Dateline: Week Of April 1, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Cindy Sheehan and other protesters pledge that beginning Friday night, they would stand near President Bush’s ranch and read the names of the more than 3,000 U.S. military personnel who have died fighting in Iraq.
An Iranian diplomat seized in Iraq several months ago is freed.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pardons and releases 15 British sailors and Marines detained two weeks ago in the Persian Gulf.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Damascus, where she is to meet with President Bashar Assad.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vists Saudi Arabia’s unelected advisory council. There’s controversy over her recent meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad and Dick Cheney called it “bad behavior” on her part that she gave Assad a message from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, which Israel later backed away from. Later, President Bush faults Pelosi over her trip to Syria for potentially undermining U.s. foreign policy.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney emerges as the Republican fundraising front-runner with $20.6 million – head of Giuliani and McCain.
Business/Economy News – April 1, 2007
Toyota’s U.S. sales jumped 11.7% in March compared with a year earlier, boosted by record sales of gasoline-electric hybrids and strong overall car sales.
Technology News – April 1, 2007
EMI says it has agreed to sell its 150,000-song catalog through Apple’s iTunes store without the anti-piracy software that limits which devices can play digital music, but songs will cost about 30 cents more.
Radio News- April 1, 2007
Don Imus apologizes for referring to the Rutgers women’s basketball team as “some nappy-headed hos” during a broadcast this week of his syndicated radio show.”
Entertainment News – April 1, 2007
Gina Glocksen is eliminated from “American Idol” competition.
Walt Disney Co. changes its policy to allow same-sex couples to participate in a popular Fairy tale Wedding program it runs mainly at its two U.S. resorts and on its cruise line.
Music News – April 1, 2007
U.S. album sales fell 17% in the first quarter as rising online piracy and few new hits accelerated the music industry’s decline.
Keith Richards is commented in Rolling Stone magazine as saying he had snorted his father’s ashes mixed with cocaine. “The strangest thing I’ve tried to snort? My father. I snorted my father. He was cremated and I couldn’t resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn’t have cared… It went down pretty well and I’m still alive.” His dad, Bert, died in 2002.
Music producer Timbaland is becoming a recording artist – putting out his second solo album, “Timbaland Presents Shock Value.” He’s known for working with Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado and rumor has – soon – Britney Spears. Lets see.
Television News – April 1, 2007
CNN announces a new team for “American Morning” – John Roberts and Kiran Chetry.
After 11 years, the CW says it is pulling “7th Heaven.”
Tuesday night television listings/TV Guide – Week of April 1, 2007
CBS – NCIS, The Unit, CSI: Miami, Late Show, Craig Ferguson
NBC – Dateline NBC, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Tonight, Conan O’Brien, Carson Daly
ABC – George Lopez, According to Jim, Dancing with the stars, Boston Legal, Nightline, Jimmy Kimmel
PBS – Nova, Frontline, Tavis Smiley, Charlie Rose
Fox – American Idol, House
CW – Gilmore Girls, Pussycat Dolls Search for the Next Doll
On American Idol – Tony Bennett coaches the nine finalists.
On David Letterman – Nas performs.
On Tonight – Tim McGraw performs.
Top Movies – April 1, 2007
Blades of Glory
Meet the Robinsons
The Last Mimzy
The Hills Have Eyes II
Reign Over Me.