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Dateline: Week Of July 15, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts

In The News -

bush cia order harsh interrogation july 2007President Bush signs an order the clears the way for the CIA to resume harsh interrogation methods against suspected terrorists.

An underground steam pipe explodes through a Manhattan street during rush hour – killing one and injuring 30 others.

A U.S. intelligence terrorism assessment says that Al Qaeda has strongholds throughout Pakistan – not just the areas near Afghanistan… Also – Al Qaeda has “regenerated key elements” of its ability to attack targets in America and is intensifying its efforts to put operatives inside the country – according to the assessment/report.

Iraq – Bombings kill at least 76 in Kirkuk.

A car bomber strikes a military convoy in Pakistan – killing 24.

The Dow leaps past 14,000 – a new high.

U.S. junk bonds sell off sharply as investors pull back from the high-risk securities. This because of renewed fears of a prolonged meltdown of mortgage-related bonds backed by sub-prime loans.

Presidential run - Looks like Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois is the frontrunner for raising money. He’s at $33 million.

Albert Gore III – son of Al Gore (24) is charged by authorities in Orange County (CA) with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, two misdemeanor counts of possessing drugs without a prescription, one misdemeanor count of possessing marijuana and a traffic infraction for speeding. If convicted on all charges – he could get three years in prison.

A TAM Airbus 320 slides off a rain-slicked runway in Sao Paulo and smashes into a cargo terminal. All aboard – almost 200 – are feared dead.

Business News – July 15, 2007 –

starbucks news update july 2007Starbucks Corp. says it would beginning offering Starbucks-branded, coffee-flavored chocolate products in the fall under a deal with Hershey – as there is a growing demand for premium coffee.

Bear Stearns says investors in two of its hedge funds that owned mortgage-backed bonds had lost virtually all their money.

Technology News – July 15, 2007 -

Microsoft’s profit climbed 7% - to $3 billion, but gives modest projections for sales of its new Vista operating system.

Google wants to buy a chunk of radio airwaves for high-speed data – as it readies to bid in an upcoming federal action of spectrum.

EBay Inc tops earnings expectations as second-quarter profit surges 50%.

Internet radio stations take a breather – as proposed rate hikes for the music they play – has been quashed – for now. SoundExchange – the organization that collect royalties for musicians and record companies – say they wouldn’t seek immediate payment of the higher rates. Many of these Internet radio station say the hike would have put them out of business.

Best-selling books – July 15, 2007

Peony in Love – Lisa See

On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

Lean Mean Thirteen – Janet Evanovich

The Diana Chronicles – Tina Brown

The Secret – Rhonda Byrne

God Is Not Created – Christopher Hitchens

The dangerous Book for Boys – Conn and Hal Igguiden

The Assault on Reason - Al Gore

More Anarchy – Woody Allen

Sports News – July 15, 2007 -

Barry Bonds ends an 0-for-21 slump – hitting home run #752 in a game against the Chicago Cubs.

Music News – July 15, 2007 -

justin timberlake news july 2007Don’t miss Justin Timberlake’s 2007 Future Sex Love Show concert.

Paris Hilton says she is laying down tracks for another album – her second. This time, she’s working with hip-hop producer Scott Storch. Her first album, “Paris” didn’t sell all that well, but she did have a top-20 single with “Stars Are Blind.”

Top Country Hits – July 15, 2007

Lucky Man – Montgomery Gentry

Lost in this Moment - Big & Rich

I Told You So – Keith Urban

Wrapped – George Strait

Teardrops on My Guitar – Taylor Swift

Startin’ With Me – Jake Owen

Never Wanted Nothing More – Kenny Chesney

These Are My People – Rodney Atkins

Johnny Cash – Jason Aldean

I Need You –Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

Top Pop Hits – July 15, 2007 –

Big Girls Don’t Cry – Fergie

Umbrella – Rihanna fea. Jay-Z

Party like a Rockstar – Shop Boyz

Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s

The Way I Are – Timbaland fea. Keri Hilson

Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’) – T-Pain fea. Yung Joc

A Bay Bay – Hurricane Chris

maroon 5 music july 2007Makes Me Wonder – Maroon 5

Bartender – T-Pain fea. Akon

Big Things Poppin’ (Do It) – T.I.

Make Me Better – Fabolous fea. Ne-Yo

Girfriend – Avril Lavigne

Summer Love – Justin Timberlake

Thanks Fr Th Mmrs – Fall Out Boy

Rehab – Amy Winehouse

Home – Daughtry

Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood

Get It Shawty – Lloyd

What I’ve Done – Linkin Park

Wait For You – Elliott Yamin

Beautiful Girls – Sean Kingston

Pop, Lock &Drop It – Huey

Lip Gloss – Lil mama

Glamorous – Fergie fea. Ludacris

Rockstar – Nickelback

U + UR Hand – Pink

The Sweet Escape – Gwen Stefani fea. Akon

Same Girl – R. Kelly with Usher

Top Music Albums – July 15, 2007 –

Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus

T.I. vs. T.I.P. – T.I.

Lost Highway – Bon Jovi

My December – Kelly Clarkson

5th Gear – Brad Paisley

Libertad – Velvet Revolver

amy winehouse music july 2007Back to Black – Amy Winehouse

Icky thump – White Stripes

Ms. Kelly – Kelly Rowland

Minutes to Midnight – Linkin Park

Good Girl Gone Bad – Rihanna

It Won’t Be Soon Before Long – Maroon 5

Epiphany – T-Pain

The Dutchess – Fergie

Big Dog Daddy – Toby Keith

Double Up – R. Kelly

Taylor Swift

From Nothin’ To Somethin’ – Fabolous

Memory Almost Full – Paul McCartney

The Best Damn Thing – Avril Lavigne

Because of You – Ne-Yo

Transformers: The Album soundtrack


All the Right Reasons – Nickelback

Arrivals & Departures – Silverstein

The Police

Some Hearts – Carrie Underwood

Call Me Irresponsible – Michael Buble

Easy Tiger – Ryan Adams

Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace – Big and Rich

Top DVD’s July 15, 2007

Ghost Rider

Bridge To Terabithia


hannaha montana pop culture july 2007 Hannah Montana: Pop Star Profile

Night at the Museum


Black Snake Moan

Dead Silence

Entertainment News – July 15, 2007 –

star jones joins court tv july 2007Star Jones is promoting her new Court TV show – which begins August 20.

The BBC says it has suspended all phone-in contests and interactive quizzes after an investigation exposed several rigged competitions.

Oprah Winfrey is opening her Santa Barbara (CA) estate to host a four-star fundraiser for Sen. Barrack Obama on Sept 8.

Lindsay Lohan says she is wearing an ankle bracelet – one that detects alcohol in the sweat, then reports it to authorities. Lohan is wearing the device on her own – a commitment to sobriety after her arrest in May for DUI.

larry david getting divorce july 2007Larry David and his wife of 14 years – Laurie – file for divorce.

Top TV Show Ratings – July 15, 2007 -

The Singing Bee on Tuesday – 13,31

All Star Major League Game – 12.53

America’s Got Talent on Tuesday – 11.38

So You Think You can Dance on Thursday – 9.69

NCIS – 9.68

CSI – 9.39

CSI: NY – 8.71

All Star Pregame show – 8.57

Two and a Half Men – 8.55

Law & Order:SVU on Tuesday – 8.49

Don’t Forge the Lyrics on Thursday – 8.43

Shark – 8.22

CSI: Miami – 8.05

60 Minutes – 7.98

So you Think You Can Dance on Wednesday – 7.74

Television News- July 17, 2007-

This week, ABC showed, perhaps – the most graphic footage of the war in Iraq. The footage showed U.S. troops helping after a Bradley vehicle was blown up – and on fire with six soldiers inside. The troops go on patrol to find out who set the bomb off. At one point, they were at the home of a sobbing woman and another – they shot dead the driver of a vehicle who did not respond on orders to stop.

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