Dateline: Week Of April 22, 2005 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
In Lithuania Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meets with President Valdas Adamkus and will meet with NATO foreign ministers.
Vatican City - Pope Benedict XVI is inaugurated and calls for unity throughout the Catholic church.
Iraq – Insurgents detonate some 14 car bombs in and around Baghdad. 27 die. Iraq’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari proposes a Cabinet of three dozen ministers drawn from the nation’s major ethnic and religious groups.
International investigators say that tools and components that were supposed to go to Libya’s nuclear weapons program disappeared and they suspect they went to another country.
A rush-hour train derailment in Tokyo leaves 73 people dead and 443 injured.
President Bush said he favored changing the pension system so that benefits for low-income workers would grow faster than those for wealthy retirees.
Zacarias Moussaoul pleads guilty to conspiring with Al Qaeda operatives who were involved in the Sept. 11 attacks.
Mayor Dick Murphy – resigns from that office amid criticism of his handling of San Diego’s pension deficit and threats of a recall. He only won election to the office five months ago.
A judge sentences Saajid Badai – a British man – to 13 years in prison after he admitted to conspiring with shoe bomber Richard Reid to blow up a transatlantic jetliner in 2001.
The last Syrian troops leave Lebanon – ending 29 years of Syrian military domination of Lebanon.
A military jury sentences Army Sgt. Hasan Akbar to death for killing two American officers and wounding 14 other soldiers in a nighttime grenade and rifle attack.
New York Atty. Gen. Elliot Spitzer says he would audit American International group (AIG) over reports that they improperly booked workers’ compensation premiums, providing an “unlawful benefit” to the company worth tens of millions of dollars.
Author and columnist Arianna Huffington is going to launch a celebrity blog – and has invited some 300 friends to contribute.
Technology News – April 22, 2005 -
Google Inc. says that first quarter profit grew over 500% for the same period last year.
Apple Inc. doesn’t like a new book called “icon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business.”
Nasdaq agrees to acquire Instinet Group’s electronic trading network for $934.5 million.
Music News – April 22, 2005 -
Santa Barbara - As a prosecution witness – Michael Jackson’s ex-wife Deborah Rowe testified that Jackson is a loving father who is easily manipulated by aides.
Lollapalooza 2005 is set for July 23 and 24 in Chicago’s Grant Park. So far – look for: Weezer, the Pixies, The Dandy Warhols, Dinosaur Jr., The Arcade Fire, Kaiser Chiefs, the Bravery and the Killers.
Some top albums April 22, 2005 -
Who is Mike Jones? – Mike Jones
“… Something to Be” – Rob Thomas
Massacre – 50 Cent
The Emancipation of Mimi – Mariah Carey
Hot Fuss – the Killers
Love. Angel. Music. Baby – Gwen Stefani
II Divo – II Divo
American Idiot – Green Day
Mary Travers of Peter, Paul & Mary who has been battling leukemia, will undergo a bone marrow transplant after finding a donor. Travers had been waiting or a match after chemotherapy failed to stop the disease.
On Sunday – American Top 40 Live on Fox. It’s the radio countdown show brought to TV and it too is hosted by Ryan Seacrest. On the show this week – Maroon 5, Hoobastank, Ryan Cabrera, Gavin DeGraw, Finger Eleven.
Entertainment /Celebrity News – April 22, 2005 –
Passing – Actor and master voice-over talent Mason Adams (86).
Passing – Sir John Mills – Academy Award winning actor and father of Hayley and Juliet Mills. He was 97.
Comedian George Lopez has donated a kidney to his wife, Ann. Both are doing fine.
Television News – April 22, 2005 -
On “Saturday Night Live” – Jason Bateman with musical guest Kelly Clarkson.
Next Saturday - Hilary Swank with musical guest 50 Cent.
Top TV Ratings/listings/TV Guide – April 22, 2005
CSI – 27.01
American Idol on Tuesday – 24.10
Desperate Housewives – 23.85
American Idol on Wednesday – 22.68
CSI: Miami – 20.11
Survivor: Palau – 19.34
Grey’s Anatomy – 17.90
House – 17.48
Two and a Half Men – 17.12
Extreme Makeover Home Edition – 17.11
Everybody Loves Raymond – 16.96
Cold Case – 16.73
ER – 16.05
Without a Trace – 15.95
Law & Order – 14.32
Apprentice 3 – 13.89
Top Movies – April 22, 2005 –
The Amityville Horror
A Lot Like Love
Kung Fu Hustle