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Dateline: Week Of March 15, 2005 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts

In The News -

The Senate votes for the drilling of oil and gas in the arctic refuge.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and Russian President Vladimir V. Putin hold talks in Kiev as Putin makes his first visit to the Ukrainian capital since the pro-Western government came to power in January.

A French court convicts six Islamic militants of conspiring to bomb the U.s. Embassy in Paris.

President Bush signs legislation permitting the parents of brain-damaged Terry Schiavo to ask a federal judge to order her feeding tube removed.

Doctors begin the process of ending Teri Schiavo’s life – a court-ordered move. Congress tried to stop the process with subpoenas but a judge in Florida moved ahead.

Ahmed Omar Abu Ali – n American student accused of plotting with Al Qaeda to assassinate President Bush, pleads not guilty to terrorism related charges in Virginia.

Secretary of state Condoleezza Rice makes her first visit to Afghanistan and meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzal.

Sheik Hassan Nasrallah – the leader of the militant Hezbollah party, rejects President Bush’s call for it to disarm and integrate into the political mainstream.

Passing – Auto maker John Z. DeLorean. He was 80.

Scott Peterson – convicted of murdering his wife Laci, and unborn son, is sentenced to death.

Meanwhile – Actor Robert Blake is acquitted in the shooting death of his wife.

Fashion – Martha Stewart’s prison poncho is getting fashion attention and hitting the marketplace. Gotta love it.

Business News – March 2005 -

Wal-Mart agrees to pay the government $11 million to settle charges that it used hundreds of illegal immigrants to clean many of its stores.

Toys R Us sells will sell to two equity firms (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Bain Capital) and a real estate developer for $6.6 billion. The retailer has 1,500 stores.

The Vatican says the “Da Vinci Code” is packed of lies and maligns Jesus and harms Catholicism.

Sports News – March 15, 2005 -

Barry Bonds has another knee surgery and probably won’t be playing opening day or shortly thereafter.

Integrity on the line – House members grill prominent baseball players on the Hill – as players balk on using steroids. Mark McGuire refused to provide clear responses when asked about steroids – under oath. Also on hand – Jose Canseco, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Curt Schilling and (via videotape) Frank Thomas. All were subpoenaed by the Committee on Government Reform. Canseco, whose recent tell-all book provided some impetus for the hearing.

Technology News – March 15, 2005 -

Agence France-Presse sues Google – alleging they use their news stories, headlines and photos on its website without permission. They want $17 million.

Sports News – March 15, 2005 -

Carl Edwards gets his first NASCAR Busch Series victory - this at Atlanta Motor Speedway.


Music News – March 15, 2005 -

Oasis Live in concert 2005.

Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill – former members of the Fugees, reunite in Malaysia in a charity concert for tsunami victims. Also on hand – Boyz II Men, Black Eyed Peas and the Backstreet Boys.

Rapper Lil’ Kim (Kimberly Jones) is convicted of lying to a federal grand jury about a shooting outside of Hot 97FM NY back in 2001.

Television News – March 15, 2005

Passing – Actor Jack Elam – distinguished looking character actor – best known for his wandering left eye. He was 82.

Mario Vasquez – one of the 12 “American Idol” finalists this time, bows out citing personal reasons involving his family. He’s been replaced with recently eliminated Nikko Smith.

Sunday night television –

CBS – 60 Minutes, Cold Case, Spring Break Shark Attack

NBC – Dateline NBC, The Contender, Law & Order, Crossing Jordan

ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives, Boston Legal.

WB – Charmed, Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge

Fox – The Simpsons, Arrested Development, Kelsey Grammer Presents the Sketch Show

PBS – Pledge Week

MTV – 50 Cent’s Candy Shop, Room Raiders

Comedy Central – Comedy Central Roast – Jeff Foxworthy

VH1 – I Love the ‘70’s, 2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Top Movies – March 15, 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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