Dateline: Week Of November 8, 2004 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Ten thousand U.S. troops and about 1,000 Iraqi troops attack the insurgent-laden stronghold of Fallouja.
President Bush offers praise and prayers for U.S. troops fighting in Fallouga. He and First lady Laura visited an arm hospital to meet with military personnel wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In Mexico City – U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell tells Mexican officials that prospects for an overhaul of immigration rules had “improved significantly” and that President Bush would soon work with Congress on his proposal to give temporary work permits to millions of immigrants.
Passing - Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. He was being treated for a mysterious illness at a French hospital. He was 75.
U.S. commanders say that they loose control over most of Fallouja, saying insurgents are pinned down and about 1,600 have been killed.
The Fed raises short-term interest rates by a quarter point – to 2%.
Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards, has begun chemotherapy to shrink a half-dollar sized lump in her breast. Doctors found no sign the cancer has spread.
A study of an experimental diet pill found that people not only lost weight but keep if off for two years. It’s from a French pharmaceutical – Acomplia.
Scott Peterson Murder Trial Update – November 8, 2004
Scott Peterson is convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Laci, who was eight months pregnant – and is to-be-born son.
Sports News – November 8, 2004
NASCAR announces that it will reverse a decades-old policy and allow its cars and race tracks to display ads for hard liquor.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. pulls away from Jeff Gordon in a pair of overtime laps to win the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Phoenix International raceway, The point standings are as follows:
Kurt Busch – 6,191. Jeff Gordon – 6.150. Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 6,144 Jimmy Johnson – 6,143. Mark Martin – 6,089. There are just two major races left in the NASCAR season.
Roger Clemens of Houston gets his seventh Cy Young Award.
The NFL agrees to extend its TV contracts with CBS and Fox – for six more years. The league also gives DirecTV a new, exclusive five-year $3.5-million contract to continue carrying the Sunday Ticket pay package through the 2010 season – a 75% increase.
Entertainment news – November 8, 2004
Actor/singer Howard Keel. He was 85.
Music news – November 8, 2004
Destiny Child is back after each member went solo. Their new album is “destiny Fulfilled.” Members are Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
Rap artist O.D.B. – also known as “Ol Dirty Bastard” is dead after he collapsed in a New York recording studio. He was 35. He was born Russell Jones. He co-founded the hit rap group the Wu-tang Clan in 1991 with his cousins Robert Diggs (RZA) and Gary Grice (The Genius/GZA).
Reacting to an earlier Internet leak, retailers are scrambling to get Eminem’s new “Encore” album out.
Television news – November 8, 2004
Ed Gordon, formerly of BET, joins the lineup of “60 Minutes II.”
Bill Maher is hit with a $9-million lawsuit from a former flight attendant who claims he broke promises to marry her, shook her and offended her with “degrading” racial comments. She was also a model under the name “Coco Johnsen.”
HBO is canceling the quirky “Six Feet Under.”
Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – November 8, 2004
CSI – 30.58
Desperate Housewives – 24.60
Without a Race – 21.77
Survivor: Vanuatu – 20.24
Extreme Makover Home Edition – 20.17
Lost – 18.73
Cold Case – 17.66
60 Minutes – 17.59
ER – 17.01
Apprentice 2 – 16.05
Decision ‘04 (NBC) – 15.05
Monday Night Football - 14.80
Everybody Loves Raymond – 14.72
CSI: NY – 14.71
CSI: Miami – 14.53
Crossing Jordan – 14.38
The West Wing – 13.82
Top Movies – November 8, 2004
Shall We Dance?
Friday Night Lights
Team America: World Police.