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Dateline: Week Of February 22, 2003 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Tech & Fascinating Facts


In The News -

A nightclub fire at West Warwick – Rhode Island – kills 96 and injures at least 100 more. The fire was touched off by rock band Great White’s pyrotechnic show and spread  so fast – many were trapped and screamed for their lives. A WPRI-TV cameraman captured the whole event. It only took a few minutes for the building to be enveloped by deadly smoke and flame. About 400 crowded in the club to see the band. Name of the night spot was called “The Station.” 

Backed by the U.S. - Britain presents a resolution to the Security Council, saying that Iraq, “has failed to take the final opportunity” to disarm. 

A fire sweeps through a nursing home in Hartford (CT) – killing 23. Arson is a possibility. 

colin powell in Seoul news feb 2003Secretary of State Colin Powell – in Seoul, meets with South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun. 

The Pentagon says that the Iraq conflict/war could cost as much as $85 billion. 

NASA says it plans to bring three crew members on the international space station home in a Russian vehicle by early May. They won’t be replaced (downsizing). 

Biljana Plavsic, the former Bosnian Serb president who expressed remorse for the horrors committed against non-Serbs during Bosnia-Herzegovina’s war, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for promoting a campaign of murder, rape and murder. 

Coke increases its lead over rival Pepsi in sales and some of it had to do with the launch of Vanilla Coke and more Diet Coke sales. Coke has 44.5% of the softdrink market. Pepsi has 31.4%. 


Technology News – February 22, 2003

 Listen.com announces that it has received a cash infusion from RealNetworks.


Sports News – February 22, 2003 

 Mike Tyson flattens Clifford Etienne some 49 seconds into a bout in Memphis.  


Radio News -  February 22, 2003

Clear Channel has a four-quarter profit as income jumped to $184 million or 30 cents a share.


Music News – February 22, 2003

norah jones sweeps grammys february 2003Norah Jones sweeps the Grammy’s (5) and as a result – her album “Come Away With Me” has spiked in sales. Bruce Springsteen got three, including best rock album for “The Rising.” Eminem got three – including best Rap album for “The Eminem Show.”


2003 Grammy Awards – Some Winners Week Of February 22

Record of the year -
Don’t Know Shyw” Norah Jones

Album of the Year – “Come Away With Me” – Norah Jones

Song of the Year “Don’t Know Why” – Written by Jesse Harris


marion knight released from jail feb 2003Marion “Suge” Knight is released from jail after California prison panel dismissed four of the five alleged parole violations. He’s been in for two months. 

Some top albums – week of February 22, 2003

Get Rich or Die – 50 Cent

Chocolate Factory – R. Kelly

Home – Dixie Chicks

Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

Cradle 2 the Grave – soundtrack

Let Go – Avril Lavigne

Chicago – Soundtrack

Grammy Nominees 2003 – various


 Television News – February 22, 2003 –

springsteen performs 45th grammy awards feb 2003Sunday night – the 45th Annual Grammy Awards – Live From New York. Nominees and Performances Include – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Avril Lavigne, Nelly, Faith Hill, Eminem, Dixie Chicks, Norah Jones, Korn, Pink, Sheryl Crow, No Doubt, Ashanti. 

Barbara Walters interviews actor Robert Blake. He declared his innocence in the murder of his wife. He’s still in jail since being arrested April 18. 

Oprah Winfrey says she plans to begin a new TV gook club on literary classics.  

phil donahue dropped by msnbc february 2003MSNBC drops Phil Donahue. 

Passing – Fred Rogers – beloved host of the long-running PBS series “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.” He was 74. 

After seven seasons – “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is coming to an end. 

MTV News – 

MTV debuts “Sorority Life II” and “Fraternity Life” – back to back this week. It’s first “Sorority Life,” focuses on six pledges of the sigma Alpha Epsilon pi house at UC Davis in California. This time – look for pledges for the Delta Xi Omega sorority and the sigma Chi Omega fraternity of the University of Buffalo.


Top Movies – February 22, 2003 –


Old School

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

The Jungle Book 2


The Life of David Gale

Shanghai Knights

Gods and Generals

Dark Blue

The Recruit

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