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Dateline: Week Of April 8, 2006 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 

 

In The News

Amnesty - Hundreds of thousands of mostly illegal immigrants and mostly Spanish-speaking - and their supporters take to the streets in Washington and in dozens of cities around the country in a effort to persuade lawmakers to grant foreign-born workers more rights.

Three suicide bombers blow themselves up in a coordinated attack against worshipers at a Shiite mosque in Baghdad. 78 are dead. 

 

Music news – April 8, 2006

Michael Jackson begins dismantling his empire by agreeing to sell a portion of his music publishing catalog, Jackson signed a $325-million refinancing agreement that would require him to sell half of his 50% stake in Sony/ATV Music Publishing to partner Sony Corp within the next few years.

 Passing – June Pointer, - youngest member of the Pointer Sisters and lead singer on such hits such as “Jump (For My Love)” and “He’s So Shy.” She was 52. With her – sisters Ruth and Anita and brothers Aaron and Fritz.

Social butterfly Paris Hilton has a CD – her first CD – coming out this summer. Yes – she sings!

 

Technology News – April 8, 2006

Fox says it will soon make its popular prime-time programs available on the Internet and vide-on-demand services as part of a deal that would share revenue with its affiliate stations.

Wait a minute – ABC says it will offer some show free on the Internet in a two-month trial. Look for just-aired episodes of such shows such as “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives.”

TiVo announces it has extended a partnership with DirecTV for an additional three years.

MySpace hires Hemanshu Nigam – a former U.S. prosecutor to keep predators away from its young members.

 

Entertainment/Celebrity news – April 8, 2006

Dolores Hart, who at age 24 startled the movie world in 1962 by leaving a thriving screen career including two roles opposite Elvis Presley – to become a nun, returns to Hollywood. She has been renewing friendships for her studio years. Why? To spread awareness about a largely mysterious neurological disorder that afflicts countless Americans, including herself, called peripheral idiopathic neuropathy.  

In a lawsuit – Jennifer Lopez seeks a restraining order preventing ex-hubby Ojani Noa from writing a tell-all book about her and their relationship.

CKX Inc says it has paid $50 million in cash for commercial rights to the name and likeness of Muhammad Ali. They did the same with Elvis Presley last year – but paid $100 million.

 

Top TV Shows/Ratings – April 8, 2006

American Idol on Tuesday – 28.83

American Idol on Wednesday – 26.23

CSI – 23,33

House – 22.71

Deal or No deal on Monday – 17.75

Wednesday night television listings/TV Guide – week of April 8, 2006

CBS – The Amazing Race 9, Criminal Minds, CSI: NY, David Letterman, Craig Ferguson

NBC – Deal Or No Deal, Heist, Law & Order, Tonight, Conan O’Brien

ABC -  George Lopez, Freddie, Lost Rose, the Evidence, Nightline, Jimmy Kimmel

UPN – America’s Next Top Model. Veronica Mars

Fox – The Loop, Unanimous

WB – One Tree Hill, The Bedford Diaries

E! – Lindsay Logan: The E! True Hollywood story

VH-1 – Hogan Knows, The Surreal Life, Celebrity Eye Candy

 

On Jay Leno – Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jamie Foxx

On David Letterman – Many Moore, Jason Randal, Ben Harper.

On Dr. Phil – A woman learns what men think of her.

 

Top Movies – April 8, 2006

Ice Age: The Meltdown

The Benchwarmers

Take the Lead

Inside Man

Lucky Number Slevin

Failure to Launch

ATL

V for Vendetta

Phat Girlz

Thank You For Smoking

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