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


In The News

Gale Norton resigns as secretary of the Interior department. She was an advocate for expanding oil and gas drilling.

Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic is found dead in his prison cell. He was facing trial on genocide and war crimes for his role in the nationalist Balkan wars during the 1990’s. He had been on trial since 2002.

The U.S. trade deficit wells to a record $68.5 billion in January.

Al Jazeera shows tape of two Canadian and a British hostage – captured four months ago during a peace mission to Iraq. The hostages are Briton Norman Loney and Harmeet Sooden and James Looney from Canada.


Business/Economy News – March 8, 2006

Oil prices fall to $60 a barrel after OPEC’s president said the group would keep output intact and on the news that the U.S. has plenty of supply. 

Enron ScandalTtrial – Andrew Fastow – the company’s ex-finance chief, details how he helped inflate the company’s profit and hide losses – through the blessing of his then-boss – Jeff Skilling.

McClatchy Co says it would unload 12 Knight Ridder papers to help finance the purchase of that chain of newspapers. McClatchy, now the No. 8 newspaper chain, will get 32 daily papers and their websites and a string of other publications and Knight Ridder’s one-third stake in online employment site CareerBuilder.com.


Technology News – March 8, 2006

 Apple’s ITunes music store begins offering downloads of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and “The Colbert Report.” You can now pay by their new Multi-Pass – buy a month’s worth of shows for $9.99 – A lot less than the la carte price of $1.99 per show.


Entertainment news – March 8, 2006

Passing – Actress Maureen Stapleton (80).


Music news – March 8, 2006

Ozzy Ozbourne, Black Sabbath, Miles Davis and Lynard Skynard are among those inducted into the rock ‘n’ roll hall of fame in New York ceremonies.

On “Saturday Night Live”” – Matt Dillon with musical guest the Arctic Monkeys.


Television news – March 8, 2006

The sixth season of “The Sopranos” begins this week. But, the end is near. The show will have a final eight “bonus” episodes next year – and that will end the series. 

Friday night television listings/TV Guide – week of March 8, 2006  

CBS – Ghost Whisperer, Close to Home, Numbers, Late Show, Craig Ferguson

NBC – deal or No deal, Las Vegas, Conviction. Tonight, Conan O’Brien

ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos, In Justice, 20/20, Nightline, Jimmy Kimmel

UPN – WWE Friday Smackdown!

Fox – Nanny 911, Trading Spouses, Meet Your New Mommy

WB – What I Like About You, Living with Fran, Reba, ‘

PBS – Now, Moments to Remember: My Music.

Sci-Fi – Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis


On Jay Leno – Terry Bradshaw, Russell Crowe and the Ordinary Fear of God.

On David Letterman – She Wants Revenge are the musical guests.


Top Movies – March 8, 2006

Failure to Launch

The Shaggy dog

The Hills have Eyes

16 Blocks

Madea’s Family reunion

Eight Below


The Pink Panther


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