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


In The News -

Iraq – More than 10,000 Sunni and secular Shiite Muslims protest in the Center of Baghdad, demanding an international review of that they called a tainted parliamentary election and warning that they may boycott the new legislature…

A melee erupts after an inmate grabs a guard’s gun at a prison in Northern Iraq. 10 are dead… Five explosions rock Baghdad and seven are dead… U.S. officials announce plans to rein in Iraqi special police forces after continued reports of prisoner abuse.   

Thousands of tourists and pilgrims gather in Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations. 

Extension of the Patriot Act is cut from six months to only five weeks – by the House. 

 rumsfeld news update december 22 2005In a holiday season pep talk to U.S. troops in Afghanistan – Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said an early withdrawal from Afghanistan or Iraq would lead to new terrorist attacks on Americans at home. 

President Bush has authorized cutbacks in U.S. combat troops in Iraq, below the 138,000 level that prevailed most of this year – so says Defense Secretary Donald  Rumsfeld. 

The FBI has been monitoring radiation levels at mosques, business and homes to determine whether radioactive or dirty bombs are being assembled. 

The Senate blocks a major push to open the Arctic national Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. 

Dry weather fuels brush fires in North Texas and Oklahoma – killing at least one.  

In Milwaukee - At least 15 young people dragged a motorist out of his car and kicked and punched him after he honked his horn to get them to move out of the street. He’s in critical condition. 

In a lawsuit – 17-year-old Cameron Frazier contends that he was ridiculed and punished Dec. 8 when he twice refused to stand for the pledge of allegiance during algebra class at Boynton Beach Community High School in Florida.  

Contaminated dog food that was sold in 23 states has killed about two dozen dogs and sickened more. An FDA investigation says it’s coming from Diamond Pet Foods at its Gaston, S.C. manufacturing plant. 

For the first time since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans’ Bourbon Street bars and other businesses will be allowed to stay open all night. 

A federal judge loosened the restrictions on John W. Hinckley Jr. allowing the man who attacked President Reagan to leave his hospital for seven overnight visits with his parents in Virginia. 

23 are dead in Egypt after riot police storm a downtown Cairo square packed with Sudanese refugees. 

Sports News – December 22, 2005 -  

bryant game high 62 points december 2005Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers hits a game high of 62 points in a game against the Mavericks.


Technology News – December 22, 2005 - 

Microsoft says it had reached a settlement with Google and former employee Kai-Fu Lee. Lee began working at Microsoft in 2000 overseeing development of its MSN Internet search. He began working for Google and their expansion into China in July.


Music News – December 22, 2005 – 

Gary Glitter pays $4,000 to the families of two Vietnamese girls he is accused of sexually abusing.  

Top Country Albums –

Legend of Johnny Cash

Some Hearts – Carrie Underwood

The Road and the Radio – Kenny Chesney

Feels Like Today – Rascal Flatts

Reba #1’s

Comin’ To Your City – Big & Rich

Fireflies – Faith Hill

martina mcbride music dec 2005Timeless – Martina McBride


Hot Top Country Hits –

Come a Little Closer – Dierks Bentley

Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off – Joe Nichols

Good Ride Cowboy – Garth Brook

Who You’d Be Today – Kenny Chesney

Big Blue Note – Toby Keith

She Let Herself Go – George Strait

Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right – Billy Currington

Jesus, Take the Wheel – Carrie Underwood


Top Pop Hits – December 22, 2005 -  

Gold Digger – Kanye West fea. Jamie Foxx

Run It! – Chris Brown

Laffy Taffy – D4L

Don’t Forget About Us – Mariah Carey

Soul Survivor – Young Jeezy fea. Akon

 We Be Burnin – Sean Paul

eminem when i'm gone dec 2005When I’m Gone – Eminem

My Humps – Black Eyed Peas

Grillz – Nelly fea. Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp

I’m Sprung – T-Pain

Because of You – Kelly Clarkson

Stickwitu – Pussycat Dolls

Hung Up – Madonna

One With – Ray J.

Stay Fly – Three 6 Mafia fea. Young Buck & Eightball & MJG

Check On It – Beyonce fea. Slim Thug

Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down – Fall Out Boy

Shake It Off – Mariah Carey

Here We Go – Trina fea. Rowland

Luxurious – Gwen Stefani

You and Me – Lifehouse

Dance, Dance – Lifehouse

Heard ‘Em Say – Kanye West fea. Adam Levine

Girl Tnite – Twista fea. Trey Songz

Window Shopper – 50 Cent


The Top Pop Music Artists For The Year 2005  –

50 Cent

Kelly Clarkson

Mariah Carey

green day top artist for 2005Green Day

Gwen Stefani

Black Eyed Peas


Destiny’s Child


The Game



Kanye West


The Killers

Toby Keith

Rascal Flats

Rob Thomas

Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz



Snoop Dogg

Bow Wow

kenny chesney top artist 2005 Kenny Chesney



Alicia Keys



Missy Elliott.

Others include – Maroon5, Weezer, Pretty Ricky, Frankie J., Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson, Rihanna, U2, Tim McGraw, Pussycat Dolls, Ying Yang Twins.                         


Entertainment / Celebrity News – December 22, 2005

A judge rules that Sylvester Stallone, can keep his “Sly” magazine – a lifestyle and fitness magazine for middle-aged men. An Internet magazine of the same name brought suit, seeking damages. 

 Passing – Actor Vincent Schiavelli – the droopy-eyed character actor – known for his roles in such movies as “Ghost.” He was only 57 and died of lung cancer. 

J.K. Rowling says she will begin in final “Harry Potter” book next month. It’s not yet titled.


Television News – December 22, 2005 -  

Christmas Eve 2005 – NBC broadcasts broadcasts the original “It’s a Wonderful Life” from 1946. It stars James Stewart and Donna Reed. 

Microsoft Corp. says it has sold most of its stake in MSNBC to NBC-Universal. 

caroline hosts kennedy center awards 2005On Tuesday – Caroline Kennedy hosts the 28th Annual Kennedy Center Awards – on CBS-TV. 

On Wednesday – Kevin Nealon hosts “Funniest Commercials of the Year” on TBS. 

 Janice Dickinson, who was cast off UPN’s “America’s Next Top Model” will get her own reality modeling show on Oxygen. 

George Clooney hosts “Saturday Night Live.” 


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

CSI: Miami – 20.33

csi tv ratings december 22 2005CSI – 18.94

Two and a Half Men – 17.71

Out of Practice – 15.01

Without a Trace – 14.37

Deal or No deal on Wednesday – 14.10

Barbara Walters Presents  13.76

Deal or No deal on Thursday -  13.49

CSI: NY – 12.68

Deal or No Deal on Tuesday – 12.59

Criminal Minds – 12.42

Monday Night Football – 12.04

Deal or No Deal on Friday – 11.64

Deal or No Deal on Monday – 11.60

NFL Monday Showcase – 11.41

King of Queens – 11.31

NCIS – 10.67

How I Met Your Mother – 10.36

NFL Post-Game on Sunday (Fox) – 10.33

My Name is Earl – 10.17

House – 9.17

Law & Order: SVU – 9.16


New Year’s Eve television – 2005  

ABC – Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve – With Ryan Seacrest. Mariah Carey. 

MTV – New Year’s Eve 2006 Special – Kayne West, Shakira, Fall Out Boy, Young Jeezy, All American Rejects perform. 

NBC - New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly – Wanda Sykes, Diddy, Mary J. Blige. 

Fox - New Year’s Eve Live – Host Regis Philbin. 

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