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


In The News -

Bruce E. Ivans – government scientist who is suspected in the deadly anthrax mailings in 2001 – is dead of an apparent suicide. He had “helped” the FBI in the investigation.

Tire gauge – Obama defends his suggestion that motorists should  properly inflate their car tires to improve gas mileage and cut oil consumption. John McCain mocked the idea with one of his aides handing out tire gauges emblazoned with the words “Obama’s energy plan” aboard his campaign plane.

Fighting rages in a valley in Pakistan’s troubled northeast, killing at least 17 civilians.

Author Ron Suskind and his book “The Way of the World” accuses the White House of faking Iraqi documents to suggest a link between Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and the lead hijacker in the Sept. 1 attacks.  The book contends that the White House obtained compelling evidence in early 2003 that Iraq possessed no significant stocks o nuclear or biological weapons but decided to invade anyway.

Radovan Karadzic – former Bosnian Serb leader – makes his first appearance before the war crimes tribunal at the Hague – some 13 years after he was indicted on charges of waging a campaign of ethnic genocide.

President Bush chastises Democrats for refusing to allow a vote on whether to lift the federal ban on offshore oil drilling before lawmakers departed for their summer recess. 

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says he would be willing to support limited additional offshore oil drilling if that’s what it takes to enact a comprehensive policy to foster fuel-efficient autos and develop alternate energy sources. 

Scott Johnson – suspected of opening fire on a group of young swimmers gathered along a riverbank is arrested after he emerged from woods near the scene where three teens were slain and a fourth person was wounded the day before.

Dozens of Hindu Pilgrims fell through a broken guardrail and scores more were trampled when thousands of devotees panicked at a remote mountaintop temple in New Delhi – leaving 145 dead.


Business/Economy News – August 1, 2008

U.S. unemployment hits 5.4% - the highest since 2004.

Chevron Oil reports record profit - $6 billion.

Federal authorities say thy have cracked the largest case of identity theft in U.S. history – charging 11 in the theft of more than 40 million credit and debit card account numbers from computer systems  of retailers.

Crude oil slips to $121.41 – its lowest close since May 5.


Sports News – August 1, 2008

The NFL implants a code of fan conduct, warning that spectators who misbehave will be ejected from stadiums and barred form returning.

Passing – Skip Caray – longtime voice of the Atlanta Braves and heard nationally over TBS.

The Los Angeles Dodgers Manny Ramierz from the Boston Red Sox in a non-waiver trade – in one of the most significant deadlines deals in their history. Ramirez will paid the remaining $7 million of his $21million by the Red Sox. 


Technology News – August 1, 2008

Delta Airlines announces that it would begin offering Wi Fi for fee – on its domestic flights this fall. It’ll be the first major U.S. carrier to offer Wi-Fi on its entire domestic fleet.


Radio News – August 1, 2008

CBS says it plans to sell 50 radio stations in a dozen mid-size markets.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie News – August 1, 2008

 Kathy Hilton – mother of Paris, said on the Huffington site – she is annoyed at John McCain for using his daughter’s name to mock Barack Obama. McCain unveiled a campaign ad last week likening Obama to celebrities Hilton and singer Britney Spears.

Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series – “Breaking Dawn” – the fourth in Meyer’s sensational teen vampire series – sold 1.3 million copies in the first 24 hours after its release this week.  Barack Obama said he would abandon his past position and support tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to quickly cut prices at the gas pump.

The photo rights for pictures of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s newborn twins may be $14 million! People magazine will feature Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon in an issue to hit newsstands this week. The money will go to a foundation created by the couple that focuses on helping children around the world.


Television News – August 1, 2008

Kelsey Grammer, who suffered a heart attack in June, checked himself into a hospital last weekend because he felt faint – and is out again.

Christian Applegate is undergoing treatment for breast cancer, but the cancer has been caught early.

NBC announces that it had hired Luke Russert, son of the late Tim Russert, to serve as a correspondent at large, starting at the two political conventions later this summer.

Top TV Shows/Ratings – August 1, 2008

America’s Got Talent – 13.85 million viewers

Wipeout – 9.70

Two and a Half Men – 9.34

So You think You can dance (Wed.) – 9.34

Criminal Minds – 8.70

So You Think You Can Dance (Thu.) – 8.84

NCIS – 8.50

CSI: Miami – 8.44

60 Minutes – 8.08

CSI – 8.03

CSI: NY – 7.78

Flashpoint 7.68

Primetime – 7.65

Celebrity Family Feud – 7.353

 Old Christine – 7.50


Top Movies – August 1, 2008

The Dark Knight

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Step Brothers

Mamma Mia!

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Swing Vote


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