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Dateline: Week Of May 1, 2008 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News -

Four U.S. soldiers die in a series of roadside bombings in Baghdad.

Barack Obama wins North Carolina as Hillary Rodham Clinton wins in Indianapolis.

The death toll in Myanmar could reach higher than 10,000 after a major cyclone hits.

President Bush defends his emphasis on ethanol, saying corn bio fuel isn’t the main cause of high food prices. He says the U.S. should be growing its energy.

Al Qaeda uses a haven in Pakistan’s rough tribal areas to double the number of attacks there.

The Federal Reserve says it would pump more cash into U.S. banks to keep the nation’s financial system from seizing up. 

Passing – Irvine Robbins – one-half Baskin and Robbins.


Business/Economy News – May 1, 2008

General Motors reports a $3.3 billion loss for the first quarter of this year.

Starbucks Corp says that its fiscal second-quarter profit fell 28% as U.S. consumers responded to rising food and gasoline prices by making fewer latte runs.

The U.S. economy grew at .6% annual pace for a second quarter in a row!


Sports News – May 1, 2008 

Oscar de la Hoya defeats Steve Forbes as the fight goes all 12 rounds.


Technology News – May 1, 2008

Microsoft will sell TV shows at its own online store for use on its Zune music and video player.

Microsoft yanks their $42 billion takeover offer for Yahoo.

Amazon sues New York State, challenging a new statute requiring Internet retailers based elsewhere to collect New York sale taxes, saying it’s unconstitutional, vague and overly broad.

Apple says it will sell new move releases through iTunes on the same day as their DVD release.


Music News - May 1, 2008

Rascal Flatts perform on Jay Leno this week.

Miley Cyrus appears in the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair – but she’s wrapped in what  appears to be a satin bedsheet, looking over her shoulder in a come hither pose.

American Idol – contestants sing Neil Diamond songs.


Entertainment News – May 1, 2008

 Deborah Jeane Palfrey (52) – the “D.C. Madam.” – facing prison time is found dead by hanging. She was hanging by a nylon rope from a metal beam in her backyard shed near her mother’s home in Florida. She left two notes and a notebook with other messages to family. She became famous from Pamela martin and Associates – her upscale escort service that federal prosecutors said made millions during its 13 years in business.

Boxing announcers Michael (Let’s Get Ready To Rumble) Buffer is recovering from cancer surgery on his throat and is back on the job.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – May 1, 2008

American Idol – (Tue.) – 25.09

American Idol (Wed.) – 22.80

Dancing with the Stars – 18.22 (Mon.) – 18.22

CSI (Thu.) – 18.01

Dancing with the stars (Tue.) – 17.06

Desperate Housewives – 16.76

Grey’s Anatomy – 15.31

NCIS – 14.76

House – 14.64

CSI: Miami – 13.88

Criminal Minds – 13.03

Two and a Half Men – 12.91

Without a Trace – 12.83

Survivor: Micronesia – 12.32

Law & Order: SVU (Tue.) – 12.31

Hell’s Kitchen – 11.94

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 11.57

Cold Case – 11.56

CSI: NY  11.51

60 Minutes – 10.73

Lost – 10.73

Brothers & Sisters – 10.46

Samantha Who? – 9.87

Bones – 9.80

Medium – 9.68

Law & Order (Wed.) – 9.65

Ghost Whisperer – 9.21

How I Met Your Mother – 8.84


Television News - May 1, 2008

“Ugly Betty” is moving from Los Angeles to New York for production – a big part due to New York State’s new and bigger film tax credit. The show will be cheaper to produce.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is on David Letterman this week.

Appearing on Oprah Winfrey’s show – Barbara Walters shares details of her relationship – her affair with married U.S. Sen. Edward Brooke, calling him “exciting and “brilliant.”

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