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
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
Two and a half Men
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Everybody Love Raymond
Law & Order
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
Charlie and the Chocolate factory
Must Love Dogs
War of the Worlds
Bad News Bears
March of the Penguins.