Dateline: Week Of November 8, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Bush seeks to reassure skeptical Europeans and critics that he remains committed to using diplomacy in dealing with Iran.
Pakistan – Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto – under house arrest to protest against President Pervez Musharraf. She vows to move ahead with a protest against his emergency rule.
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashviili declares a 15-day state of emergency after riot police battle thousands of protesters demanding new elections.
Millions of Chinese-made toys have been pulled in the U.S. and Australia after scientists found they contain a chemical that converts into a powerful “date rape” drug when ingested.
Commercial – GOP presidential candidate Tom Taneredeo has a new TV commercial which shows a terrorist bombing a shopping mall, implying the U.S. has a loose border.
In Rome – Italian police attempting to quell a brawl between rival soccer fans – shoot and kill a supporter of a Roman team – starting riots in four cities.
Business/Medical News – November 8, 2007
Merck decides to pay $4.85 billion to settle tens of thousands of claims from patients who took painkiller Vioxx. The money should cover as many as 26,5000 of the more than 30,000 cases filed against the company.
Fears of the economy - The Dow falls 223 points to 13.042.74.
Obituary News – November 8, 2007
Passing – Actress Laraine Day (87) - once married to baseball great Leo Durocher.
Passing – Norman Mailer – wrote nearly 50 books and won two Pulitzer Prizes. He was 84.
Music news – November 8, 2007
Thousands of Hannah Montana fans are suing her fan club. They say membership in the “club” should have enabled them to obtain concert tickets in priority. “The Best of Both Worlds Tour” – is the hottest concert going these days and it’s sold out everywhere.
Dick Clark will appear on the 36th edition of “Rockin’ New Years Eve.” He’ll co-host with Ryan Seacreast. He missed only the 2004 broadcast which was right after the devastating stroke.
Carrie Underwood performs this week on “Good Morning America.”
Passing – Donda West – mother of rap star Kanye West. She was a former chair-woman of Chicago State university’s English department.
Garth Brooks in concert? He’s back or is he. The semi-retired singer did a very successful concert in Kansas City, MO.
Passing – Country great Hank Thompson (82).
Television news – Novmeber 8, 2007
Rev. David Ajemian of Boston – accused of stalking Conan O’Brien is found fit to stand trial. He was arrested last week while trying to enter a taping of “Late Night With Conan O’ Brien in New York City after being warned to stay away. The president apparently wrote him threatening notes on parish letterhead, sent e-mails and contacted his parents!
Marie Osmond – who missed a results show on “Dancing with the Stars” after the death of her dad, will remain on the show.
Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – November 8, 2007
CSI – 21.94 million viewers
Without a Trace – 21.68
Dancing with the stars – 20.47
Grey’s Anatomy – 19.50
Desperate Housewives – 18.63
House – 18.17
NCIS – 18.15
Sunday Night Football – 17.32
Dancing with the Stars (Tue.) – 17.05
CMA Awards – 15.95
Extreme makeover: Home Edition – 15.03
Survivor: China – 14.86
Criminal Minds – 14.65
CSI: Miami – 14.07
Two and a Half Men – 13.80
Jumping down TV shows For Ratings #25-30 - week of November 8, 2007
Ugly Betty – 10.83
Rules of Engagement – 10.77
Boston Legal – 10.62
The Simpsons – 10.53
Amazing Race 12 – 10.48
Family Guy – 10.39
Top Movies – November 8, 2007
Lions for Lambs
Dan in Real Life
The Game Plan
30 Days of Night