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Dateline: Week Of October 22, 2009 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts

In The News -

Iranian negotiators expressed support for a deal that — if accepted by their leaders — would delay Tehran's ability to make nuclear weapons by sending most of its existing enriched uranium to Russia for processing, diplomats said. International Atomic Energy Agency Chief Mohamed ElBaradei said that representatives of Iran and its three interlocutors — the U.S., Russia and France — had accepted the draft for forwarding to their capitals. ElBaradei said he hoped for approval from all four countries by Friday.

The Treasury Department on Thursday is expected to order seven companies that have not paid back last year's government bailouts to halve their top executives' average compensation. The cuts apply to the 25 highest-paid executives at banks and other companies that received the most assistance, with salaries being slashed by as much as 90 percent, according to a person familiar with the matter.

More than 300 suspects have been arrested in a series of drug raids across the country that law enforcement officials say is the largest single strike at a Mexican drug cartel operating in the United States. The arrests are aimed at the U.S. operations of the La Familia cartel, two officials said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the results of the operation. Over the past two days, more than 3,000 federal agents and police officers carried out arrests in more than a dozen states, as part of a long-running anti-drug operation that has netted nearly 1,200 arrests over almost four years.

One of the two pilots of a Northwest Airlines jetliner that overflew its destination by 150 miles denied speculation that they were asleep at the controls. "Nobody was asleep in the cockpit," Richard I. Cole, the first officer on the flight, told NBC station KGW-TV at his Salem, Ore., home. "Things are being said that didn’t happen, but I can't go into details." Federal investigators are trying to determine what the crew of Flight 188 was doing at 37,000 feet as the airliner sped 150 miles past their Minneapolis destination and military jets scrambled to chase them. A report said the pilots passed breathalyzer tests and were apologetic after Wednesday night's odyssey. They reportedly said they had been having a heated discussion about airline policy. But aviation safety experts and other pilots were frankly skeptical they could have become so consumed with shop talk that they forgot to land an airplane carrying 144 passengers. They had flown through the night with no response as air traffic controllers in two states and pilots of other planes over a wide swath of the mid-continent tried to get their attention by radio, data message and cell phone. On the ground, concerned officials alerted National Guard jets to go after the airliner from two locations, though none of the military planes got off the runway.

Eight American troops were killed in multiple bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan, making October the deadliest month of the war for U.S. forces since it began in 2001. The eight deaths occurred during "multiple, complex" bomb strikes that also killed one Afghan civilian, the U.S. military said in a statement. Several troops were wounded and evacuated to a nearby medical facility, the military said. No other details were immediately available. The deaths bring to 55 the total number of American troops killed in October in Afghanistan.

The economy grew at a 3.5 percent pace in the third quarter, the best showing in two years, fueled by government-supported spending on cars and homes.The Commerce Department's report Thursday delivered the strongest signal yet that the economy entered a new, though fragile, phase of recovery and that the worst recession since the 1930s has ended.

House ethics investigators have been scrutinizing the activities of more than 30 lawmakers and several aides in inquiries about issues including defense lobbying and corporate influence peddling, according to a confidential House ethics committee report prepared in July. The report appears to have been inadvertently placed on a publicly accessible computer network, and it was provided to The Washington Post by a source not connected to the congressional investigations. The committee said Thursday night that the document was released by a low-level staffer.

Consumer spending plunged in September by the largest amount in nine months, reflecting the end of the government's Cash for Clunkers auto sales program. Incomes, the fuel for future spending, were flat. While the government reported that the overall economy grew in the July-September period, signaling the end of the worst recession in seven decades, the weakness in spending and incomes as the quarter ended underscores the fragility of the recovery.

Sports News – October 22, 2009 –

ESPN baseball analyst Steve Phillips is in the doghouse after having an affair with an assistant is spilled the beans. He says he requested the leave "to address this with my family and to avoid any unnecessary distractions through the balance of the baseball playoffs." ESPN said it took "appropriate disciplinary action" when this happened in August, but would not comment further.

Police say 22-year-old ESPN production assistant Brooke Hundley began calling Phillips' wife, Marni, on Aug. 5 after he broke off the affair and sent her a letter graphically describing their relationship and Phillips' birthmarks. She allegedly told Phillips' wife that "we both can't have him," according to a Wilton, Conn., police report.

It’ll be the Yankees vs. The Phillies in the World Series. Both LA teams lost the playoffs!

Entertainment News – October 22, 2009 -

lil wayne pleads guilty oct 2009Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne pleaded guilty to attempted weapon possession in a Manhattan courtroom -- and is to be sentenced to a year in prison, according to the Associated Press. The rapper (nee Dwayne M. Carter Jr.), 27, remains free on $30,000 bail. He is set to appear in State Supreme Court in NYC again on Dec. 15. A sentencing hearing before Justice Charles H. Solomon is scheduled for February.

A paparazzo following Michael Jackson’s children was in a car accident with a Jackson family vehicle. Jackson's children were not in the vehicle involved in the accident, which occurred on Interstate 101 in the San Fernando Valley. The incident was considered minor and there were no injuries.

Peter Criss, founding member of rock band KISS, knows that many of his male fans are macho, so he is making the rounds to tell them even tough rocker guys like him can suffer from a disease usually associated with women -- breast cancer. Criss, who was the New York rock band's drummer on and off from its founding in 1972 until 2004 and the voice on some of their most beloved classics, including the 1976 Top Ten hit "Beth" and "Hard Luck Woman", said too many men don't seek treatment and think breast discomfort will go away on its own. But Criss, who discovered a lump in his left nipple in December 2007, said men need to get over their perception that breast cancer is a woman's disease.

Passing - Soupy Sales the rubber-faced comedian whose anything-for-a-chuckle career was built on 20,000 pies to the face and 5,000 live TV appearances across a half-century of laughs, has died. He was 83. Sales died Thursday night at Calvary Hospice in the Bronx, New York, said his former manager and longtime friend, Dave Usher. Sales had many health problems and entered the hospice last week, Usher said. At the peak of his fame in the 1950s and '60s, Sales was one of the best-known faces in the nation, Usher said. "If President Eisenhower would have walked down the street, no one would have recognized him as much as Soupy," Usher said.

miley cyrus news october 22 2009Miley Cyrus is thrilled to have recently filmed her cameo in "Sex and The City 2." The teen star plays herself in the film, turning up on the red carpet in the same dress as Kim Cattrall’s character, PR mogul Samantha Jones. The two shot their scene last week and Miley revealed she went home with a rather fancy trinket from the set - just not her stunning metallic gown.

Rockers Bon Jovi announce a world tour of almost two years to promote their 11th studio album "The Circle". The Grammy-award winning band, one of the top five touring acts worldwide in 2008, will perform 135 shows in 30 countries starting in Seattle in February 2010. The tour includes a "residency" in June 2010 at the O2 arena in London, following a trend blazed by Prince who played 21 nights at the O2 in 2007 and the planned run of 50 concerts by Michael Jackson before his sudden death in June. Bon Jovi is expected to play at least five dates in London. "The Circle" will be released on November 12 on Island Records, a unit of Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group.

kurt cobain news nirvana oct 2009Almost 15 years ago, former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl quietly circulated among his friends copies of a demo tape on which he did all the singing and played all the instruments. He considered the project "a goof," and he dubbed it "Foo Fighters" because he wanted people to think it was a real band, "like the Ramones or the Pixies," he recalled at a taping of VH1's "Storytellers" series this week. That would have been the end of the story. But the tape inevitably ignited a bidding war among record labels, all desperate to release the first music from the Nirvana camp since the suicide of frontman Kurt Cobain in 1994.

October 29 - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors music's most treasured acts, but this time it was the hall's turn to be feted, as Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and more celebrated the hall's 25th birthday with a concert that included all-star collaborations, spellbinding guitars, plenty of high notes — and even tears. Thursday's extravaganza at Madison Square Garden, the first of two concerts, ran more than five hours, and was a reunion of past inductees: Among the performers were Simon & Garfunkel (1990), Crosby, Stills and Nash (1997), Jeff Beck (2009), James Taylor (2000), Bonnie Raitt (2000) and Sting (with the Police, 2003). "It's been incredible being in a room with musicians ... who put music in your head," Springsteen said during his rollicking set, which ran nearly two hours and featured the Boss collaborating with the Piano Man, singing Billy Joel hits like "New York State of Mind" and "Only the Good Die Young."

Top Movies October 22, 2009 -

Paranormal Activity

Where The Wild Things Are

Saw VI

Couples Retreat

Law Abiding Citizen

Cirque de Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant

Astro Boy

The Stepfather

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs


TV listings/TV Guide – October 22, 2009 -

Thursday night

At 7:30, FOX has Baseball Playoffs, the Yankees vs. the Angels.

At 8, ABC has a new FlashForward, followed by new episodes of Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice.

CBS has a new Survivor at 8, then a new CSI.

NBC has new episodes of Community, Parks and Recreation, The Office, 30 Rock, and The Jay Leno Show.

ESPN has College Football at 8, Florida State at North Carolina.

At 9, Comedy Central has the series premiere of The Jeff Dunham Show.

MTV has a new Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory at 9, followed by a new Nitro Circus.

Spike has a new TNA Wrestling at 9.

Cartoon Network has a new Total Drama Action at 9.

TLC has a new American Chopper at 9.

Also at 9: IFC has a new Monty Python: Almost The Truth (The Lawyer's Cut).

At 10, FX has a new It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

Comedy Central has a new Tosh.0 at 10.

Bravo has a new Real Housewives of Atlanta at 10.

Food Network has a new Ace of Cakes at 10

TV Ratings - October 22, 2009 -




NFL Sunday Night Football: Chicago at Atlanta



Dancing With the Stars



NCIS: Los Angeles



CSI: Crime Scene Investigation



The Mentalist



60 Minutes



Two And a Half Men



Dancing With the Stars Results



Criminal Minds



Grey's Anatomy



Desperate Housewives






CSI: New York



CSI: Miami



The Big Bang Theory



The Good Wife



Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick



Survivor: Samoa



The Amazing Race 15


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