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


In The News

John Walker Lindh pleads guilty to taking up arms as a soldier in the Taliban army and agrees to cooperate with the U.S. government in its efforts to capture and prosecute terrorists.  

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan warns Congress that corporate scandals threaten to injure the nation’s slowly mending economy and should be treated with stiff new penalties for executives who cheat.

Palestinian gunmen dressed as Israeli soldiers ambush an armored bus in the West Bank, killing 7.

Two suicide attackers set of explosions in a rundown commercial neighborhood in Tel Aviv, killing at least 5.

Gov. Jeb Bush’s daughter, Noelle is jailed after officials said she failed to meet the requirements of a court-ordered drug treatment program.


Business/Economy News – July 15, 2002

The Dow drops 390 points or 4.6%. The market was shaken by the wave of corporate financial scandals this year, the threat of more terrorist attacks and uncertainty over the strength of the economic recovery.


Technology News – July 15, 2002

Bob Pittman Resigns

AOL Time Warner Inc shakes up its top management ranks. Resigning is Bob Pittman – who helped begin MTV and was a key architect of the merger between Internet giant AOL and Time Warner.

The FCC gives carriers a year before they must permit customers to keep their number when switching mobile-phone providers. It’s the third time the agency extended the number portability deadline.

Illegal bootleg copies of movies such as “Men in Black II, “Reign of Fire” and others are found on Ebay, but the website says it will pull the accounts after they’ve found them. This is a new trend on the famous auction website.


 Entertainment News – July 15, 2002

 Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Billy Bob Thornton.

PBS says the South African production of “Sesame Street” will include an HIV-positive Muppet, but no such character will be introduced domestically.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – July 15, 2002

All Star Game – (Fox) – 14.65

CSI – 13.04

All-Star Pregame Show – 12.43

Everybody Loves Raymond – 11.64

Law & Order – 11.34

The House Whisperer – 10.91

60 Minutes – 10.80

48 Hours (Mon.) – 10.24

Becker – 10.17

Dog Eat Dog – 10.10

Movie – Men in Black 09.39

Big Brother 3 (Wed.) – 9.19

Fear Factor – 8.99

American Idol (Wed.) – 6.96

Crime & Punishment – 8.81

Law & Order (Criminal Intent) – 8.80

Movie-Holy Joe – 8.73

Law & Order -: SVU – 8.65

60 Minutes Ii – 8.36

Dateline NBC (Tue.)


Television news – July 15, 2002

 David Chase, creator of “The Sopranos” says the show’s producers are discussing a big screen version after its HBO run ends.

 Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg is taking leave of absence from “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” to tour with the E Street Band, where he’s been a member since 1974.  

He’s back – Phil Donahue debuts a daily talk show – this time on MSNBC.


Top Pop Hit Music – July 15, 2002

Hot In Herre – Nelly

Without Me – Eminem

 Hero – Chad Kreeger

Complicated – Avril Lavigne

I Need A Girl (Part Two) – P. Diddy

Foolish – Ashanti

A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton

Oh Boy – Cam’ron featuring Juelz Santana

The Middle – Jimmy Eat World

Still Fly – Big Tymore

Addictive – Truth Hurts

Just A Friend 2002 – Marie

Soak Up the Sun – Sheryl Crow


Top Music Albums – July 15, 2002

The Eminem Show – Eminem

Nellyville – Nelly

Untouchables – Korn

Ashanti – Ashanti

Let Go – Avril Lavigne

Missundaztood – Pink

God’s Favorite – N.O.R.E.

We Invented the remix – P. Diddy/Various Artists

No Shoes, No Shirt, No problems – Kenny Chesney

Lovehatetragedy – Papa Roach

C’mon, C’mon – Sheryl Crow

Disney’s Life and Stitch – Soundtrack

Truthfully Speaking – Truth Hurts

Room For Squares – John Mayer

Hood Rich – Big Tymers

Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

Born To Reign – Will Smith


Top Movies – July 15, 2002

Men in Black II

Road to Perdition – Tom Hanks

Reign of Fire

Halloween: Resurrection

Mr. Deeds

Crocodile Hunter

Life and Stitch

Like Mike

Minority Report

The Bourne Identity

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