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Dateline: Week Of October 8, 2005 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

More than 18,000 are killed after an earthquake strikes north Pakistan. The magnitude 7.6 struck just before 7 in the morning.

Islamic militants stage coordinated attacks on police and government buildings in the North Caucasus region of Moscow. 90 are dead in the series of attacks.

The Senate votes to give President Bush an additional $50 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Six U.S. Marines are killed by roadside bombs in Iraq during heavy fighting west of Baghdad. 


Technology News – October 8, 2005

Apple will launch a video iPod. A 30-gig version will cost about $300 and will able to hold some 25,000 photos, 75 hours of video and 7.500 songs.  Apple says it has an agreement with ABC for program downloads such as “Desperate Housewives.”

Microsoft and Yahoo are set to connect their instant messaging services to challenge AOL. 

New foundation - Google says that it would reserve nearly $1 billion for a charitable foundation launched under the umbrella of Google.org.

EBay say its PayPal unit had agreed to buy an online-payment processing business from VeriSign Inc for $370 million.

Yahoo says it will shut down chat rooms that could be used by sexual predators seeking access to children. It’s the first time an Internet company has undertaken system wide controls over chat rooms.


Some best- selling books – October 8, 2005

On Beauty - - Zadie Smith

Shallmar the Clown – Salman Rushdie

The March – E.L. Doctorow

Cinnamon Kiss – Walter Mosley

The World is Flat – Thomas Friedman

Freakonomics – Steven Levitt

Never Had Your Dog Stuffed – Alan Alda

Blink – Malcolm Gladwell

A Man Without a Country – Kurt Vonnegut

Natural Cures “they” Don’t Want You To Know About – Kevin Trudeau


Sports News – October 8, 2005

The California Angels beat the Yankees and knock them out of the playoffs. Score was 5-3.


Business News – October 8, 2005

Martha Stewart Living is teaming up with homebuilder KB Homes to build a line of houses that were inspired by Martha’s three homes in New York and Maine.

The Labor Department says a net 35,000 jobs have been lost in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The unemployment rate rose to 5.1% from 4.9%


Entertainment news – October 8, 2005

Passing – comedian Louis Nye (92).


Music news – October 8, 2005

Tommy Lee is burned after a pyrotechnics stunt went wrong at a Motley Crue concert in Casper, Wyo. He was taken to the hospital and treated.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – October 8, 2005

CSI – 28.85

Desperate Housewives – 26.09

Lost – 27.18

Without a Trace – 21.25

CSI: Miami – 18.67

Grey’s Anatomy – 18.12

Survivor: Guatamala – 17.92

Commander in Chief – 18.94

 NCIS – 16.87

Law & Order: SVU – 16.24

Cold Case – 15.88

Monday Night Football – 15.61

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 15.31

Fox NFL Sunday – 14.94


Two and a Half Men – 14.21

ER – 14.16

Las Vegas – 12.64

My Name is Earl – 13.23

Crossing Jordan – 12.90

Medium – 12.89


Television news – October 8, 2005

The WB cancels Don Johnson’s short-lived “Just Legal.”


Top Movies – October 8, 2005

Wallace & Gremmit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit


In Her Shoes

Two for the Money

The Gospel

Corpse Bride



The History of Violence

Into the Blue


Top Pop Hits  - October 8, 2005

Photograph – Nickelback

Gold Digger – Kanye West fea. Jamie Foxx

Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day

Don’t Cha – Pussycat Dolls fea. Busta Rhymes

My Humps  - Black Eyed Peas

Because Of You – Kelly Clarkson

Beverly Hills - Weeser

Shut Up – Lil Kim

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