Dateline: Week Of November 22, 2006 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In the News -
FEMA is ordered to immediately resume housing payments to Gulf Coast residents who lost their homes to Hurricane Katrina. A judge said the agency had violated the evacuees’ rights by not adequately explaining why it was ending the benefits.
President Bush speaks on the first day of a summit among 26 members nations of NATO in Latvia. He said not is well in Afghanistan and exhorted allies to step up their cooperation or risk failure there.
Iraq – The Sunni-Shiite war escalates and the death toll in Sadr hits 200… A series of suicide car bombings kills at least 152 people… NBC News says its reporters and anchors would begin referring the ongoing sectarian strife in Iraq as “civil war.”
After some five months – there’s a cease-fire in Gaza with Israeli and Palestinian leaders urging restraint.
Pope Benedict XVI travels to the mostly predominantly Muslim country of Turkey, hoping to sooth what many Turks see as his anti-Islamic bias.
Alexander Litvinenko – a former Russian spy who said he had been poisoned – dies after a mysterious and rapid decline that left doctors puzzled over the cause of death.
The annual AIDS report issued by the United Nations and WHO says AIDS has continued to grow in all regions of the world. The AIDS toll for 2006 is expected to be 2.9 million people dead and 4.3 million infected with HIV. AIDS has killed more than 25 million since the first case was reported in 1981. 39.5 million people are living with HIV.
A fire at a residential-care facility in Missouri kills 10.
The Pentagon readies an emergency request that asks for $127 billion in spending for the two wars and other military operations connected to the war on terror.
The Israeli Supreme Court orders the government to register same-sex marriages performed abroad.
British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett told her Parliament that Britain may hand over security responsibilities in the southern city of Basra to Iraqi forces by the spring.
Business News – November 22, 2006 -
Ford Motor Co. says it was arranging about $18 billion in financing to help pay for its restructuring.
Wal-Mart Stores said that it would test a proprietary video download service and join Apple Computer and Amazon.com in vying for a slice of the fast growing market.
Despite bad windy weather – The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade goes on.
Sports News – November 22, 2006
Miami Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown undergoes surgery to stabilize a broken left hand.
Some best selling books – November 22, 2006
The Lay of the Land – Richard Ford
Echo Park - Michael Connelly
For One More Day – Mitch Albom
Hundred-Dollar Baby – Robert B. parker
Thirteen Moons – Charles Frazier
I Feel Bad About My Neck – Nora Ephron
The Audacity of Hope – Barack Obama
State of Denial” Bush at War Part II – Bob Woodward
The Innocent Man – John Grisham
Technology News – November 22, 2006
Google is ending is 4-year-old Google Answers service which a user could submit a question and specify how he or she would pay for the answer.
Entertainment News – November 22, 2006
Passing – Legendary movie director Robert Altman. He was 81.
Tracy Morgan formerly with “Saturday Night Live” gets arrested on drunken driving charges in NYC.
The Wiggles – the Australian supergroup announces the departure of the yellow Wiggle, Greg Page, who has been undergoing medical treatment.
Passing – Anita O’Day (87) – a singer with Gene Krupa’s swing band.
David Blanie – a stuntman – is hoisted 50 feet above Times Square and will remain their shackled to a gyroscope for three days – and will attempt to escape.
Music News – November 22, 2006
American Music Awards – Britany Spears, Ashlee Simpson, Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton presented. Jimmy Kimmel hosted. Big winners were the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Black Eyed Peas, who received favorite group twice in hip hop and r&b, and also favorite hip-hop album for “Money Business.” Other winners – Mary J. Blige – favorite soul rhythm & blues album for “The Breakthrough.” Jamie Foxx – favorite male soul/rhythm & blues artist. Other winners – Fiath Hill, Tony Keith, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Eminem, Shakira, Kirk Franklin.
After less than four months of marriage – Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson file for divorce.
Snoop Dogg is arrested on suspicion of drug possession and a weapon violation after taping an appearance on the “Tonight” show.
Celion Dion cancels performances in Las Vegas, and at the Billboard Music Awards because of a respiratory infection.
Television News – November 22, 2006
On HBO this week: “Bono and the Edge: Off the Record.”
Michael Richards appears on David Letterman’s show – and with him – Jerry Seinfeld – to express contrition for his racist tirade in Los Angeles at a nightclub. As Richards apologized, Seinfeld told the studio crowd, “stop laughing, it’s not funny.”
On PBS this week – “Great Performances” and a tribute to James Taylor.
On Wednesday (after Thanksgiving) – NBC’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center.” Look for Christina Aguilera, Sara McLachlan, Enya, John Legend, Taylor Hicks and Lionel Richie.
Relatives of Melinda Duckett, who committed suicide after CNN’s Nancy Grace aggressively questioned her about the disappearance of he son – have sued the talkshow host.
Top Movies – November 22, 2006 –
Deck the Halls
The Santa Clause 3
Stranger Than Fiction