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Dateline: Week Of November 1, 2003 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

A shoulder-fired missile brings down a U.S. Cinook helicopter in Iraq, killing 16 U.S. solders.

A slough of Democrats demand that Howard Dean apologize for saying recently that he wanted to appeal to “guys with confederate flags in their pickup trucks."

President Bush signs into law a ban on a controversial abortion procedure, implementing the most significant restriction on abortion in three decades.

President Bush lays out a vision of an American mission to spread democracy throughout the Middle East and the rest of the world, saying, “Freedom can be the future of every nation.”

The Postal service closes 11 Washington D.C.-area post offices while authorities ran tests to determine whether anthrax was detected at the Navy site that handles mail for federal agencies. 

Rosie O’Donnell takes the witness stand to defend herself against a bitter breach-of-contract lawsuit saying she agreed to begin her now-defunct namesake magazine only after being promised full creative control by Gruner & Jahr – the company now suing her.

Federal prosecutors charge HealthSouth Corp founder Richard Scrushy with orchestrating a massive accounting fraud to bankroll an opulent lifestyle of expensive artwork and flashy cars.


Radio news – November 1, 2003

The Democrats are putting up $1.8 million to syndicate someone by the name of Ed Shultz – who now hales from Fargo. N.D. They think he can compete with Rush Limbaugh. Let’s see. 

XM radio passes the $1 million subscriber count, but losses expanded to $133.4 million from $109.6 million a year earlier. 


Entertainment news – November 1, 2003

David Letterman’s girlfriend – Regina Lasko delivers a baby boy, making Dave, who is 56 – a first-time dad.

Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick – the original stars of Broadway’s “The Producers” will return for 112 performances beginning December 30.


Music news – November 1, 2003

Donna Summer has a new book out – “Ordinary Girl.” Donna talks about, among other things, her husband of 23 years and three daughters.

Don’t miss the Madonna-Britney Spears video – “Me Against the Music.”

Coming up on MTV2 – a live concert by Missy Elliott, where she sings her first single – 1997’s “Supa Dupa Fly” and others.

Penn State becomes the first university to make Napster available to students. Schools are interested in curbing illegal downloads and are trying legit music downloading services such as the new Napster.

Passing – Bobby Hatfield – one-half of the Righteous Brothers. He was 63.

Posthumously – Johnny Cash wins the Country Music Assn’s album of the year, plus single of the year and video of the year for “Hurt” – a song written by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.  Alan Jackson got male vocalist of the year and entertainer of the year. Martina McBride got female vocalist of the year.


Television news – November 1, 2003

On “20/20” this week, Martha Stewart talks to Barbara Walters of her divorce from Andy Stewart – the man who left her and then we her assistant.

CBS cancels Ted Danson’s Becker” after a five-year run.

Fox airs the 200th episode of Madtv.” The 8-year-old show focuses on parodies of popular culture.

Responding to an outcry over Ronald Reagan’s legacy and how it’s portrayed, CBS may not air “The Reagans” afterall.  


Top TV Shows/Ratings – November 1, 2003

CSI – 27.35

Survivor: Pearl Islands – 20.81

ER – 29.90

Friends – 19.37

Everybody Loves Raymond – 18.29

CBS at 75 – 18.19

 CSI: Miami – 16.97

The Simpsons – 16.22

Law & Order – 16.17

Will & Grace – 15.89

Two and a Half Men – 15.82

Monday Night Football – 15.80

Without a Trace – 15.58

NFL Monday Showcase – 14.95

The Simpsons – 14.53

Still Standing – 14.17

The Bachelor – 13.85

Law & Order – Criminal Intent – 13.50

Navy NCIS – 13.50


Saturday night television listings/TV Guide – November 1, 2003

CBS – 60 Minutes, 48 Hours Investigates, Hack, the District

NBC -  Whoopi Law & Order, Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Saturday Night Live

ABC – Movie, L.A. Dragnet

Fox – Cops, America’s Most Wanted

MTV – Punk’d, Viva La Barn, Wild Boys, One Bad Trip, Jackass, MTV Cribs, 2003 Latino Video Music Awards

CNBC  - Suze Orman


Top Movies – November 1, 2003

Scary Movie 3

Brother Bear

The Texas Chainsaw massacre


Runaway Jury

Mystic River

 Kill Bill Vol. 1

School of Rock

Intolerable Cruelty

In the Cut

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