Dateline: Week Of August 22, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales resigns. Bush defended him, but Democrats say he had tarnished the office with his actions.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki lashes out at U.S. and French politicians who have called on him to step down and accused U.s. forces of committing “big mistakes” in killing and detaining civilians in the hunt for insurgents. Earlier – he warned the Bush administration after talks with longtime US. Adversaries in Syria that Iraq “can find friends elsewhere” if Washington doesn’t like how he runs his country.
Iraq - A U.S. Black Hawk helicopter crashes – killing all 14 troops on board.
Texas Gov. Rick Parry spares the life of death row inmate Ken Foster Jr. – just hours before he was scheduled to be executed.
President Bush spends a day in New Orleans – a year after it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. “This Town Is Coming Back” he said at a charter school in one of the city’s most flood ravaged neighborhood.
Sen. Larry E. Craig of Idaho denies making a sexual advance to an undercover officer in a men’s room. “I am not gay and never have been,” said the Republican lawmaker.
Chilean police using tear gas and water cannons arrested more than 400 people among thousands of protesters marching in the capital to demand better salaries and working conditions at a time when the economy is booming.
Business/Economy News – August 23, 2007
Barnes & Noble says it would carry O.J. Simpson’s “If I Did It” in its stores – reversing an earlier decision.
Home sale prices are down 3.2% in the U.S. from last year.
Bank of America invests some $2 billion n Countrywide – and may help it stabalize.
Sports News – August 23, 2007
Soccer’s David Bekham suffers a sprained right knee and will be sidelined for “approximately six weeks.” He’ll be out for the rest of the season.
Technical News – August 23, 2007
Sony Corp is shuttering its Connect digital music store and opening its portable media players to other formats. Sony’s NWZ-A810 and NWZ-S610 can play videos and display photographs – much like iPods.
EarthLink says it would cut 900 jobs – nearly half its workforce. The company was founded some 13 years ago.
Yahoo introduces features for its Web-based e-mail program, including software that allows computer users to type text messages on a keyboard and send them directly to someone cellphone.
A 17-year-oldhacker has broken the lock that ties Apple’s iPhone to AT&T’s wireless network, freeing the most hyped cellphone ever for use on the networks of other carriers. George Hotz of NJ says he is now using his iPhone on T-Mobile’s network.
Monster.com says that 1.3 million users had personal information stolen by criminals who hacked into a job placement website.
Entertainment news – August 23, 2007
Actor Owen Wilson is now receiving medical treatment at Hollywood’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Lindsay Lohan reaches a deal with prosecutors – and she has agreed to serve a one-day jail sentence after pleading no contest to drunk driving charges while admitting to using cocaine in two separate incidents.
A $10-million defamation suit against Paris Hilton by a woman who claimed the hotel heiress lied to the press about a run-in the two had over a man at a London nightclub has been settled out of court.
Music news – August 23, 2007
Blake Lewis, who finished second to Jordin Sparks on the final “Idol” in May – signs with Arista Records.
Passing – Hilly Kristal – whose CBGB served as the birthplace of the punk rock movement and a launching pad for bands such as Blondie. He was 75.
Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones demands an apology from Swedish newspapers for their scathing reviews of the group’s performance in the country this month. The review said in part, that Richards’ appeared “a bit confused.” And gave the band a two on a scale from one-to-five.
A British newspaper splashed photos of Amy Winehouse bloody and bruised after she allegedly had a fight with her husband.
Television news – August 23, 2007
Top TV Shows
The two-hour finale of NBC’s “America’s Got talent” was the most-watched program on broadcast TV last week – with 13.9 million viewers. CSI was in second place with 10.37 followed by:
Without a Trace – 9.30
Two and a Half Men – 9.25
NFL Pre-season Football – 9.20
60 Minutes – 9.05
Labor Day Weekend – The season finale of entourage on HBO.
Perky Katie Couric is heading to Iraq and Syria – the first network evening news anchor to visit the war zone in six months.
Passing – Character actor Robert Symonds (80).
Top Movies – August 23, 2007
The Bourne Ultimatum
Rush Hour 3
Mr. Bean’s Holiday
The Nanny Diaries
The Simpsons Movie