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.
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 -
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 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
Sunshine 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
Tell 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
Sexy 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
The Cheetah Girls 2 soundtrack
4:21… The Day After – Method Man
Idlewild soundtrack – Outkast
Game Theory – The Roots
Extreme Behavior – Hinder
All The Right Reasons – Nickelback
Blow the Whistle – Too Short
Port of Miami – Rick Ross
St. 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.
Returns – 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 –
The Black Dahlia
T he Last Kiss
Little Miss Sunshine