Dateline: Week Of December 8, 2004 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment,Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
President Bush nominates EPA administrator Mike Leavitt to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Bush’s choice for Homeland Security chief, Bernard Kerik – withdrew over an illegal alien he once employed to care for his house.
President Bush rejects a payroll tax increase to help Social Security.
A jury in Redwood City California decides Scott Peterson will get the death sentence for the murder of his wife, Laci and unborn baby. Earlier – Peterson’s mom asked the jury to spare him from the death penalty.
Visiting Kuwait – troops awaiting deployment to Iraq take him up on his request – and ask tough questions. Why are troops being sent in without proper equipment?
Looking up – There’s buzz about a new drug called Arimidex to treat breast cancer in older women.
New York State Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer announces that he will run for governor.
Sports News – December 8, 2004 -
Tiger Woods shoots a 66 in the last round and wins $1.25 million at the Target World Challenge.
Major League baseball players, under pressure from Congress and the public, authorize union leaders to seek agreement for tougher rules against using steroids.
Technology News – December 8, 2004 -
Software firm PeopleSoft says it will be bought by Oracle Corp. for $10.3 billion.
Radio News – December 8, 2004 -
Jerry Springer – the king of trash TV – is trying out a three-hour radio show in Cincinnati over lib talker WSAI – where Springer can spew more trash. Springer really wants a national show (it won’t happen.)
Al Franken will stay on at Air America for another two years. “I have re-signed with Air America in order to spend less time with my family.”
Music News – December 8, 2004 –
U2, Buddy Guy, Percy Sledge, O’Jays and the Pretenders will be inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame on March 14.
Pubic TV will be airing part of Eric Clapton’s three day Crossroads Guitar Festival – conducted in Dallas last June. PBS’ version will air for two hours and the special will air during fundraiser weeks.
Heavy Metal - Police are investigating five deaths at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus Ohio by a gunman. One included Grammy winner “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, who use to be with the band Pantera. The shooter was identified as Nathan Gale – an ex-Marine.
Jay-Z who has professed retirement from his rap career – is now president of the Def Jam record label. Jay-Z will also to continue to run Rock-A-Fella Records – which he co-founded with Damon Dash in 1995. Def Jam owns 50% of that label – so – it all fits for the “Z.”
Passing – Jerry Scoggins – The voice that sang the theme to “The Beverly Hillbillies” – on the TV show. Not the hit record – that was Flatt and Scruggs. He was 93.
Some top albums – week of December 8, 2004
Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson
CollisionCourse – Jay-Z/Linkin Park
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb – U2
Television News – December 8, 2004
Dick Clark suffers a severe stroke and for now, his New Year’s countdown is on hold. A released statement (probably not from Clark) says he will be back in the swing of things: “I’m hopeful to be able to make it to Times Square to help lead the country in bringing in the New Year once again.” But other sources say the stroke was bad, and he’s in bad shape.
It’s announced that Regis Philbin will sub-host for Dick Clark on “New Years “Rockin Eve” over ABC-TV. It’s on.
The FCC rejects indecency complaints against ABC TV stations because they aired “Saving Private Ryan.” The FCC said that the language was part of the accurately portrayed story.
Snoop Dogg hosts Spike TV’s Video Game Awards 2004. Don’t miss it!
Producer Mark Burnett announces plans to roll out an hour-long daytime TV show hosted by inmate Martha Stewart (this – when she gets out).
CBS names Craig Ferguson as the new host of the “Late Late Show.” He replaces Craig Kilborn. He’s a musician and a screenwriter, but has never done talk. Other contenders for the job were MTV host Damien Fahey, comic D.L. Hughley and VH1’s Michael Ian Black. He begins January 3.
Top Movies – December 8, 2004
The Polar Express
Christmas with the Kranks
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie