Week of June 8, 2002
Jose Padilla - a former Chicago gang member who turned Islam is arrested -
accused of planning an attack with a senior Al Qaeda operative to detonate a
radioactive bomb on American soil.
Authorities in Pakistan interrogate a second suspect in an alleged Al Qaeda plot
to detonate a radioactive bomb in America.
A jury finds Michael Skakel guilty of murdering Martha Moxley with a golf club
nearly 27 years. ago.
Carlos Pacheco - an employee at a Providence Journal production plant is found
dead in a burned-out car after she shot a co-worker to death and wounded
another, then killed another employee at his home near Providence.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat announces a
leaner, slightly redesigned Cabinet after
pressure from the international community.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says he
has no hard information that Al Qaeda fighters
were operating near the Pakistani-Indian frontier
in Kashmir. “We do have a good deal of scraps
of intelligence. It tends to be speculative. It is not
actionable, it is not verifiable.”
Priest sex abuse - Opening a meeting of the
nation’s Roman Catholic bishops in Dallas,
Bishop Wilton Gregory offers “the most profound
apology” for derelict leadership and promised to
enact tough reform measures.
President Bush launches a physical fitness initiative to make the U.S. “stronger
The nation’s unemployment rate dipped to 5.8% in May.
Passing - Clothes designer Bill Blass (79).
Winger Brett Hull scores his 100
playoff goal in the Red Wings’ 3-0 victory over
Carolina in game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals.
Week of June 8, 2002
Yahoo unveils its first overhaul in five years, hoping their new look will better
serve visitors. The redesigned home page highlights Yahoo promotions and
affiliated sites. It had to do something - it’s revenue has been in a free fall for the
past five quarters. The top search engines -
Yahoo with about 80 million visitors per month.
MSN - about 77 million.
AOL - 51 million
Terry Lycos - 40 million
Netscape home page - 12 million.
New ad campaign for Apple rolls out this week. It’s all about testimonials from
those who have switched into Apple. It replaces “Think Different.”
Film88.com (first known as movie88.com - a pirate online film site offering hit
movies on demand for $1 is shut down for the third time after its servers are
seized. The site enabled Consumers to watch hundreds of hit movies and classic
TV programs in near VHS quality, charging $1 a viewing. It never did obtain the
studios’ permission. Nor did it pay for them.
her own reality series on MTV. Look for
“Diary Presents: Brandy Special
Delivery” debuting in June. It’s described
as a document in the daily life of Brandy
as she balances her marriage, career,
family and impending motherhood.
Marry - Paul McCartney to Heather Mills
R. Kelly reports to Chicago authorities to
face child pornography charges and is
released after posting bond.
David Bowie appears on Dave
Letterman’s show this week.
Walt Disney says it will aggressively cross-promote its new fall TV lineup at
Disneyland and Disney world - in feature films, retail stores, its ESPN Zone
restaurants and CD’s. Disney is trying to improve the performance of ABC, which
is third in the ratings.
Week of June 8, 2002
Johnny Depp has agreed to star “The Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Takedown”
- two Jerry Bruckheimer films.
Univision is acquiring Hispanic Broadcasting Corp. - the largest Spanish-
language radio network in a $3.5-billin stock deal.
Radio news -
JJ Jackson - perhaps best-known as an early
MTV veejay - is now on “The Wave’ - 94.7 in Los
A couple slaps a $10-million lawsuit on MTV and
Las Vegas’ hard rock hotel-casino, charging that
they were given a room with hidden cameras. The
equipment was intended to record their reaction to
finding a mutilated corpse on the premises - to air
on MTV’s “Harassment.”
Don’t miss “Oprah
Winfrey After The
Show” to air on
Oxygen weeknights. Winfrey is a 25% owner of the
At the movies -
The Sum of All Fears
Divine secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Star Wars: Episode Ii Attack of the Clones
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Abut a Boy