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


In The News

Joe Allbaught resigns as head of the Federal emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Former Vice President Al Gore says he will not run for President again. “I’ve decided that I will not be a candidate for president in 2004.”

U.N. experts say Iraq has failed to prove that it has no weapons of mass destruction. Meantime, Secretary of State Colin Powell asserts that a consensus is emerging at the U.N. Security Council that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein failed to come clean on his weapons of mass destruction programs in the arms declaration that Baghdad recently submitted. Powell later said that there would be “no second chance” for Iraq to correct its massive arms declaration and avoid a military intervention. 

A defiant President Hugo Chavez rules out early elections as a solution to Venezuela’s deepening political crisis. He vowed to outlast a nationwide strike that has crippled his country’s oil production.

A U.N report says that Al Qaeda continues to command an extensive network of well-financed terrorist operatives in 40 countries and has opened new training camps in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistani border to prepare a new generation of Islamic extremists for attacks on the West.   

President Bush orders the Pentagon to deploy a rudimentary missile defense system that will place interceptor missiles in Alaska and in California. He wants it done by 2004.

Senate Republican leader Trent Lott resigns his post after a racial remark – one he thought he would survive.

Four boys, between 7 and 11 plunge through the ice of the Merrimack River in Lawrence, Massachusetts and die.


Sports News – December 15, 2002

 USC’s Carson Palmer gets a Heisman Trophy.


Radio news – December 15, 2002

In Los Angeles – KIIS-FM conducts its annual Jingle Ball – Take a look at this lineup:  Kylie Minogue, Destiny’s Child, Mariah Carey, Nick Carter, Justin Timberlake, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Osbourne (Ozzie’s daughter), Paul Oakenfold. The show was four hours.

The mother of talkshow host Dr. Laura Schlessinger – Yolanda Schlessinger is found dead in her Beverly Hills condominium, where she had remained undiscovered for several months. She was 77.


Some best-selling books – December 15, 2002

Four Blind Mice – James Patterson

Prey – Michael Crichton

Skipping Christmas – John Grisham

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

Journals – Kurt Cobain

Bush at War – Bob Woodward

Everyday Grace – Marianne Williamson

Sandy Koufax – Jane Leavy 


Music news – December 15, 2002

Columbian singer Shakira returns to her hometown of Barranquilla, Columbia to donate 10,000 pairs of tennis shoes to impoverished children. In October at the first MTV Video Music Awards Latin America, Shakira swept all five categories in which she was nominated, including artist of the year.

MTV says it will shrink its playlist – to more hit-oriented videos. It says it will focus on more top-tier stars.

Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler on Disney’s Lizzie McGuire.


Sunday night television – listings/TV Guide – December 15, 2002

CBS – 60 Minutes, Becker, Yes, dear, Movie

NBC – America’s Greatest Christmas Decorations, American Dreams, Movie

ABC – Nancy Drew, Alias, The Practice

Fox – Simpsons, King of the Hill, Malcolm in the idle, Andy Richter Controls the universe

UPN – Enterprise, Stargate SG-1

WB – Charmed, Angel

VH1 – Ultimate Albums, Jen and Ben: A Live story, What It’s Like, Big in 2002 Awards


Christmas Decorations – hosted by Jean Smart.

American Dreams – Ashanti appears as Dionne Warwick and sings “Walk on By.”


Top DVD Sales – December 15, 2002

Men In Black II (Pan and Scan)

Men in Black II (Widescreen)

Ice Age

Beauty and the Beast Special Edition

Monsters Inc


Top Pop Hits – December 15, 2002

Work It – Miss “Misdemeanor” Elliott

Lose Yourself – Eminem

Jenny From the Block – Jennifer Lopez/

’03 Bonnie & Clyde – Jay-Z/Beyonce Knowles

Air Force Ones – Nelly

The Game of Love – Santana/Michelle Branch

Underneath It All – No Doubt

Gimme the Light – Sean Paul

Don’t  Mess With My Man -  Nives

Beautiful – Christina Aguilera

Love of My Life – Erykah Badu

Bump, Bump, Bump – B2k & P. Diddy

She hates Me – Puddle of Mudd

Luv U Better – LL Cool J.

Landslide – Dixie Chicks

Dontchange – Musiq


Hot Modern Rock Music Tracks – December 15, 2002

Always – Saliva

All My Life – Foo Fighters

You Now You’re Right – Nirvana

No One Knows – Queens of the Stone Age

The Red – Chevelle

Bother – Stone Sour

Fine Again – Seether

Prayer – disturbed

When I’m Gone – 3 Doors down


Popular Jazz Music Tracks – December 15,  2002

Live in Paris – Diana Krall

A Wonderful World – Tony Bennett and K.D. Lang

This Time of the Year – Steve Tyrell

Ask A Woman Who Knows - Natalie Cole

A Love supreme – John Coltrane

The Look of Love – Diana Krall

In the Sun – Jane Monheit


Top music albums – December 15, 2002

Chainbracelet – Mariah Carey

Up! – Shania Twain

8 Mile Soundtrack

Tim McGraw and the dancehall doctors – Tim McGraw

Better days – 2Pac

This is Me…Then – Jennifer Lopez

Let Go – Avril Lavigne

Cry – Faith Hill

Home – Dixie Chicks

Elvis 30 #1 Hits – Elvis Presley

Justified – Justin Timberlake

Josh Groban

Stripped – Christina Aguilera

The Eminem Show – Eminem

Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

Back in the U.S. Live 2002 – Paul McCartney 

The Blueprint2; The Fight and the Curse – Jay-Z

Nellyville – Nelly

Under Construction – Missy Elliott

Shaman – Santana

Forty Licks – Rolling Stones

 The Last Temptation – Ja Rule

Great American Songbook – Rod Stewart

Steel This Album! – System of a Down

More Than You Think You Are – Matchbox Twenty

Let It Be Christmas – Alan Jackson


Hot Country Music Tracks – December 15, 2002

She’ll Leave You With A Smile – George Strait

Who’s Your Daddy? – Toby Keith

19 Somethin’ – Mark Wills

These Days – Rascal Flatts

Landslide – Dixie Chicks

Somebody Like You – Keith Urban

Red Rag Top – Tim McGraw

A Lot of Things Different – Kenny Chesney

Fall Into Me – Emerson drive

I’m Gonna Getcha Good! – Shania Twain


Top Hip Hop Music Tracks – December 15, 2002

Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop) – Erykah Badu

Work It – Missy Misdemeanor” Elliott

Lose Yourself – Eminem

Dontchange – Musiq


Music news – December 15, 2002

Billboard/Music Industry Top Pop artists for 2002









Linkin Park

Avril Lavigne

Puddle of Mudd

Jennifer Lopez


Enrique Iglesias


Mary J. Blige

Toby Keith

No Doubt

Alan Jackson

Alicia Keys

Vanessa Carlton

Dixie Chicks

Michelle Branch


The Calling

Fat Joe

Kenny Chesney

Jimmy eat World

Tim McGraw

Britney Spears

‘N Sync




Garth Brooks

Celine Dion

P. Diddy

John Mayor

Sheryl Crow








Top Movies – December 15, 2002

Maid in Manhattan

Star Trek:” Nemesis


Die Another Day

The Hot Chick

Harry Potter and the Chamber of secrets

Analyze That

The Santa Clause 2

Treasure Planet


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