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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week Of August 8, 2009 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 

 

 In The News -

A double truck bombing tore through the village of a small Shiite ethnic minority near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, while nine blasts wracked Baghdad Monday in a wave of violence that killed at least 48 people and wounded more than 250, Iraqi officials said. The attacks provided a grim example of U.S. military warnings that insurgents are targeting Shiites in an effort to re-ignite the kind of sectarian violence that nearly tore the country apart in 2006 and 2007.

While families and friends mourn the loss of loved ones in a midair collision over the Hudson River, divers return to the murky waters Monday to resume their search for bodies and wreckage. A Pennsylvania family and an Italian tourist group — nine people in all — were killed in Saturday's crash of a small plane and a sightseeing helicopter in the busy skies of Manhattan. Divers recovered seven bodies over the weekend — one teenage passenger on the plane and all six people aboard the helicopter. They resume the search Monday morning for the plane's pilot and an adult passenger, New York police spokesman Paul Browne said.

Retail sales disappointed in July and the number of newly laid-off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly last week. The latest government reports reinforced concerns about how quickly consumers will be able to contribute to a broad economic recovery. "There is really no positive spin to put on these numbers," Jennifer Lee, an economist with BMO Capital Markets, wrote in a research note. "The U.S. consumer remains very weak. The jobs situation, while slowly improving, is still dismal."

U.S. home loans failed at a record pace in July despite ongoing federal and state programs to avoid foreclosures, which have severely strained housing and the economy. Foreclosure activity jumped 7 percent in July from June and 32 percent from a year earlier as one in every 355 households with a loan got a  foreclosure filing, RealtyTrac said on Thursday.

eunice shriver dies/passes  headline  news   trivia  august 2009  mrpopculturePassing - President John F. Kennedy's sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver, a champion for the rights of the mentally disabled and founder of the Special Olympics, has died. She was 88.  Shriver had suffered a series of strokes in recent years and died at 2 a.m. on Tuesday at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, her family said in a statement. The hospital is near the Kennedy family compound, where her sole surviving brother, Sen. Edward Kennedy, has been battling brain cancer.  

Philippine troops overran two jungle camps of al-Qaida-linked militants in their deadliest clash in years, with 23 soldiers and 31 guerrillas killed in what a top commander described Thursday as a "slugfest." More than 400 marines, army and police commandos stormed the hilltop camps on southern Basilan Island on Wednesday in raids targeting about 150 Abu Sayyaf militants led by two terror suspects wanted for a series of bomb attacks and kidnappings, said navy chief Vice Adm. Ferdinand Golez.

The Charles Manson follower convicted of trying to assassinate President Gerald Ford was released Friday from a Texas prison hospital after more than three decades behind bars. Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, 60, left the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth Though a few photographers had camped out since the night before outside the facility surrounded razor wire-topped fences, Fromme slipped by the group unnoticed in one of the many cars streaming in and out of the front gate Friday morning.

 

Sports News – August 8, 2009

 Tiger Woods will be fined by the PGA Tour for his public criticism of a rules official after winning the Bridgestone Invitational.

 

Entertainment/Celebrity/Television/Movie News – August 8, 2009

“Twilight" struck a vein at the Teen Choice Awards. The adolescent vampire drama dominated Sunday's ceremony with 11 wins, including choice movie drama, romance, liplock, rumble and soundtrack. Kristen Stewart won the movie drama actress category while Robert Pattinson picked up two surfboard-shaped trophies.

michael jackson glove auction   august 2009 trivia  timeline music  mrpopcultureThe glittery glove that Michael Jackson wore when he unveiled his moonwalk on TV in 1983 is hitting the auction block. This one isn't like his other glittery gloves, which were made for the right hand and adorned with hand-sewn crystals. This left-handed glove, which accompanied Jackson's fedora and dance moves on Motown's 25th-anniversary TV special, is a modified, store-bought glove covered with a mesh of rhinestones. The glove, which Darren Julien of Julien's Auctions called "the Holy Grail of Michael Jackson memorabilia," will be featured alongside other one-of-a-kind items — such as an early Madonna demo tape and unreleased Jimi Hendrix lyrics — at the Nov. 21 "Music Icons" auction at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City's Times Square.

20 new classic TV stamps are unveiled this week.  : I Love Lucy, The Twilight Zone, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show, The Honeymooners, Texaco Star Theater, Perry Mason, The Lone Ranger, Burns and Allen, Ozzie and Harriet, Hopalong Cassidy, Lassie, Dragnet, You Bet Your Life, The Dinah Shore Show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Phil Silvers Show, Howdy Doody, The Red Skelton Show, and Kukla, Fran, and Ollie.

G.I. Joe is the latest toy to invade Hollywood and plant its blockbuster flag.

Inspired by the Hasbro action figure, Paramount's "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" took command of the weekend box office with a $56.2 million debut domestically, according to studio estimates Sunday. "G.I. Joe" also took in $44.3 million overseas for a worldwide total of $100.5 million. Meryl Streep’s Julia Childs tale "Julie & Julia" opened a solid No. 2 as an alternative for adult crowds with $20.1 million. While "G.I. Joe" was the first choice for young males, women 35 and older were the main audience for "Julie & Julia."

Brooks & Dunn Are No More.

brooks and dunn breaking-up   august 2009  trivia timeline headline  mrpopcultureBest-selling country duo Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn posted a message on their Web site Monday saying they agreed to "call it a day" after 20 years of making music together. "This ride has been everything and more than we could ever have dreamed ... We owe it all to you, the fans," they said in the message. "If you hear rumors, don't believe them, it's just time."

Brooks & Dunn will release a greatest-hits album on Sept. 8 and tour one last time in 2010.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff announced that he has approved a deal between Michael Jackson's estate, concert promoter AEG Live and Columbia Pictures for a movie. The feature-length flick, out Oct. 30, will feature rehearsal footage from a planned series of London comeback concerts, as well as videos from the "This Is It" shows shot in the days before the King of Pop's June 25 death. It will also offer select sequences in 3-D and feature interviews with some of Jackson's closest friends and creative collaborators.

 

Top TV Shows/TV Guide – August 8, 2009            wipeout top nielsen tv ratings  august 2009  abc-tv  trivia timeline   mrpopculture

1.

America's Got Talent" (Tuesday)

NBC

2.

America's Got Talent" (Wednesday)

NBC

3.

NCIS

CBS

4.

So You Think You Can Dance" (Thursday)

FOX

5.

60 Minutes

CBS

6.

Two and a Half Men

CBS

7.

The Big Bang Theory

CBS

8.

Wipeout

ABC

9.

CSI: NY

CBS

10.

NFL Exhibition Football: Buffalo vs. Tennessee

NBC

11.

CSI: Miami

CBS

12.

So You Think You Can Dance" (Wednesday)

FOX

13.

The Mentalist

CBS

14.

Big Brother 11" (Sunday)

CBS

15.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

CBS

16.

Dateline NBC" (Monday)

NBC

17.

Who Wants to be a Millionaire

ABC

18.

America's Got Talent" (Tuesday

NBC

19.

Hell's Kitchen

FOX

20.

Big Brother 11" (Thursday)

CBS

 

Top Movies – August 8, 2009

GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Jule and Julia

G-Force

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Funny People

The Ugly Truth

The Getaway

Aliens in the Attack

(500) Days of Summer

Orphan

The Hangover

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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