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


July 1, 2006

In defiance - North Korea test-fires at least six missiles into the sea of Japan including a long range Taepodong 2.The White House issued a statement strongly condemning the launches and “North Korea’s unwillingness to heed calls for restraint from the international community.”

Conservative Felipe Calderon is officially declared the winner of Mexico’s presidential election – beating leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador by less than a percentage point.  

Not a good week for gay marriages - Georgia’s Supreme Court upholds an amendment banning gay marriage unions and new York’s Supreme Court rules that its state constitution did not grant same sex couples the right to we.

U.S. auto sales drop sharply in June – 10.5%.

 Sen. Joe Lieberman facing odds with his fellow Democrats because his position for support of the Iraqi war, decides to hedge his bets on his political future and ma run as an independent in the November general election if he loses his party’s August primary.

Osama bin Laden endorsed the new leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq in an Internet posting and warned Iraqi Shiites against collaborating with the United States in fighting Sunni insurgents.


Technology News – July 1, 2006

AOL may give away even more of its services including its vaunted AOL.com e-mail accounts now limited to paying subscribers, to boost ad revenue and offset declines in subscriptions.

Amazon says it had begun offering its own toys and baby items following a judge’s ruling that ended its retail partnership with Toys r Us.  In March, a New Jersey Superior Court judge found that Amazon.com breached a deal to give Toys R Us exclusive rights to supply some toy products on Amazon.com. The ruling allowed the companies to sever their online partnership.  

Sirius Satellite Radio accelerated gains against SM, gaining more than 600,000 net subscribers in the second quarter compared with 398,000 additions for XM. XM has 6.89 million subs and Sirius now has 4.68 million.


Music news – July 1, 2006

Non other than Keith Richards will play the father of Johnny Depp’s pirate character in the third “Pirates of the Caribbean” series. Depp has always maintained he adopted Richards’ body language and mannerisms to create his Capt. Jack character.

 New image for Christina Aguilera – departing from the in-you-face carnal abandon of her 200s album, “stripped” has, what many say – reinvented herself with her latest single – “Ain’t No Other Man.” It’s described as retro-leaning and jazz infected.

Rapper ‘Lil Kim (Kimberly Jones) who was sentenced in September to a year and a day in prison for lying about a shootout outside a New York hip-hop radio station (Hot 97) is being released this week – early. 


Television news – July 1, 2006

Passing – Jan Murray (89) – One of the early TV game show hosts. He was also an actor.

Friday night television listings/TV Guide – week of July 1, 2006

CBS – NCIS, The Unit, Numbers, David Letterman, Craig Ferguson

NBC – Dateline NBC, Las Vegas, law & Order, Wimbledon Update

ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos, Kyle XY, 20/20, Nightline, Jimmy Kimmel

UPN – WWE Friday Night SmackDown!

Fox – 24

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

PBS – Washington Week, Billy Moyers on Faith and Reason, Tavis Smiley, Charlie Rose

HGTV – Offbeat America, House Hunters, 100 Sizzling Summer Ideas, Wedding Design on a Dime

Disney – Hannah Montana, That’s So Raven, Phil of the Future, Zack & Cody

MTV – Sucker Free, Pimp My Ride, Where My Dogs At, Celebrit deathmatch


On David Letterman – Bruce Willis and musical guest Goldfrapp.

On Jay Leno – Adam Sandler, Rosie Perez and musical guest John Fogerty.

On Dr. Phil – A woman can not stand her stepdaughter.  

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