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



In The News -

President Bush announces that the U.S. will lift restrictions it imposed on Iraq – restrictions on technology exports, humanitarian assistance and cash remittances. 

The New York Times said that a former reporter – Jayson Blair made up quotes and scenes, lied about his whereabouts and plagiarized material from other publications. 

Explosions at three housing complexes in Riyadh kill as many as 10 and injure scores. 

North Korea says a 1992 agreement with South Korea to keep the Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons was nullified, citing a sinister U.S. agenda. 

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Army Gen. Tommy Franks described the rebuilding of Iraq as something that could last for years. 

New NATO members – Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lituania, Romania, Slovakia and Sloveria get full White House honors – marking the senate’s vote that ratified their entry into NATO.  

jessica lynch update news may 8, 2003Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch, making progress after surgeries for injuries sustained in Iraq, is doing well emotionally, but still cannot remember her capture and many never do so. 

Sen. Bob Grahm accuses the Bush administration of engaging in a “coverup’ of intelligence failures before and after the Sept. 11 attacks to shield it from embarrassment.  


Fascinating Facts – May 8, 2003 - 

A new $20 bill is unveiled – adding new dashes of color to its ordinary green. 

The term “shock and awe” – best and most used with the bombing attacks in Iraq – now has some 26 trademark applicants – to use in advertising?


Technology News – May 8, 2003  

Microsoft’s new Music Mixer software turns the Xbox console into a karaoke machine and digital music player! 

Eastman Kodak Co says it will be acquiring rapid film processing technology to enable its retail-based photo kiosks to convert a roll of film into digital CD in seven minutes. 


Entertainment/Celebrity News – May 8, 2003 –

 Tommy Chong (Cheech and Chong) pleads guilty to a federal conspiracy of selling drug paraphernalia over the Internet. 

roger more collapses on stage may 2003Roger Moore is recovering in a New York hospital after collapsing during a Broadway performance. 

The Henson family says it would acquire the Muppets – buying them back from the hand of EM.TV & Merchandising of Germany. Price is $78 million. 


Music News – May 8, 2003

Skechers USA Inc and Britney Spears agree to drop their dueling lawsuits over an endorsement deal that put her name on roller skates sold by the company. 

Pete Townshend, arrested in January during a crackdown on Internet child porn, will be placed on a register of sex offenders after being formally cautioned.


Television News – May 8, 2003

“Survivor: The Amazon” has its finale this week and the winner is Jenna Morasca. 

katie couric hosts tonight show may 2003Swap – Katie Couric will host Jay Leno’s “Tonight” show on Monday – and Leno co-hosts “Today.” 

 On Monday night – “Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Three’s Company” – on NBC. Joyce DeWitt details how she, John Ritter and Suzanne Somers got along – or didn’t.




Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – May 8, 2003

CSI – 25.10

American Idol on Wednesday – 22.69

Survivor: Amazon Finale – 22.29

American Idol on Tuesday – 22.24

ER – 21.90

Everybody Loves Raymond – 19.59

Friends – 19.55

Survivor: Amazon – 19.00

Friends at 8:30pm – 19.98

Survivor Amazon Reunion – 17.65

Law & Order – 17.46

Will & Grace – 17.10

Still Standing – 15.50

Without a Trace – 14.92

CSI: Miami – 14.46

Bernie Mac Show – 13.73

The Bachelor – 13.51

24 – 13.49

The West Wing – 13.37

Law &Order: Criminal Intent – 13.30


Top Movies – May 8, 2003  

X2: X-Men United

Daddy Day Care

The Lizzie McGuire Movie


Anger Management


A Mighty Wind

Malibu’s Most Wanted

Bend It Like Beckham


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