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Dateline: Week Of January 8, 2005 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

Exit polls show a victory for Mohmoud Abbas – for Palestinian authority president.

The White House says that its two-year hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has ended. No stockpiles were found.

The Sudanese government and southern rebel groups sign an agreement that ends of Africa’s longest wars – some 21 years. 

Insurgents, using a roadside bomb – blow up another Bradley fighting vehicle – killing two American soldiers.

In Graniteville, South Carolina – a lethal plume of chlorine gas leaking from a rail tanker car keeps 5,000 residents away from their homes – this after a train collision.

 Rain mud/landslides in the tiny town of La Conchita in California have claimed four more victims. Six are confirmed dead and there are still more missing. The area has been hard hit with rain.

Palestinian militants set off explosions at a commercial crossing into the Gaza Strip and then opened fire on civilian workers. Six Israelis are dead.

Donald Trump breaks ground on his first California project – 36 multi-million-dollar mansions in Palos Verdes – near Los Angeles – right on the ocean.

The last four British prisoners being held at the U.S Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba will be freed.

CBS News dismisses four staffers and appoints a new standards executive after an independent panel issues an exhaustive report on how questionable documents led the network to air false stories about President Bush’s military service.

Passing – Rosemary Kennedy (86) – sister of John F. Kennedy who spent much of her life shielded from the public and struggled with mental retardation. 

The nation’s unemployment remains at 5.4%.


Technology News – January 8, 2005

Google begins selling a server that promises to help small business sift through their data as easily as they can search the web. Costing about 45,000 – it’s less powerful than the Google search Appliance.

Apple unveils cheaper models of its IPod – a $99 IPod.

Shares of Apple Computer rise 7.3% to a four-year high after an analyst said holiday demand for iPod digital music players was better than expected.


Sports News – January 8, 2005

Baseball owners and players have agreed to toughen their anti-steroids policy in a new plan that requires frequent testing, a wider range of banned substances and harsher disciplinary measure.

Football playoffs – the Minnesota Vikings defeat the Green Bay Packers 31-17.


Entertainment news – January 8, 2005

It’s a final divorce settlement for Halle Berry and ex Eric Benet.


Music news –January 8, 2005

Queen Latifah will host the 47th annual Grammy Awards on Feb 13.

Look for Madonna, Maroon 5, Mary J. Blige, Diana Ross and others – as the lineup for the NBC Universal telethon for tsunami relief. “The “Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope will also feature Steve Wonder, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Brian Wilson, Kenny Chesney, Usher and Norah Jones 


Television news – January 8, 2005

On Dr. Phil Friday – Custody battles.

CBS cancels reality series “The Will” after just a single airing. It featured participants vying to be sole heir to a rancher’s fortune.

CNN announces a new prime-time block of programs. Look for “Showbiz Tonight,” hosted  by A.J. Hammer and Karyn Bryant.  Also starting – “Nancy Grace” best known for her appearances on Court TV.

ESPN has a new series called “Tilt,” – about cheating at the new fad – poker! It’s the network’s second dramatic series. The other one was “Playmakers” from 2003. Series stars Michael Madison and Chris Bauer.

E! Entertainment can’t be in the courtroom, but they sure can produce reenactments of Michael Jackson’s child-molestation trial – and that they’ll do. They’ll present daily re-creations from court transcripts. Gotta love it. Who’ll play Jackson?

Look for “Queer Eye for the Straight Girl” a take off from “Queer Eye for the straight Guy – this time with four members of a gay style police tearing into the home of a Los Angeles women and pick through her stuff – eat her food. All on Bravo!

Passing – Meta Rosenberg (89) – agent and producer of the popular 1970’s series “The Rockford Files.’

Saturday night television listings/TV Guide – January 8, 2005

CBS – The Will (debut and last show!), 48 Hours Mystery,

NBC – Movie-Battlestar Galactica, SNL

A  BC – ESPN Zone, Movie-The Mean Season

Fox – Cops, America’s Most wanted

CNBC – Tim Russert, Suze Orman

Oxygen – Snapped – Talk Sex with Sue Johanson


Saturday Night Live – Live Luke Wilson with U2 as musical guests.


Top Movies – January 8, 2005

Meet the Fockers

White Noise

The Aviator

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of unfortunate Events

Fat Albert

Ocean’s Twelve

National Treasure


The Phantom Of The Opera

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou     

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