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Dateline: Week Of May 22, 2008 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News -

Israeli troops kill five Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

The Phoenix spacecraft – the first craft designed to taste the water of Mars – lands there and sends back photos.

Federal regulators are investigating whether large institutional funds that have been snapping up futures contracts for oil and other commodities may have skewed the market and contributed to rising pump prices.

Army Gen. David Petraeus gives Congress a “better” assessment of the Iraq war – saying violence has hit a four-year low and troop reductions are likely this fall.

 Campaigning – Hillary Rodham Clinton is in Puerto Rico – telling the crowd – “I want to see Puerto Rico’s status resolved within my first term.” Singer Ricky Martin – once a Bush fan, crosses over and becomes a Hillary fan.

John McCain tells a crowd in Montana of the success in Iraq, saying – “We have drawn down to pre-surge levels.”

In Nevada – Sen. John McCain offers Barack Obama to travel with him to Iraq to help him gain a better understanding of the war and the consequences of withdrawing troops.

Officials suspend all crane operations throughout New York City while they investigate the cause of the latest crane collapse which killed two construction workers and badly injured a third.

Dr. David Scheiner of Chicago - Barack Obama’s doctor says he is in excellent health and is medically fit to serve as president.

The Texas Supreme Court said the state had no right to take more than 400 children from a polygamist compound last month – and opens the door for the children to be re-united with their families.

Barack Obama says that he accepted rival Hillary Rodham Clinton’s explanation that she made an innocent gaffe in citing the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 as a justification for continuing her longshot bid for the democratic presidential nomination.


Bratz Dolls Lawsuit – May 22, 2008

Mattel and MGA Entertainment are going to curt over the popular Bratz line of dolls, which Mattel says, was developed by someone working there at the time.  The designer, Carter Byant, defected in 2000 to MGA – which introduced the Bratz girls in 2001.

Fast forward to December 8, 2008….

 Toy giant Mattel Inc., after a four-year legal dispute with MGA Entertainment Inc., touted its win in the case Wednesday after a federal judge banned MGA from making and selling its pouty-lipped and hugely popular Bratz dolls.

“It’s a pretty sweeping victory,” Mattel attorney Michael Zeller said. “They have no right to use Bratz for any goods or services at all.” U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson rocked the toy industry with his order that MGA must immediately stop manufacturing Bratz…. The decision was a stunning defeat for MGA, which exploded onto the tween scene in 2001 with the edgy dolls and made hundreds of millions in profits, giving Mattel’s more classic doll-diva Barbie a run for her money….

Mattel has fought to neutralize the Bratz line for years. The dolls — with their huge lips, pug noses, almond-shaped eyes and coquettish figures — were an instant hit with young girls. MGA had taken Bryant’s original four dolls and spun out a line of more than 40 characters, complete with accessories and related toys such as Bratz Boyz, Bratz Petz and Baby Bratz…. The judge’s injunction named all 40 dolls in the Bratz line, including the four originals — Yasmine, Chloe, Sasha and Jade.


Technology News – May 22, 2008

Bill Gates $37- billion foundation is buying shares of Vitec Group – the British broadcast-equipment maker.

“Buket” – the famous YouTube video tagger is really Cyrus Yazdani – a college grad with a job as a convention planner in Las Vegas. But Buket has several YouTubes show him defacing road signs in Los Angeles. 

Hot Video Game –  Wii (Nintendo’s) new fitness game – Wii Fit.


Media News/Rachael Ray – May 22, 2008

Dunkin’ Donuts pulls an online advertisement featuring Rachael Ray after complaints that a fringed black-and-white scarf the celebrity chef ore in the ad offers symbolic support for Muslim extremism and terrorism. Some say the scarf that is wrapped around her, looks like a kaffiyeh, the traditional Arab headdress.


Entertainment  News – May 22, 2008

Jennifer Butler Murray – wife of comedian and actor Bill Murray – files for divorce after nearly 11 years of marriage.

Some  31.7 million viewers tuned into the “American Idol” finale as David Cook won an upset over David Archuleta.

Passing – Comedic actor Harvey Korman. He was 81.

Passing – Sydney Pollack – Academy Award winning director. He was 73.

Passing – Dick Martin – of Rowan and Martin fame.

Passing – Barbara “Bobo” Rockefeller – a coal minor’s daughter and one-time actress whose Cinderella wedding of the century to millionaire Winthrop Rockefeller in1948 caused a sensation.


Music News – May 22, 2008

Steve Tyler – lead of Aerosmith is in a rehab facility after his recent foot surgery.

The Flamingo in Las Vegas cancels the remaining shows of Toni Braxton” Revealed” so she can focus on her health. She was hospitalized after complaining of chest pains last month.

Do you remember pop singer Jewel? She’s sold over 25 million albums, but she’s about to release a new one – this time – country! Look for Perfectly Clear” on June 3.

Paul McCartney is awarded an honorary doctor of music degree from Yale University.

Passing – Jimmy McGriff – blues organist. He was 72.

New York Gov. David Paterson grants a full and unconditional pardon to rapper Ricky “Slick Rick” Walters for the attempted murders of two men in 1991.

Saturday night television listings/TV Guide – week of May 22, 2008

CBS – Vinegar Hill, 48 Hours Mystery

NBC – Most Outrageous Moments, Last Comic Standing, Saturday Night Live

ABC – Eastern Conference Basketball

Fox – Cops, America’s Most Wanted

MTV – America’s Next Top Model, The Real World, A Shot At Love with Tila Tequila

Nick – iCarley, Naked Brothers Dance, Drake & Josh


Last Comic Standing – Richard Belzer and Steve Schrippa – Fred Willard and Kathy Najimy.

Saturday Night Live – Ashton Kutcher.


Television News – May 22, 2008

NBC Universal pulls the plug on Spanish morning show “Cada Dia.”

Passing – Earle H. Hagen – wrote “The Andy Griffith Show” theme.

Actress Denise Richards and mother Diana Lohan – each are launching reality TV shows on E!


Top Movies – May 22, 2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Casplan

Iron Man

 What Happens in Vegas

Speed Racer

Made of Honor

Baby Mama

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

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