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Dateline: Week Of March 1, 2004 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 

 

In The News

John F. Kerry defeats John Edwards in nine of 10 states – clinching the Democratic presidential nomination just six weeks after balloting began.

President Jean-Bertrand Aristide – succumbing to international pressure – flees the armed revolt that left most of Haiti under rebel control. The U.S. Marines arrive to secure the area.

A federal jury finds Martha Stewart guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and two counts of lying to investigators – making her the first major figure convicted in a wave of financial scandals.

 CIA Director George Tenet must explain why he waited until last month to “set the record straight” that Iraq posed no immediate threat to the United states in the months leading u to the war, Sen. Edward Kennedy says.

The FBI announces a new effort to disseminate photographs of unidentified child pornographers on television and the Internet in hopes they will be recognized. The first two suspects arrested were identified after their photos aired recently on “America’s Most Wanted.”

The attorney for Multnomah County issues a legal opinion that would allow marriage licenses for same-sex couples in Portland, Oregon and elsewhere in the county. 

 

Sports News – March 1, 2004

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that three of baseball’s most prominent batters – Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi and Gary Sheffield received steroids illegally from Greg Anderson - Bond’s personal trainer. Anderson is one of four indicted on charges of trafficking in steroids and other performance-enhancing substances through BALCO – the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative. 

 

Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie News – March 1, 2004

Michael Eisner is removed as chairman of the board of Walt Disney Co., but will remain as chief executive officer. 

J.K. Rowling, who initially signed to do seven Harry Potter books, now says she may keep going. She says she’ll never say never. 

76th annual Academy Awards – some winners:

Best picture – “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.’

 Best actor – Sean Penn – “Mystic River.’

Best actress – Charlize Theron – “Monster.”

Best supporting actor – Tim Robbins – “Mystic River.
Best supporting actress – Renee Zellweger – “Cold Mountain.’

Best original song – “Into the West” from “The Return of the King.”

So far – “The Passion Of the Christ” has done $117.5 million in its first five days.

Alistair Cooke retires after 58 years of his BBC radio program, “Letter From America.” Cooke is 95. He was host of “Masterpiece Theatre” from 1971 to 1992.

Actor Michael Crawford, who starred in the London, New York and Los Angeles productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” will return to the West End this summer to appear in the composer’s latest show, “The Woman in White.”

 

Technology – News – March 1, 2004

Ask Jeeves Inc. says it was buying a family of popular websites that included Excite.com and Iwon.com.

Yahoo is adopting a new system for indexing Web pages. Called “paid inclusion,” it’s a way of paying to get a link or an index on Yahoo. 

 

Music news – March 1, 2004

Another new project from Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. First one was “Mamma Mia” not comes “Kristina,’ a musical based on Wilhelm Moberg’s novel “The Emigrants.” Which also was the subject of a Swedish film around 1971.

 Anita Baker – gone from the music landscape for some 10 years, signs with Blue Note Records to produce several albums. She wasn’t heard from again after her 1994 “Rhythm of Love” album in 1994.

Atlanta - Bobby Brown, arrested several months ago for allegedly striking his wife, Whitney Houston, is sentenced to 60 days in jail.

 Wow – Sheryl Crow performs “The First Cut Is The Deepest” on this week’s “One Tree Hill” on the WB. Don’t miss it.  The song was written in 1967 by Cat Stevens.

 

Television news – March 1, 2004

 On “Saturday Night Live” – Colin Firth hosts with musical guest Norah Jones.

Season 5 of “The Sopranos” debuts this week on HBO. 

A Pew Research Center poll finds that 21% of those between 18 to 29 cite “The Daily Show” and “Saturday Night Live” as sources of presidential campaign news. 23% of the same group cite the newscasts of ABC, NBC and CBS. 

Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – March 1, 2004

Academy Awards – 42.53

CSI – 28.01

Countdown to the Oscars 2004 – 27.68

American Idol on Tuesday – 26.56

American Idol n Wednesday – 23.00

Friends – 22.82

Survivor All-stars – 22.18

ER – 21.87

Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé – 20.96

CSI: Miami – 20.34

The Apprentice – 20.01

Will & Grace – 18.14

Everybody Loves Raymond – 16.96

Without a Race – 16.98

Law & Order – 16.73

Two and a Half Men – 16.48

Fear Factor – 14.87

Law & Order: SVU – 14.42

The Bachelorette – 13.53

Barbara Walters Special – 13.39

Super Millionaire on Tuesday – 13.24

Super millionaire on Saturday – 12.78

 

Top Movies – March 1, 2004

Passion of the Christ

50 First dates

Twisted

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

Miracle

Eurotrip

Welcome to Mooseport

Barbershop 2: Back in Business

Broken Lizard’s Club Dread

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