Dateline: Week Of February 8, 2006 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Iraq – Two bombs explode – killing seven in Baghdad… For the first time since 2003, Hundreds of thousands of Shiites mark their most important religious holiday with relative calm.
President Bush and First Lady Laura attend ceremonies eulogizing Coretta Scott King in Georgia and the event turned political by some of the speakers. Some suggested that the civil rights movement lead by Martin Luther King and others – remains alive – that its goals have not been fully realized. They cited the debates in Washington over the war in Iraq, the recovery from Katrina and government eavesdropping.
Vice President Dick Cheney – hunting quail in S. Texas – accidentally shoots and wounds Harry Whittington – a lawyer from Austin. He’s in stable condition.
Video images of Iraqi youths being beaten with batons and fists by men who appear to be British soldiers, air on TV in the Middle East and in Britain, sparking outrage and prompting British Prime Minister Tony Blair to promise an investigation.
Bird flu has reached Western Europe with Italy and Greece announcing that they had detected the H5N1 strain of the virus which can be deadly to humans, in dead swans.
A report by Paris-based Reporters without Borders say documents show Yahoo helped Chinese authorities identify Li Zhi – a cyber dissident that the Chinese government eventually caught and imprisoned back in 2003.
Northeast - A storm dumps more than 26 inches of snow on Central Park – the largest amount on record.
The clock runs out for about 12,000 families left homeless by hurricane Katrina – agreeing to let the federal government cut them from a program that paid for their housing at hotels across the nation. But, they’ll continue to get financial aid for lodging and to pay for homes.
The American Cancer Society, says that for the first time since the government has been keeping national death stats in 1930 – the number of cancer deaths in the U.S. has fallen due to advances in diagnosis, therapy and prevention.
Sports News - February 8, 2006 -
The 2006 Winter Olympics opens in Turin, Italy.
Winter Olympic Games – Shaun White gets a gold in the men’s halfpipe snowboard competition… Speedskater Chad Hedrick gets a gold for the U.S.
Business News – February 8, 2006
Passing – Freddie Laker – entrepreneur who pioneered low-cost air travel. He was 83.
Passing – Dr. Norman Shumway – father of heart transplant surgery. He was 83.
Technology News – February 8, 2006
Gateway Inc Chief Executive Wayne Inouye resigns. He was turning the computer maker around after presiding over a reorganization plan. Last week, gateway reported its first annual profit since 2000.
Oracle Corp – the business software maker – is cutting more than 2,000 jobs after its recent $5.85-billion takeover of Siebel Systems Inc.
Radio News – February 8, 2006
New York Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer has subpoenaed nine of the nation’s largest radio group’s in his investigation of claims that some major recording artists got air time because of payoffs by labels. They include – Clear Channel, Citadel, CBS, Cumulus, Pamal, Entercom and Emmis.
Entertainment News – February 8, 2006
Passing – Author Peter Benchley (65) – wrote “Jaws.”
Music News – February 8, 2006
Passing – James Yancey (32), aka “Dilla” – hip-hop producer. He died from lupus.
The Rolling Stones kept the Super Bowl halftime show humming, but the NFL silenced Mick Jagger’s microphone during sexually suggestive passages of two of the three songs they performed. The league said it wanted to ensure family entertainment at the game.
Britney Spears says she made a mistake driving her car with her baby Sean in her lap. Photos were all over the place showing Mom driving her SUV with her 4-month-old son perched on her lapped, rather than strapped in.
48th annual Grammy Awards 2006 – some winners:
Record of the year – “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” – Green Day
Album of the year – “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” – U2
Song of the year – “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own” – U2
Male pop – “From The Bottom of My Heart” – Stevie Wonder
Female pop – “Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson
Big winners – U2 – 5 awards… and Mariah Carey, Kanye West, John Legend, Alison Krauss and Union Station and William Bolcom all had three awards.
Also – Paul McCartney made his Grammy debut.
Television News – February 8, 2006
Brian Dunkleman – who co-hosted “American Idol” its first season – is hosting an online fantasy game called Idol Go Home.
Lots of jokes going around on TV – about the Cheney shooting. Taking pot shots – everyone from Letterman to Leno to Jon Stewart.
Disney is reviving “MovieBeam” – which was suspended last April after a two-year trial. The revived service will allow consumers to rent movies storied in a set-to box. The movie-beam box costs $199 and requires a one-time $30 activation. Movie rentals then go for $3.99 and $4.99 for high def.
Wow – On Sunday – the “50 Best Chick Flicks: Sex, Cries and Videotape” – on E!
On Tuesday night – “The Price is Right Million Dollar Spectacular.” Bob Barker hosts. On CBS-TV.
Don’t miss Dr. Phil Prime Time Special: Love Smart. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Dr. Phil. On CBS-TV.
Looks like Al Michaels is jumping from ABC to NBC where he’ll be teamed with John Madden.
Top TV Shows-Ratings – February 8, 2006 –
Super Bowl LX – (ABC) – 90.74.