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Dateline: Week Of May 8, 2004 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 

 

In The News

Chechen President Askmad Kadyrov is assassinated in a bomb blast that ripped through a crowded military parade in Grozny. He’s a former Islamic cleric.

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld warns that there are additional photographs and video images of American soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners and tells Congress he feels terrible about the abuses. He said it was possible his resignation would ease an international furor. 

Former U.S. policemen at the Abu Ghraib detention center in Iraq – will face a public court-martial this month

Members of Congress few hundreds of additional photos of Iraqi prisoners abused by U.S military personnel.

In Iraq – Donald Rumsfeld visits Abu Ghraib - the detention center where the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners occurred. He told U.S. troops there it was “a body blow for all of us,” but “We’ll get through this tough period.”

A soldier  -the first one scheduled for court martial in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal tells military authorities several episodes of abuse.

 

Medical/Health News – May 8, 2004

Pfizer Inc agrees to pay $430 million and plead guilty to criminal charges for illegally marketing an epilepsy drug for unapproved uses. The company’s Warner-Lambert division promoted the drug, Neurontin for uses it had no scientific evidence to support and even in cases when the drug was shown to be ineffective. 

 

 Music News – May 8, 2004

Passing – John Whitehead, who together with Gene McFadden had the 1979 hit, “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now,” is shot to death in Philadelphia by two gunmen while working on a car with another man. The killers fled. He was 55. 

Passing – comedian/producer/actor Alan King (76).

 

Television news – May 8, 2004

 During “American Idol” on Tuesday of this week, judge Simon Cowell challenged the state of Hawaii to call in its votes for 17-year-old native Jasmine Trias. Crowell didn’t like several of her songs, calling them the show’s worst performances of the night. She had been reduced to tears by his criticism, but that didn’t stop about 1.3 million callers of not being in danger of being expelled.  

On “Saturday Night Live” – Snoop Dogg and Avril Lavigne.

Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – May 8, 2004  

Friends finale – 52.46

Friends Clips Special – 36.89

ER – 28.37

Survivor All Stars Finale – 24.76

Survivor All Stars Reunion – 23.92

American Idol on Tuesday – 22.82

American Idol on Wednesday – 21.18

CSI – 20.39

10.5 Part 2 – 19.87

Survivor: All Stars – 19.21

CSI: Miami – 17.62

Everybody Loves Raymond – 17.27

Two and a Half Men – 16.20

Without a Trace – 16.04

Dateline: NBC – 14.71

Frasier – 14.33

CSI on Wednesday – 13.33

 

Top Movies – May 8, 2004

Van Helslng

’Mean Girls

Man on Fire

New York Minute

13 Going On 30

Laws of Attraction

Kill Bill Vol. 2

Godsend

Envy

Home on the Range

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