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Dateline: Week Of July 1, 2008 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 

 

In The News -

It’s revealed that the U.S. is using spy satellites to monitor the movements of the American-backed Iraqi army.

Barack Obama does a re-do interview as he struggled to explain his plan to end the war in Iraq, calling a rare-do-over news conference. He insists that he was not softening his campaign pledge to withdraw al combat troops within 16 months of becoming president.

 In Colombia – Armed forces disguised as rebels rescue former Colombia presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, three U.S. defense contractors and 11 other hostages held by leftist insurgents in a daring operation.

Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers a clear message to her constituents: I Love New York. Nearly a month after her historic bid for the presidency came to a disappointing end, Clinton returned to upstate New York and focused on local concerns.

Campaigning – Sen. John McCain promises a forceful national strategy to combat global warming and end U.S dependence on foreign oil.

The United States begins rallying the U.N. Security council to impose sanctions on President Robert Mugabe and his close supporters if he doesn’t reconsider his disputed claim on Zimbabwe’s highest office. 

Passing – Jesse Helms – former North Carolina Senator.

 

Business/Economy News – July 1, 2008

Amid sagging sales, Starbucks says it plans to shut 600 under performing U.S. stores. In a previous announcement, it said it planned to shutter 100 stores. The total equals about 12,000 jobs.

Advertising Trend 2008

More freebies for “America” - Coke says everyone can get a free bottle of Coke Zero if one of its sponsored drivers wins a NASCAR event. A few months ago, Dr. Pepper promised a free soda to everyone in America if Axl Rose put out a new Guns N’ Roses album in 2008.  Taco Bell did it twice, most recently last year during the World Series, offering a free taco to everyone in America – the first time someone stole a base.

 

Technology News – July 1, 2008

Apple cuts $500 off the price of the upgraded version of its supermodel-thin MacBook Air laptop to $2,598.

 

Radio News – July 1, 2008

Rush Limbaugh signs a lucrative deal, believed to be $38 million a year with Premiere Radio Networks that keeps on the air until 2016.

 

Entertainment/Celebrity News – July 1, 2008

Tatum O’Neal pleads guilty in NY to disorderly conduct stemming her drug arrest in June.

 

Music News – July 1, 2008

 Shakira is joining Madonna, Jay-Z and U2 in forgoing traditional record industry alliances to sign a multimillion-dollar long-term contact with promotion giant Live Nation. It’s a 10-year contract that will handle her concerts, recordings and merchandising. 

 

Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – July 1, 2008

America’s Got Talent – 11.68 million viewers

Wipeout (Tue.) – 9.98

60 Minutes – 9.42

Two and a Half Men – 9.22

Celebrity Family Feud – 8.82

So You Think You Can Dance (Thu.) – 8.63

Million Dollar Password – 8.48

So You think You Can Dance (Wed.) – 8.29

CSI: Miami – 8.19

I Survived a Japanese Game Show – 8.00

Baby Borrowers 7.94

Criminal Minds – 7.94

NCIS – 7.85

Hell’s Kitchen – 7.80

CSI: NY – 7.70

48 Hours Mystery (Tue.) – 7.55

 

Television News – July 1, 2008

NBC Universal and two partners say they had reached a deal to buy the Weather Channel from Landmark Communications Inc. the purchase price was about $3.5 billion. NBC’s partners were Blackstone Group and Bain Capital.

Aaron Ferguson – a former accountant for Rachael Ray’s TV cooking sow, files a $1 million lawsuit saying he was forced out of his job because he has an eating disorder.

Passing – Larry Harmon – The creator of “Bozo the Clown.” He was 83.

AMC will remake the 1960’s series – “The Prisoner” this time, starring Jim Caviezel as #6 – the character originally played by Patrick McGoohan.

 

Top Movies – July 1, 2008

Hancock

Wall-E

Wanted

Get Smart

King Fu Panda

The Incredible Hulk

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

Sex and the City: The Movie

You Don’t Mess With the Zohan

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