Dateline: Week Of January 1, 2006 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
President Bush defends the domestic eavesdropping program, saying that the disclosure of its existence had caused the country “great harm.” “If somebody from Al Qaeda is calling you, we’d like to know why.”
Jack Abramoff – former Republican lobbyist, pleads guilty to fraud and tax evasion.
Kiev rejects Moscow’s last-minute offer to briefly delay a big increase in natural gas prices. Kiev wanted to hold out for a move to market prices.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffers a massive stroke and his condition is grave.
Iraq – New Year’s power blackouts hit Baghdad… 36 are dead across the nation in bombings and clashes… Suicide bombings near a shrine and police recruiting station and a roadside explosion near Baghdad – kill 130.
Looks like only one – not twelve miners survived in an explosion underground at Tallmansville, West Virginia. Families got real hopeful when they were initially told that twelve had survived.
Former workers from the Windows on the World restaurant – which once graced the 107th floor of the World Trade Center, open their own restaurant in Manhattan. 73 of their co-workers were killed. The name of the new restaurant is Colors.
Fire sweeps through the historic Pilgrim Baptist Church in Chicago. Lots of African American culture was lost in the landmark.
Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson suggests that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s stroke was divine punishment for “dividing God’s land.”
Hunter S. Thompson’s widow – Anita – will co-edit a new magazine called the Woody Creeker, which is expected to hit newsstands next month. The magazine is named after the community where the Thompson property is located.
Figure skater Michelle Kwan withdraws from the U.S. figure skating championships because of a pulled groin muscle.
Robert Schuller says his son – Robert A. Schuller will become senior pastor of the famed Crystal Cathedral church. But dad won’t be out of the spot entirely.
The Nasdaq hits a 4 ½ year high – closing at 2,276,87.
Technology News – January 1, 2006 -
The Google Video Store launches with 5,000 titles and it’s going after Apple!
Entertainment News – January 1, 2006
Police in London want to talk to supermodel Kate Moss. A few months ago, The Daily Mirror published pictures of her apparently using cocaine in a west London music studio where her then-boyfriend – rocker Pete Doherty was recording with his band Babyshambles.
Asthma attack lands her in a hospital in Miami – And Lindsay Lohan says she has dabbled in drugs and has battled bulimia.
Box-office receipts in the U.S. and Canada were down 5% from a year earlier – to $8.9 billion.
Passing – Infamous 1950’s stripper Candy Barr, who was also once linked to mobster Mickey Cohen. She was 70.
Wow - Kevin Federline has his own website! In it, he’s promoting his upcoming rap career.
Music News – January 1, 2006
Passing – Lou Rawls (72). He died of lung cancer.
Looks like Bee Gee Barry Gibb has purchased the Henderson, Tennessee home of the late Johnny Cash. He’ll preserve the home where Cash lived with wife June Carter for many years.
Passing – Barry Cowsill (51) – who had been missing in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina. He’d been dead for quite some time.
Bruce Springsteen lets the producers of the TV series “Cold Case” to use nine of his songs for an upcoming episode. Springsteen songs are never used this way.
Clear Channel – the largest radio operator will begin letting users watch music videos on its radio websites. WOW!
Television News – January 1, 2006
On “Saturday Night Live” - Host Eva Longoria with musical guest KORN.
Ryan Seacrest is on a hot roll! The “American Idol” host just signed with E! Entertainment where is company will produce shows for the channel. He’ll also executive producer and Co-host E!’s “Live From the Red Carpet” beginning with the Golden Globes in a few weeks.
Some 20 million watched Dick Clark on his return on “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. His two competitors – Carson Daly on NBC and Regis Philbin on Fox – drew a combined 13.7 million.
Good news for CBS as 7 of its 2005 shows were in the top-10!
Ted Koppel is back – and he’ll produce long-form shows for the Discovery channel.
Top Movies – January 1, 2006 –
The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Fun With Dick and Jane
Cheaper by the Dozen
Rumor Has It…
The Family Stone
Memoirs of a Geisha
Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire