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


In The Movies

Afghans vote to elect their president – the first time. It was peaceful, but fraud is alleged.

The final debate is conducted between President Bush and John F. Kerry. This one was in Tempe. Hot topics – illegal immigration, education and social security.

The National Rifle Assn. endorsed President Bush for reelection promising millions of dollars for ads, phone banks and other efforts to get out the vote.

The Bush Administration will halt major assaults in Iraq until after the elections.

An explosion rips through a five-star hotel complex in Taba – an Egyptian border area frequented by Israelis. 19 are dead. 

The CIA says Former President Saddam Hussein had amassed $11 billion on the U.N food program. Also, that companies from China, France, Russia and the U.S. – dodged restrictions and paid illegal surcharges on oil.  The rest of the report is fascinating.

The NHL fines Steve Belkin, an owner of the Atlanta Thrashers $250,000 for saying the league would use replacement players next year, if a new collective bargaining agreement isn’t reached.

A tour bus from Chicago off to a Mississippi casino goes off the highway in Arkansas, killing 15.

The 108th Republican-controlled Congress ends. Some described the year as having “unprecedented obstruction” by Democrats.

Islamic courts in Nigeria sentenced two women to death by stoning for having sex out of wedlock, but two men whom they identified as sexual partners were acquitted for lack of evidence.

Austrian Elfriede Jelinek wins the Nobel Prize for literature.

A Florida judge rules that Rush Limbaugh’s medial records were properly seized by investigators seeking information on his alleged  drug abuse.


Technology News - October 8, 2004

Apple has sold some 2.02 million iPods during the quarter – accounting for 25% of all its revenue.  

Profits soared at Yahoo – with a net income of $253 million.


Music news – October 8, 2004

New McDonalds ad campaign will feature Destiny’s Child and “I’m Loved.”

VH1 has its first Hip Hop Honors – next week. The event hopes to celebrate influential figures in hip-hop.  Performers will include Terror Squad fea. Fat Joe, Nas, Beastie Boys and Public Enemy.  

Britney Spears and her manager, Larry Rudolph, have terminated their business relationship after nine years together.


Top Pop Hit Music – October 8, 2004

Goodies – Clara fea. Petey Pablo

Lean Back – Terror Squad

My Boo – Usher and Alicia Keys

Los My Breath – Destiny’s Child

My Place – Nelly fea. Jaheim

Locked up - Akon

Sunshine - Lil’ Flip fea. Lea

She Will Be Love – Maroon 5

My Happy Ending – Avril Lavigne

Just Lose It – Eminem

Diary – Alicia Keys Fea. Tony! Tony! Tone!

Pieces of Me – Ashlee Simpson

If I Ain’t got You – Alicia Keys

One Thing – Finger Eleven

On the Way Down – Ryan Cabrera

Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson

Dip It Low – Christina Millen

Drop It Like it’s Hot – Snoop Dogg fea. Pharrell

Headspring – LL Cool J

Why? – Jadakiss fea. Anthony Hamilton

Heaven – Los Lonely Boys

Let’s Get It Started – Black Eyed Peas


Hot Modern Rock Music – October 8, 2004

So Cold – Breaking Benjamin

American Idiot – Green Day

Fall to Pieces – Velvet revolver

Vertigo – U2

Vitamin R (Leading Us Along – Chevelle

Pain – Jimmy eat World


Top Music Albums – October 8, 2004

Hilary Duff – Hilary Duff

Feels Like today – Rascal Flatts

American Idiot – Green Day

In Love and Death – The Used

Suit – Nelly

Genius Loves Company – Ray Charles

Lest We Forget: the Best Of – Marilyn Manson

Live Lie You were Dying – Tim McGraw

Mind Body & Soul – Josh Stone

Now 16

Antics – Interpol

Smile – Brian Wilson

The Dana Owens Album –Queen Latifah

Be Here – Keith Urban

The Beautiful Struggle - Talib Kweli

Songs About Jane – Maroon 5

Here for the Party – Gretchen Wilson

Guerilla City Guerilla Black

Autobiography  - Gretchen Wilson

This Type of Thinking – Chevelle

Worth tha Weight – Shawna

Under My Skin – Avil Lavigne


Entertainment news – October 8, 2004

Passing – Actor Christopher Reeve (52) – best known as Superman. He had been paralyzed form the neck down in a 1995 horseback riding accident.


Television news – October 8, 2004

Andrea Mackris – an associate producer for Fox news sues Bill O’Reilly for sexual Harassment – saying he initiated phone sex and use lewd language with her at work and at dinner. O’Reilly sues back, saying she and her lawyer are engaging in an extortion scheme to get $millions.

Nickelodeon says it is expanding beyond TV – and will get into video games, a clothing line and baby videos not tied to its popular programs. Through a partnership with video game manufacturer THQ – Nick last year created “Tak and the Power of Juju.” A video game geared for children ages 8 to 13. So far, a million have been sold.

On Larry King Live! – Mary Kay Letourneau – in her first live interview since serving 7 ½ years in prison for her shocking affair with a former student.

Howard Stern keeps talking about his upcoming Sirius satellite radio show – and the radio stations that now carry him don’t like it. 

Tuesday night television listings/TV Guide – October 8, 2004

CBS – NCIS, Clubhouse, Judging Amy, David Letterman.

NBC – Last Comic Standing, Father of the Pride, Scrubs, Law & Order, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien

ABC – My Wife and Kids, George  Lopez, According to Jim Rodney, NYPD Blue, Nightline

VH1 – Hip Hop Honors

UPN – All of Us, Eve, Veronica Mars

Fox – The Simpsons, Malcolm in the Middle

WB – Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill

Sci-Fi – Andromeda


Hip Hop Honors – Vivica A. Fox and Mos Def Host.

Singer Melissa Etheridge has been diagnosed with breast cancer.


Television news – October 8, 2004

 On “Saturday Night Live” – Queen Latifah hosts and performs.

Louis Rukeyser, who has been off the air for a year because he’s fighting cancer, has asked CNBC to pull the plug and bring down the curtain on “Wall Street Week.” Consuelo Mack as been substitute host and the show will go away soon.

David Letterman ribs Jay Leno on his decision to leave the “Tonight” show by 2009 – calling him a lame duck.


Top Movies – October 8, 2004  

Shark Tale

Friday Night Lights

Ladder 49


The Forgotten

Raise Your Voice

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Shaun of the Dead

The Motorcycle Diaries

Resident Evil: Apocoalypse

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