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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

Madagascar

The Chronicles of Narnia

Chicken Little

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

Chris Brown

Nickeback

Rascal Flatts

Sean Paul

Ne-Yo

Pussycat Dolls

Rihanna

Mary J. Blige

The Fray

Justin Timberlake

James Blunt

The All-American Rejects

Beyonce

Kelly Clarkson

Carrie Underwood

T.I.

Fall Out Boy

 Daniel Powter

Black Eyed Peas

Eminem

Natasha Bedngfield

Gnarls Barkley

Yung Joc

Chamillionaire

Nelly Furtado

Mariah Carey

Shakira

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Kenny Chesney

Panic! At the Disco

Fergie

Jamie Foxx

Cassie

Nelly

Christina Aguilaera

Dem Franchize Boyz

Hinder

T-Pain

Ludacris

 

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

Extreme Behavior

All the Right Reasons – Nickelback

U218: Singles – U2

 

Top Movies – December 15, 2006

Pursuit of Happiness

Eragon

Charlottee’s Web

Happy Feet

The Holiday

Apocalypto

Blood Diamond

Casino Royale

The Nativity story

Unaccompanied Minors

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