Dateline: Week Of September 1, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Bush and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke take steps to ease the credit crunch that has socked investors and dried up access to home loans for millions of Americans.
In Iraq – President Bush makes an unannounced visit and says that if security gains continue, there is a possibility of U.S. troop withdrawal.
In Sydney – a comedy team impersonating a Canadian government delegation – and one member wearing an Osama bin laden costume – cause a breached breach at the hotel where President Bush is staying. Chas Licciardello, dressed as Osama bin Laden was arrested.
British troops hand over their last base in Basra – withdrawing to an airport outside of Baghdad and leaving it to Shiite Muslim political parties and militias.
In Germany – three people trained in Pakistan by an Al Qaeda-linked group have bee arrested on suspicion of plotting massive car bomb attacks on U.S. troops and other Americans near U.S. military bases and German airports.
Hurricane Felix kills at leas 18 in Nicaragua.
Mattel launches another recall – and this - like the others – has to do with excessive lead on toys coming from China. It’s a recall of 11 different toys – making this a total of 840,00 for all three recalls.
Sports News – September 1, 2007
Boston rookie Clay Buchholz – just called up from the minors – throws a no-hitter in a game against the Baltimore Orioles.
Technology News – September 1, 2007
Steve Jobs apologizes for slashing iPhone’s price this week – some two months after customers waited in line for hours to pay $600. Prices will drop 33%. Apple is offering $100 store credits to anyone who had paid full price for the phone – which bines a cellphone, a Web-surfing deice and an iPod.
Apple says it will not sell future seasons of “The Office” or any other NBC Universal TV shows through its iTunes video store after a contract dispute.
Entertainment/Celebrity News – September 1, 2007
Passing –Miyoshi Umeki – Japanese singer and actress – the first Asian to win an Academy Award. Best known as the housekeeper on “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.”
Passing – Luciano Pavarotti – the top tenor in the world. He was 71.
Music news – September 1, 2007
Kayne West and 50 Cent appear on BET’s “106th & Park.” Both have new albums released this week – and both are considered the pinnacle of rap rivals. West has said he would retire if “Graduation” by West outsells his – “Curtis” this week.
Kelly Clarkson announces a 24-date theater tour Oct 14 at New York’s Beacon Theater. Ms. Clarkson split with her manager and the direction of her third album – “My December” which debuted at #2 (considered to be disappointing).
Madonna adds four new installments in her children’s book series, “The English Roses.” Look for them in stores Sept. 14.
Television News – September 1, 2007
On Saturday Night Live –
Scarlet Johansson hosts with music guest Bjork.
Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – September 1, 2007
Two and a Half Men – 10.31 million viewers
Power of 10 (Tue.) – 9.89
CSI: Miami – 9.09
CSI: NY – 8.90
Criminal Minds – 8.46
Power of 10 (Wed.) – 8.34
Big Brother – (Tue.) – 8.14
House – 7.95
CSI – 7.77
Rules of Engagement – 7.61
NCIS – 7.47
Just for Laughs – 6.48
48 Hours Mystery – 6.30
Big Brother 8 (Thu.) – 6.21
Cold Case – (same)
60 Minutes – 6.13
Saturday Night Live: The First Five Years 5.88
Crimetime Saturday – 5.79
Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader – 5.75
Big Brother 8 (Sun.) – 5.73
Old Christine – 5.71
Top Movies – September 1, 2007
Balls of fury
The Bourne Ultimatum
Rush Hour 3
Mr. Bean’s Holiday
The Nanny Diaries