Dateline: Week Of September 15, 2003 In News, Celebrity, Entertainment, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
President Bush said there was no proof tying Saddam Hussein to the Sept. 11 attacks, but said the President: “There’s no question that Saddam Hussein had Al Qaeda ties.”
A Spanish judge has indicted Osama bin Laden and 34 other terror suspects on terrorism charges – alleging that operatives in Spain played a role in the Sept. 11 attacks.
A new audiotape that sounds like Saddam Hussein calls on Iraqis to escalate their attacks on U.S.-led occupation using every means possible.
A new Iraqi army debuts – 750 strong and growing. It’s the first battalion trained by the U.S. – and the first to have its own officers… Secretary of State Colin Powell is in Iraq this week and will meet with emerging Iraqi leaders to discuss the next phase of their transition.
Hurricane Isabel – now in Canada – is blamed for 18 deaths between the Carolinas to the mid-Atlantic states.
Aqila Hashimi – a member of Iraq’s Governing Council is seriously wounded by a gunman – who ambushed her.
Latvians vote overwhelmingly to join the European Union, but the government was thrown into turmoil when one party bolted the ruling coalition.
A U.S. soldier shoots dead a rare Bengal tiger at the Baghdad Zoo after the animal injured another soldier who was trying to feed it through the cage bars. The tiger bit his finger off, so the other soldier shot it dead.
In Bosnia-Herzegovina – Thousands of Bosnians and their guest of honor – Bill Clinton – dedicate the first official memorial to the more then 7,000 victims of the bloodiest atrocity in Europe since WWII.
Democratic presidential hopeful Wesley Clark said that he would never have voted for war in Iraq – 24 hours after he told reporters he probably would have supported the congressional resolution authorizing the U.S. to invade.
Chris Lehane resigns as communications director for Sen. John F. Kerry’s campaign, Kerry is considered by many to have fallen behind Howard Dean as the Democrat front-runner for President.
Calvin Willis – a Louisiana man, gets released from the state penitentiary after spending about 25 years behind bars. DNA evidence now concludes he did not commit the crime – a rape on a 10-year-old girl.
The House votes to permanently ban all taxes on Internet access and nine states must repeal existing access taxes.
Passing – Garner Ted Armstrong – known as the voice of “The World Tomorrow.” He was 73.
Consumer prices were up .3% in August – thanks to an uptick at the gasoline pump.
Vice President Dick Cheney said that the United States had “turned the corner” to economic recovery and he expected gross domestic product growth next year to be 4% or better.
Murder suspect - Aaron Michael Hammer – a member of the Los Angeles Crips – is arrested in connection with the shooting murder of Yetunde Price – eldest sister of Serena and Venus Williams.
Richard Grasso – NYSE Chairman steps down over a growing outcry over his $140-million compensation package.
Business/Economy News – September 15, 2003
AOL Time Warner is no more – as of this week – AOL is dumped – and now it’s just plain Time Warner.
Sears, Roebuck & Co. buys the Structure name from Limited Brands for $10 million. Sears wants to develop a men’s line of clothing under the name.
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates announces that his foundation will donate $51 million to create 67 small academically rigorous public high schools in poor neighborhoods.
Entertainment /Celebrity News – September 15, 2003
Comedian Margaret Cho has a new line of clothes for full-figured woman – a line called “High Class Cho.”
20th-Century Fox Film Corp. and Paramount Pictures Corp sue Tritton Technologies because they’ve been distributing a software program that cracks the technology used to prevent copying of movies.
Passing – Actor/singer Sheb Wolley (82).
Music News – September 15, 2003
Rapper Eminem is sued by a 70-year-old grandmother for allegedly using a clip from a composition by her late husband – Ronald Stein on a song called “Pigs Go Home.” On it, Stein is not listed as the composer.
Apple is releasing “Let It Be” – in its original form before Phil Spector mixed the version we all know.
Pop culture phenom Hilary Duff – September 2003
Already on TV, movies, books and clothes and now – recording artist as she’s #1 on the pop album harts with “Metamorphosis.” Look for her Hawaii concert to air on the WB next week!
Hot Pop Hits – September 15, 2003
Right Thurr – Chingy
Crazy in Love – Beyonce fea. Jay-Z
Shake Ya Tailfeather – Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee
Into You – Fabolous fea. Tamia or Ashanti
Get Low – Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz fea. Ying Yang Twins
Where is the Love? – Black Eyed Peas
P.I.M.P. – 50 Cent
Frontin’ – Pharrell fea. Jay-Z
Unwell – Matchbox Twenty
Can’t Hold Us down – Christina Aguilera fea. Lil’ Kim
Never Leave You – Uh Ooh, Uh Ooh! – Lumidoo
My Love is Like… Mya
Drift Away – Uncle Kracker fea. Dobie Gray
Let’s Get Down – Bow Wow fea. Baby
The Remedy (I Won’t Worry) – Jason Mraz
In Those Jeans – Ginuwine
It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffet
Calling All Angels – Train
Damni – YoungBloodZ fea. Lil Jon
Why Don’t You & I – Santana fea. Alex Band/Chad Kroeger
Thoia Thoing – R. Kelly
Hot Music Albums – September 15, 2003
Metamorphosis – Hilary Duff
Love & Life – Mary J. Blige
Neptunes Present … Clones
Greatest Hits Vol. 2 – Alan Jackson
Dangerously in Love – Beyonce
Drankin’ Patnaz – Youngbloodz
Bad Boys II soundtrack
Fallen – Evanescence
Jackpot – Chingy
Get Rich or Die Tryin’ – 50 Cent
A Rush of Blood to the Head – Coldplay
Bow Wow: Unleashed
Wooden Leather – Nappy Roots
The Wind – Warren Zevon
Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
Trap Muzik – T.I.
Lizzie McGuire Movie soundtrack
Meteora – Linkin Park
Kings of Crunk – Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz
Away From the Sun – 3 Doors Down
From Me to U – Juelz Santana
Up! – Shania Twain
The Young and the Hopeless – Good Charlotte
Stripped – Christina Aguilera
A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar – Dashboard Confidential
Chapter II – Ashanti
Top Country Hits/Music – September 15, 2003
What Was I Thinkin’ – Dierks Bentley
No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems – Kenney Chesney
It’s Five O’clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffet
Real Good Man – Tim McGraw
Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacy’s Song) – Buddy Jewell
Red Dirt Road – Brooks & Dunn
Celebrity – Brad Paisley
Forever and For Always – Shania Twain
A Few Questions – Clay Walker
Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me – Keith Urban
Tough Little Boys – Gary Allan
This One’s For the Girls – Martina McBride
My Front Porch Lookin’ In - Lonestar
Television News – September 15, 2003
Sunday night – the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Fox. Hosting – Garry Shandling, Ellen DeGeneres, Conan O’Brien, Jon Stewart, Wanda Sykes.
ABC presents “John Ritter: Life of Laughter” a tribute to the actor.
ABC says it will continue production of “8 Simple Rules” despite the death of its star – John Ritter.
President Bush sits down with Brit Hume for an interview on Fox News Channel. On Monday.
Nice score – as ABC’s Diane Sawyer wins the first TV interview with former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch. It’ll air in November.
Arnold Schwarzenegger – who’s making a run for governor in California – appears on the Oprah Winfrey show. He says he’s a family man – who’s concerned about the fate of California.
Top/Hot DVDs Sales/Rentals – September 15, 2003
Lizzie McGuire Movie
Bringing Down the House
House of 1,000 Corpses
Cradle 2 The Grave
Head of the state
Bowling for Columbine
Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – September 15, 2003
Monday Night Football – 19.44
CSI – 15.83
NFL Monday Showcase – 15.30
Whoopi – 15.14
Happy Family – 14.67
60 Minutes – 13.34
For Love or Money 2 – 12.27
Without a Trace – 11.99
Dateline NBC on Friday – 11.68
Everybody Loves Raymond – 11.43
Top Movies – September 15, 2003
Once Upon a Time in Mexico
Dickie Roberts (Former) Child Star
Pirates of the Caribbean
Jeepers Creepers 2