Dateline: Week Of July 22, 2006 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Lawmakers from Iraq’s Shiite Muslim coalition urge Prime Minister Nouri Maliki to cancel his trip to Washington because of support for Israel’s military actions in Lebanon… And, hundreds of radical Shiite Muslims march in support of Hezbolah and its leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah.
More Iraq – Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki ends a visit to Washington and pleas for more money. Explosions kill at least 32 in a commercial district in Baghdad… Two car bombings kill 60 people and 40 are found slain elsewhere.
Saddam Hussein collapsed in his jail cell more than two weeks into a hunger strike. His trial for mass murder is about to resume.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is back in the Middle East – just a few days after she left. She’s encouraged by reports from Lebanon that Hezbollah was looking for a deal as a positive step in that situation.
Hezbollah guerrillas kill nine Israeli soldiers in ferocious house-to-house fighting on the Lebanese border… Israeli tanks and drone aircraft push into the northern Gaza Strip – touching off a battle that killed 23 Palestinians.
Israel agrees to halt bombing for 48 hours and allow safe passage of civilians out of southern Lebanon.
Houston - Andrea Yates is found not guilty by reason of insanity for the bathtub drowning deaths of her five children.
Tony Snow, President Bush’s chief spokesman, apologized for saying Bush believed embryonic stem cell research amounted to “murder” saying he ad overstated the president’s position.
A fire damages the set of the latest James Bond flick at Pinewood Studios in England, but luckily – filming was completed and the sets were in the process of being removed.
The New York Observer paper is sold to 25-year-old Jared Kushner, son of disgraced New Jersey developer and Editor Peter Kaplan.
A man armed with a handgun opens fire at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle – killing one woman and injuring five others.
War activist Cindy Sheehan purchases about 5 acres of land near the Bush Ranch – near Crawford, Texas.
President Bush welcomes this year’s American Idol winner – Taylor Hicks and the nine runners-up to the White House. Ms. Hicks’ 9th-grade English teacher (Susan Whitson) – is Laura Bush’s press secretary.
Jimmy McCain (18) – Youngest son of Sen. John McCain of Arizona, joins the Marine Corps.
China - Li Guoxing – a Chinese farmer who received a partial face transplant after being mauled by a black bear, is discharged and now goes back to his rural mountain village in China.
18-year-old Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza from Puerto Rico – is crowned Miss Universe.
Sports News – July 22, 2006 -
Tiger Woods wins his second consecutive British Open.
America’s Floyd Landis wins the Tour de France!
Technology News - July 22, 2006 -
AMD says it would buy graphics chip maker ATI Technologies Inc in a $5.4-billion deal.
Verizon Wireless says it’s eliminating the monthly $15 fee for its music download service in conjunction with the launch of a cellphone featuring an iPod-like click wheel and a memory card that can hold as many as 1,000 songs.
Google announces that it will begin telling marketers how many times their ads were clicked accidentally or fraudulently – as a clamp down.
Netflix says its profit nearly tripled – as net income for the second quarter was $16.8 million, compared with $5.7 million a year ago.
Entertainment News - July 22, 2006
Paramount Pictures offers Tom Cruise and producing partner Paula Wagner - a fraction of their current commitment to the team – now offering $2 million instead of $10 million for project development, overhead and such.
Actor Owen Wilson denies any connection between his new movie, “You, Me and Dupree” and a 1970’s song by Steely Dan called “Cousin’ Dupree” – that too – about a couch-hopping houseguest.
Passing – Actor Mako (72).
Passing – Actor Jack Warden (85).
Music News - July 22, 2006 -
Metallica announce they are now selling music via digital download – through iTunes. The group had refused to sell individual songs online – up to now.
Rod Stewart says he will return to rock with his next album. But, it covers old rock songs such as “Still the Same” by Bob Seger. Name of the album – “Great Rock Classics of Our Time.” Rod’s playing it safe.
Chris Cornell of Audioslave sings the theme song to the new Bond film – “You Know My Name.” The new James Bond film as a new star – Daniel Craig – and it’s set to open November 17.
She’s called the “anti-Britney” – Pink on the E! True Hollywood story this week.
Luciano Pavarotti says he has he will return to singing. He was preparing to resume his farewell tour when doctors discovered a malignant pancreatic mass.
Lance Bass of ‘N Sync comes out – and says he’s gay.
On ABC-TV this week – “CMA Music Festival: Country Music’s Biggest Party.” Look for Sara Evans, Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, Wynonna Judd, Trace Adkins, Carrie Underwood, Hank Williams Jr. and Lynyrd Skynryd.
Television News - July 22, 2006 –
On Saturday – “Hilary Duff Revealed” – On E!
The PBS Kids Sprout network fires Melanie Martinez – host of “The Good Night Sow” after learning she appeared in videos called “Technical Virgin.”
Fox says it has sold its quirky comedy, “Arrested Development” to Microsoft’s MSN Internet portal.
Fox says it is keeping “American Idol” on Tuesdays and Wednesdays – and not Thursdays – as was rumored.
Top Movies - July 22, 2006 –
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
John Tucker Must Die
The Ant Bully
Lady in the Water
You, Me and Dupree
The Devil Wears Prada