Dateline: Week Of October 15, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Russian President Vladimir V. Putin arrives in Tehran amid a swirl of speculation about whether Moscow would follow or reject Western plans to pressure Iran over its nuclear program.
Pakistan – What was supposed to be a joyous homecoming turned into tragedy for former Prime Minster Benazir Bhutto as a pair of blasts rip through the crowd surrounding her convoy in Karachi – killing more than 125 people.
Pakistan - Benazir Bhutto steps out in public for the first time since a bloody attack on her homecoming celebrations, saying, “We will not be deterred.”
Scores of homes are lost in S. California near Malibu (again) in yet another brush fire.
President Bush announces an overhaul intended to streamline procedures and provide new support for families. The plan changes the way injured military personnel are evaluated an compensated. The overhaul simplifies the system and adds new family assistance.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wraps up her Middle East shuttle diplomacy tour. Israel seems more at ease as she agreed with most of Jerusalem’s demands. Earlier she said militant group Hamas had no role in peace talks.
China lashes out at President Bush’s White House meeting with the Dalai Lama – arguing that it would seriously damage relations between Washington and Beijing. They called on the U.S. to cancel plans to honor the famous Tibetan figure with a Congressional Gold Medal.
Republican Mitt Romney has spent more money - $52 million and aired more TV ads – than any other candidate has – so far.
Some best-selling books – October 15, 2007
Run – Ann Patchet
A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
Playing for Pizza – John Grisham
Exit Ghost – Philip Roth
The Nine – Jeffrey Toobin
The Age of Turbulence – Alan Greenspan
The Coldest Winter – David Halberstam
The Zookeeper’s Wife – Diane Ackerman
Radio news – October 15, 2007
Rush Limbaugh says he has raised $2 million for charity by auctioning of a letter signed by 41 Democratic senators that criticized his on-air comments about US. soldiers
Sports News – October 15, 2007
Crackdown on scalping – The New England Patriots win a bid to get the names of al the fans who bought or sold, or tried to buy or sell tickets to home games through online ticket reseller StubHub. A lawsuit claimed that the website encouraged fans to break state law and violate team policies.
Joe Torre is leaving the Yankees as manager. He refused to take a $2.5 million paycut – down to $5.5 million.
Technology News – October 15, 2007
Web show - MySpace has co-developed a new scripted series, “Roomates” that debuts this week.
Facebook ends an investigation by New York’s attorney general by agreeing to changes designed to shield minors from porno images and improper advances from adults.
Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs says that the company would let outside developers create software for its iPhone and iPod Touch gadgets.
A coalition of major media and Internet companies issue a set of guidelines for handling copyright-protected videos on large user-generated such as MySpace. The guidelines would require sites to use filtering technology to block copyrighted clips from being posted without permission. The incentive for the coalition’s websites and others to comply is the media companies promise not to sue of any copyrighted material sneaks past their best efforts to block it.
AOL says it is slashing some 2,000 jobs worldwide to reduce costs.
Entertainment news – October 15, 2007
Chris Pine will play the young James Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” movie. Karl urban will take on the role of Dr. Leonard McCoy. Leonard Nimoy will appear as an older version of the Vulcan.
Passing – Actress Deborah Kerr She was 86.
Passing – Joey Bishop (89) – Last of the Rat Pack of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin Sammy David Jr. and Peter Lawford.
Passing – Teresa Brewer – Pop song artist of the 1950’s.
Music news – October 15, 2007
Musician Kid Rock is arrested after a fight in a Waffle House restaurant just days after he scored his first No. 1 album – “Rock N Roll Jesus” on the U.S. pop charts.
Led Zeppelin’s eight original albums will now be made available to all major download retailers, as will the live collections “the Song Remains the Same” and “How the West Was Won. The Beatles are now the last major act to still not have its catalog available digitally (on line).
Looks like the Spice Girls’ greatest hits CD will go on sale – but at Victoria’s Secret stores and on the company’s website. It’ll be released nationwide two months later.
Television news – October 15, 2007
The Fox Business Channel launches this week!
On “Grey’s Anatomy” – Meredith is positive that her mother’s ashes are haunting her.
On “Saturday Night Live” – Bron James with musical guest – Kanye West.
Three episodes are all as “Online Nation,” a YouTube inspired clip show is canceled by the CW.
Filmmaker George Lucas says he has “just begun work’ on a live-action television series rooted in the “Star Wars” universe.
Ellen DeGeneres sobs on her TV show about a private rescue group that is taking back a puppy she had adopted and then passed on the family of her hairstylist.
Top Pop Hits – October 15, 2007
APOLOGIZE (TIMBALAND REMIX)- One Republic
CRANK THAT- Soulja Boy
HATE THAT I LOVE YOU- Ne Yo & Rihanna
TATTOO- Jordin Sparks
INTO THE NIGHT- Santana & Chad Kroeger
CYCLONE- Baby Bash
YOUR GUARDIAN ANGEL- Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
HAIL TO THE GEEK- Deaf Pedestrians
STRONGER- Kanye West
BUBBLY- Colbie Caillat
AYO TECHNOLOGY- 50 Cent
BED- J. Holiday
TAKE YOU THERE- Sean Kingston
LIGHT UP THE SKY- Yellowcard
MAKE ME BETTER- Fabolous fea. Ne-Yo
LOVESTONED- Justin Timberlake
LOVE LIKE THIS- Natasha Bedingfield fea. Sean Kingston
Top Movies – October 15, 2007
30 Days of Night
Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?
The Game Plan
Gone Baby Gone
We Own the Night
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas