Dateline: Week Of July 22, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Two parolees break into a doctor’s home, strangled his wife and killed the couple’s two daughters in a fire they set to cover the tracks in Meriden, Connecticut. Dr. William Petit Jr. was attacked – but he’ll live. His wife – Jennifer and daughters Hayley and Michaela are dead. The two suspects are Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes.
Turkey’s Islamist-influenced ruling party wins in parliamentary elections.
The Senate agrees to a $3 billion spending bill to gain “operational control” over the border with Mexico over the next two years.
President Bush welcomes British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to Camp David. They talked about terror threats, Iraq and Afghanistan, stalled trade and the crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region.
Iraq – The underdog Iraqi national soccer team wins their first Asian Cup, beating three-time champs Saudi Arabia 1-0.
More Iraq as a series of car bombs kill 18 in Baghdad.
Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor in a Libyan prison for over 8 years and condemned to death in a controversial HIV case – are freed.
National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell, in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” defended a new order from President Bush that broadly outlines the limits of how suspects may be questioned in the CIA’s terrorism interrogation program. The executive order bans torture, cruel and inhumane treatment, sexual abuse, acts intended to denigrate a religion or other degradation “beyond the bounds of human decency.”
Heavy rains hit the central part of China and more than a million have been evacuated.
Toyota says it would introduce a new standard version of its Prius gas-electric hybrid with a base price of about $21,000.
The government has suspended a Seattle company’s gene therapy study – and is reviewing the safety of 28 others around the country – after learning that a patient died this week.
Felons who serve their full terms must pay their court-ordered fines before regaining the right to vote, a Washington state Supreme Court ruled, in a case watched by voting rights advocates.
Former Durham County Dist. Atty. Mike Nifong apologized in court for his aggressive prosecution on rape charges of three former Duke University lacrosse players and admitted there was no credible evidence against them.
Business/Economy News – July 22, 2007
Sales of new U.S. homes dropped more than 6.6% in June, while orders for long lasting, U.S. made goods were weaker than analysts forecast. “The downturn in the housing market is going from bad to worse: of that there is not doubt,” said an economist with Merrill Lynch. Signs that the easy money that kept mortgage and the takeover business alive is drying up.
Hugh Panero – a founder of XM Satellite radio – is leaving as chief executive.
PepsiCo. Will spell out that its Aquafina bottled water is made with tap water – a concession to the growing environmental and political opposition to the bottled water industry.
Sports News – July 22, 2007 -
NASCAR - Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Ginn racing merge.
Barry Bonds hits homer #754.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is in Virginia and pleads not guilty to federal charges related to illegal dogfighting.
Woody Williams threw eight shutout innings and the Houston Astros made several outstanding plays to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0.
Technology News – July 22, 2007 –
Google plans to offer Internet search service through a web portal that spring Nextel Corp is developing for its WiMax high-speed wireless service. The agreement is Google’s closest alliance with a major U.S. mobile service provider.
Apple says consumers snapped up a record 1.76 million Macintosh computers during Apple’s fiscal third quarter – up 33% from a year earlier. This outpaced the industry – which was at 12%.
Wow – Activision is hot stuff with its Guitar Hero and is #1 in video game sales because of it – with $397.8 million in sales of games for consoles and hand held game players from Jan. through June.
Entertainment News – July 22, 2007 –
In Hollywood – Lindsay Lohan is arrested and charged with a DUI and also, cocaine is found.
Passing – TV talkshow host and news anchor Tom Snyder (71).
Passing - Director Ingmar Bergman (89).
J.K. Rowling now says she will write an encyclopedia about Harry Potter and his magical world. She’s done with all the books and has 17 years of notes to supply details that didn’t make it into the stories.
Music News – July 22, 2007
Country singer Mindy McCready is in jail because she violated probation on a 2004 drug charge after a scuffle with her mom.
Don’t miss the ABC special – “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” with Sugarland, Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, Big & Rich, Little Big Town, LeAnn Rimes, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson. Monday night this week!
First Paul McCartney – now Joni Mitchell has signed with the Starbucks label – “Hear Music” for a new album. McCartney’s “Memory Almost Full” has sold about 447,000 copies – and about 45% of sales came from Starbucks.
Kelly Clarkson apologizes about her feud with record vet Clive Davis on the direction of her newest album – “My December.” For months – she’s fueled reports about the spat. Davis oversees her record label – RCA.
Television News – July 22, 2007
On A&E – “The Two Coreys” – a reality show with Corey Feldman and Corey Haim.
Drew Carey is replacing Bob Barker as the host of “Price is Right” – CBS daytime.
Moveon dot org and other liberal organizations are asking thousands of supporters to monitor who is advertising on the Fox News Channel and put pressure on its advertisers. Apparently, they don’t like the right-leaning message of the channel - which is supposed to be “fair and balanced.”
The sister of a man who was suspected of being a sexual predator and who killed himself as the cameras of “Dateline” closed in on him – sued NBC Universal for $105 million. Patricia Conradt’s brother, Bill Conradt Jr., shot himself in November in a Dallas suburb as police knocked at his door and a camera crew for the newsmagazine waited in the street.
Longtime CNN anchor Paula Zahn confirms that she is leaving CNN and does not know her next move.
MTV is moving from Laguna Beach – to just up the road with “Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County” beginning Aug. 15.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – July 22, 2007 –
The Singing Bee on Tuesday – 11.03
America’s Got talent on Tuesday – 10.38
Law & Order SVU on Tuesday – 9.45
So You Think You Can Dance on Thursday – 9.07
CSI – 8.91
CSI: NY – 8.67
Just for Laughs – 8.64
Don’t Forget the Lyrics – 8.36
Top Movies – July 22, 2007 –
The Simpsons Movie
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Live Free or Die Hard
I Know Who Killed Me
Who’s You Caddy?.