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

 

In The News 

Iran – Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Mailik agrees to support a contentious security agreement with the U.S. He plans to urge his Cabinet to back the recently revised pact.

Brush fires in S. California force 30,000 to flee. Areas hardest hit – Yorba Linda and Sylmar.

Begging – Chief executives of the “big three” U.S. automakers come to Capitol Hill to plead for $25 billion in federal aid.

 President-elect Barack Obama selects Timothy Geithner – the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as his nominee for Treasury Secretary.

A federal judge rules that the Bush administration had no basis for holding several of its long-term prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and ordered that five of the Algerian natives go free.

Al Qaeda’s No. 2 leader – Ayman Zawaahiri said in a message that appeared on militant websites that Barack Obama was “the direct opposite of honorable black Americans” like Malcolm X and also called the president-elect, along with Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice – “house Negroes.”

Somali pirates operating deep in open waters seize an oil tanker as long as an aircraft carrier. The Saudi-owned vessel was headed to North America.

President-elect Barack Obama said in a “60 Minutes” interview that he was assembling his national security team as quickly as possible and said that capturing or killing Osama bin Laden remained a “critical aspect” of the war on terrorism.

An Indian warship patrolling the treacherous waters off the Horn of Africa blows up a suspected pirate ship, allegedly after bandits threatened to destroy the naval ship and opened fire.

Space shuttle Endeavour links with the International Space station kicking off a huge home makeover that will allow twice as many astronauts to live there beginning next year.

 

Medical News – November 15, 2008

Dr. Adrian Kantrowitz – pioneering cardiovascular surgeon who performed the first U.s. heart transplant and developed a balloon-pumping device that has saved lives. He was 90.

 

Business News – November 15, 2008

The Dow loses almost another 450 points in what is being described as a panic sell-off.  The Dow this week closed below the 8,000 mark – the first time since early 2003.

Citigroup, hit by losses, will slash 52,000 more jobs.

 

Some best-selling books – November 15, 2008

The Brass Verdict – Michael Connelly

Breaking Dawn – Stephanie Meyer

The Gate House – Nelson DeMille

Eclipse – Stephenie Meyer

Goodnight Bush – Erich Origen

The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch

Hot, Flat and Crowded – Thomas L. Friedman

Tried by War – James M. McPherson

 

Sports News – November 15, 2008

St Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols wins his second National League MVP. Pujols hit .357 with 37 homer runs and 116 runs batted in.

 

Technology News – November 15, 2008

Goggle is shutting its virtual world – “Lively” which it launched less than five months ago.

TiVo and Dominoes Pizza launch a service that allows consumers to order food delivery from their TV set-top boxes.  TiVo has 3.6 million subs who have a broadband-ready box. This is the first of its kind and will probably expand.

Yahoo Chief Executive Jerry Yang says that he plans to step down as soon as he could find a successor.

 

Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie News – November 15, 2008

Madonna (50) and Guy Ritchie’s (40) eight-year marriage ends. There was no legal obligation for Madonna or Ritchie to attend the hearing. 

Ashlee Simpson gives birth to a baby boy as she and Pete Wentz are proud parents.

Looks like dog “Slumdog Millionaire” which opened last week  - is building an audience and positive word of mouth. Same theater takes have risen from $33,000 to over $50,000. Lets see.

 

Music News – November 15, 2008

 “Total Request Live” leaves the MTV airwaves this week. Its long-time host was VJ Damien Fahey.  It was the network’s longest running show to date.

American Idol runner-up David Archuleta debuts near the top of the pop album charts this week, but Taylor Swift tops the charts with “Fearless.”

In her first statement since burying her slain mother, brother and nephew, Jennifer Hudson thanks her fans for their encouragement during her ordeal.

Bahrain Prince Abdulla ibn Hamed ibn Isa Khalifa sues Michael Jackson in London claiming the pop star reneged on a deal to use Bahrain as a recording venue and kept a $7 million advance.

 

Television News – November 15, 2008

ESPN and its international X Games logo is in trouble with clothing maker Quicksilver – who uses a strikingly similar stylized X – and was the first in commerce to use it.

Looks like the “60 Minute” interview with Barack Obama, helped the show hit #1 with 25.10 million watching. CBS won the ratings week. Here are the rest of the rankings – in millions of viewers:

 

TV Show Ratings – November 15, 2008

NFL Football on NBC – 19.27

CSI – 19.05

NCIS – 18.74

Dancing with the Stars – 18.69

Desperate Housewives – 16.84

Dancing with the Stars results – 16.52

The Mentalist – 16.52

CMA Awards – 15.90

 Grey’s Anatomy (Thursday) – 14.90

Criminal Minds – 14.83

Two and a Half Men – 14.50

CSI: Miami – 13.91

House – 13.06

Survivor: Gabon – 12.88

Cold Case – 12.28

Without a Trace – 12.23

Amazing Race 13. – 12.13

NFL Pre-Game (Sunday on NBC) – 11.92

Eleventh Hour – 11.63

CSI: NY – 11.62

Ghost Whisperer – 11.57

Bones – 10.87

 

Sunday night television listings/TV Guide – week of November 15, 2008

CBS – 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, Cold Case, The Unit

NBC – The Challenge, Monk, Dateline NBC

Fox – The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Family Guy, American Dad

ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters

CW – In Harm’s Way, Valentine, Easy Money

MTV – America’s Next Top Model, TRL Finale, The Britney Collection

 

Top Pop Hits – November 15, 2008

LIVE YOUR LIFE- T.I. feat. Rihanna

RIGHT NOW (NA NA NA)- Akon

IF I WERE A BOY- Beyonce

MISS INDEPENDENT- Ne Yo

DEAR GOD- Avenged Sevenfold

COME ON GET HIGHER- Matt Nathanson

HOT N' COLD- Katy Perry

WOMANIZER- Britney Spears

WHATEVER YOU LIKE- T.I.

LOVE LOCKDOWN- Kanye West

CAN'T BELIEVE IT- T'Pain feat. Lil' Wayne

GOTTA BE SOMEBODY- Nickelback

LIGHT ON- David Cook

LOVEBUG- Jonas Brothers

REVOLUTION- Verona Grove

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