Dateline: Week Of January 22, 2008 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Sen. Clinton leads the Democrats at 42% with Obama at 33%. . McCain leads Huckabee 22% to 18% on the Republican side.
House leaders and the Bush administration reach a deal on a package of tax breaks and mortgage rules designed to put more money in consumer’s hands and stimulate business investment.
One less GOP hopeful - Actor and former Sen. Fred Thompson abandons his presidential campaign.
President Bush delivers his seventh State of the Union address – and gives appraisal of the war in Iraq and cited a list of modest proposals that came from two barbed veto threats.
Barack Obama wins in South Carolina.
John McCain wins the Florida Republican primary as does Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side. Rudolph Giuliani hits he may drop out.
A fire hits the top of the 32-story Monte Carlo resort in Las Vegas.
Passing – Margaret Truman – President Truman’s only daughter. She was 83.
Passing – Gordon B. Hinckley – Mormon leader. He was 97.
Passing – Christain Brando – troubled son of the legendary actor Marlon Brando. He was 49.
Passing – Actress Lois Nettleton. She was 80.
Business/Economy News – January 22, 2008
Starbuck Corp. says it would close 100 under performing U.S. stores and slow domestic openings in the face of a likely consumer recession and its own overbuilding.
Real estate developer and fast-food entrepreneur Antoin “Tony” Rezko is arrested after prosecutors disclosed he had received $3.5 million from an Iraqi billionaire while claiming to be broke. Rezko had poured thousands of dollars into the campaigns of Sen. Barack Obama and other politicians.
The Fred cuts rates to 3% - just eight days after making an emergency reduction of three-quarters of a point.
Sales of new single-family homes plummeted a record 26% last year.
Technology News – January 22, 2008
Amazon reports that fourth-quarter earnings more than doubled with strong holiday sales and it forecast higher revenue this year than Wall Street had anticipated.
Yahoo says it’s laying off 1,000 workers or 7% of its workforce.
Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie News – January 23, 2008
Jay Leno and other comedians reach a settlement in the lawsuit against author and comedy teacher Judy Brown, who they complained had profited by using unauthorized material from their stand-up routines in her joke books.
Shock – the death of Heath Ledger (28). He was found nude and face-down on the bedroom floor of his Soho (New York) apartment. Foul play is not suspected
Music News – January 22, 2008
Madonna – gets top spot as richest woman in music – earning $72 million between June 2006 and June 2007.
Miley Cyrus says one of favorite restaurants was an old haunt – “Cracker Barrel” back in Nashville.
Lil Wayne (Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.) is booked in Yuma, AZ on three felony drug charges. He faces charges of possession of dangerous drugs, narcotics and drug paraphernalia.
The Redwalls perform on David Lettermen this week.
Television News – January 22, 2008
On ABC-TV this week – Lost. Don’t miss the 2-hour premier event.
Trend – Soap operas are using new locations and the hand held camera (you know – the one that keeps shuffling the picture around). Apparently – younger audiences need more stimulation.
The FCC says it planned to fine ABC $1.4 million for showing a woman’s nude buttocks on NYPD Blue.
Top TV Ratings/TV Guide – January 22, 2008
NFC Championship game (Fox) – 53.94 million viewers
NFC Championship Postgame 1 – 40.64
American Idol (Tue.) – 33.41
American Idol (Wed.) – 30.44)
NFC Championship Postgame 2 – 23.10
NCIS – 15.82
Deal or No Deal (Mon) – 15.08
CSI: Miami – 14.80
CSI – 14.15
Without a Trace - 13.29
Comanche Moon 2 12.56
Law & Order: SVU (Tue.) – 12.20
Comanche Moon 3 – 12.13
Deal or No Deal (Wed.) – 11.81
Law & Order (Wed.) 11.59
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? – 1.58
Two and a Half Men – 11.51
American Gladiators – 10.61
Extreme makeover: Home Edition – 10.50
Dance War – 10.49
Top Movies – January 22, 2008
Meet the Spartans
The Bucket List
There Will Be Blood
National Treasure: Book of Secrets.