Dateline: Week Of March 8, 2008 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
The Federal Reserve announces a new program to pump massive sums into the financial system.
Gov. Eliot Spitzer of NY – apologizes to the public after a federal wiretap caught him allegedly arranging to meet a high priced prostitute in a Washington hotel.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is preparing to release a detailed critique of the Bush administration’s claims in the buildup to war with Iraq.
Two days after the Feds identify Gov Eliot Spitzer of NY as a client of a high-prices prostitution ring – he announces his resignation.
Sen. Barack Obama beats Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Wyoming Caucuses.
The Pentagon announces the resignation of the commander overseeing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – navy Adm. William J. Fallon.
Consumer spending and confidence may be waning – but McDonald’s big push on coffee and new breakfast items contributed to a double-digit jump last month in sales – 11.7% over a year earlier.
President Bush, surprising a white-tie audience of more than 600, including Supreme Court justices, Cabinet members and lawmakers – appears as the final act of the gridiron Club’s annual revue. He sang “Green Green Grass of Home.”
Federal authorities are investigating Countrywide financial Corp. for securities fraud as the FBI is in the early stages of an inquiry.
Home builder KB Home says that it would stop building in Chicago, the mid-Atlantic region and Albuquerque, N.M. after finishing houses under construction in those regions.
Technology News - March 8, 2008
South Korean Lim Jeong-hyun becomes a cyber sensation in that his YouTube video was seen by 40 million viewers. He did a guitar rock rendition of Pachelbel’s Canon.
TiVo – the digital video recorder maker, announces that its customers would be able to watch YouTube videos on their TV’s using one model of TiVo’s set-top box sometime this year. Monthly – 66 million viewers watch about 2.6 billion videos on YouTube, accounting for about 57% of the 116.7 million monthly online video audience.
Apple Inc. says more than 100,000 software kits had been downloaded in the last week by developers interested in creating programs for the iPhone.
Sports News – March 8, 2008
The Seattle Seahawks sign Julius Jones to a deal.
On Larry King Live! Thursday – Vince McMahon, wrestlers John Cena, Chris Jericho, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the Big Show.
Entertainment /Movie News – March 8, 2008
DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg says the future of dream Works animation movies will be 3-D. The first will be next Springs’s “Monsters And Aliens.” Katezenberg says about 1,200 screens worldwide were currently capable of 3-D exhibition, but he opens that 3,000 to 5,000 would be equipped when “Monsters” came out.” Katezenburg says he was impressed with Walt Disney’s 3-D “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour, which opened to $31.3 million in ticket sales.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Harry Potter producers say that the seventh and final novel in the series will be split into two films. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I” will hit theaters in November 2010, followed by “Part II” in May 2011. So far all five Harry Potter movies have grossed an astounding $4.5 billion.
Music News – March 8, 2008
Britney Spears will guest star in a March 24 episode of “How I Met Your Mother.” She’ll portray a receptionist in a dermatologist’s office named Abby. Spears appeared in a 2006 episode of “Will & Grace.”
Television News- March 8, 2008
HBO has another winner with “In Treatment.” It stars Gabriel Byrne as psychoanalyst Paul Weston and the show follows the therapy of four patients.
Top Movies – March 8, 2008
College Road Trip
The Bank Job
The Spiderwick Chronicles
The Other Boleyn Girl
Step Up 2 the Streets