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Dateline: Week Of February 8, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 

 

In The News

U.S. defense and intelligence officials seek to bolster the charge that Iran was providing arms to Shiite Muslim militants in Iraq. Munitions were displayed at a meeting to make the case.

Russian President Vladimir V. Putin berates the U.S. declaring that Washington’s militarism had fostered global instability and forced vulnerable nations to seek nuclear weapons.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney formally launches his bid for president in Michigan – stressing values and innovation.

Making it official – Sen. Barack Obama formally launches his bid for president in Springfield, Illinois.

North Korea says it will freeze its nuclear tests – for now! A deal calls for a halt to plutonium production in return for energy aid. 

Stocks are down after new Century Financial and HSBC Holdings report big losses from defaults.

Contradicts Libby – NBC’s Tim Russert becomes the third journalist to testify against Scooter Libby – saying he never gave Libby information about the wife of an Iraq war critic – Valerie Plame. 

 

Sports News – February 8, 2007

Passing – Hank Bauer – famed Yankee player and Orioles manager. He was 84.

 

Technology News – February 8, 2007

On line site Veoh – which stocks more than 100,00 videos by amateurs and professionals. It sees it self as the place if you really want to broadcast. It debuts this week.

MySpace plans announces that it has introduced a vide-filtering program that should automatically remove copyrighted material from its website.

 

Entertainment News – February 8, 2007

Anna Nicole Smith is found dead in a Florida hotel. She was 39.

Anna Nicole Smith’s last movie – “Illegal Aliens” debuts on home video in May.

Anna Nicole Smith’s autopsy is inconclusive. So far – three men, including Howard K. Stern claim to be the father of her baby.

Actor Omar Shariff is ordered to attend anger management classes and serve two years probation after pleading no contest to hitting a Beverly Hills parking valet.

Sacha Baron Cohen sings a deal to make “Borat 2,” a sequel to the successful movie.

Tomi Rae Hynie – the woman who claims to be James Brown’s fourth wife planned to return to the home she shared with the singer after a judge ruled that she could retrieve her belongings.

 

Music News – February 8, 2007

Grammy Music news

Sting and the two other Police get together for the first time in public in two decades for a reunion that kicked off the Grammy Awards. They sang “Roxanne,” from 1979.

Grammy Awards - 2007

Record of the year – “Not Ready to make Nice” – Dixie Chicks

Album of the year – “taking the Long Way” – Dixie Chicks

Song of the year – Not Ready to make Nice – Dixie Chicks and Dan Wilson

Best new artist – Carrie Underwood.

 

R. Kelly undergoes surgery for a burst appendix. He was supposed to be in a Chicago court after he plead not guilty to child pornography.

Top album – “Not Too Late” – Norah Jones.

 

Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – February 8, 2007

American Idol (Tue.) – 33.36 million viewers

American Idol (Wed.) – 27.91

Grey’s Anatomy (Thu.) – 25.20

House – 24.88

CSI – 22.52

Grammy A – 20.06wards

CSI: Miami 18.43

Desperate Housewives – 18.10

Two and a Half Men  - 17.68

Deal or No Deal (Mon.) 17.41

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 16.93

Survivor: Fiji – 16.44

Criminal Minds – 16.27

NCIS – 16.16

CSI: NY – 14.97

Rules of Engagement – 14.83

 

Television News – February 8, 2007

Comedy Central says it has renewed “the Sarah Silverman Program” for a 14-episode season beginning next fall.

Sci-Fi channel says it order 13 more “Battlestar Galactica” episodes – for its fourth season.

MTV Networks will cut 250 jobs nationwide to focus more on faster growing digital entertainment.

 Don’t miss VH1’s “I Love New York.” This week – Tiffany Pollard – kisses no fewer than five of the shows contestants.

Rupert Murdoch announces that his Fox will launch a business channel to compete with CNBC.

 

Top Movies – February 8, 2007

Norbit

Hannibal Rising

Because I Said So

The Messengers

Night at the Museum

Epic Movie

Smokin’ Aces

Pan’s Labyrinth

Dreamgirls

The Queen

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