Dateline: Week Of September 8, 2005 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Police in New Orleans say they will use force by the end of the week for those who had not left, citing environmental hazards and dangerous bacteria levels.
President Thursday says that the government would be with those displaced by Hurricane Katrina “for the long haul” as Congress votes for $51.8 billion in emergency funds for relief.
FEMA’s Michael Brown is ousted as the Bush administration’s point man for the Hurricane Katrina recovery. He’ll be replaced by a Coast Guard vice admiral.
FEMA says that flooded parts of New Orleans and nearby areas will be pumped dry within 37 days – and not the eighty days originally announced.
Tells Senate panel - Chief justice nominee John Roberts indicated that it would be difficult for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe vs. Wade, but did not say whether he would support efforts to do so.
President Bush visits crippled New Orleans. Also - investigators are looking into the drowning of at least 20 residents in a St. Bernard Parish nursing home.
President Bush takes responsibility for the breakdown and slowness to respond to the needs of those caught in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. But he said, flaws occurred on all levels of government and said he wanted more cooperative relations with state and local officials to aid distressed Gulf Coast residents.
In the tunnels beneath the Astrodome – volunteer barbers and stylists have set up a shop where Hurricane Katrina’s refugees can get a shave or have their hair done for free.
Kroger – the nation’s largest traditional grocery chain – says its income was up 38%.
Passing – Philanthropist Henry Luce III (80).
Business News – September 8, 2005 -
Ford says it’s selling Hertz rent-a-car for $5.6 billion to a private equity group.
Disneyland opens in Hong Kong! – at 320 acres and at a cost of $3.2 billion.
Brown Forman Corp. and British billionaire Richard Branson team up to introduce Virgin – a new wine label with an edge.
Technology News – September 8, 2005 -
Apple unveils an iTunes cellphone and the iPod nano.
Entertainment/Celebrity News – September 8, 2005 –
It’s looking good – the November 17 thru 19 Comedy Festival in Las Vegas. Look for George Lopez, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Bill Maher, Dave Chappelle, Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld and Jon Stewart.
Music News – September 8, 2005 -
NBC-TV - The Hurricane Katrina benefit, “Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast” was viewed by 24 million. It featured performances by Neil Young, Paul Simon and Mariah Carey – among others. On the telethon – Kanye West raps on President Bush – for Hurricane Katrina. “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
EMI cuts a new kind of music deal with rockers “Korn.” They’ll get $15 million upfront – about twice the normal – but EMI will have about a 25% stake in the band’s publishing, merchandising and touring revenue as well as profit from the group’s albums.
Another telethon – this one on MTV – “ReAct Now: Music & Relief” – this time with Alicia Keyes, Beck, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Melissa Etheridge and others.
ABC on Wednesday – the 2005 World Music Awards. . Look for Diana Ross, Mariah Carey, Destiny’s Child, Bon Jovi, Carlos Santana, Patti Labelle, Rod Stewart and more.
Wow! Next month – Beyonce and her mother, Tina Knowles launch their House of Dereon fashion label. The line is named after Beyonce’s grandmother – a seamstress.
Criminal charges against Ray Charles’ longtime recording engineer – Terry Howard – are thrown out. There was no evidence he intentionally withheld Charles’ master recordings form his estate.
A federal jury says that Rod Stewart should pay the Rio Hotel Casino in Las Vegas - $2 million for canceled shows back in 2000.
Top Pop Hits – September 8, 2005 –
Gold Digger – Kanye West fea. Jamie Foxx
Don’t Cha – Pussycat Dolls fea. Busta Rhyes
Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day
Feel Good Inc – Gorillaz fea. De la Soul
Wake Up – Hilary Duff
Shake it off – Mariah Carey
Beverly Hills – Weezer
Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down – Fall Out Boy
You & Me - Lifehouse
Television News – September 8, 2005 -
Martha Stewart’s new show begins. “You’ll notice we don’t have any couches. We’re doing a show about doing things,” she told her studio audience.
Passing – Sportscaster Chris Schenkel (82).
“House” season debut this week. On Fox.
Katrina coverage on ABC’s “Nightline” let it beat Leno and Letterman.
Top Movies - September 8, 2005 –
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
The 40 Year-Old Virgin
The Constant Gardener
The Brothers Grimm
March of the Penguins.