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Dateline: Week Of September 15, 2006 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts

In The News -

Hezbollah militants broke international law by firing thousands of rockets into Israel and killing dozens of civilians during the recent conflict. So says Amnesty International.

Thai military forces launch a coup against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, declaring marshal law nationwide. With his residence surrounded, they also seized control of TV stations.

pop benedict xvi photo news sept 2006 Pope Benedict XVI expresses deep regret that a speech he gave at a German university offended Muslims. The Pope created a Muslim fury after he delivered the address, in which he quoted a 14th century Byzantine emperor who regarded some of the prophet Muhammad’s teachings as “evil and inhuman.”

Websites tied to Muslim extremist groups such as Al Aqaeda posted a bunch of threats against the pope and Rome.

The House passes a measure requiring voters who show photo ID’s at voting polls.

President Bush calls on Muslims and other residents of the Middle East to reject extremism and empower “voices of moderation.”

Iraq – Police recover 48 more tortured bodies, bringing the total to 190… Five bombings in Kirkuk kill 23.

The Senate deals a blow to President Bush and approves a bill that expands the legal rights of terrorism detainees. It all has to do with Geneva Common Article 3 which establishes basic protections to all combatants (whether they are terrorists).

The FDA advises against eating fresh, bagged spinach after an ongoing outbreak of E. coli that killed one and sickened 48 people.

The new Hannibal Lecter novel, “Hannibal Rising” will be published in December. It was supposed to come out last year. It’s author Thomas Harris’ fourth of the million-selling series.

Passing – Patricia Kennedy Lawford – sister of John F. Kennedy, Bobby and Teddy. She was 82.

Sports News - September 15, 2006 -

NASCAR – the battle is on for NASCAR’s “Chase for the Nextel Cup” and the next 10 races. Matt Kenseth is the man – for now – he’s on top. But don’t discount drivers such as Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch.

Technology News – September 15, 2006 -

ipod competitor zune player coming out sept 2006 Microsoft says its Zune player – a direct competitor to iPod, will debut by the holidays.

But wait – RealNetworks and SanDisk are releasing a portable music player that links RealNetworks’ Rhapsody online music service.

Yahoo begins an advertising blitz reminding you that it remains on the cutting edge of technology and culture.

Some best-selling books – September 15, 2006

Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl

The Emperor’s Children – Claire Messud

Rise and Shine – Anna Quindlen

State of Emergency – Pat Buchanan

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman – Nora Ephron

Elizabeth J. Randy Taraborrelli

Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq – Thomas E Ricks

Entertainment News – September 15, 2006

Not ignoring the big money… That “The Passion of the Christ” made ($370 million domestic) Fox is starting a movie division for Christian audiences called “FoxFaith.”

Anna Nicole Smith wants a formal inquest to determine how her 20-year-old son died while visiting her in the hospital. A report said Daniel Smith was on prescription antidepression medication at the time.

Passing – One-time body-builder Mickey Hargitay (80) – who was married to Jayne Mansfield.

Music News – September 15, 2006

Both Green Day and U2 will perform together at the reopening of the Louisiana Superdome. It all happens Nov. 25.

ashanti producer litigation september 2006Ashanti and her first producer, Genard Parker, drop all litigation charges between themselves. Parker helped Ashanti record demo tapes at his apartment when she was 16.

“Live on VH1” Saturday – Elton John is featured.

Top Country Hits – September 15, 2006

Brand New Girlfriend – Steve Holy

Give It Way – George Strait

Leave the Pieces – The Wreckers

Bring It On Home – Little Big Town

If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows) – Rodney Atkins

Building Bridges – Brooks & Dun w/Sheryl Crow & Vince Gill

faith hill music september 2006Sunshine and Summertime – Faith Hill

I Love Her First – Heartland

Bring It On Home – Little Big Town

I Loved Her First – Heartland

Every Mile a Memory – Dierks Bentley

Once in a Lifetime – Keith Urban

The World – Brad Paisley

Would You Go With Me – Josh Turner

Top Hot Modern Rock – September 15, 2006

red hot chilli peppers music september 2006Tell Me Baby – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Animal I Have Become – Three Days Grace

When You Were Young – The Killers

Miss Murder – AFI

The Kills (Bury Me) – 30 Seconds to Mars

Through Glass – Stone Sour

The Diary of Jane – Breaking Benjamin

Top Pop Hits – September 15, 2006 –

Buttons – Pussycat Dolls fea. Snoop Dogg

Sexyback – Justin Timberlake

When You Gonna Give It Up For Me – Sean Paul fea. Keyshia Cole

Crazy – Gnarls Barkley

Promiscuous – Nell Furtado fea. Timbaland

Far Away – Nickelback

Ne-Yo music september 2006Sexy Love – Ne-Yo

Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

U and Dat – E-40 fea. T-Pain & Kandi Girl

Chain Hang Low – Jibbs

Call Me When You’re Sober – Evanescence

Me & U – Cassie

Pullin’ Me Back – Chingy Fea. Tyrese

Ain’t No Other Man – Christian Aguilera

Shoulder Lean – Young Dro fea. TJ

I Know You See It – Yung Joc fea. Brandy Ms. B Hambrick

Lips of An Angels – Hinger

I Write Sins Not Tragedies – Panic! At the Disco

Show Stopper – Danity Kane

Get Up – Ciara fea. Chamillionaire

Over My Head (Cable Car) – the Fray

Hot Music Albums – September 15, 2006

Back to Basics – Christina Aguilera

Modern Times – Bob Dylan

A Public Affair – Jessica Simpson

Best Thang Smokin’ – Young Dro

Danity Kane

The Cheetah Girls 2 soundtrack

4:21… The Day After – Method Man

Idlewild soundtrack – Outkast

Game Theory – The Roots

Extreme Behavior – Hinder

Now 22

All The Right Reasons – Nickelback

Blow the Whistle – Too Short

Port of Miami – Rick Ross

gnarls barkley music september 2006St. Elsewhere - Gnarls Barkley

PCD – Pussycat Dolls

Amar Es Combatir – Mana

Back To Bedlam - James Blunt

The Phoenix – Lyfe Jennings

Me and My Gang – Rascal Flatts

A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out – Panic! At the Disco

Dangerous Man – Trace Adkins

High School musical soundtrack

Your Man – Josh Turner

Unappreciated – Cherish

Step Up soundtrack

How To Save a Life – the Fray

Till the Sun Turns Black – Ray Lamontagne

Television News – September 15, 2006

TV reality star Duane “Dog” Chapman and two co-stars get released from jail on $300,000 bail, facing charges in his 2003 capture of a convicted rapist in Mexico. They were charged with conspiracy and illegal detention of Andrew Luster in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Luster is serving a 124-year prison term in California. Bounty hunting is a crime in Mexico.

On “Saturday Night Live” – Tom Hanks hosts with musical guests – the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

“The Class” – a new sitcom starring Jason Ritter on NBC Monday night. In it, third-grade classmates reunite in their twenty’s.

howie mandel news september 2006Returns – Howie Mandel hosts “Deal or No Deal” – returning Monday night on NBC.

Ray Liotta stars in “Smith” – a new drama about a master criminal. Debuts Tuesday night on CBS.

Lions Gate Entertainment and Sony are launching a channel on Halloween devoted to horror programs. The new channel is called “Fearnet” and will be available on cable as video on demand. It’ll also be on the Internet.

Top Movies – September 15, 2006 –

Gridiron Gang

The Black Dahlia

Everyone’s Hero

The Covenant

T he Last Kiss


The Illusionist

Little Miss Sunshine


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