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


In The News

President Bush extols Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki’s “courage” and vowed to help him secure greater authority over security forces in the struggle to quell violence.

A Bipartisan panel says the Iraq policy is “no longer viable” and advises the President to wage a “diplomatic offensive."

John Bolton – the U.S ambassador to the United Nations says he is quitting that position.

Five performing-arts legends are honored at the annual Kennedy Center awards. They are Andrew Lloyd Webber, Zubin Mehta, Dolly Parton, William Smokey Robinson and Steven Spielberg.

Catholic Church Priest Abuse Update – December 1, 2006

The Los Angeles Archdiocese agrees to pay $60 million to 45 people who said they were abused by Roman Catholic priests.


Fascinating Facts – December 1, 2006

All 11 Taco Bells implicated in an E. Coli outbreak in New York and New Jersey used the same food distributor as health officials try to pinpoint the source of the outbreak. Nine are still in the hospital. 

Jockey Russell Baze passes Laffit Pincay to become racing’s winningest jockey with a win a Bay Meadows.


Entertainment news-  December 1, 2006

Britney Spears was the most searched-for topic on Yahoo this year. What’s amazing is that she has released no new music for 2006.  After Spears – the most popular search terms – WWE, Shakira, Jessica Simpson and Paris Hilton. Most searched story – the death of Crocodile Hunter – Steve Irwin followed by the death of Anna Nicole Smith’s son and the war in Iraq. She’s been out of the spotlight, but plans to get back in. Pure – a Las Vegas nightclub, says Spears will appear there to party and count down 2006. 

HBO is taking its “Viral Videos Live” to Las Vegas. The concept features acts broken in by homemade Internet videos.


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

Grey’s Anatomy – 24.01

NFL Postgame on Sunday – 21.89

NCIS – 17.86

Criminal Minds – 12.92

Deal or No Deal on Monday – 17.70

House on Tuesday – 17.30

 CSI: Miami – 17.13

The OT – 16.55

Football Postgame – 16.55

CSI: NY – 16.43

CSI – 16.08

Survivor: Cook Islands – 15.63

Heroes – 15.56

Two and a Half Men – 15.50

Sunday Night Football – 15.42

Law & Order: SVU – 14.63

Without a Trace – 14.28

Cold Case – 14.11

ER – 12.36

Allstate BCS Selection Show – 13.35

Movie-The Polar Express – 13.21

Ugly Betty – 13.02

Charlie Brown Christmas – 13.01

Extreme Makeover Home Edition – 12.77

The Unite – 12.56

60 Minutes – 12.52

Desperate Housewives – 12.04

The New Adventures of Old Christine – 12.01

Men in trees – 1.34

Amazing Race 10 – 10.61

Shark – 10.32


Television news – December 1, 2006

Rene Syler is leaving as co-host of CBS’ “The Early Show.”


Top Movies – December 1, 2006


Happy Feet

National Lampoon’s Van Wilder: Te Rise of the taj

Dhoom 2

Deck the Halls

Déjà vu

The Fountain

Casino Royale

Stranger than Fiction


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