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Dateline: Week Of August 1, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 

 

In The News

The Interstate 35W bridge – an eight-lane bridge in Minneapolis collapses during afternoon rush hour, plunging dozens of cars into the Mississippi River. At least nine are dead.

Federal officials plan a new crackdown n illegal immigrants that would force businesses to fire them or face stiff penalties.

Sen. Barack Obama says that the United States should reserve the right to invade the territory of its Pakistani allies and withdraw U.S financial aid if it believed Pakistani President Musharraf was failing to do enough to stop terrorists. 

President Bush visits the bridge collapse site in Minnesota.

 

Business News – August 1, 2007

Looks like Rupert Murdoch’s bid to buy Dow Jones is accepted. Murdoch swayed enough members of the Bancroft family, which has 64% of the voting power, to cede ownership of a company they have controlled since 1928. He’ll get it for $5 billion.

Bear Stearns says that co-President and co-Chief Operating Officer Warren Spector had resigned after the melt-down of two hedge funds that invested in risky mortgage-backed securities.

 

Medical News – August 1, 2007

Drug for resistant AIDS patients. The FDA approves the first-ever pill that works by defending human immune cells instead of attacking the deadly virus. The drug will be sold in the U.S. under the trade name Selzentry. It prevents the AIDS virus from entering immune cells by clogging up a cell receptor known as CCR5.

 

Technology News – August 1, 2007

A federal judge throws-out a $1.5 billion patent verdict against Microsoft. Alcatel had sued computer makers, alleging that Windows Media Player, which comes pre-installed on many computers, ran afoul of patents related to the MP3 format for music files.  Microsoft intervened on behalf of the computer companies and fought back. It all has to do with the use of the MP3 technology – and Microsoft and others thought their payments to Germany’s Fraunhofer institute, which has been issuing licenses form MP3 technology for years, entitled them to use methods for encoding files and playing them back.

Google street-level maps keep growing and growing. It’s done the old fashioned way – Google has hired a bevy people with cars and trucks – with cameras mounted atop – as they race up streets, highways and byways to record a street view. The result – close-up views of homes, shops and public places. Google’s Street-View program is part of Google’s effort to organize al the world’s information – including visual data about our planet. 

 

Sports News – August 1, 2007

Barry Bonds hits home run #755 – tying Hank Aaron’s reign as baseball’s undisputed home run king. Of course, Bonds was probably using steroids.

Yankees Alex Rodriquez (A-Rod) hits his 500th career home run!

 

Music news – August 1, 2007

 Jennifer Lopez and hubby Marc Anthony will go on a concert tour together starting next month. It’s a 14-date tour. They both costar in the movie “El Cantante.”

Passing – Lee Hazelwood – producer and singer – best known for his duets with Nancy Sinatra on records during the late 1960’s.

Collaboration - Robert Plant and Alison Krauss announce the upcoming release of “Raising Sand.”

Gwen Stefani will not wear revealing outfits during her Aug. 21 concert in Malaysia, after Muslim students protested her outfits and steamy performances.

 Television news - Saturday Night Live this week – Shia LeBeouf hosts with music guest Avril Lavigne.

Passing – Will Tuttle – pioneering makeup artist. He was 95.

Star Jones now admits she did have gastric bypass surgery. She said there were a number of reasons for keeping it quiet, including a fear of “what people might think of me.”

 

TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – August 1, 2007

America’s Got Talent (Tue.) – 9.83 million viewers

Singing Bee (Tue.) – 9.49

CSI – 9.34

So You Think You Can Dance (Thu.) – 9.14

 Hell’s Kitchen – 9.89

Don’ Forge the Lyrics – 8.83 (Thu.)

Two and a Half Men – 8.379

60 Minutes – 8.69

Are You smarter Than a 5th Grader? – 8.57

Shark (Thu.) – 8.19

CSI NY – 8.04

CSI: Miami – 7.98

NCIS – 7.92

Just for Laughs – 7.87

 

Top Pop Hits – August 1, 2007

SHUT UP AND DRIVE- Rihanna

PARALYZER- Finger Eleven

LOVESTONED- Justin Timberlake

DON'T WANNA BE IN LOVE- Good Charlotte

THE WAY I ARE- Timbaland

WHEN YOU'RE GONE- Avril Lavigne

I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE D.J.- Che'nelle

BEAUTIFUL GIRLS- Sean Kingston

LIKE A BOY- Ciara

THE GREAT ESCAPE- Boys Like Girls

 

Top Movies – August 1, 2007

The Bourne Ultimatum

The Simpsons Movie

Underdog

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Hairspray

No reservations

Transformers

Hot Rod

Bratz

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