Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week Of January 8, 2008 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
New Hampshire primary – Hillary beats Obama, McCain beats Romney.
Campaign – Hillary Rodham Clinton launches an attack against Barack Obama, suggesting his opposition to the Iraq war is all talk and little action.
President Bush says that the U.S. is on track to bring home at least 20,000 troops from Iraq by summer. He emphasized that he is willing to halt slow the action “in order to make sure we succeed.”
The Bush administration postpones a controversial law requiring Americans to carry tamper-proof driver’s licenses, delaying its final implementation by five years.
More Iraq - A bobby trop kills 6 U.S solders in a house.
U.S. and Iraqi forces discover an elaborate insurgent base complete with two tunnels hidden amid the orange and palm groves of Diyala province.
Reeling from his New Hampshire defeat – Mitt Romney suspends TV advertising in South Carolina and Florida.
President Bush completes two days of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders without a firm commitment from Israel to halt expansion of West Bank settlements or give the Palestinians a bigger role in policing the territory.
O.J. Simpson is taken into custody in Florida and will spend several days in a Las Vegas jail before he hears allegations that he violated terms of his bail in an armed robbery case.
GM unveils a Hummer HX and Saab 9-4X that run on ethanol.
Bear Sterns Cos. Chief executive James Cayne resigns under pressure from shareholders – upset over the firm’s losses amid a slew of problems sparked by the sub-prime mortgage crisis.
Internet holiday spending climbs 19% during the recent season – the slowest pace on record. Online spending in November and December reached $29.2 billion.
Passing – Sir Edmund Hillary – first man to scale Mt. Everest. He was 88.
Passing – Carl Karcher – founder of Carl’s Jr. hamburger outlets. He was 90.
Passing – Johnny Grant – honorary mayor of Hollywood and presided over all those Hollywood star ceremonies. Johnny’s a former Los Angeles DJ as well.
Technology News - January 8, 2008
Sony BMG plans to sell digital music without copyright protection through Amazon, stepping up competition between the Internet retailer and Apple’s iTunes.
A grand jury is investigating the death of a Missouri teenager who hanged herself after a cruel MySpace hoax. The “boyfirend” was really a neighbor who was the mother of one of the girl’s former friends. So far, no charges have been filed against Lori Drew – who wanted to monitor what the teen was saying about her daughter. The dead girl – Megan Meir hung herself after receiving cruel messages – allegedly from the hoax.
Sports News – January 8, 2008
Olympian sprinter Marion Jones gets six months in prison and two years of community service for lying about steroid use and her involvement in a check-fraud scheme.
Alex Ovechklin signs a $124 million, 13-year contract extension with the Washington Capitols – the first $100 million deal in NHL history.
Entertainment/Celebrity News – January 8, 2008
Golden Globe Awards – some winners –
Best picture drama – “Atonement”
Best actor drama – Daniel Day-Lewis – There Will Be Blood”
Best actress drama – Julie Christie – “Away From Her”
Best picture comedy – “Sweeney Todd
Best actor comedy – Johnny Depp – “Sweeney Todd”
Best actress comedy – Marion Contillard – “la Vie en rose
Television series drama – “”Mad Men”
Actor in TV drama – Jon Hamm – “Mad Men”
Actress in TV drama – Glen Close – “Damages”
Best comedy series – “Extras
Actor in TV comedy – David Duchnovy – “Californiacation”
Actress in TV comedy – Tina Fey – “30 Rock”
Mr. Blackwell dishes out his list –
Spice Girl Victoria Beckham is at the top of his worst-dressed list – his 48th.
Mr. Blackwell says it’s all in fun to encourage fashion consciousness, but said about Beckham – “forget the fashion spice, wearing a skirt would suffice.” Others who made the list – Amy Winehouse, Mary Kate Olsen, Fergie, Kelly Clarkson, Eva Green, Avril Lavigne, Jessica Simpson, Lindsay Lohan and Alison Arngrim.
Music News – January 8, 2008
Ayo performs on David Letterman this week.
Rapper Beanie Sigel is found guilty on a second probation violation for taking a trip to Atlantic City form Philly and for being in contact with a convicted felon. He’ll serve a day in federal prison and his probation, set to end next month, will be extended 18 months.
Season 5 “American Idol’ winner Taylor Hicks and Arista Records are parting ways. His debut album, released at the end of 2006 sold 699,000 copies and he’s still working on his second album. Season 6 winner Jordan Sparks has not set the world on fire – either. Her debut album, released in November, is the lowest for any Idol winner this far. Her first week sold 110,000 copies.
Television News – January 8, 2008
Post writer’s strike – HBO’s Bill Maher returns.
New show – “Terminator – The Sarah Connor Chronicles” on Fox!
Thursday night – On NBC - Jimmy Kimmel appears on Jay Leno’s “Tonight.” After that - turn the dial to ABC – as Jay Leno appears on Jimmy Kimmel’s show! Gotta love it!
Regis and Kelly – Howie Mandel co-hosts with Kelly Rippa all this week.
On Oprah – Thursday –Oprah searches for the best pizza in the U.S.
NBC loses the rights to broadcast the Golden Globes this week – in a little tiff with Dick Clark Productions, who wanted NBC to pay a “nominal license” fee for its coverage. The network is considering breach of contract action.
On VH-1 – “Celebrity Rehap” With Dr. Drew (Pinsky).
Top Pop Hits – January 8, 2008
SOULJA GIRL- Soulja Boy
WON'T GO HOME WITHOUT YOU- Maroon 5
LOW- Flo Rida
PIECE OF ME- Britney Spears
TEARDROPS ON MY GUITAR (POP RADIO REMIX)- Taylor Swift
SEE YOU AGAIN - Miley Cyrus
BREAK ANOTHA- Blake Lewis
DON'T STOP THE MUSIC- Rihanna
HYPNOTIZED- Plies fea. Akon
BABY, DON'T GO- Fabolous
SHADOW OF THE DAY- Linkin Park
BEST DAYS- Matt White
TONGUE TIED- Faber Drive
NO ONE- Alicia Keys
LIGHT UP THE SKY- Yellowcard
CYCLONE- Baby Bash
FEELS LIKE TONIGHT- Daughtry
SWEETEST GIRL (DOLLAR BILL)- Wyclef Jean
Top Movies – January 8, 2008
The Bucket List (debut - $18 million at the box office)
National Tresure: Book of Secrets
Alvin and the Chipmunks
I Am Legend
The Pirates Who don’t Do Anything
P.S. I love You
Charlie Wilson’s War.