Week of July 23, 2004
The commission investigating the Sept 11 terrorist attacks concludes that the
U.S. government had been hobbled by “failures of imagination, policy,
capabilities and management,” and warned that sweeping reforms were needed
to prevent another catastrophic terrorist strike.
Pakistan captures one of the United States’ 21 most wanted terrorists - Ahmed
Khalfan Ghailant, who was thought to be planning more attacks on the U.S.
The U.S. economy grows at a 3% annual rate, down from 4.5%.
The deadliest attack since Iraq’s interim government took power, a vehicle bomb
kills 68, northwest of Baghdad.
Convention - Sen. John Kerry delivers a negative
assessment of President Bush’s leadership, saying
that another four years of his administration would
produce economic hardship at home and more hard
John Kerry vows to rebuild alliances and restore
“trust and credibility to the White House” as he
concluded the Democratic National Convention in
More convention - Sen. John Kerry calls for
extending the 911 commission’s charter until 2006.
A Senate oversight committee moved up its first
hearing on reforming U.S. counter terrorism agencies to later this week.
With the assault on President Bush’s national security record during the first few
days of the Democratic convention, Bush campaign strategists signal they intend
to strike back hard and fast.
- ex-President of Mexico is charged
in the deaths and disappearance of up to 280
protesters in the so-called Corpus Christi massacre 33
Week of July 23, 2004
President Bush puts pressure on Sudan to stop ethnic violence by pro-
government militans in the western region of Darfur.
New indictment -
John A. “Junior” Gotti
, son f the late mob
boss John Gotti, - with about 2 months of prison time left to go
on a 1999 racketeering conviction, may be in prison for a long
time. Court papers allege that he, Joseph “Little Joey” d’ Angelo
and Michael “Mickey Y” Yannotti plotted in 1992 to first kidnap
and then kill Curtis Sliwa, reportedly as payback for comments
he made about the elder Gotti on a radio show. On June 19,
1992, Sliwa was ambushed after he hailed a cab in Manhattan. He underwent
sugary for internal injuries and leg wounds after the attack.
Tennessee Titan Eddie George signs with the Dallas Cowboys for a year.
- .tv… Tiny Tuvalu says it wants the company VeriSign to charge
more for its .tv Internet extension. The Geneva-based International Organization
of standards bestowed the tiny Pacific Island of 9,000 the .tv country code and
decided to license if to non-tuvaluans to use.
AT&T says it will stop marketing residential service -saying it can not compete
against the local phone companies it once owned. It will focus instead on more
profitable corporate and government clients, which now account for 75’s of the
Music news -
Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, R.E.M., Pearl Jam and other rockers will unite for
politically minded concerts this fall, voicing dissatisfaction with President Bush
and the Republicans.
Entertainment news -
decides not to attend a
screening of his documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11” near
President Bush’s ranch in Texas, saying he was afraid
his presence would detract attention from the movie’s
Radio news - After being dropped from NPR after 24
years, Bob Edwards is heading to XM radio. He had
been on NPR’s “Morning Edition” since 1979.
Week of July 23, 2004
Television news -
“Seacrest Out” - “On Air With Ryan Seacrest” is
canceled. The show had been on the air since January.
The popular “Shark Week” on the Discovery Channel
returns this week. The channel says ratings increase
from 60% to 80% - all in the name of sharks.
MTV has a new digital channel aimed at gays and
lesbians. “LOGO” is scheduled to launch Feb. 17 and
will feature such shows as “Family Outing,” - featuring
coming-out stories. It’s produced by Cher and her
daughter Chastity Bono; “Fantastic Voyage,” a reality
series about gay-themed cruises. Actor Scott Thompson will host “My fabulous
gay Wedding,” a wish-fulfillment show with real-life couples.
, whose weight problem has been the
butt of jokes, will produce and star in Showtime’s “Fat
Actress” - an unscripted comedy series in which she’ll
play a fictional version of herself, an actress trying to
find work and love in unforgiving Hollywood.
On Dr Phil - Anatomy of a divorce.
Friday night television -
CBS - Joan of Arcadia, JAG 48 Hours Investigates,
NBC - Dateline NBC Las Vegas, Tonight Show
, Married to the Kellys, Hope & Faith,
Life with Bonnie, Nightline
WB - What I Like About You, Grounded for Life, Reba, Reba
Fox - Bernie Max, Method… The Jury
PBS - NOW with Bill Moyers, Washington Week Wall Street
Week, American Family: Journey of Dreams, Tavis Smiley,
Disney - Phil of the Future, Thai’s So Raven Movie-Flubber,
On Nick - “The Fairly Oddparents - 3 times a day
Grounded For Life - Lily wakes to find her car on the porch.
Tonight Show - Christina Applegate