Dateline: Week Of May 1, 2005 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Iraq’s Shiite Muslim leaders, with a new government ready to take office, plan to crack down on Sunni-led insurgents and purge suspected infiltrators and corrupt officers from the country’s security forces.
British voters give Tony Blair a third consecutive term as Prime Minister, but his labor party’s hold on Parliament is weakened and the Iraq war is a factor.
Iraq - Suicide bombers kill more than tow dozen in separate attacks.
U.S. health officials warn the public to be careful when handling mice, rats and hamsters after an investigation of the first documented human cases of salmonella linked to pet rodents.
The Fed raises its key interest rate to 3%.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reminds North Korea that the United states has extensive military might in the Pacific, a day after a suspected North Korean missile test.
Bruce McCandless, Joseph Allen and Gordon Fullerton are inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. McCandless is famous for his flying with a jetpack during a 1984 Challenger sace shuttle mission. He was the first man to fly without tethers in space.
Jennifer Wilbanks Disappearance Update – May 1, 2005:
Jennifer Wilbanks apologizes for disappearing before her wedding day and insists that her flight was prompted not by cold feet, but by “a host of compelling issues which seemed out of control.” Wilbanks three-day disappearance led to a nationwide search. She initially told investigators she had been abducted by a Latino man and a white woman with a handgun – a story that quickly unraveled. From Florida, Wilbanks said her flight by bus to Las Vegas and eventually to Albuquerque was not in response to her pending wedding date, four days after she vanished.
Sports News – May 1, 2005
NASCAR - Jeff Gordon wins the Aaron’s 499 in overtime at Talladegn (Alabama) speedway.
Technology News – May 1, 2005
Verizon Communications wins the three-month bidding war for MCI after Qwest pulled out.
Music news – May 1, 2005
Starbucks will not be selling Bruce Springsteen’s new album – “Devils & Dust” – the first Springsteen album to get an advisory label because of steamy lyrics.
Rap-metal band Linkin Park demands to be released from its Warner Music Group contract. The band has released five albums with the them, but feels that the company’s “diminished resources will leave it unable to compete in today’s global music market place.”
Television news - May 1, 2005
On “Saturday Night Live” – Johnny Knoxville with musical guests System of a Down.
ABC’s “Primetime Live: Fallen Idol,” which featured Corey Clark – former American Idol”” contestant who claimed he had an affair with Paula Abdul had its biggest ratings in that program’s history.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – May 1, 2005
Desperate Housewives – 25.68
American Idol on Tuesday – 25.52
American Idol n Wednesday – 24.42
CSI – 23.68
Survivor: Palau – 21.21
Grey’s Anatomy – 17.88
House – 16.45
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition –16.36
Cold Case – 16.28
Everybody Loves Raymond – 15.79
CSI: Miami – 15.69
Movie – Riding on the bus With My Sister – 14.98
Two and a Half Men – 14.93
CSI: NY – 14.84
ER – 14.52
Medium – 14.42
JAG – 13.98
Top Movies – May 1, 2005
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the galaxy
XXX: State of the Union
The Amityville Horror
A Lot Like Love
Kung Fu Hustle