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Abstract... ... ... ... ..~ ..... . The Recording Industry Association of America escalated its battle against illegal downloading and file· sharing by filing lawsuits against people, mainly college students, who swap massive amounts of music. A large number of celebrity deaths occurred in 2003. Among the notables were entertainer Bob Hope, singers Johnny Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, announcer Rod Roddy of T. V. 's The Price is Right, and Keiko the killer whale from the Free Willy movies. Bob Keeshan, a.k.a. Captain Kangaroo, passed away in early 2004. . .. ....... • 10 •• " ... .............. """''-''-..=.." :..:..,;..~;...:...:..:..~ • '4 ..;. ••••••• The media frenzy about "Bennifer"- Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez - ended when the couple, who had been together for 18 months, broke off their engagement in January. The 15 cooks at Holdingford, Minn. , School D1strlct and one janitor won a $95 million Powerball in October. After winning, they all went to work and fed the students before gomg to the state lottery office to claim their winnings. One of the biggest weddings of the year, in terms of money spent, was the marriage of Bachelorette Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter. ABC spent more than $1 million on the nupt1als, which were seen by 17 million V1ewers. Trista and Ryan were also paid $1 m11110n after the ceremony. ...,. .................. .. .::.:.:.::.:.:.::.:.:.:: .. .... .... ..... ..... Pop sensation Michael Jackson was charged with child molestation in alleged incidents at his Neverland Ranch. Jackson denied the charges, while family, friends and fans came to his defense. Similar accusations arose in 1993, but no charges were filed in that case. Pixar's Finding Nema, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. In interesting plot twists this year, Pirates of the Caribbean : The Curse of the Black Pearl, starring Johnny Depp, and the Haunted Mansion, starring Eddie Murphy, were movies based on Disney theme park rides. Praise and worship albums were evolving, reaching more of a mainstream sound with songs from bands such as Third Day and Mercy Me. I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me reached some secular air waves in the process . Who was your favorite musical artist in 2003? 50 Cent Linkin Park OutKast Good Charlotte Kenny Chesney Bob Guiney from The Bachelor 4, chose Estella Gardinier in November. By the end of December the pair parted company. Lang Lang, 21, who came to the U.S. from China about six years ago, has made a name for himself in concert as a classical pianist with flair. Whose reality is it? In the new Fox Network reality television show, The Simple Life, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie moved in with the Ledings, an Arkansas farm family. The show poked fun at the wealthy pair as they tread their way in a world far from their reality.