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Dateline: Week Of December 15, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 

 

In The News

Change of strategy -  American commanders in Iraq decide to keep their forces concentrated in Baghdad when the buildup strategy ends next year.

President Pervez Musharraf lifts a 6-week-old state of emergency under which he had suspended Pakistan’s constitution and cracked down on the opposition.

The Federal Reserve proposes new mortgage lending rules to protect consumers against fraud and deception – including greater disclosure.

 A fire breaks out in the office of Dick Cheney at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door to the White House. The fire broke out in an electrical panel. The building was evacuated and about 1,000 employees had to leave for the day.

Seeing his poll numbers slipping – Rudy Giuliani has scaled back and is spending more time in New Hampshire and waging a campaign in Iowa. 

President Bush says that he did not know about two CIA interrogation videotapes until the spy agency’s director recently told him and said he would defer judgment about their destruction until administration officials completed their investigations.

 

Sports News – December 15, 2007

Ticketmaster plans to launch a website next year to resell tickets to pro football games – the latest push by the even ticketing company into the lucrative secondary ticket market. It’ll guarantee those tickets.

 

Technology News – December 15, 2007

Microsoft Corp wins the right to deliver advertising on Viacom’s network of websites for the next five years.

Pressured by a lawsuit, Internet social network Facebook Inc. will adopt measures to prevent its 58 million members from sending text messages to recycled cellphone numbers.

 

Entertainment news – December 15, 2007

Sacha Baron Cohen told the London Daily Telegraph that he is retiring his Borat and Ali G. rapper character. 

Lynne Spears’ book about parenting has been delayed indefinitely her publisher said. “Pop Culture Mom: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World” was initially scheduled for released May 11.

 

Music news – December 15, 2007

The Police led the way in concert business – according to Pollstar magazine’s annual ranking of the North American concert business. The trio did $131.9 million over 54 shows. Here are some others (in millions) – in order:

Kenny Chesney – $71.1 – 54 shows

Justin Timberlake - $70.6 – 60 shows

Celine Dion - $65.3 – 113 shows

Van Halen - $56.7 – 39 shows

Tim McGraw/Faith Hill - $52.3 – 44 shows

Rod Stewart – 49.0 – 58 shows

Genesis – 47.6 – 25 shows

 

Music producer Phil Spector wants a $1 million refund he paid his first attorney. He’s been through several attorneys since he was accused of murdering Lana Clarkson in 2003.

 Passing- Dan Fogelberg (56) after battling prostate cancer.

“Noel” by Josh Groban is the year’s bestselling album.

 

Television news – December 15, 2007

So far, Nickelodeon has made no announcement about the future of “Zoey 101,” following the news that 16-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant.

Passing – Jack Linkletter – son of Art Linkletter. He was the host of 1963’s folk “Hootenanny” on ABC-TV. He was 76. 

ABC confirms that Jimmy Kimmel would return to the air Jan. 2 the same day that Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien plan to start up their late night shows on NBC once again. The all shut down when the Writes Guild of America went on strike Nov. 5. 

Jeopardy! host  Alex Trebeck says he’ll be back on the show Jan. 14. he was hospitalized last week after being stricken with a minor heart attack.

NBC will be picking up a TV series – that first “aired” on the Web!. “quarterlife” will debut on NBC Feb 18.

 

Top Movies – December 15, 2007

Alvin and the Chipmunks

The Golden Compass

Enchanted

No Country for Old Men

The Perfect Holiday

Red Claus

This Christmas

Atonement

August Rush

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