Dateline: Week Of August 22, 2004 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
President Bush signs orders to strengthen American’s intelligence operations – this until Congress can act.
Antisafety - GM pulls a prime-time commercial for the 2005 Corvette because it depicted a young boy – younger than 16 – driving it wildly through city streets.
The company that produced the Siegfried and Roy magic show said that it would not give federal investigators the video of a tiger attack on Roy Horn to protect his privacy.
Widespread - A Pentagon investigation concludes there were all kinds of involvement by military intelligence officers, CIA agents, U.S. military police and others – in the Abu Ghraib prison abuses.
Sen. Pat Roberts who is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee proposes reforms that would dismantle the CIA – splitting it into three parts.
Former Hollywood fundraiser Aaron Tonken is sentenced to 63 months in prison after pleading guilty to a count of mail fraud and a count of wire fraud.
Speaking a mix of English and Spanish – President Bush’s nephew – George P. Bush, campaigns for overseas votes in Mexico.
Barnes & Noble says it has strong demand for a new book that questions the Vietnam-era actions of Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry. The book – out since August 11 is “Unfit for Command” by John O’Neill and Jerome Corsi. It accuses the good senator of lying about his decorated wartime record and betraying comrades by returning from Vietnam and alleging atrocities by U.S. troops.
New York City - Thousands of activists march across the Brooklyn Bridge to promote abortion rights and family planning.
New Bush ads are going after Senator John Kerry’s senate voting record – including all those tax increases.
Republican Convention - The streets of Manhattan are flooded with 100,000 demonstrators to show opposition to President Bush and the war in Iraq. In his upcoming acceptance speech – President Bush will stress themes of government reform and ownership. The Convention begins Monday – Aug. 30.
Convention Opens – Republicans hail President Bush as a leader who made the country safer and would do the same over the next four years. Actor Ron Silver delivered a speech – applauding President Bush’s war stance.
Sports News – August 22, 2004 -
The international Gymnastics Federation asks Paul Hamm to give up his gold medal – and giving it to South Korea’s Yang Tae Young for fair play/sportsmanship.
Olympics - Also at the Athens Winter games – The U.S. takes the men’s Olympic 400 with Jeremy Wariner out front.
NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace will retire after the 2005 season, saying he is concerned about getting hurt and wants to leave on top.
Music News – August 22, 2004 -
New single by LaToya Jackson – “Just Wanna Dance” but radio DJ’s received advanced copies with just her Jackson family nickname “Toy.”
Passing – Laura Branigan (47). She died in her sleep of a brain aneurysm. She had been complaining of headaches for about a week.
MTV Video Music Awards – OutKast’s “Hey Ya!” won video of the year and three other awards. Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” also won four awards. Making cameos – the Olsen Twins and Paris Hilton. Performing – Usher, Jessica Simpson, Hoobastank, Kanye West, Jet and Yellowcard.
Some top albums – week of August 22, 2004 -
Now That’s What I Call Music Vol. 16
Songs About Jane – Maroon 5
Godfather Buried Alive – Shyne
Hard way – 213
Autobiography – Ashlee Simpson
Under My Skin – Avril lavigne
Take It All Way – Ryan Cabrera
Confessions – Usher
Does it matter? - The Dave Matthews Band is under fire and could face fines because one of their tour bus drivers dumped a tankful of Dave’s human waste in the Chicago River. He did it from a bridge and some of Dave (and the band’s) matter hit a touring boat just crossing under.
Passing – Charlie Waller (69) – led the Country Gentleman.
VH1 – Another VH1 list – check out “50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs” this week. Hosted by George Lopez.
Entertainment News – August 22, 2004 -
Pregnant Julia Roberts (36) is taking a break from movies. She’s set to have twins – her first children!
Television News – August 22, 2004 -
The second season of Donald Trump’s ‘The Apprentice” features two more contestants (18) with the youngest at 23 and the oldest at 37.
CBS unveils a new reality show that includes fashion maven Tommy Hilfiger – “The Cut.” The winner will get a chance to design a fashion collection for his label. WOW!
A funny “Apprentice” knock-off – MTV’s “The Assistant” with Andy Dick. Candidates vie for the job of staying with him all day.
Craig Kilborn conducts his last show as host of “the Late Late Show” on CBS. A new host has not been named.
Top Movies – August 22, 2004 –
Exorcist: The Beginning
Without a Paddle
The Princess Diaries 2
Alien vs. Predator
The Bourne Supremacy
The Manchurian Candidate