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Dateline: Week Of February 22, 2000 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts



In The News -

In NY – a jury acquits four police officers of all charges in the killing of Amadou Diallo – whose death sparked massive protests and raised racial tensions. The acquitted police are white and he was from West Africa. 

Envoy out - U.S. officials say Jose Imperatori, vice consul at the Cuban Interests Section in Washington – is expelled from the country because he was spying. 

Former President George Bus is admitted to a hospital with an irregular heartbeat after feeling ill at a reception. 

John McCain wins primaries in Arizona and Michigan. 

John McCain talks tough to the Christian right – calling George W. Bush a “Pat Robertson Republican who will lose to Al Gore.” 

China warned Taiwan that dragging out negotiations for reunification might provoke the mainland to attack. 

Democrats Al Gore and Bill Bradley debate on the stage of Harlem’s Apollo Theater in their most combative debate yet. They discussed racial profiling among other subjects.

Betty Lou Beets – a 62-year-old woman was executed by injection after Gov. George W. Bush rejected her claim that she killed her fifth husband in self-defense and deserved a reprieve. She’s the fourth woman to be executed in the U.S. since the Supreme Court in 1976 allowed the death penalty to resume. 

Bogota Colombia holds “a day without cars.” No cars – just walking and bikes. 

Passing – Comic strip artist Fred Rhoads. He was 78.


Business/Economy – February 22, 2000 

J.C. Penny says it is closing 300 stores. 

The Gap says it is opening 600 new stores. 

Priceline says it will put gas up for bid on the web!


Sports News – February 22, 2000 

In New York – Oscar de La Hoya KO’s Derrell Coley in the 7th round at Madison Square Garden. 

Tony Harding is in trouble again. The former figure skater is arrested for allegedly throwing a hubcap at her live-in boyfriend and punching him in the face. Her live-in boyfriend of three years, Darren Silver, face bloodied and bruised, said his girlfriend was hooking like Mike Tyson.   


Music News – February 22, 2000

On ABC-TV this week – “The Beach Boys: An American Family.” 

“Britney Spears CD Bubblegum” – looks like a compact disc – will be out next month.  

List of performers at the Grammy Awards – Back Street Boys, Dixie Chicks, Kid Rock, Ricky Martin, Britney Spears, Elton John, TLC, Will Smith, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Sisqo, Diana Krall, Erykah Bada, Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer. 

Year 2000 Grammy Awards: Some Winners: 

Record of the year – “Smooth” – Santana feat. Rob Thomas

Album of the year – “Supernatural” – Santana

Song of the year – “Smooth” – Itaal Shur and Rob Thomas

Best new artist – Christina Aguilera


Top Music Albums – February 22, 2000 –

Thank God I Found You – Mariah Carey

From the Bottom of my Broken Heart – Britney Spears

Maria Maria – Santana

Breathe – Faith Hill

Another Dumb Blonde – Hoku

It Fells So Good – Sonique

Hot Boyz – Missy Elliott

All The Small Things – Blink 182

There You Go - Pink


Sunday night television listings – week of February 22, 2000

CBS – 60 Minutes, Touched by an Angel, Movie

NBC – Search for the Submarine I-52, Dateline NBC, the 10th Kingdom

ABC – All Star Bloopers, Millionaire, Movie

PBS – Nature, Masterpiece Theatre

MTV – Movie (2Together), Real World/Rule Rules Challenge

VH1 – Behind the Hits

Fox – Futurama, King of the Hill, The Simpsons, Malcolm in the Middle, X-Files

WB – 7th-Heaven Beginning, Felicity, Jack & Jill

E! – Marie Osmond Celebrity Profile, Assignment E!, LaToya Jackson True Hollywood Story


Television News – February 22, 2000

Fox-TV’s “Who Wants Marry A Multi-Millionaire” is in tatters as the bride – Darva Conger and groom Rick Rockwell want the marriage annulled. Conger told ABC’s Diane Sawyer she was naïve about the process and “didn’t know how to escape” after Rockwell chose her from among the 50 contestants at the end of the special, which drew 23 million viewers.  The producers didn’t bother checking the background of Rockwell, who , it was revealed – once faced allegations on abusing an ex-girlfriend.

 He’s back - David Letterman brings on his six doctors and two nurses and told the audience they saved his life after having quintuple bypass surgery. He’d been out for five weeks.


Top Movies – February 22, 2000

Snow Day

The Whole Nine Yards

Hanging Up

Pitch Black

Reindeer Games

Wonder Boys

Scream 3

American Beauty

The Cider House Rules

The Tigger Movie

The Beach

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