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Dateline: Week Of October 15, 2008 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News -

Polls of Likely Voters – Obama leads McCain 50% to 41%.

Campaigning – John McCain sharpens his attack on Barack Obama’s economic proposals. He accused him of seeking to turn the U.S. into a socialist country and convert the IRS into a giant “welfare agency” that would dole out cash at Washington’s discretion.

Media magnate Sumner Redstone files for divorce from his wife of five years – Paula Fortunato – citing irreconcilable differences.

After 59 years, retailer Mervyns department stores calls it quits.

 All of a sudden – It’s Joe the Plumber! The media just can’t take their eyes off of Joe Wurzelbacher – from Ohio. Neither can John McCain – who brought him up in this week’s presidential debate. But it all started on Sunday, when Obama met Wurzelbacher during a visit to Holland, Ohio, where a TV crew captured an exchange between them. “Joe” asked Obama if he believed in the American dream. “Yes sir” Obama replied. Wurzelbacher then explained that he was trying to purchase a business and worried that he would pay higher taxes under Obama’s proposal. “Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?” asked Joe to Obama. Obama explained his position – saying he wanted everyone to have a chance – to spread the wealth around.

Third and final Presidential debate – John McCain accused Obama of promulgating “class warfare” and – referring to Joe the Plumber – “Joe wants to buy the business that he has been in for all of these years, worked 10, 12 hours a day… but he looked at your tax plan and he saw that he was gong to pay much higher taxes...” Bob Schieffer moderated at Hofstra University at Hempstead, NY.

John McCain calls for an immediate voter fraud investigation of ACORN – the liberal-leaning community organizing group, which has helped hundreds of thousands register to vote- but some believe – not all of it is on the up-and-up. 


Business/Economy News – October 15, 2008

The Dow falls 733 points.


Sports News – October 15, 2008

Suspended Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones enters an alcohol treatment center.


Some best-selling books – October 15, 2008

Brisinger – Christopher Paolini

One Fifth Avenue – Candace Bushell

Eclipse – Stepenie Meyer

The Other Queen Philippa Gregory

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle – David Wroblewaki

Pieces of My Heart – Robert J. Wagner

The Snowball – Alice Schroeder

Hot, Flt and Crowded – Thomas L. Friedman

Letter To My Daughter – Maya Angelou


Technology News – October 15, 2008

Apple Inc says strong iPhone and Macintosh sales boosted its quarterly profit – 26%.

Google debuts its G1 phone – an iPhone competitor.

Music site Lala will sell 10-cent songs. It’s stored online though and can be listened to only through a computer’s Web browser – no Ipod or mp-3 player.

EBay says it will halt the sale of ivory on its websites after an animal welfare group found the website was listing thousands of animal products taken from endangered species.


Entertainment/Celebrity News – October 15, 2008


Passing – Mr. Blackwell (Richard Selzer) – the man with the worst dressed lists each year. He was 86.

 Passing – Tony-winning actress and singer Edie Adams – who was once Mrs. Ernie Kovacs.

Passing – TV gameshow host Jack Narz. He was 85.

Passing – trumpeter Neal Hefti.


Music News – October 15, 2008

Britney Spears’ “Womanizer” goes from No. 96 to #1 – that according to Nielsen SoundScan. The #1 album this week is T.I.’s “Paper Trail.”

 Rock band U2 is purchasing 1.56 million shares of promoter Live Nation Inc. for $18.5 million – or about 2.1% ownership.

After more than four decades of standing out with a larger format than other magazines,  Rolling Stone magazine will go standard format (will shrink) beginning the week of Oct. 30.

Passing  - Levi Stubbs – lead singer for the Four Tops of Motown fame. He was 72. The group was the only Motown group who stuck it out to the very end – they were all friends. – all together. Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. called Stubbs “the greatest interpreter of songs I’ve ever heard” and the Four Tops – “the greatest and most loving group.” That leaves only Abdul “Duke” Fakir” the only surviving member. The original members came together back in 1953.  

Janet Jackson returns to her Rock Witchu” tour after scrapping the tour for two weeks – all due to a migraine-associated vertigo.


Television News – October 15, 2008

Glenn Beck is leaving CNN Headline News for the Fox News Channel where the conservative host will get his own weekday show at 5pm.

On “Saturday Night Live” – Both Tina Fey and Sarah Palin appear. Host Alec Baldwin, pretended to mistake her for comedian Tina Fey before opening the program. Fey’s lampooning of Palin as a clueless candidate has helped lift SNL’s ratings to their highest level in seven years.

Sen. John McCain’s much anticipated return appearance on David Letterman’s show – drew bigger ratings. He told Letterman that he “screwed up” when he stood him up last month to focus on the economic crisis.

Elizabeth Hasselbeck tells the audience of “The View” she won’t be leaving, despite rumors. 


Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide- October 15, 2008

CSI – 23,48 million viewers

Dancing with the Stars – 18.59

NCIS – 16.29

Criminal Minds – 16.18

CSI: NY – 15.87

Desperate Housewives – 19.50

Dancing with the stars Results – 15.06

Grey’s Anatomy – 14.80

The OT – 14.23

Two and a Half Men – 14.07

CSI: Miami – 13.88

Survivor: Gabon – 13.28

Football: Patriots at Chargers – 13.05

Eleventh Hour – 11.37

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 11.34

Life on Mars – 11.33

Cold Case – 10.99

SNL: Weekend Update (Thu.) – 10.85

60 Minutes – 10.75

Bones – 10.56


Top Pop Hits – October 15, 2008


HOT N' COLD- Katy Perry

ANGELS ON THE MOON- Thriving Ivory

LET IT ROCK- Kevin Rudolf fea. Lil' Wayne

T-SHIRT- Shontelle

WOMANIZER- Britney Spears

IN THE AYER- Flo Rida fea. Will.I.Am

IT'S OVER- Jesse McCartney

GIVES YOU HELL- All-American Rejects


MONEY HONEY- State Of Shock





KEEPS GETTIN' BETTER- Christina Aguilera

I'M YOURS- Jason Mraz





Top Movie – October 15, 2008

Max Payne

Beverly Hills Chichuahua

The Secret Life of Bees


Eagle Eye

Body of Lies


Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Sex Drive

Nights in Rodanthe

The Express

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