Dateline: Week Of October 8, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
The Justice Department announces the creation of special task forces around the country to prevent unfriendly nations such as Iran from illegally obtaining U.S.- made parts and technology for their militaries and fledgling nuclear, biological and chemical weapons programs.
Global warning guru Al Gore shares the Nobel Peace Prize with a Geneva-based United Nations climate group.
Ted Kennedy (70) undergoes surgery to clear a partially blocked artery in his neck.
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama plans to propose spending $150 billion over 10 years on new clean energy programs, including proposals to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions and to develop new energy sources.
Atlantic City mayor Robert Levy who disappeared for two weeks amid a federal investigation into his military record, resigns.
The Bush Administration warns that help form U.S. allies and the public is needed to thwart an attack on American soil being planned by a reconstituted Al Qaeda.
Technology News – October 8, 2007
Google will begin showing YouTube videos on thousands of other websites, hoping to profit from ads attached to the clips. The ads accompanying the outbound YouTube clips won’t be in a video format. Instead, they will appear as a graphic straddling the video or as a link along the bottom.
Radio news – October 8, 2007
Arbitron’s new people meter ratings service debuts in Philly and Houston with interesting results. More people listen on weekends, morning drive isn’t as important as thought and some formats are doing better than others.
Don’t miss Bob Dylan’s “Theme Time Radio Hour” on XM radio - now in its second season.
Entertainment news – October 8, 2007
Celine Dion’s Vegas show “A New Day” is wrapping up in December after some 4 1/2 years.
Kiefer Sutherland pleads no contest to a misdemeanor drunk driving charge stemming from an arrest several weeks ago near Hollywood.
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills appear in court and the British media says they may be nearing a settlement in their divorce.
Music news – October 8, 2007
Sean “Diddy’ Combs is accused in separate lawsuits of swindling a business associate and battering a concert promoter. This just after resolving a child support dispute with the mother if his 15-month-old daughter, whom he had stiffed for more than a year. Combs now stars in MTV’s “Making the Band” reality series.
Garth Brooks is back - and he’ll be appearing live in concert soon. After 25 years with the country band “Alabama” - Randy Owen is cutting a solo album. Alabama gave its farewell concert in 2003.
Snoop Dogg is ordered to pick up trans and clean toilets in Orange County (CA) after pleading guilty to carrying an illegal police baton aboard an airplane at John Wayne Airport. He’ll be doing his service at a park.
ITunes begins selling nine albums from the late George Harrison, the last of the four Beatles to have his solo work added to the online music store. ITunes still lacks songs from the Beatles as a group.
Look for Britney Spears new album - “Blackout” to come out Oct. 30.
Television news – October 8, 2007
NBC Universal agrees to pay $925 million for the chick channel Oxygen - which was launched seven years ago.
Top Movies – October 8, 2007
The Game Plan
The Heartbreak Kid
Resident Evil: Extinction
The Seeker The Dark Is Rising
Good Luck Chuck
Feel the Noise
3:10 to Yuma
The Brave One
Top Pop Hits October 8, 2007
Stonger – Kanye West
Big Girls Don’t Cry – Fergie
Crank That – Soulja Boy
Way I Are – D.O.E.
Gimme More – Britney Spears
Beautiful Girls – Sean Kingston
1234 – Feist
Shut Up & Drive – Rihanna
Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s.