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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

Chris Brown

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

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