Dateline: Week Of October 1, 2006 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
A milk truck driver armed with a small arsenal – bursts into a one-room schoolhouse in Pennsylvania’s Amish country – and kills four girls and critically wounds seven others. He killed himself as police stormed the building.
Secretary of state Condoleezza Rice arrives in Baghdad on an announced visit to urge on Iraq’s government.
Russian President Vladimir Putin criticizes Georgia for its arrest of four alleged Russian spies. He accused the former Soviet state of resorting to hostage taking and Stalinist tactics.
The FBI says it has begun a preliminary inquiry to determine whether Rep. Mark Foley, the disgraced Florida lawmaker had violated federal law by sending sexually explicit instant messages to at least one teenager who had served as a congressional page.
Diplomatic crisis - Six Russian military officers accused by Georgia of espionage are allowed to return to Moscow
Business News – October 1, 2006
Starbucks raises its long-term expansion goal to 40,000 stores – up from a mere 30,000. It says it was nowhere close to exhausting opportunities in North America, even as possibilities appeared internationally. Starbucks had 12,241 locations at the end of fiscal 2006 (Oct 1).
Donald Trump Update:
Donald Trump and a real estate investment company announce plans to build a $200-million luxury resort in northern Baja California.
Sports News - October 1, 2006
Roger Clemens – the seven-time Cy Young Award winner – who came out of retirement to pitch for the Houston Astros for the past three seasons – is among six players allegedly linked to steroids by a former teammate. Steroids are a performance-enhancement drug.
Technology News – October 1, 2006
YouTube with its 60 employees is finding it hard to keep up bandwith demand. The popular video website now serves 100 million videos a day. Word has it that Google is interested in buying the website. An analyst says – “they don’t have the necessary staff to be able to move ahead here, especially with the threat of a lawsuit looming over them. They need to find ways to rapidly generate more advertising revenue, which Google is gong to be terrific at.” Yes, the company has drawn threats of lawsuits from TV studios and music labels for not adequately blocking copyrighted works.
No more launching new services rapidly. Google says it has begun telling its engineers to stop launching so many new services and instead focus on making existing ones work together better – a shift of strategy for the 8-year-old company. The company believes that its myriad product releases were confusing their users.
Sirius Satellite Radio ads more subscribers than rival XM during the third quarter – reaching 5.1 million subs.
Best Buy and RealNetworks say they would begin a digital music service to compete with Apple’s iTunes and Microsoft’ Zune. Look for it in October 15.
Television news – October 1, 2006
Don’t miss FX drama – “Nip/Tuck.”
On Saturday Night Live – Jaime Pressly with musical guest Corinne Bailey Rae.
Wednesday night television listings/TV Guide – week of October 1, 2006
CBS – Jericho, Criminal Minds, CSI: NY, Late Show, Craig Ferguson
NBC – Friday Night Lights, the Biggest Loser, Kidnapped, Tonight, Conan O’Brien
ABC – Dancing with the Stars, Lost, The Nine, Nightline, Jimmey Kimmel
MyNet – Desire, Fashion House
Fox – Bones, House
CW – America’s Next Top Model. One Tree Hill
PBS – Secrets of the Dead, Moyers on America, Tavis Smiley, Charlie Rose
Disney – Phil of the Future, That’s So Raven, Life with Derek, Zack & Cody
VH1 – Awesomely Ridiculous Celeb Moments, Celebrity Fit Club
On the Late Show - Alec Baldwin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Neil Young
On the Tonight Show – Michael Clark, Duncan, Lisa Lampanelli, Rod Stewart
Top Pop Music – October 1, 2006
Steady, as she goes - The Raconteurs
Ain't No Other Man - Christina Aguilera
Why won't you give me your love? - The Zutons
Dani California - The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Upside Down - Jack Johnson
What's Left Of Me - Nick Lachey
No Tomorrow - The Orson
Unfaithful - Rihanna
Girl Next Door - Saving Jane
You're All I Have - Snow Patrol
World, Hold On - Bob Sinclair
Maneater - Nelly Furtado
I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic! At The Disco
Top Movies – October 1, 2006
Jackass: Number Two
School for Scoundrels
Jet Li’s Fearless
The Black Dahlia
Little Miss Sunshine.