Dateline: Week Of September 22, 2004 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Prime Minister Iyad Allawi thanks the United States for helping free his country and insists that his government would defeat a virulent insurgency.
First debate – President Bush and John Kerry head into a debate with President Bush with a 5 percentage-point lead. Bush said Kerry was unfit to help Iraq. Kerry said the war on terror should target Al Qaeda.
Federal U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero in New York, curtails the government’s power in terrorism investigations under the patriot Act, saying a widely used too to obtain Internet and other electronic records from communications firms violates the Constitution by permitting “coercive searches” without any judicial review.
Floridians weather their fourth hurricane in six months as Jeanne hits with 120-mph winds and pounding rain. At least six are dead.
There’s more talk from so-called experts saying that Al Qaeda poses more of a wider threat than ever.
Kidnappers in Iraq free seven hostages, including two female Italian aid workers who were abducted from their home three weeks ago.
Sports News – September 22, 2004
After 36 years, The Montreal Expos say goodbye to that city and will head for Washington DC – a city without a team since the Senators left in 1971.
Dan Rather is struggling to overcome a scandal over his flawed “60 Minutes” report this month on President Bush’s National Guard service.
Just as CBS names a panel to look into the Rather-Bush guard story, the network is fined $550,000 by the FCC for the Janet Jackson, SuperBowl breast baring debacle last February.
Entertainment news – September 22, 2004
Now out on DVD – Star Wars trilogy. A fourth disc has several hours of extras.
Music news – September 22, 2004
Are they back? - The Dixie Chicks, out of sight for the past year or so, join a coalition of music stars including Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam, who will perform concerts under the Vote for Change banner in key battleground states to raise money for causes united against Bush’s reelection. It’s been a while for the chicks. They were bruised after member Natalie Maines disparaged President Bush from a concert stage in London. That was March 2003. Country radio stations dropped the group in droves and they were dissed, for the most part, by the conservative country audience.
Hip Hop now part of culture? - Dreamworks’ animated “Shark Tales” opens this week. It features the voices of rappers Ludacris, Missy Elliott, Will Smith and Eminem. One historian says, “This is just further proof that 25 years after ‘Rapper’s Delight’ by the Sugar Hill gang, that hip-hop culture has become American culture.” But it was Will Smith who got the other rappers involved with this project.
The tour of rapper Jay-Z and R. Kelly kicks off in Chicago. Kelly’s new two-CD set “Happy People/U saved Me,” recently debuted at #2 on Billboard. Kelly is awaiting trial from charges of child pornography.
Don’t miss Brian Wilson and his “Smile” tour. “Smile” was an abandoned album by Wilson back in 1966.
Radio news – September 22, 2004
News talk KPRC in Houston drops Dan Rather’s daily CBS feature – in reaction to his “60 Minutes” report questioning president Bush’s National Guard service several weeks ago.
Passing – Legendary disc jockey turned talker Bill Balance (85).
Television news – September 22, 2004
CBS clearly leads the ratings race with a 13.58 overall. NBC – 10.61; ABC – 10.00; Fox – 5.34; WB – 4.24; UPN – 3.11.
MTV’s answer to Fox’s “The O.C.” will be “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County.”
Jay Leno – host of the “Tonight” show, gives his 5-year notice to NBC. Conan O’Brien is set to succeed him.
On Dr. Phil – Educating children.
On Comedy Central This Week: Bill Engvall – Here’s Your Sign Live. Also – Jeff Foxworthy: Totally Committed.
Justin Timberlake hosts “Saturday Night Live” this week.
Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – September 22, 2004
CSI – 30.57
CSI: Miami – 22.45
Without a Trace – 21.51
ER – 19.69
CSI: NY – 19.26
Survivor: Vanuati – 19.14
Law & Order – 18.86
Monday Night Football – 18.81
Everybody Loves Raymond – 17.99
Two and a Half Men – 16.44
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 16.43
Apprentice 20 15.88
Law & Order – 15.39
Will & Grace – 15.32
Joey – 14.86
Law & Order – SVU – 14.20
NFL Monday Showcase – 13.91
Movie-revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman – 13.77
Dr. Phil Primetime – 13.08
Amazing Race 5 – 12.85
Law & Order: Criminal Intent – 12.67
Crossing Jordan – 12.55
Las Vegas – 12.08
Listen Up – 11.75
60 Minutes – 11.21
Still standing – 11.11
20/20 (Fri.) – 10.86
Wife Swap – 10.86
According to Jim – 10.59
Big Brother 5: Finale – 10.54
NFL Sunday Post-game – 10.26
JAG – 9.95
Rodney – 9.92
Fear Factor – 9.92
NYPD Blue – 9.68
Father of the Bride – 9.51
My Wife and Kids – 9.35
Dr. Vegas – 9.34
Third Watch – 8.86
Top Movies – September 22, 2004
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Resident evil: Apocalypse
Shaun of the Dead
Without a Paddle