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

 

In The News

President Bush inspects Walter Reed Army Medical Center, which has been criticized for shoddy living conditions. He apologized and promised to fix the bureaucratic snafus that led to the mess.

Iraq - There’s some divide between Sunni insurgents and Al Qaeda - so says insurgent leaders and Sunni Arab politicians and the U.S. is not unhappy - it’s something it hopes to exploit. 

D. Kyle Sampson - a former aide - says the despite his earlier denials - Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales was deeply involved in discussions that led to the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.

John Edwards says he’ll continue to run - that his presidential campaign is not over, despite that wifeElizabeth has cancer. Her cancer - first diagnosed in 2004, has now spread from the breast into her bone. 

Crude oil prices surge above $66 a barrel - a six-month high. Circuit City cuts 3,400 people who earned “well above” the local market rate for the sort of jobs they held at its stores. In 11 weeks, they’ll be able to apply for their old positions which will come with lower hourly wages. 

Rudolph W. Giuliani says in an ABC-TV interview that he is open to having his wife sit in on Cabinet meetings if he is elected president. 

February sales of new homes in the U.S. fell 18.3% from a year earlier to the lowest level in nearly seven years.

Nearly 500 people have been killed in Mexico’s drug wars so far this year, despite a crackdown by the government.

The Dow has its best week in a month - rising 19.87 points or .16% to 12,481.01.

 

Sports News – March 23, 2007

Kobe Bryant of the LA Lakers becomes the fourth player to score 50 or more

points in three consecutive games. The others are Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor

and Michael Jordan.

 

Entertainment News – March 23, 2007

 American Idol - Chris Sligh is voted off this week.

Prosecutors in Los Angeles say that they would ask a judge to revoke Paris Hilton’s probation in a reckless-driving case - a move that could lead to jail time. The decision followed an investigation into whether the heiress and reality-TV star violated terms of her probation by driving last month with a suspended license.

Justin Timberlake will host of the 20 th annual Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards this week.

 

Technology News – March 23, 2007

YouTube announces the seven winners from its inaugural awards this week. Videos “Ask a Ninja” and a treadmill-choreographed music video by the OK Go’s are among the winners. 

IBM says that it had developed a tiny chip capable of transmitting an entire high-definition movie in a single second. 

 

Music News – March 23, 2007

 Both Beyonce and Shakira are on “Beautiful Liar” - a top pop hit and it will be on the deluxe edition of Beyonce’ “B’day” album.

Snoop Dogg won’t be touring in Britain after that country denied him entry. Snoop has been on a European tour with Sean “Diddy” Combs and was supposed to play five dates in Britain. 

Rapper Rusta Rhymes will face trial in NY on two assault charges. Trimmed - Only the final 10 contestants, not 12 will get to go on the traditional “American Idol postseason tour.

 

Television news – March 23, 2007

TV Guide will launch a test version of an online video search tool that will enable viewers to find clips and full episodes of TV shows posted on the Web. 

“Acceptable TV’ debuts on VH1. It is described as the broadcast spinoff of the website Channel 101.com. There, people (producers) submit digital shorts and the audience has the power to cancel or renew a series for another week.

Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – March 23, 2007

American Idol (Tue.) - 29.96 million viewers

American Idol (Wed.) - 27.08

Grey’s Anatomy - 22.30

Dancing with the Stars - 21.80

CSI: Miami - 17.66

NCIS - 15.69

Criminal Mind - 15.19

‘Til Death - 14.88

Deal or No Deal (Mon.) - 14.19

Cold Case - 13.90

CSI: NY - 13.64

Without a Trace - 12.74

60 Minutes - 12.63

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - 12.30

Lost - 12.22

The Unit - 1.97

24- 1.80

Two and a Half Men - 11.68

October Road - 11.50

 

Top Movies – March 23, 2007

TMNT

300

Shooter

Wild Hogs

The Last Mimzy

Premonition

The Hills Have eyes II

Reign Over Me

Pride

Dead Silence

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