Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week Of February 1, 2008 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
President Bush submits a $3.1 trillion budget for the next fiscal year in a controversial plan.
In London - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice huddles with British officials to sketch out new goals for the allied effort in Afghanistan.
The Bush administration seeks a 19% increase on border security and immigration enforcement.
Five women are shot to death in what police are calling a possible botched robbery in a Lane Bryant women’s clothing store in suburban Chicago. The lone gunman is still at large.
Pakistan - After weeks of escalation – Taliban militants declare a cease-fire, but the U.S. believes this is only an excuse to regroup.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is tardy to a satellite feed from Tucson for a live broadcast of an MTV candidate forum – forcing the hosts to fill nearly 15 minutes with talk and talk.
Abut Laith al Libu – a top Al Qaeda commander who trained and led foreign militants assisting the Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan is killed in nearby Pakistan by U.S. led forces.
Super Bowl TV Ads
Super Bowl ads – the audience was bowled over with ads from the likes of Diet Pepsi Max, Glaceau Vitaminwater, T-Mobile, Budweiser, Cars.com, Pepsi, Godaddy, Etrade, Career Builder and Gatorade.
Business News – February 1, 2008
Macy’s Inc. announces a restructuring and will cut some 2,300 jobs.
Notable Obituaries – February 1, 2008
Gustavo Arriola – created the popular Latin comic strip “Gordo.”
Passing – Former General Hospital actress Shell Kepler.
Passing – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi- One-time TM guru to the Beatles. He was 91.
Sports News – February 1, 2008
Former New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens meets for five hours with the House committee investigating drug using in baseball.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is in the spotlight as the Giants defeat the New England Patriots in a good game – 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII. He shouted the familiar –“I’m Going to Disneyland” after the win – but never showed up at Disneyland’s parade due to late flights. Disney has recorded “I’m going to Disneyland!” TV spots following 21 Super Bowl games (since 1987).
John Santana and the New York Mets agree to terms on a $137.5-million six-year contract – a record for a pitcher.
A judge in Tennessee drops charges against suspended NFL player Adam “Pacman” Jones agreeing with a prosecutor that the player has been punished enough over his legal trouble over the past year.
Technology News – February 1, 2008
Time Warner says it is splitting AOL into two parts – Internet access and content. The content side of AOL seems to be going OK – while the internet access side as slid significantly.
Intel has built a new chip packed with a record 2 billion transistors, more than doubling the processing power of a line of its chips for supercomputers. The new “quad-core” Itanium chips will operate at frequencies up to 2 gigs and have four processing engines on a single chip. Current models have two.
My Space opens it software code to outside developers following rivals Facebook and Bebo.
Microsoft makes an unsolicited $44.6 billion bid to buy Yahoo.
Entertainment News – February 1, 2008
It’s revealed that actor Heath Ledger died of an accidental abuse of prescription medications – so says the New York City medical examiner’s office. “Mr. Heath Ledger died as a result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine.”
Music News – February 1, 2008
On MTV – Don’t miss – “Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew.” Judges include JC Chasez of ‘N Sync, Choreographer Shane Sparks and singer Lil’ Mama.
The Spice Girls are cutting back their reunion tour due to family and personal commitments.
Ryan Seacrest hosts an entertaining Super Bowl Sunday Pregame Show” on Fox just before the game.
Amy Winehouse is released from rehab in London, where she checked in January 24. She was on a day release to visit her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil in jail.
Top TV ratings/TV Guide – February 1, 2008
Super Bowl XLII(Fox) – 97.45 million viewers
Super Bowl Post Game show – 63.93
House (Sun.) – 29.04
American Idol (Tue.) – 28.22
American Idol (Wed.) – 25.57
House (Tue.) – 22.56
Moment of Truth – 17.64
Lost – (9pm) – 16.14
Lost (8pm also on Thursday) – 13.16
NCIS – 11.77
CSI – 11.09
Eli Stone – 11.14
Law & Order (Wed) – 11.10
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? - 10.55
Without a Trace – 10.18
Don’t Forget the Lyrics – 10.07
Deal or No Deal – 9.68
Two and a Half Men – 9.60
Dance War – 9.45
Law & Order - SVU – (Tue.) – 9.29
Television News – February 1, 2008
Passing – Actor Barry Morse – best known for portraying Lt. Philip Gerard who pursued Dr. Richard Kimble in the popular 1960’s series – “The Fugitive.” He was 89.
NBC orders 13 episodes of the Canadian-produced show – “The Listener” – about a paramedic who can read people’s thoughts and act on them.
Debuting this week on NBC-TV – “Jungle Lipstick” starring Brooke Shields, Kim Raver and Lindsay Price.
On “Saturday Night Live” – Tom Brady with music guests – Beck.
Top Movies – February 1, 2008
The Hannah Montana movie/concert debuts at $29 million in business. The concert features the Jonas Brothers.
Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Tour
Meet the Spartans
The Bucket List
There Will Be Blood.