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


In The News -

Financial crisis – The Dow plunges 678.91 points or 7.3% to close at 8,579.19, its lowest level since May 2003.

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says that the government would buy direct stakes in banks and other financial institutions for the first time since the Great Depression.

Barack Obama had $77 million in coin as of August 31 and could raise tens of millions more by Election Day.

Strategic shift – The Bush administration decides to pour at least $250 billion directly into major banks and expand federal insurance protection to encourage financial institutions to resume lending to one another.

European leaders agree on a coordinated rescue plan to guarantee inter-bank lending, inject cash into the banking sector and other measures.

 Debate in Nashville – John McCain and Barack Obama clash over the economy and the fortunes on Wall Street.

French author Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio – wins the Nobel Prize in literature.

Linens ‘n Things – the house wares retailer now in bankruptcy – proposes rapidly closing its remaining stores and liquidating merchandise to beat a potential wave of retail failures before the holiday season.


Technology News – October 8, 2008

Google introduces technology to insert commercial spots into online video games. It’s working with game makers and advertisers to test the system.


Business News – October 8, 2008

Billionaire Sumner Redstone’s National Amusements Inc says it has sold $233 million worth of stock in Viacom Inc and CBS Corp. to raise cash to comply with debt covenants.


Television News – October 8, 2008

Debuting this week – “Samantha Who?” – starring Christina Applegate. On ABC-TV.

In the throw – On Saturday night live – the presidential election is on as Fred Armisen does Barack Obama and Darrell Hammond does John McCain.

Passing – Eileen Herlie – longtime “All My Children” actress. She was 90.

 Passing – Lloyd Thaxton – host of a popular teen dance show during the 1960’s. He later became an Emmy award-winning producer and director of a consumer advocacy program called “Fight Back.” He was 81. 


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

Dancing with the Stars – 18.88 million viewers

NCIS – 17.47

60 Minutes – 16.65

Desperate Housewives – 15.68

Dancing with the Stars Results – 15.49

The Mentalist – 15.48

CSI: NY – 14.88

Criminal Minds – 14.78

CIS: Miami – 14.34

Sunday Night Football – 14.21

Two and a half Men – 13.58

Survivor: Gabon – 13.08

House – 12.98

America’s Got Talent (wed.) – 12.69

Without a Trace – 12.61

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 11.83

Cold Case – 11.09

Amazing race 13 – 11.00

Law & Order: SVU – 10.39

Brothers & Sisters – 10.33

Bones – 10.03

Fringe – 9.91


Top Movies – October 8, 2008

Beverly Hills Chihuahua


Body of Lies

Eagle Eye

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

The Express

Nights in Radanthe


The Duchess

City of Ember

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