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Dateline: Week Of January 1, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News -

U.S. and Iraqi troops launch a major offensive in Diyala province. The area is where violence is on the rise.

Troop surge or no troop surge in Iraq. That is the question – but many say as many as 30,000 more troops are necessary.

Balanced budget - President Bush says that he would propose wiping out the deficit by 2012.

 Mitt Romney serves his last day as governor of Massachusetts and has his eyes as a Republican candidate for president. Lets see.

A federal judge freezes the money O.J. Simpson received as an advance for the book  “If I Did It.” The book and a television deal was to have described how he could have killed is ex-wife and Ronald Goldman. The package was put together by publisher Judith Regan, who was recently fired from her position, but canceled by News Corp. after an outcry. 

The U.S. military death toll hits 3,000 in Iraq.


Fascinating Facts – January 1, 2007

Funny? - CNN apologizes for mistakenly promoting a story on the search for Osama bin laden with the headline, “Where’s Obama?”

Starbucks says it is cutting trans fats from the doughnuts, muffins and other treats in half of its U.s. stores and plans to eventually drop the artery-clogging fats from company-operated coffee houses across the country. 


Technology News – January 1, 2007

Nielsen Soundscan says music purchases in the U.S. exceeded 1 billion units for the second straight year as down loads continue to compensate for declining CD sales.


Sports News – January 1, 2007

Outback Bowl – Penn St. 20  Tennessee 10

Rose Bowl – USC – 32  Michigan 18

Cotton Bowl – Auburn 17  Nebraska 14

Gator Bowl – West Virginia 38 Georgia Tech 35

Fiesta Bowl – Boise St 43 – Oklahoma - 42


Music News – January 1, 2007

Keifer Bonvillain – who lives near Atlanta – is charged with trying to extort $1.5 million from Oprah Winfrey by threatening to release tape recordings he claimed would hurt her reputation.

Seether performs on the Carson Daly late night program.

Rapper Busta Rhymes is charged wit misdemeanor assault stemming from a complaint that he had beaten a man in a dispute over money.

Passing – Country music legend Del Reeves (73).


Television News – January 1, 2007

“Geraldo at Large” with Geraldo Rivera has been canceled.

 Crocodile Hunter - Authorities have given the video of Steve Irwin’s fatal encounter with a Stingray to his family and destroyed all copies to prevent the footage from being shown in public.

New channel – “ReelzChannel – by Hubbard Media Group. It’ll appeal to movie fans.

“Dirt” starring  Courteney Cox debuts on FX. She’s the editor of a Hollywood tabloid magazine.


Tuesday night television listings/TV Guide – week of January 1, 2007

CBS – NCIS, The Unit, Numbers, David Letterman

NBC – Dateline NBC, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Tonight Show, Conen O’Brien, Carson Daly

ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos, Big day, Boston Legal, Nightline

Fox – College Football

CW – Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars

My Net – Wicked Wicked Games, Watch Over Me

PBS – Nova, Frontline, Independent Lens, Tavis Smiley, Charlie Rose


On David Letterman – Martin Sort, Donal Logue

On Jay Leno – George Clooney, Sen. John McCain


Top Movies – January 1, 2007

The Pursuit of Happyness


Charlotte’s Web

The Good Shepherd

Rocky Balboa


We Are Marshall

Happy Feet

The Holiday

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