Dateline: Week Of June 1, 2008 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Barack Obama clinches the democratic nomination, - making history as the first black candidate to lead a major party bid for President.
Hillary Rodham Clinton ends her campaign and endorses Barrack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates simultaneously fires the civilian and military leaders of the air Force because oversight standards for the U.s. nuclear arsenal had deteriorated on their watch. Gone are Gen T. Michael Mosely – Air Force chief of staff and Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne.
John McCain calls for tougher sanctions against Iran as that country’s controversial president issued another verbal broadside against the U.S. and Israel.
Sen. Edward Kennedy undergoes a 3-½ surgery at Duke University Medical Center to remove a malignant brain tumor. He’s OK and will undergo radiation and chemotherapy.
May unemployment leaps to 5.5% and the price of crude oil soars to a record high, closing at $138.54 a barrel, up $10.75 from a week ago.
Gay couples set wedding dates after the California Supreme Court rejects challenges to its decision permitting same-sex couples to wed.
Sen. John McCain declares a two-man race and wastes no time courting supporters of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Passing – French fashion designer – Yves Saint Laurent. He was 71.
Business/Economy News – June 1, 2008
J.M. Smucker Co. buys Folgers from Procter & Gamble Co in a $2.95-billion, all-stock deal.
FedEx plans to stop using the Kinko’s name on its copy and office service stores. It will change the name of its FedEx Kinko’s stores to FedEx Office over the next several years.
United Airlines says it will eliminate its low-fare Ted service and ground an additional 70 planes.
Sports News – June 1, 2008
Adam “Pacman” Jones can join the Dallas Cowboys for everything but the regular season. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he would decide by Sept. 1 whether to fully end Jones’ suspension. Meanwhile, the Cowboys agree to a three-year $27 million contract extension with receive Terrell Owens.
Technology News – June 1, 2008
Last month – just three days after Weezer posted “Pork & Beans” on YouTube, some 2.2 million had watched it. A feature called YouTube Insight introduced in March, gives YouTube account holders who have uploaded videos to the site a range of states, charts and maps about their audiences.
Yahoo Inc. Chief executive Jerry Yang pushes for an employee severance program that makes it more expensive for Microsoft corp. to engineer a takeover.
Entertainment /Celebrity/Movie News – June 1, 2008
Sony Pictures Entertainment acquires Endemol Group, a Dutch company who owns the rights to “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” for $223 million.
Brigitte Bardot is convicted of provoking discrimination and racial hatred for writing that Muslims are destroying France. A French court orders her to pay $1,555 in damages to MRAP, a leading French anti-racism group.
Passing – comic/actor – Mitch Mullany – starred in the 1990’s sitcom – “Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher.” He was only 39.
MTV Movie Awards –
Adam Sandler got a career achievement award
Best actor – Will Smith – “I Am Legend”
Best actress – Ellen Page – “Juno”
Coldplay performed as did the Pussycat Dolls.
Music News – June 1, 2008
Passing – Bo Diddley (79)
Trends – TV networks are selling the music they feature on their TV shows.
Passing- Guitarist Jerry Cole – a member of the famed set of west coast studio musicians known as the “wrecking crew” of the 1960’s.
Paul McCartney returns to Liverpool on the 41st anniversary of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” In the audience – Yoko Ono.
Television News – June 1, 2008
NBC says it is robust in ad sales - $1.9 billion in upfront commitments for next season.
TV highlights this week – Don’t miss “Million Dollar Password” on Sunday, “Swingtown” about the ‘70’s on Thursday.
Saturday night TV samples – week of June 1, 2008
Disney Channel – Hannah Montana, Zack & Cody, Cory in the House, Phineas and Feb, Movie:Max Keeble’s Big Move
MTV – Blonde, America’s Best dance Crew 2: The Live Auditions, 2008 MTV Movie Awards
Nick – SpongeBob Squarepants, Icarly, The Naked Brothers Band, Lopez
Top Movies – June 1, 2008
Sex and the City
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
What Happens in Vegas
Made of Honor
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Top Pop Hits – June 1, 2008
I KISSED A GIRL- Katy Perry
ALL SUMMER LONG- Kid Rock
SUMMERTIME- New Kids On The Block
SHAKE IT- Metro Station
SHE GOT IT- 2 Pistols fea. T'Pain
FALL FOR YOU- Secondhand Serenade
LOLLIPOP- Lil' Wayne
SEVEN THINGS- Miley Cyrus
LOLLI LOLLI (PUMP THAT BODY)- Three 6 Mafia
FOREVER- Chris Brown
ITS NOT MY TIME- 3 Doors Down
WHAT YOU GOT- Colby O'Donnis fea. Akon
BYE BYE- Mariah Carey
TAKE A BOW- Rihanna
BREAK THE ICE- Britney Spears
OUR SONG- Taylor Swift
IF I NEVER SEE YOUR FACE AGAIN- Maroon 5 & Rihanna
HOLLYWOOD'S NOT AMERICA- Ferras
HOMECOMING- Kanye West fea. Chris Martin.