Dateline: Week Of September 22, 2005 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford resigns just two months after his confirmation. His decision for delaying a decision on over-the-counter sales of the morning after contraceptive drew criticism.
Lynndie England – a reservist in the Army, is convicted on six of seven charges or prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib. She became infamous for this picture.
An explosion rips through a Hamas rally crowd in the Gaza Strip – killing at least 15.
Iraq –A female suicide bomber disguised – dressed as a male – kills seven outside a police recruitment center… A series of bombings kills 95 in the city of Balad.
At a category 5 – Hurricane Rita nears Texas.
Hurricane Rita hits land – but downgraded to a category 3. A bus fleeing and loaded with nursing home evacuees erupts in flames with many dead. Houston was pretty much spared, as was the coastline of Texas. Hundreds are rescued in waterlogged southwestern Louisiana and damage in that area is extensive.
In China – You can now get “Clinton” and “Lewinsky” condoms!
First Lady Laura Hopes to send 5 million books to schools and libraries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama with the help of donations at her book festival.
Rep. Tom Delay is indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of violating state campaign finance laws. He was forced to step down as House majority leader.
A high speed Amtrak train plowed into a car at a crossing killing a woman and her 8-year-old grandson at Waterford, Conn.
John G. Roberts Jr. takes the oath as the 17th chief justice of the United States.
Sony Corp says it will cut about 10,000 jobs worldwide.
Technology News – September 22, 2005 -
Google Inc. says it will build a new technology campus at a NASA site near its Mountain View headquarters.
Radio News – September 22, 2005 -
Danny Bonaduce sues his former radio partner on Star 98.7 Los Angeles – Jamie White –saying she slandered him – saying he had been “higher than a kite” while on the air and had “no clue as to what is going on because he is so loaded.” She’s still co-hosting mornings on the station, while Bonaduce was let go in July. He also made unflattering references on as to why he was let go – and that’s part of the suit as well.
Music News – September 22, 2005 -
Mellowing of the trend. “All Shook Up” – the music of Elvis Presley is closing on Broadway after 213 performances. But wait “Lennon” the music of John Lennon is closing this week after only 49 performances. Another one that closed recently was “Good Vibrations” – music of the Beach Boys. The trend began of course with “Mamma Mia” – the music of Abba back in 2001.
But wait – more “jukebox” musicals are in the wings. Look for “Jersey Boys” – the music of Frankie Vali and the 4 Seasons to open Nov. 6 and Johnny Cash’s music in “Ring of Fire” to open in February.
It’s a web hit – “George Bush Don’t Care About Black People” – the remark made by Kanye West during an NBC Hurricane relief telethon – was lifted by rappers Damien Randle and Micah Nickerson – made an unauthorized remix using his words. It’s a hit on the Web.
R. Kelly and his wife, Andrea have separated.
Phil Spector facing a murder charge – is suing Michelle Blaine, his former personal assistant, claiming she improperly siphoned off hundreds of thousands of dollars from his varied accounts.
Some top albums – September 22, 2005 -
Late Registration – Kanye West
Nothing Is Sound – Switchfoot
Welcome to Jamrock – Damian Marley
People’s Camp – Paul Wall
PCD – Pussycat Dolls
Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard – Paul McCartney
Jasper County – Trisha Yearwood
Monkey Business – Black Eyed Peas
Television News – September 22, 2005 -
Passing – The one, the only – Don Adams (Get Smart). He was 82 (we were hoping he’d make it to 86).
Second time around a bust - “A Current Affair” – which launched in March – is leaving the air. This one was hosted by Tim Green.
Oprah Winfrey picks James Frey’s “A Million Little Pieces” as her September read.
NBC’s “Will & Grace” will air live over NBC on the east coast. Why?? Who knows.
CBS-TV movie this week – “Martha Behind Bars.”
For PBS pledge week – many stations are showing “The Sixties: The Years That Shaped a Generation.”
An upcoming “Extreme Makeover:Home Edition” will feature First Lady Laura at a Mississippi shelter.
New season of “Lost” – on ABC-TV.
Nielsen says Americans are watching more television than ever – that the average U.S household was tuned into TV for 8 hours and 11 minutes per day – an increase of 2.7% over the previous season.
Top Movies – September 22, 2005 –
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
Just Like Heaven
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Lord of the War
The 40 Year-old Virgin
The Constant Gardener