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Dateline: Week Of August 15, 2003 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Tech & Fascinating Facts



In The News -

A major blackout hits the northeast and problem is being traced to Ohio. Cities such as New York, Toronto, Cleveland, Detroit and Ottawa were affected. 

A suicide bomber rammed a cement truck loaded with explosives in Baghdad – right into the U.N headquarters. 38 are dead. 

International advisors will not have a hand in managing Iraq’s oil – instead – Iraq will chart its own course. An oil minister will be named by the new Iraqi Governing Council. 

george bush back at U.N. iraq resolution august 2003 President Bush decides to return to the United Nations for a resolution that seeks greater international involvement in Iraq.  

Iraq - U.S. military leaders admit it was a mistake for troops to pen fire on civilians who became hostile after a helicopter interrupted their religious gathering. 

Owners of the Station Nightclub – where 100 perished in a February fire committed “willful and serious violations” – according to OSHA, and have been fined $85,000. A Rhode Island grand jury continues to investigate. Members of the band “Great White” have been named in dozens of civil lawsuits filed by survivors and relatives of those who died. 

Older women who are obese have a much higher risk of breast of cancer because their fat cells release too much estrogen, researchers say. 

President Bush calls on upgrading the country’s power system and its outdated grid.


Obituary News – August 15, 2003


 Passing – Thomas Kellogg (71) – best-known as the designer of the Avanti sports car. He was 71.


Sports News – August 15, 2003

barry bonds hits homerun 651 august 15 2003Barry Bonds hits his 651st home run. 

TNT has paired new NBA commentator Dou Collins with play-by-play announcer Kevin Harian as a broadcast team.


Entertainment/Celebrity News – August 15, 2003

 Actor Tom Sizemore is convicted of seven charges of abusing his girlfriend – former Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss. He faces up to four years in jail. 


Music News - August 15, 2003

On the WB’s “Smash’ this week – Ashanti, Dido, Fabolous, Lil’ Mo, Yellowcard. Hosted by Anthony Anderson. 

Yvonne Gibb, widow of Maurice Gibb – gets more than $2 million, gets their six homes and all ownership in copyrights and musical compositions. 

Scott Welland (Stone Temple Pilots) is sentenced to three years’ probation following his May arrest on felony drug possession charges. 

rolling stones music rhapsody download news august 2003Music of the Rolling Stones can now be purchased as downloads – around a $1 per track on Rhapsody. 

Tuesday night on NBC – “Shania Twain Up! Live in Chicago. You guesed it – She performs songs from her new album – “Up!”



Top Pop Hits – August 15, 2003

Never Leave You – Uh Ooh, Uh Ooch! – Lumidee

Crazy in Love – Beyonce fea. Jay-Z

Right Thurr – Chngy

Rock Wit U (Awww baby)  – Ashanti

P.I.M.P. – 50 Cent

Unwell – matchbox twenty

Magic Stick – Lil’ Kim fea. 50 Cent

black eye peas music august 2003Where Is the Love? – Black Eyed Peas

In Those Jeans – Ginuwine

Into You – Fabolous fea. Tamia Or Ashanti

Frontin’ – Pharrall fea. Jay-Z

Shake Ya Tailfeather –Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee

Like Glue – Sean Paul

Are You Happy Now? – Michelle Branch

Bring me To Life – Evanescence fea. Paul McCoy

Drift Away – Uncle Kracker fea. Dobie Gray

So Gone – Monica

Miss Independent – Kelly Clarkson

Get Busy – Sean Paul

Forever and For Always – Shania Twain

It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett

Intuition – Jewel

My Love Is Like… Wo – Mya

Thoia Thoing – R. Kelly 


Top Music Albums – August 15, 2003

Now 13

Bad Boys II soundtrack

Jackpot – Chingy

Fallen – Evanescence

Dangerously In Love – Beyonce


ashanti music august 2003Chapter II – Ashanti

Moodring – Mya

 Get Rich or Die Tryin’ – 50 Cent

Strays – Jane’s Addiction

Very Best of Cher

Meteora – Linkin Park

Hotel Paper – Michelle Branch

Red Dirt Road – Brooks & Dunn

Mud on the Tires – Brad Paisley

Dutty Rock – Sean Paul

A Ruch of Blood to the Head – Coldplay

Lizzie McGuire Movie soundtrack

Thankful – Kelly Clarkson

14 Shades of Grey - Staind

St. Anger - Metallica

Dance with My Father – Luther Vandross

Stripped – Christina Aguilera

Kings of Crunk – Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz 


Top Country Hits – August 15, 2003

No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems – Kenny Chesney

It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett

brooks and dunn music august 2003Red Dirt Road – Brooks & Dunn

 Celebrity – Brad Paisley

Forever and For Always – Shania Twain

My Front Porch Looking In – Lonestar

Beer For My Horses – Toby Keith With Willie Nelson

Real Good man – Tim McGraw

What was I Thinkin’ – Dierks Bentley

Then They Do – Trace Adkins

99.95 Sure (I’ve never Been Here Before) – Brian McComas 


Hot videos for kids – August 15, 2003

Thomas the tank engine & Friends: James and the Red Balloon

Jungle Book 2

City of Lost Toys

Air Bud Spikes Back

Care Bears to the Rescue

Atlantis: Milos Return

 Fairly Odd Parents: Abra Catastrophe! The Movie

Baby Mozart

SpongeBob Squarepants; SeaStories 


Television News – August 15, 2003

The New Tom Green Show gets picked-up for an additional 12 weeks. On MTV. 

Following a nice ratings following for its clip compendium called “I Love the ‘80’s,” – MTV follows up with “I Love the ‘70’s.” 

tavis smiley new talkshow august 2003Tavis Smiley will conduct a talkshow over PBS – but – he’ll be based out of Hollywood.


Top Movies – August 15, 2003 –

Freddy vs. Jason


Open Range

Freaky Friday

Uptown Girls

Pirates of the Caribbean

American Wedding


Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

Bad Boys II

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