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

 

In The News

Russian President Vladimir V. Putin who is due to step down next year at the end of his second term, pledges that his successor would be chosen in a free and democratic election.

Iraq is unraveling at an accelerating rate and even if U.S. and Iraqi forces can slow the spreading violence – so says a U.S. intelligence assessment.

 Sen. Joseph Biden Jr. (D-Del.) announces his candidacy for the presidency, arguing that when the media buzz fades from Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama – voters will rally around Biden’s foreign policy expertise.

A suicide bomber  driving a dump truck hauling a ton of explosives – explodes in the center of a crowded Baghdad market – killing at least 130. 

The Iraqi government accuses Syria of harboring insurgents fomenting violence in Baghdad after a massive suicide bombing the previous day killed at least 130- people in a Shiite neighborhood of the capital.

Tornadoes in Florida kill 19.

Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez is granted sweeping powers to rule by decree for 18 months to accelerate his push toward socialism.

British police arrest nine suspects in a possible Iraq-style plot to kidnap and behead a British Muslim soldier and broadcast his death on the Internet.

 Navy Capt. Lisa Marie Nowak – a NASA astronaut is arrested and accused of attacking a woman she considered her rival for the love of another astronaut. She accosted Air Force Capt. Colleen Shipman in a parking lot and sprayed her with pepper spray in an attempt to kidnap her, according to a police affidavit.

 

Business/Economy – February 1, 2007

Toyota – becomes the world’s #1 automaker – reporting a 7.3% jump in fiscal third-quarter profit.

Battle of the morning coffee - Consumer Reports magazine says that its tasters found McDonald’s coffee to be “decent and moderately strong” with no flaws and that the Starbucks brew was strong, but burnt and bitter enough to make your eyes water instead of open.

Exxon Mobile Corp reports a 2006 profit of 439.5 billion – the largest ever recorded by a public company.

The U.S. economy surged 3.5% during the fourth quarter – up from 2% in the previous quarter.

 

Sports News – February 1, 2007

The Indianapolis Colts defeat the Chicago Bears 29-17 in Super Bowl XLI. QB Peyton manning gets game MVP.

 

Technology News – February 1, 2007

Apple endorses a radical proposal to do away with restrictions over what people can do with the music they buy online. The plan cold allow music fans to purchase songs from apple and play them on rivals music players.

Wal-mart Stores begins selling movies online – the first major retailer to offer downloadable digital movies from all major Hollywood studios.

 

Music News – February 1, 2007

Passing – Frankie Laine – Pop hit singer of the 1950’s. He was 93.

Passing – Singer/actress Barbara McNair (72).

 

Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – February 1, 2007

Super Bowl XL – 93.18 million viewers

Super Bowl XL Postgame 1 – 81.84

Super Bowl XLI Postgame 2 – 57.34

American Idol (Tue.) – 33.65

American Idol Wed.) – 31.85

House – 27.34

Criminal Minds (Sun.) – 26.31

Grey’s Anatomy (Thur.) – 24.18

CSI – 21.49

Deal or No Deal (Mon.) – 16.92

Shark – 14.08

24 – 14.04

Ugly Betty – 14.00

Heroes – 13.63

CSI: Miami – 13.53

 

Television News – February 1, 2007

Jeff Zucker – executive producer of “today” is named chief executive of NBC Universal – succeeding chief Bob Wright, who’s been at it for 21 years.

Actor Ryan O’Neal is arrested on suspicion of assault and a firearm offense after a dispute at his Malibu beachfront home with his son Griffin.

Farrah Fawcett  (60) gets good news from her doctor – that she is cancer free.

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