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


In The News - 

Barack Obama introduces Joseph Biden as his running mate in Springfield, IL. Biden has been with the Senate for 36 years and is chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

Iraq - Prime Minister Nouri Maliki says that an agreement on the future of U.S. forces in Iraq must include a firm withdrawal date and that Iraq wants them out by the end of 2011.

Baghdad - A suicide bomber rushes into a neighborhood celebration for a man who had just been released from detention, detonating his explosives and killing at least 25.

Denver convention – Barack Obama accepts the Democratic presidential nomination – promising to repair “the broken politics of Washington” and preside over a more prosperous and equitable America.

Big news – as John McCain makes a surprise choice – choosing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.

In Denver - Former President Clinton pledges support for Barack Obama – urging his party to get behind him. He lauded the senator as “a 21st century incarnation of the old-fashioned American dream.” And an example of the nation’s “progress toward a more perfect union.”

 Hillary Rodham Clinton, accepting defeat, - tells the crowd – “Barack Obama is my candidate.” “The time is now to unite as a single party with a single purpose.”

An earthquake strikes southwestern China on the border regions of Sichuan and Yunna provinces, killing 22.

Russian troops pull out of occupied Georgian lands in a large-scale withdrawal, loosening a chokehold on a swatch of strategically crucial towns – rail lines and roadways.

A small plane crashes and burns shortly after takeoff in Moab, Utah, killing 10. The pilot and nine people had spent the day working at a skin cancer clinic in a remote community.

Nearly 1 million individuals and businesses filed bankruptcy in the 12 months ended June 20 – up 28.9%.

 Mayor Ray Nagin, calling the hurricane bearing down on the Gulf Coast, “the mother of all storms,” declares a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans.

Federal regulators boost to $8.9 billion the estimated cost of IndyMac Ban’s failure and says they will be more collapses of U.S. banks.  Some 117 institutions are on the “problem list” up from 90 in March.


Sports News – August 22, 2008

Despite worries that pollution, traffic and human rights issues and overbearing security would make it a dud – The Beijing Summer Olympics end with many saying – it was the best ever.

Houston Texas wide receiver Harry Williams will undergo surgery to repair a neck vertebra he fractured during an exhibition game.

Olympic star Michael Phelps says he will write a book telling the story behind his historic eight gold-medal swims – and it should be out before Christmas.


Technology News – August 22, 2008

Apple demands silence from the designers of games – who want to develop applications for the iPhone. As a result, iPhone developers and business that cater to them – say they are prohibited from asking technical questions or sharing tops anywhere in public.


Music News – August 22, 2008

Marion “Suge” Knight is released from a Las Vegas jail after posting $19,000 bail. Police arrested Knight after officers said they saw him beat his girlfriend while brandishing a knife.  

Blogger Kevin Cogill of Los Angeles is arrested after posting nine leaked songs from an unreleased Guns N’ Roses album, which has been in the works for more than a decade. 

At a concert at Ohio State University – Neil Diamond loses his voice and offers refunds. He says he has acute laryngitis. “I haven’t let you down before and I won’t let you down now.”

Dr Dre’s 20-year-old son – Andre Young Jr., is found dead in his bed by his mother. He had been out with friends the night before.

Gary Glitter is released from a Vietnamese prison – arrives in his homeland of Britain. He tried Thailand and Hong Kong – none would have him so – now he’s back in Britain. He says he wants to clear his name, that his trial in Vietnam was a travesty of justice. He was convicted of child molestation.


Television News – August 22, 2008

Looks like Brenda and Kelly will be part of the new “90210.”

 Busy - Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps will be a presenter at MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sept. 7. He’ll then host the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” on September 13.

NBC’s coverage of the Beijing Olympics has the network running-away with the ratings. NBC proclaims the games the most-watched TV event in history – estimated at 214 million viewers seeing at least a portion of the Summer Olympics over 17 days. 

“Star Trek: The Experience” closes in Las Vegas after 10 years and more than 3 million visitors.

Interviewed on “Good Morning America” this week – Michael Jackson says he’s “looking forward to dong a lot o great things… I think the best is yet to come in true humble opinion.”

Felicia Snoop Pearson – featured on HBO’s “The Wire” is released from jail in Baltimore after being picked up on a warrant for refusing to cooperate with prosecutors handling a murder case in which she was a witness.


Top Pop Hits – August 22, 2008  

Time of My Life – David Cook

Closer – Ne-Yo

Dangerous - Kardinal Offishall feat. Akon

WATCHAGONDO- Kasper From The K

ONE STEP AT A TIME- Jordin Sparks


When I Grow Up – Pussycat Dolls

Addicted - Saving Abel

So What – Pink


AMERICAN BOY- Estelle feat. Kanye West



BURNIN' UP- Jonas Brothers

CRUSH- David Archuleta


UNTOUCHED- The Veronicas



Top Movies – August 22, 2008

Tropic Thunder

Death Race

The House Bunny

Star Wars: The Clone wars

Pineapple Express


The Longshots

Mamma Mia!

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

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