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



In The News -

Israel - Suicide bombers strike hours part – one near Tele Aviv and another at a late-night cafe in Jerusalem. 13 are dead.  

Yasser Arafat says that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is at its most difficult point since the Oslo peace accords and urges Israel to return to negotiations despite its threat to exile him. 

In a nationally televised address, President Bush talked about the cost of the operation for the Iraqi war and that the U.S. cannot do the job alone and that he’ll ask for more U.N. assistance. President Bush said he’d seek an additional $87 billion for the war in Iraq. 

Balkan leaders apologize – Serbia-Montenegro President Svetozar Marovic and Croatian President Stipe Mesic apologize to each other for “all the evils done by their countries in wars, pledging that all who committed war crimes would be brought to justice. It’s estimated that 200,000 were killed in the ethnic and religious violence between 1991 and 1999 in former Yugoslavia. 

 john edwards no re-election campaign sept 2003Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina will not run for reelection in 2004 so he can concentrate on seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.  

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said that opposition to President Bush was encouraging Washington’s enemies and hindering the U.S.-declared war on terrorism. Rumsfeld was speaking after a trip to Afghanistan and Iraq, where he sought to highlight progress in reconstruction efforts and dampen criticism of the U.S. presence. 

Iraq – U.S. soldiers mistakenly kill 8 Iraqi officers at Fallouja. 

A powerful typhoon (Maemi) hits S. Korea – with 77 dead. 

The Justice Department files a lawsuit to shut down Rx Depot and its sister company – Rx of Canada  -  two companies operating storefronts that help senior citizens purchase cheaper prescription medicines from Canada. They have a combined total of 85 stores and the company says it will fight the suit. Prescription medicines are up to 50% cheaper in Canada because of their price regulation. 

 The first day of classes arrive at Harvey Milk School in Greenwich Village – New York’s first public high school for gays and lesbians. 

President Bush delivers a personal thank you to the soldiers and families who bore the brunt of the burden in Iraq – at Ft. Stewart in Georgia, where the Army’s 3rd Infantry division was the first to deploy into Baghdad.   

Former Enron Corp Treasurer Ben Glisan begins serving a five-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to conspiring to commit securities and wire fraud in the company’s financial scandal. 


Technology News – September 8, 2003 

WorldCom Inc, which filed for bankruptcy protection after overstating results by $11 billion, pleads not guilty to criminal charges that it defrauded investors in Oklahoma of at least $64 million. WordCom and ex-Chief Executive Bernard Ebbers and five others were charged with securities fraud in the state for alleging falsifying the company’s accounts to inflate its stock price. Ebbers just pleaded not guilty.  

beatles apple sues computer apple september 2003Apple Corps. – The Beatles’ company has sued Apple computer again – because the company is more involved with music – something they’re not really supposed to do after they were sued back in the 1980’s. But guess what? Apple now has iTunes – which has been so successful – it’s sold 10 million downloads – and that’s just to Mac users. It wants to roll out a PC version too – but this lawsuit could stop all that. 

Online pop-up ads do not violate trademark laws even if they cover up or appear alongside unaffiliated Web sites, including those of rivals, a federal judge rules. 

The Nasdaq climbs 30.38 points to 1,888 – its highest level in 18 months. 


Music News – September 8, 2003

 Passing – The one, the only Johnny Cash – “The Man In Black.” He was 71. He died just four months after the death of his long-time wife – June Carter. Cash died from complications related to diabetes caused respiratory failure. 

Passing -  Singer/songwriter Warren Zevon (56) – “Werewolves of London” – of lung cancer. 

Britney Spears will collaborate with producer Moby on her next album – due November 18.

Simon & Garfunkel are getting together for a concert tour. 

Beyonce says she wants to put together a tour with all women such as Mary J. Blige, Monica and Ashanti. Lets see! 

madonna first childrens book news sept 2003Madonna’s first children’s book – “The English Roses” – is being published in more than 130 countries to 30 languages – all at the same time. 

Copyright infringement - So far, the recording industry has sued some 261 who file shared/swapped recordings on line.  One of them – a 12-year-old girl – has already settled – in exchange for $2000 and an apology.  


Entertainment News – September 8, 2003

Dies suddenly – Beloved actor John Ritter (54). 

Wham-O doesn’t like the scene in the “Dickie Roberts” movie showing David Spade skidding to a painful halt on their “Slip ‘N Slide” and they want it removed – or offer a disclaimer. The movie is #1 this week. 

Tommy Chong is sentenced to nine months in federal prison and fined 420,000 for selling bongs and other drug paraphernalia over the Internet. 

Television News – September 8, 2003

Debut On Sunday night – “Play for a Billion” with Drew Carey, Jamie Kennedy and Holly Robinson Peete. 

conan obrien 10th anniversary nbc sept 2003Don’t miss Conan O’Brien’s 10th Anniversary special – on NBC Sunday Night! 

On a Dr. Phil this week – “unruly teenagers.” 

On a show this week – David Letterman announces that his girlfriend, Regina Lasko is six months pregnant and he’s going to be a father. They’re discussing marriage. 




Top Movies – September 8, 2003

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

Jeepers Creepers

Pirates of the Caribbean

Freaky Friday


The Order

Open Range


Freddy vs. Jason

Uptown Girls

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