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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


LEAVIN'- Jesse McCartney

IT'S NOT MY TIME- 3 Doors Down

WHAT YOU GOT- Colby O'Donnis




ALL I SEE- Kylie Minogue



SAY- John Mayer


DAMAGED- Danity Kane

BREAK THE ICE- Britney Spears

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