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


In The News -

A series of bomb attacks rip through India’s northeastern state of Assam, killing 76.

Campaigning – The economy, the economy as Obama goes after states that went to Bush and McCain tries to get Ohio. Seems that the economy may make the difference.

Barack Obama discloses that he raised $35.9 million in the first 15 days of October after raising $150 million in September. 

Federal authorities in Tennessee announce that they had arrested two alleged white supremacists who were reportedly planning a killing spree what would end with the assassination of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Arrested were Paul Schlesselman (18) of Arkansas and Daniel Cowart (20) of Tennessee.

In Chicago – Actress-singer Jennifer Hudson’s mother and brother are found dead – gunned down during a domestic dispute and her nephew Julian King (7) remains missing. William Balfour, who married Hudson’s sister Julia in 2006, was believed to have abducted his stepson, but when he was arrested, the boy was not with him.

Barack Obama’s half-our campaign commercial will run on all the networks – except ABC.

The New York City Council OK’s the extension of term limits so that Michael Bloomberg may get a chance as a third stint as mayor. Bloomberg’s second term is up at the end of next year.

A federal jury finds Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska – guilty of concealing tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and improvements to his home. He vowed to continue campaigning for reelection to his seventh term next week. Stevens, a Republican – is 84.

Alan Greenspan testifies before Congress – as angry lawmakers heaped blame on the 82-year-old economist for demanding to know how he could have been so wrong. He conceded that he was in a state of “shocked disbelief” at the breakdown of credit markets that triggered what he called ‘a once-in-a-century credit tsunami.”

Chicago police detain William Balfour – the estranged husband of Jennifer Hudson, but as of now, he has not been charged in the murders.

The White House announces that the president would host the meeting of the Group of 20 on the financial crisis after the election – and the winner would be welcome to attend.

The Dow soars almost 11% or about 900 points for no real reason.


Sports News  – October 22, 2008

The Phillies take game 1 of the World Series – 3-2 over Tampa Bay.


Technology News – October 22, 2008

Nexflix strikes a deal to make its movie and TV shows available to about 1 million TiVo owners that have high-speed Internet connections.

Nintendo’s Wii video game console continues to be a hot seller.

The fourth installment of “Guitar Hero” hits stores and sells for $189.99. Guitar Hero III, released last October, sold 9.1 million copies in the U.S.


Media News – October 22, 2008

Ann Pressley – a 26-year-old Little Rock TV newswoman dies from her injuries after she was beaten at her home. Police say they had no suspects in the death of Anne Presly – who worked for KATV. 

Christian writer? - Ann Rice about face – Instead of writing about witchcraft and such, she’s turned the corner with her latest memoir – “Called Out of darkness, A Spiritual Confession.”

Michelle Obama appears on Jay Leno’s show.


Music News – October 22, 2008

The music of the Beatles will be part of a new interactive video game. From the creators of the Rock Band game – Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison have been involved in creating the game.

Phil Spector’s second trial opens this week and the prosecutor this time, says it will show a history of violence leading to murder.

 Josiah Leming – who lived in his car before he auditioned for “American Idol.’ He was voted off the show in January but – has a deal with Warner Brothers records.

Jennifer Hudson’s 7 –year-old nephew, Julian King is fund dead in the back of an SUV – ending a frantic search that began after the shooting deaths of her mother and brother three days earlier. Like his grandmother and uncle – he had been shot.


Top Movies – October 22, 2008

High School Musical 3: Senior Year (debut – $42 million)

Saw V

Max Payne

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Pride & Glory

The Secret Life of Bees


Eagle Eye

Body of Lies


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