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


In The News

The Senate Intelligence Committee says it has found no evidence that Saddam Hussein had ties to Al Qaeda or provided safe harbor to Al Qaeda operative Abu Musab Zarqawi.

Prime Minister Tony Blair says he plans to step down within the next 12 months.

President Bush leads the nation in marking the fifth anniversary of 9/11. He said the war is not over and the victory in Iraq is the key to stopping terrorism. 

As the death toll in Iraq ramps up, Democrats want to throw in the towel and step up their response to President Bush’s policies. . National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzesinski called the war unwinnable.

Al Qaeda’s second in command, Ayman Zawahiri, calls on Muslims to step up their resistance against the United States in a video aired by CNN on the fifth anniversary of 9/11.

The chief prosecutor in the trial against Saddam Hussein says the ex-dictator has been allowed to use the court as a bully pulpit and demands that the presiding judge step down, because he is biased toward the defendants. “You allowed this court to become a political podium for the defendants”

A gunman opens fire at a downtown Montreal college killing a woman and injuring at least 19 other people, eight critically before police shot and killed him.


Sports News – September 8, 2006

 Maria Sharapova wins the U.S. Open over Justine Henin-Hardenne.  Meanwhile, Martina Navratilova (49) wins her 59th Grand Slam title.


Technology – News – September 1, 2006

Microsoft introduces a rival to Apple’s iPod – the Zone. Meantime – Apple unveils an online movie service and new iPods.

Game Monopoly updated – Hasbro – using 3.5 Internet votes cast in a survey, asked consumers to determine which landmarks from 22 U.S. cities would replace game-board spaces named after streets in Atlantic City, N.J. So Park Place and Ventnor Avenues will be replaced and being added with be the Golden Gate Bridge, White House and Disney World.


Entertainment/Celebrity news  - September 8, 2006

In Hollywood – Paris Hilton is arrested for driving drunk. Two officers saw Hilton’s Mercedes-Benz SLR moving erratically about 12:30am and pulled her over. 

Daniel Wayne Smith, the 20-year-old son and Anna Nicole Smith – dies while visiting his mother in the Bahamas. She had just given birth to a 6-lb, 9ounce girl at the hospital where her son died. Amazing. 

Paris Hilton tells KIIS-FM (Los Angeles) – on her arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence, that she want to have an In-N-Out burger. 


Television news – September 8, 2006

“The Path to 9/11” – ABC’s miniseries about the years leading up to the 2001 terrorist attacks, gets an average 13 million viewers. 

Simpson’s producer Matt Groening says there’s just no end in site – now in its 18th season. For one  Bart and company have their first movie coming out next year. He says it’s still fun.


Top Movies – September 8, 2006

The Covenant



The Protector


The Illusionist

Little Miss Sunshine

The Wicker Man From Yesterday Talledega Nights

Barnyard: The Original Party Animals

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