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


In The News

A federal jury in Miami convicts Jose Padilla on charges of aiding terrorist operations abroad.

Four suicide bombers drive explosive trucks into a complex housing members of a small religious sect in Northern Iraq. 175 are dead.

 A posting on his website says Sen. Barack Obama is cutting back on his debates for now. He’ll decline new debate invitations until mid-December and after that, he will consider requests case by case.

The FDA warns - Breastfeeding mothers who take medication containing codeine as some metabolize it into morphine, posing a risk to babies.

At a town hall campaign meeting in Derry, NH, downplayed the decision by his estranged son, Andrew not to campaign for him, saying, “leave my family alone.” 

An earthquake in Peru kills 500 with 16,000 homes destroyed.

Officials in Utah all but declare dead six minors they’ve been trying to rescue for two weeks.

Engaged – Presidential daughter Jenna Bush (25) to longtime boyfriend Henry Hager (29).

The U.S Mint begins issuing a new Jefferson dollar coin this week. 


Sports News – August 15, 2007

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick says he has agreed to plead guilty over dogfighting charges.

Passing  Phil Ruzzuto (89) Yankee hall of famer and sports broadcaster.

Passing – Leona Helmsley (87) – hotel tycoon once labeled “queen of mean” by her employees.


Technology News – August 15, 2007

Comscore Inc. which gives information on the habits o Web users, changes its method of measuring Internet searches to include queries sent to search engines by other websites. Under the new system, Google’s share rises to 55.2%, from 46.2% a year earlier. Yahoo’s share fell to 23.5% from 29.8%. Microsoft’s MSN engine had 12.3% of queries in July, compared to 12.4% a year ago.  


Entertainment news – August 15, 2007

Tom Cruise and his partners raise $500 with the help of Merrill Lynch to finance 15 to 18 films over the next five years.

Pepsi will be heavily connected to one of the year’s most anticipated videogames, “Halo3,” developed by Bungie studios for Xbox 360, the third game in the “Halo” trilogy hits shelves September 25. Pepsi’s involvement includes product placement.


Music news – August 15, 2007

 It’s announced that Sheryl Crow, Avril Lavigne, Fiona Apple, Colbie Caillat, Antigone Risine and Sara Bareilles will come together and launch the Girl Frenzy Festival. Date  is Oct 27 in Los Angeles (this will never happen).  

Mash-up - Lisa Marie Presley teams with her late father on a re-release of “In the Ghetto” – a hit for Elvis Presley in 1969.

Techno-pop artist sir Ivan – the billionaire-banker-turned entertainer will appear as Mr. Mitzvah, the world’s first Jewish superhero in the NC Sci-Fi Channel series “Who Wants to be a Superhero?


Radio news – August 15, 2007

CBS settles its termination dispute with Don Imus who was fired in April after referring to a mostly black university women’s basketball team as “nanny-headed hos.”


Television news – August 15, 2007

 Ryan Seacrest is tapped to host the 59th annual Emmy Awards. “I’ve covered the Emmys before from many different angles and I’m thrilled, honored and excited to be hosting it this year. With my schedule, there’s always that final check to make sure I could do it all, but with the Emmy’s you make the time.”

The Disney Channel shows “High School Musical 2” to the biggest cable audience to date – just over 17 million viewers.

NBC’s “Today” show is set to go to four hours beginning September 10.

Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – week of August 15, 2007

America’s Got Talent – 10.84

60 Minutes – 10.21

CSI – 9.82

Power of 10 – 9.23

Without a Trace – 9.19

The Signing Bee 9.09

Two and a Half Men  - 9.05

Hell’s Kitchen – 8.90

Criminal Minds – 8.86

Don’t Forget the Lyrics – 8.73

CSI: NY – 8.50

Date NBC – 7.93

The Singing Bee on Monday – 7.80

So You Think You Can Dance – 7.87

Cold Case – 7.86

Big Brother 8 On Thursday – 7.80


Music News – August 15, 2007

Here are the popular music charts:


Top Pop Hits – August 15, 2007

Big Girls Don’t Cry – Plain Whit T’s

Beautiful Girls – Sean Kingston

Umbrella – Rihanna/Jay-Z

The Way I Are – Timbaland/Keri Hilson

Hey there Delilah – Plain White T’s

Stronger – Kanye West

Bartender –T-Pain/Akon

A Bay Bay – Hurricane Chris

Make Me Better Fabolous/Ne-Yo

Party Like a Rockstar – Shop Boyz

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

Wait For You –Elliott Yamin

Shawty – Plies

Makes Me Wonder – Maroon 5

Crank that (Soulja Boy) – Soulja Boy


Top music albums – August 15, 2007

Now 25 – Various Artists

Finding Forever – Common

Untitled – Korn

Sean Kingston – Sean Kingston

Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus – Miley Cyrus

Hairspray – Soundtrack

T.I. vs T.I.P. – T.I.

Kidz Bop 12 – Kidz Bop Kids

Planet Earth – Prince

The Dutchess – Fergie

Back to Black – Amy Winehouse

Lost Highway – Bon Jovi

It Won’t Be Soon Before Long – Maroon 5

Every Second Counts – Plain White T’s

Good Girl Gone Bad – Rihanna

Taylor Swift – Taylor Swift


Top Country Hit Music – August 15, 2007

These Are My People – Rodney Atkins

Never Wanted Nothing More – Kenny Chesney

Teardrops On My Guitar – Taylor Swift

A Different World – Bucky Covinngton

Because of You – Reba/Kelly Clarkson

Proud of the House We Built – Brooks and Dunn

Lost in this Moment – Big & Rich

I Told You So – Keith Urban

Tough – Craig Morgan

Take Me There – Rascal Flatts


Top albums for kids – August 15, 2007

Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus

High School Musical TV soundtrack

Kidz Bop 12 – Kidz Bop Kids

Disneymania5: Music Stars Sing Disney.. their Way!

Hannah Montana

Baby Einsten: Lullaby Classics – Baby Einsten Music Box Orchestra

Radio Disney Jams 9 – Various artists

High School Musical: The Concert


Top Modern Rock – August 15, 2007

Paralyzer – Finger Eleven

The Pretender – Foo Fighters

Never Too Late – Three Days Grace

Icky Thump – The White Stripes

What I’ve Done – Linkin Park

Tarantula – Smashing Pumpkins

Say This Sooner (No One Will See Things The Way I DO) – The Almost


Top Music Albums in Britain – August 15, 2007

This Is the Life – Amy MacDonald

One Chance – Paul Potts

Hand Built By Robots – Newton Faulkner

Life in Cartoon Motion – Mika

Timbaland Presents Shock Value – Timbaland


Top Hip-Hop R&B – August 15, 2007

Ooh Wee – Ayanna

Get Be Bodied – Beyonce

Until You Come Back to Me – Crystal Dove

Boom Di Boom – Skull

Strong Arm – J-Mizz

I Get it In – Chaos That Community serva

Me – Tamia

Inside Out – Temar Underground


Top Movies – August 15, 2007


Rush Hour 3

The Bourne Ultimatum

The Simpsons Movie

The Invasion




Harry Potter and the Order of the phoenix

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

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