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Dateline: Week Of July 8, 2009 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News -

In Italy - G8 leaders believe the world economy still faces "significant risks" and may need further help, according to summit draft documents that also suggest failure to agree climate change goals for 2050.Progress on the environment was impeded by Chinese President Hu Jintao returning home due to unrest in northwestern China in which 156 people have died. Before he left, summit host Silvio Berlusconi spoke of Chinese "resistance" on climate goals.

joe biden news july 2012 headline timeline mrpopculture  Vice President Joe Biden has announced a White House deal with the hospitals to help pay for President Barack Obama's overhaul of health care. Biden made the announcement Wednesday morning at the White House with hospital administrators and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Biden said "reform is coming." Biden said the hospitals are ready to give up about $155 billion over 10 years in government payments. The money could then be used to help pay for covering millions of uninsured.

A charging bull gored a man to death Friday at Pamplona's San Fermin festival, the first such fatality in nearly 15 years. Nine others were injured in a particularly dangerous and chaotic chapter of the running of the bulls.

Lasting worldwide recovery "is still a ways off," President Barack Obama declared Friday, but he also said at the conclusion of a global summit that a disastrous economic collapse apparently has been averted. Obama said world leaders had taken significant measures to address economic, environmental and global security issues. "Reckless actions by a few have fueled a recession that spans the globe," Obama said of the meltdown that began in the United States with a tumble in housing prices and drastic slowing of business lending. The downturn now threatens superpowers and emerging nations alike.

A North Korean army lab of hackers was ordered to "destroy" South Korean communications networks — evidence the isolated regime was behind cyberattacks that paralyzed South Korean and American Web sites — news reports said Saturday, citing an intelligence briefing.

Members of the parliamentary intelligence committee have said in recent days that the National Intelligence Service has also pointed to a North Korean boast last month that it was "fully ready for any form of high-tech war."

 Retired auto worker John Demjanjuk was formally charged Monday with 27,900 counts of acting as an accessory to murder — one for every person who died at the Nazi death camp where he is accused of serving as a guard.

The charges by prosecutors a Munich state court are one of the final steps before an expected autumn trial for the 89-year-old, who has been fighting a variety of Nazi-era charges since 1977. Demjanjuk and his family have argued that he is in poor health. Photos taken in April showed him wincing in pain as immigration agents removed him from his home in Seven Hills, Ohio, where he had been living since 1993.

Iraqi authorities imposed vehicle bans in two mostly Christian towns and increased security around churches in Baghdad after attacks targeting the Christian minority. The measures followed a series of bombings in or near churches that killed at least four people Sunday, including one that happened as worshippers were leaving Mass in eastern Baghdad.

Republican Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday set a new course from her Democratic predecessor on the issue of abortion, signing a measure imposing new mandates and restrictions. One of the bill's provisions is a requirement that those who visit an abortion provider wait 24 hours before getting an abortion. The visit would have to include disclosures by doctors in person about the procedure, risks and alternatives, and the fetus' probable characteristics.

Advertising News - July 8, 2009

britney spears candies clothing line news trivia timeline mrpopcultureBritney Spears’ latest campaign for Candie's clothing line looks so good, the pop star is wearing the looks elsewhere! After showing off a conservative dress and a pair of jeans in ads for the affordable apparel line's upcoming fall campaign, Spears will also wear Candie's in her new music video, "Radar." The print ads for Candie's, which is only available at Kohl's department stores, will premiere in September in fashion magazines.

Technology News – July 8, 2009

  Internet radio got a break when the sector reached an agreement on streaming-music royalty rates with SoundExchange, the group that collects royalties on behalf of artists and labels. The agreement calls for large ad-supported radio services, such as Pandora, to either share 25 percent of revenue with the music industry or pay a per-stream rate of 0.08 cent retroactive to 2006, whichever is greater. That rate will increase until reaching 0.14 cent in 2015.  Sites that generate less than $1.25 million in revenue must pay 12 percent to 14 percent for streaming rights.

There was already little doubt that Google was aiming at Microsoft's empire, but the announcement of a Chrome OS takes the competition to a new level. For those who missed it, Google said late Tuesday that it plans to enter the operating system game in the second half of next year with a Linux-based OS that can run on both traditional PC chips and the ARM-based chips popular in cell phones. The idea behind Chrome OS is to create an extremely lightweight operating system that boots directly to the browser, in which all applications run.


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

jay-z to hip hop cash king headline timeline trivia mrpopculture july 2012 Hip Hop moguls - Jay-Z The Brooklyn-born rapper pulled in an estimated $35 million over the past 12 months, topping the list of Hip-Hop Cash Kings. It's far from the $82 million he made last year, but more than enough to reclaim the crown from 2008's monarch, 50 Cent. The Queens native drops to fourth place with $20 million, down from $150 million a year ago. Both rappers had a hard time living up to prior yearly totals fattened by one-time megadeals. For 50, it was a $100 million windfall from the sale of his stake in VitaminWater parent Glaceau to Coca-Cola; for Jay-Z, a front-loaded $150 million deal with concert promoter Live Nation.

Death won't still the voice of Billy Mays or his mighty powers of persuasion. Viewers will continue to find the boisterous, bearded TV pitchman hawking household products for the indefinite future. And at least one of his commercials is being introduced posthumously. "Just stretch, wrap and it fuses fast," says Mays, demonstrating a product called Mighty Tape on a kitchen drain pipe in the new commercial. Moments later, he's seen, still wearing his signature sport shirt and khaki slacks but accessorized with scuba gear, as he repairs a hole in another diver's air hose underwater using Mighty Tape. The commercial will begin airing July 20. Mays' advertising for other products in the Mighty brand line returned to the air earlier this week. The commercials were pulled after Mays' death June 28 of an apparent heart attack.

 Ryan Seacrest  - The "American Idol" host has closed a major new three-year deal with CKX, parent of "Idol" producer 19 Entertainment, worth $15 million per year. Under the pact, which is believed to be the richest ever for a reality host, Seacrest will be exclusive to CKX in broadcast TV primetime to host "Idol" or any CKX-produced show that might succeed it. The pact, which had been in the works for the past several weeks, more than triples his previous salary of slightly less than $5 million per season.

Jersey City, N.J., stopped Bobby Gunn, Hackensack, N.J., 4, to retain his IBF cruiserweight title. SUNRISE, Fla.  - Joseph Agbeko, Ghana, won by unanimous decision over Vic Darchinyan, Australia, 12, to retain his IBF bantamweight title.

LaToya Jackson on the death of her brother - "Michael was murdered," La Toya, 53, reportedly told the News of the World. "And we don't think just one person was involved. Rather, it was a conspiracy of people. I feel it was all about money. Michael was worth well over a billion in music publishing assets and somebody killed him for that. He was worth more dead than alive." La Toya allegedly said that her brother, who died on June 25 at the age of 50, told her several years ago that he was fearful for his life.


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