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

 

In The News  

President Bush meets with Chinese President Hu Jintao. Although Hu acknowledged that there were frictions that needed to be addressed, no proposals were announced and the two leaders took no questions. 

Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) joins with a bipartisan group of critics to reject a proposed agreement to extend the Patriot Act.

House Republicans force a vote over a proposal to begin the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, sparking a new debate. 

Vice President Dick Cheney lashes out at Democrats who accused the Bush administration of manipulating intelligence in the run-up of the Iraq war, saying such critics were spreading “one of the most dishonest and reprehensible charges ever aired” in Washington. 

After all-night negotiations – Secretary of state Condoleezza Rice brokers a deal between Israel and the Palestinians providing for the passage of people and goods in and out of the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon – declaring that hard liners in his conservative Likud party have made life unbearable – quits the party.

General Motors Corp will close 12 plants and will trim 30,000 off its workforce.

President Bush ends a two-day visit to China.

 President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld take on congressional critics of their war policy, saying that U.S troops would remain in Iraq until the Baghdad government was ready to take charge and that those calling for a hasty withdrawal were jeopardizing the safety of Americans abroad and at home.

Sen. Barack Obama – In Nebraska – is visiting the home of Warren Buffet and is expected to raise some $1.2 million by year’s end.

China reports its first human cases of bird flu on the mainland, including at least one fatality.

In Virginia - FBI agents arrest women who was suspected of robbing four banks in suburban Virginia while appearing to be talking on a cell phone. 

Mexico and Venezuela pull their ambassadors from each others capitals after the government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez refused to apologize for belittling Mexican President Vicente Fox, has Chavez called hip Washington’s “puppy.”

 

Sports News – November 15, 2005

Baseball owners vote to ratify a tough new steroid policy, which includes a 50-game suspension for a first positive test.

 

Radio news – November 15, 2005

“The John Tesh Radio Show” – launched in 2003 is now on 230 stations!

 

Top DVD sales – November 15, 2005

Star wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

Charlie and the Chocolate factory: Deluxe Edition

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The Devel’s Rejects

Christmas with the Kanks

Batman Begins: Deluxe edition

Office Space: Special edition

Herbie: Fully Loaded

Family Guy presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story

Cinderella: Platinum edition

 

Some best-selling books – November 15, 2005

The Sea – John Banville

Christ the Lord – Anne rice

The Camel Club – David Baldacci

Memories of My Melancholy Whore – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Saving Fish From Drowning- Amy tan

The Truth (With Jokes – Al Franken

Team of Rival – Doris Dearns Goodwin

The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion

Healthy Aging- Andrew Weil

The World if Flat – Thomas L. Firedman

 

Technology News – November 15, 2005

Facing a patent lawsuit that may halt its U.S. sales – Blackberry says it has finished a new design that would keep systems running if it lost the case.

TiVo announces a service that allows its digital video records to save programs to iPods and Playstation Portables.

Video Game News – Xbox

Microsoft unveils Xbox 360 – rival to the Xbox.

 

Music news – November 15, 2005

Passing – Link Wray – Early rock guitarist. He was 76.

Rap performer 50 Cent (born Curtis Jackson) will start a line of books published by Simon and Schuster based on his rhymes about drug dealing, street crime and expensive cars. The publisher is teaming with MTV to issue a series of novels and novellas geared to young black readers.

The CMA’s 39th annual event is held in New York City – a place where’s there no country station. Sales of country records are now lagging 10% behind this time last year.

Keith Urban got male vocalist and entertainer of the year./

Lee Ann woman got best album (There’s More Where That Came From) single (I May Hate Myself In the Morning) and musical event of the year.  

American Idol champ Carrie Underwood’s first album – “Some Hearts” comes out this week. Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson has sold 5.8 million copies of her first two albums. She’s country, but not Idol’s first country breakout. That goes to fourth placer Josh Gracin – remember him in 2003? His album went gold and he has placed two singles in the country top 10.

Red hot hip-hop record producers – Andre Dre Lyon and Marcell “Cool” Valenzano, Dallas Austin, Lil Jon, Fat Joe, Pharell Williams and Chad Hugo. 

Outside san Quentin state Prison – Rapper Snoop Dogg urges Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to spare the life of convicted murderer and former gang leader Stanley Tookie Williams.

Madonna is still hot – her new album, “Confessions on a Dance Flor,” is No. 1 on  iTunes and Amazon.com. And a single from the new album, “Hung Up” is getting played heavily on WHTZ and KIIS-FM. She has sold nearly 23 million albums in the U.S. since SoundScan began tracking retail music sales in 1991. 

 

Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie News – November 15, 2005

Entertainment – Fresh off “Broke Back Mountain” – actor Heath Ledger says of his development as an actor – “It’s been a long, slow process of making mistakes and changing it.”

Russell Crowe pleads guilty in New York  to assault, admitting to a judge that he  threw a phone that hit a Manhattan hotel concierge in June. He was sentenced to a conditional discharge – he must not be arrested for one year.

 

Television news – November 15, 2005

 GemstarTV Guide International Inc says it was shutting down Inside TV magazine just seven months after launching it.

Ted Koppel signs-off of “Nightline” – which he presided for 25 years. 

Nickelodeon orders 20 more episodes of “SpongeBob SquarePants” – for a total of 100 adventures.  The channel halted orders of new episodes while the SpongeBob movie was in production and it was not known whether more would be ordered.

Martha Stewart’s “Apprentice” reality show is ending after its first season. Low ratings.

 

Top TV Shows/Ratings – November 15, 2005

CSI – 29.55 million viewers

Desperate Housewives – 25.93

Monday Night Football – 21.86

Without a Trace – 20.78

Lost – 20.01

Grey’s Anatomy – 19.74

CSI: NY – 19.22

Survivor: Guatemala – 18.98

CSI: Miami – 18.39

NCIS – 17.79

Cold Case – 17.42

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 16.69

NFL Monday Showcase – 16.30

Two and a Half Men – 16.19

Law & Order: SVU – 15.76

ER – 15.44

Criminal Minds – 15.09

60 Minutes – 14.46

House – 14.15

 

Top Pop Hot Hits – November 15, 2005

Gold Digger – Kanye West Feat. Jamie Foxx

My Humps – Black Eyed Peas

Photograph – Nickelback

Run It! – Chris Brown

Hung Up! – Madonna

Laffy Taffy – DL4

Stickwitu – Pussycat Dolls

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

Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day

Beverly Hills – Weezer

 

Top Movies – November 15, 2005

Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire

Walk the Line

Chicken Little

Derailed

Zathura

Jarhead

Get Rich or die Tryin’

Saw II

The Legend Of Zero

Pride & Prejudice

Dreamer

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