Dateline: Week Of April 22, 2006 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Another audiotape is released from Osama bin Laden and on it, he urges Muslims to prepare for a long war in Sudan and he attacked the U.S. and European cutoff of aid to the Palestinian government (now controlled by militant group Hamas). This of course, according to bin Laden - was proof of a “a Zionist crusaders war on Islam.”
President Bush pledges new government action to root out any gasoline price gauging and announces measures for energy conservation and alternatives for gasoline.
The Pentagon plans to release nearly a third of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay because they pose no threat to U.S. security.
In Washington - President Bush urges immigrant rights supporters not to take part in next week’s boycotts of work and school - to hold peaceful rallies or other events after the workday.
Iraq - 266 legislators end a four-month wait as they distributed top political jobs in an optimistic talk of unity.
Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani – Iraq’s senior Shiite Muslim religious figure - calls on the country’s militias to disarm.
There’s a United Nations deadline for Iran to halt uranium enrichment. In Bulgaria - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called for diplomatic action against Tehran.
London - British Prime Minister Tony Blair won’t let Charles Clarke resign, despite revelations that his office had set free more than a thousand foreign prisoners who should have been deported after serving their sentences.
Bush advisor Karl Rove is called again before a federal grand jury - keeping hope up – for those who want to see it - that the obstruction investigation into his role in a CIA leak case is still alive.
The New York Post wants less freelancers contributing to its “Page 6â” gossip column after one of them - Ron Burkle was caught trying to get cash for coverage.
President Bush names Fox News commentator Tony Snow as his press secretary.
Business/Economy News - April 22, 2006 -
Crude oil soars above the $75 mark.
Exxon Mobile brings in $8 billion for last quarter - more than any other firstquarter in its history.
Sports News – April 22, 2006
Miami Dolphin running back Ricky Williams gets suspended for the entire 2006 season by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy for the fourth time.
Passing - Steve Howe - former relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hewas only 48 and died after he rolled his pick-up truck.
Technology News – April 22, 2006
Netflix added almost 700,000 additional subscribers and net income was $4.4million - in contrast to a net loss of $8.8 million the same time last year.
Yahoo unveils software that lets you record TV shows on your PC. It’s called Yahoo Go for TV and is available on their website.
Radio News - April 22, 2006 -
Talkshow host Rush Limbaugh was booked on drug charges in Florida and Limbaugh has agreed to a deal enabling him to avoid prosecution in the prescription abuse case if he continued treatment for addiction problems.
Bummer - David Lee Roth - Who took Howard Stern’s place - is out after just hree months. He was heard in NY, Philly, Boston and four other markets. His replacement will be Opie and Anthony.
Entertainment News/TV/Music – April 22, 2006 -
Actress Michelle Rodriguez of “Lost” begins her five-day jail sentence for drunk driving in Hawaii.
Music News -
Snoop Dogg (Calvin Broadus) is released on bail after a fracas over access to a first-class lounge at Heathrow Airport in London. The fracas injured seven police officers.
Passing - Singer Bonnie Owens - who was married to Buck Owens, then Merle Haggard. She was 76 and her death comes four weeks after her first husband - Buck.
Passing - Phil Walden (66) - who launched Capricorn Records back in 1969.
Television News -
Rosie O’Donnell, in a surprise move - is expected to take Meredith Vieira’s sloton “The View.” Look for her to begin in September.
He said it seven years ago - but now - he really means it. ABC college football announcer Keith Jackson is retiring. For good.
Comedian Jeff Foxworthy has a new series - on CMT. Look for “Foxworthy’s BigNight Out” in September.
On “Saturday Night Live” - Natalie Portman with musical guest Fall Out Boy.
Monday - On Showtime - Penn & Teller (Bullshit) looks at the existence of Bigfootand the Loch Ness Monster.
Top Movies – April 22, 2006 -
Scary Movie 4
Ice Age: The Meltdown
Take the Lead
Friends With Money.