Dateline: Week Of March 22, 2004 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
The Senate passes a bill that would make it a separate crime to harm a fetus during commission of a violent crime. The President will sign the bill – which was influenced by the Scott/Laci Peterson case.
Iraq – Ten Finnish businessmen are shot to death on their way to a meeting in Baghdad… Two U.S. Army soldiers and a Marine are killed from gunfire and roadside bombs… The U.S.-led coalition shuts down Al Hawza – a newspaper sponsored by anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtader Sadr.
The Commission investigating 9/11 is finding and blaming years of failures by mostly the Clinton Administration – and some from Bush’s administration. They include diplomatic failures, meager military responses and other factors as a contributor to a growing Al Qaeda.
Candidate John Kerry calls on national security advisor Condoleezza Rice to testify publicly before the independent commission investigating the 9/11 attacks.
Separate - President Bush announces he will break precedent and allow Ms. Rice to testify in public and under oath.
Hamas says it will not target Americans, countering an earlier statement that blamed the U.S. for the death of top cleric Sheik Ahmed Yassin, who was assassinated this week by Israelis. Also, Hamas names pediatrician Abdulaziz Rantist to its top post.
Republicans and Democrats blame each other as Opec says it’ll cut back production as gasoline prices inch higher.
After extensive upgrades – the Statue of Liberty will reopen in July – on the fourth.
Wal-Mart launches its online music store and says its selling songs for an average 11% less than rivals. On line music stores such as iTunes and Napster are now becoming the ‘in” thing after a big pirate crackdown.
The FDA approves the first oral test for the AIDS virus. Great news – and it gives results in 20 minutes – and the second rapid test from OraSure Technologies.
Passing – Actress Jan Sterling (82).
Entertainment News - March 22, 2004
– Richard Simmons is cited by police for slapping a guy who made fun of his exercise videos. This was at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Passing – Actor Peter Ustinov (82).
Passing – Legendary British broadcaster Alistair Cooke (95).
Radio News – March 22, 2004
NPR says that longtime “Morning Edition” host Bob Edwards will be leaving April 30. No reason was given. Edwards has hosted the show since 1979.
Howard Stern does a rant on President Bush, urging listeners to vote for John Kerry.
Tables turned - Shock jock Eric Mancow Muller of Chicago sues a listener who has repeatedly complained about him to the FCC. The complaint says that listener David E. Smith is harassing him after filing more than 60 “spurious” FCC complaints over the past two years.
Music News – March 22, 2004
Michael Jackson sues Henry Vaccaro of NJ, who obtained pictures, song lyrics, letters and such through a bankruptcy sale – and is selling them – and Jackson doesn’t like it. The singer says those items belong to him. The suit seeks $10 million for copyright infringement.
Prince is now with Columbia Records. His new album, “Musicology,” is set for release April 20. He’s been without a record label for a few years and has been selling his music primarily over his website.
N.E.R.D performs on the David letterman show on Monday. Rival Jay Leno has Prince!
Passing – Jan Berry – half the pop duo of “Jan and Dean.” He was 62.
Some top music albums - March 22, 2004
Cassidy – Split Personality
Feels Like Home – Norah Jones
In this Skin – Jessica Simpson
Songs About Jane – Maroon 5
Other Side – Godsmack
Bad Boy’s 10th Anniversary
Fallen – Evanescence
Saturday night television listings – March 22, 2004
CBS – The Price is Right Million Dollar Spectacular, Century City
NBC – Movie, Saturday Night Live
ABC – Figure Skating
Fox – Cops, America’s Most Wanted
Comedy Central – Reno 911, Chappelle’s Show, The Man Show
Television News – March 22, 2004
NBC is wasting no time, and announces that a “Friends” spinoff called “Joey” will take “Friends” place on Thursday nights. “Joey” stars Matt LeBlanc.
Jamie-Lynn DiScala stars in “Call Me: the Rise and fall of Heidi Fleiss” – on the USA Network – debuts this week!
Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – March 22, 2004
American Idol on Tuesday – 29.97
The Apprentice – 22.84
American Idol on Wednesday – 20.39
CSI: Miami – 20.33
Everybody Loves Raymond – 18.04
60 Minutes – 16.74
Survivor: All Stars – 16.70
Friends – 16.69
Two and a Half Men – 16.43
Wll & Grace – 15.94
Top Movies – March 22, 2004
Dawn of the Dead
The Passion of the Christ
Starsky & Hutch
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Agent Cody Banks
50 First Dates
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.