Dateline: Week Of July 15, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
President 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 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 -
Don’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
Makes 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
Back 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
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
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
Bridge To Terabithia
Hannah Montana: Pop Star Profile
Night at the Museum
Black Snake Moan
Entertainment News – July 15, 2007 –
Star 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 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..