Dateline: Week Of February 1, 2006 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
President Bush says dependence on Middle East oil should become a thing of the past – that the U.S. was addicted to oil – and called for a 20-year national effort to develop new sources of energy to replace it.
More than 1,000 are feared dead in the Red Sea after an Egyptian ferry sank in stormy seas.
The White House will ask for an additional $70 billion for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A nonpartisan government investigation put principal blame on Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff for the slow/fumbled response to Hurricane Katrina.
The United Nations’ atomic energy agency votes to report Iran to the U.N. Security Council for its nuclear program, but defiant Tehran says it’ll restart efforts to enrich uranium.
Asked by Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee why President Bush authorized the national Security Agency’s warrantless spying program, Atty. Gen Albert Gonzales responded by calling it a legally justified “early warning system.”
Thousands of Muslims riot in downtown Beirut, setting fire to the Danish Consulate and attack a Catholic church. They’re outraged over the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad published in Western newspapers.
Police in Katmandu beat several protesters and arrest nearly 100 as a coalition of Nepal’s seven largest political parties tried to rally for democratic change.
Passing – Coretta Scott King (78) – widow of Martin Luther King.
The furor continues over the satirical Muhammad cartoons as Syrian protesters set fire to the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus. Iran is threatening to stop trade with European countries.
More than 41 million tuned in to watch President Bush’s State of the Union Address.
Technology News – February 1, 2006 –
Google Inc. and Ebay’s Skype Technologies are investing in a Spanish start-up that plans to help hotspot owners charge for WiFi access.
Google’s stock sinks 12% - down about $53.00, because it came up a bit short by analysts – only because the company is in a higher tax bracket and its per stock earnings were a bit off.
Radio News – February 1, 2006
ABC/Disney is selling its radio stations to Citadel in a $2.7-billion cash and stock deal.
Pirates are recording Howard Stern’s Sirius show and placing them on on-line file sharing networks.
Music News – February 1, 2006
Aretha Franklin and Aaron Neville will sing the Super Bowl national anthem. The Rolling Stones will perform.
Dan Biechele – manager of the band Great White – pleads guilty to 100 of the 200 manslaughter counts against him. He’s the one who lit off the fireworks display – that engulfed the Station nightclub back on Feb. 20 2003 - a fire that killed 100 and injured 200.
Snoop Dogg is on Jay Leno’s “Tonight” show on Wednesday.
Television News – February 1, 2006 -
Super Bowl coverage on ABC – Al Michaels handles the play-by-play with color from John Madden. Out in the field – Michelle Tafoya and Suzy Kolber. Chris Berman’s hosts the pre-game show.
Against the Super Bowl half-time on Sunday – Animal Planet schedules the Puppy Bowl – a surprise hit last year.
Passing – Al Lewis (95) – Grandpa on the “Musters.”
On “Saturday Night Live” – Steve Martin with musical guest Prince.
Simon Cowell is developing a summer show for NBC in which contestants vie for a shot to headline in Vegas. It’s not yet named.
Appearing on Oprah Winfrey – Comedian Dave Chappelle said he was stressed and not crazy or on drugs when left his hit show on Comedy Central back in May.
CBS says it will make its hit show – “Survivor” available for download on its own website – and skip iTunes and charge only $1.99.
ABC co-anchor Bob Woodward and cameraman Doug Vogt return to the U.S. after being treated at a U.S. military hospital for severe head injuries from a roadside explosive in Iraq.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – February 1, 2006
American Idol on Tuesday - 34.96
American Idol on Wednesday – 32.44
CSI – 25.86
Without a Trace – 22.30
CSI: Miami on Monday – 19.69
Dancing with the Stars – 19.37
Lost – 19.05
Grey’s Anatomy – 18.44
Two and A Half Men – 17.07
NCIS – 15.97
Cold Case – 16.50
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 16.16
Courting Alex – 14.90
Top Movies – February 1, 2006 –
When a Stranger Calls
Big Momma’s House 2
Walk the Line