Dateline: Week Of October 22, 2006 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
At fundraisers in Michigan and Iowa – President Bush talked about family values, denouncing a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples are guaranteed the rights and benefits of marriage.
Acknowledging setbacks in Iraq, President Bush expressed dissatisfaction over a frustrating and deadly month, but will stand by his goal of helping its government to sustain itself.
Prime Minister Naouri Maliki of Iraq, meeting with the American ambassador is not happy with the U.S. failure to reduce violence. Either do it, or give his government authority over security matters.
More Iraq – Insurgent attack in western Iraq ills three Marines. Closing hours of Ramadan – gunmen bomb and shoot families shopping for food and gifts leaving scores dead… U.S. forces battling in Sadr City kill at least 10… There’s a shift of militants to Afghanistan – more so this year as Al Qaeda – armed with new tactics honed in Iraq – are back.
President Bush meets with top generals and advisors to review Iraq as pressure comes down on the Administration for its handling of the war.
Thousands of weapons the United States has provided to Iraqi security forces cannot be accounted for and spare parts and repair manuals are unavailable for many others – so says a report to Congress.
Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois says he was considering a run for the democratic presidential nomination in 2008 and he told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he would not make any decision before the Nov. 7 midterm election.
Leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silver wins a landslide victory in Brazil.
Typhoon Cimaron kills 10 in the northern Philippines.
Business News – October 22, 2006 -
The Dow closes at 12.167.02 – a fourth record.
Inbrahim Dimson and Edmund Duhaney – two men accused of plotting with a secretary at Coca-Cola to seal trade secrets and trying to sell them to rival Pepsi, each plead guilty to a count of conspiracy. The prosecution said a box containing two Coca-Cola product samples and other confidential company documents were found in Duhaney’s home during a search last July. That was the same day a $1.5 million transaction was to occur. Authorities were tipped off by Pepsi.
Wal-Mart says it will slow its expansion – and cut spending on new stores.
Third quarter - Shell oil posts a $10.5 billion profit – and could smash its earnings record for the full year.
Ford Motor Co. announces it lost $5.8 billion in the third quarter.
Former Enron Corp. Chief Executive Jeff Killing gets sentenced to more than 24 years in federal prison for his role in the Enron fraud.
Halliburton Co. said its third-quarter net income rose 22% thanks in part to fewer disruptions from hurricanes which beset the oil industry last year.
Forbes says the late rocker Kurt Cobain tops the list of top-earning dead celebrities. He topped Elvis this time – at $50 million. Elvis is down to #2 at $42 million.
Starbucks says the strategy of “infill” – that is, opening locations within walking distance of other locations makes sense. The company is adding six stores a day on average and now has 12,440 locations worldwide.
Wal-Mart stores say sales rose .5% in October.
Sports News – October 22, 2006 -
Passing – Coach Arnold “Red” Auerbach – built the Boston Celtics. He was 89.
Technology News – October 22, 2006
Movies and TV show from Paramount Pictures will be available for sale through AOL’s new video portal.
News Corp’s MySpace.com said it had licensed a technology to stop users from posting unauthorized copyrighted music on the website and will oust frequent violators of its policy.
Music News – October 22, 2006
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will have an interesting exhibit in April – “Revolution Rock: The Story of the Clash” – the same British band that gave us great music in the 1980’s.
Madonna appears on Oprah’s show this week, saying the media was “a great disservice” to African orphans. This of course, is about her controversial and legally-challenged adoption of a Malawi boy.
Guitarist Andy Taylor has left Duran Duran, but the band will continue to tour. The band reunited five years ago.
Ricky Martin is about to be honored as person of the year by the Latin Recording Academy. At 34 years-old – he’ll be the youngest to get the honor.
Jermaine Dupri – who’s going with Janet Jackson, has quit as top executive of her label, Virgin Records, amid disappointing sales of her new album, “20 Y.O.”
Michael Jackson will receive the Diamond Award given to artists who sell over 100 million albums and he’ll make a rare appearance. Where? At the World Music Awards in London. It all happens November 15.
Passing – Sandy West – drummer for the all-female 1970’s rock band – “The Runaways.” She was 47. The Runaways featured Joan Jett and were formed in 1975. She died of lung cancer.
EMI Group says it had formed a partnership with the Dean Martin trust to market the late singer and movie star’s name, image and likeness. Martin’s worldwide record sales exceed 50 million units.
Friday on A&E – Paul McCartney “The Space Within Us” – Highlights his sold-out 2005 U.S. tour.
Don’t miss Christina Aguilera – “Back to Basics” tour.
Another list special as VH1 presents “100 Greatest Songs of the ‘80’s.” A five-part series.
Television News – October 22, 2006
On “Saturday Night Live” – Hugh Laurie with musical guest Beck.
Dick Clark will join Ryan Seacrest and Christina Aguilera to ring in the new year on his “Rockin’ New Year’s Eve.” He was there last year, but not the year before when he suffered his stroke.
President Bush goes on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity & Colmes” this week.
CNN says it will incorporate bloggers into its coverage of next week’s midterm elections by inviting them to an “E-lection Nite Blog Party.”
Damage control – “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Isaiah Washington apologizes for his behavior during a scuffle with costar Patrick Dempsey. In it - Washington had made a homophobic slur against Dempsey, who confirmed he is gay.
CNN, along with National Public Radio say the will not accept ads for the controversial film titled, “Death of a President” – a movie about the fictional assassination of President Bush.
Passing – Actress Jane Wyatt – best known as the mom in the popular 1950’s sitcom, “Father Knows Best.” She was 96.
Oprah Winfrey gives her studio audience $1,000 debit cards – to give to a favorite charity or needy person.
Top TV Ratings/TV Guide – October 22, 2006
Grey’s Anatomy – 22.05
Dancing with the Stars – 21.25
CSI – 20.49
Desperate Housewives – 19.71
Dancing with the Stars results
World series Game 2 – 18.16
CSI: Miami – 18.12
Deal or No Deal On Monday – 17.47
Game 7 National League – 16.53
Lost – 16.31
Two and a Half Men – 16.25
Criminal Minds on Wednesday – 16.20
CSI: NY – 15.99
NCIS – 15.92
Survivor: Cook Islands – 15.02
Cold Case – 14.81
Without A Trace – 14.79
Top Movies – October 22, 2006 –
Flags Of Our Fathers
Man of the Year
The Grudge 2
Running With Scissors.