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


In The News -

The commander of the 2,000 Georgian troops in Iraq says his soldiers would leave the country to join the fight against Russia over a separatist Georgian republic.

Russian tanks rumble into the breakaway Georgian republic of South Osetia with some civilians reported killed.

Russian soldiers plunge into western Georgia to open a second front in the 4-day-old war.

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is jailed after he violated the conditions of his bond in a perjury case by gong to Canada for a business meeting without clearing the trip with the court.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticizes former Democrat Joe Lieberman for campaigning against Sen. Barack Obama, calling the Connecticut senator’s characterizations of the presumptive democratic presidential nominee “totally irresponsible.”

After spending a night in jail, Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick is released and now faces two new felony charges that he shoved a Sheriff’s Department investigator last month. 

Nancy Pelosi now is considering legislation that would permit new offshore drilling as part of a broad energy bill.

President Bush orders a humanitarian aid effort and dispatches Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to stricken Georgia as Pentagon officials announce plans to rebuild the Georgian military. Meanwhile, the few Georgians left in Gori feel helpless as Russian tanks move up and down streets.

Iraq - A car bomb rips through a crowded market in the north city of Tall Afar, killing at least 21.

A military jury sentences Salim Ahmed Hamdan to 5 1/2years in prison for having worked for Osama bin Laden. He was his driver.

President Mikheli Saakashvilli of Georgia said he would accept a Russian cease-fire agreement to end a five-day conflict. Under the deal, Georgia would give up claim to two regions seeking independence.

 New Obama book – “Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama’s Plan to renew America’s Promise” is coming out Sept. 9.


Business News – August 8, 2008

Drugstore chain CVS Caremark Corp. – the largest provider of prescription in the country, says it will acquire Longs Drug Stores Corp. for about $2.6 billion.

Mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae reports a $2.3 billion second-quarter loss, slashes its dividend and says it will stop buying or guaranteeing loans made to people who supply little proof of income.


Sports News – August 8, 2008

Opening ceremonies – summer Olympics – The little girl who opened her mouth was Lin Miaoke, but she was lip-synching the words to another – Yank Peiyi.

At the Beijing summer Olympics – swimmer Michael Phelps seeks his sixth gold medal.


Technology News – August 8, 2008

Facebook has doubled its users from a year ago – some 132.1 million worldwide.


Music News – August 8, 2008

 Drama Family Entertainment is suing for copyright infringement because Mary J. Blige’s “Growing Pains” album contains the song “Work That” which the suit says, was created by a producer who worked for the company at the time.

Usher’s mother, Jonetta Patton, is back as his manger following a split. He broke with her in 2007, saying he just wanted her to be his mom. Usher dumps celebrity manager Benny Median.


Entertainment News – August 8, 2008

Passing – comedian Bernie Mac – from complications related to pneumonia. He was only 50.


Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – August 8, 2008

Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony – 34.89 million viewers

Summer Olympics (Sun.) – 32.26

Summer Olympics (sat.) – 24.08

America’s Got Talent – 12.61

Two and a half Men – 9.98

So You Think You Can Dance – 9.86

Criminal Minds – 9.11

So You Think You Can Dance (Wed.) – 8.96

NCIS – 8.70

CSI: Miami – 7.89

Old Christine – 7.60

America’s Got Talent (Thu.) – 7.57


Television News – August 8, 2008

Comcast and MGM launch a new video-on-demand channel, Impact – all action movies. It’ll draw on MGM’s library of 1,000 action-packed movies such as The Terminator. 

 Tori Spelling will not be joining Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty as they reprise their role in the new “90210” – the CW spinoff.

MTV sat night – Best Dance Crew, Run’s House, Jonas Brothers, Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best dance Crew.

A two-hour “Batlestar Galactica” special will air after the final 10 new episodes air on Sci Fi. 


Top Movies – August 8, 2008

The Dark Night

Pineapple Express

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

Step Brothers

Mamma Mia!

Journey to the Center of the earth


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