Dateline: Week Of April 15, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
A gunman kills 30 people in classrooms before turning the gun on himself at Virginia Tech.
The Supreme Court changes course on abortion and upholds a national ban on a midterm method of ending pregnancies. The decision clears the way for states to pass new laws designed to discourage women from having abortions.
It’s revealed that Seung-hui Cho – the student who went on a bloody rampage at Virginia Tech had prepared the attack for weeks.
Both Hillary and Obama have raised about the same amount during the first three months of 2007.
The U.S. military death toll hits 3,000 in Iraq.
Some best- selling books – April 15, 2007
Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Picoult
What is the What – Dave Eggers
The Watchman – Robert Crais
Obsession – Jonathan Kellerman
Grace (eventually) – Anne Larnott
The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
I Feel Bad About My Neck – Nora Ephron
A Long Way Gone – Ishmael Beah
Women & Money – Suze Orman
Business News – April 15, 2007
Starbucks says it is cutting trans fats from the doughnuts, muffins and other treats in half of its U.s. stores and plans to eventually drop the artery-clogging fats from company-operated coffee houses across the country.
Sports News – April 15, 2007
NBA official Joey Crawford is suspended indefinitely by league Commissioner David Stern for his conduct toward the Spurs’ Tim Duncan.
Technology News – April 15, 2007
Microsoft says that Google’s proposed purchase of Internet advertising company DoubleClick Inc. raises antitrust and privacy concerns.
Google Inc. reports first-quarter earnings up 69% to $1 billion!
BlackBerry breaks its silence after a lengthy outage that dropped e-mail service to its customers. It says it was due to a software malfunction.
MySpace introduces pages that rank news stories.
Radio and Tech - Google and Clear Channel announce an agreement that will allow Google to place advertising for its online customers on more than 675 Clear Channel stations.
Radio News – April 15, 2007
Bernard McGuirk – Don Imus’ producer – is also canned. He was involved in the now infamous “nappy-headed hos” comments on April 4.
Music News – April 15, 2007
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony launch a chain of European libel actions against the National Enquirer over drug scandal allegations.
Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue becomes the newest star to join with Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz on a limited swimwear line to debut in mid-May.
Television News – April 15, 2007
The TV Guide Channel drops Joan and Melissa Rivers from their Hollywood red carpet coverage and replaces them wit Lisa Rinna.
MTV says it will pursue a new direction – featuring Internet content such as shorts and shows from its younger audience as presented on the Net. The key for MTV will be developing shows what will drive viewers to spend time on series related online games in web communities or on cellphones coughing up jokes of the day.
NBC’s broadcast of portions of Seung-hui Cho’s angry rants has led to angry protests. A day after receiving a package containing the Virginia Tech gunman’s profanity-laced writings and videos mailed shortly before his second round of shootings, NBC curtailed its use of the images.
Passing – Kitty Carlisle (96).
Friday night television listings/TV Guide – week of April 15, 2007
CBS – Ghost Whisperer, Close to Home, Numbers, David Letterman
NBC – identity, Raines, Law & Order, Tonight Show
ABC – Grey’s Anatomy, Wife swap, 20.20, Nightline
Fox – House, Bones
CW – WWE Friday Night SmackDown!
Disney – That’s So Raven, The Sweet Life
SmackDown! – The Undertaker vs. “Mr. Money in the Bank.”
On David Letterman – Jessica Biel. Regina Spektor performs.
Top Movies – April 15, 2007
Blades of Glory
Meet the Robinsons
Are We Done Yet?