Dateline: Week Of December 1, 2003 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is in Baghdad and checks out security strategy and is told of the drop in attacks on U.S. troops.
A sniper in the small town of Obetz, Ohio has citizens on edge. So far, there have been 13 shootings - one fatal.
The toll keeps going up. At least 41 are dead in a suicide bomb attack on a commuter train near war-torn Chechnya. Russian President Vladimir V. Putin called the assault a futile effort to sow disorder on the eve of elections there.
Secretary of State Colin Powell says there is progress with NATO and taking a direct role in Iraq’s reconstruction.
President Bush lifts tariffs on imported steel. This after the European Union threatened to levy $2.2 billion in retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports.
Drug investigation - Rush Limbaugh’s attorney has denounced the Palm Beach State Attorney’s office, whose investigators questioned Limbaugh’s doctors and seized some of his medical records – not cool.
Lighting the national Christmas tree in Washington, President Bush urged American troops stationed far from home during the holidays to take comfort in the Christmas story and the fact that they had earned the gratitude of a nation.
President Bush signs into law a bill giving consumers additional protection against identity theft and renewing federal credit reporting laws. Consumers can now obtain one free credit report a year, Until now, consumers have had to pay for their credit reports, except in certain circumstances, such as when they are rejected for credit.
Internet News – December 1, 2003
Moveon.org – the website started five years ago to help stop Congress from impeaching President Clinton (you remember that?) is launching a $2 million media campaigning that targets the war in Iraq.
Music news News – December 1, 2003
The Drudge Report prints lyrics from a tape it had obtained, saying that rapper Eminem used “shockingly rants” such as “I don’t rap for dead presidents. I’d rather see the president dead…”
Look for Mick Jagger to be knighted… Sir Mick – this week.
KIISFM (Los Angeles) Jingle Ball is hot – With Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Hilary Duff, Kelly Clarkson, Sean Paul, Jessica Simpson and more.
“All Shook Up” – the music of Elvis Presley is now a musical. Look for it to open May 13 at Chester, Connecticut.
Rap label “Murder Inc.” gets rid of the murder portion of their name and now is just “The Inc.” Roster includes Ashanti and Ja Rule.
Don’t miss the Hilary Duff tour.
Bette Midler’s “Kiss My Brass” tour.
Some top albums – week of December 1, 2003
In The Zone – Britney Spears
The Singles 1992-2003 – No Doubt
Take a Look in the Mirror – Korn
Black Album – Jay-Z
Beg for Mercy – G-Unit
Television News – December 1, 2003 –
Don’t miss “Biography Countdown” – about this year’s relationships and such. You get to see – Demi Moore/Ashton Kutcher; Jennifer Lopez/Ben Afflect; Liza Minnelli/David Gest and more!
Andy Richter hosts “The Commies” – the Comedy Central awards show.
Nielsen – the ratings company now tracks product placements on prime-time TV shows. So, if you see a bar of Camay soap on say, “Everybody Loves Raymond” – Nielson will record it.
Fox’s “The Simple Life” where Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie trade in their luxurious lifestyles for a stint on an Arkansas farm – did OK in the ratings – about 13 million viewers..