Dateline: Week Of July 8, 2006 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Bush defends his administration’s policies on North Korea saying the regime in Pyongyang had grown more dangerous since he entered the White House.
Israel bombs Beirut’s airport and sends troops and tanks into Lebanon after guerrillas from the Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah seized to Israeli soldiers and killed eight others in a border raid.
The FBI says that three of eight suspects are in custody abroad after learning about plans to blow-up commuter train tunnels beneath the Hudson River into Manhattan.
Iraq - Mosque bombings, sectarian gunfights and executions take their toll leaving about 60 dead and dozens more wounded in Baghdad alone.
In India – eight explosions strike a commuter railway in succession killing 190 in Mumbai.
The war in Iraq has cost $291 billion so far and would total almost half a trillion dollars even if all U.S. troops were withdrawn by the end of 2009, so says a Congressional Budget Office analysis.
The Australian government bans two books – both by the “godfather of jihad” – Abdullah Azzam. “Defense of the Muslim Lands” and “Join the Caravan” both encourage young Muslims to become suicide bombers in Afghanistan.
Sports News – July 8, 2006
Taking some needed time off, Serena Williams says she is going to return to the WTA Tour next week. She has been unseen since her third round loss at the Australian Open in January.
77th All-Star game – American League 3 – National League 2.
Italy defeats France in the World Cup final in Berlin – 5-3.
Music news – July 8, 2006
Passing – Syd Barrett (60) – one of the front men for Pink Floyd.
Entertainment news – July 8, 2006
Passing – Actor Red Buttons (87).
Passing – Actress June Allyson (88).
Television news – July 8, 2006
Looks like the last eight “Sopranos” episodes won’t begin airing until March because of James Gandolfini’s injury.
The Cartoon Network will run “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” – the original 45 episodes that ran over five seasons on CBS from 1986 to 1991.
Top Movies – July 8, 2006
X-Men: The Last Stand
The Lake House
Garfield: A Tail of Tow Kitties
Over the Hedge
The da Vinci Code
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest