Dateline: Week Of September 15, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
The Fed slashes its key interest rate a half-point to 4.75%.
President Bush plans to ask lawmakers next week to approve another spending measure – totaling nearly $200 billion to fund the war through next year.
Senate Republicans block a Democratic move to challenge policy in Iraq for the eighth time.
Former federal Judge Michael Mukasey is nominated to succeed Alberto Gonzales as attorney general.
“The Iraq war is largely about oil,“ former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says in his new book – “The Age of turbulence; Adventures in a New World.”
The parliament bloc loyal to influential cleric Muqtada Sadr walks out of Iraq’s ruling Shiite coalition further aggravating rifts inside the country’s largest religious sct and loosening the alliances’ grip on power.
Pakistan – the party of former Prime Minster Benazir Bhutto announces that she plans to return to her homeland Oct. 18.
Crude oil futures close at a record $80.57 a barrel.
Vice President Dick Cheney writes and essay for the Wall St. Journal – on reminders of the Bush record to counter the complaints of “my longtime friend Alan Greenspan” who he noted, “credits me in his book for my ‘intensity’ and ‘sphinxlike calm.’”
New York says it will allow drivers licenses for illegal immigrants. The change, announced by Gov. Eliot Spitzer, means that 500,000 to 1 million illegal immigrants will be eligible for licenses by presenting a valid foreign passport.
Cherie Blair – wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair will have her autobiography out in Oct. 2008.
Some best- selling books – September 15, 2007
Away – Amy Bloom
The Wheel of Darkness –Douglas Preston
A thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
Spook Country – William Bigson
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Wonderful Tonight – Pattie Boyd
The Secret – Rhoda Byrne
The Dangerous Book for Boys – Conn and Hal Iggulden
The Art of Power – Thich Nhat Hanh
Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie News – September 15, 2007
O.J. Simpon’s book “ If I Did It” – the ghostwritten account of how the ex-football star would have murdered Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman – ranks #2 on Amazon and is going into its second printing.
O.J. Simpson faces new legal battles after he is arrested in connection with an alleged robbery of sports memorabilia from a Las Vegas hotel room.
Music news – September 15, 2007
Rap singer Snoop Dogg is sentence to three years’ informal probation and agreed to serve 160 hours of community service after agreeing to plead guilty to carrying an illegal police baton in his luggage while boarding a plane in S. California.
Television news – September 15, 2007
NBC will start offering limited free downloads of shows such as “Heroes” and “The Office” as part of its bid to expand the digital distribution of its programs and compete with Apple’s iTunes store.
Emmy Wards – Fox breaks away from actress winner sally Field as she mad an antiwar statement punctuated with “goddam.”
Passing – Alice Ghostley (81) – TV and Tony Award winning actress.
Fox TV beginning this week - Some seven season premiere episodes will be made available for free through Apple’s iTunes store. Shows such as “prison Break,” “Bones,” American dad” and K-ville” will be offered for download (pay of course!).
59th annual Emmy Award Winners held this week – some winners:
Supporting Actor - Comedy: Jeremy Piven (Entourage)
Supporting Actor - Drama: Terry O'Quinn (Lost)
Supporting Actress - Comedy: Jamie Pressly (My Name is Earl)
Supporting Actress - Drama: Katherine Heigl (Grey's Anatomy)
Reality Competition Program: The Amazing Race
Lead Actor - Movie or Miniseries: Robert Duvall (Broken Trail)
Lead Actress - Movie or Minseries: Helen Mirren (Prime Suspect)
TV Movie: Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
Miniseries: Broken Trail
Lead Actress - Comedy: America Ferrara (Ugly Betty)
Lead Actor - Comedy: Ricky Gervais (Extras)
Lead Actress - Drama: Sally Field (Brothers & Sisters)
Lead Actor - Drama: James Spader (Boston Legal)
Comedy Series: 30 Rock
Drama Series: The Sopranos -
Top Pop Hits – September 15, 2007
ME LOVE- Sean Kingston
STRONGER- Kanye West
NEVER TOO LATE- Three Days Grace
I GOT IT FROM MY MAMA- Will.I.Am
BUBBLY- Colbie Callait
SO MUCH LOVE- Rocket Summer
BARTENDER- T'Pain fea. Akon
OVER YOU- Daughtry
LOVESTONED- Justin Timberlake
I DON'T WANNA BE IN LOVE- Good Charlotte
TEENAGERS- My Chemical Romance
HATE THAT I LOVE YOU- Ne-Yo & Rihanna
I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE D.J.- Che'nelle
Top Movies – September 15, 2007
The Brave One
3:10 to Yuma
The Bourne Ultimatum
Balls of Fury
Rush Hour 3
Mr. Bean’s Holiday.