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

 

In The News

Immigrants – legal and Illegal – take to the streets in cities such as Chicago, LA and Phoenix to begin an encore of rallies.

Iraq quarterly - The Pentagon says attacks and civilian deaths in Iraq have risen sharply in recent months – increasing by 1,000 per month. 

Hamed Jumaa Farid Saeedi – a former intelligence agent under Saddam Hussein’s regime and Al Qaeda’s #2 is captured in Iraq.

Tropical Storm Ernesto moves ashore near Long Beach, NC bringing in heavy rain squalls. 

The U.S. transfers 14 suspected top leaders of Al Qaeda from secret CIA prisons overseas to Guantanamo Bay. There, they will face justice before a military commission.

Mexico’s electoral court declares conservative candidate Felipe Calderon president-elect.

U.S. consumer spending in July rose the most since January - .8% after a .4% gain in June. This at a time when some experts expected it to curtail.

Israel says it will end its air and sea blockade of Lebanon and will make way for an international force to be deployed as part of a cease-fire that ended the 34-day war with Hezbollah.

An American thought to be an Al Qaeda activist appears in a videotape with the terrorist group’s deputy leader and calls on his countrymen to convert to Islam and for U.S. soldiers to switch sides in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. . The tape shows Ayman Zawahiri and Adam Yahiye Gadahn, a 28-year-old Californian who the FBI says attended Al Qaeda training camps in Pakistan and served as an Al Qaeda interpreter.

Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan is sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison for his part in a corruption scandal. Ryan was once nominated for the Nobel Peace Price after placing a moratorium on executions.

 

Technology News – September 1, 2006

Intel says it will cut 10,500 jobs – more than 10% of its workforce by middle of next year.

MySpace says it will let its users sell music downloads. Shawn Fanning whose Napster software started it all, will provide technology that enables musicians on MySpace to sell songs directly to fans.

 

Sports News – September 1, 2006

Goodbye Andre – As Andre Agassi loses to German qualifier Benjamin Becker at the U.S. Open – and that ends his career.

Marion Jones is absolved after tests found no evidence of the prohibited blood boosting drug erythropietin in a urine sample she had submitted June 23 at the U.S. championships. 

 

Sports TV News – September 1, 2006

 Looks like ESPN-2’s broadcast of a football game in full circle was a bomb. Shown with regular coverage on ESPN – A Florida-State-Miami football game was also broadcast on ESPN-2 – in multi-screen – featuring the regular feed surrounded by seven screens each with a different camera angle. One viewer commented, – “I’m sorry, but this has to be one of the stupidest things I’ve ever seen since Fox introduced the glowing puck.”

 

Entertainment  News – September 1, 2006

Steve Irwin Dies –

Irwin -  the beloved Australian television personality known as the Crocodile Hunter, dies by a stingray barb during a diving expedition. He was filming an underwater documentary on the Great Barrier Reef when the incident occurred.

Mamma Mia! Is about to celebrate its fifth year on Broadway Since opening in London in 1999, “Mamma Mia!” has been seen by more than 27 million people worldwide and taken in more than $1.6 billion at the box office. There are currently 11 productions including Las Vegas.

 

Television news – September 1, 2006

Perky Katie Couric debuts as the sole anchor of the CBS Evening News.

 

Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – September 1, 2006

CSI: Miami – 10.80

Law & Order: SVU – 9.92

Two and Half Men at 9pm – 9.80

Prison Break – 9.44

60 Minutes – 9.20

T wo and a Half men at 8pm – 9.16

Without a Trace on Thursday – 9.05

Criminal Minds – 9.01

CSI: NY – 8.89

Justice – 8.86

Celebrity Duets on Tuesday – 8.81

College Football – 8.61

Bones – 8.61

Big Brother 7 on Tuesday – 8.53

Vanished on Monday - 8.51

California 500 – 8.45

20/20 on Wednesday – 8.22

 

Top Movies – September 1, 2006

Invincible

Crank

The Wicker Man

Little Miss Sunshine

The Illusionist

Talledega Nights

Barnyard: The Original party Animals

Accepted

World Trade Center

Step Up

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