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Dateline: Week Of May 15, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 

 

In The News

Six U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter are killed after a roadside bomb detonates in Baghdad. Later – six suspected militants thought to have smuggled those roadside bombs from Iran are captured in northeast Baghdad.

CIA efforts to hunt down Osama bin laden have helped track an increase of Al Qaeda operatives and money into Pakistan’s tribal territories – according to intelligence sources. 

The Senate launches debate on a bipartisan immigration bill with opponents protesting the way the measure was written. Republicans say they want to eliminate the bill’s provision that would allow illegal immigrants to gain citizenship. Meanwhile President Bush asserts that the bill would settle the status of illegal immigrants without granting them amnesty.

President Bush picks Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute as war czar.

A suicide bomber blows himself up in a hotel restaurant in Pakistan, killing 22.

The ship Cutty Sark, the British maritime landmark is damaged after an early-morning fire that destroyed much of its deck and planking.

 

Business News – May 15, 2007

Discovery Communications says it plans to close its 103 retail stores. It’s the same media company with its own channel and Animal Planet. Plans include selling its merchandise through other retail outlets such as “Toys R Us.”

 

Technology News – May  15, 2007

Microsoft says it will buy online advertising firm AQuantive Inc for $6 billion in cash. It’s the last of the large and independently owned entities that focus on web advertising.

Amazon says it will open a digital music store, but unlike ITunes, customers can do anything they want after purchasing a song. In other words – no restricted copying. Look for it this fall.

Rapid expansion of video offerings on MySpace – The company says it will serve an array of news and entertainment channels on its website.

 

Sports News – May 15, 2007

 Stanley Cup action – The Anaheim Ducks take the series lead 3-2 with a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

NASCAR takes 100 championship points from Dale Earnhardt Jr. and fines his crew chief $100,000 after finding that his No. 8 Chevy had unauthorized parts before the Nextel Cup race in South Carolina.

 

Entertainment /Celebrity News – May 15, 2007

 Sylvester Stallone is convicted of importing restricted muscle-building hormones into Australia and is ordered to pay $10,651 in fines and court costs.

He’s everywhere – Jerry Seinfeld is everywhere to promote his animated “Bee Movie.”

 

Radio news – May 15, 2007

XM radio’s shock personalities Opie (Greg Hughs) and Anthony (Cumia) apologize for airing a homeless man’s crude comments about wanting to have sex with Laura Bush, Condoleezza Rice and Queen Elizabeth.

 

Music news – May 15, 2007

Catch the new concert movie “U2 3D” which debuted at Cannes this week. It’s a film of seven concerts that will play in 3-D-equipped theaters. 

R. Kelly just released a Virginia Tech tribute called “Rise Up,” on the Internet.

 

Television news – May 15, 2007

Gilmore Girls season finale – Lorelai and Rory part only to find Lorelai  getting together with Luke. Some call the seven-year-old series the hippest mother-daughter twosome.

 

Some top TV Shows - May, 15 2007

Dancing With the Stars (Monday)

American Idol (Wednesday)

American Idol (Tuesday)

Dancing With the Stars results (Tuesday)

 

Wednesday night television listings/TV Guide - May 15, 2007

CBS – The Price Is Right Million $ Spectacular, Criminal Minds, CSI:NY, David Letterman

NBC – Thank God You’re Here, Crossing Jordan, Medlum, Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien

FOX – Bones, American Idol

CW – Anna Nicole Smith: Centerfold Revisted, Britney Spears

Comedy – Scrubs, Jon Stewart Daily Show, Colbert Report, Reno 911, South Park, Halfway Home

Disney – Hannah Montana, Zack & Cody, The Proud Family, Life With Derek, Phil of the Future

Nick – (earlier evening) - Fairly Odd Parents, Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius,  SpongeBob, Drake & Josh

PBS – Secrets of the Dead, Charlie Rose

 

Britney Spears – The life of the singer from fame to struggles.

On The Tonight Show with Jay Leno – Gretchen Wilson.

 

Top Music Albums – May 15, 2007

Call Me Irresponsible – Michael Buble

Because of You – Ne-Yo

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend -  Miranda Lambert

American Doll Posse – Tori Amos

The Best Damn Thing – Avril Lavigne

Snakes & Arrows – Rush

Konvicted – Akon

Some Hearts – Carrie Underwood

Now 24 – Various Artists

Pure BS – Blake Shelton

Ain’t Nothing Like Me – Joe

Back to Black – Amy Winehouse

The Reminder – Feist

The Duchess – Fergie

B’day – Beyonce

Daughtry – Daughtry

Year Zero – Nine Inch Nails

Waking Up Laughing – Martina McBride

FutureSex/LoveSounds – Justin Timberlake

Taylor Swift – Taylor Swift

Al the Right Reasons – Nickleback

Introducing Joss Stone – Joss Stone

Hannah Montana – Soundtrack

Spider-Man 3 - Soundtrack

 

 

Top hits in Britain – May 15, 2007

Beautiful Liar – Beyonce & Shakira

Give It To Me – Timbaland

Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne

Cupid’s Chokehold/Breakfast in America – Gym Class Heroes

Your Love Alone Is Not Enough – Manic Street Preachers

Because of You – Ne-Yo

Love Today – Mika

 

Top/Hot Country Albums – May 15, 2007

Let It Go – Tim McGraw

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – Miranda Lambert

Pure BS – Blake Shelton

Some Hearts – Carrie Underwood

Waking Up laughing – Martina McBride

Me and My gang – Rascal Flatts

Bucky Covington

A Hundreds Miles or More – Alison Krauss

Taylor Swift – Taylor Swift

Morning Constitutions – Larry the cable Guy

 

Top Pop Hits – May 15, 2007

Makes Me Wonder – Maroon5

Because of You – Ne-Yo

Glamorous – Fergie

Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne

Don’t Matter – Akon

U + Ur Hand – Pink

Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’) – T-Pain

The Sweet Escape – Gwen Stefani

I’ll Stand By You – Carrie Underwood

Never Again – Kelly Clarkson

Cupid’s Chokehold/Breakfast in America – Gym Class Heroes

Home – Daughtry

Face Down – Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood

Give It To Me – Timbaland

Beautiful Liar – Beyonce/Shakira

 

Top Movies – May 15, 2007

Shrek The Third

Spider-Man 3

28 Weeks Later

Georgia Rule

Disturbia

The Invisible

Next

Are We Done Yet?

Vacancy

Hot Fizz

Waitress

The Hoax

The Namesake

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