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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of August 1, 2015 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

Donald Trump, the man to beat in this week's first televised Republican presidential debate, said on Sunday he does not plan to attack his rivals and downplayed expectations for his performance, saying "I'm not a debater."
The combative real estate mogul will take center stage at Thursday's debate among the 10 top-polling candidates as he leads the 17 candidates vying to represent their party in the November 2016 election.

College textbook prices are soaring. According to NBC's review of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, textbook prices have risen over three times the rate of inflation from January 1977 to June 2015, a 1,041 percent increase.

One person died and several others were injured after a tent collapsed at a suburban Chicago festival during Sunday's severe weather. The incident happened at about 2:40 p.m. at Wood Dale Prairie Fest, which took place near Wood Dale Junior High, as 60 mph winds and large hail pounded the area.

Another Tent Collapse Kills Two - Safety officials in New Hampshire were investigating the collapse of a circus tent during a severe storm that killed a father and daughter and injured about 22 others. Authorities were looking at how the tent was put up at the Lancaster Fairgrounds, about 90 miles north of the capital of Concord. They also were talking to survivors and witnesses.

The death toll has climbed to ten from an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York with 64 other people being treated in hospital, health officials said Tuesday.
In total, 81 people have contracted the form of pneumonia since the outbreak began in mid-July.
The disease is spread by bacteria discovered in the cooling towers of several buildings in the south Bronx neighborhood.

Malaysia's transport ministry said Thursday that more plane parts have washed up on the same island as a wing part believed -- with varying degrees of certainty -- to be from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

First Republican Debate - The first GOP debate - it’s clear that certainly for the moment, Donald Trump remained the center of the conversation. Among other candidates, pundits settled on a rough consensus that Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, along with Carly Fiorina in the early evening debate, had done themselves good, and that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush had a meh sort of night.

Sports -
Undrafted free agent Dom Grady will start at quarterback for the New England Patriots during first-stringer Tom Brady’s four game suspension, team officials announce.

MLB - Giants Lose To Cubs - Right-handed deliver Justin Grimm (2-3) shut down that threat with a perfect fifth and the Cubs (59-48) held on for a 5-4 victory. They also leapfrogged over the Giants (59-49) into the second wild card spot after the opener of a four-game series.

A Colorado jury sentenced movie rampage gunman James Holmes to life in prison on Friday, rejecting the death penalty for the 27-year-old who entered a midnight showing of a Batman movie wearing a gas mask, helmet and body armor and shot dead a dozen people.

Technology -
Google Search got an update that focuses on helping users determine when it’s the best time to visit a nearby business. After performing a search for a business on Google, then clicking the title to see details like its address, phone number and open hours, for example, Google will also now show you “popular times” for the business in question.

In a sign of how quickly AT&T hopes to capitalize on its recent acquisition, the wireless provider has announced a plan for consumers that incorporates DirecTV’s television programming.
By bundling TV and cellular service, and AT&T is marketing the All-in-One plans by saying it’s the only company that offers a nationwide video and wireless package on a single bill.

Top Video Games
Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4 XOne PC)
Splatoon (WiiU)
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (XOne PS4)
LEGO Jurassic World (X360 PS3 XOne)
Halo: The Master Chief Collection (XOne)

Entertainment news

Passing - Rapper Shane Redway has died after being involved in a car crash in Toronto.

Passing - British 1960’s hitmaker Cilia Black. She was 72.

Singer Reba McEntire and her husband Narvel Blackstock are separating after 26 years of marriage. Representative of the 60-year-old “Somebody Should Leave” hitmaker released a joint statement with Blackstock, 58, and said they had been separated for the past several months but would continue to work together, reported People magazine.

More Toronto - Two people were shot dead and three others seriously wounded in Toronto after a fight broke out at a party hosted by rapper Drake.
Police were called to the Muzik nightclub on Tuesday morning after shots were fired inside the bar and fighting spilled out into the street.

One Direction’s ”Drag Me Down,” the band’s first track without Zayn Malik, made its television debut on Tuesday morning’s edition of Good Morning America.

MSNBC has canceled "The Cycle," "Now with Alex Wagner" and "The Ed Show" with Ed Schultz as the network reconfigures its afternoon line-up to focus more on breaking news.

Nicki Minaj , the trash-talking rapper will launch a video game for smartphones in mid-2016 in a partnership with Glu Mobile, the San Francisco-based developer of the smash hit “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood,” which has reportedly netted its namesake star tens of millions of dollars in royalties.
Jon Stewart conducts his final, “Daily Show” - which began in 1999.
New Dr. Dre Album, “Compton” is released - his first in 16 years.

Top music albums -
DS2 - Future
Currents - Tame Impala
Black Rose - Tyrese
1989 - Taylor Swift
Angels and Alcohol - Alan Jackson
Dreams Worth More Than Money - Meek Mill
Something More Than Free - Jason Isbell
Montevallo - Sam Hunt
X - Ed Sheeran
Kidz Bop 29 - Kidz Bop Kids
Everyday Jesus - Anthony Brown & Group therAPy
Title - Meghan Trainor
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late - Drake
American Beauty/American Psycho - Fall Out Boy
In The Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
V - Maroon 5

Top movies -
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation
Vacation
Ant-Man
Minions (2015)
Pixels
Trainwreck
Southpaw
Paper Towns
Inside Out
Jurassic World
Mr. Holmes

 
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