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

 

In The News

 Ali Hassan Majid – better known as “Chemical Ali” and two other ex-Hussein officers will hang for their deeds.

President Bush welcomes Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet at the White House and urges him to make more progress on human rights if he wants his country’s trade relationship with the U.S. to develop.

Goodbye Tony – Tony Blair ends his decade-run as Britain’s prime Minister. “I wish everyone, friend or foe, well. And that is that – the end,” said Blair in a farewell speech.

Iraq – U.S. commanders plan a step-up of offensive against Al Qaeda.

The Senate defeats a bill that would have overhauled the nation’s immigration laws for the first time in two decades. The subject is very contentious because of the vast number of illegal aliens from Mexico.

Oil prices settle above the psychologically important $70-a-barrel mark for the first time since last August on worries about gas supplies in the heart of the summer driving season.

Egyptian archeologists identify the mummy of Hatshepsut, the only woman to rule ancient Egypt while the kingdom was at the height of its wealth and power.

Mexico replaces federal police chiefs from each of 31 states as they take lie and drug tests to see if they’re on the take.

 

Sports News – June 22, 2007

Blue Jays’ Frank Thomas hits his 500th home run.

After surrendering to face charges in a Las Vegas strip club melee that preceded a triple shooting – Adam “Pacman” Jones posts bail in Las Vegas and heads back to home in Nashville. The arrest was sixth for Jones since he was drafted in 2005. He is currently suspended from the NFL.

Skateboarding – every popular these days may get a place in the Olympics by 2012.

ABC/ESPN and Time Warner (TNT) agree to pay the NBA $7.4 billion over eight years for television rights to its games.

 

 Technology News – June 22, 2007

 iPhone is here –

Apple considers its iPhone its biggest product launch since the Mac back in 1984 and if the lines are any indication – they’re right. They’ve already sold some 100 million iPods. They closed all 164 Apple stores on Friday to prepare for sale of the iPhone, which began 4 hours later (Friday) and the lines were huge. 

Jason Kilar, former executive of Amazon.com is named chief of YouTube.

Thousands of websites will drop their music streaming after substantially higher royalty rates kick in next month. Internet operators are hoping a federal court will grant an emergency stay

MySpace says it plans to expand its video with a new site that combines amateur and professional material.

Ebay says it plans to resume advertising through Google but would increase its reliance on other services. It canceled all Google ads this month in protest of the web search company’s bid to woo Ebay customers to a rival payment system called Google Checkout. Ebay owns rival PayPal. 

 

Radio news – June 22, 2007

Radio giant Clear Channel agrees to use the new people meter from Arbitron in the top 50 U.S. markets. It’s a pager-like device that detects audio codes embedded in radio broadcasts and the ratings results are more detailed than the older diary system. 

 

Entertainment /Celebrity news – June 22, 2007

 Passing – Entertainment reporter Joel Siegel (63) after a long battle with colon cancer.

Paula Abdul gets her own reality show with “Hey Paula,” it’ll follow her life.

 Paris Hilton chooses Larry King to detail her 23-day incarceration in jail. It’ll be broadcast on Wednesday. “I am thrilled that Larry King has asked me to appear on his program to discuss my experience in jail. What I have learned, how I have grown and anything else he wants to talk about,” said the hotel heiress.

 

Music News – June 22, 2007

The Spice Girls – one of the most successful British pop groups of the 1990’s announce a reunion tour beginning in December.

Don’t Miss Hilary Duff’s Dignity Concert Tour

 

Television news – June 22, 2007

 Paris Hilton’s post-jail appearance with Larry King on CNN drew some 3.2 million viewers, three times more than his average ratings.

Rosie O’Donnell will not be the next host of “Price is Right” although she wanted the position. One of the reasons – she lives in NY and the show will not move form is LA perch.

Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – week of June 22, 2007

America’s Got Talent on Tuesday – 12.51

Dateline NBC on Monday – 12.21

Deal or No Deal on Monday – 12.06

 Law & Order: SVU on Tuesday – 9.45

NCIS – 9.35

CSI – 9.30

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader/ - 9.24

Two and a Half Men – 9.24

So You Think You Can Dance on Wednesday – 9.17

CSI: Miami – 9.09

So You Think You Can Dance on Thursday – 8.97

60 Minutes – 8.52

Shark – 8.23

AFI 100 Years, 100 Movies – 7.71

Cold Case – 7.64

Hell’s Kitchen – 7.57

How I Met Your Mother – 7.41

 

Top Movies – June 22, 2007

Live Free Or Die hard

1408

Evan Almighty

Fantastic Four: rise of the Silver surfer

Nancy Drew

Hostel: part II

Ocean’s Thirteen

Mr. Brooks

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Shrek the Third

Spider-Man 3    

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