Dateline: Week Of May 15, 2008 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Sen. Edward Kennedy is hospitalized after suffering what initially were called “stroke-like symptoms.” Later, he’s diagnosed with brain cancer.
President Bush warns against appeasing terrorists. “Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all the time. We have heard this foolish delusion before…”
The California Supreme Court strikes down the state’s ban on same sex marriage.
American Airlines announces drastic steps to remain viable, including charging new fees for all checked baggage slashing domestic fights and laying off thousands of workers.
Sen. Edward Kennedy is facing a daunting cancer treatment regimen with good spirits as family and friends rally.
Campaigning – Barack Obama attacks John McCain on social security, lobbyists and foreign policy and said the Arizona senator would continue what Obama contended were the failed policies of President Bush.
The U.S. Border Patrol is installing razor-sharp wire atop border fencing between San Diego and Tijuana for a 5-mile stretch.
Mortgage finance company Freddie Mac says that its first-quarter loss widened to $151 million as the U.S. housing market worsened.
Passing – Hamilton Jordan – aide to Jimmy Carter.
Passing – Huntington Hartford – Heir to the A&P supermarket fortune. He was 97.
Some best selling books – May 8, 2008
The Miracle at Speedy Motors – Alexander McCall
Unaccustomed Earth – Jhumpa Lahiri
Sunday’s at Tiffany’s – James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
Hollywood Crows – Joseph Wambaugh
The Whole Truth - David Baldaci
A Wolf at the Table – Augusten Burroughs
The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch –
Ladies of Liberty – Cokie Roberts
Just Who Will You Be? – Maria Shriver.
Technology News – May 15, 2008
Google Now Most Popular Search And Website
Google has surpassed Yahoo to become the most popular website in the U>S., Google has long been the Internet’s leader in search but its audience has trailed Yahoo’s when counting other services such as e-mail and photo sharing. The lead is tiny – 466,000 visitors out of about 141 million apiece.
Entertainment News/American Idol – May 15, 2008
American Idol – David Cook is the winner and the runner-up David Archuleta.
Both singers will part of the show’s annual concert tour. Tickets for “American Idols Live! Tour,” which features the TV show’s top 10 contestants – go on sale this week and will begin July 1 in Arizona and do 50 stops!
Music News – May 15, 2008
Lou Pearlman who created the Backstreet Boys and N Sync, is sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for engineering a decades-long scam that bilked thousands of investors out of their life savings.
Leona Lewis is on David Lettermen on Tuesday. The Pussycat Dolls are on the Kimmel Live show.
In Chicago – The R. Kelly porn trial begins – nearly six years after he was indicted for allegedly filming himself having sex with a girl who may have been as young as 13.
Amy Winehouse will not face charges over video footage that allegedly shows her taking drugs.
Eric Hutchinson is dropped by Warner Bros. Records before his album was finished. So Eric is turning to the Internet and thanks to his MySpace, iTunes and Gossip Guru Perez Hilton – is getting it out. Interestingly – the added interest caused Warner to re-sign him. Well – Hutchinson was on a subsidiary – Maverick – but the guy who approached him didn’t know he was on Maverick. Anyway – his album is coming out – on Warner Bros.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – May 15, 2008
American Idol (Wed.) – 24.86 million viewers
American Idol (Tue.) – 24.77
Dancing With the stars (Mon.) – 18.47
CSI – 18.06
Dancing With the Stars Results (Tue.) – 16.99
Desperate Housewives – 16.84
Grey’s Anatomy – 15.55
House – 15.02
NCIS – 14.88
Without a Trace – 14.54
CSI: Miami – 13.92
Two and a Half Men – 13.82
Criminal Minds (Wed.) – 12.88
CSI: NY – 11.86
Academy of Country Music Awards – 11.73
Law & Order: SVU (Tue.) – 1.50
Hell’s Kitchen – 11.31
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 11.22
Lost – 10.96
60 Minutes – 10.79
Rules of engagement – 10.62
Samantha Who? – 10.24
Shark – 10.00
Numbers – 9.78
Bones – 9.68
Top Pop Hit Music – May 15, 2008
FALL FOR YOU- Secondhand Serenade
LOLLIPOP- Lil' Wayne
TAKE A BOW- Rihanna
FAKE IT- Seether
OUR SONG- Taylor Swift
SHAKE IT- Metro Station
SHAWTY GOT LOOSE- Lil' Mama
LEAVIN'- Jesse McCartney
IT'S NOT MY TIME- 3 Doors Down
WHAT YOU GOT- Colby O'Donnis
FELL IN LOVE WITH A GIRL- Gavin DeGraw
HOLLYWOOD'S NOT AMERICA- Ferras
ELEVATOR- Flo Rida
ALL I SEE- Kylie Minogue
I KISSED A GIRL- Katy Perry
FOUR MINUTES TO SAVE THE WORLD- Madonna
SAY- John Mayer
ALL SUMMER LONG- Kid Rock
DAMAGED- Danity Kane
BREAK THE ICE- Britney Spears.