Dateline: Week Of March 15, 2004 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Police in Spain arrest three Moroccans with ties to Islamic extremism in last week’s train bombings in Madrid.
Iraq – A bomb rips through a hotel in downtown Baghdad, killing 27…
President Aleksander Kwasniewski of Poland says they were mislead” about Iraq’s alleged stocks of banned weapons before the war.
More Spain as voters oust the ruling party over their support for the war in Iraq (probably what the bombers wanted). Incoming Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero says he will remove Spain’s 1,300 Iraqi troops by June 30. He says the war is all based on lies.
President Bush urged wavering members of the U.S-led coalition to keep their troops in Iraq. This after Spain’s announcement.
It’s revealed that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and FBI Director Robert Mueller have pieces of 9/11 debris they collected.
Candidate John Kerry calls on President Bush to join him for monthly forums in the spirit off the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates.
Taiwan - President Chen Shi-bian is shot in the stomach and his vice president wounded as they campaigned in Tainan.
Passing - Jeremy Mayfield.
Sports News – March 15, 2004 –
Dale Earnhardt Jr. sprints to victory in the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Speedway.
Fascinating Facts – March 15, 2004 -
Donald Trump wants to trademark, “you’re fired.” – the words uttered at the end of his “Apprentice” reality show on NBC. He says he wants to control its usage in the media and on things such as slot machines.
Martha Stewart hands over her keys to the executive suite of the Martha Stewart Living – just after a week after she was convicted on four federal charges.
New trend – as Starbucks begins its “Hear Music” coffeehouse. You can make custom CD’s while sipping coffee. In selected areas.
Entertainment News – March 15, 2004
Actor Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) pleads guilty to a misdemeanor obscenity charge and is placed on probation. Reubens had plead guilty to possession of obscene material consisting of minors engaged in sexual conduct.
Music News – March 15, 2004 -
Janet Jackson will give her first post breast-bearing TV interview – as she is set to appear on the David Letterman show March 29.
The FCC rules that rock star Bono’s use of a sexual expletive during the 2003 Golden Globe Awards was “indecent and profane.”
Also on Letterman (this week) – Courtney Love jumps up on Letterman’s desk and pulled up her skirt and exposed herself to him (back toward camera of course).
Passing – J.J. Jackson – One of the original MTV VJ’s and a legendary album rock DJ in Los Angeles. He was 62.
Wow – Berklee College now offers “Turntable Technique” classes – for the hip-hop DJ in you.
Courtney Love is arrested on third-degree assault charges after throwing a microphone stand into the audience during a NY performance – and injuring a guy.
Don’t miss Prince’s Musicology Tour… School’s In!
Britney Spears – The Onyx Hotel Tour!
Britney Spears signs with Elizabeth Arden to develop and market her own line of perfume.
2004 Inductees into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame are – the late George Harrison, Jackson Browne, Prince, Traffic, Bob Seger, the Dells and ZZ Top.
Top Music Albums – March 15, 2004 –
Songs About Jane – Maroon 5
Closer – Josh Groban
Fallen – Evanescence
In this Skin – Jessica Simpson
Bad Boy’s 10th Anniversary: The Hits
Feels Like Home – Norah Jones
College Dropout – Kanye West
When the Sun Goes Down – Kenny Chesney
Closer – Josh Groban
Spearkerboxxx/The Love Below – OutKast
Very Best of Sheryl Crow
Kamikaze – Twista
Songs About Jane – Maroon 5
Tough Luv – Young Gunz
I Don’t Want You Back – Eamon
Cee-Lo Green… Is the Soul Machine – Cee-Lo
In The Zone –Britney Spears
Passion of the Christ – soundtrack
Only You – Harry Connick Jr.
The Long Road – Nickelback
Beg for Mercy – G-Unit
The Down Low – various artists
Chicken ‘N’ Bear - Ludcaris
Diary of Alicia Keys
Spend My Time – Clint Black
The King of Crunk & BME Recordings Present – Trillville/Lil Scrapp
A Crow Left of the Murder – Incubus
Shock ‘n Y’all – Toby Keith
The Black Album – Jay-Z
Top Country Hits – March 15, 2004 –
American Soldier – Toby Keith
Watch the Wind Blow By – Tim McGraw
Little Moments – Brad Paisley
In My daughter’s Eyes – Martina McBride
Perfect – Sara Evans
Remember When – Alan Jackson
Not Mama – Trace Adkins
I Love You This Much – Jimmy Wayne
When the Sun Goes Down – Kenney Chesney & Uncle Kracker
Mayberry – Rascal Flatts
Sweet Southern Comfort – Buddy Jewell
Hot DVD’s Sales/Rentals – March 15, 2004
The Lion King
MTV Wuthering Heights
NFL Super Bowl 38
Spy Kids 3: Game Over
Radio News – March 15, 2004 –
New in syndication – “Marie & Friends” with Marie Osmond. The show is described as “safe radio” in the backdrop of shock jock fallout. The five-hour afternoon drive show is syndicated by Jones Radio and so far, can be heard in Salt Lake City, Boise, Yakima and Santa Maria.
Television News – March 15, 2004
On “Saturday Night Live” – Jessica Simpson hosts with musical guest Nick Lachey.
Passing – Genevieve (83) – best-known for her many appearances on Jack Paar’s late night NBC-TV shows.
Ryan Seacrest hosts “American Idol, Uncut, Uncensored and Untalented” – a special on Fox this week. Clips are introduced that were “painful” to judges.
“American Idol” this week features its 12 finalists.
Top Movies – March 15, 2004 –
The Passion of the Christ
Starsky & Hutch
Agent Cody Banks: Destination London
50 First Dates
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King