Saddam Hussein has been captured – but the news is actually old – as the White sat on it for 16 hours. Hussein – looked like a ragged soldier as he came out of a dirt hole at a farmhouse near Tikirt in Iraq.
Iraqi’s interim leaders, urge insurgents to end their attacks and “take advantage of a spirit of forgiveness.”
Libya says it will end its nuclear, biological and chemical arms programs and allow inspectors to come in and verify such action.
A federal grand jury indicts former Illinois Gov George Ryan on extension corruption charges such as taking gifts and money in exchange for favors.
The SEC approves an overhaul of the New York Stock Exchange and will split the jobs of the chief executive and chairman to avoid either one from having too much power.
Jailed Saddam Hussein is cooperating with the U.S. military – and some of his information has led to additional arrests. Meanwhile, President Bush vowed to involve Iraqis in a public trial, and bid Hussein “good riddance."
In Seattle -Green River killer Gary Leon Ridgway – apologizing for killing 48 women – is given life in prison without the possibility of parole.
A jury convicts Lee Boyd Malvo of murder in the famed DC-area sniper spree – acting as John Allen Muhammad’s accomplice during the rampage that saw 10 dead.
Secretary of State Colin Powell has surgery to remove a cancerous prostate gland. He should be OK.
Prosecutors near Santa Barbara, CA formally charge Michael Jackson with seven felony counts of child molestation.
Martha Stewart failed to pay almost $39,000 in maintenance charges on her New York condominium, leading the company that manages the building to file a lien against her.
Former U.S. Rep. Gary Condit sues the National Enquirer and other tabloids for $209 million alleging they had falsely connected with the 2001 murder of federal intern Chandra Levy.
Albert A. Gore III – the son of Al Gore, is charged with marijuana possession and arrested after he was stopped for driving a vehicle without its headlights on.
Business News – December 15, 2003
Dial Corp – makers of Dial Soap is being sold to German company Henkel.
Sports News – December 15, 2003
The Baltimore Orioles sign free agent short stop Miguel Tejada to a six-year $72-million contract.
Technology News – December 15, 2003
RealNetworks sues Microsoft because is says they illegally bundled Media Player with Windows.
The FCC gives a go-ahead for News Corp’s $6.6-billion takeover of DirectTV.
Wow – Apple says its ITunes music store has sold 25 million songs in less than eight months. That’s good news. CD sales are expected to drop an additional 9% this year. Apple was smart – in October – it opened the ITunes music store to those using Windows. Before, it was only accessible only to people with Apple Macintosh computers.
Entertainment News – December 15, 2003 –
Passing – Actress -Madlyn Rhue (68).
Passing – Actress/singer Jeanne Crain. She was 78.
Music News – December 15, 2003
Sean Combs is set to make his Broadway acting debut in a revival of “A Raisin in the Sun.”
A NY judge stops hip-hop magazine the “Source” from distributing a CD of unreleased material from Eminem because if contains not-so-nice lyrics about black girls.
Madonna says she is backing Gen Wesley Clark for President.
Ozzy Osbourne is still on a ventilator after his Dec 8 all-terrain vehicle accident in England.
Passing – Renowned fiddler Johnny Cunningham (46).
Country Wynonna Judd loses her driver’s license for a year – plus gets 200 hours of community service after being found guilty of drunken driving in Tennessee.
Newer rival to MTV – “Fuse” – now just seven months old.
Lauryn Hill – in Vatican City criticizes the Catholic Church about priests who have abused children.
More Madonna News – December 15, 2003
Fed up – the singer featured tape loops with a profane admonishment to people trying to download cuts from her new “American Life” album. They thought they were getting real songs. That ticked off someone – because her website got hacked with a not-so-kind message scrawled across the front page. Another website – featuring amateur types – took her raw tracks and made dummy Madonna recordings.
Top Pop recording artists of 2003 –
50 Cent, R. Kelly, Sean Paul, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce Knowles, Norah Jones, 3 Doors Down, Avril Lavigne, Shania Twain, Jay-Z, Eminem, Matchbox twenty, Jennifer Lopez, Ashanti, Dixine Chicks, Aaliyah, John Mayer, Miss “Misdemeanor” Elliott, Chingy, Linkin Park, Evanescence, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Fabolous, Nelly, Kid Rock, Santana, Kelly Clarkson.
Hot DVD’s Sales/Rentals – December 15, 2003
The Santa Clause 2
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Extended version
Lara Croft Tomb Rider: Cradle of Life
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
Top Pop Hits – December 15, 2003 –
The Way You Move – OutKast fea. Sleepy Brown
Hey Ya! – OutKast
Stand Up – Ludacris fea. Shawnna
Baby Boy – Beyonce fea. Sean Paul
Milkshake – Kelis
Step in the name of Love – R. Kelly
Here Without You – 3 Doors Down
Holidae In – Chingy fea. Ludacris & Snoop Dogg
Walked Outta Heaven – Jagged Edge
Get Low – Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz fea. Ying Yang Twins
Damni – YoungBloodZ fea. Lil Jon
Stunt 101 – G-Unit
It’s My Life – No Doubt
You Don’t Know My Name – Alicia Keys
Suga Suga – Baby Bash fea. Frankie J.
Wat Da Hook Gon Be – Murphy Lee fea. Jermaine Dupri
Someday – Nickelback
Change Clothes – Jay-Z
Runnin (Dying to Live) – Tupac fea. The Notorious B.i.G.
Bright Lights – matchbox twenty
Harder to Breathe – Maroon5
Read Your Mind - Avant
Top Music Albums – December 15, 2003
The Black Album – Jay-Z
Metamorphosis – Hilary Duff
Shock ‘n Y’all – Toby Keith
Speakerboxxx/the Love Below – OutKast
In the Zone – Britney Spears
Closer – Josh Groban
Take a Look in the Mirror – Korn
Closer – G-Unit
Da Derrty Versions – The Reinvention – Nelly
Measure of a Man – Clay Aiken
This is Not A Test! – Missy Elliott
Best of Sheryl Crow
Let it Be… Naked – The Beatles
Tupac: Resurrection – Soundtrack
Life on Display – Puddle of Mudd
The Great American Songbook Vol. II – Rod Stewart
Afterglow – Sarah McLachlan
Chicken ‘N’ Beer – Ludacris
Now That’s What I Call Christmas 2
Harry for the Holidays – Harry Connick Jr.
Kid Rock – Kid Rock
Top Country Hits - December 15, 2003
Cowboys Like Us – George Strait
I Love This Bar – Toby Keith
There Goes My Life – Kenny Chesney
Wave on Wave – Pat Green
Hell Yeah – Montgomery Gentry
Chicks Dig It – Chris Cagle
You Can’t Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl – Brooks & Dunn
Walking in Memphis – Lonestar
I Melt – Rascal Flatts
Saturday night television listings – week of December 15, 2003
CBS – Robbie The Reindeer in Hooves of Fire, Robie the Reindeer in Legend of the Lost Tribe, Hack, The District
NBC – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Movie), Fear Factor, Saturday Night Live
ABC – A Marry Mickey Celebration, The Santa Clause
Fox Cops, America’s Most Wanted: America Fights Back
VH1 – Top Fashion Moments of 2003, Driven, Behind the Music (Britney Spears), Fabulous Life Of…
Driven – Jessica Simpson.
Top Movies – December 15, 2003 –
Something’s Gotta Give
The Last Samurai
Stuck on You
Love Don’t Cost a Thing
The Haunted Mansion
Dr. Suess’ the Cat in the Hat