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Dateline: Week Of July 22, 2008 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News -

In Israel – Barack Obama assures that country of his support.

In Berlin – an estimated 200,000 plus people turn-out to hear Barack Obama. He called for closer ties between Europe and America. 

President Bush signs into law tougher sanctions against Zimbabwe’s regime – several days after he European Union ratcheted up its own set of sanctions. More than 150 people have died recently instate-sponsored violence against opposition activists and supporters. The sanctions freeze the assets of 17 companies.

Pakistan’s military – in a crackdown on rebels, plans to move a major unit of its regular army into the tribal areas on its western border.

Nancy Pelosi whose approval ratings are at historic lows, begins a two-week cross-country campaign to promote her new book – “Know Your Power: A Message to America’s Daughters.”

 A House panel votes to cite Karl Rove – formerly President Bush’s top aide, for contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena to testify on allegations of improper White House influence over the Justice Department.


Business/Economy News – July 22, 2008

Starbucks says that weak sales in the U.S. and costs related to its closure of 600 under performing stores led it to post a loss for its fiscal third quarter. The company reported a loss of $6.7 million or 1 cents a share. 

Toronto-based Cookie Jar Entertainment says it has reached an agreement to buy the Care Bars and Strawberry Shortcake characters from American Greetings Corp. for $195 million. 


Sports News – July 22, 2008

The NFL will offer live streaming of its Sunday night games beginning in September. It’s a first for the NFL and will other games follow?

The WNBA suspends five Sparks players and five Detroit Shock players and assistant coach Rick Mahorn for their involvement in an on-court melee this week.

On Fox - This year’s baseball All-Star game is the most watched in history – with 14.54 million viewers as the American League best the National League 4-3.


Radio News – July 22, 2008

The FCC finally approves the Sirius-XM satellite radio merger – ending a 16-month long drama. 


Technology News – July 22, 2008

ESPN unveils a new digital strategy – called ESPN Action Spots Network – all online and it will debut in the fall. The new hub encompasses a cluster of Internet sites – each devoted to a specific “action sport,’ to offer coverage of events that aren’t usually carried on main-stream television.

Another new search engine has launched. “”Cull” – pronounced Cool. Its president – Anna Patterson – says it is trying to reinvent the search experience. She’s from Google and was one of the architects of its TeraGoogle search index that launched in 2006.  She says search engines can’t keep up with the explosive growth of the Internet or with the needs of users who often get frustrated sifting through random results. Cull indexes 120 billion Web pages, ranks results by relevance instead of popularity, organizes the results by ideas and protects the privacy of its users.

Amazon.com repots its second-quarter profit more than doubled and surpassed analyst expectations.


Entertainment News – July 22, 2008

Christian Bale is arrested and released in London – and denies allegations made by his mother and sister that he had assaulted them Sunday night.


Music News – July 22, 2008

Leaving EMI - The Rolling Stones sign a long-term exclusive worldwide contract with Universal Music. The new deal covers both future albums and their back catalog.

Rappers Fox Brown (Inga Marchland) and Lil’ Kim (Kimberly Jones) are sued by publisher Simon and Schuster over claims that they accepted money as advancement for books they promised to write. At least one was an autobiography. 

Britney Spears must increase her child support payments to ex Kevin Federline by $5,000 a month as part of a custody settlement. She’ll now pay a total of $20,000 a month to the former backup dancer. Spears lost custody of the boys last year after her behavior became erratic.

Rapper DMX is indicted on felony charges in Arizona for allegedly trying to get out of paying a hospital bill.

Kid Rock (Robert J. Ritchie) is sentenced to a year’s probation and fined $1,000 for his role in a fight in a Waffle House restaurant near Atlanta.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – July 22, 2008

America’s Got Talent (Tue.) – 13.24 million viewers

Wipeout – 9.98 million viewers

Two and a Half Men – 9.76

60 Minutes – 9.52

So You Think You can dance? (Wed.) – 8.60


Television News – July 22, 2008

Nick picks-up Michael Eisner’s “Glenn Martin DDS,” – a stop motion animated series.

After scoring with “Puppy Bowl” on Super Bowl Sunday, Animal Planet announces “Puppy Games 2008” – a three-hour special that will air the same night as the Olympics opening ceremony.

Passing – Estelle Getty – one of the Golden Girls.


Top Movies – July 22, 2008

The Dark Knight

Step Brothers

Mamma Mia!

The X-Files: I Want to Believe

Journey to the Center of the Earth



Hellboy II:The Golden Army

Space Chimps

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