Dateline: Week Of December 8, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Iraq – Qais Hamza Mamgui – a popular police chief is killed by a roadside bomb that struck his convoy.
The Justice Department says they have launched a joint inquiry into the CIA’s controversial destruction of videotaped interrogations of two Al Qaeda suspects.
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is sworn in as Argentina’s first elected female president.
U.S. authorities charge five foreign men as unregistered Venezuelan agents in connection with an alleged scheme to smuggle $800,000 to the election campaign of newly inaugurated Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
A winter storm responsible for deaths in the Midwest, blasts the Northeast, dumping snow and sleet and clogging some of the nation’s most heavily traveled highways.
Oprah Winfrey conducts a three-state swing to promote her candidate Barrack Obama. Polls are showing his campaign is making gains. Oprah will appear with the candidate in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Economy/Business News – December 8, 2007
The Federal Reserve announces an agreement with four foreign central banks to create a new method for injecting billions of dollars into the world’s financial system to break up potentially crippling logjam in credit.
The Fed drops its key lending rate for the third time in a row – quarter-point to 4.75%.
Cosmetic/Medical News – December 8, 2007
Face transplant update - Some 18 months after getting a new nose, chin and lips, Isabelle Dinoire of France has overcome two tissue-rejection episodes and has recovered enough use of her facial muscles to close her lips and draw her face into a slight smile.
Technology News – December 8, 2007
The IPO for “Classmates.com” is called off. It would have been the first IPO for a social networking site.
CompUSA says it will close its stores after the holidays after the sale of the company to an affiliate of Gordon Brothers Group. Comp USA operates 103 stores. CompUSA closed more than half its stores last spring and got cash infusion of $440 million to restructure.
Ask.com becomes the first major search engine to let users decide whether it can keep records of their queries.
Sports News – December 8, 2007
An investigative report on drug use in the major leagues is released by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell. It’s blasts baseball for its slow and ineffective response to what it called “baseball’s steroid era.”
Welterweight title - Floyd Mayweather gets the best of Ricky Halton in Las Vegas.
Music news – December 8, 2007
Passing – Ike Turner (76) – Best known for his pairing with Tina Turner.
The original members of Led Zeppelin – those still with us, emerge in front of about 20,000 concertgoers in east London. There were people from 50 countries in the audience in what was described as one of the most eagerly waited rock events of the decade. The event was organized as a tribute to the late Ahmet Ertegun, co-founder of Atlantic records and also featured performances by Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings.
Entertainment/Movie News – December 8, 2007
The third “Jackass” movie – “Jackass 2.5” will be released to the Internet. The feature combines unreleased footage from “Jackass Number Two” ad new content. All three were spun off from the former MTV series.
“American Idol” finalist Jessica Sierra becomes disinvited to a concert billed as a holiday tribute for U.S. troops. The reason – she was just arrested and is being held without bail in Tampa Florida on charges of disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest.
Hollywood strike - Talks between writers and studios collapse and there’s no resolution to a 5-week old writers strike
Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – December 8, 2007
CSI – 18.80
Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday – 17.77
60 Minutes – 16.60
Rudolph The Red nosed Reindeer – 14.55
Survivor: China – 13.86
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 12.78
Sunday Night Football (NBC) – 12.73
Without a Trace – 12.68
For One More day – 12.53
Amazing Race 12 – 11.95
Two and a Half Men – 11.88
Law & Order: SVU – 11.73
Cold Case – 11.45
Deal or No Deal on Wednesday – 11.33
Barbara Walters Presents – 11.31
NCIS – 11.08
Television news – December 8, 2007
ESPN’s “Monday Night Football’’ – in a game between the Patriots and Ravens was the most watched program in cable television history – with 17.52 viewers – breaking the 17.24 million Disney had with the debut of the Disney Channel’s “High school Musical 2” last August.
Passing – Roger King, one of the famed King brothers of King World Productions. He was 63.
Long time Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is recovering from a minor heart attack. He is 67.
FX – now with an image of dark dramas such as “Nip/Tuck” and “The Shield” – is now using a new positioning line – “There is No Box.” Gotta love it.
Top Movies – December 15, 2007
I Am Legend
Alvin and the Chipmunks
The Golden Compass
The Perfect Holiday
No Country for Old Men