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Dateline: Week Of January 22, 2004 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts

In The News

In Haiti – More than 20,000 march in support of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide after police fired tear gas to prevent about 200 of his opponents from demonstrating.

The Mars Rover (Spirit) stops transmitting data – a disturbing development. It had been doing what it was supposed to do since January 3 – now this.

President Bush is on the road in Ohio and Arizona to promote his package of job training proposals.

saddam hussein al queda connection jan 2004Vice President Dick Cheney declares there was “overwhelming evidence” that Saddam Hussein had a relationship with Al Qaeda and that two trailers discovered after the war were proof of Iraq’s biological weapons programs.

Special CIA advisor David Kay – the leader on the search for banned weapons in Iraq – steps down and says the country did not have stocks of banned munitions before the U.S. led invasion last year.

Campaigning New Hampshire primaries – John Kerry responds to Howard Dean on his voting record saying, “I wonder when he’s going to stop running the negative campaign he said he was going to stop running.”

An explosion rips through a bus in Jerusalem at the height of rush hour traffic – at least eight are dead.

A snowstorm virtually shuts-down New York City. 10.5 inches fell on Central Park.

A federal judge orders Exxon Mobil Corp to pay about $6.75 billion to thousands of Alaskans affected by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

The Bush administration seeks $274 million to fight health threats to deter bioterrorism.

Florida – Lionel Tate (17) pleads guilty to beating a playmate to death back when he was 12.

The World Health Organization says the bird flu has hit three more areas in China. Earlier this week – the bird flu was found in Pakistan and Laos.

BBC reporter Andrew Gilligan resigns after he reported that the British government had what he termed “sexed up” intelligence on Iraq.

tony blair news january 2004Also in England – a judge exonerated Prime Minister Tony Blair and his government on charges they knowingly used false intelligence to make the case for the war in Iraq.

Interesting – as the state of Minnesota launches a website that connects residents to Canadian pharmacies. The reason? To take on the high cost of prescription drugs.

John Kerry takes the New Hampshire primary – beating out Democrats Howard Dean, Wesley Clark, John Edwards,Joe Lieberman and Dennis Kucinich.

The U.S. economy grew at 4% - weaker than expected.

Sears, Roebuck & Co. posts a $2.75-billion profit for the fourth quarter – but thanks to the sale of Citigroup Inc.

Michael Eisner receives a $6.25-million stock bonus for the company’s improved performance. Buy Roy O. Disney has called on shareholders to vote no – no confidence of Eisner.

KB Toys will close 375 stores – cutting 3,500 jobs.

Researchers in Pennsylvania – using dye and a scan have come up with an imaging technique to find signs of Alzheimer’s.

Technology News – January 22, 2004 –

Gateway Inc – which is now losing money, says it will acquire EMachines Inc in a cash and stock deal worth $266 million.

Yahoo announces that it would replace the web search results it currently licenses from Google with those generated by Inktomi.

Pepsi, now Coke is getting into the music download game. Coke will become the fifth beverage company that will partner with a download service – and Coke will joint-promote with MusicMatch. That really means – Coke will run aids on the site.

Music News – January 22, 2004 –

Alicia Keys, Beyonce and Miss Elliott are going on tour – together!

r. kelly order stay away michael jackson jan 2004A judge orders R. Kelly to stay away from Michael Jackson as both are facing child molestation charges – even if they both attend the Grammy Awards. Stay away.

U2’s Bono says he will not swear as he did last year, if he wins a Golden Globe. “I Swear I Won’t Swear.”

Usher’s forthcoming album “Yeah” is his first album in over 2 years. And his third behind “My Way” and “8701.”

A new Pepsi commercial debuts – with Britney Spears, Pink and Beyonce for “new Gladiator.”

Top Albums – January 22, 2004 –

Very Best of Sheryl Crow

Speakerboxxx/the Love Below – Outkast

Diary of Alicia Keys – Alicia Keys

In The Zone – Britney Spears

Closer – Josh Groban

Beg for Mercy – G-Unit


2004 Grammy Nominees

Terrorist Threats – Westside Connection

The Singles – 1992-2003 – No Doubt

Entertainment/Celebrity News – January 22, 2004 –

russell crowe news january 2004Actor Russell Crowe dislocates his shoulder in Australia while training for a boxing scene in his upcoming movie “Cinderella Man.”

Pixar Animation studios halts talks with Disney to extend their 12+ year relationship – no more partnership.

Golden Globes 2004 – some winners –

Best picture drama – “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”

Best picture comedy – “Lost in Translation”

Best actor drama – Sean Penn “Mystic River”

Best actress drama – Charlize Theron “Monster”

Best actor comedy – Bill Murray – “Lost in Translation”

Best actress comedy – Diane Keaton – “Something’s Gotta Give”

Television News - January 22, 2004

jaimie fox probation january 2004New Orleans - Jamie Foxx is placed on two years probation and fined $1,500 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge from a flight with security guards at a casino.

On E! this week – “Facing Fame” sees a woman made up to resemble Britney Spears.

NBC moves “The Apprentice” to Thursday nights – ending a long tradition of comedies in Thursday prime time.

Passing – Bob Keeshan – the one and only “Captain Kangaroo.” He was 76.

Barbara Walters will be leaving “20/20” in September.

After a hiatus – Regis Philbin will return as emcee of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” and this time – the top prize will be $10 million. The show was a huge hit after it debuted in 1999, but fizzled due to overexposure and was canned in 2002. New name – “Super Millionaire” and will begin next month for February sweeps – five days a week.

Tuesday night television – week of January 22, 2004 -

CBS – Navy NCIS, The Guardian, Judging Amy, David Letterman

NBC – Tracy Morgan Show, Whoopi, New Hampshire primary, Law & Order, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien

ABC – 8 Simple Rules, I’m With Her, According to Jim, Less Than perfect, Line of Fire, Nightline

VH1 – Behind the Music (Britney Spears), Britney Vs. Christina, Band reunited, Driven (Mike Tyson).

HBO – Curb Your Enthusiasm, Sex and the City

Fox – American Idol, 24

WB – Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill

UPN – One on One, All of Us, America’s Next Top Model

Top TV Ratings/TV Guide – January 22, 2004

American Idol on Wednesday – 29.43

American Idol on Monday – 28.96

American idol on Tuesday – 25.56

Golden Globe Awards – 26.80

Friends – 20.77

CSI – 20.71

Friends #2 – 20.70

Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé – 19.65

CSI: Miami – 16.31

60 Minutes – 15.76

Cold Case – 15.75

Will &Grace – 15.71

Without a Trace – 14.78

Law &Order – 14.50

Everybody Loves Raymond – 13.75

Two and a Halve Men – 13.26

Top Movies – January 22, 2004 -

The Butterfly Effect

Along Came Polly

Win a Date With Ted Hamilton

Big Fish

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

Cheaper by the Dozen

Cold Mountain


Something’s Gotta Give

Mystic River

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