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.
In 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 -
Kobe 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
Comin’ To Your City – Big & Rich
Fireflies – Faith Hill
Timeless – 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
When 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 –
Black Eyed Peas
Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz
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.
On 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 – 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..