Dateline: Week Of November 1, 2006 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Waiting for President Bush to sign – The Senate approves a bill for construction of a 700-mile wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.
A federal judge in Philadelphia bars the city of Hazleton (PA) from implementing a law designed to prevent illegal immigrants from living there.
Four bombs explode in Mexico City – and no one was injured. Radical groups claim responsibility.
Inayatur Rahman – a pro-Taliban elder tells thousands of tribesmen in Pakistan – he had prepared a squad of suicide bombers to target Pakistani security forces. This to protest an air raid on a religious school.
200 Palestinian women, answering a call from Hamas radio – break through an Israeli troop and tank cordon around a mosque in Gaza City – and providing a shield – allow armed militants to flee and Israeli siege. Two of the woman were killed.
President Bush reaches out to conservative voters – appearing on Rush Limbaugh’s show and Pat Robertson’s CBN. With Limbaugh, Bush said the fundamental issue in the campaign was whether voters would elect a Congress that supported him on national security issues. He told other news agencies that both Rumsfeld and Cheney were doing fantastic jobs.
George Bush campaigns in Iowa.
Saddam Hussein is found guilty of crimes against humanity and is sentenced to death by hanging.
Raymond Lee Oyler is charged for setting a deadly S. California brush fire that killed five firefighters near Palm Springs.
A Palestinian woman walks toward an Israeli army checkpoint in Gaza City and explodes – but no one else died.
New Life Services… In a letter to his church – The Rev. Ted Haggard said – “I am a deceiver and a liar… Please forgive me. I am so embarrassed and ashamed… I am a sinner. I have fallen.
Business News – November 1, 2006 -
Starbucks defends its business practices with poor coffee farmers around the world after it was accuses of blocking the U.S. trademark application of coffee growers from Ethiopia. In a New York Times ad – the company said it had worked to strengthen coffee farms in many parts of the world.
Wow – Burger King first-quarter profit jumped 82% - driven by sales of Value Menu items and the stacker sandwich and new restaurant openings!
Sports News – November 1, 2006
NASCAR – Tony Stewart wins his third race – this one at the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Las Vegas – Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeats Carlos Baldomir in a unanimous decision.
Technology News – November 1, 2006 –
Users of Xbox will be now able to download movies and other media.
Entertainment News – November 1, 2006 -
Tom Cruise and producing partner Paula Wagner will own at least 30% of a resurrected United Artists.
DreamWorks Animation released “Flushed Away.”
Film maker Oliver Stone – speaking at the san Sebastian International Film Festival – said President Bush was setting the country back 10 years and that he was ashamed for America.
Music News – November 1, 2006 –
Dick Clark is auctioning a number if items from his personal collection of music and memorabilia. Clark, a self-described pack rat – says his memorabilia had filled 28,000 square feet in a warehouse.
Kanye West is named best hip-hop artist at the MTV Europe Video Music Wards – but wasn’t happy because he didn’t get best video and he went into a tirade full of expletives.
On ABC-TV Monday – the 40th Annual CMA Awards. Performers include Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood.
Michael Jackson and ex-wife Deborah Rowe reach a settlement and custody agreement.
Television News – November 1, 2006
Kirstie Alley dons a bikini to show off her new slimed-down shape on the Oprah Winfrey show.
Fox pulls something called “The Rich List” after just one airing.
She’s back. Her first special in more than a decade – Comedian Paula Poundstone on Bravo – “Paula Poundstone: Look What the Cat Dragged In.”
SoapNet is set to air classic “Luke and Laura” from the old “General Hospital.”
Chevy Chase makes a cameo on this week’s “Law & Order.” He plays a guy pulled over by cops, and rants on Jews – a-la real life Mel Gibson.
Harold Reynolds – who claims ESPN did a lousy investigation before firing him as a baseball analyst in July – files a $5 million suit for compensation.
Longtime “Price is Right” emcee Bob Barker says he is retiring in June. Barker is 82.
Top Movies – November 1, 2006 –
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
Flags of Our Fathers
Man of the Year