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
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 –
Million Dollar Baby
Diary of a Mad Black Woman
Man of the House