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


In The News -

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meets with Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi in Libya – in a gracious meeting.

Iraq - Touted by President Bush as a sign of U.S. success In Iraq – U.S. forces hand control of security in Anbar province to the Iraqis.

John McCain and Sarah Palin meet with hurricane officials in Jackson, Mississippi to get a briefing on preparations for the expected landing of Gustav. McCain praised the coordination he had witnessed. “I have every expectation that we will not see mistakes of Katrina repeated,” said McCain.

As Hurricane Gustav nears the Gulf Coast – it’s estimated that 95% of S. Louisiana has fled – and New Orleans is again – a ghost town.

Hurricane Gustav hits Louisiana with winds and storm surges, but New Orleans is spared.

This is the week – when Sarah Palin makes her national debut and everyone it seems, is waiting to hear her speech!

Unemployment hits 6.1% - the highest in five years – in what is sure to be a major point in the Obama campaign.

At the Republican National Convention in St. Paul  - John McCain vows to forge a government focused on problem-solving rather than party labels. Sarah Palin makes her much-anticipated speech. She cast herself as a victim of hostile reporting and scorn – and mixed an account of domestic life with barbed attacks against the other party.

More than 37 million tuned in to watch Sarah Palin’s speech at the Republican National Convention this week – almost as many as watched Barack Obama accept the Democratic presidential nomination last week.


Some best-selling books – September 1, 2008

Eclipse – Stephenie Meyer

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pic Society – Mary Ann Shafer

Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer

The Host – Stephenie Meyer

When You Are Engulfed in flames – David Sedaris

The Obama Nation – Jerome R. Corsi

The Last Lecture -  Randy Pausch

Goodnight Bush – Erich Origen


 Passing – Reporter Ike Pappas (75). He reported the shooting death of Lee Harvey Oswald on radio – when he was with WNEW radio – back in 1963 – as it happened.


Technology News - September 1, 2008

Google releases a new web browser – Chrome. Here’s a look at the top Internet Browsers –

Internet Explorer – has 72.15% of the market

Firefox – 19.73%

Safari – 6.37%

Opera - .74%

Netscape - .72%

Others - .27%


Entertainment /Celebrity/Movie News – September 1, 2008

Oil rich Arab Emirate Abu Dhabi launches a production company to make moves and digital content in partnership with other film makers.

 Passing – Don LaFontaine (68) – who literally began and “owned” the movie trailer business. LaFontaine will always be – the first and last name in movie trailers – with one of the greatest-ever voices – ever – to be heard in the media. His trademark introductory phrase – “In a world…” is pop culture history at its best.   

Music – Jack Osbourne – says in Rolling Stone, that he’s making a documentary about his dad – Ozzy Osbourne.

Usher will perform the NFL season’s kickoff concert in New York’s Columbus Circle with Keith Urban and Natasha Bedingfield. The concert will be held just before the season opener when the Washington Redskins take on the Super Bowl champs – New York Giants.

Passing – Jerry Reed. He was 71.

Their first album since 1984 – New Kids on the Block are back – with “The Block.”

Movie news – “The Dark Night” hits the $500 million gross mark – second to the all-timer – “Titanic.”


Top TV Shows/Ratings – September 1, 2008

America’s Got Talent – 11.12 million viewers

Deal or No deal (Mon.) – 11.00

America’s Got Talent (Wed.) – 10.34

Two and a Half Men – 9.03

60 Minutes – 8.03

NCIS – 7.45

America’s Toughest Jobs – 7.30

Criminal Minds – 6.93, House – 6.81

The New Adventures of Old Christine – 6.63

Democratic National Convention (Tu.) – 6.58

Wipeout – 6.32

Big Brother 10 (Tue.) – 6.28


Television News  - September 1, 2008

Trend? –

 Offbeat - TNT will air  – 2-minute micro-series called “Blank Slate” – a 20 episode crime thriller which will debut Sept. 9 and will air for two consecutive weeks. Each is two-minutes in length!

The Jerry Lewis telethon raised a record $65 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. over Labor Day. 


Top Movies – September 1, 2008

Tropic Thunder

Babylon A.D.

The Dark Knight

The House Bunny


Death Race

Disaster Movie

Mamma Mia!

Pineapple Express

Star wars: the Clone Wars

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