Dateline: Week Of August 22, 2006 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Back in Biloxi – a year after the hurricane Katrina devastation – President Bush cheered the progress made in re-building the area.
Iran announces it had reached another milestone in its nuclear program – as it opens a heavy-water production plant.
The Bush administration says it has made “extraordinary progress” in reducing the number of Mexicans and others trying to enter the country illegally.
Steve Centanni ad Olaf Wiig, two kidnapped Fox journalists, appealed on a videotape for steps to secure their release. They were abducted in the Gaza Strip August 14. A few days later – they are freed.
A bomb explodes in a Moscow marketplace – killing 10.
President Bush says the recovery from Hurricane Katrina is far from over and told victims that he had not forgotten them.
A Russian airliner with 170 onboard, crashes in Ukraine on a flight from a Black Sea resort to St. Petersburg. All are dead.
Warren Jeffs – a polygamist sect leader on the FBI’s most wanted list – is captured in Las Vegas. The self-proclaimed profit is the leader of the 10,000-member Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints. He’s wanted in Arizona and Utah for alleged involvement in underage marriages, rape and sexual assault.
A commuter jet taking off from the Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, KY crashes – killing 49 out of 50 on board.
Iraq – Iraqi army and Shiite Muslim militiamen battle in Diwaniya – 40 are dead… Gen George W. Casey Jr. says that Iraqi security forces will need an additional 18 months. He’s the top U.S. commander in Iraq… Three car bombs go off in Baghdad and separate shooting kill 16.
The Marine Corps will begin calling Marines back to active-duty service on an involuntary basis to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan. The move will affect over 2,000 reservists.
In London – Three British Muslims arrested during an investigation of an alleged plot to blow up U.S-bound airliners are charged. That brings that total to 15 charged in the conspiracy.
In Vermont - Hours after breaking up with his girlfriend, Christopher Williams shoots four people – killing the girlfriend’s mother and her coworker at an elementary school before shooting and wounding himself in the head.
President Bush signs an executive order that requires federally financed healthcare programs to gather information about the costs and quality of the medical care they pay for and to share it with consumers.
John Mark Karr – suspected of killing JonBenet Ramsey - is brought to Colorado. But wait – a few days later Prosecutors abruptly drop their case against John Mark Karr.
Governor meeting in the West with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and others gather in Texas and the subject centered on stopping illegal immigration from Mexico.
Fascinating Facts - August 22, 2006 -
U.S. newsstands sold fewer magazines in the first half of 2006 compared with a year ago – more than 4%. The reason – more time is being spent on the Internet.
The pace of existing U.S. home sales fell more than expected in July as a measure of the supply of unsold homes was the highest in more than 13 years.
The journal “Nature” says scientists have created human embryonic stem cells using a technique that does not require the destruction of embryos.
Technology News – August 22, 2006
AOL will sell TV shows and movies through its new video portal.
CBS says that Kevin Federline (K-Fed) will guest star on an upcoming CSI. He plays a would-be rap star who’s killed by real rappers. Oh boy!
Google will expand its Google talk Internet calling and instant-messaging features to more websites after failing to attract users from competitors.
Apple Computer will pay $100 million to Creative Technology to settle five patent lawsuits over technology for navigating through songs on the iPod digital music player.
YouTube now lets advertisers create channels filled with clips they produce themselves – and then sell sponsorships to other advertisers. Warner Bros. Records is among the first – and does something with Paris Hilton’s new album – The Paris Hilton channel.
Google software – The search giant says it has been making moves beyond searching and advertising into the business software market – starting with a set of Web programs for e-mail, scheduling and communications. The free Google Apps for Your Domain, is a set of Web based programs for small businesses, universities and nonprofits.
Google Inc will supply online auctioneer EBay with web search advertising outside the United states and the two will join forces on “click to call ads that link online shoppers to vendors.
Sony Pictures entertainment is buying online video service Grouper Networks Inc. for $65 million.
Entertainment News – August 22, 2006 –
Passing – Actor Glenn Ford (90).
Music News – August 22, 2006
Jack Black hosts the MTV Video Music Awards. Appearing – Shakira and others.
Passing – Trumpeter Maynard Ferguson (78).
Tower Records – Once a staple in places such as NY and Los Angeles, files for chapter 11 bankruptcy. Will it survive? The company has 89 stores in 20 states.
Kevin Federline (K-Fed) – makes his TV debut as a rapper at the Teen Choice Awards. He was introduced by his wife, Britney Spears. He’s a former backup dancer.
Television News – August 22, 2006 -
Emmy Awards – some winners:
Best comedy – “The Office”
Best drama series – “’24”
Lead actress comedy – Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “New Adventures of Old Christine”
Lead actor comedy – Tony Shalhoub – “Monk”
Lead actress drama - Mariska Hargitay “Law & Order SVU”
Lead actor drama – Kiefer Sutherland – “24”
More Television news – August 22, 2006
PBS says it will sell ads on its children’s website.
Bob Schieffer steps down as interim anchor on the “CBS Evening News.’ He’d been doing it for 18 months. He steps aside for Katie Couric.
The next Survivor… “Cook Islands” will have contestants organized into four tribes divided among ethnic lines.
Sci Fi channel cancels “Stargate SC-1.”
Legal correspondent Chris Cuomo is tapped as the next news anchor of “Good Morning America.”
Looks like cast members Chris Parnell, Horatio Sanz and Kenan Thompson are leaving “Saturday Night Live” and won’t be returning for the show’s 32nd season.
John O’Hurley will become the new host of “Family Feud” in September.
Top TV Ratings/TV Guide – August 22, 2006
America’s Got Talent on Thursday (NBC) – 12.05
America’s Cot Talent on Wednesday – 11.63
60 Minutes – 11.50
CSI: Miami – 10.71
So You Think You Can Dance – 10.65
CSI – 10.40
House – 10.30
Without a Trace on Thursday – 9.71
Hell’s Kitchen – 9.54
Without a Trace on Sunday – 9.39
Cold Case – 9.34
Two and a Half Men – 9.18
Primetime – 8.88
CSI: NY – 8.78
Big Brother 7 – 8.33
Top Movies – August 22, 2006 –
Snakes on a Plane
Talladega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby
World Trade Center
Little Miss Sunshine
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Barnyard: The Original Party Animals