Dateline: Week Of August 8, 2003 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment,Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
A car bomb explodes outside the Jordanian Embassy in Baghdad – and 12 are dead.
John M. Poindexter resigns after 20 months.
British arms dealer – Hemad Lakhani – is caught attempting to sell a surface-to-air missile to an undercover agent in New Jersey.
Amrozi bin H. Nurhasylm – an Islamic militant is fund guilty of mass murder is sentenced to die by firing squad for last year’s nightclub bombings in Bali. The explosives killed 202 people.
In California – The Supreme Court clears the way to an October 7 recall election – to recall Gov. Gray Davis.
Liberia - President Charles Taylor delivered a farewell address to a nation bloodied by 14 years of war, declaring himself the “sacrificial lamb” in the effort to end that he said was a U.S. backed rebel war against his besieged regime.
The Boston archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church offers $55 million to settle more than 500 sexual abuse lawsuits.
Business/Economy News – August 8, 2003 -
Coca-Cola Co. has agreed to pay Burger King Corp and its operators more than $20 million to settle a dispute over a rigged marketing test for Frozen Coke. Coke admitted in June that some of its employees manipulated the results of a test of the frozen soft drink in 2000 to win Burger King’s business.
Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 1.68 million SUV’s, including the Explorer - to fix speed control cables and seat frame bolts.
Sports News – August 8, 2003
The Detroit Tigers – the worst team in baseball with only 30 winning games so far this season – beat the Oakland A’s!
Technology News – August 8, 2003
Another virus – the Blaster worm blasts around the world. The worm is designed to cripple the Microsoft web site, where a patch can be had to get rid of it.
HP introduces consumer items – including a video-tape to DVD recorder.
A federal jury finds that Microsoft’s Web browser infringed on a University of California patent and they must pay $520.6 million in damages. The technology allows Web browsers to alter the display of Internet pages by rotating a picture. It’s Microsoft’s first significant loss in a patent case since 1994
Entertainment News – August 8, 2003
Movie News - Disney and Pixar have their fifth hit with “Finding Nemo.”
Passing – Actor/Dancer Gregory Hines. He was only 57 and is dead of cancer.
Music News – August 8, 2003
Jewel, Ben Harper, Nappy Roo, Rooney Cold on the WB’s “Smash” this week. Hosted by Hilarie Burton and Chad Michael Murry. Next week – Ashanti!
Touring – R. Kelly
Television News – August 8, 2003
Fox’ new series – “The O.C.” gets decent debut ratings – about 7.6 million viewers.
ESPN X-Games – going strong for nine years. They’re anything but mainstream.
Howard Stern settles his $10-million lawsuit against ABC and the producers of the reality series “Are You Hot?” which he said was ripped off.
Top Movies – August 8, 2003
Spy Kids 3-D
Bad Boys II
Lara Croft Tomb Raider