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Dateline: Week Of June 8, 2006 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts

In The News -

Iraq – American and Iraqi troops launch a security sweep in Baghdad after a surprise visit from President Bush.

Three Muslim detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay without charges – hang themselves – the first captives to take their own lives there.

Senate conservatives fail to win enough support to proceed with an election-year constitutional amendment to band same-sex marriage.

Sen. Arlen Specter accuses Vice President Dick Cheney of secretly lobbying other Cop members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to block hearings on the administration’s domestic surveillance program.

karl rove news update june 2006Republican political strategist. Karl Rove will not be charged in a federal investigation into potential misconduct in the White House – ending an almost three-year probe of Rove.

After his death - Some 56 raids are conducted against targets connected with Abu Musab Zarqawi’s Al Qaeda in Iraq. Military sources say the trail that led to the death of Abu Musab Zarqawi began with inside tips.

Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.) – pleads guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of prescription drugs. A judge placed the congressman on supervised probation for a year.

A video on YouTube has the Marine Corps. puzzled. It shows what appears to be a Marine singing a song that makes fun of killing an Iraqi family. The song is called “Hadji Girl.”

Former Fed Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said that although the U.s. had been able to absorb sharp increases in oil prices, high energy costs were beginning to stunt economic growth.

A 16-year-old honor student from Michigan lied to persuade her parents to get her passport and then flew to the Middle East to be with a West Bank man she met on Myspace. U.S. officials in Jordan persuaded her to turn around go home before she reached the West Bank.

Conservative author Ann Culter sparks a storm after saying that a group of Sept 11. widows were millionaire “witches” who were “reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by griefarazzis.” “I’ve never seen people enjoying their husband’s deaths so much."

Entertainment News – June 8, 2006

Passing – Actor Robert Donner (75).

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony lead the annual Puerto Rican Day parade in New York.

Tony Awards –

Best musical – “Jersey Boys”

Best actor – John Lloyd – “Jersey Boys.”

Best actress – Cynthia Nixon – “Rabbit Hole”

Music News – June 8, 2006

bob dylan first studio album five years june 2006Bob Dylan will release his first studio album in five years with “Modern Times.” It’s set to debut Aug. 29.

Heather Mills McCartney says she and Paul are going to divorce and she plans to sue newspapers that have been digging into her past.

Television News – June 8, 2006

HBO’s “Lucky Louie” - a blue sitcom – gets only 1.5 million viewers on its debut.

“The View” says goodbye to Meredith Vieira who’s leaving to take Katie Curic’s place on the “Today” show.

This week – the third season debut of “Deadwood” on HBO. Also – a new season of “Entourage."

Lewis Black has a new special on HBO this week!

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