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Dateline: Week Of January 8, 2003 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Tech & Fascinating Facts


In The News  -

President Bush signs into law an extension of unemployment relief for some 800,000. 

President Bush unveils a $674-billion plan – with tax cuts to spur jobs. 

A US Airways Express commuter plane leaving Charlotte-Douglas International Airport plunges into a maintenance hangar killing all 21 on board. 

Defiant - North Korea is immediately puling out of the Nuclear Nonproliferation treaty. 

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat urged militant groups to halt attacks against Israel. 

joe lieberman declares candidacy january 2003Democrat Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut declares his candidacy for his party’s 2004 presidential nomination. “Two years ago, we were promised a better America. But that promise has not been kept.” 

U.S. relatives of victims of Sept 11 gather at a memorial in Baghdad. 

Outgoing Illinois governor George Ryan, calling his state’s capital punishment system “deeply flawed,” commutes the sentences of all 167 of its death row inmates. All terms are reduced to life sentences. 

High-end toy retailer FAO Schwarz and Zany Brainy files for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. 

Steve Case – who saw his AOL merge with Time, resigns as head of AOL. 

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will receive more than $1 million for his memoirs in a deal with Harper Collins.  

Mr. Blackwell issues his worst dressed List. Of Donatella Versace – “Time to toss the peroxide once and for all. Of Christina Aguilera – “Her barely there bimbo bombs wouldn’t cover a gnat. Let’s call her the worst undressed and leave it at that.” 


Sports News – January 8, 2003 

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers sets an NBA record with 12 three-point baskets in a game. He scored 45 points in a victory over Seattle.


Technology News – January 8, 2003 - 

Macworld trade show - Apple unveils its first laptop to sport a 17-inch screen.

DVD sales and rentals are up 71% from last year. That’s amazing.


Music News – January 8, 2003 –

Passing – Maurice Gibb – one of the three famed Bee Gee brothers. He was 53. 

maurice gibb bee gees dies january 2003Barry Gibb tells the BBC that the Gibb Family would fight to discover the truth about brother Maurice’s death in Miami at Mount Sinai Medical Center. 

This week – The Rolling Stones live on HBO. 

Eminem sings a licensing deal wit Nesi Apparel to create of sportswear called “Shady.” 

Tommy Mottola – the former Mr. Mariah Carey – is stepping down as head of Sony Music Entertainment in a reverse of fortunes for the company. No doubt, Mottola had many high points at the company – bringing in such stars as Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey. Sony Music Entertainment is in the dumps now – posting operating losses of $142 million for last year. 

Some top albums – week of January 8, 2003

8 Mile – soundtrack

Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

Let Go – Avril Lavigne

dixie chicks music january 2003Home – Dixie Chicks

Stropped – Christina Aguilera

This is Me.. Then – Jennifer Lopez

Justified – Justin Timberlake

I Care 4 u – Aallyah

Under Construction – Missy Elliott


Television News – January 8, 2003

 On Comedy Central – “Wanda Sykes: Tongue Untied.” She used to work for the National Security Agency. She’s also ready to star in her own sitcom – “Wanda at Large” on Fox. Look for it this spring. 

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