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


In The News

Israeli troops fan out in the Jewish settlements of the Gaza Strip and serve Jewish residents with eviction notices.

Iraqi officials, facing a midnight deadline and pressure from the Bush Administration, fail to finish writing a new constitution.

Folk singer Joan Baez joins war protesters near President Bush’s ranch to meet with military families who want troops pulled out of Iraq.

Ohio Gov. Robert Taft pleads no contest to charges that he violated state ethics laws by failing to report golf outings and other gifts. He apologized and blamed poor record keeping.

In Paris - Brother Roger – the renowned founder of a French ecumenical community dies after a woman stabbed him during evening prayers. He was 90.

Republican Senator Huck Hagel of Nebraska says that the United States needs to craft an exit strategy because its continued presence had created a potential Vietnam.

121 persons die in a Greek Cypriot 737 crash. Both pilots were slumped over and a loss of cabin pressure may have doomed the flight. 

A chartered jet carrying French Caribbean islanders home from a Panama vacation crashes in rural Venezuela – minutes after the pilot reported trouble in both engines. 160 perish.

Militants fire at least three homemade rockets from a warehouse hideout in the Jordanian port of Aqaba, narrowly missing two U.S. Navy ships and killing a Jordanian soldier.

After reaching record highs last week, near term crude oil futures ease – remaining above $66 a barrel.

In Germany - Pope Benedict XI chooses tough language to tell Muslim leaders they must work herder to combat terrorism and steer youths away from “the darkness of a new barbarism.”

She can say a few words and wants to communicate, but doctors say Coretta Scott King (78) might not fully recover from a stroke she suffered this week.

Political groups representing Iraq’s minority Sunni Arabs call for new delays in approving a national constitution, complaining that they had been cut out of final-hour negotiations between Shiites and Kurds. They are appealing to the U.N. and U.S. to intervene.


Medical News Update – Vioxx In Trouble – August 15, 2005

A Texas jury finds Merck & Co. liable in the death of a 59-year-old marathon runner who took the once-popular pain reliever Vioxx and awarded his widow $253.4 million.


Technology News – August 15, 2005

Google says it plans to launch software that pulls news stories, photographs, weather updates, stock quotes and other features onto a user’s computer without opening a web browser. The feature is called sidebar.

Amazon.com plans to become the latest Internet giant to offer a digital mapping service continuing its quest to become a destination for more than just shopping.

Google says it will make a second stock offering – 14.8 million new shares. The company went public April 18, 2004 with an IPO price of $85 and Google shares today closed at $279.99.

So far, some 22 million Ipod’s have been sold.


Sports News – August 15, 2005

Dies – Thomas Herrion – Guard for the San Francisco 49yers. There was not hint of trouble when the 23-year-old collapsed after coming off the field after an exhibition game.

Former NFL offensive lineman Barret Robbins, awaiting trial on three attempted murder charges, is arrested in San Antonio on suspicion of possessing marijuana. 

Comcast Corp. wins the rights to broadcast NHL games on its Outdoor Life Network, beating out ESPN.


Entertainment news – August 15, 2005

Now that “Saw” is a gigantic hit via DVD, actor Cary Elwes wants some the profits. The movie was made for $1.2 million and so far – has made $102.9 million on DVD. He said he got crumbs while others got a nice back-end deal.


Music news – August 15, 2005

 Garth Brooks – just two months after ending his 16-year relationship with Capitol Records – cuts a deal with WalMart – and they alone will carry his music. It’s the first time an artist has made an entire catalog available only through one outlet. Many believe exclusives are just plain bad. Brooks’ deal comes when he has put his recording and performing career on hold to spend time with his family.

Passing – Esther Wong (88) the godmother of punk – known for her Madam Wong’s clubs during the 1980’s in the LA area. 

Madonna’s 47th birthday celebration is marred when she suffered several broken bones in a horse riding accident at her London country home. She had three cracked ribs, a broken collarbone and a broken hand.

American Idol dropout Mario Vazquez gets a contract with J Records – home of previous Idol winners Fantasia and Ruben Studdard.

During an interview for a MTV special Kanye West launched into a discussion about hip-hop and homosexuality, while talking about “He mama,” on song on his upcoming album – “Late Registration.” He said everyone in hip-hop discriminates against gay people and adds that in slang, gay is “the opposite, the exact opposite word of hop hop.” He told his fellow rappers to stop it.

Sting performs on David Letterman this week.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards end a feud – and the boys will rock again. Look for a Rolling Stones tour and album. TBA. 


Top Pop Hit Music – August 15, 2005

Pon De Replay – Rihanna

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

Don’t Cha – Pussycat Dolls with Busta Rhymes

 Beverly Hills – Weezer

Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani

Feel Good Inc - Gorillaz Featuring De La Soul

Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day

Cool - Gwen Stefani

You & Me – Lifehouse

Don’t Lie – Black Eyed Peas


Television news – August 15, 2005

Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest will co-host the 34th edition of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” from Times Square Dec. 31. Clark is recovering at home from a Dec. 6 stroke. Seacrest has agreed to a multi-year deal to executive produce and join Clark on the ABC special. 

ABC is finally taking Peter Jennings’ name off “Word News Tonight With Peter Jennings” – who died from cancer Aug. 7.

Kelly Monaco and John O’Hurley will return for a rematch of the “Dancing with the Stars” finale. Monaco and her partner had beaten O’Hurley and his partner, but that prompted skepticism over whether Monoco had been favored because she works on the ABC program – “General Hospital."

On Sunday, the final episode of HBO’s, “Six Feet Under.”


Top TV Shows/Ratings – August 15, 2005

CSI – 13.85 million viewers

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 11.71

Without a Race – 11.54

CSI: Miami – 11.35

60 Minutes – 10.88

Two and A Half Men – 10.12

Two and a Half Men #2 – 10.07

NCIS – 9.45

AFC-NFC Hall of Fame Game – 9.10

Law & Order: Criminal Intent – 8.73

Unforgettable Moments in Television Entertainment – 8.65

Everybody Loves Raymond – 8.50


Top Movies – August 15, 2005

The 40-year-old Virgin

Red Eye

Four Brothers

Wedding Crashers

The Skeleton Key

March of the Penguins


Dukes of Hazzard

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

Sky High

Must Love dogs

The Great Raid

Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo

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