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


In The News 

Gov. Arnold Schwarznegger directs the state attorney general to take immediate action to stop San Francisco’s parade of same-sex marriages hours after a second San Francisco Superior Court judge refused to order a halt to the unions.

John Kerry wins in Wisconsin, with John Edwards finishing a close second.

Howard Dean gives up his campaign for the presidency reducing the race for the Democratic nomination to a two-man contest – Senators John Kerry and John Edwards.

Al Hurra (The Free One) – A U.S. government-financed satellite channel aimed at Arab viewers makes its debut. The station’s first item was a news briefing that began with a guerrilla attack on an Iraqi police station west of Baghdad in which about two dozen were killed.

Passing – singer Doris Troy (67) – best known for the hit “Just One Look” in 1963.

 Passing -  Jan Miner (86) – known for 26 years as “Madge” in the Palmolive dishwashing soap TV commercials.


Some best-selling books – February 15, 2004

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands – Laura Schlessinger

The Price of Loyalty – Ron Suskind


Sports News – February 15, 2004

Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins his first Daytona 500, the same track where his father was killed.


Technology News – February 15, 2004

 High Tech – Yahoo drops Google’s search engine in the United States while Google announces it has added 1 billion Web pages to its searchable catalog. Yahoo used to pay Google for the right to offer Google’s service to Yahoo customers.

AOL and Earthlink sue a group of 16 individuals and companies, known as the “Alabama Spammers” for spamming. They have sent some 250 million pieces of illegal commercial e-mail. 


Television news – February 15, 2004

 NBC agrees to pay a record $2 million-plus for each episode of a new boxing-themed show created by reality TV maestro Mark Burnett. “The Contender” will count on Rocky star Sylvester Stallone to attract viewers.

HBO’s “Sex and the City” is ending after six seasons. Beginning in June, you’ll be able to see reruns on TBS and soon, DVD.

Bill Moyers (69) is leaving the PBS magazine series “Now” to write a book. “It isn’t because I feel old. It’s because I feel compelled to do something else now, that only I can do – which is that book.”

ABC has upped the ante as Regis Philbin returns to the new “Super Millionaire” where the top prize is $10 million. With “Super Millionaire” shooting 24 hours before air time, viewers who get the urge to join in will be able to call a toll-free number and try to qualify before the short run concludes.

ABC News’ Rick Kaplan is the new president of MSNBC. He’s expected to bring a new energy to the channel, which has changed strategies several times without much success.

Jay Leno’s new announcer is “stuttering John” Melendez from the Howard Stern radio show. He replaces Edd Hall, who’s leaving after 12 years to concentrate on doing movies.

Disney purchases Jim Henson’s Muppets for $90 million.


Top Television Shows – Week Of February 15, 2004


American Idol (Tue)


American Idol (Wed.)

Survivor – All Stars


CSI – Miami

Wihout A Trace

The Apprentice

Fear Factor

Everybody Loves Raymond

Cold Case

Law & Order

60 Minutes

It Must Be Love

Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé


Law & Order: Criminal Intent


Law & Order SVU

Average Joe: Hawaii

Still Standing

That 70’s Show

King of Queens

Las Vegas

King of Queens #1

The West Wing

Yes, Dear

Judging Amy


Sunday Night Television listings/TV Guide – week of February 15, 2004

CBS – 60 Minutes, Cold Case, Movie-It Must Be Love

NBC – Shrek, American Dreams, Law & Order

ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Alias, The Practice

Fox – King of the Hill, Oliver Beene, The Simpsons, Bernie Mac, Malcolm in the Middle, Arrested Development

 WB – Smallville, Charmed, The Surreal Life

UPN – In The Doghouse, Star Trek: Enterprise, Stargate SG-1

Showtime – Bowling For Columbine

HBO – Iron Jawed Angels


The Simpsons – Bart seeks a new best friend after Milhouse moves away with his mother.

American Dreams – Meg realizes she cannot lie to her parents any longer. Nick Lachey performs as Tom Jones.

Charmed – Phoebie frees a genie from her bottle – and Phoebe takes her place.

The Practice – Alan defends his best friend from childhood after he’s accused of murder.


Music news – February 15, 2004

 “Kidz Bop 5” will arrive in stores next week. The series, the most successful children’s audio series on the Billboard charts, originally began as a direct mail offering.

Tina Turner (64), famous for power-packed musical performances in high heels and leather miniskirts will play an Indian goddess in a new Indian film. Name of the film – “The Goddess.”


Top Hip Hop Music – February 15, 2004 

Twista Featuring Kanye West and Jamie Fox

Me, Myself and I – Beyonce

Yeah! – Usher

Sorry 2004 - Ruben Studdard

You Don’t Know My Name – Alicia Keys

Hotel – Cassidy Featuring R. Kelly

Splash Waterfalls – Ludacris

Read Your Mind – Avant

Salt Shaker –  Ying Yang Twins


Top Country Music Hits – February 15 2004

American Soldier – Toby Keith

Remember When – Alan Jackson

Watch The Wind Blow By – Tim McGraw

I Wanna Do It All – Terri Clark

Little Moments – Brad Paisley

There Goes My Life – Kenny Chesney

 Hot Mama – Trace Adkins

In My Daughter’s Eyes – Martina McBride

Perfect – Sara Evans

I Love You This Much – Jimmy Wayne


Top Music Albums – February 15, 2004

When The Sun Goes Down – Kenny Chesney

A Crow Left Of Murder… - Incubus

Twista - Kamikaze

Closer – Josh Croban

Only You – Harry Connick Jr.

Speakerboxxx/The Love Below - Outkast

Falen – Evanescence

The Very Best of Sheryl Crow – Sheryl Crow

Shock ‘n Y’all – Toby Keith

Soulful – Ruben Studdard

Jackpot – Chingy

In The Zone – Britney Spears

2004 Grammy Nominees – Various Artists

The Diary Of Alicia Keys – Alicia Keys

New 14 – Various Artists

The Long Road – Nickelback


Top Modern Rock – February 15, 2004

Megalomaniac – Incubus

Numb – Linkin

I Am The Highway – Audioslave

Figured You Out – Nickelback

I Miss You- Blinc 182

Last Train Home – Lostprophet

(I Hate) Everything About You – Three Day’s Grace


Top Jazz albums – February 15, 2004

Live in Paris – Diana Krall

This Guy’s In Love – Steve Tyrell

Only You – Harry Connick Jr.

Peter Cincotti – Peter Cincotti

A Wonderful World – Tony Bennett & D.D. Lang

North – Elvis Costello

Glamoured – Cassandra Wilson

Timeagain – David Sanborn


Top DVD’s – February 15, 2004


Alice in Wonderland

Open Range

Once Upon A Time In Mexico

Friends, Sixth Season

House of the dead


Top Movies – February 15, 2004


You Got Served

Along Came Polly

The Butterfly effect

Catch That Kid

The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

Mystic River


Cold Mountain

The Perfect Score

Something’s Gotta Give

Cheaper by the Dozen

Lost in Translation

Win A Date With Tad Hamilton

Master and Commander

The Big Bounce

Calendar Girls

Girl with A Pearl Earring

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