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Dateline: Week Of March 8, 2005 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts

In The News -

President Bush poked fun at himself and the press corps and offered a new reason for overhauling the Social Security system. “We have to fix it or (Donald) Rumsfeld may never retire.”

President Bush nominates state department official John Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the U.N.

Brian Gene Nichols – sought for the shooting rampage in a downtown Atlanta courthouse that killed a judge and two others – is caught. The rape defendant killed Superior Curt Judge Rowland Barnes after overpowering a sheriff’s deputy and taking his gun.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Amman in Madrid, proposes a global treaty against terrorism at the summit in Madrid.

First Lady Laura – and President Bush greet students at the Providence Family Support Center in Pittsburgh. They were there for her social program targeting violence.

Chechen separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov is slain in a Russian military attack.

Iraq – A suicide bomber blows himself up in a crowd of funeral mourners outside a Shiite Muslim mosque – and 47 die… 45 corpses of Iraqi men, women and children are found in mass graves near the Syrian border and south of Baghdad.

Business News - March 8, 2005 -

Walt Disney Co. names President Robert Iger to succeed Chief Executive Michael Eisner and he will do so October 1.

Research firm J.D. Power is being bought by publisher McGraw-Hill for $400 million.


Technology News – March 8, 2005 -

Apple Computer Inc now backs Sony’s Blu-ray HD DVD format. Sony is fighting to win support over Toshiba’s and NEC’s HD-DVD standard.

Apple just dropped the price of the standard 4GB iPod mini to $199 from $249 and introduced a 6GB iPod mini for $249. It also cut the introductory price on the iPod Photo by $150 with the rollout of a slim 30GB version of the player that costs $349.

Microsoft Corp. says it is acquiring Groove Networks whose software helps far-fling business people collaborate.

Regulators in Japan accuse chip maker Intel Corp. of abusing its market dominance by pressuring computer makers not to buy the competition.

Information broker LexisNexis says ID thieves, using stolen passwords have taken personal data on more than 30,000 Americans.

Entertainment/Celebrity News – March 8, 2005 -

Tavis Smiley can now be heard on Public Radio International.

In a GQ Magazine interview – Actor Russell Crowe said FBI agents told him that Al Qaeda wanted to kidnap him as part of a “cultural destabilization plot.”

Passing – Actress Teresa Wright (86).

Passing – Producer Debra Hill (54) – co-wrote and co-produced “Halloween.”

Music News – March 8, 2005 -

The FBI closes the investigation into the 1997 slaying of rapper Notorious B.I.G.

Rapper 50 Cent holds a press conference – saying he has settled his differences with partner – the Game from the group G-Unit.

Ja Rule (Jeffrey Atkins) apologized to the city of Toronto after pleading guilty to assault in an altercation at the La Rouge nightclub last June.


Top Country Hits Songs – March 8, 2005 -

That’s What I Love Abut Sunday – Craig Morgan

Nothin’ to Lose – Josh Gracin’

Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts

Baby Girl – Sugarland

Anything But Mine – Kenny Chesney

Gone – Montgomery Gentry

You’re My Better Half – Keith Urban

It’s Getting Better all the Time – Brooks & Dunn

Mud on the Tires – Brad Paisley

Top Pop Music – March 8, 2005 -

Let Me Love You – Mario

Candy Shop – 50 Cent fea. Olivia

Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day

Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson

Disco Inferno – 50 Cent

How We Do – The Game fea. 50 Cent

1,2 Step – Ciara Fea. Missy Elliott

Rich Girl - Gwen Stefani fea. Eve

Mockingbird – Eminem

Obsession (No Es Amor) – Frankie J

Lovers and Friends – Lil Jon & The East Side Boys

Get Right – Jennifer Lopez

Hate It Or Love It – The Game fea. 50 Cent

It’s Like That – Mariah Carey

Soldier – Destiny’s Child fea. T.I. and Lil Wayne

Bring em Out – T.I.

Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson

Mr. Brightside – The Killers

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

Top Music Albums – March 8, 2005 –

In Between Dreams – Jack Johnson

The Massacre – 50 Cent

Rebirth – Jennifer Lopez

Frances the Mute – The Mars Volta

The Documentary – The Game

Genius Loves Company – ray Charles

O – Omarion

American Idiot – Green Day

Get Lifted – John Legend

Encore – Eminem

Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson

Seventeen days – 3 Doors Down

Ray (Soundtrack)

Hot Fuss – the Killers

Angel of Retribution – Judas Priest

Free Yourself – Fantasia

Love Angel, Music. Baby – Gwen Stefani

Confessions – Usher

Goodies - Ciara

Fools Like Today – Rascal Flatts

Red Light District - Ludacris

Television News – March 8, 2005 -

Spike TV – the guy channel – is dropping the WWE, mainly because it’s not that popular with advertisers, although it gets good ratings in its demographic.

Dan Rather signs-off of the CBS Evening News after 24 years.

TV Ratings/Shows/Listings/TV Guide – March 8, 2005

American Idol on Tuesday – 26.90

CSI – 25.20

Movie-Their Eyes Were Watching God – 24.49

American Idol on Wednesday – 24.29

American Idol on Monday – 23.58

Survivor: Palau – 21.68

Lost – 18.85

Extreme makeover: Home Edition – 17.88

Law & Order: Trial by Jury – 17.29

NYPD Blue – 16.08

Cold Case – 15.77

House – 15.63

Top Movies – March 8, 2005 –

Robots

The Pacifier

Be Cool

Hostage

Hitch

Million Dollar Baby

Diary of a Mad Black Woman

Constantine

Man of the House

Cursed

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