Week of June 23, 2006
It’s revealed that the U.S government without the knowledge of banks and
customers has engaged in a secret effort to track terrorist financing by accessing
a vast database on transfers of money between banks worldwide.
Israeli troops and equipment launch into the southern Gaza Strop, hours after
Israel declared that time was running out for Palestinian militants to free an
Israeli soldier seized in a cross-border raid.
Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger turns down a White House request to more than
double the number of California National Guard troops what will be deployed to
the border. He felt it would leave the state vulnerable if case of an emergency.
The Supreme Curt declares that President Bush had overstepped his authority in
the war against terrorism. They ruled he did not have the power to set up special
military trials at Guantanamo Bay without the approval of Congress.
The Fed raises its benchmark interest rate a quarter-point to 5.25%.
President Bush criticizes newspapers for exposing a secret U.S. government
program that monitors international banking transactions. He called the
disclosure “disgraceful” that could aid the terrorists.
More newspaper exposure as Rep Peter King of New York - chairman of the
House Homeland Security Committee calls for criminal prosecution of the New
York times, saying its report on U.S. government surveillance of confidential
banking records “compromised America’s anti-terrorist policies.”
A survey released this week says travelers rank JetBlue Airways their favorite
low cost carrier and Continental Airlines the best traditional full-service carrier.
Staff Sgt. Raymond Plouhar - a
Marine and onetime recruiter who
appeared in “Fahrenheit 9/11 dies
in a roadside bombing in Iraq.
Plouhar, at the time, was not told it
was an antiwar movie.
Flooding as the Susquehanna River
near Wilkes-Barre rises and
200,000 were ordered to leave their
Week of June 23, 2006
Warren Buffet pledges to begin giving away 85% of his $40 billion plus fortune,
most of it to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Sports - Andre Agassi says “this Wimbledon will by my last.” “And the U.S. Open
will be my last tournament.” Agassi is the winner of all four of tennis’ grand Slam
tournaments. They are Wimbledon in 1992, U.S. Open in 1994 and 1999, French
Open in 1999. Australian Open in 1995, 2000, 2001 and 2003. He’s one of only
five men in tennis history to win all four
- joining Fred Perry, Rod Laver, Don
Budge and Roy Emerson.
Technology news - XM radio has an expensive radio - for $400 - but it lets you
record the music you hear. It’s called the Inno.
, who with
her husband, was once a suspect in
the murder of her daughter JonBenet -
has died of cancer. She was 49.
Music news - Axl Rose gets jailed in
Stockholm after allegedly biting a
security guard in the leg at his hotel.
Lisa Loeb has a Reality TV series on E!
called #1 Single.”
Entertainment news -
Seen on the cover of “People” last
week - Angela Jolie and Brad Pitt’s
new baby - Shiloh Nouvel.
Porn Icon Jenna Jameson is selling Club Jenna Inc to Playboy Enterprises. Club
Jenna is known for its hard-core porn.
Aaron Spelling death -
says she was
thankful she had the chance to reconcile with her father
who died this week. “It is a true blessing to have had a
parent that love me unconditionally and was always there
for me. I am honored to be Aaron Spelling’s daughter. He
had a heart that was as big as his talent, and today along
with many others I mourn his loss. He was a great man and
even better father.”
Week of June 23, 2006
Television news - “The View” airs without Star Jones who was asked not to
return after telling of her surprise departure via People Magazine. She was
supposed to remain with the show until July. She told the magazine she felt like
she was fired. Her contract was up, but was not going to be renewed.
Charles Gibson leaves Good Morning America after 19 years. He’ll concentrate
on ABC’s Evening News.
On “Saturday Night Live” - host Kevin Spacey with musical guest - Nelly
Passing - Mega TV producer
He was 83.
Friday night television -
CBS - Ghost Whisperer, Close to Home,
Numbers, Late Show, Craig Ferguson
NBC - Dateline NBC, Las Vegas Law & Order
Tonight, Conan O’Brien
ABC - America’s Funniest Home Videos, Kyle XY
20/20, Nightline, Jimmy Kimmel
UPN - WWE Friday Smackdown!
Fox - 24
WB - What I Like About You, Twins Reba, Living
PBS - NOW, Washington Week Billy Moyers
Sci-Fi - Stargate Atlantis
MTV - The Hills, Real World-Road Rules, Where My Dagos At, Celebrity Death
Law & Order - McCoy is on a hit list.
Jay Leno - Brandon Routh and Ziggy Marley
On Dr. Phil - Mothers with drug addictions.