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Dateline: Week Of March 15, 2008 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News -

Unprecedented - Squeezed by the sub-prime crisis – the highly leveraged Bear Stearns gets a Fed bailout.

Muhammad Rahim - A high-level Al Qaeda operative who helped Osama bin laden escape from Afghanistan in 2001 has been captured and sent to Guantanamo Bay.

State Department workers improperly snooped in the passport files of the three presidential candidates – Obama, McCain and Clinton and apologies were offered by Condoleezza Rice. 

Sen. Barack Obama posts an online column to further distance himself from his longtime Chicago pastor and pal – Rev. Jermiah Wright.

Just after being sworn in, New York Gov. David Patterson admits to adultery with multiple women while serving in the state senate.

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama – in North Carolina said the Iraq war had opened a security gap for the United States.

The Obama campaign calls on Hillary Clinton to release post-White House tax returns; disclose all “earmarks,” or pet projects she had inserted into spending bills (as senator of NY) and other documents.

Leaders of the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference, which represents some 1.5 billion Muslims – condemn extremism and terrorism as incompatible with Islam and proposed a high-level international meeting to promote a “dialogue of civilizations” with Christians.

China, criticizing the Dalai Lama over Tibet, was called “a wolf in monk’s robe” by one official.   

Barack Obama expands his lead in delegates over Hillary Rodham Clinton, picking up nine in Iowa.

Vice President Dick Cheney opens a new U.S. push for political unity in Iraq on an unannounced visit.

Judy Zagorski – a vacationer from Michigan out for a family boat ride in the Florida Keys, dies when a 75-pound spotted eagle ray flew out of the water and struck her in the head.

A crane tower at an east side Manhattan construction site topples without warning, killing four construction workings and injuring eight others.

A sampling of Chinese-made vinyl Hannah Montana products are found to contain high levels of lead, so says the center for Environmental Health.


Technology News – March 15, 2008

Facebook says users will now be able to better distinguish between friends, family and co-workers and share info accordingly. It’s also roll-out an instant-messaging or chat feature that it plans to launch in weeks. Facebook now has some 67 million users.

ValueClick Inc – will pay federal authorities $2.9 million to settle charges of deceptive e-mails and cone-on ads.

Apple and Nike are working with manufacturers and Health clubs to allow members to plug their iPod’s into cardio equipment to track workouts and such.


Business News – March 15, 2008

The Fed aids in a fire sale of Bear Stears – at $2 a share. It’s now getting into a lending action with shaken securities firms such as JP Morgan and such.

In San Diego – a judge orders Starbucks to pay back tips, with interest that the company had handed over to shift supervisors from baristas.

The Dow soars 420 points after an interest rate cut – to 2.25%. 


Entertainment News – March 15, 2008

Passing – Actor Paul Scofield (86).

 Passing – Actor/director Ivan Dixon. He was 76.

A judge, ruling in the Paul McCartney/Heather Mills divorce says Mills twisted the truth when convenient and made “exorbitant” financial demands. “To some extent she is her own worst enemy. She has an explosive and volatile character wrote Judge Hugh Bennett. Mills got$48.6 in her divorce. Mills, just minutes after declaring she was “just glad it’s over,” declared she would be back in court again tin an attempt to seal the full text of the divorce judgment – to protect her daughter. 


 Music news – March 15, 2008

Sean “Puffy” Combs is on Dave Letterman this Friday. On Jay Leno – the Black Crowes. 

UCLA Medical center may fire at least 13 employees and suspends six others for snooping in the confidential medical records of Britney Spears, during her recent hospitalization in its psychiatric.

Television News – March 15, 2008

Orit Greenberg sues Oprah Winfrey’s production company, Harpo. She seeks $50,000 claiming Harpo Studios failed to control the audience on Dec. 5, 2006, that, as a result, a crowd pushed her down a flight of stairs causing “severe and permanent injuries.”

American Idol – Amanda Overmyer is out.

The History Channel drops (the, channel) and is now History. The company feels the word “channel” is drag on its branding in other medias – particularly the Internet.

Debuting this week – “Miss Guided” a new comedy. Executive producer is Ashton Kutcher. On ABC. 

On “Saturday Night Live” – Jonah Hill with musical guest Mariah Carey. 


Top TV Shows/Ratings – March 15, 2008

American Idol (Tue)  29.88 million viewers

American Idol (Wed.) – 27.13

Survivor: Micronesia – 13.22

Lost – 12.08

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 12.05

Law &Order- Wed.) – 11.85

Two and a Half Men – 11.82

Deal or No Deal (Mon.) – 11.82

60 Minutes – 11.30

CSI – 11.22

Moment of Truth – Fox – 10.58

CSI: Miami – 10.24

 Deal or No Deal (Wed.) – 10.19

Without a Trace – 9.78

Oprah’s Big Give – 9.74

Old Christine – 9.62

Law & Order: SVU (Tue.) – 9.52

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? – 9.42

Medium – 9.34

New Amsterdam – 8.83

Don’t Forget the Lyrics – 8.74

NCIS – 8.51


Top Movies – March 15, 2008

Horton Hears a Who!

10,000 FC

Never Back Down

College Road Trip

Vantage Point

The Bank Job



The Other Boleyn Girl

The Spiderwick Chronicles


Top Pop Hits – March 15, 2008

Touch My Body – Mariah Carey

Love in the Club – Usher





ALL OVER YOU- The Spill Canvas





SUPERSTAR- Lupe Fiasco

LOVE SONG- Sara Bareilles

LEAVIN'- Jesse McCartney

CALLING YOU- Blue October

NO AIR- Jordin Sparks fea. Chris Brown

KILLA- Cherish

WITH YOU- Chris Brown

YOUR LOVE IS A LIE- Simple Plan 

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