Dateline: Week Of November 15, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
A cyclone that hit Bangladesh claims over 1,700 loves lost so far.
The Bush administration begins a public effort to salvage the embattled presidency of Pakistan’s Gen. Pervez Musharraf and pushes him to compromise with political opponents and abandon emergency rule.
Iraq - Officials in Samawah say a U.S. Army convoy opened fire in an unprovoked attack on motorists who were trying to get out of its way, injuring four and destroying a truckload of sheep.
The United Nations panel on climate change approves the final installment of its report on global warming and concludes that even the best efforts of reducing CO2 levels will not be enough.
The United Nations lowers years of estimates on the number worldwide infected by the AIDS virus. The new analysis shows that the total number of people living with HIV has been gradually increasing, but at a slower rate. About 33 million people worldwide are infected with the virus, compared with last year’s estimate of almost 40 million.
Several thousand demonstrators lead by Al Sharpton descend on the Justice Department to demand a federal crackdown on hate crimes and a more vigorous response to incidents of noose hangings and other displays of racial antagonism.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has told Tyson Foods to stop labeling chicken as “raised without antibiotics” after the agency said it made a mistake in approving that term.
Medical News – November 15, 2007
Researchers from Japan and Wisconsin report they had reprogrammed mature human cells to behave almost exactly like embryonic stem cells in what is being called a biological breakthrough. Researchers, by activating a handful of dormant genes, were able to coax the cells back in time to a point of embryonic development before they had committed to becoming a particular type of tissue.
Business News – November 15, 2007
Kraft Foods agrees to sell its two-dozen Post cereals to Ralcorp Holdings for nearly $1.7-bilion in stock.
Sports News – November 15, 2007
Near Phoenix - Mike Tyson is sentenced to 24 hours in jail and three years probation for cocaine possession and driving under the influence.
Technology News – November 15, 2007
Apple Inc agrees to pay $10 million to Burst.com – settling a patent-infringement lawsuit. The suit concerns technology that stores audio and video files.
Facebook – just three years old, has some 54 million users with estimated 2007 revenue at $150 million.
Another made-for-web series jumps to television as NBC confirms that it would begin airing hour-long “Quarterlife” episodes early next year. Three eight-minute episodes have aired on the Web. And, it’s a show about the Web.
Entertainment news – November 15, 2007
Actress Lindsay Logan arrives to serve time for a drunk driving conviction, and spends 84 minutes in a holding cell.
Passing – Actor Dick Wilson (91) – best known for portraying “Mr. Whipple” in commercials all those years.
Music news – November 15, 2007
Danny Federici – an original member of the E Street Band, drops out of the group’s current tour to undergo treatment for skin cancer. Said Bruce Springsteen on his website – “Danny is one of the pillars of our sound and has played beside me as a great friend for more than 40 years. We all eagerly await his healthy and speedy return.” Charles Giordana is filling in. Federici would never return and eventually passed away.
Garth Books cancels scheduled promotional appearances for “The View” and “Ellen” in support of the writers strike. He’ll be promoting his “The Ultimate Hits” album.
Celine Dion “Taking Chances” World Tour 2008
Billy Ray Cyrus is on the charts again, thanks to his daughter Miley. After lingering on the Country charges for 11 weeks, his previously solo version of “Ready, Set, Don’t Go” jumps thanks to his Oct. 9 performance of the song on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” with daughter Miley. Walt Disney records has re-released to song – now as a duo to radio stations.
Online talkshow hosted by Kool Mo Dee called “Spitfire.” Says Dee, “This is an opportunity to reach out to people who want to share the collective hip-hop experience. Your nationality, background and type of job don’t matter. Neither does whether you grew up listening to Kanye West and 50 Cent Big Daddy Kane.” The show is an offshoot of the website iamhiphop.
Tila Tequila has a new show – “A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila” on MTV. Tequila calls herself “the queen of Myspace” and counts more than 2 million “friends” on her page.
Television news – November 15, 2007
It’s announced that the second incarnation of “Battlestar Galactica” will end after this – the fourth season.
Passing – Actress Sigrid Valdis (72) – who played Col. Klink’s blonde secretary in “Hogan’s Heroes” and later, married its star – Bob Crane.
The Writers Guild of America East criticizes Ellen DeGeneres for returning to her show while her writers are on the picket lines.
Friday night television listings/TV Guide – week of November 15, 2007
CBS – Ghost Whisperer, Moonlight, Numbers
NBC – Deal or No Deal, Friday Night Lights, Las Vegas, Tonight, Conan O’Brien, Carson Daley
ABC – Men in Trees, Women’s Murder Club, 20/20, Nightline, Jimmy Kimmel
MyNet – Movie-Rocky III
Fox – Next Great American Band, Don’t Forget The lyrics
CW – WWE Friday Night Smackdown!
PBS – Washington Week
CNN – Anderson Cooper 360, Larry King
On Larry King – The paranormal is discussed.
Smackdown! – Batista vs. the World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry.
On Nightline – Stephen King
On Dr. Phil – Bulimia and anorexia are discussed.
Hip-Hop/R&B – November 15, 2007
She’s Hot – Rogue Souljamz
Ooh Wee – Ayanna
Inside Out – Temar Underwood
Bunce It, shake It – Meeko
Big Girl (Now) – Silva Jaguar
Shake that Body – PI
Top hits in Britain – November 15, 2007
Rule the World – Take That
Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis
Home – Westlife
Valerie – Mark Ronson
Apologize – Timbaland
Modern Rock Tracks – November 15, 2007
Big Casino – Jimmy Eat World
The Pretender – Foo Fighters
Fake It – Seether
Never Too Late – Three Days Grace
Top Country Music/Hits – November 15, 2007
Free and Easy (Down The Road I Go) – Dierks Bentley
Don’t Blink – Kenny Chesney
More That a Memory – Garth Books
So Small – Carrie Underwood
Fall – Clay Walker
How ‘Bout them Cowgirls – George Strait
Firecracker – Josh Turner
Our Song – Taylor Swift
If You’re Reading This – Tim McGraw
Livin’ our Love Song – Jason Michael Carroll
Top Pop Hits – November 15, 2007
Apologize – Timbaland
Kiss Kiss – Chris Brown
Bubbly – Colbie Caillat
Stronger – Kanye West
Crank that (Soulja Boy) – Soulja Boy
Good Life – Kanya West
Cyclone – Baby Bash
Bed – J. Holiday
Big Girls don’t Cry – Fergie
Gimme More – Britney Spears
How Far We’ve Come – Matchbox Twenty
AYO Technology – 50 Cent
Hat That I Loved You – Rihanna/Ne-Yo
Who Knew – Pink
Shawty Is a 10 – the Dream
Clumsy – Fergie
Top music albums – November 15, 2007
Blackout – Britney Spears
Long Road Out of Eden – Eagles
Carnival Ride – Carrie Underwood
Everything is fine – Josh Turner
Avenged Sevenfold – Avenged Sevenfold
Unbreakable – Backstreet Boys
Raising Sand – Robert Plant/Alison Krauss
Noel – Josh Groban
Best of Andrea Bocelli
Hight school Musical 2 – Soundtrack
Rock n Roll Jesus – Kid Rock
Magic – Bruce Springsteen
Coco – Colbie Caillat
Reba Duets – Reba mcEntire
Graduation- Kanye West
Just Like You – Keyshia Cole
Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus
Top Movies – November 15, 2007
Mr. Magorim’s Wonder emporium
Dan in real Life
Lions for Lambs
No Country for Old Men
Love in the Time of Cholera.