Dateline: Week Of January 22, 2005 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Iraq – With elections about a week away, the Iraqi government says it will close borders, ban driving, shut down the airport and impose a curfew to maintain security… (Later) Millions turn out to vote in the nation’s first multi-party elections in 50 years.
Al Jazeera, the Arab satellite TV channel that has drawn the ire of officials in Washington – because of its continued bent on encouraging violence against American troops – is studying how to become a private company without subsidies from Qatar’s government.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to get involved in the in the case of Teri Schiavo, dismissing a claim by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. That means her husband can have his brain-damaged wife’s feeding tube removed.
President Bush’s recent $80 billion request for Iraq and Afghanistan will ramp-up a budget shortfall – to $427 billion.
The Senate confirms the nomination of Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State.
The Bush administration backs off its plans to use aerial spraying to destroy Afghanistan’s poppy crop – for now.
A man intent on committing suicide parked his SUV on a railroad track near Los Angeles in the path of a Metrolink train. 11 are dead with 180 injured.
Pilgrims angered by the accidental deaths of several people inside a Hindu temple, set fire to shops along a crowded walkway outside in Wai, India – triggering a stampede that killed 256.
Venezuela will monitor TV and radio broadcasts, saying no to images that cause anguish, and no to violence and vulgarity.
Halliburton Co. will pull out of Iran after its current contracts where are wound down.
Move On dot org – the liberal advocacy group – plans for state-by-state endorsements from its nearly 3 million Democrat members.
A twin-engine Cessna 421 headed to Florida hits a retaining wall near the home of Baltimore oriole pitcher Jason Grimsley in Overland park, Kansas. Two are dead but no one on the ground.
Sports News – January 22, 2005 -
Serena Williams ends her 18-month losing streak – beating Lindsay Davenport in the Australian Open final.
Lenny Wilkens – resigns as coach of the New York Knicks.
Germany soccer scandal – four people were arrested and a newspaper reported that a ref told prosecutors he was paid more than $65,000 to fix games.
Technology News – January 22, 2005 -
Intel has just filed a trademark for the letters VIIV and it’s anybody’s guess as to what it means.
Google and Yahoo unveil dueling efforts to let searchers hunt through TV shows.
Google hires Ben Goodger – chief engineer of Foxfire as a browser programmer.
Netflix says its fourth-quarter profit more than doubled – but warns of a possible future loss as online competition heats up.
The success of its hit video game ‘Halo 2” pushes Microsoft’s home entertainment division into the black.
FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell says he would step down in March. The FCC is sort of under fire for all the indecency to hit the airwaves the past four years – his time at the FCC.
Bill Gates’ foundation pledges $750 million to vaccinate children throughout the developing world.
Radio News – January 22, 2005
Morning show host Tarsha Jones (Miss Jones) of hip hop station WQHT NY is suspended for a song parody the mocked victims of the South Asia tsunami.
Entertainment/Celebrity News - January 22, 2005 -
Marries – Donald Trump to Slovenian model Melania Knauss in Palm Beach. The guest list included Tony Bennett, Rudolph Giullani, Billy Joel, Matt Lauer, Barbara Walters, Russell Simmons and Star Jones among others. It’s Trump’s third trip to the alter.
Paris Hilton is facing charges of petty theft. It seems last month, she was at a newsstand on Sunset Blvd, spotted a DVD that featured her and a former boyfriend having sex and she swiped it – telling the manager she wasn’t going to pay for it. She said she never wanted the DVD to go public.
Paramount Pictures and MTV Films have purchased writer-director Craig Brewer’s “Hustle & Flow” for 9 million. Under the agreement – producer John Singleton will make two other films – upping the package to $16 million.
Passing – The one, the only – Johnny Carson – late night talkshow king. He was 79.
Music News – January 22, 2005 -
Michael Jackson speaks out against leaks in his child molestation case. He says he is innocent and says the leaked grand jury transcripts material is “disgusting and false.”
“We Will Rock You” – music set to the music of Queen – at Paris Las Vegas.
Rapper Jayceon Taylor, aka “the Game” is named in an alleged assault on two DJ’s at WKYS radio in Washington DC.
Paul McCartney will announce a tour for this year during his halftime appearance at Super Bowl XXXIX February 6.
Don’t miss U2’s Vertigo 2005 tour!
Passing – Ray Peterson – best known for “Corinna Corinna” and “Tell Laura I Love Her” from the early 1960’s. He was 65.
Passing – Jim Capaldi (60) – Founding member of 1960’s British rock band “Traffic.”
Bob Dylan is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle prize for his memoir – “Chronicles, Volume One.”
Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo chief of the label Murder Inc., is accused of money-laundering.
Top Pop Hits – January 22, 2005 –
1,2 Step – Ciara Fea. Missy Elliott
Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson
Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day
Yeah! – Usher fea. Ludacris & Lil Jon
I Predict a Riot – Kaiser Chiefs
Get Right – Jennifer Lopez
Look What You’ve Done – Jet
Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson
Vertigo – U2
Over & Over – Nelly fea. Tim McGraw
Television News – January 22, 2005 -
”Everybody Loves Raymond” shoots its last episode this week and it will air May 16.
“Numbers” starring Rob Morrow and David Krumholtz debuts this week.
10 performers. 10 shot at stardom. Place your bets. Who will be “The Entertainer?” Wayne Newton is in charge. On E!
NBC’s two-hour tsunami relief concert raised $18.3 million for the American Red Cross “Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope” included performances by Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Elton John, Steve Wonder and others.
Top TV Ratings/TV Guide – January 22, 2005 -
AFC Championship – Pats/Steelers (CBS) – 44.33
American Idol on Tuesday – 33.57
American Idol on Wednesday – 16.71
Desperate Housewives – 25.95
AFC Post game – 25.75
Numbers – 24.92
CSI: Miami – 22.04
Lost – 19.69
Everybody Loves Raymond – 19.24
CSI – 19.03
ER – 18.82
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 18.29
Two and a Half Men – 18.14
Apprentice 3- 15.55
Law & Order: SVU – 15.34
Boston Legal – 15.34
Top Movies – January 22, 2005 –
Hide and Seek
Are We There Yet?
Million Dollar Baby
Meet the Fockers
In Good Company
Assault on Precinct 13
The Phantom of the Opera