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


In The News -

Sen. Obama criticizes the Bush administration for failing to protect the American people from weapons of mass destruction and said he would take aggressive measures to do so.

Barack Obama delivers a foreign policy address in Washington in which he sought to reassure his supporters that he remains committed to ending the war in Iraq.

Raising money - Barack and the Democrats rack up an impressive $25 million lead over Republicans in June.

Afghanistan - Barack Obama meets with U.S. troops and receives a military briefing in conditions in Afghanistan.  

Headed to Iraq for his first visit as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama said now is the time to re-deploy Iraq troops.

President Bush agrees to a general time horizon for withdrawals of U.S. combat troops from Iraq.

Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah warmly welcomes the five Lebanese men who were released from Israeli custody in exchange for the bodies of two Israeli soldiers.

Alaska - British energy giant BP has begun drilling the world’s longest wells to a hard-to-reach offshore reservoir in the Beaufort Sea. The project is to yield 100 million barrels of oil.  The reservoir is six miles of Alaska’s northern coast and is expected to start pumping in 2011. 

Author Danielle Steel has just published her 75th book and says she just wants to keep working. “Rogue” is now out in bookstores.

Some best-selling books – July 15, 2008

Chasing Darkness – Robert Crais

The Brief Wondrous Life of Ascar Wao – Junot Diaz

 The Story of Edgar Sawtelle – David Wroblewski

The Last Lecture –Rrandy Pausch

What Happened – Scott McClellan

When You Are Engulfed In Flames – David Sedaris

Are You There, Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea – Chelsea Handler

Kay Rayan – award-winning poet is named poet laureate.


Business/Economy News – July 15, 2008


The Federal Reserve clamps down hard on mortgage lenders issuing rules designed to curb the sorts of risky and deceptive lending practices that helped trigger the current financial mess. Meanwhile – banks are being hit harder from the fallout of IndyMac Bank as investors dump it and other bank stocks.

Crude oil prices slip back to $135 a barrel.

Budweiser agrees to be purchased by InBev of Belgium in a $52 billion merger that will create the world’s largest brewer to be called Anheuser-Busch InBev.


Sports News – July 15, 2008

Top scorer Abby Wambach of the U.S. women’s soccer team breaks her left leg after a violent collision in the first half of a 1-0 win over Brazil. She’ll be out for 12 weeks.

The final All-Star game is played at Yankee Stadium as the America League beat the National League (4-3).


Technology News – July 15, 2008

Intel profits jumped 25% in the second quarter – benefiting from the surging global demand for laptops and the processors that power them.

EBay Inc scores a victory in court as a federal judge said companies such as Tiffany & Co. – not auction platforms like EBay, are responsible for policing their trademarks online. Tiffany had sued EBay – arguing that most items listed for sale as genuine Tiffany products on EBay’s sites were fake.


Entertainment News – July 15, 2008

Comedian and actor Andy Dick is arrested is arrested in Murrieta, CA. he was intoxicated and grabbed and fondled the breast of a 17-year-old girl before pulling her top down in a parking lot of a bar.

Whoppie Goldberg, co-host on “The View,” announces she will appear in the musical “Xanadu” on Broadway.


Music News – July 15, 2008

Amy Winehouse’s husband – Blake Fielder-Civil is sentenced in London to 27 months in jail for assault and obstructing justice.

Rapper DMX (Earl Simmons) is arrested in Phoenix on suspicion of giving a false name and Social Security number to a hospital to get of paying for medical expenses.

Jakob Dylan is on the Tonight show this week.

Cat Stevens wins a substantial compensation for libel claims in a London Court over stories suggesting he wouldn’t speak to women without veils during an award ceremony last year.

Billy Joel plays the last concert-ever at Shea Stadium. The stadium is being raised later this year.

Passing – Jo Stafford – pop singer of the late 1940’s and 1950’s.


Television News – July 15, 2008

 Passing – Les Crane (74) – One time ABC TV talkshow host who competed with Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show.”

Don’t miss ‘Heidi Fleiss: the Would-Be Madam of Crystal,” debuting on HBO.

Shannon Doherty will have a role on the new “90210” which debuts Sept. 2.

Amy Poehler is nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series – Saturday Night Live – the first SNL cast member (ever) to score a nomination in an acting category. That’s because the rules have changed – to include members of the sketch comedy show.

Dennis Farina pleads no contest to a misdemeanor gun charge stemming from  his May arrest at Los Angeles International Airport where screeners discovered a handgun in his briefcase.

Talkshow host Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman have broken up. There is no comment.


Top TV Show/Ratings/TV Guide – July 15, 2008

America’s Got Talent – 12.73 million viewers

Wipeout – 10.60

The Bachelorette – 9.99

CSI – 9.86

The Bachelorette – 9.53

Greatest American Dog – 9.53

Two and a Half Men – 9.14

So You Think You can dance (Wed.) – 8.93

Hell’s Kitchen – 8.91

CSI: NY – 8.89

So You Think You Can Dance (Thu.) – 8.85

NCIS – 8.62

CSI: Miami – 89.41

60 Minutes – 8.20

Flashpoint (Fri.) – 8.13

House – 7.93

Criminal Minds – 7.93.


Bottom of TV ratings list –

The American Dream W/Jim Kramer – 1.67 (NBC)

Reaper – 1.19 (CW)

Gossip Girl – 1.17 (CW)

America’s Top Model 3 (CW) – 1.13

One Tree Hill (Mon.) (CW) – 1.11.


Top Pop Hits – July 15, 2008

BURNIN' UP- Jonas Brothers


 VIVA LA VIDA- Coldplay



BUST IT BABY- Plies fea. Ne-Yo



AIN'T GOT YOU- Kevin Michael


GIVE IT TO ME- Madonna

FOREVER- Chris Brown

THUNDER- Boys Like Girls


Top Movies – July 15, 2008

The Dark Night

Mamma Mia!


Journey to the Center of the Earth

Hellboy 2: The Golden Army


Space Chimps


Get Smart

King Fu Panda

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