Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week Of January 15, 2008 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
President Bush calls for about $150 billion in tax rebates and other measures designed to be a “shot in the arm” for the flagging economy.
Sen. Barack Obama announces that he would donate to charity $40,350 in past political contributions after his identity surfaced in a public corruption case headed to trial.
Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain win in Nevada.
A female suicide bomber detonates her explosives vest in a marketplace in Diyala province, killing at least eight and injuring seven.
Republican Bobby Jindal is inaugurated as Governor of Louisiana – the first Indian American governor in the U.S. and currently, the nation’s youngest at 36.
Passing – Chess champ Bobby Fischer. He was 64.
Passing – Richard Knerr – co-founder of Wham-O toys – makers of Frisbee and Hula Hoop
Medical News – January 15, 2008
Fewer pregnant women are choosing abortion with abortions down 25% since peaking in 1990.
Patients are waiting longer for care in the nation’s emergency rooms – 30 minutes or longer – a 36% increase from a median wait time of 22 minutes in 1997.
The FDA says meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring are as safe as the natural versions.
Business News – January 8, 2008
Stock markets worldwide are taking dives. The U.S. is down 15.3% from a year ago. Japan is down 27% for the same period.
Sports News – January 8, 2008
Passing – Georgia Frontiere – former entertainer who inherited the LA Rams. She was 80. She ticked off a lot of people when she moved the team to Anaheim in 1980 – then to St. Louis in 1995.
The NBA expands its digital business deal with Turner Broadcasting by turning over operation of its league website, a 24/7 digital television channel and a cable and satellite television package.
Music News – January 15, 2008
Passing – John Stewart – once with the Kingston Trio.
Television News – January 15, 2008
Passing – Character actor Allan Melvin – the Brady Bunch’s “Sam the Butcher” and many other TV characters. He was 84.
Oprah Winfrey and Discovery communications say they were forming a company with a flagship cable channel to be called OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. Look for it in mid-2009.
Despite the Hollywood writers strike, the big TV networks have more than 100 episodes of scripted series ready to roll out over the next few months. But few are fan favorites or hit shows.
The Smurf’s mark their 50th anniversary. They became superstars when they debuted on U.S. TV - back in1981, but the late cartoonist Pierre Culliford – introduced the tiny blue figures in a comic strip in October of 1958.
Tuesday night television listings/TV Guide – week of January 15, 2008
CBS – NCIS, Comanche Moon, David Letterman
NBC – The Biggest Loser; Couples, law & Order, Special Victims Unit, Tonight Show
ABC - Just for Laughs, Just for laughs, According to Jim, Carpoolers, Boston Legal, Nightline
Fox – American Idol (season premiere)
CW – Reaper, One Tree Hill
MyNet – Street patrol, Jail Paterson, Jail Facilities
Comedy Central – Daily Show, Colbert Report, Futurama, South Park, Demetri Martin
Disney – Hannah Montana, Zack & Cody, Movie, That’s So Raven
Top Movies – January 15, 2008
The Bucket List
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Alvin and the Chipmunks
I Am Legend
One Missed call
P.S I Love You
The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A Veggie Tales Movie