Dateline: Week Of March 22, 2008 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Iraqi cleric Muqtada Sadr orders his militia to stand down – lay down their weapons and offers Shiite Muslims a way out of six days of fighting that has left more than 350 dead.
Baghdad - Tens of thousands of Shiite Muslims march to protest a crackdown on Shiite militiamen.
Iraqi security forces launch a major crackdown against militiamen in the southern oil hub of Basra.
Vice President Dick Cheney charges that Iran is trying to develop weapons-grade uranium, though international inspectors and U.S. intelligence services have not found evidence of such an effort.
Sen. John McCain, calls for stronger ties with allies and cautions that American power “does not mean we can do whatever we want, whenever we want.”
Business News – March 23, 2008
Ford Motor Co. is selling its Jaguar and Land rover lines to India’s Tata Motors Ltd. For $1.7 billion.
$10 more per share - JPMorgan Chase & Co. Says it will pay five times its original offering price for Bear Stearns and shift $1 billion of risk in the deal from the Federal Reserve’s shoulders to its own.
Passing – Al Copeland who founded Popeyes Chicken. He was 64.
Some best selling books – March 23, 2008
The Silver Swan – Benjamin Black
Lush Life – Richard Price
The Appeal – John Grisham
Remember Me? – Sophie Kinsella
Change of Heart - Jodi Picoult
The Third Jesus – Deepak Chopra
The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
In Defense of Food – Michael Pollan
Music News- March 23, 2008
Rapper T.I. pleads guilty in Atlanta to federal weapons possession charges and will receive a sentence that includes prison time after he completes a period of community service.
Smashing Pumpkins sue Virgin records saying the label has illegally used their name and music in promotional deals that hurt their credibility.
Passing – Neil Aspinall – lifelong friend of the Beatles from their beginnings. He became their road manager and spent nearly 40 years as the chief protector of the group’s recorded legacy as head of Apple Corps He was 66.
Don’t miss the CW’s – Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious (the search for the next pop sensation) - Mondays on the CW Network. Girlicious will be a spin-off group of the Pussycat Dolls!
Television News – March 23, 2008
Another Barbara Walters Special – “Live to Be 150… Can You Do It?
Don’t miss “Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union. One Nation. Impersonated. On Showtime.
Still going strong after 20 years – “Barney &Friends” is one of the most downloaded shows on PBS Kids Sprout – an on-demand video service!
Next week – Sci Fi channel gives us two Battlestar Galactica special – “Battlestar Galactica: Revealed and “Battlestar Galactica The Phenomenon.”
Top TV Shows/Ratings – March 23, 2008
American Idol (Tue.) – 27.34 million viewers
American Idol (Wed.) – 26.08
Dancing with the Star (Mon.) – 21.15
Dancing with the stars (Tue.) – 17.02
Two and half Men – 14.06
Survivor: Micronesia – 11.56
60 Minutes – 11.54
Old Christine – 11.47
Lost – 1.46
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 11.36
Moment of Truth – 10.92
NCIS – 10.60
Law & Order (Wed.) – 10.49
Deal or No Deal (Thu.) – 10.26
Deal or No deal (Mon.) – 10.08
Medium – 10.07
Top Movies – March 23, 2008
Horton Hears a Who!
Meet the Browns
Run, Fat Boy, Run
The Bank Job.