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Dateline: Week Of December 8, 2006 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts

In The News -

He’s denied a state funeral – but the late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet is at least memorialized in a military funeral in Chile.

Ayman Sabawi – a nephew of Saddam Hussein escapes from prison. He was serving a life sentence in a northern Iraqi prison. He was convicted of possessing illegal weapons and manufacturing explosives for Sunni insurgents.

President Bush reiterates that “success” in Iraq was crucial to the long-term protection of the United States and that its neighbors had the responsibility to help its (Iraq’s) fledgling government.

President Bush said he’s willing to change U.S. tactics in Iraq once he hears recommendations from his military and diplomatic advisors – but he has no intention of scaling back his basic goals.

donald rumsfeld goodbye speech pentagon dec 2006Goodbye Donald – As Rumsfeld delivers his final Pentagon town hall speech. Robert Gates will begin as next Secretary of Defense – next week.

The European Parliament votes tough – approving a law that regulates 30,000 toxic substances. The most hazardous – could be banned or restricted.

Ghana - The Botswana High Court rules that the nation’s government had acted illegally when it forcibly evicted the last tribal Bushmen from the Central Kalahari Game reserve where 2,000 were force out.

The U.N. General Assembly adopted a treaty to protect the rights of the world’s 600 million disabled people. The convention requires countries to guarantee disabled people freedom from exploitation and abuse.

Moscow – A fire broke out in a woman’s ward of a drug treatment hospital – killing 42 people.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that farmers are getting the best prices for corn in more than a decade amid strong demand for ethanol and feed.

AIG –the insurance conglomerate will purchase Dubai’s U.S. port assets. There was a huge uproar with an Arab company owning the ports and they’re selling under much pressure.

clooney in china december 2006Actor George Clooney – drumming up awareness about the killings in Sudan – leads a delegation of activists to meet with government officials in China. The will then travel to Cairo – then return to the U.S.

Passing – Jeane J. Kirkpatrick – the first woman to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. She was 80.

Sports News – December 8, 2006 -

College football’s best player - Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith, wins the Heisman Trophy.

Quarterback Tom Brady sues Yahoo claiming that the Internet business used his image without consent to advertise its fantasy football service.

Music News – December 8, 2006

Retired daredevil Evel Knievel sues rapper Kanye West for a video in which West appears in the persona of Knievel and even jumps a motorcycle over a canyon.

Passing – Georgia Gibbs – pop songstress of the 1950’s.

mary j. blige on kimmel show dec 2006Mary J. Blige performs on Jimmy Kimmel’s show – Friday on ABC.

Madonna signs with Hennes & Mauritz, Europe’s largest fashion retailer – for a new fashion line. Look for the “M by Madonna” women’s wear collection, to launch in March.

Television News – December 8, 2006

An Asian-American media watchdog group is demanding an apology from “The View’s” Rosie O’Donnell and Joy Behar for recent comments mimicking of the Chinese language and saying ching chong.

On Sunday – Comedy Central’s “Last Laugh ’06” – a year-in-review.

On Monday – TV Land has the “100 Greatest TV Quotes and Catchphrases.”

“Inside the NFL” on HBO celebrates its 30th anniversary.

dog chapman mexio court hearing dec 2006A court hearing in Mexico that could drop charges against TV bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman or order his criminal case to proceed – is rescheduled for Dec. 22. “Dog” is charged under Mexican law with deprivation of liberty for his June 2003 capture of convicted rapist Andrew Lister, the great grandson of cosmetics legend Max Factor in Puerto Vallarta. Luster is serving a 124-year prison term. Chapman was arrested Sept 14 along with his son and another associate.

Entertainment News – December 8, 2006

In its first week – sales of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Man’s Chest – hit 10.5 million DVD copies.

nicole ritchie arrested december 2006Nicole Richie is arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after she was spotted driving the wrong way on a freeway near Hollywood.

Actor Wesley Snipes surrenders in Orlando on federal charges that he tried to collect $11.4 million in fraudulent income tax refunds and failed to file returns after 1998.

Passing – Actor Peter Boyle (71).

Hollywood - Hundreds line-up at home of Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott as the newlyweds opened their house to all – with a big yard sale/house cleaning.

On “Saturday Night Live” – Host Annette Bening with musical guest Gwen Stefani.

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