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Dateline: Week Of June 15, 2008 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News -

Water from the swollen Mississippi River surges over more than 10 levees, flooding huge chunks of Missouri farmland and thousands continue to pile sandbags.

 Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan testifies before the House Judiciary Committee – saying he was suspicious of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s denial that he had leaked the name of a CIA agent but had no choice but to go along with it.

Sen. Barack Obama meets with city leaders who had earlier, supported Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Barack Obama celebrates Father’s day by calling on fathers who he said were “missing from too many lives and too many homes” to become active in raising their children.

In London - President Bush receives a boost  - pledges for new financial sanctions against Iran and a commitment for a net increase of 230 British troops in Afghanistan.

Iraq - Members of Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr’s political bloc announce that the group would not compete as a party in coming local elections but would endorse candidates.

For nearly two months – Pakistan’s new government has been engaged in intensive negotiations with Islamic militants who use the tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan as both a sanctuary and springboard for attacks. 

Indictments are handed out to two Bear Stearns execs accused of misleading investors over the sub-prime collapse. They are hedge fund mangers Ralph Cloffi and Matthew tannin. The indictment alleges they knew the market for bonds backed by home loans given to people with bad credit was beginning to capsize in early 2007, but hid it from investors in two Bear Stearns hedge funds.

With the rise in oil – Sen. John McCain proposes to dramatically increase America’s commitment to nuclear power, calling for a crash program to build 45 reactors by 2030 and a long-term goal of building 100 such plants across the country.

Kellogg Co. is using smaller packaging while charging the same prices for five brands of its cereals sold in the U.S., effectively raising their prices for the second time this year. The new boxes arrived at stores beginning this month. Boxes were reduced by an average of 2.4 ounces for 14 items including Froot Loops, Cocoa Krispies, Corn Pops and Apple Jacks. 

A car bomb explodes on a commercial street in west Baghdad’s Shiite neighborhood of Hurriya, killing at least 51.

In California – Hundreds of gay couples obtain marriage licenses as same-sex marriage in that state – is on!


Some best-selling books – June 8, 2008

The Spies of Warsaw – Alan Furst

The Enchantress of Florence – Salman Rushdie

Noting to Lose – Lee Child

The Host – Stephenie Meyer

Unaccustomed Earth – Jhumpa Lehiri

The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch

When You Are Engulfed in Flames – David Sedaris

What Happened – Scott McClellan

Audition – Barbara Walters


Sports News – June 15, 2008

The Boston Celtics claim their 17th NBA championship, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 131-92 in game 6.

Tiger Woods wins the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines – his 14th major title win.


Entertainment News – June 15, 2008

 Disney is firing up its next multi-platform musical extravaganza, “Camp Rock” with the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato. Look out!

Tony Awards - In The Heights” wins best musical.

Billy Ray Cyrus says he wasn’t around when Annie Leibovitz photographed his 15-year-old daughter, Miley, wrapped in a sheet with her back exposed for the June issue of Vanity Fair. “Miley’s “publicist was there and everyone seemed in control. I didn’t know they were going to strip her down and wrap her with a blanket.” “So I was surprised when I saw it, you know, but… stuff happens. That’s life. Things happen and sometimes things get a little out of control and you just gotta deal with life,”

 Jamie Lynn Spears gives birth to a baby girl. She starred in Nick’s “Zoey 101” and is Britney’s younger sister. She’s also 17 – and the father is Casey Aldridge.


Music news – June 15, 2008

Coldplay becomes the first British act in more than a decade to reach #1 in Billboard’s hot 100 with “Viva La Vida” – the first single from the group’s new album. The album is “Viva La Vida.”

Stone Temple Pilots are back playing again after more than half a decade’s  breakup.

Lil Wayne calls himself the greatest rapper alive.


Television News – June 15, 2008

Brian Williams hosts “Meet the Press” this week as NBC ponders the show’s replacement after the death of Tim Russert.

NBC Sports and World Championship Sport Network, team up to create Universal Sports – adding to their online sports package.

Oprah’s Winfrey’s new cable TV channel, scheduled to launch next year announces its first major hire – Robin Schwartz. Look for OWN – the Oprah Winfrey Network – next year.


Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – June 15, 2008  

NBA Finals – Game 5 – 17.39 million viewers

NBA Finals, Game 3 – 14.51

NBA Finals – Game 4 – 13.76

Two and a Half Men – 10.72

NCIS – 10.16

CSI – 9.42

Million Dollar Password – 9.36

48 Hours Mystery (Tue.) – 9.21

CSI: MY – 9.18

So You Think You Can dance (Wed.) – 8.91

Hell’s Kitchen – 8.81

Deal or No Deal (Wed.) – 8.62

CSI: Miami – 8.53

Rules of Engagement – 8.51

Criminal Minds – 8.32

Without a Trace – 8.20

So You Think You Can Dance (Thu.) - .02

House – 7.97

60 Minutes – 7.56

Bones – 7.49

Swingtown – 7.00

Numbers – 6.81

Nashville Star – 6.70


Top Movies – June 15, 2008

Get Smart

The Incredible Hulk

Kung Fu Panda

The Love Guru

The Happening

You Don’t Mess with the Zohan

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Sex and the City

Iron Man

The  Strangers

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