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Dateline: Week Of July 8, 2008 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 

 

In The News -

A gunmen hits the U.S. consulate in Istanbul and source says Al Qaeda is behind it. The gun battle left three Turkish police officers and three attackers dead.

The federal government takes control of IndyMacBank – the second largest bank failure in U.S. history. 

The federal government steps in to prevent a severe disruption of the mortgage market.  It has plans for a sweeping aid package designed to bolster confidence in battered home-loan giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Traders beat down the value of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – the twin pillars of the home loan industry – hitting shares at 17-year lows.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson apologizes for making a comment about Barack Obama. He didn’t know the mic was on when he told someone, “Barack, he’s talking down to black people. I want to cut his nuts off.”

Passing Tony Snow (53) of colon cancer. Former TV/radio host and President Bush’s press secretary.

 Passing – Dr. Michael DeBakey – performed the first coronary bypass, tied smoking to cancer. He raised the idea of MASH units during the Korean War.

 

Technology News – July 8, 2008

“Google Lively” - Google launches a virtual experience. It allows users to create virtual representations of themselves then decorate their own virtual rooms, invite friends to that room and do things they’ve always dream of. 

 

Entertainment /Celebrity/Movie News – July 8, 2008

Under fire for the prevalence of smoking in films, four Hollywood studios have agreed to include anti-smoking messages at the beginning of DVD’s for future films rated G. PG or PG-13 in which there is tobacco use. 

Christie Brinkley’s divorce trial ends with a settlement. Heard – testimony abut her fourth husband’s affair with a teen and his Internet porn proclivities. She gets custody of their two children and some property. Hubby Peter Cook gets $2.1 million.

 

Music News – July 8, 2008

Nickleback, the popular Canadian band becomes the latest addition to Live Nation’s growing roster of musicians with long-term, multi-facet deals.

 

Television News – July 8, 2008

Don’t miss “Totally Foreman” which revolves around George Foreman, his fifth wife and four sons. On TV Land.

Back again – Genie Francis is once-again – returning to General Hospital as Laura – for a short visit. She played the character beginning in 1976 and the trials and travails of Luke & Laura became a phenom during the early 1980’s.

 

Top Pop Hits – July 8, 2008

BURNIN' UP- Jonas Brothers

HANDLEBARS- Flobots

KISSED A GIRL- Katy Perry

BUST IT BABY- Plies fea. Ne-Yo

SEVEN THINGS- Miley Cyrus

VIVA LA VIDA- Coldplay

LOLLI LOLLI (POP THAT BODY)- Three 6 Mafia

GET SILLY- V.I.C.

FOREVER- Chris Brown

DISTURBIA- Rihanna

LOVE ME DEAD- Ludo

THUNDER- Boys Like Girls

ALL SUMMER LONG- Kid Rock

WOAH OH- Forever The Sickest Kids

AIN'T GOT YOU- Kevin Michael

SUMMERTIME- New Kids On The Block

 

Top music album – July 8, 2008

“The Carter III’ – Lil Wayne

 

Top Movies – July 8, 2008

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Hancock

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Wall-E

Wanted

Get Smart

Meet Dave

Kung Fu Panda

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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