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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Merck is ordered to pay $51-million to a retired FBI agent who suffered a heart attack after taking the now withdrawn painkiller Vioxx.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


Step Up


Barnyard: The original party Animals

The Descent

Talladega Nights The ballad of Ricky Bobby

The Ant Bully

John Tucker Must Die

Miami Vice

Lady in the Water

Monster House

Little Man

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

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