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Dateline: Week Of January 22, 2006 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News 

Stunning - Hamas is declared the winner of Palestinian parliamentary elections.
Ford says it will close 14 factories and eliminate as many as 30,000 in North America in the next six months. 
Street fights erupt in the Gaza Strip in the wake of the militant Islamist group Hamas’ victory in Palestinian parliamentary elections. 
Seventeen days after a U.S. airstrike in eastern Pakistan missed Al Qaeda’s second in command, a feisty and angry Ayman Zawahiri shows up in a videotape with a fresh taunt for President Bush. “Bush, do you know where I am? I am among the Muslim masses, enjoying god’s blessing of their support, care, generosity and protection.”
The United States is expanding a top-secret effort to kill suspected terrorists with drone-fired missiles. 
Iraq- it’s reported that insurgents are battling each other as foreign extremist volunteers battle Iraqi militants and the U.S. wants to exploit the divide. 
President Bush says Bill Clinton has become so close to his father that the democratic former president is like a family member. 
On Long Island - A golden retriever playfully nipped at little Kaitlyn Hassard’s scarf and wanted to play. The dog grabbed hold of her scarf and dragged her, strangling and killing her. 

Technology News – January 22, 2006 

Producer Mark Burnett and AOL announce a treasure-hunt game show called “gold Rush,” the show would award $1.6 million in gold to Web surfers who can decipher the given clues and find the booty stashed in 13 locations across the country. Yahoo is kind of doing the same thing with “Treasure Hunt” and an association with Steven Spielberg. 
More than two months after its debut, Microsoft’s XBox 360 is hard to find, so much so – customers are irritated. Meanwhile, Sony is set to launch its PlayStation 3 later this year. 
The U.S. Supreme Court refuses to take a case over BlackBerry e-mail pagers. The case gets sent back to a U.S. district Court where a jury found that the company had infringed patents held by NTP Inc. (back in 2002).

Sports News – January 22, 2006 

 Mike Piazza agrees to a $2 million one-year contract with the San Diego Padres. Piazza holds the major league record for most home runs by a catcher (374). He became a free agent after last season in 113 games for the New York Mets. 

Music News – January 22, 2006

Look out for the Britain’s hot Arctic Monkeys – and their debut CD arrives in the U.S. next month. 
Philadelphia - Rapper Cassidy is convicted of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault in what prosecutors call the planned ambush of a man who had argued with the musician’s friends. 
On Saturday Night Live – Dane Cook with musical guest James Blunt.  

Entertainment news - January 22, 2006

Survivor winner Richard Hatch – is found guilty of failing to pay taxes on his $1 million winnings. 
Walt Disney Co. says it is buying Pixar Animation studios. 

Oprah has lying author 

 Oprah Winfrey apologizes to her audience for her defense of embattled author James Frey and then grilled him and the publisher of his bestselling memoir, “A Million Little Pieces” on her show. She admitted that she “made a mistake” in backing Frey, whose account of his drug addiction and rehabilitation has been questioned by critics. Frey, on the show, was pressed by Winfrey about inconsistencies in his memoir. When Frey admitted that he changed details of a suicide in he book, the audience gasped. When he couldn’t give a straight answer about whether he had a root canal without Novocain – audience members booed.  


Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – January 22, 2006 

American Idol on Tuesday – 35.53
NBC Championship – 35.23
American idol on Wednesday – 31.65
CSI on Thursday – 27.13
Desperate Housewives – 25.33
NBC Championship Post Game – 24.64
Without a Trace – 23.12
Grey’s Anatomy – 21.04
Lost – 19.13
Dancing with the stars – 18.98
Golden Globe Award – 18.76
Skating with Celebrities – 18.74
NCIS on Tuesday – 17.74
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 16.11
Law & Order: SVU – 16.10
24 – 15.70
CSI: NY – 15.55
CSI: Miami – 14.54

Television news – January 22, 2006

CBS and Warner Brothers announce that they are shutting down their struggling UPN and WB networks and replacing them with the new “CW” Network. The new network will be launched in September and will include a slice of the network’s top shows including the Gilmore Girls. 

Top Movies – January 22, 2006 

Big Momma’s House 2
Nanny McPhee
Underworld: Evolution
Brokeback Mountain
Glory road
Last Holiday
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Matador
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