Dateline: Week Of March 22, 2006 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
President Bush says troops will remain in Iraq even after he leaves office.
Campaigning for two Republicans who are facing tough elections - President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney tell crowds that the Democrats have a bad record on the war against terror and raising taxes.
Six are shot dead execution style in Seattle at an all-night party. The killer then shot himself to death.
Over a million protesters march through the streets of France in opposition to a labor law proposed by Prime Minister Dominique deVellipin.
Demonstrations are held in Chicago, Los Angeles and other locations - over the illegal immigration problem. In Los Angeles - pro-illigals jammed the streets - about 500,000 - mostly Mexican and some waving the Mexican flag. There are an estimated 12 million illigals in the country - most from Mexico and it’s ticking many off.
President Bush urged all sides of the immigration debate to tone down their rhetoric and engage in respectful dialogue.
101 are rescued from a ferry off of Vancouver Island in Canada after the vessel hit a rock.
Iraqi - 17 are dead after a U.S. led raid on a mosque.
President Bush said he was confident that the Senate would approve an overhaul of immigration laws - this after a meeting with Mexican President Vincente Fox.
The Falcon I rocket - designed to cut the cost of sending satellites into orbit fails during its first launch. The rocket was designed and built by a private entity.
The Bush Administration places pressure on Afghanistan’s government to free a man who could be sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity.
Passing - Former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger . He was 88. Later - a Ouija board confirms that Caspar is indeed, a friendly ghost.
A fatal fire hits the Star Princess cruise ship - en route from Grand Cayman Island to Montego Bay. At least 100 cabins were damaged and one passenger died.
Sports News – March 22, 2006 –
Indy racing League driver Paul Dana dies in a practice crash at Homestead-Miami Speedway. His car slammed into an auto driven by Ed Carpenter.
Technology News – March 22, 2006
Bluetooth - which only works for low-speed uses such as headsets and wireless keyboard - will go broadband to include high definition video and files for digital music players.
Lycos launches an Internet phone service. So does a company called Jajah. A drop in energy costs helped push prices down - 1.4% in February.
Radio News – March 22, 2006
Looks like Bob Dylan’s new XM satellite radio show won’t begin until May.
Entertainment/Celebrity News – March 22, 2006
Super model Naomi Campbell is charged with second-degree assault after hitting her housekeeper over the head with a phone. This, at her NY Park Ave. apartment (darling I love you but give me Park Avenue).
Singer Tom Jones is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
In a poll by FHM - a young men’s magazine - Scarlett Johnson tops the list of the 100 sexiest Women In The World. Also in the top 10 – Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, Kiera Knightly, Jenny McCarthy, Carmen Electra and Teri Hatcher.
Music News – March 22, 2006
Rolling Stone magazine is silenced in China - after publishing just one issue. Regulators just don’t dig it.
Britney Spears guest stars on “Will & Grace” this week.
Passing - The one, the only - Buck Owens - a country music giant and legend. He was 76.
The Dixie Chicks are beginning to get radio airplay once again. This after their fallout with a lot of fans over their comments on President Bush. Specifically - the comments made by member Natalie Maines back in 2003. Their single called “Not Ready To Make Nice” is moving up and a new album,”Taking the Long Way” is set for release on May 23. Is this a comeback?
Passing - Lumumba Carson - hip-hop artist known as Professor X. He was 49.
Television News – March 22, 2006
Friday - Debuting this week on the Disney Channel – “ Hannah Montana” - starring 13-year-old Miley Cyrus - daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus. She plays a girl who leads a double life as an ordinary schoolgirl and a pop teen sensation. She assumes her identity by putting on a long-haired blonde wig. Her real dad plays her TV dad as well. Miley Cyrus has been in the movie “Big Flash” and had several appearances in her father’s PAX series, “Doc.”
The FCC trims its fine levied against CBS for an episode of “Without a Trace.” The fine is reduced to just $3.35 million from $3.6 million.
Passing - Dan Curtis - best known for creating “Dark Shadows.” He was 78.
Al Jazeera hires CNN Havana correspondent Lucia Newman, where she’ll be based at a bureau in Buenos Aires.
“Divorce Court” gets a new judge - Lynn Toler.
On ”Saturday Night Live” - Steve Martin hosts with musical guest Prince.
Freaky? - The Simpsons unveils a “live” sequence this week - showing the characters as they would appear as real humans - look-alike actors. WOW!
Isaac Hayes who voices the Chef on Comedy Central’South Park quits because one of the episodes ridiculed Scientology.
Ratings - American Idol on Tuesday gets 32.77 million viewers and on Wednesday - 28.09 million viewers.
Gallup Poll says it’s ending its 14-year-relationshiop with CNN - because it wants to launch its own Internet channel.
Top Movies – March 22, 2006 -
V for Vendetta
Failure to Launch
The Shaggy Dog
She's the Man
Larry the Cable Guy: Health
The Hills Have Eyes