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Dateline: Week Of February 1, 2005 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

State of the Union address – President Bush pushes for sweeping changes in the nation’s Social Security system including individual investment accounts for younger workers.

The senate votes 60 to 36 to confirm the nomination of Alberto R. Gonzales as attorney general.

 Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice on her first visit to the Middle East as the top U.S. diplomat, urges Israeli leaders to make the “hard decisions” needed to promote a democratic Palestinian state and put the peace process back on track.

Leaders of a predominantly Shiite Muslim list of candidates say their state had won more than 50% of the votes cast for Iraq’s transitional national assembly, but say they will refrain from using their power to install clerics in the new government.

The Federal Reserve raises key interest rate to 2.5%

President Bush proposes a 2006 budget will call for billions of dollars in cuts that will touch people on food stamps and farmers on price supports. 

Staff scientists at the National institutes of Health will be banned from accepting any consulting fees or other income from drug companies and the employees must also divest industry stock holdings.

Sgt. Javal Davis, who admitted abusing detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in late 2003, is sentenced to six months in a military prison and given a bad-conduct discharge.

Transcripts detail how Enron traders conspired to shut down a healthy power plant as blackouts rolled across California in 2001. The utility was the source of an earlier set of Enron tapes that proved embarrassing to Enron, which filed for bankruptcy in December 2001.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton faints while giving a speech in Buffalo, NY. Her office said it was due to a stomach virus she may have contacted over the weekend. .


Technology – February 1, 2005

Google says that profit soared nearly eightfold to nearly $204 million on $1 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter. 

AT&T agrees to be acquired by regional telephone company SBC Communications


Sports News – February 1, 2005

The New England Patriots get their third NFL title in four years, beating the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 in SuperBowl XXXIX.  Patriot receiver Delon Branch got the game MVP.


Entertainment news – February 1, 2005

Passing – Actor Ozzie Davis. He was 87.

Passing – actor John Vernon (72), best-known as the sinister dean Wormer in “Animal House.’


Music news – February 1, 2005

 The Hit Factory – the legendary 54th street New York recording studio which opened in 1968, will close by the end of this month. 

Jay-Z answers R. Kelly’s $75 million lawsuit over their aborted joint tour last fall. He claims the tour came unraveled because of R. Kelly’s financial woes, insecurities and unsafe and unpredictable behavior.”

A celebrity makeup artist files a $25 million lawsuit against Snoop Dogg alleging he and several men in his entourage drugged and raped her tow years ago. She also claims that one of Dogg’s associates beat her after a taping of the Jimmy Kimmel Live” show, which the rapper guest-hosted in January 2003.

U2’s “Vertigo 2005 tour, originally slated to begin march 1 in Miami, now is scheduled to start March 28 in San Diego. It was delayed due to an illness in the family of “The Edge”  - the group’s lead guitarist. 

Maroon 5 performs on Conan O’Brien’s Late Night show on NBC this week. 

Elton John guests on CNN Larry King.


Television news – February 1, 2006

 After 18 years, there will be no new episodes of “Star Trek.” Plagued by bad ratings and high production costs, UPN and Paramount Network Television announce that this will be the final season of “Star Trek: Enterprise” – the prequel to the original Star Trek that starred William Shatner. If you’re taking notice here’s how they stack up:

“Star Trek” – 1966-1969

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994) Starring Patrick Stewart

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” – (1993-1999)

“Star Trek Voyager” (1995-2001)

Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005)

Martha Stewart – fresh out of prison, will star in a spinoff of “The Apprentice.” Donald Trump will executive produce. 

HBO says it will sell 78 Sopranos episodes to A&E, but the show will have to be edited. 

Sunday night television listings/TV Guide – February 1, 2005

CBS – 60 Minutes, Child Prodigies, NCIS, Cold Case, Without a Trace

NBC – Dateline NBC, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, Law & Order

America’s Funniest Home Videos, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Extreme Makeover, Desperate Housewives

Fox – American Dad, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Malcolm in the Middle, the Simpsons

WB – Summerland, Summerland, Summerland

PBS – nature, Masterpiece Theatre

E! – 101 Makeovers, The Entertainer

Desperate Housewives – Edie organizes a neighborhood search for Mrs. Huber.


Top video rentals – February 1, 2006

Friday Night Lights

The Forgotten

Without a Paddle


The Village


Top Movies – February 1, 2005


The Wedding date

Are We There Yet?Hide and Seek

Million Dollar Baby

The Aviator

Meet the Fockers


Racing Stripes

Coach Carter

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