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Dateline: Week Of March 1, 2003 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Tech & Fascinating Facts



In The News -

Al Qaeda operations chief Khalid Shalkh Mohammed is captured near Pakistan’s capital and interrogation begins. 

president bush iraq disarmament UN march 2003President Bush has vowed to bring Iraq’s disarmament confrontation to a U.N. vote and soon. Even if it means defeat for the United States, which is open to compromise.    

Gunmen kill two Pakistani policemen and injured five others outside the U.S. consulate in Karachi. 

Iraq says it would begin destroying its banned Al-Samoud 2 missiles this week. 

Four North Korean fighter jets intercept a U.S. reconnaissance plane over the Sea of Japan. One flew within 50 feet of the craft. 

A bomb in a backpack explodes outside a major airport in the southern Philippines, killing 23.  

 The Today Sponge contraceptive is back on the market after it disappeared from U.S. drugstore shelves. Originally on the market from 1983 to 1995, it was taken off the market by original after problems were found at the company’s factory in Hammonton – then owned by Wyeth. The new start-up is from Allendale Pharmaceuticals.  The sponge was the subject of a well-known Seinfeld episode back in the 1990’s. It’s only available on the Internet now, but could be in stores within a year.  In the Seinfeld episode, Elaine runs around New York seeking the sponge – her favorite method of birth control. When she gets them, she determines if a boyfriend is then “spongeworthy.”

Auto sales are down some 7% from the same time last year. Ford is flat, but GM took a 19% hit.


Fascinating Facts - March 1, 2003 -  

Fox and Marvel Enterprises settle a lawsuit over Marvel’s “Mutant X” television show. Fox claimed the program was a copy of its popular “X-Men” movie which was released in 2000 and made more than $163 million.  


Technology News – March 1, 2003 - 

EBay announces plans to close its half.com web site – a site that competed with Amazon for selling books and other merchandise. Actually – used goods are bought and sold at fixed prices – hence the name “half.” Half.com began in 1999. 

Microsoft has agreed to let the Chinese security experts review the source code for Windows. The company doesn’t want Linux to get a foothold.  


Entertainment News – March 1, 2003

Passing – Actor Horst Buchholz (69).

Passing – Hank Ballard – creator of “The Twist.” He was 66.


Music News – March 1, 2003

Some top albums –

Home – Dixie Chicks

Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

Chocolate Factory – R. Kelly

50 Cent Rap Hit March 2003Get Rich or Die Tryin’ – 50 Cent

Room for Squares – John Mayer

Philadelphia Freeway – Freeway

Let go – Avril Lavigne

Chicago – Soundtrack

Grammy Nominees 2003


Madonna wants to write children’s books – and has signed a deal with Penguin Publishing. Look for the first – “The English Roses” in September.


Top TV Shows/TV Guide – March 1, 2003

CSI – 22.88

My Big Fat Greek Life Special – 22.87

Survivor: Amazon – 22.37

Everybody Loves Raymond – 22.20

American Idol on Tuesday – 19.96

Law & Order – 15.62

Joe Millionaire – 19.50

Aftermath – 19.11

CSI: Miami – 19.11

Without a Trace – 18.80

Friends – 17.51

Law & Order Criminal Intent – 17.32

american idol tv ratings - march 1 2003American Idol on Wednesday – 17.14

60 Minutes II – 17.04

Law & Order: SVU – 16.81

My Big Frat Greek Life – 16.64

60 Minutes – 16.33

JAG – 15.79

Fear Factor – 15.58

Yes, Dear – 15.36

King of Queens – 14.80

Judging Amy – 14.50

The Simpsons – 14.56

West Wing – 14.01


Television News – March 1, 2003

On Showtime this week – season premiere of “Queer as Folk.” 

David Letterman takes a little leave from the show because he has shingles. 

Sunday night television listings – week of March 1, 2003

CBS  60 Minutes, My Big Fat Greek Life, Becker, Movie-Salem Witch Trials

NBC – Dateline NBC, American Dreams, law & Order: Criminal Intent, Boomtown

ABC – I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! Alias, Dragnet

Fox – Futurama, King of the Hill, The Simpsons, Malcom in the Midle, that ‘70’s Show

WB – Gilmore Girls, Charmed

UPN – enterprise, Stargae SG-1

VH1 – Driven, Driven, 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders, karaoke Dreams, ET on VH1

MTV – WWE Sunday Night Heat, Clone High, MTV Cribs, Sorority Life, Fraternity Life, the Osbournes, Jackass, Fastlane

HBO - The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire

E ! – The Ann Nicole Show (season #2 debut).


sopranos march 1 2003Sopranos – Tony takes Meadow to Maine – but spots a snitch up there. 

Driven #1 – Pink. 

Driven#2 – LeAnn Rimes.


Top Movies – March 1, 2003

Cradle 2 the Grave

Old School


How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days


The Jungle Book

Shanghai Knights

The Life of David gale

Gods and Generals

The Recruit

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