Dateline: Week Of November 15, 2004 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Secretary of State Colin Powell is stepping down and replacing him – Condoleezza Rice.
Iraq – Rebels are making a last stand in the battered city of Fallouja, where so much of the city lay in ruins.
Arab TV shows images of a U.S. Marine fatally shooting an unarmed wounded insurgent in a Fallouja mosque – enraging Iraqis and causing an uproar.
Members of Congress, making the Sunday TV rounds, say they were concerned about turmoil within the Central Intelligence Agency following the recent retirement of the CIA’s deputy director.
A remote-controlled car bomb kills the state prosecutor who was preparing charges against persons who backed the 2002 overthrow of President Hugo Chavez.
$165 million cost - Bill Clinton opens the doors to his library – the 12th presidential library. Attending in Little Rock – Both President Bush’s and Jimmy Carter.
In Georgia – crematory operator Ray Brent March admits to dumping over 300 bodies and not cremating them, leaving the bodies to rot. He said there was no reason and he’ll get a 12-year prison sentence.
Britain outlaws fox hunting with hounds in England and Wales as elected legislators won a standoff with the House of Lords over the popular country sport that is despised by many urbanites.
Condoleezza Rice undergoes surgery to treat non-cancerous growths in her uterus.
NASA’s unmanned X-43A aircraft breaks a speed record – 6,500mph.
President Bush grants pardons for six people, including a man convicted 41 years ago for a stolen vehicle offense in Mississippi. He’s granted a total of 25 pardons since taking office.
Lionel Trains files for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Business News/Economy – November 15, 2004 -
Gold closes above $440 per ounce.
Kmart is purchasing Sears Roebuck & Co in an $11.5 billion deal.
The FDA orders Pfizer to yank cheeky TV ads that promised better sex for men taking Viagra because the ads failed to disclose known risks associated with the drug.
American Express Co. sued Visa International and MasterCard for imposing rules, later overturned by the courts that barred thousands of banks from issuing its credit card.
Technology News – November 15, 2004
TiVo will begin inserting logos or small billboards over TV commercials as viewers fast-forward through them and later, will offer viewers to purchase items directly. This from a service that let you skip the commercials. It is in fact, becoming a tool for marketers.
Google Inc. co-founders Larry Page and Sergy Brin each plan to sell as many as 7.2 million company shares during the next 18 months – generating a windfall of more than $1 billion apiece in current market valuation.
Sports News – November 15, 2004 –
Four NBA players are suspended indefinitely after a melee at the Detroit Piston/Indiana Pacer game where fans and players were going at each other. Banished are Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson, Hermaine O’Neal and Ben Wallace.
ABC apologizes for a “Monday Night Football” introduction that featured naked “Desperate Housewives” cast member Nicollette Sheridan jumping into the arms and seducing Philadelphia Eagle receiver Terrell Owens in the locker room.
Evander Holyfield is suspended indefinitely by New York boxing officials in the wake of his lopsided loss to Larry Donald.
Radio News – November 15, 2004 –
Mel Karmazin joins Sirius Satellite Radio.
Music News – November 15, 2004
Top Pop Hits – November 15, 2004 –
Drop It Like It’s Hot – Snoop Dogg fea. Pharrell
Over and Over – Nelly Fea. Tim McGraw
Lose My Breath – Destiny’s Child
She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5
Let’s Go – Trick Daddy fea. Lil Jon & Twista
Breathe – Fabolous
Just Lose It – Eminem
Wonderful – Ja Rule fea. R. Kelly & Ashanti
Lean Back – Terror squard
Oye Mi Canto – N.O.R.E. fea. Daddy Yankee, Nina Sky, Gem Star & Big Mato
1,2 Step – Ciara fea. Missy Elliott
Let Me Love You – Mario
Go D.J. – Lil Wayne
Lean Back – Terror Squad
Charlene – Anthony Hamilton
Balla Baby - Chingy
Diary – Alicia Keys fea. Tony! Toni! Tone!
Locked Up - Akon fea. Styles P.
Shorty Wanna Ride – Young Buck
On the way Down – Rayan Cabrera
I Don’t want To Be – Gavin DeGraw
Broken – Seether fea. Amy Lee
One Thing – Finger Eleven
Hush – LL Cool J. fea. 7 Aurelius
Top Music Albums – November 15, 2004 -
Confessions – Usher
Now That’s What I Call Music – Vol. 17
Real Talk – Fabolous
Vol. 2 – Greatest Hits – Toby Keith
A Perfect Circle - eMOTIV3
Suit – Nelly
50 Number Ones – George Strait
Thug Matrimony: Married to the Streets
Genius Loves Company – Ray Charles
Great American Songbook Vol. III – Rod Stewart
Ray – soundtrack
Unfinished Business – R. Kelly & Jay-Z
My Brother & Me – Ying Yang Twins
American Idiot – Green Day
MMHMM – Relient K
Here for the Party – Gretchen Wilson
Live Like You Were Dying – Tim McGraw
Goodies – Ciara
Motown Two – Michael McDonald
Greatest Hits Vol. 1 – Korn
Top Country Hits – November 15, 2004 -
That’s What It’s All About – Brooks & Dunn
Stays in Mexico – Toby Keith
Mr. Mom – Lonestar
In A Real Love – Phil Vassar
Nothing On But the Radio – Gary Allan
Back When – Tim McGraw
Some Beach – Blake Shelton
The Woman With You – Kenny Chesney
How Am I Doin’ – Dierks Bentley
Suds on the Bucket – Sara Evans
Hot DVD’sSales/Rentals – November 15, 2004 –
Garfield the Movie
Dawn of the Dead
Aladdin Special Edition
The O.C. season one
Entertainment/Celebrity News – November 15, 2004 -
Wednesday night on NBC – “Tim McGraw: Here and Now.” Shows recent concert footage, including a duet with wife Faith Hill.
Rapper O.D.B. is laid to rest. Russell Jones collapsed and died inside a Manhattan recording studio.
Passing – Terry Melcher (62) – son of Doris Day – a recording producer and artist. Worked for Columbia Records during their early rock-n-roll years and also produced his mother’s TV show in the late 1960’s. Also wrote the hit record “Kokomo” for the Beach Boys.
Ron “Gutta” Robinson – manger for rapper Ja Rule – is arrested for money laundering in New York.
Clay Aiken on “Larry King Live” this week – on CNN.
David Lee Roth wants to be a paramedic – and has been riding with a New York ambulance crew in training. He saved the life of one, by using a defibrillator on a heart attack victim.
A brawl at the Vibe Music Awards with rap producer Dr. Dre, who was punched in the face by a man who was then stabbed by another attendee.
Usher wins all four of his awards at the American Music Awards and OutKast wins three. Usher took home favorite male soul-R&B artist, best pop-rock artist, best soul-R&B album and best pop album for “Confessions.”
Television News – November 15, 2004 -
Thursday night on NBC this week – “The Seinfeld Story” – An All New Celebration of the Comedy” – and a great way to tell everyone that the first three seasons of “Seinfeld” are now on DVD.
Big buzz on Fox’ Thursday night lineup where – “The O.C.” and “North Shore” play.
On Bravo this week – “The 100 Greatest TV Characters of all Time.” They beat VH1 to it?
Tuesday night television listings – week of November 15, 2004 -
CBS –NCIS, The Amazing race, Judging Amy, David Letterman
NBC – The Biggest Loser, Scrubs, law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien
ABC – My Wife and Kids, George Lopez, According to Jim, Rodney, NYPD Blue, Nightline
UPN – All of us, Eve Love, Veronica Mars
Fox – The Rebel Billionaire, House
WB – Movie (Samantha: An American Girl Holiday).
PBS – Frontline
VH1 – Retrosexual: the ‘80’s
HBO – The Wire
Top Movies – November 15, 2004
The Polar Express
After the Sunset
Bridget Jones: Edge of reason
Seed of Chucky
Shall We Dance?