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Dateline: Week Of October 22, 2004 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

Iraq – Uniformed gunmen setting up a dummy checkpoint – open fire on Iraq’s armed forces with the death toll above 36.

Iraq – Nine U.S. Marines are killed in a car-bombing ambush near the insurgent stronghold of Fallouja.

Bill Clinton tries to woes voters in Nevada on the side of John F. Kerry: “eight years ago." I was right here at the very spot and Nevada voted to elect me. And I want you to elect John Kerry.”

Campaigning in the Midwest, President Bush puts the question before voters: “Who Do You Trust?” “I offer leadership and resolve for a time of threat and a time of challenge.”

Just before the U.S. elections – Osama bin Laden appears on a videotape and talks about his motives for the Sept. 11 attacks. He told Americans that they could save themselves from future violence by not supporting a crackdown on Al Qaeda. (yea-right). 

More Iraq, as insurgents release a video showing the beheading and execution of 11 Iraqi soldiers. One was beheaded, the rest were shot.

Kidnapped British (CARE) aid worker Margaret Hassan pleads for her life on a videotape (she was eventually murdered that was seen on another tape – shot with a handgun).

President Bush pushes limits on medical malpractice decrying “junk lawsuits” and “the litigation culture.”

A videotape posted on Islamic websites showed Iraqi militants beheading a man, presumably another Iraqi who said he had worked for the U.S. military. The killing was claimed by those loveable guys from the  Ansar al Sunna Army.

Ailing - Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (75) is flown out of the West Bank for medical treatment in Paris.

Landmark plan – the Israeli parliament has approved a plan to withdraw Jewish settlers and soldiers from the Gaza Strip – a plan submitted by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.  

Brazil successfully launched its first rock into space, 14 months after a devastating accident that killed 21 space agency employees and damaged the reputation of the country’s space program.

The U.S. economy grew at a 3.7% annual rate – lower than expectations.

The CIA is analyzing a terrorist videotape in which a disguised man – claiming to be from the U.S. – warned of a coming wave of violence against America. The tape came from Pakistan.

John F. Kerry’s campaign floods the state of Ohio with radio and TV ads. Polls show Kerry and Bush in a tight race in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. 

It’s revealed that Chief Justice William H. Renquist (80) has undergone a tracheotomy due to thyroid cancer, but plans to be back on the bench by November 1.

Larry Rand and Jon Prouty - two members of John F. Kerry’s old 1960’s rock band are interviewed on “Wolf Blitzer Reports.” They talked about how Kerry was a decent bass player. 

Staff Sgt. Ivan L. Frederick II – the highest-ranking U.S. soldier charged in the abuse of detainees at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib jail, is sentenced to eight years in prison – the longest sentence handed down so far, in the scandal.


Health News – October 22, 2004

The FDA approves a new ultrasound device to treat uterine fibroids – fibrous clumps that can cause miscarriages, painful menstruation and other related problems in women. It’s called the ExAblate 2000 System. 


NASCAR mourns –

Three thousand gather in Charlotte to mourn  Rick Hendrick, Randy Dorton and John Hendrick, his 22-year-old twin daughters and five others. They were in a small plane that crashed in the back of Bull Mountain.


Technology News – October 22, 2004

Apple introduces the iPod Photo – a music player that can display digital pictures. The iPod commands a 65% market share among digital music players.

Google Inc reports earnings of $52 million – the first report since it issued stock.


Sports News- October 22, 2004

The spell is broken as the Boston Red Sox take the World Series, beating St. Louis 3-0 in the last game. It was Boston’s first World Series victory since 1918.


Radio news – October 22, 2004

Rush Limbaugh appealed a court ruling that would allow prosecutors investigating his use of painkillers to examine his medical records.


Entertainment news – October 22, 2004

Passing – Acclaimed opera baritone Robert Merrill (85).

Passing – Impressionist Vaughn Meader (68) – became famous for those John F. Kennedy impressions and the “First Family” comedy album of 1962.


Music news – October 22, 2004

Rapper Eminem is out with a new song/video – “Mosh” and it slams President Bush and calls on young America to mobilize against the administration.

Ashlee Simpson Caught Lip Syncing

Ashlee Simpson walked off “Saturday Night Live” mid-song after a glitch revealed she was lip-syncing, in what was supposed to be a live performance. Later - on Monday night – she appeared on NBC’s Radio Music Awards and poked fun – as her band started she shouted – “wrong song

Monday on NBC – the 2004 Radio Music Awards. Janet Jackson received the Radio Legend Award. 

This Friday on CBS – “Genius: A Night For Ray Charles.” Just in time because a movie of his life is about to be released. This is the real thing and appearing are Elton John, Usher, Steve Wonder, B.B. King, Al Green, Mary J. Blige, Mary J. Blige, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire.

Some top albums – October 22, 2004

Futures – Jimmy Eat World

50 Number Ones – George Straight

The Great American Songbook Vol. 3 – Rod Stewart

Brooks and Dunn’s Greatest Hits Vol. II.”


Television news – October 22, 2004

On “Saturday Night Live” – Jude Law with musical guest Ashlee Simpson (the lip-syncing incident). Next Saturday - Kate Winslet with musical guest Eminem.

CNN is shutting down CNNfn – its financial news network in December. It’s been around for nine years.

Novelist Philip Roth gives his first TV interview since 1966 and you catch him on NBC’s “today” show. Katie Couric interviews.

Bill O’Reilly announces a settlement in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by producer Andrea Mackris.

On Larry King Live – Alexis Stewart – Martha Stewart’s daughter. Don’t miss it!

On Animal Planet – Don’t miss “The 50 Greatest TV Animals.” This week.


Top Movies – October 22, 2004

The Grudge

Shark Tale

Shall We Dance?

Friday Night Lights

Team America

Ladder 49

Surviving Christmas


The Forgotten

I Love Huckabees

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