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Dateline: Week Of May 22, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 

 

In The News

President Bush says that once his trop buildup improved security in the Iraqi capital, he intended to follow the withdrawal plan proposed by a bipartisan study group.

President Bush pays solemn tribute to America’s fallen forces and called troops killed in combat so far in Iraq and Afghanistan “a new generation of heroes.”

Congress passes a $120-billion emergency war spending bill that would not require U.s. combat troops to be withdrawn.

The U.N. Security Council decides to establish an international tribunal to prosecute suspects in the assassination of Rafik Hariri, former prime minister of Lebanon

 Vice President Dick Cheney delivers a graphic warning about the high stakes of the ongoing conflict in Iraq – “Al Qaeda’s leadership has said they have the right to kill 4 million Americans, 2 million of them children and to exile twice as many and to wound and cripple thousands.” “America is fighting this enemy in Iraq.”

Sen. Barack Obama offers an ambitious plan to curb health-care costs and expand insurance coverage.  

U.S. forces free 41 kidnapped Iraqis during a raid on an Al Qaeda hideout near Baghdad.

 

Business News – May 22, 2007

Coca-Cola buys Glaceau – maker of Vitaminwater, Fruitwater, Smartwater and Vitaminenergy for $4.1 billion in cash.

 

Technology News – May 22, 2007

U.S. consumers have snapped up 2.5 million Wii consoles since they hit the market in November – a comeback for Nintendo, whose GameCube got wiped out by Sony’s PlayStation 2 and Microsoft’s Xbox.

The Alabama department of Homeland Security has taken down a website it operated that included gay rights and antiwar organizations in a list of groups that could include terrorists.

 

Sports News – May 22, 2007

Venus Williams reaches the third round of the French Open, beating Ashley Harkleroad. She also now has the fastest recorded serve in a women’s man-draw match at 128 mph.

 

Music News – May 22, 2007

The Osmonds are reuniting this summer for a television special. Look for all seven – Alan, Wane, Merrill, Jay, Donny, Marie and Jimmy. It’ll be broadcast on PBS stations in March.

 

Entertainment/Celebrity News -  May 22, 2007

 In Hollywood - Lindsay Lohan is arrested for drunk driving after she crashed her Mercedes convertible in Beverly Hills. Logan was slightly injured after her car ended up striking a curb and shrubbery. She left the scene of the crash and was taken by an associate to the hospital. 

On “Good Morning America” – Paul Newman (82) says he has given up acting. He says that because of his age – “you start to lose your memory, your confidence, your invention. So that’s pretty much a closed book for me.”

 

Television news – May 22, 2007

 Passing – Charles Nelson Reilly (76).

 “The Simple Life” – a reality TV show on the real lives of Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie opens another season this week. On E!.

Goodbye - Rosie O’Donnell leaves “The View.” This came (two days) after a heated exchange with Elizabeth Hasselbeck over the war in Iraq. Oh well!

 

Top Movies – May 22, 2007

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Shrek the Third

Spider-Man 3

But

Waitress

27 Weeks Later

Disturbia

Georgia Rule

Fracture

Wild Hogs

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