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Dateline: Week Of January 15, 2004 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

John Kerry wins the Iowa caucuses.

Space initiative - President Bush announces plans for a permanent base on the moon by 2020 and using it as a weigh station to Mars.

The Army awards Halliburton a contract to rebuild Iraq’s oil industry, despite the fact the company is being probed for cost overruns and overcharging.

A deep freeze hits New York and New England. Temperatures in NYC – a high of 17.

A suicide car bomber sets off an explosion at the main gate to the headquarters of the U.S.-led coalition. 18 are dead.

Shiek Ahmed Yassin, founder of militant Hamas, brushes aside Israeli assassination threats in the wake of suicide bombings that killed four Israelis.

State of the Union – President Bush underscored the use of force abroad and deep tax cuts to keep America out front of its two largest threats – recession and terrorism.

President Bush is a “moral coward who is too weak to say no to political backers in the coal, oil, utility and mining industries,” so charges former Vice President Al Gore.

Out of S. Korea - The United States says it will move all but 50 of its 7,000 military personnel out of Seoul by the end of 2007.


Business News – January 15, 2004

The estate of Joan Kroc gives the Salvation Army 41.5 billion to build 25 to 30 community centers in struggling neighborhoods around the country.

KB Toys Inc files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. KB operates 1,200 stores  but as many s 500 of them could close.

HealthSouth Corp said its accounting fraud was much larger that earlier estimates – and could exceed $4 billion.


Sports News – January 15, 2004

NASCAR’s Nextel Cup series gests a season with two parts as the 36-race season will be divided. The first 26 races will determine the top 10 derivers. They will then take part in a Chase for the Championship” over the last 10 races.


Technology News – January 15, 2004

Apple Computer posts a strong fiscal first quarter profit, thanks to sales of its iPod player, reversing a year-earlier net loss.

IBM says earnings more than doubled its fourth quarter net income. Intel says its fourth-quarter profit more than doubled.

Emachines introduces the first laptops with 64-bit chips!


Entertainment/Celebrity news – January 15, 2004

Passing – Ray Stark (88) – Hollywood agent and dealmaker.

Passing – Olivia Goldsmith (54) – author of “The First Wives Club.’

Passing – Philip Crosby (69) – last of the four sons from crooner Bing Crosby. He was 69.


Music news – January 15, 2004

Michael Jackson pleads not guilty to child molestation charges in California.

Source Magazine – a leading hip-hop source – seems to be out to get white rapper Eminem, with an article saying he’s really racist. The magazine says it has acquired decade-old recordings by Eminem with a white rap group called Bassmint Productions that include several denigrating terms for blacks. This follows another so-called Eminem racist expose last November an early Eminem tape that condemned black women.

Modern Rock Music Tracks – January 15, 2004

Hit That – The Offspring

(I Hate) Everything About You – Three Days Grace

Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet

Num – Linkin Park

Meant to Live - Switchfoot


Hot Pop Hits – January 15, 2004

The Way You Move – OutKast fea. Sleepy Brown

Hey Ya! – OutKast

Stand Up – Ludacris fea. Shawnna

You Don’t Know My name – Alicia Keys

 Milkshake – Kelis

Walked Outta Heaven – Jagged Edge

Suga Suga – Baby Bash fea. Frankie J.

Slow Jamz – Twista fea. Kanye West & Jamie Foxx

Here Without You – 3 Doors Down

Me, Myself and I – Beyonce

Someday – Nickelback

It’s My Life – No Doubt

Get Low – Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz fea. Ying Yang Twins

Holidae In – Chingy fea. Ludacris & Snoop Dogg

Baby Boy – Beyonce fea. Sean Paul

Change Clothes – Jay-Z

Red You Mind – Avant

White Flag – Dido

Step in the Name of Live – R. Kelly

Damni – YoungBloodZ fea. Lil John

Num – Linkin Park

The First Cut is the Deepest – Sheryl Crow

Headstrong – Trapt

Why Don’t You & I – Santana fea. Alex Band or Chad Kreeger


Top Country Hit Music – January 15, 2004

Remember When – Alan Jackson

There Goes My Life – Kenny Chesney

I Love This Bar – Toby Keith

You Can’t Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl – Brooks & Dunn

I Wanna Do It All- Terri Clark

Drinkin’ Bone – Tracy Byrd

American Soldier – Tony Keith

Watch the Wind Blow By – Tim McGraw

Honesty (Write Me A List) – Rodney Atkins

Little Moments – Brad Paisley

She’s Not Just A Pretty Face – Shania Twain


Top music albums – January 15, 2004

The Diary of Alicia Keys

Speakerboxxx/The Love Below – OutKast

Fallen – Evanescence

Black Album – Jay-Z

Best of Sheryl Crow

Beg for Mercy – G-Unit

Singles 1992-2003 – No Doubt

Closer – Josh Groban

Soulful – Ruben Studdard

Shock ‘n Y’All – Toby Keith


Metamorphosis – Hilary Duff

In the Zone – Britney Spears

Meteora – Linkin Park

Afterglow – Sara McLachlan

The Long Road – Nickelback

Greatest Hits – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Jackpot – Chingy

Dangerously In Love – Beyonce

Great American Songbook Vol. II – Rod Stewart

Measure of a Man – Clay Aiken

Tupac: Resurrection – Soundtrack

Very Best of the Eagles

Terrorist Threats – Westside Connection

Greatest Hits Vol. II – Alan Jackson

Take a Look in the Mirror – Coldplay


Entertainment/Celebrity news – January 15, 2004

Looks like Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” – an independent film – will have a huge debut – on some 2,000 screens.

Musical is Taboo - Rosie O’Donnell – who brought the London musical “Taboo” to Broadway – will loose the $10 million she put into it. The show will close after 100 performances but has had bad reviews.


Television news – January 15, 2004

“American Idol” begins its third season on Monday. It’ll also air Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

New music channel – “Fuse TV.” It’s been around about 8 months, but It’s much more daring than MTV. It’s now available in 34 million homes. Look for IMX – “Interactive Music Xchange – which also airs from street level in NYC – same as TRL on MTV.

NBC’s two biggest comedies – “Frasier” and “Friends” are readying their finale’s and many wonder what will happen to the network.

 “On Air” with Ryan Seacrest is the first TV show from Ryan Seacrest productions and hopefully more will follow. Seacrest says – “Just to be a presenter for hire is a lot of fun, but if you want to maintain longevity, the success is in equity. I wanted to have ownership.” Of course, you can also see Ryan Seacrest on the third season of “American Idol.”

“Seacrest Out” - Mandy Moore guests on “On Air With Ryan Seacrest”  Thursday. Syndicated by Fox-TV.

On “Saturday Night Live” – Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey.


Top Movies – January 15, 2004

Along Came Polly

Big Fish


Lord of the rings: return of the King

Cheaper by the Dozen

Cold Mountain

Something’s Gotta Give

My Baby’s Daddy

The Last Samurai

Calendar Girls

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