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


In The News

The Syrian-backed government of Lebanon collapses under a groundswell of street and other protests.

The Supreme Court abolishes the death penalty for juveniles, ruling that it was excessive and cruel to execute a person who was under 18 when the crime was committed.

In a sign of Syria’s dwindling diplomatic support, Saudi Arabia demands Damascus pull its soldiers out of Lebanon without delay.

The Bush administration increases pressure on Syria, demanding the full and immediate withdrawal of its military and intelligence forces from Lebanon.

Federal authorities temporarily suspend three gene therapy experiments following news that a third child in a similar French study has developed leukemia and that one of the three has died. 

Militant cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, accused of heading the Jemaah Islamiah terrorist network, is found guilty of taking part in an “evil conspiracy” to carry out the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed 202 people.

The ACLU and a human rights organization sues Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and three army commanders on behalf of former detainees, charging that the military authorized illegal interrogation techniques.


Sports News – March 1, 2005

Passing – Chuck Thompson – voice of the Baltimore Orioles and Colts.

Kobe Bryan and the 20-year-old woman who accused him of sexual assault settled her civil suit out of court. 


Technology  News – March 1, 2005

XM radio says it will hike its fees at par with rival Sirius – from $9.95 per month to $12.95. It says it will add some premium features to its basic plan. Pricing goes into effect April 2.


Music news – March 1, 2005

At the opening of her perjury trial, a federal prosecutor says that Lil’ Kim lied to a grand jury about a shootout at New York radio station WQHT in 2001. A gunfight occurred as Lil’ Kim’s entourage was leaving the station and the entourage of rap group Capone-N-Noreaga was arriving. More than two dozen bullets were fired. One man was struck in the back, but survived.

Another Hip Hop/Rap Shooting

Not again! – A member of rapper the Game’s entourage is shot outside the studios of radio station WQHT (Hot 97) located in Queens. Rapper 50 cent was being interviewed on the station when the shooting happened about 10pm. He had just made the unexpected announcement that he was kicking his protégé the game out of his crew, G-Unite, for being disloyal. Neither 50 Cent nor the Game was hurt in the incident.  Police believe the fight may have started when the Game, Jason Taylor and his entourage heard 50 Cent insulting him on the radio. The Game had left the station earlier, but when his group heard the interview, they drove back. With 50 Cent still on the radio, members of his entourage came out of the station and began fighting with Game’s entourage. Kevin Reed of Los Angeles was shot in the groin.

Passing – Martin Denny (93) – known for creating the Tiki sound and putting it to popular-selling records in the late 1950’s. His “Quiet Village” was a million-seller in 1959. 

Terry Howard, a recording engineer who won three Grammys last month for his work with Ray Charles, is arrested for harboring master tapes from the singer. He was actually arrested a few weeks ago, but this week, a judge reduced his bail to $100,000. 

Alanis Morissette will mark 1995 release of “Jagged Little Pill” by releasing an acoustic version of the record. The album has sold 14 million copies in the U.S. and brought Morisette four Grammy awards. 


Entertainment/Celebrity news – March 1, 2006

Actor/director Mel Gibson has purchased a Pacific island hideaway in northern Fiji. He purchased the 5,411-acre Mago Island form Japan’s Tokyu Corp. for about $15 million.

Martha Stewart returns home from prison to her estate in Bedford, NY. She’ll remain under the watch of federal authorities while truing to revive her homemaking empire.


Wednesday night television listings/TV Guide – week of March 1, 2005

CBS – 60 Minutes Wednesday, King of Queens, Yes Dear, CSI:NY, Late Show

 NBC – Dateline NBC, The West Wing, Law & Order, Tonight Show

WB – Smallsville, Jack & Bobby

ABC – Lost, Alias, Wife Swap, NightlineFox – That 70’s Show, That 70’s Show, American Idol, The Simple Life: Interns

PBS – Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow, ON State at the Kennedy Center: The Mark Twain Prize, Charley Rose

Comedy Central – Mad TV, Comedy Central, Crank Yankers South Park, Chappelle’s Show, Daily Show

MTV – Jennifer Lopez: Beyond the Runway, Newlyweds


Top Movies – March 1, 2005

Diary of a Mad Black Woman




Man of the House

Million dollar Baby

Because of Winn-Dixie

Are We There Yet?

Son of the Mask

The Aviator

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