Dateline: Week Of November 8, 2008 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President-elect Barack Obama urges Congress to pass an economic stimulus package before he takes office. If they fail, he said he will make it “the first thing” he gets done.
Bailout city – AIG’s bailout funds are now at $150 billion – adding pressure to bailout industries such as the big automakers. Is the initial $700 billion enough?
A program aimed at mortgages owned or guaranteed by government-sponsored Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could help several hundred thousand borrowers keep their homes.
President Bush says he regrets saying displaying the “Mission Accomplished” sign as backdrop for a speech he gave six weeks after the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
President-elect Barack Obama resigns his Senate seat – effective Sunday of this week. He called his four years in the Capitol “one of the highest honors and privileges” of his life. Gov. Rod Blagojevich of Illinois will appoint Obama’s replacement (oh – really?).
President-elect Barack Obama tells Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid he’s not interested in seeing Democrats oust Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman from their ranks over his endorsement of Republican John McCain. He said that expelling Lieberman would hurt the message of bipartisanship and unity that he wants for his new administration.
Meanwhile – Sarah Palin will be talking to Fox News host Greta Van Susteren “On the record.”
In his first interview since his defeat – Sen. John McCain tells Jay Leno that Sarah Palin did not damage his campaign and he dismissed aides’ anonymous criticism of her. “I’m so proud of her and I’m very grateful she agreed to run with me.”
Radio address – President-elect Barack Obama pledges quick action by his administration in tackling the nation’s economic woes – acknowledging that there won’t be ‘a moment to lose” when he takes office in January.
Business/Economy News – November 8, 2008
Unemployment hits 6.5%.
Retailer Circuit City files for chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Shipper DHL says it will cut some 9.500 jobs nationwide and closing most of its DHL express service centers.
Sports News – November 8, 2008
Giants’ Tim Lincecum wins the National League Cy Young Award. He was 18-5 with a 2.62 earned-run average and a major league best 265 strikeouts.
Another NASCAR title Jimmie Johnson wins a record third consecutive Cup race- this time – it was the NASCAR Sprint Cup title in Phoenix.
Technology News – November 8, 2008
Caving to pressure from the federal inaugural committee, EBay removes tickets to the Jan. 20 searing-in ceremony of President-elect Barack Obama from its websites. Tickets were listed from a low of $1,950 to a high of $7,500.
Radio News – November 8, 2008
Sirius and XM begin to merge channels, but still remain separate services.
Music News – November 8, 2008
Passing – Jody Reynolds – known for the 1959 hit – “Endless Sleep.’ He was 75.
On her MySpace page – Beyonce talks about her alter ego – Sasha Fierce. “She’s the party girl, she’s the Bootylicious. She is but I’m not. She’s my alter ego. I’m finally revealing who I am.”
Don’t miss Madonna Sticky & Sweet tour.
“50 Cent: The Money and the Power” debuts on MTV. 14 contestants compete to prove their entrepreneurial savvy and display their corporate blood lust. Look for his forthcoming book “the 50th Law.” 50 Cent is really Curtis Jackson.
Passing – Rocker Mitch Mitchell – formerly of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He was 61.
Passing – Miriam Makeba – South African singer best known for the 1967 hit “Pata Pata.” She was 76.
Christina Aguilera’s greatest hits album is released.
Television News – November 8, 2008
A federal jury in South Carolina awards $4 million to real estate broker Richard C. Davis for his role in creating the popular show “Flip This House” for A&E networks. That’s about half the show’s first season profit.
Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – November 8, 2008
60 Minutes – 18.47 million viewers
CSI – 18.17
Football on NBC – 17.56
Dancing with the Stars – 17.09
Desperate Housewives – 15.85
Dancing with the Stars Results – 15.85
Grey’s Anatomy – 15.74
Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash ’08 – 14.44
Criminal Minds – 14.30
2008 Election (ABC) – 14.18
Two and a Half Men – 12.76
CSI: Miami – 12.74
Cold Case – 12.69
Top Movies – November 8, 2008
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
High School Musical 3: Senior year
Zack and Miri make a Porno
The Haunting of Molly Hartley
The Secret Life of Bees