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Dateline: Week Of May 22, 2006 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts

In The News -

President Bush praised Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s plans to redraw the West Bank’s borders as “bold ideas” that could open the way to a Palestinian state.

pope benedict xvi visit aushwitz may 2006 Pope Benedict XVI visits the Auschwitz death camp in Poland – asking why god allowed such horror to happen.

The Republican-controlled House passes legislation seeking to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling – under pressure from higher gasoline prices – but will it pass the Senate?

Washington - Police lock down the House of Representatives biggest office building for five hours after reports of gunshots where heard in the underground garage. All was ok.

A powerful earthquake strikes Java Island in Indonesia and so far – 3,700 are dead.

Looks like the worsening conditions in Iraq will make it unlikely for any troop pull back – at least for the time being. There’s lots of violence – particularly in the Sunni Arab stronghold of Al Anbar province.

A car bomb kills a U.S. soldier and two CBS News crew members in central Baghdad.

Toyota begins a voluntary global recall of about 300,000 of its Prius hybrid sedans to repair a potentially faulty steering system component.

A federal jury finds former Enron Corp executive Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skillng guilty of conspiracy and fraud in connection with its 2001 collapse.

harry reid boxing matches news may 2006Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said it was his official duty to attend boxing matches in Nevada and that he did nothing wrong when he accepted complimentary ringside seats from a stat agency that was lobbying him.

At West Point – President Bush told hundreds of new Army officers that they were entering a great struggle destined to persist long after he leaves office. “The war began on my watch, but it’s going to end on your watch.”

Speaking at Annapolis – Vice President Dick Cheney said enemies “still desperately trying to hit us again” and that battling terrorism will “define much of your career.”

An Amtrak power failure during the morning rush hour brought dozens of trains to a screeching halt along the busy Northeast corridor – with many stranded at NY’s Penn Station.

Memorial Day Address – President Bush vowed to honor the memory of more than 270 service members buried at Arlington National Cemetery who died in combat since the Sept 11 attacks – by “completing the mission for which they gave their lives.”

Seven-year–old Braxton Bilbrey – a second-grader from Glendale, Arizona – makes the estimated 14. -mile swim from Alcatraz to san Francisco’s Aquatic Park in 47 minutes.

Passing - Lloyd Bensten (85) – U.S. Senator who made a run for vice president in 1988.

Business/Economy News – May 22, 2006 –

starbucks new audio books news may 2006Starbucks Corp will market “The Velveten Rabbit” and “The Night Before Christmas” audio books under an agreement with Random House as the coffee powerhouse expands into this new media.

Wal-Mart reports a 2.3% gain in same-store sales – from April.

Passing – James Briggs McClatchy – fourth generation owner of the McClatchy newspapers.

Sports News – May 22, 2006 -

Indy 500 – Sam Hornish Jr. wins the big race!

Barry Bonds hits homer #715.

Technology News - May 22, 2006 -

Google introduces a system for running TV-style commercials – a move that may lessen its reliance on search ads.

Google performed 49% of all U.S. searches – up from 47% the previous year.

Mayor Bloomberg is holding the line – no cell phones in NY schools.

Music News – May 22, 2006

Passing – Desmond Dekker – Jamaican singer who had a huge American top-40 hit with Israelites” in the summer of 1969.

Poor Britney Spears… Many say she’s mom-challenged. First was the sight of baby Sean on mom’s lap in the driver’s seat. then – an accidental tumble as he was lifted off a high chair – and the latest – and then, pictures of a car seat facing the wrong way. The latest – she almost dropped her baby. Let’s leave Brit alone.

Passing – Ian Copeland (57) – booking agent who created clubs that help break New Wave and punk bands.

brooks and dunn acm awards record may 2006At the 41st Academy of Country Music Awards – Brooks & Dunn pick up a record 20th and 21st trophies. Carrie Underwood got top new female vocalist and single of the year for “Jesus take the Wheel.” Kenney Chesney got entertainer of the year. Brad Paisley got album of the year “Time Well Wasted.” Keith Urban – top male vocalist and Lee Ann Womack - top female vocalist.

Entertainment/Celebrity News – May 22, 2006 -

angelina joline gives birth may 2006Angelina Jolie gives birth to Shiloh Novel Jolie-Pitt in Namibia Africa.

Looks like “X Men: The Last Stand” pulls in an estimated $107 million – nice debut!

Did you know that “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson is Mariah Carey’s musical director? They’re getting ready for her “Adventures of Mimi” tour.

The Da Vinci Code opens in the U.S. and Canada to $77 million. Worldwide – it’s at $224 million.

Television News – May 22, 2006

Tuesday night on CBS – the 41s Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards. Reba McEntire hosts. Performers – Martina McBride, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

The “American Idol” finale hits 36.3 million viewers – a record as Taylor Hicks is crowned the winner! Hicks is the first white male to win the competition. Katharine McPhee was the runner-up.

On VH1 – Don’t miss “My Fair Brady” as former Brady Chris Knight gets to together with “America’s Next Top Model” winner Adrianne Curry.

catherine zeta jones hosts snl may 2006On “Saturday Night Live” – Host Catherine Zeta-Jones. Franz Ferdinand performs.

ABC appoints vet newsman Charles Gibson to anchor “ABC World News Tonight.” He’ll be leaving his post on “Good Morning America.”

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