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



 In The News - 

Iraq – a suicide bomber detonates in a car parked outside a hotel kills 7.  Also,  suicide bombers crash a sedan loaded with explosives into a police station – killing eight.  

In California – Governor Gray Davis is recalled as Arnold Swarzenegger wins. Davis just won re-election 11 months ago. 

martha stewart diane sawyer interview oct 2003In her first interview after her indictment, Martha Stewart tells ABC news she was scared but did not believe she would go to prison. Stewart is accused of selling ImClone Systems Inc. stock in 2001 because she was tipped that the family of ImClone founder Dam Waksai was selling. 

Pentagon insiders say defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld plans to close at least 100 of the nation’s 425 military bases – more than in previous rounds.  

West Bank - Yasser Arafat swears in an emergency cabinet headed by prime Minister Ahmel Korel as the compound of President Yasser Arafat has declared a state of emergency amid violence and political instability. 

The group People for the ethical Treatment of Animals held a rally outside the Mirage hotel-casino in Las Vegas to urge entertainers Siegfried and Roy to retire their lions after Roy Horn was nearly killed by a tiger during a performance. The incident happened last week. 

The White House denies it is pushing aside Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld when they revamp how they manage Iraq’s reconstruction.


Obituary/Fascinating Facts – October 8, 2003 

A federal appeals court will allow the FTC to enforce the national do-not-call: list until another court decides it violates free speech rights of telemarketers (you’re kidding guys?). 

Iranian jurist/activist Sharin Ebadi is awarded the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her fight for human rights in her native land. 

Retail sales were up almost 6% in September. 

Passing – Joan Kroc (75) – Widow and founder of McDonald’s restaurants. 

Passing – Bill Shoemaker – Hall of Fame jockey. He was 72. 


Technology News – October 8, 2003

Napster is back – but it is now a legal site where you’ll have to pay for downloads. But look out, Apple is unveiling its own music site – in a few days.


Radio News – October 8, 2003  

rush limbaugh says he's addicted oct 2003Rush Limbaugh tells his radio audience that he is addicted to prescription painkillers and will enter a treatment center.


Music News – October 8, 2003 – 

Universal Music Group reaches a pact to sell special albums artist memorabilia and concert tickets on the EBay Inc auction site. 

This Friday – “Making the Band II” on MTV as the second season gets underway. Will the hip-hop group “O-Town” make it? Sean P. Diddy” Combs guides the new group. 

For the first time – the Billboard charts depict all black artists in its top-10 singles. They include songs by Nelly, Beyonce, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee, Lil John & The Eastside Boyz, Chingy, Pharrell, Youngbloodz, 50 Cent, Fabolous, Black Eyed Peas, Ludacris


Some top albums – week of October 8, 2003

outkast music october 2003Speakerboxx/The Love Below – OutKast

Life for Rent – Dido

Too Hot for TV – Bad Boy’s Da Band

Some devil – Dave Matthews 

Results May Vary – Limp Bizkit

Cheers – Obie Trice

The R. in R&B collection, Vol. 1 – R. Kelly

Metamorphosis – Hilary Duff



Thursday night television listings – week of October 8, 2003

CBS – Survivor: Pearl Islands, CSI, Without a Trace, David Letterman

NBC – Friends, Scrubs, Will & Grace, Coupline, ER, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien

ABC – Threat Matrix, Extreme Makeover, Primetime Thursday, Nightline

PBS - Frontline

steve harvey TV october 2003WB – Steve Harvey’s Big Time, Jamie Kennedy Experiment, What I Like About You, Run of the House

Fox – The Simpsons, King of the Hill, King of Queens

UPN – WWE SmackDown!

VH1 – VH1 Goes Inside, Elvis Lives, I Love the ‘70’s, Cutthroat

MTV – DFX, The Official Guide to Camp Jim, the Osbournes, Wade Robinson Project, Jackass


David Letterman – George Clooney, Merle Haggard. 

Jay Leno – Cate Blanchett, Dolly Parton


Television News – October 8, 2003

Just after Arnold Schwarzeneger won his candidacy for governor of California – on the Leno show, rival Gov. Gray Davis of California will go on David Letterman’s show to deliver the top 10 list.  

Cable’s TLC gets its highest ratings with an episode of “Trading Spaces.” – at 9.1 million viewers.


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

CSI – 26.65

Friends – 22.37

ER – 20.76

Everybody Loves Raymond – 20.47

Survivor: Pearl Islands – 19.68

Monday Night Football – 17.73

Law & Order – 17.50

CSI: Miami – 17.32

Scrubs – 17.19

will and grace tv ratings october 8 2003Will & Grace – 16.80

The West Wing – 16.32

Two and a half Men – 16.18

8 Simple Rules – 15.50

Baseball Playoffs – Sunday on Fox – 15.41

Without a Trace – 15.26


Top Movies - October 8, 2003

Kill Bill Vol 1

School Rock

Intolerable Cruelty

Out of Time

Good Boy!

House of the Dead

Under the Tuscan Sun

Secondhand Lions

Lost in Translation

The Rundown

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