Dateline: Week Of March 1, 2006 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Saddam Hussein tells the court he and not his co-defendants, should be held responsible for the fate of 148 Shiite villagers executed under his rule.
President Bush announces a landmark nuclear cooperation deal with India. The agreement allows India to continue expanding its nuclear weapons arsenal in exchange for permitting international inspections of its civilian reactors for the first time. It could be cut down by Congress.
Al Qaeda’s deputy leader Ayman Zawahirt calls on Muslims to attack the West in an audiotape posted on the Internet, urging strikes similar to those against New York, London and Madrid in recent years.
In India - President Bush defends American corporations that outsource jobs overseas in pursuit of inexpensive labor. “People do lose jobs as a result of globalization, and it’s painful for those who lose jobs. But the fundamental question is, ‘How does a government or society react to that?’” And it’s basically one of two ways. One is to say losing job is painful, therefore let’s throw up protection is walls. and the other is to say losing jobs is painful, so let’s make sure people are educated so they can find – fill the jobs of the 21st century.”
A senior American intelligence official says that escalating insurgent violence in Afghanistan has placed the government there in greater peril than at any time since the aftermath of the U.S. led invasion in 2001.
Business /Economy News – March 1, 2006
Ailing balance sheet - General Motors says it would raise $2 billion by selling most of its take in Japanese automaker Suzuki Motor Corp.
AT&T says it has agreed to buy BellSouth Corp for $67 billion.
Technology News – March 1, 2006
NBC says it is purchasing the female-leaning Ivillage for $600 million.
Apple Computer introduces a speaker system for iPods and a new Mac mini that can stream music, photos and video from other computers. The iPod Hi-Fi with a high-quality speaker system with an iPod deck – sells for $349.
BlackBerry settles a patent case and averts a court-ordered shutdown. Research on Motion Ltd, the company that makes the device, agrees to pay $612.5 million to resolve claims that its hand-held phone and e-mail device infringed on patents help by NTP Inc. Many people believe they would have to get rid of their BlackBerry’s because of the pending shut-down.
Entertainment /Celebrity News – March 1, 2006
Jessica Alba wants Playboy to pull its March issue – that her image on the cover may mislead readers into believing she appears nude or partially nude in the magazine.
Academy Awards – 2006 – Some Winners
Best picture – “Crash.”
Best actor – Philip Symour Hoffman “Capote.”
Best actress – Reese Witherspoon – “Walk the Line.”
Best supporting actor – George Clooney – “Syriana.”
Best supporting actress – Rachel Weisz “The Constant Gardner.”
Best director – Ang Lee – “Brokeback Mountain.”
Radio news – March 1, 2006
CBS Radio sues Howard Stern and Sirius Satellite Radio for $218 million alleging Stern misused the company’s airtime he received when he moved to Sirius in January. CBS says while it employed Stern, he spent more than a year hyping is switch to Sirius and as a result, enriched himself.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – March 1, 2006
American Idol on Wednesday – 31.69
American Idol on Tuesday – 30.16
Dancing with the stars on Sunday – 27.23
Winter Olympics on Thursday – 25.72
Winter Olympics on Tuesday – 25.08
Grey’s Anatomy – 24.76
American Idol on Thursday – 23.38
Winter Olympics on Monday – 22.48
Dancing with the stars on Thursday – 17.70
Winter Olympics on Saturday – 16.54
Winter Olympics on Wednesday – 16.01
Saturday night television listings/TV Guide – week of March 1, 2006
CBS – Movie-Panic Room, 48 Hours Mystery
NBC – Dateline NC, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, conviction, SNL
ABC – Movie-A Beautiful Mind
Fox – Cops, America’s Most Wanted
E! – Best of the Worst Red Carpet Moments, Reese Witherspoon: Hollywood’s Golden Girl
HGTV – House Hunters, Design Inc. Divine design, My First Place, ReDesign, Design on a Dime
On Saturday Night Live – Natalie Portman hosts.
Top Movies – March 1, 2006
Madea’s Family Reunion
Dave Chappelle’s Block party
The Pink Panther