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


In The News

President Bush makes a shift in Middle East strategy, recognizing long-standing Israeli claims to major settlements in the West Bank as part of an agreement under which Israel would withdraw from the Gaza Strip and portions of the West Bank.

President Bush agrees to a larger United Nations role in Iraq and says he welcomes proposals on Iraq from U.N. envoy Kakhdar Brahimi. Tens of thousands of Palestinians crowd the streets of Gaza city to mourn the death of Hamas leader Abdulazis Rantisi, who was killed in an Israeli helicopter missile strike on his car.

In a bid to quiet critics questioning whether he deserved three Purple Hearts, John Kerry begins posting some of his military records on his campaign website. President Bush says he will appoint his United Nations envoy, John D. Negroponte , ambassador to Iraq after the formal end of U.S. occupation on June 30.

Car bombs explode outside three police stations in the southern city of Basra, killing at least 30 including school children.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry says President Bush ignored opportunities to collaborate with the United Nations and that the U.S. needs a new president to restore the country’s relations with other nations. 

Karen Chrosniak, Adelphia Communications’ former director of investor relations testifies that the company inflated is subscribers by a total of 69,500 in 2000 and 2001. Company founder John Rigas is on trial for fraud.


Television Ratings – Week of April 15, 2004

The Apprentice - 28.05

CSI - 23.79

American Idol (Wed) - 23.10

Survivor: All Stars 20.42

Without a Trace - 17.13

Friends 16.84

Law & Order - 16.16

American Idol (Thu) - 15.33

Fear Factor - 14.66

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - 14.25

Friends #2 - 13.49

Crossing Jordan - 13.31

CSI: Miami - 13.24

Miss USA 2004 - 13.10

Cold Case - 12.93

Two and a Half Men (9:30) - 11.25

Law & Order: SVU - 11.24

60 Minutes - 11.15

Two and a Half Men (9:00) - 11.01

The O.C. - 10.49

The Bachelor - 10.47

Dateline: NBC (Wed) - 10.37

Two and a Half Men (8:30) - 10.15

Two and a Half Men (8:00) - 9.80

NYPD Blue - 9.78

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Sun) - 9.74


Radio news - April 15, 2004

MultiCultural Radio Broadcasting yanks the new “Air America” from its stations in Chicago and Los Angeles due to non-payment and bounced checks. The left-leaning radio voice has a way to go, and everyone is wondering if it will survive. Al Franken does mornings on the new network.

Entertainment/Hollywood news - April 15, 2004

New trend? Lindsey Lohan is said to have left the teenyboppers behind and is entering a new stage with her new movie “Mean Girls.” It’s an audience aimed at older teenage girls, gay men and hip mothers - Hollywood executives refer to it as an “aspirational wish- fulfillment movie.” The trend began in 2001 with Reese Witherspoon’s “Legally Blond” and The Princess Diaries” with Anne Hathaway.


Television news – April 15, 2004

 Tom Brokaw says he will retire December 1. Brian Williams, who was named Brokaw’s successor to the NBC news anchor chair, is expected to take over the following evening.

“The Apprentice” is over - for now. Bill Rancic (32) is the chosen one. He’ll manage construction of a new Trump fortress in downtown Chicago plus he gets a new Chrysler Crossfire and an annual salary of $250,000.

Donald Trump hair - it seems to be the big talk. Some mistakenly call his style a comb-over, when it’s really something called a wraparound. An NBC spokesman says the show has no hairstylist, so Trump does it himself and experts agree, he uses some sort of hairspray. Trump does admit he dies his hair.

Barbara Walters says she’ll have a new book about her interviews etc. Look for it - in 2007!

Tuesday night television listings/TV Guide – April 15, 2004

CBS - Navy NCIS, The Guardian, Judging

Amy, Late Show

NBC - Whoopi, Happy Family, Frasier,

Scrubs, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit -

Tonight Show

ABC - 8 Simple Rules, I’m With Her,

According to Jim, According to Jim, NYPD

Blue, Nightline

Fox - American Idol

WB - Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill

UPN - One on One, All of Us, Rock Me Baby, Girlfriends

PBS - Nova, Nova, Tavis Smiley, Charley Rose

CNN - NewsNight with Aaron Brown, Lou Dobbs, Larry King, Paula Zahn Now

Fox News - Gretchen Van Susteren, O’Reilly Factor, Brit Hume, Neil Cavuto,

Hannity & Colmes

Nova #2 - Scientists examine the oldest living tree.

American Idol - guest judge is Barry Manilow.

8 Simple Rules - Cate learns Bridget lied to her in order to attend C.J’s college bash, so she grounds her and throws

C.J. out of the house. Stars David Spade, Katey Sagal and Kaley Cuoco.

Judging Amy - Amy is sent to judicial counseling after setting aside a verdict in a murder trial.

On Late Show - David Lettermen welcomes Jim Carey Tonight Show - Jay Leno welcomes Lindsay Lohan.


Top Video rentals – April 15, 2004


The Rundown


Mona Lisa Smile

School of Rock

Dr. Seuss’ Cat In The Hat


Cold Creek Manor

Matchstick men



Music News - April 15, 2004 

Def Jam Records signs a lucrative deal with rapper Shyne, who is serving a 10year prison term and may not be eligible for parole until 2009. But Shyne, whose real name is Jamal Barrow, won’t be available for interviews and the like.


Top Hit Music – April 15, 2004

Yeah! - Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris

Tipsy - J-Kwon

One Call Away - Chingy Featuring J. Weav

I Don’t Wanna Know - Marie Winans Featuring Enya & P. Diddy

Burn - Usher

This Love - Maroon5

My Immortal - Evanescence

Dirt Off Your Shoulder - Jay-Z

Toxic - Britney Spears

Naughty Girl - Beyonce

Hotel - Cassidy Featuring r. Kelly

Splash Waterfalls -Ludacris

If I Ain’t Got You - Alicia Keys

All Falls Down - Kanye West

My Bad - D12


Top Jazz and Contemporary Jazz Music – April 15, 2004

Only You - Harry Connick Jr.

Come Away With me - Norah Jones

Magic Hour - Wynton Marsalis Quartet

Emotions - Will Downing

Confidential - Peter White

Ultimate Kenny G. - Kenny G.

This Guy’s In Love - Steve Tyrell

Live in Paris - Diana Krall

Give - The Bad Plus

Livin’ lrge - Euge Groove

This Girl’s Got To Play - Joyce Cooling


Top CD/Albums – April 15, 2004

Damita Jo - Janet Jackson

Now 15 - Various artists

Honkin’ On Bobo - Aerosmith

U Gotta Feel Me - Lil’ Flip

Greatest Hits - Guns N’ Roses

Me and Mr. Johnson - Eric Clapton

In This Skin - Jessica Simpson

Fallen - Evanescence

The College Dropout - Kanye West

Feels Like Home - Norah Jones

Hood Hop - K-Kwon

When The Sun Goes Down - Kenny Chesney

Songs About Jane - Maroons

Speakerboxxx/The Love Below - Outkast

The Reason - Hoobastank

Closer - Josh Groban


Top Country Hits Music – April 15, 2004

When the Sun Goes Down - Kenny

Chesney & Uncle Kracker

Sweet Southern Comfort - Buddy Jewell

You’ll think of Me - Keith Urban

Mayberry - Rascal Flatts

Perfect - Sara Evans

American Soldier - Toby Keith

Paint Me A Birmingham - Tracy


Letters From Hone - John Michael


Remember When - Alan Jackson

Watch the Wind Blow By - Tim McGraw


Top Hit Music in Britain – April 15, 2004

5 Colours In Her Hair - McFly

Yeah! - Usher

Slow Jamz - Twista

Cha Cha Slide - DJ Casper

Left Outside Alone - Anastacia

Breather Easy - Blue

Toxic - Britney Spears


Top Hip Hop Music – April 15, 2004

If I Ain’t Got You - Alicia Keys

Yeah! - Usher Featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris

I Don’t Wanna Know - Marie Winans

Topsy - J-Kwon

Burn - Usher

Dirt Off Your Shoulder - Jay-Z

All Falls Down - Kanye West


Top Movies – April 15, 2004

Kill Bill Vol. 2

The Punisher

Johnson Family Vacation


Home on the Range

Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleased

Walking Tall

Ella Enchanted

The Alamo

Passion of the Christ.

The Prince and Me

The Girl Next Door

The Ladykillers

Jersey Girl

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