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Dateline: Week Of June 15, 2005 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

North Korean leader Kim Jong II tells a South Korean envoy that his country wild return to six-nation negotiations over its nuclear weapons program as early as next month if it was treated wit respect by the U.S.

Sagging public supports - A group lf lawmakers demand that President Bush develop plans to withdraw troops and a top Pentagon official.

President Bush insists that the U.S. was making progress on both the political and security challenges in Iraq. He urged European allies to put aside their differences with America and work to bring the Iraqi insurgency to an end.

Insurgents targeting Iraqi security forces kill at least 36 in four cities, including the Kurdish stronghold of Irbil.

Once again - Senate Democrats black a confirmation vote on John Bolton as U.N ambassador.

A 4-year-old boy dies after a spin on “Mission: Space”. The ride subjects riders to twice the normal force of gravity.

The U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay – some say it is hurting America’s image and should go away. But top Bush administration officials say the prison is necessary for U.S. counter-terrorism efforts.

It’s reported that President Clinton and wife Hilary have paid the last legal debts that arose from investigations of them during their White House years. 


Technology News – June 15, 2005

The Dolan Family wants to take their Rainbow Media which owns AMC, IFC and WE – private. The Dolans are regarded as some of the best operators of cable properties in the industry. 

More cable – as John Rigas, who founded Adephia Communications  is sentenced to 15 years in prison for looting the cable company he founded. Rigas is 80.

In the largest reported breach (so far) of personal financial information – hackers infiltrated the computers at a Tucson credit card processing center and stole as many as 40 million card numbers.

E-Bay says it has pulled bidding for tickets of the London edition of Live 8 – the July 2 super concert. Why? A flurry of sabotage bids lodged by protesters plus – the concert’s producer, - Bob Gelfof asked the online company to take down the auctions. 


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – June 15, 2005

 Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is hit with a bottle while attending a Hollywood party given by Paris Hilton’s ex-boyfriend and needed about a dozen stitches to close a wound near his ear.

Viacom will split into two publicly traded companies – one on cable programming and the other on the more mature broadcasting business.

Passing – Actor Lane Smith (69).

On “Saturday Night Live” – Liam Neeson with musical guests Modest Mouse.

Hilary Duff is on “Live with Regis and Kelly’ this Friday.


Television news – June 15, 2005

CNN had higher ratings at the conclusion of the Michael Jackson trial in California – as did Fox News and Court TV.

Look for “Martha” – a new syndicated show starring Martha Stewart in September.

Friday night television listings/TV Guide – week of June 15, 2005

CBS – JAG, Numbers, Late Show, Craig Ferguson

NBC – Dateline NBC, Law & Order – Trial by Jury, Tonight, Conan O’Brien

ABC – 8 Simple Rules, Complete savages, Hope & Faith, Less than Perfect, 20/20, Jimmy Kimmel

Disney – Suite Life of Zack, Buzz On Maggie, That’s So Raven

WB – What I Like About You, Reba, Living with Fran

Fox – Movie (The Wedding Singer)

PBS – Washington Week, Wall Street Week, Tavis Smiley, Charlie Rose

On  David Letterman – Mark Wahlberg.


Top Movies – June 15, 2005

Batman Begins

Mr. & Mrs. Smith


Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

The Longest yard

The Adventures of Harkboy and Lavagirl

The Perfect Man

Cinderella Man

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

The Honeymooners

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