Dateline: Week Of November 1, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Bush delivers an upbeat assessment of the war’s progress, citing both a drop in violence and greater Iraqi control of restive provinces.
President Pervez Musharraf declares emergency rule in Pakistan – citing rising militancy.
Sen. Barack Obama mocks Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying she cried, “Don’t pick on me” after being attacked by her foes on policy issues at this week’s debate among the Democratic presidential hopefuls.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stops in Israel and the Occupied Territories to prod Israeli and Palestinian officials to agree on agenda before a planned U.S.-sponsored peace conference next month.
President Bush meets the press in the Oval Office – reviving the time-honored communications tactic.
Book News – November 1, 2007
Oprah Winfrey pulls the discredited children’s book, “The Education of Little Tree” from her list of recommended titles. The work by Forrest Carter, is considered by some, a literary hoax of a white supremacist.
J.K. Rowling completes her first book after her Harry Potter series. It’s an illustrated collection of magical fairy stories – “The Tales of Beedle the Bard.” Only seven copies have been made.
Medical News – November 1, 2007
Germany’s Bayer has temporarily suspended global sales of its anti-bleeding drug Trasylol, which has been linked to a higher risk of death, pending final results of a Canadian study on he medicine. Trasylol is used to prevent blood loss inpatients during heart bypass surgery.
Sports News – November 1, 2007
Baseball – Major league general mangers approve a proposal to use video replays on a limited basis.
Joe Torre is now the new manager of the LA Dodgers and coaching staff includes Don Mattingly and Larry Bowa.
Fascinating – This weekend was one for the NFL books. According to Elias Bureau – it was the first time in league history that players scored touchdowns with every possible type of return on the same day - - three kickoff returns, a punt return, three interception returns, a fumble return – and – a field goal return!
Technology News - November 1, 2007
Google - in partner with Gilbarco Veer-Root will display Google’s mapping service in color at gasoline pumps across the country – beginning in early December.
Facebook unveils an advertising strategy that piggybacks on one of its most powerful features – the news feed – which shows users a streaming list of what their friends are doing. Facebook believes these feeds will help users promote its advertisers.
Wow – Activision ends the last quarter with revenue up $317.7 million – beating Wall Streets expectations. This was in large, due to the success of “Guitar Hero III.”
MySpace says it will soon allow not just big advertisers, but also everyday users to garget narrow slices of MySpace’s membership.
Social networking gets bigger – as Google and MySpace announce that software developers could no use a common technology standard Google had created to build features for MySpace users. Called OpenSocial – it could be a boon for small outfits.
Radio News – November 1, 2007
Don Imus inks a deal with WABC radio (NY) to do mornings.
Entertainment news – November 1, 2007
Hollywood movie and TV writer strike and many believe this one will be long. The big issue is Internet residuals.
Hilary Swank lets Oprah Winfrey chop off about 9 inches of her hair during her talk show. It’ll go to charity.
Music news – November 1, 2007
Passing – George Osmond – Father of the musical family.
LeeAnn Rimes performs on Jay Leno’s show this week.
The Eagles new album – “Long Road out of Eden” is out – and the first Eagles album since 1979.
London - Heather Mills McCartney breaks their silence about her split with Paul, but because of all the tabloid exposure, she fears for her life about their split. “I’m been close to suicide. I’m so upset about this.”
Don’t miss “the Salt-N-Pepa Show” with Sandra “Pepa” Denton and Cheryl “Salt” James.
The Sheriff’s in Fargo use an Ozzy Osbourne concert to arrest 40 people wanted on outstanding warrants. They were enticed to a room full of cops by a notice in the mail that informed them they had won a free Ozzy ticket and admission to a pre-concert party. Osbourne was furious that his name was used.
Television news – November 1, 2007
On “Saturday Night Live” – Brian Williams with musical guest – Feist.
Fox is sending out hearses to promote the 100th episode of “Family Guy.”
Thursday night television listings/TV Guide – week of November 1, 2007
CBS – Survivor: China, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Without a Trace, Late Show
NBC – My Name is Earl, The Office, Scrubs, ER – Tonight Show
ABC – Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy, Big Shots, Nightline
Fox – Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
CW – Smallville, Supernatural
Nick – Zoey 101, Ned’s School, Drake & Josh, Full House
E! – The Daily 10, 25 Hottest Hollywood Cougar Tales, Kardashians, E! News, Chelsea Lately
On the Tonight Show – Denzel Washington guests.
Top Movies – November 1, 2007
Dan in Real Life
30 Days of Night
The game Plan
Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?.