Dateline: Week Of April 15, 2006 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Bush tells Middle East experts that a three-way division of Iraq would only worsen sectarian violence and was not an option.
Authorities in Thailand arrest John Mark Karr as a suspect in the slaying of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey.
Terje Roed-Larson – a visiting U.N. envoy warns that breaches of the cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah could hamper attempts to build a 15,000 member international peacekeeping force for southern Lebanon by alarming governments already reluctant to commit troops.
(Filling the crackdown on the Al-Qaeda terrorist network) - Atty Gen. Alberto Gonzales says that more than 5,000 Internet sites were being used by extremists to train and coordinate internationally.
A federal judge in Detroit rules that the government’s warrant less domestic wiretapping program is unconstitutional and must be halted.
Business News – April 15, 2006
Dell computer’s profit dips by a half in posted second-quarter earnings. Dell also says it would recall 4.1 million notebook computer batteries because they can overheat and sometimes catch fire – the largest recall in the history of the consumer electronics industry.
Merck is ordered to pay $51-million to a retired FBI agent who suffered a heart attack after taking the now withdrawn painkiller Vioxx.
Sports News – April 15, 2006
Tiger Woods gets his 12th major golf title and wins the PGA Championship by five shots.
Michael Phelps sets a world record for the first time since 2004, lowering his own mark in the 200-meter butterfly at the Pan Pacific Championships. He did it in 1 minute, 53.80 seconds.
Three-time Cy Young winner Pedro Martinez is put on the 15-day disabled list by the Mets because of a minor strain in his right calf.
Quarterback Matt Leinart signs a six-year, $50 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals.
Music News – April 15, 2006
R&B superstar Usher steps onto the stage of the Ambassador Theatre and will play the role of attorney Billy Flynn in a production of “Chicago.”
Heiress Paris Hilton (25) has an album coming out, but she says she hasn’t accepted money from her parents since she was 18 and works her ass off. . Look for “Paris” to debut next week.
Barry Manilow (60) cancels three Las Vegas Hilton shows to undergo surgery to repair torn cartilage in both hips.
Entertainment/Movie news – April 15, 2006
Johnny Depp is teaming with Tim Burton and will star in the movie musical “Sweeney Todd.”
Passing – Actor Bruno Kirby (57) from complications of Leukemia.
Television news – April 15, 2006
Fox news correspondent Steve Centanni and cameraman Olaf Wilig are kidnapped in the Gaza Strip by Palestinian gunmen who ambushed their vehicle.
“Ebert & Roeper” will continue using guest critics to fill in for the ailing Roger Ebert. In June, Ebert underwent surgery for a recurrence of salivary cancer.
Calista Flockhart, who many know from “Ally McBeal” is returning to television, joining the cast of “30 Rock.”
CBS says that beginning in September, they will offer free next day streaming of seven prime-time programs on its entertainment website. In May, ABC streamed four shows including “Desperate Housewives” and “Lost.”
Showtime’s “Weeds” is up some 18% in its ratings and is now seen by 5.8 million viewers.
Wow – Jerry Springer is set to dance with his feet (not his mouth) on “Dancing with the Stars.” Look for it this coming season.
Food Network tastemaker Rachael Ray has signed with Epic Records which will release Ray-branded compilations and voicetones. Ray’s voicetones will be available form all carriers and they arrive just in time for the Sept 18 premiere of syndicated “The Rachael Ray Show” on television. The show will be co-produced by Ray and Oprah Winfrey.
58th annual Emmy Awards (some winners)
Outstanding comedy series – “The Office”
Outstanding Reality – “The Amazing Race”
Outstanding drama series – “24”
Best actor comedy - Tony Shalhoub – “Monk”
Best actress comedy – Julia Louis Dreyfus – “New Adventures for Old Christine
Best actor drama – Kiefer Sutherland – “24”
Best actress drama – Mariska Hargitay – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Tuesday night television listings/TV Guide - April 15, 2006
CBS – Big Brother, Rock Star’ Supernova, 48 Hours Mystery, Late Show
NBC – Miss Teen USA, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien
ABC – According to Jim (4 shows), Primetime, Nightline
FOX – House, House
UPN – Veronica Mars
WB – Gilmore Girls
PBS – Power of Harmony
Comedy Central – Daily Show with John Stewart, Colbert Report, Chappelle’s Show, South Park
FX – Shallow Hal, Rescue Me
MTV – Real World
According To Jim – The first show of the evening has Jim driving Gracie to spelling bees.
Music news – April 15, 2006
Described as rockier and edgier, Beyonce’ new “B-day” will be released September 5.
Top Pop Hits – April 15, 2006
Me & U – Cassie
London Bridge – Gargie
Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
Me & U – Nelly Furtado
It’s Goin Down – Yung Joc
Ain’t No Other Man- Christina Aguilera
When You Gonna Give It Up To Me – Sean Paul
Promiscuous – Nelly Furtado/Timbaland
Buttons – Pussycat Dolls/Snoop Dogg
Sexy Love – Ne Yo
Unfaithful – Rihanna
Shoulder Lean – Young Dro
Déjà vu – Beyonce/Jay Z
I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic at the Disco
Top Hits in Britain – April 15, 2006
Unfaithful – Rihanna
Everytime We Touch – Cascada
Ain’t No Other Man – Christina Aguilera
Smile – Lily Allen
You Give Me Something – James Morrison
Stars are Blind – Paris Hilton
Last Request – Paolio Nutini
Top/Hot Hip Hop – April 15, 2006
Soldier Song Song – Sapo
Until The End of Time – Freddie Jackson
Phone Talk – Alyze Elyse
Symphony of Brotherhood – Mifu Ben-Ari
Lay Back Relax - Massari ft. Prophet
Bin Bing Bam Bam!!! – Z Gutta
Top Music Albums – April 15, 2006
Kids Bop 10 – Kidz Bop Kids
Year of the Dog… Again – DMX
LeToya – LeToya
St. Elsewhere – Gnarls Barkley
Come What9ever) May – Stone Sour
Pharbell – In My Hand
Two Lights – Five for Fighting
All the Right Reasons – Hickleback
A Girl Like Me – Rihanna
PCD – Pussycat Dolls
Taking the Long Way – Dixie Chicks
A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out – Panic! At the Disco
Loose – Nelly Furtado
New Joc City – Yung Joc
Top Movies – April 15, 2006
Snakes on a Plane
Barnyard: The original party Animals
Talladega Nights The ballad of Ricky Bobby
The Ant Bully
John Tucker Must Die
Lady in the Water
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.