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Ups & Downs of the Week

Issue: "Gore strikes out," Dec. 9, 2000
  • Box office receipts: Hollywood revenues hit an all-time high for a holiday weekend over Thanksgiving. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas led the way, taking in $73. 8 million from Wednesday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 26 while the top 12 movies together grossed $236.3 million. Unbreakable debuted in second place with $47.2 million. The previous record was $225.5 million, set during last year's Thanksgiving weekend.
  • Rap star OBD: Russell Tyrone Jones fought the law, and the law won. The singer, aka OBD and a fugitive since he fled a Pasadena drug rehab center and skipped a court hearing in October, appeared on stage on Nov. 21 at the release party of his group Wu-Tang Clan's third album. After performing a few songs with the band, he announced: "I can't stay on the stage too long tonight. The cops is after me." Those cops caught up with him last week at a fast-food restaurant in Philadelphia. At his arraignment, he was ordered held without bail until an extradition hearing this month. Prosecutors in New York say he is wanted on four warrants, including one drug offense in Queens County.

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