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


In The News

Democrats take control of the House – the first time in 12 years. In California – Arnold Swarzenegger wins in a landslide.

Sadam Hussein, sentenced to hang in his war crimes trial, calls on warring Iraqis outside to let bygones be bygones. “I call upon al Iraqis, Arabs, and Kurds to forgive, reconcile and shake hands.”

President Bush, acknowledging voters had given him “a thumping” and said the chief architect of his military strategy, defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had resigned.

Republican senators George Allen in Virginia and Conrad Burns in Montana concede defeat and that gives Democrats control of both branches of Congress – the first time in 12 years.

President Bush cautions against holding talks with Syria and Iran and beginning a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, but says he’s open to new ideas. Some Democrats say they would press to begin a phased U.s. military withdrawal from Iraq within four to six months.

The Supreme Court lets stand the murder conviction of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, who is serving a prison term of at least 20 years for the beating death of his Greenwich Conn. Neighbor, Martha Moxley – 31 years ago.


Technology News – November 8, 2006

 Sun Microsystems says that it had begun to make it Java technology an open-source software project available for free on the Internet.  Making Java an open-source project allows programmers to examine, modify, fix bugs and contribute new features in Java’s underlying code.

Walt Disney’s game unit announce a new video game studio that would focus on crating new and Disney-inspired titles for Nintendo Co’s hand-held DS player and upcoming Wii console.

Microsoft has finished work on its long-delayed Windows Vista operating system and should be available January 30.

 Google is growing. It now employs 9,378 people.


Entertainment /Celebrity news – November 8, 2006

Britney Spears files for divorce from Kevin Federline – the back-up dancer-turned-rapper.

Actor Daniel Baldwin is released from a jail in Orange County (CA) after being booked on suspicion of stealing a friend’s SUV, which followed a drug arrest in nearby Santa Monica.

Bill Cosby settles a lawsuit with a woman who said the entertainer drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home outside Philadelphia. Terms of the settlement remain confidential. 

Passing – Actor Jack Palance (87).

 Passing – Ed Bradley – famed CBS newsman. He was 65.


Music news – November 8, 2006

Guns N’ Roses cancels a performance in Maine after being told by police they can’t drink on stage.

Faith Hill says she was just joking when cameras showed her screaming “what?” in apparent anger when she lost the female vocalist of the year award to newcomer Carrie Underwood at the Country Music Assn. Awards on Monday night in Nashville.  “The idea that I would act disrespectful towards a fellow musician is unimaginable to me. For this to become a focus of attention given the talent gathered is utterly ridiculous,” said the singer. This is her reaction that night and it looks like she wasn’t kidding.


Television news – November 8, 2006

CBS is returning “The King of Queens” to the schedule on Dec. 6. Recently, it had left the schedule after eight seasons, but 13 episodes were ordered as a backup series.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – November 8, 2006

Desperate Housewives – 22.65

Sunday Night Football (NBC) – 21.94

Grey’s Anatomy (Thursday) – 21.02

CSI – 20.71

Dancing with the Stars – 20.51

Dancing with the Stars results – 19.22

Criminal Minds – 16.97

Deal or No deal – 16.90

 CSI:NY – 16.64

Lost – 16.07

NCIS – 15.94

60 Minutes – 15.31

Survivor: Crook Islands – 15.29

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 15.27

Heroes – 14.89

NBC NFL Pregame – 14.61

CSI:Miami – 14.47

House – 14.18

Cold Case – 13.96

ER – 13.85

Two and a Half Men – 13.72

Ugly Betty – 13.62

Brothers & Sisters – 13.53


Friday night television listings/TV Guide – week of November 8, 2006

CBS – Ghost Whisperer, Close to Home, Numbers, Late Show, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

NBC – 1 vs. 100, Las Vegas, Law & Order, Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien

ABC – Grey’s Anatomy, Men in Texas, 20/20, Nightline, Jimmy Kimmel Live

Fox – Vanished, Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy

CW – WWE Friday Night Smackdown

MyNet – Desire, Fashion House

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week, Tavis Smiley, Charlie Rose

E! – E! News, The daily 10, Dr. 90210 E True Hollywood story, The Soup

Comedy – Daily Show, the Report, Chappelle’s Show

 Disney – Hannah Montana, Zack & Cody, Movie-Freaky Friday


Top Movies – November 8, 2006

A Good Year

Harsh Times

Night of the Living dad

The Return

Stranger Than Fiction


Flushed Away

The Santa Clause 3: The escape Clause


Flags of Our fathers

The Prestige

The Grudge

The Departed

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