Dateline: Week Of April 22, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Passing – Boris N. Yelstin – former President of Russia.
Militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip fire a barrage of rockets into Israel – declaring an end to a five-month cease fire.
Congress passes legislation that directs the president to begin bringing home U.S. troops from Iraq, but no timeline has been set. It came even as the top commander in Iraq appealed for more time, saying the United States is “just getting started.”
Islamic militants are suspected in the strike of a suicide bomber at a Pakistan political rally. 26 are killed.
The Pentagon says that the U.S. had taken custody of one of Al Qaeda’s most senior members – Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi.
President Vladimir V. Putin said that in protest of U.S. plans for a missile defense system in Eastern Europe, Russia would suspend its observance of a treaty limiting the deployment of troops and conventional military equipment in Europe.
The United States and Japan sign an agreement to conduct joint research on a new generation of reactors and a new type of nuclear fuel.
Campaigning – Former Sen. John Edwards says he will consider an added levy on businesses and individuals reaping the kind of huge financial reward enjoyed by some of the nation’s wealthiest investors. “Paying additional taxes, an excess-profits, excess-income tax” was a notion “worthy of consideration,” he said.
Business/Economy News – April 23, 2007
All 5,500 restaurants to stop frying chicken - KFC’s fried chicken buckets soon will be stamped with a health message along with the likeness of its founder – Col Harland sanders. The banner proclaims that its chicken has zero grams of trans fat per serving.
Nationwide home sales drop 18% in March – the worst in 18 years.
Technology News – April 23, 2007
Microsoft posts a 65% rise in quarterly profit - topping Wall St. expectations and much of it had to do with the Vista operating system.
BlackBerry maker Research in Motion is introducing a software application that can make Palm Treos and other Windows-based mobile devices made by rivals work like BlackBerrys. It’s due out in the fall.
Amazon.com’s profit soars 115% for the first quarter.
Radio News – April 23, 2007
Shock Jocks Under Scrutiny
Following the firing of Don Imus – Shock jocks better watch it – everybody is watching you! CBS suspends the hosts of WFNY (NY) “The Dog House with JV and Elvis – indefinitely without pay after they twice broadcast a racially charged prank call to employees at a Chinese restaurant.
Music News – April 23, 2007
Chris Tomlin is the hot star at the Gospel Music Assn’s Dove Awards winning six trophies.
Passing – Bobby “Boris” Pickett” – of “Monster Mash” fame. He was 69.
Bollywood event - Actor Richard Gere apologizes after his embrace and kiss of actress Shilpa Shetty last week which created a storm in India. The event was for AIDS awareness.
Universal announces for a “Simpsons” thrill ride at its parks in Orlando and Los Angeles. Homer – look out!
A federal judge sentences Joe Francis – the founder of “Girls Gone Wild” to 35 days in prison after he plead guilty to a criminal contempt charge.
Television News – April 23, 2007
Reality show producer Mark Burnett has another great idea. He is planning to use MySpace to find contestants for a proposed TV show focused on politics and would air early next year as the race for president heats up.
On Saturday Night Live - - Peyton Manning with musical guest Carrie Underwood.
Writer-producer Tyler Perry inks an unprecedented deal with TBS. Look for “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” which they bought for $200 million.
Monday night television listings/TV Guide – week of April 23, 2007
CBS – How I Met Your Mother, New Adventures of Old Christine, Two and a half Men, King of Queens, CSI: Miami, David Letterman
NBC – Deal or No Deal, Heroes, The Real Wedding Crashers, Jay Leno
ABC – Dancing with the Stars, the Bachelor: Officer and a Gentleman, Nightline
Fox – House, 24
CW – Everybody Hates Chris, All of us, Girlfriends, The game
PBS – Antiques Roadshow, The Mormons
MYNet – IFL Battleground
On David Letterman – Kirsten Dunst, Rob Magnotti, Dinosaur Jr.
On The Tonight Show – Eric Bana, Kaiser Chefs.
Top Movies – April 23, 2007
Blades of Glory
Meet the Robinsons
Are We done yet?
In the Land of Women