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


In The News

Hurricane Rita – passing the Florida Keys is heading to the Gulf of Mexico.

Rita threatens - Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans halts his campaign to repopulate his city and orders the few residents and business owners to leave again.

Meanwhile – Hurricane Ophelia refuses to leave North Carolinas, and lashes the Outer Banks with rain and win as coastal residents elsewhere returned home to damaged homes and businesses.

North Korea says it will not abandon its weapons program until the U.S. gave it a light-water nuclear reactor.

A car bomb explodes near an outdoor market in a Shiite village east of Baghdad – killing at least 30 Iraqis and wounding 48.

Clerics on both sides of Iraq’s Sunni-Shiite divide scramble to calm believers on the Muslim holy day amid ongoing violence that claimed more lives.

David Safavian – a top federal procurement appointee of President Bush is arrested on charges that he made false statements and obstructed a federal probe when he was questioned about a Scotland golfing junket arranged by lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Half of registered Afghan voters turn out for this weekends parliamentary election – a big drop from last year’s landmark presidential vote.

President Bush, declaring the federal government had rebounded from its early failures in responding to Hurricane Katrina, promise to led an ambitious rebuilding program – “one of the largest reconstruction efforts the world has ever seen” on behalf of a bettered Gulf Coast region. 

In a rare show of unity, President Bush joins U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan in saying that no country can stand alone against the 21st century challenges of terrorism, disease and natural disasters.

Two weeks after Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast, lawyers from the region are deciding who to sue over the catastrophe. Many say there will be substantial litigation as the sharks move in.

FEMA is making headlines again and it’s said that top officials are trying to respond to a huge reconstruction problem for which they had no policies or plans.

Vice President Dick Cheny will undergo surgery next weekend to treat an aneurysm a ballooning in an artery behind his right knee.

In Wisconsin – Chai Soua Vang told jurors how he chased down a hunting party in a shooting spree last fall – and is found guilty of murdering six and trying to kill two others.


Technology – September 15, 2005

Google launches blogsearch – which will focus exclusively on the material contained in the journals known as weblogs or blogs.


Music news – September 15, 2005

Rapper Lil’ Kim begins serving a 366 day prison sentence in Philadelphia for her conviction on charges stemming from a 2001 shootout outside WQHT radio in New York.

Passing – Guitarist Al Casey (89).


Entertainment news – September 15, 2005

Swedish clothing chain Hennes & Mauritz drops a planned advertising campaign with model Kate Moss after she admitted to using cocaine.

Oprah Winfrey calls off her boycott of the French luxury retailer Hermes international after the company’s president apologized to the talk queen for its Paris store having her turned away.

Renee Zellweger has filed for an annulment from husband Kenny Chesney after just four months of marriage. She lists “fraud” as the reason for the breakup with the country star.

Passing – Sid Luft (89) – Judy Garland’s 3rd husband.

DreamWorks Animation will produce a sequel to “Madagascar” which has grossed more than $500 million worldwide. Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett will reprise their roles.


Television news – September 15, 2005

Don’t miss the season premiere of “Nip/tuck” on FX.

Richard Hatch, who won a cool $1 million on the first “Survivor” – pleads not guilty to charges that he failed to pay taxes on his winnings and other income. 

57th annual Emmy Awards – some winners –

Best comedy – “Everybody Loves Raymond”

Best drama – “Lost”

Best actor comedy – Tony Shalhoub – “Monk”

Best actress comedy – Felicity Huffman – “Desperate Housewives”

Best actor drama – James Spader – “Boston Legal”

Best actress drama – Patricia Arquette – “Medium”

Best Variety series – “The Daily Show w/Jon Stewart


On “Saturday Night Live” – Paul Giamatti with musical guest Ludacris.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – September 15, 2005

Monday Night Football – 19.59 million viewers

Emmy Awards – 18,63

Survivor: Guatemala – 18.41

House – 15.90

NFL Monday Showcase – 14.82

CSI – 14,48

NFL Postgame Show – 14.36

CIS (10:30p) – 13.02

Two and a Half Men – 10.86

Bones – 10.78

CSI: Miami – 10.65

Law & Order – SVU – 10.54

Two and a Half Men – 10.50

The Simpsons – 9.99

Law & Order –9.76

Family Guy – 9.59

Law & Order Criminal Intent (Wed.) – 9.29

Prison Break – 9.14

War at Home – 8.61

Threshold – 8.60


Top Hit Music – September 15, 2005

Gold Digger - Kanye West Featuring Jamie Foxx

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

Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day

Beverly Hills – Weezer

Don't Cha - Pussycat Dolls Featuring Busta Rhymes

Pon De Replay – Rihanna

My Humps - Black Eyed Peas

Feel Good Inc - Gorillaz Featuring De La Soul

Wake Up – Hilary Duff

Photograph – Nickelback


Top Movies – September 15, 2005

Just Like Heaven

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Lord of war

The 40-year-old Virgin

Cry Wolf

Transporter 2

The Constant Gardener

Red Eye

Wedding Crashers

March of the Penguins

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