Dateline: Week Of December 15, 2006 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
A new defense department report says radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr poses the gravest danger to the security and stability of Iraq, surpassing Sunni Arab Insurgents and Al Qaeda terrorists.
President Bush calls the war in Iraq a “difficult year” in which extremists thwarted efforts to establish security and stability in the country. Meantime – President Bush is asking for plans to expand the military for along war against terrorism, saying a bigger military is needed for a long war on terrorism.
Four Marines are charged with murder in connection with the deaths of 24 men, women and children last year in Haditha. Four officers are also charges with failing to make accurate reports and thoroughly investigate the deaths.
Miss USA Tara Conner, who had come under criticism amid rumors she had been frequenting bars while underage, will be allowed to keep her title, so says Donald Trump. ‘I’ve always been a believer in second chances” said Trump.
Farwell to the Donald – Donald Rumsfeld in his farewell address as Defense Secretary, warns against a weakening of American will in Iraq, saying a withdrawal of troops may provide short-term relief from US. casualties but would only embolden the enemy.
High winds hit the Pacific Northwest, cut power to 1.5 million and close roads.
New Jersey’s lawmakers chose to allow civil unions – making it the third state to allow gay civil unions.
Sports News – December 15, 2006
Terrell Owns is fined $35,000 by the NFL for spitting in the face of Atlanta Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall during the Dallas Cowboys 38-28 victory.
Radio news – December 15, 2006
Danny Bonaduce joins Adam Carolla on Carolla’s morning show over KLSX-Fm Los Angeles. He replaces Dave Damachef.
Technology News – December 15, 2006
For sales of MP-3 music players – the iPod dominated with almost 75% of the market. Meantime Microsoft’s “Zune” player looks like it’s a bust. Microsoft says it is aiming to sell only a modest 1 million Zune units in the end of its fiscal year – June 2007. Meantime – Apple says it will sell 16 million iPods in the quarter ending later this month.
Entertainment news –
Donald Trump/Rosie O’Donnell feud over the Miss USA flap as Trump called a Los Angeles talk show to sound off, saying, “She is a very, very unattractive woman who really is a bully.” It all started when O’Donnell, co-host of ABC’s “The View,” blasted Trump on a recent installment.
J.K. Rowling’s publisher says the Harry Potter finale book will be titled “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”
Passing – Joseph Barbera (95) – Half the famed cartoon team of Hanna-Barbera.
Friday night television listings/TV Guide – week of December 15, 2006
CBS – 8th Annual A Home for the Holidays With Rod Stewart, Close to Home, Numbers, Late Show, Craig Ferguson
NBC –Identity, 1 vs. 100, law & Order, Tonight, Conan O’Brien
ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos, 20/20, Nightline, Jimmy Kimmel
My Net – Wicked Wicked Games, Watch Over Me
Fox – Justice, Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy
CW – WWE Friday Night SmackDown!
Animal Planet – Crocodile Hunter, Meerkat Manor, The Planet’s Funniest animals, Animal Cops Detroit
Top DVD’s – December 15, 2006
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Little Mermaid
The Chronicles of Narnia (Full Screen)
Madagascar (Full Screen)
Lady and the Tramp 50th Anniversary Edition
Over the Hedge
X-Men: The Last Stand
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Music news – December 15, 2006
Live Nation was the largest concert promoter in the world in 2006 – reporting grosses of nearly $2.3 billion from 9,367 shows that sold 38.2 million tickets worldwide. Live Nation – once a division of Clear Channel, became a stand-alone public company focused 100% on live music.
Passing- Ahmet Ertegun – The Turkish ambassador’s son credited with helping blacks and whites together with his Atlantic records. He was 83.
The Rolling Stones were the top concert act in 2006 with $425 million followed by Madonna at $194,754 and Bon Jovi at $131,386.
Eminem and his wife Kim agree to divorce once again. They had remarried January 14 and were first married in 1999.
On Saturday Night Live – Justin Timberlake hosts and performs.
Top Pop Music Artists For The Year 2006
Mary J. Blige
The All-American Rejects
Fall Out Boy
Black Eyed Peas
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Panic! At the Disco
Dem Franchize Boyz
Music Charts For The Week Of December 15, 2006
Top Pop Hits – December 15, 2006
I Wanna Love You – Akon/Snoop Dogg
Irreplaceable – Beyonce
My Love – Justin Timberlake/T.I.
Fergalicious – Fergie
Smack that – Akon/Eminem
How To Save a Life- the Fray
Wind It Up – Gwen Stefani
Money Maker – Ludacris/Pharrell
We Fly High – Jim Jones
Shortie Like Mine – Bow Wow
Say It Right – Nelly Furtado
Walk It Out – Unk
Far Away – Nickelback
It Ends Tonight – All-American Rejects
Sexyback – Justin Timberlake
That’s That S*** - Snoop Dogg/R. Kelly
Say Goodbye – Chris Brown
Keep Holding On – Avril Lavigne
Top Modern Rock Tracks/Music – December 15, 2006
Show (Hey Oh) – Red Hot Chil Peppers
Welcome to the Black Parade – My Chemical Romance
Anna-Molly – Incubus
Face Down – Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Breaking Benjamin – the Diary of Jane
Tool – The Pot
AFI – Love Like Winter
The Raconteurs - Level
Top Country Music Albums – December 15, 2006
Me and My Gang – Rascal Flatts
Some Hearts – Carrie Underwood
Enjoy the Ride – Sugarland
Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing – Keith Urban
You Ma – Josh Turner
It Just Comes Natural – George Strait
Brad Paisley Christmas – Brad Paisley
If You’re Gong Through Hell – Rodney Atkins
A Classic Christmas - Wynonna
Top Hot Hip-Hop/R&B Music – December 15, 2006
Call On Me – Janet & Nelly
Submerge – M-Tina
Irreplaceable – Beyonce
B.P. – Donni rai
U shoulda Seen Her on Myspace – Jud Nester
Ring the Alarm – Beyonce
Kool Aid – Lil’ Bass/JT Money
Top Music Albums – December 15, 2006
Hannah Montana – Soundtrack
Light Grenades – Incubus
Love – the Beatles
Now 23 – Various Artists
Konvicted – Akon
Wintersong – Sarah McLachlan
Kingdom Come – Jay-Z
B’day – Beyonce
Awake – Josh Groban
The Blue Carpet Treatment – Snoop Dogg
Now That’s What I Call Christmas! 3
Siempre – Il Divo
Duets: An American Classic – Tony Bennett
Hell Hath No Fury – Clipse
Some Hearts – Carrie Underwood
Me and My gang – Rascal Flatts
The Cheetah Girls 2 – Soundtrack
James Taylor At Christmas – James Taylor
Doctor’s Advocate – The Game
All the Right Reasons – Nickelback
U218: Singles – U2
Top Movies – December 15, 2006
Pursuit of Happiness
The Nativity story