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Dateline: Week Of November 22, 2005 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts


In The News -

Terror suspect Jose Padilla – a U.S citizen who spent three years in the Navy brig without charges files against him – is indicted by a federal grand jury. 

Iraq – Insurgents, staging a drive-by shooting in Kirkuk – exploded a car bomb amid a police convoy killing 17… Insurgent attacks including a car bomb kill 42… Sheik Kadhim Sarhid Hemaiyem – a Sunni tribal leader is slain by gunman at his Baghdad home… Kidnapped – Archeologist and activist Susanne Osthoff. A video broadcast on German television showed her blindfolded and surrounded by gunmen (she would be released).  

Federal authorities arrest Palestinian born Iman Fawaz Damra – an Islamic leader and leader of an Ohio mosque, for his ties to terrorist groups. 

condoleeza rice news update nov 22 2005Secretary of state Condoleezza Rice says that the training of Iraqi soldiers had advanced so far that the current number of U.s. troops in the country probably would not be needed much longer. 

The Vatican says that men who have “deep-rooted homosexual tendencies” or who sustain a “gay culture” may not be trained as Roman Catholic priests. 

Attorney Ramsey Clark of the U.S. – joins the team of attorneys defending Saddam Hussein. 

Two suicide bombers blamed on a Muslim militant group target courthouses in Bangladesh. At least seven are dead. 

 Rep. Randy Cunningham of San Diego resigns after pleading guilty to receiving $2.4 million in bribes from military contractors and evading taxes. 

American Muslim student – Ahmed Omar Abu Ali – charged with joining Al Qaeda and plotting to assassinate President Bush – is convicted on all counts.


Fascinating Facts – November 22, 2005 - 

Another mishap at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade – A balloon sponsored by M&M veered out of control, injuring two, as a streetlight got clipped off by one of the balloon’s ropes. 

General Motors plans to close all or part of a dozen facilities – laying off 30,000. 

New – Xbox 360. Just $399.


Entertainment /Celebrity News – November 22, 2005 -   

Passing – Actor Noriyuki “Pat” Morita – best known as the wise martial arts instructor in the “Karate Kid” movies.  He was 73.


Music News – November 22, 2005 -

Some top albums –

madonna music november 2005Confessions on a Dance Floor – Madonna

Some Hearts – Carrie Underwood

Now That’s What I Call Music – Vol. 20

The Road and the Radio – Kenny Chesney

Music from and inspired by “Get Rich or Die Tryin’”

The Emancipation of Mimi – Mariah Carey


Passing – Guitarist Link Wray of early rock fame.  He was 76. 

AMA Awards -  Winners included Eminem, Kelly Clarkson, Black Eyed Peas, Destiny’s Child, Tim McGraw, Missy Elliott. Performers included The Rolling Stones (via satellite from Salt Lake City), Keith urban, Gwen Stefani, Lindsay Lohan. 

On NBC Wednesday just before Thanksgiving – “Kenny Chesney: Somewhere in the Sun.” 

 rod stewart new parent november 2005At the age of 60 – Rod Stewart is a father again as his fiancée Penny Lancaster gave birth to a boy. He has five other children. 

Mary Travers, recuperating after undergoing a bone marrow transplant to treat her leukemia – will perform with Peter and Paul – at Carnegie Hall on December 9. Lets hope all is well. 

Hilary Duff is set to host the West Coast portion of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. 

“Now That’s What I Call Music” is probably the most successful compilation series in pop history. It’s on its 20th volume and has sold 142 million CD’s in total. But the other compilation series is “Now” and the competition between the two is fierce. Industry types fear downloading may make such albums obsolete.    

Warner Music Group agrees to pay $5 million to settle a payola investigation led by Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer of NY – the second major record company to admit wrong doing. 

Television News – November 22, 2005 -

On PBS – a reunion of rock band “Cream” on “Great Performances.” Cream is Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. 

James Denton of “Desperate Housewives” is set to host the 2006 Miss America pageant – Jan. 21 from Las Vegas. It’ll be seen on CMT. 

Fox announces that Simon Crowell will stay on “American Idol” for five more seasons. 

 After 22 years – Rick Springfield returns to “General Hospital.” He reprises the role of Dr. Noah Drake. 

Wow - the Mobile ESPN phone! “Now you don’t have to miss out on up-to-date fantasy stats…” 

On Saturday Night Live – Steve Carell with musical guest Kanye West. 

New on Nickelodeon – “The X’s”-  a new animated series. 

walters 2005 most fascinating people On Tuesday – Barbara Walters Presents the 10 most fascinating people of 2005 – on ABC. Look for Tom Cruise, Lance Armstrong, Condoleezza Rice, Kanye West and Teri Hatcher. 

On Wednesday – NBC presents Christmas at Rockefeller Center. 

Is the feud over? – Oprah Winfrey will appear on David Letterman’s show December 1!


Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – November 22, 2005 -  

CSI – 28.98

Desperate Housewives – 25.92

Lost – 21.87

Without a Trace – 21.66

Grey’s Anatomy – 20.32

CSI: Miami – 19.30

Survivor: Guatemala – 18.82

Monday Night Football – 18.52

60 Minutes – 18.13

AMA Awards – 17.73

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 17.54

Cold Case – 17.08

Law & Order: SVI on Tuesday – 15.73

CSI: NY – 15.69

ER – 15.30


Top Movies – November 22, 2005 –

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Walk the Line

Yours, Mine and Ours

Chicken Little


Just Friends

Pride and Prejudice


In the Mix

The Ice Harvest 

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