Dateline: Week Of February 15, 2006 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
A 1,500-strong Iraqi police force with close ties to Shiite militia groups emerges as a focus of investigations into death squads working within the country.
Israel says it will withhold million of dollars in taxes and customs duties from the Palestinian Authority, putting pressure on Hamas.
Interviewed by Brit Hume on Fox News, Dick Cheney takes responsibility for shooting and wounding a hunting companion, but defended his decision not to immediately disclose the episode.
Saddam Hussein and his co-defendants declare that they are on a hunger strike to protest their trial on charges of violating the human rights of Shiite Muslim villagers.
In Pakistan – three people die during protests in two Pakistani cities over caricatures of the prophet Muhammad published in western newspapers. The caricatures of Muhammad were originally printed in a Danish newspaper in September. They were reprinted recently in several Western countries, but some Muslims were not amused.
Senate Republicans block a proposed investigation of President Bush’s domestic spying operation.
Embattled Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff testifies that he did not take charge if his department’s faltering response to Hurricane Katrina because he believed by experience – particularly the Sept. 11 attacks – that micromanaging by senior officials could make matters worse.
The British House of Commons approves a toughened anti-terrorism law, but opponents say it infringes on free speech.
Business/Economy News – February 15, 2006
Merrill Lynch says it will pay $164 million to settle 23 class-action lawsuits alleging that investors suffered massive losses by following its dishonest stock recommendations. Investors complained they were duped by “superstar” analyst Henry Blodget during the tech bubble.
The Dow passes the 11,000 mark again on the strength of better-than-expected retail sales for January.
Warren Buffet, Coca-Cola’ largest shareholder says he will leave the company’s board after 17 years.
The lethal bird flue, known as H5N1, crossed into Western Europe this week for the first time with the discovery of infected birds in Italy, Greece, Germany and Austria.
Technology News – February 15, 2006
Earthlink says it will offer DirecTV satellite service in a bundled option to select markets across the U.S.
Amazon.com is in advanced talks with four major music companies on starting a digital music service as soon as possible to compete with Apple. They want to create a viable rival to iTunes.
Sports News – February 15, 2006
John McEnroe completes his ATP tour comeback. Teaming with Joanas Bjorkman – they won the finals of the SAP Open in San Jose.
Steroid-tainted Barry Bonds says he may retire after this season.
Winter games in Italy – Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto score the first figure skating medal for the United States. In Men’s hockey – Slovakia beats the U.S. 2-1.
Entertainment news – February 15, 2006
Lisa Marie Presley (38) marries guitarist and producer Michael Lockwood in Japan. It’s her fourth marriage. She was previously married to Nicolas Cage, Michael Jackson, and Danny Keough who is the father of her two children.
Music news – February 15, 2006
Passing – Billy Cowsill (58) lead singer for the ‘60’s pop group “The Cowsills.” He had suffered from emphysema.
Kayne West confirms he’s developing a TV show for HBO. “It’s fictional and loosely based on my life. Maybe this will give me the opportunity to spaz out at the Emmy’s one day.”
LL Cool J debuts his new line of clothing. “This is new territory for me, so I’m just going with it.” The collection is branded Todd Smith, a reference to the rapper/actor’s real name. The comfortably elegant and sophisticated “made in Italy’ collection is produced and distributed by Standard Fashion, a company LL launched with exec Ron Gallo of the rose Group. The first collection arrives at retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Barney’s Fred-Segal, Saks and Nordstrom in the fall.
Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – February 15, 2006
American Idol on Tuesday – 31.15
American Idol on Wednesday – 28.74
CSI – 27.42
Grey’s Anatomy on Sunday – 25.42
Desperate Housewives – 23.47
Winter Olympics on Sunday – 23.24
Winter Olympics on Saturday 23.24
Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony – 22.17
Without a Trace – 20.34
Dancing with the Stars – 19.96
Survivor: Panama, Exile Island – 18.75
Lost – 18.74
CSI: Miami – 18.68
Grammy Awards – 17.00
Two and a Half Men – 16.33
NCIS – 16.05
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 15.90
Law & Order: SVU – 15.23
Dancing with the Stars: Results – 14.59
Law & Order – 14.53
ER – 14.16
24 – 13.70
Courting Alex – 12.04
Medium – 12.04
Criminal Minds – 11.99
Bones – 11.90
Television news – February 15, 2006
PBS Frontline series features “The Insurgency” which sets out to find who is behind the Iraqi insurgency and what their goals are. This week on PBS.
Passing – Sportscaster Curt Gowdy (86).
Passing – actress Jean Byron (80) – best known as Patty Duke’s mom on “The Patty Duke Show” of the 1960’s.
Top ringtones – February 15, 2006
My Humps – Black Eyed Peas
Grllz – Nelly
Gold Digger - Kanye West
Super Mario Brothers Theme – Koji Kondo
Top Pop Hits – February 15, 2006
Be Without You – Mary J. Blige
Check On It – Beyonce
You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
So Sock – Ne-Yo
I’m N Luv (Wit A Stripper) – T-Pain
Shake that – Eminem
Unpredictable – Jamie Foxx
Yo (Excuse Me Miss) – Chris Brown
Run It! – Chris Brown
Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield
Shake That – Eminem/Nate Dogg
Dance, Dance – Fall Out Boy
Dirty Little Secret – All-American Rejects
Stickwitu – Pussycat Dolls
Because of You – Kelly Clarkson
There It Go! (The Whistle Song) – Juelz Santana
Temperature – Sean Paul
One Wish – Ray J
Top music albums – February 15, 2006
Unpredictable – Jamie Foxx
Greatest Songs of the Fifties – Barry Manila
Amore – Andrea Bocelli
Ancora – Il Divo
Back to Bedlam – James Blunt
Some Hearts – Carrie Underwood
Your man- - Josh Turner
For Me, It’s You – Train
High School Musical Soundtrack
Now #1’s – Various Artists
All The Right Reasons – Nickelback
The Emancipation of Mimi – Mariah Carey
Monkey Business – The Black Eye Peas
Monster Ballads: Platinum Edition – Various artists
Legend of Johnny Cash – Johnny Cash
WOW Gospel 2006 – Various artists
Top Hip-Hop/R&B albums – February 15, 2006
The Breakthrough – Mary J. Blige
In My Mind – Heather Headley
Duets: The Final Chapter – Notorious B.I.G.
Chris Brown – Chris Brown
Emancipation of Mimi – Mariah Carey
The Way It Is – Keyshia Cole
Curtain Call: The Hits – Eminem
What’ The Game’s Been Missing! – Juelz Santana
Rappa Ternt Sanga – T-Pain
The Carter II – Lil Wayne
The Trinity – Sean Paul
Ain’t Nobody Worryin’ – Anthony Hamilton
Let’s Get It: thug Motivation 101 – Young Jeezy
Destiny’s Child - #1’s
Top Modern Rock tracks – February 15, 2006
Hypnotize – System of a Down
Perfect Situation – Weezer
Wasteland - 10 Years
Talk – Coldplay
Dance Dance – Fall Out Boy
Every Day Is Exactly the Same – Nine Inch Nails
King Without A Crown - Matisyahu
Bat Country – Avenged Sevenfold
Lights and Sounds – Yellowcard
Top Country Hits – February 15, 2006
When I Get Where I’m Gong – Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton
Jesus, Take the Wheel – Carrie Underwood
Your Man – Josh Turner
Honky Tonk Badonkadonk – Trace Adkins
Like We Never Loved At All – Faith Hill
Tonight I Wanna Cry – Keith Urban
Just Might (Make Me Believe) – Sugarland
My Old Friend – Tim McGraw
Living in Fast Forward – Kenny Chesney
What Hurts the Most – Rascal Flatts
Must Be Doin Somethin’ Right – Billy Currington
She Let Herself Go – George Strait
Top Hits In Britain – February 15, 2006
Run it! – Chris Brown/Juelz Santana
Nasty Girl – Notorious B.I.G.
Check On It – Beyonce/Slim Thug
Boys Will Be Boys – Ordinary Boys
You Spin Me Around (Like a Record) – Dead or Alive
Say Say Say (Waiting 4 u) – Hi Tack
That’s My Goal – Shayne Ward.