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Dateline: Week Of April 23, 2008 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 

 

In The News -

Hilary Rodham Clinton – not out yet, wins the Pennsylvania primary.

Barack Obama angrily disowns his former pastor and friend of 20 years, the Rev. Jeremiah W. Wright Jr. saying that Wright’s recent comments about race, religion and the U.S. government were “divisive and destructive” and had undermined the purpose of Obama’s presidential candidacy.

The government’s economic stimulus program begins – with payouts going out.

 Touring New Orleans – presidential candidate John McCain condemns the Bush administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina as a failure in leadership and says, “Never again will a disaster of this nature be handled in the terrible and disgraceful way that it was handled.”

The Supreme Court rules that voters will be required to show a photo ID before casting a ballot on Election Day. 

Defying President Bush, the House votes to block the administration from cutting federal spending on Medicaid for the poor by 413 billion over the next five years.

GOP ads against Obama are running in places such as North Carolina and Louisiana. In North Carolina – A TV ad shows Obama’s former pastor making racially charged comments.

 

Business/Economy News – April 23, 2008

Ford surprises Wall Street with a first quarter profit of $100 million, a turnabout from a loss of $282 million a year earlier. 

A global run on rice has hit the U.S. – upping prices!

Former President Bill Clinton accuses the Barack Obama campaigning of playing ‘the race card’ on him after the South Carolina primary, a charge that drew a rebuke from Obama.

Warren Buffet signs a deal with candy maker Mars Inc. to buy chewing gum manufacturer Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co for $23 billion. The deal gives Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. a stake of more than 10% in Wrigley.

 

Sports News – April 23, 2008

The Detroit Red Wings beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-1 as Johan Franzen scores three times.

 

Music News – April 23, 2008

British band “Coldplay” is making the first single “Violet Hill” off their new album, “Via la Vida,” for free via download. The offer stands for a week only. The band also announces free concerts in New York and London about the time the album comes out – June 17.

Amy Winehouse is arrested in London after reportedly assaulting a man outside a bar.

Scott Welland – once the lead in the Stone Temple Pilots (and now back), pleads no contest to misdemeanor drunk driving.

Singer Mindy McCready says she has had an affair with athlete Roger Clemons. He had filed a defamation suit to protect his reputation – accusing his former trainer of lying by claiming he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone. 

Yoko Ono sues the producers of TV personality Ben Stein for a documentary that supports teaching the theory of intelligent design to children, claiming it uses the John Lennon song, “Imagine” without permission.

 

Entertainment News – April 23, 2008

Photos of Miley Cyrus (15) in provocative (come hither) photos have shown up on the Internet. She appears draped over the lap of a young man – exposing her bare midriff. In another – she tugs at her white tank top to flash her pea-green bra.

Variety reports that Mel Gibson, who has kept a low-profile since his anti-Semitic outburst in July 2006, will star in the movie “Edge of Darkness.”

 

Top TV Shows/Ratings – April 23, 2008

American Idol (Tues) – 24.74

American Idol (wed.) – 23.20

Dancing with the stars – (Mon.) 18.04

Dancing with the Stars (Tue.) – 17.97

CSI – 17.01

Grey’s Anatomy – 16.37

Desperate Housewives – 16.35

CSI: Miami – 14,38

NCIS – 14.24

Without a Trace – 13.47

Two and a Half Men – 13.36

Survivor: Micronesia – 12.90

Law & Order – 12.75

Lost – 12.07

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 12.07

Law & Order: SVU (Tue.) – 11.64

Cold Case – 11.61

Brothers & Sisters – 11.19

Hell’s Kitchen – 10.98

Rules of engagement – 10.57

Deal or No Deal (Mon.) – 10.11

Deal or No Deal (Wed.) – 9.96

 

Television News – April 23, 2008

 “Saturday Night Live” vet Jimmy Fallon will take Conan O’Brien’s place on NBC next year when O’Brien succeeds Jay Leno on “the Tonight Show.”

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton sits down with Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly for an interview.

Barack Obama will join Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday this weekend. Obama had promised to come on his show, but it took about 2 years!

First Lady Laura Bush appears on the “Today” show.

Some 18 months after it went away, Warner Bros. announces that the “WB” will live on the Internet. Thewb.com is scheduled to debut this August and will feature episodes of such popular Warner Bros series as “Friends,’ the O.C.,” and “Gilmore Girls.”

American Idol – Andrew Lloyd Webber Night! He told remaining contestants that the challenge was not just to belt out “money notes” but to connect with a song, with a character behind it and use it to tell a story.

 

Top Hits – April 23,  2008 - 

TAKE A BOW- Rihanna

FOUR MINUTES TO SAVE THE WORLD- Madonna

FAKE IT- Seether

FALL FOR YOU- Secondhand Serenade

DAMAGED- Danity Kane

 YOUR LOVE IS A LIE- Simple Plan

LEAVIN'- Jesse McCartney

PARTY PEOPLE- Nelly fea. Fergie

IT'S NOT MY TIME- 3 Doors Down

HOLLYWOOD'S NOT AMERICA- Ferras

ELEVATOR- Flo Rida

SAY- John Mayer

BLEEDING LOVE- Leona Lewis

SEXY CAN I?- Ray J fea. Yung Berg

BREAK THE ICE- Britney Spears

REALIZE- Colbie Caillat

FELL IN LOVE WITH A GIRL- Gavin DeGraw

LOVE IN THE CLUB- Usher

 

Top Movies – April 23, 2008

Baby Mama

Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanoamo Bay

The Forbidden Kingdom

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Deception

Prom Night

Nim’s Island

88 Minutes

21

Horton Hears a Who!

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