Dateline: Week Of September 22, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Iraq – U.S. forces kill Abu Osama Tunist – a top Al Qaeda leader. It’s believed he was responsible for the capture and killing of American soldiers last year.
The department of Homeland Security has reached its goal of completing 70 miles of new fencing by the end of this month, nearly doubling the length of barriers on the border to about 145 miles.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton says that every child born in the U.S. should get a $5,000 ‘baby bond” from the government to help pay for future costs of college or buying a home.
Mychal Bell – a black teen jailed in the racially combustible “Jena Six” case is released. Bell who is 17, has spent about 10 months in jail after he and five other black youths allegedly assaulted a white classmate last year at Jena High in Louisiana.
Iraqi and U.S. special forces arrest 59 army officers and enlisted men accused in killings, bombings and kidnappings in the latest case linking elements of the Iraqi army to sectarian militias and criminal gangs.
U.S intelligence officials say that political turmoil and a spate of brazen attacks by Taliban fighters are forcing Pakistan’s president to scale back his government’s pursuit of Al Qaeda.
In New York - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faces criticism about his opinions on women, gays, Israel, nuclear weapons and the Holocaust in an appearance at Columbia University.
At the Opening of the U.N. General Assembly, Iranian President Mohmoud Ahmadinjad declares his country’s nuclear issue “closed” while leaders of France and Germany issued ominous warnings about his nation’s alleged weapons ambitions.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton reinforces her position as the Democratic presidential front runner – appearing on five weekend talk shows.
Gas Prices – September 23, 2007
Gasoline prices are up – about $2.8 per gallon nationwide.
Medical/Health News – September 23, 2007
Killer amoebas living in lakes can enter the body through the nose and attack the brain, where they feed until you die. Though encounters with the microscopic bug are extraordinarily rare, it is known to have killed six boys and young men in the U.S. this year and the jump in cases has health officials concerned. There were about 2.3 average deaths per year.
Passing – Rex Humbard (88) – pioneering televangelist.
Business News - September 23, 2007
Shares of Bear Stearns jump on speculation that the company will sell a big stake in itself, possibly to Warren Buffet. Stearns has been hit the hardest by the collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market.
Radio king Clear Channel approves a $19.5-billion buyout offer from a private equity group led by Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital partners.
Technology News – September 23, 2007
Behind Apple - Did you know that SanDisk is the No 2 maker of digital music players? Its newest player – the Sansa Shaker – is aimed at kids and shaped like a toy bongo drum.
Amazon.com launches its much-anticipated digital music store with nearly 2.3 million songs, none of them protected against copying. Songs cost 89 cents to 99 cents and albums sell for $5.99 to $9.99. iTunes also offers some songs without so-called digital rights management technology (DRM) which prevents unauthorized copies form being played. The problem though – it frustrates listeners because it limits the type of device or number of computers on which they can listen to music. iTunes generally won’t play on devices other than the iPod and iPods won’t play DRM-enabled songs bought at rival music stores.
Downloading movies to DVD is that much closer - Sonic Solutions says it has won approval for its technology, which makes it possible for people to record homemade DVD’s containing the same copy protection found on professionally made DVD’s. It will open the door to download services to let customers burn movies they buy to DVD.
Walt Disney Co. says it will end its Disney Mobile phone services at the end of the year.
The social-networking website MySpace.com is launching a free, advertising-supported call-phone version as part of a wider bid by parent News Corp. to attract advertising for mobile sites.
Yahoo Inc will jettison a little-use service for finding and rating audio programs known as podcasts, the podcast section will be silenced Oct. 31. It joins several other features Yahoo has scrapped as it tries to snap out of a financial funk that has depressed its stock price and triggered a reshuffling of top management.
Sports News – September 23, 2007
Kelly Pavlik stops Jermain Taylor in the seventh round, becoming the WBC and WBO middleweight champ. He was considered the challenger.
NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin says her regrets his off-track spat with Kyle petty last weekend after the tow Crashed and Hamlin fell to last among the 12 bidding for the Nextel Cup title. They still haven’t spoken.
Radio News – September 23, 2007
New research says that Internet surfers visit a radio station web site at least once a month.
Entertainment News – September 23, 2007
Passing – Marcel Marceau (84) – the great French mime.
Passing – Actor Michael Evans (87).
Music News – September 23, 2007
Jurors fail to reach a decision in the Phil Spector murder trail – forcing a mistrial.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s new album “Magic” is first being released on vinyl (on a limited basis). Industry types say – they had to get something out to qualify for the 2007 Grammy Awards. You must to so by Sept 30. It’s the first album by the boys in five years.
Television News – September 23, 2007
First TV interview for Jenna Bush. Catch her 20/20 this week. She talks about her fiancé, Henry Hager and has a new book, “Ana’s story: A Journey of Hope,’ about a teen mom with HIV. With Diane Sawyer.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – September 23, 2007
Sunday Night Football – 19.05
Survivor: China – 15.35
CSI – 14.07
NFL Pregame – 13.86
Cold Case – 12.75
Deal or No Deal on Monday – 11.71
Shark – 11.42
60 Minutes – 11.37
Without a Trace – 11.28
Two and a Half men – 10.84
Family Guy – 10.81
Football Night in America Pt. 3 – 10.29
CIS: Miami – 9.65
The Simpsons – 955
Fox Postgame show – 9.50
Back to you – 9.48
Kid Nation – 9.39
CSI: NY – 9.18
Desperate Housewives – 9.02
K-Ville on Monday - 8.93
Top Hip-Hop tracks – September 23, 2007
I Get It In – Chads That Community Serva
Bed – J. Holiday
Swerving – TIM Boyz
Inside Out – Temar Underwood
Get to the Money – Reec
Until You Come Back to Me- Crystal Dove
Get Me Bodied – Beyonce
Top Country Hit Music – September 23, 2007
More Than A Memory – Garth Brooks
Take Me There – Rascal Flatts
These Are My People – Rodney Atkins
Love Me if You Can – Toby Keith
Proud of the House We Built – Brooks & Dunn
Never wanted Nothing More – Kenny Chesney
Online – Brad Paisley
All My Friends say – Luke Bryan
Because of You – Reba and Kelly Clarkson
Everyday America – Sugarland
Modern Rock Tracks – September 23, 2007
Paralyzer – Finger Eleven
Icky Thump – White Stripes
Bled It Out – Linkin Park
Never Too Late – Three Days Grace
Supermassive Black Hole – Muse
Top Pop Hits – September 23, 2007
Stronger – Kane West
Crank That (Soulja Boy) – Soulja Boy
The Way I Are – Timbaland
Big Girls Don’t Cry – Fergie
Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s
Make Me Better – fabulous
Rockstar – Nickelback
Shawty – Plies
Who Knew – Pink
Umbrella – Rihanna
Wait For You – Elliott Yamin
Bed – J. Holiday
A Bay Bay – Hurricane Chris
Let It Go – Keyshia Cole
So Small – Carrie Underwood
Me Love – Sean Kingston
Top Music Albums – September 23, 2007
Hustlenomics – Yung Joc
High School Musical 2 – soundtrack
The Altar and the door – Casting Crowns
Now 25 – Various artists
Hairspray – soundtrack
Hannah Montana 2 Soundtrack/Meet Miley Cyrus
Lead sails paper Ancho – Atreyu
Minutes to Midnight – Linkin Park
All The Right Reasons – Nickleback
The Dutchess – Fergie
Jonas Brothers - Jonas Brothers
Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
Undegrond Kingz – UGK
High School Musical – soundtrack
Taylor Swift – Taylor Swift
T.I. – T.I. vs. T.I.P.
Top Movies – September 23, 2007
Good Luck Chuck
Resident Evil: Extinction
Sea of Dreams
The Brace one
3:10 to Yuma
Balls of Fury
Rush Hour 3
Shoot ‘Em Up.