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


In The News

14 Marines are killed in a roadside bomb blast near Baghdad.

The crew of a Russian mini-submarine trapped for days beneath the Bering Sea is rescued after a remote-controlled British “Scorpio” underwater craft helped disentangled the vessel from cables and fishing ropes.

Prime Minister Tony Blair announces tough anti-terrorism measures that include shutting down radical mosques and deporting Islamic clerics who preach violence.

The Chinese oil company which wanted to buy Unocal Corp abandons its effort because of “regrettable and unjustified” U.S. political opposition.

President Bush uses his power to bypass the confirmation process and names John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations. The nomination of Bolton was blocked for five months by Democrats.

An Air France jetliner carrying 309 passengers and crew skids of a runway and plunges into a ravine during a heavy thunderstorm. Everyone got out before the plane was consumed by flames.

Although its missing some paragraphs an gets a couple of facts wrong, an unauthorized Chinese version of “Harry Potter and the half-Blood Prince” goes on sale in Bejing, just two weeks after the book appeared in English and almost three months head of the planned launch of the official Chinese-language edition.


Technology News – August 1, 2005

Yahoo says it plans to launch a program that automatically places relevant advertising on blogs and other Web pages. Google is doing the same thing, so Yahoo is sort of catching up here.

Ask Jeeves Inc. is launching an updated ad network powered by its own search engine.


Business News – August 1, 2005

Adidas proposes a $3.8 billion purchase of Reebok.

Oil futures prices hit a record high of $61.57 a barrel.


Sports News – August 1, 2005

Albert Juols becomes the first player in major league history to hit 30 home runs in each of his first five seasons, Helping the St. Louis Cardinals and John Smoltz’ eight-game winning streak with an 11-3 victory over the Braves.

Pitcher Ryan Franklin of the Seattle Mariners is suspended 10 days for violating baseball’s steroid policy – the eight major league player caught under tougher drug rules enacted this year.


Music news – August 1, 2005

Passing – Little Milton – (70).

A behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Eminem-50 Cent “Anger Management” tour debuts on MTV – actually MTV Overdrive, part of MTV.com.


Radio news – August 1, 2005

Comedian Adam Corolla says he will replace Howard Stern on his Los Angeles affiliate – KLSX-FM. Actually, Corolla will also air in San Diego, San Francisco and one other West Coast city.  


Entertainment news – August 1, 2005

Actress Holly Hunter (47) is pregnant for the first time – with twins!

Up and coming – Actor Ben McKenzie of the hit TV series – The OC is starring in his first movie – “Junebug.’

Martha Stewart will spend three extra weeks under house arrest after reports that she violated terms of her home confinement by going to a yoga class and motoring around her estate in an off-road vehicle.


Top DVD sales – August 1, 2005


Man of the House

Million Dollar Baby

Ice Princess


The Pacifier


Hide and Seek

Laguna Beach: first season


Television news – August 1, 2005

 CNN suspends Robert Novak after he cursed and stormed off a live studio telecast of “Inside Politics.” Novak has also been under fire for his role in the scandal surrounding the disclosure of the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame.

Howard Stern will be testing a new technology – In Demand which provides video-on-demand content to cable TV. The In Demand show will contain edited highlights of his radio show – and it will be uncensored.

Perky Katie Couric says she is deciding to stay with “Today” as her contract expires next May.

Top TV Shows/Ratings – August 1, 2005

CSI – 13.40 million viewers

Without a Trace

CSI: Miami

Two and a half Men

Law & Order: Criminal Intent


Brat Camp

Everybody Love Raymond

Cold Case

Law & Order

Big Brother


Crossing Jordan

So You Think You Can Dance

Law & Order (9pm)


Top Pop Hit Music – August 1, 2005

Pon De Replay – Rihanna

D on’t Cha – Pussycat Dolls Feat. Busta Rhymes

Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani

Behind These Hazel Eyes - Kelly Clarkson

You & Me – Lifehouse

Beverly Hills – Weezer

Don't Phunk With My Heart – Black Eyed Peas

Sugar, We're Goin' Down – Fall Out Boy

Switch – Will Smith

Best Of You – Foo Fighters


Top Movies – August 1, 2005

Wedding Crashers

Charlie and the Chocolate factory

Sky High


Must Love Dogs

Fantastic four

The Island

War of the Worlds

Bad News Bears

March of the Penguins

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