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.
In 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 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
Speakerboxx/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
WB – 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 & 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
Out of Time
House of the Dead
Under the Tuscan Sun
Lost in Translation