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Dateline: Week Of May 1, 2006 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News  

Jurors spare the life of 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, but he’ll spend life in prison.

CIA Director Porter Goss resigns under pressure, ending his 19-month tenure.

Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware suggests the creation of separate, autonomous regions for Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds to counter continuing ethnic and religious violence in Iraq. The White House rejected the idea.

Iraqi president Jalal Talabani says he and American officials have met with leaders of seven of the country’s insurgent groups and believes they can be persuaded to end their rebellion. 

“A Day Without Immigrants” – as thousands of (mostly Mexican) workers and their families participate in a boycott of work and commerce- all to demonstrate their importance to the U. S. economy and to demand changes in immigration law that would give illegal migrants a path to citizenship. A crowd estimated at 250,000, marched to Los Angeles City Hall.

Rep. Patrick Kennedy announces he will be checking himself into the Mayo Clinic for treatment of addiction to prescription drugs. This after his highly publicized morning accident in which he crashed his car into a security barricade near Capitol Hill – and said he had no memory of it.

Mexican President Vicente Fox signs a bill that would legalize the use many drugs and narcotics sold by area cartels he’s vowed to fight.  On the list – Heroin, LSD, Marijuana, Cocaine, Opium – holy moley.


Technology News – May 1, 2006

 Record companies don’t like XM radio’s XM2go – which offers digital taping of music to special radios. XM says it’s legit – that only one copy can be made – just like cassette recorders. 


Entertainment news – May 1, 2006

Starbucks signs with the William Morris Agency to suggest movies, books and music for the giant to feature in its stores.

Anna Nicole Smith – former Playboy Playmate and widow of a Texas Oil billionaire, wins a unanimous ruling from the Supreme Court that clears her to claim as much as $500 million from her late husband’s estate.


Television news – May 1, 2006

CBS launches a broadband channel with its own slate of shows. It’s called “Innertube.” It’ll also air reruns and other programming.

It’s announced that Rosie O’Donnell will replace Meredith Vieira on “The View.’ She starts in September.

 Passing – Louis Rukeyser (73) – The witty host of “Wall Street Week” on PBS all those years. He made getting into Wall Street a little more fun.  


Saturday night television listings/TV Guide – May 1, 2006

CBS – CSI: NY, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 48 Hours Mystery

NBC – Dateline NBC, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, SNL

ABC – Movie-Seabiscuit

Fox – Cops, America’s Most Wanted

Disney – Hanna Montana, That’s So Raven, Phil of the Future, Life with Derek, Zack and Cody


On Saturday Night Live – Tom Hanks hosts with musical guests the Red Hot Chili Peppers. 

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