Dateline: Week Of April 8, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Iraq – Followers of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr gathered by the thousands – demanding that U.S. troops leave Iraq. The event also marked the fourth anniversary of Saddam Hussein’s fall from power.
The Pentagon orders 90-day extensions for all active duty Army troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, stretching tours from 12 to 15 months.
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf says that tribal fighters near the border with Afghanistan have killed 300 foreign militants allegedly linked to al Qaeda.
Four Serbs from a paramilitary unit known as the Scorpions who were videotaped executing unarmed Bosnian Muslim youths as part of the 1995 Srebrenical massacre are sentenced to prison. It’s the first time a Serbian court confronted the events in Srebrenica, where nearly 8,000 Muslim men and boys were slaughtered.
The White House discloses that Karl Rove and other employees were cautioned in employee manuals, memos and briefings to carefully save any e-mails that might discus official matters even if those messages came from private e-mail accounts.
Former House speaker Newt Gringrich urges Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales to resign, saying the “self-created mess” over the firings of eight U.S. attorneys last year had hampered his ability to do his job.
Business/Economy News – April 8, 2007
Nestle says it will purchase baby food maker Gerber for $5.5 billion.
The FDA says an energy drink called “Cocaine” is illegal. It contains no actual cocaine, but is being marketed as “the Legal Alternative” to the illegal drug. The FDA cites as evidence the drink’s labeling and website which include the statements, “Speed in a Can,’ Liquid Cocaine” and Cocaine – Instant Rush.”
A Russian rocket carrying Charles Simonyl, and American billionaire who helped develop Microsoft Word, roars into the skies over Kazakhstan sending him and two cosmonauts into orbit on a two-day journey to the International Space Station. Simonyl paid $25 million for the 13-day trip, making him the fifth space tourist.
Media News – April 8, 2007
– Joe Francis, the producer of “Girls Gone Wild” is arrested by federal marshals I Florida to face a contempt-of court citation.
Sports News – April 8, 2007
The NFL suspends Adam “Pacman” Jones for the 2007 and Cincinnati receiver Chris Henry for the first half of it under tightened conduct policies.
Zach Johnson wins the masters at Augusta with a total score of 289. He was followed by Rory Sabbatini, Retief Goosen and Tiger Woods.
Technology News – April 8, 2007
Google reaches an agreement to acquire DoubleClick Inc – a web advertising company for $3.1 billion in cash.
Music News – April 8, 2007
Julian Lennon sells a share of his financial stake in Beatles songs co-written by his father.
Live Earth concerts will be held July 7 in cities around the world aimed at raising climate change awareness. Madonna, the Beastie Boys and Black eyed Peas will headline at Wembley Stadium in London. They will be joined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Keane, Foo Fighters and others. Headliners for the U.S. concert at Giants Stadium in New Jersey include Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Kayne West, Rihanna, John Mayer, Smashing Pumpkins and Fall Out Boy. The concerts will be broadcast by NBC and more than 120 networks around the country.
The Beatles Apple Corps has settled a royalties dispute with record label EMI Group, raising hoes that Beatles recordings may soon be legally available online.
More Beatles – Neil Aspinall (64) – the band’s first road manager – Apple’s chief executive – quits with no explanation.
Peal Jam will play at Loolapalooza 2007, topping a bill of more than 120 acts. The event will take place August 3-5 at Grant Park in Chicago.
The FCC says that radio companies Clear Channel, CBS, Entercom and Citadel will pay a combined $12.5 million on charges of accepting cash and merchandise from record companies in exchange for airplay.
Radio News – April 8, 2007
MSNBC cancels its morning similcast of radio’s “Imus in the Morning” as the pressure mounts.
Don Imus is fired from CBS after pressure from civil rights and feminist leaders. His radio show is now off the air.
Entertainment News – April 8, 2007
Passing – Actor Barry Nelson (89).
Passing – Actor Roscoe Lee Browne (81).
Danny Bonaduce and his wife Gretchen have filed for divorce.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – April 8, 2007
American Idol on Tuesday – 26.67
American Idol on Wednesday – 26.10
CSI – 21.69
House – 20.35
NCAA Basketball Championship – 19.56
Dancing with the Stars on Monday – 18.24
Desperate Housewives – 15.93
Shark – 15.10
Dancing with the Stars Results on Tuesday – 14.99
Without a Trace – 14.12
‘Til Death – 12.95
NCIS – 13.79
Survivor: Fiji – 13.58
60 Minutes – 12.17
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 12.10
Prelude to a Championship – 11.94
Lost – 1.66
Deal or No Deal on Monday – 11.45
Cold Case – 11.33
Law & Order: SVU – 11.16
24 – 10.95
Numbers – 10.93
Top Movies – April 8, 2007
Blades of Glory
Meet the Robinsons
Are We Done Yet?