002

Toxicity – System of a Down

Seein’ Red – Unwritten Law

For You – Staind

Blurry – Puddle of Mudd

Crawling In The Dark – Hoobastank

Somewhere Out There – Our Lady Peace

Dope Nose – Weezer

Too Bad – Nickleback

Here To Stay – Korn


Top Music Albums – May 15, 2002


 Hood Rich – Big Tymers

No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems – Kenny Chesney

Be Not Nobody – Vanessa Carlton

A New Day Has Come – Celine Dion

Spiderman – soundtrack

C’mon, C’mon – Sheryl Crow

Now 9 – Various artists

Josh Broban


Laundry Service - Shakira

Silver Lining – Bonnie Raitt

Word of Mouf – Ludacris

Star Wars Episode II – Soundtrack

The Scorpion King - Soundtrack


Top Movies – May 15, 2002

Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones

Spider Man


About a Boy

The New Guy

Changing Lanes

The Scorpion King

The Rookie

Murder By Numbers

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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