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Dateline: Week Of July 8, 2003 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts

In The News -

President Bush begins a five-day African visit including a visit to S. Africa.

Press jet - A man is spotted without proper credentials on a jumbo jet chartered by the White House – is arrested.

Near Chicago – Khaled Abdel-Latif Dumeisi – an Arab language newspaper publisher, is arrested and charged with being an agent of Saddam Hussein and spying.

In Mississippi - Doug Williams goes on a rampage at a Meridian defense plant – and kills 5 co-workers. He spoke of hating blacks before the rampage.

Conjoined Iranian twins – 29-years-old – die after surgery.

President Bush expresses confidence for CIA Director George Tenet – just after Tenet admitted that his agency had failed to strip an erroneous allegation against Iraq from the president’s state of the Union speech. The CIA admitted it allowed President Bush to tell the American people that Iraq tried to buy uranium from Africa – despite doubts.

The White House is considering taking Iraqi oil to finance postwar reconstruction.

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said that the United States’ decision to go to war with Iraq was based not on new evidence of chemical or nuclear weapons, but that existing evidence was looked at through the prism of the 9/11 attacks.

Britain - A parliamentary committee admonishes the British government for it handling of intelligence information on Iraq and that Tony Blair was more assertive than that traditionally used in intelligence documents.

Convenes - A new governing council takes over in Iraq. It’s a 25-person un-elected group – drawn from ethnic and sectarian communities.

Enron Corp files a reorganization plan that’s set to payback creditors 20% on the dollar.

Technology News – July 8, 2003

Yahoo’s second-quarter profit more than doubled – to $50.8 million.

Music News – July 8, 2003

Salsa star Ruben Blades has 11 new songs – free on his web site!

Gloria Estefan and Elton John will be appearing at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas – at the Coliseum. Estefan appears in October and John is still in negotiations.

Some top music albums – week of July 8, 2003

Dangerously in Love – Beyonce

Ashanti – Chapter II

Hotel Paper – Michelle Branch

After the Storm – Monica

Get Rich or Die Trying – 50 Cent

Charlie’s Angels: Full throttle soundtrack

St. Anger – Metallica

Entertainment News – July 8, 2003 –

Actor Jeffrey Jones pleads no contest to inducing a 14-year-old boy to pose for a sexually explicit photos and has been sentenced to five-years probation and ordered to register as a sex offender.

Television News – July 8, 2003

On E! – The 101 most shocking moments in entertainment! Wow!

NBC’s “For Love of Money” concludes and winner was Erin Brodle – and she has chosen to star in “For Love of Money 2” to double her money.

Spike Lee – who somehow believed “Spike TV’ was named after him, says he no longer believes Viacom named the channel in his good name. But, he did get a settlement anyway. Viacom is changing the name from TNN.

Passing – Actor Buddy Ebsen (95).

Top Movies – July 8, 2003

Terminator3: Rise of the Machines

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde

Charlie’s Angeles; Full Throttle

Finding Nemo

The Hulk

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

28 Days Later

The Italian Job

Bruce Almighty

2 Fast 2 Furious

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