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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

Bee Movie


Fred Claus

Mr. Magorim’s Wonder emporium

Dan in real Life

American Gangster

Lions for Lambs

No Country for Old Men

Love in the Time of Cholera

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