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Dateline: Week Of February 22, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 

 

In The News

Iraq - Twice in two days – Sunni Insurgents target civilians with a crude chemical weapon – a bomb attached to chlorine gas canisters. Several are dead. 

A suicide bomber gets past guards at the Shiite Muslim Mustanstriya University in Baghdad and sets off an explosion that killed at least 40 Iraqis.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says Congress should not try to limit President Bush’s conduct of the Iraq war, but some democrats differ. She was asked if Bush would abide by a binding resolution now being drafted by democratic leaders. Meantime – there’s still a delay on Reconciliation in Iraq as Shiites block and effort to include ex-members of Saddam Hussein’s party in government service.

Vice President Dick Cheney harshly criticized Democrats’ attempts to thwart President Bush’s troop buildup I Iraq, saying their approach would “validate the Al Qaeda strategy,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi fired back that Cheney was questioning critics’ patriotism.

 

Business News – February 22, 2007

 Stock prices take a plunge – from about 12,628 to close at 12,216.24. It all began in Chinese share on rumors of government moves to curb that market.

Starbucks founder Howard Schultz says that the company’s expansion to 13,000 stores was “watering down” its brand.” He suggested perhaps that streamlining store design might be more efficient and financially responsible. His comments come as Starbucks faces more competition from Dunkin Donuts and McDonald’s Corp, which introduced premium coffee last year. 

Rafael Garcia – a videographer records some 30 to 50 rats through a window of a closed-KFC-Taco Bell restaurant in Greenwich Village. “There were enough creatures in that room that they could have devoured a human being… It was frenzy. They were going up walls. They were jumping up and down. They rats even came to the front window – like they were playing to the camera! Garcia said he has made a profit from the tapes – which have been shown on morning shows and the like. “It’s exciting to me to do that kind of business. Exhilarating. And there are no dead people involved.”

Passing – Joseph Gallo – (87) – of Gallo Wines.

 

Technology News – February 22, 2007

A San Diego jury says Microsoft needs to pay $1.52 billion for infringing patents on MP-3 technology. A company called Alcatel said Micorsoft used their technology.

Google will begin selling corporate America on online suite of software that includes e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets and calendar management, escalating the Internet search leader’s invasion of technological turf traditionally dominated by Microsoft Corp and IBM Corp.

 

Music News – February 22, 2007

Passing – Early ‘60’s pop singer Donnie Brooks – best known for the hit “Mission Bell.” He was 71.

Britney Spears leaves her live-in rehab facility in Malibu – far short of the usual 45-day stay.

Singer Bobby Brown is arrested while in Canton, Mass for failing to appear at a child support hearing in October.

 Van Halen’s planned tour – after they’re inducted to the R&R Hall of Fame – has been shut down – in the face of the chaos surrounding Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth, who was supposed to be back.

 

Entertainment News – February 22, 2007

Looks like the animated movie “Flushed Away” did just that to profits at DreamWorks, resulting in the company to report a loss of $21.3 million. “Flushed Away,” a film about sewer rats, brought in $175 million wordwide.

The FCC says it will fine Spanish Univision $24 million for airing children’s soap operas to comply with federal educational programming requirement.

79th annual Academy Awards – some winners:

Best picture – “The Departed”

Best actor – Forest Whitaker – “The Last King of Scotland’

Best actress – Helen Mirren – “The Queen”

Best supporting actor – Alan Arkin – “Little Miss Sunshine”

 Best supporting actress – Jennifer Hudson – “Dreamgirls”

Best director – Martin Scorsese – “The Departed”

 

Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – February 22, 2007

Academy Awards – 20.17

American Idol on Wednesday – 20.46

America Idol on Tuesday – 20.53

Grey’s Anatomy  -27.39

Road To Oscars – 27.10

American Idol on Thursday – 24.44

CSI – 21.78

CSI: Miami on Monday – 19.23

Deal or No Deal on Monday – 17.62

Two and a Half Men – 16.56

Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special – 15.45

NCIS – 14.53

Barbara Walters Special – 14.53

Shark – 14.19

Heroes – 14.06

Rules of engagement – 13.86

Criminal Minds – 13.20

CSI NY – 13.62

Survivor: Fiji – 13.45

 24 – 13.05

Lost  - 12.95

Law & Order: SVU – 11.93

The Unit – 11.20

Numbers – 11.02

 

Television News – February 22, 2007

On Saturday Night Live – Rainn Wilsom with musical guests arcade Fire.

Grey’s Anatomy will get a spin-off series starting one of the series’ doctors – Seattle Grace, played by Kate Walsh. Look for it in May.

 

Top Movies – February 22, 2007

Reno 911

The Number 23

Breach

Because I said So

Bridge to Terabithia

Music and Lyrics

Ghost Rider

Daddy’s Little girls

Pan’s Labyrinth. 

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