Dateline: Week Of February 8, 2004 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
John F. Kerry gets primary wins in Washington State and Michigan. Rival Howard Dean, despite his losses, vowed to press on.
American Airlines apologizes after pilot Rodger Findiesen got on the intercom of a cross-country flight and asked all Christians aboard to raise their hands.
Inspectors says that Iran has blueprints for a device to enrich uranium.
John Kerry wins again – in Virginia and Tennessee. This time – rival Howard Dean quits! Also quitting the race – Wesley Clark. “Folks.. This old soldier will not fade away.”
The independent commission reviewing the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks meets with national security advisor Condoleezza Rice in an interview commissioners described as candid and productive.
President Bush said for the first time that he indeed, relied on flawed assumptions and inaccurate information in launching the war in Iraq, but he did not mislead the American people.
President Bush – answering the Democrats, insists he did his military obligations during the Vietnam War – that he was given an honorable discharge and that he did show up for National Guard duty in Alabama.
Two Ex Halliburton employees now say the company wasted taxpayer dollars in Iraq and Kuwait – that supervisors created a culture of overspending.
Prince Charles makes a surprise moral-boosting visit to British troops in Iraq. He mingled with about 200 soldiers, shook hands, had tea and praised their work.
South Korean scientists – in a stem cell breakthrough, say the have succeeded in creating human embryo clones.
Terror network –The last of the “Portland 7” (Oregon) terror cell are sentenced for trying to join the Taliban just after 9/11. They are Muhammad Bilal, Maher “Mike” Hawash, Ahmed Bilal.
Massachusetts lawmakers defeat a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman, but allowed for civil unions between same-sex couples. Meantime – San Francisco marries dozens of same-sex couples. Why? Because the new mayor says so, even though the state does not.
Ann Armstrong – Martha Stewart’s personal secretary, testifies that Martha Stewart in fact, did alter a telephone log.
Technology News - February 8, 2004 -
AOL now gives you 30 to 40 seconds worth of TV’s top “water cooler” moments for viewing. WOW.
Comcast has launched a $51-bilion takeover bid for Disney.
Music News – February 8, 2004 –
Some 2004 Grammy Award Winners –
Album of the year – “Speakerboxxx” – Outkast
Song of the year – “Dance With My Father” – Richard Marx and Luther Vandross
Record of the year – “Clocks” – Coldplay
Male pop – Justin Timberlake for “Cry Me a River”
Female pop – Christina Aguilera for “Beautiful.”
Best new artist - Evanescence
Tucson - Diana Ross gets convicted of a DUI and is ordered to spend two days in jail.
Justin Timberlake – a Grammy winner this week – is set to star in his first movie. It’s called “Edison” with Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey and LL Cool J. Shooting begins next month.
Some top albums – February 8, 2004 -
When the Sun Goes Down – Kenny Chesney
A Crow Left of the Murder – Incubus
Closer – Josh Groban
Kamikaze – Twista
2004 Grammy Nominees
Only You – Harry Connick Jr.
Spearkerboxxx/the Love Below – Outkast
Radio News – February 8, 2004 -
After 20 years doing mornings at KIIS-FM Los Angeles Rick Dees is out. Rumors say Ryan Seacrest is in.
Television News – February 8, 2004 -
On NBC’s Friends - Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) marries Mike (Paul Rudd).
MTV says it has taken out its most raucous/racy videos – at least during the daytime. This due to the Janet Jackson debacle on the Super Bowl half time show.
Britney Spears announces that indeed, Ryan Seacrest will be doing mornings on KIIS-FM. She made the announcement on his Fox-TV show “On Air With Ryan Seacreast.” He currently does an afternoon drive show on KYSR Los Angeles.
Monday night television listings - week of February 8, 2004 -
CBS – Yes, Dear, Still Standing, Everybody Loves Raymond, Two and a Half Men, CSI: Miami, David Letterman
NBC – Fear Factor, Las Vegas, Average Joe: Hawaii, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien
ABC – Movie (The Mummy Returns), Nightline
PBS – Antiques Roadshow, American Experience, Tavis Smiley, Charlie Rose
Comedy Central – South Park, Jay Mohr: My Turn, Jon Stewart
VH1 – Awesomely Wack Hio Hop, Beef, 40 Greatest Celebrity Frauds
Fox – That ‘70’s Show, My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance
UPN – The parkers, Eve, Girlfirends, Half & Half
WB – 7th Heaven, Everwood
Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – February 8, 2004 -
American Idol on Tuesday – 30.09
CSI – 29.27
American Idol on Wednesday – 28.76
Grammy Awards (CBS) – 26.29
Friends – 24.01
Survivor: All Stars – 23.06
ER – 22.20
American Idol on Monday – 21.22
CSI: Miami – 20.60
Without a Trace – 18.91
Everybody Loves Raymond – 18.80
The Apprentice – 18.44
Law & Order - 17.33
Two and a Half Men – 16.48
Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé – 16.24
Fear Factor – 14.21
Law & Order: SVU – 13.1
60 Minutes – 13.24
Las Vegas – 12.73
That ‘70’s Show – 12.67
JAG – 12.45
Joan of Arcadia – 12.38
Frasier – 12.20
Still Standing – 12.08
Yes, Dear – 11.66
20/20 on Friday - 11.59
Top Movies – February 8, 2004 –
You Got Served
Along Came Polly
The Butterfly effect
Catch That Kid
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King