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Dateline: Week Of May 8, 2008 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News -

A magnitude 7.9 earthquake rocks China and at least 10,000 are dead – most from south-central China’s Sichuan province.

Hillary Rodham Clinton wins in a landslide in West Virginia.

Spain formally laid claim to a shipwreck that yielded a $500-million booty, saying it has proof the vessel was Spanish. Odyssey Marine exploration, based in Tampa, Fla – announced in May 2007 that it had discovered the wreck in the Atlantic and its cargo of 300,000 silver coins, gold doubloons and other artifacts. Spain says the 19th Century wreck is the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes – a Spanish warship sunk by the British navy in 1804 southwest of Portugal with more than 200 people on board.

 Jenna Bush marries Henry Hager in a private ceremony at the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas.


Business/Economy News – May 8, 2008

 Wow – Liz Claman interviews Warren Buffet & Bill Gates. On Fox Business this weekend! Don’t miss it.

Oil reaches $125 a barrel – a new high.


Technology News – May 8, 2008 

Desktop telescope - Microsoft  unmasks a visual guide to the universe – an application free of charge. The engine provides panning and zooming that allows viewers to focus on a particular planet or cluster of stars without abandoning the scale of the area surrounding it.

MySpace says it would soon enable users to quickly share profile data with websites operated by Yahoo , EBay and others. MySpace aims to save its users keystrokes and enable them to export their photos, videos and lists of friends. Last June, five companies including Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo formed the OpenID coalition to create a single user name and password for people to use across the Internet.

“Grand Theft Auto IV” – gets a video game record in sales – getting $500 million in first week sales. That topped the previous high set last year by Microsoft’s “Halo 3,” which took in $300 million in its first week.

Media – Clear Channel Communications says it has resolved a legal dispute over its buyout, clearing the way for prospective buyers to take the radio and outdoor advertising company private. Shareholders would get $36 a share, down from the earlier price of $39.29 a share.

Long Island Newsday will be sold by Tribune Co to Cablevision systems Corp for $650 million.

Cablevision must be on a spree – as it buys the Sundance cable channel for $496 million. 


Music News – May 8, 2008

Rapper Remy Ma is sentenced to eight years in prison for shooting a woman outside a Manhattan nightclub.

Britney Spears appears on the CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” for the second time. Spears turned up as the girlfriend of Barney. She guest starred on the show also – last March.

A judge in London grants a preliminary divorce to former Beatle Paul McCartney and Heather Mills. She’ll get $47.5 million and custody of the couple’s daughter – Beatrice (4).

Passing – Country and ballad singer – Eddy Arnold. Just shy of his 90th birthday.

KIIS-FM Wango Tango on the west coast with Miley Cyrus, Snoop Dogg, Pitbull the Jonas Brothers and others.

Madonna’s “Hard Candy” is the top album this week.


Television News – Week of May 8, 2008

 Hannah Storm – most recently with the CBS Early Show, is added to ESPN’s “SportsCenter lineup beginning in August.

Quiksilver Inc – maker of the namesake surfing and snowboarding gear, is sued by sports network ESPN on claims it violated a trademark on the cable channel’s X-Games competition franchise. Quicksilver uses a stylized “X” emblem on clothing that is similar to ESPN’s logo for the series of surfing and biking contests.

Friday night television listings/TV Guide – week of May 8, 2008

CBS – Ghost Whisperer, Moonlight, Numbers, David Letterman

NBC – Most outrageous Moments, Dateline NBC, Jay Leno

ABC – TV’s All Time Funniest, 20/20, Nightline

CW – WWE Friday Night SmackDown!

Fox – Movie-Man of the House

 Disney – Hannah Montana, Zack & Cody, Movie, that’s So Raven, Life With Derek,


On David Letterman – Barbara Walters, Penn & Teller

On Jay Leno – Harrison Ford, Carly Simon


Top Movies – May 8, 2008

Iron Man

Speed Racer

What Happens in Vegas

Made of Honor

Baby Mama

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay


The Forbidden Kingdom

Nim’s Island

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