Dateline: Week Of September 8, 2009 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Roadside bombs killed four U.S. soldiers in separate incidents in Iraq, the military said, in one of the most deadly days for American troops in weeks. In the first incident, a roadside bomb struck a patrol in southern Baghdad around 10:30 a.m., killing one American soldier assigned to Multi-National Corps Iraq, the military said in a statement. Then, an improvised explosive device targeting a patrol in northern Iraq at approximately 11:40 a.m. killed three soldiers also with the Multi-National Corps Iraq, the military said.
Los Angeles brush fire update - The blaze was 56 percent contained and had blackened 157,220 acres, or 246 square miles, as it burned deeper into the wilderness. Damage assessment teams counted 78 homes, two commercial buildings and dozens of outbuildings destroyed by the flames, and 11 firefighters have been injured. The fire was expected to be fully contained Sept. 15.
President Obama steps before a joint session of Congress hoping to clear up public confusion about the health care changes he’s proposing and to rally congressional Democrats divided over the extent to which government should be involved in the medical system. Obama designated health care a top priority during a Feb. 24 speech to a joint session of Congress, stating that containing health costs was essential to sustaining any economic recovery.
In a Gallup Poll – President Obama’s approval rating falls to 49%.
At least two rockets from Lebanon struck northern Israel on Friday, prompting Israeli artillery to shell the fruit groves from which they were fired, security officials on both sides of the border said. No casualties were immediately reported by Israeli police, who said two rockets landed. Lebanese security sources, who reported at least two outgoing missiles and 15 incoming Israeli shells, did not say who may have fired the rockets. Israeli television later reported a third missile damaged an electricity pylon.
Cold rain mixed with tears as mourners collected under umbrellas and a dreary sky Friday to mark the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with old rituals and a new purpose — honoring the spirit of those who rushed forward to help.
Skies were gray in New York City, at the Pentagon and at the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 in a Shanksville, Pa., field, where now-familiar ceremonies honored the nearly 3,000 people who were lost. Friday was also the first time the anniversary was observed as a national day of service, following an order signed this year by President Barack Obama. "From this day forward, we will safeguard the memories of those who died by rekindling the spirit of service that lit our city with hope and helped keep us strong," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a ceremony in lower Manhattan.
Inmates at Abu Ghraib prison started a fire and attacked guards, prompting authorities to call in Iraqi troops and American helicopters for support, the U.S. military said Friday. The unrest began when three inmates started a fire in their cell Thursday and tried to overpower guards in an apparent escape attempt, U.S. military spokesman Master Sgt. Nicholas Conner said. Prison authorities called in the Iraqi military to help quell the disturbance inside, while the U.S. provided helicopter support to monitor areas outside the prison, Conner said.
A man fatally shot an anti-abortion activist near a Michigan high school Friday, drove to a gravel pit and shot its owner to death and planned to kill a third man, but was arrested before he could act, a prosecutor said. Harlan James Drake, 33, was charged Friday with first-degree murder in the deaths of James Pouillon, 63, and Mike Fuoss, 61, said Shiawassee County Prosecutor Randy Colbry."The defendant had ill will toward these three individuals — not for the same reason necessarily, but had a grudge," Colbry said.
Police are hunting for the killer who stuffed a body believed to be that of a Yale University graduate student behind a wall in the high-security laboratory building where she worked. Police found the body around 5 p.m. Sunday, on what was to have been 24-year-old Annie Le's wedding day. The building where the body was found is part of the university medical school complex about a mile from Yale's main campus and is accessible to Yale personnel with identification cards. A network of some 75 video surveillance cameras are trained on every door.
President Barack Obama is going to Wall Street on the first anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse to outline financial changes to avert a future crisis like the one that sent the global economy into a tailspin. Obama has called on Congress to pass a sweeping overhaul of how financial institutions behave but has seen slower-than-sought action. Administration officials said the president will use Lehman Brothers as a starting point to again decry a hands-off approach from Washington that enabled irresponsible lending that sent the nation's largest financial institutions to the brink of collapse and the larger economy to the edge.
Technology News – September 8, 2009 –
The whole of the Beatles back catalog will be made available to buy on iTunes, Yoko Ono has told Sky News," read a headline briefly posted Tuesday on the 24-hour British news site Sky News. And as quickly as that gem appeared, it was gone, leaving armies of Beatles fans and digital music junkies confused and disheartened in its wake. Wednesday marks Sept. 9, 2009, and with the number 9 featured prominently throughout the band's music and history, Beatles fans are kicking up their heels with delight because new ways to listen to their favorite music are being made available on such an iconic date.
Entertainment/TV/Music News – September 8, 2009 -
R&B stars Mary J. Blige, Akon, Chris Brown and veterans Natalie Cole and Sister Sledge will honor the late Michael Jackson at a concert in Vienna later this month, with more stars due to be announced this week. Thirteen artists so far have been confirmed to perform at the concert, set in front of Vienna's Schoenbrunn castle on September 26, Michael's brother Jermaine Jackson and producer Georg Kindel told reporters at a news conference in Vienna.
Oprah Winfrey says her taped interview with Whitney Houston is "jaw-dropping, open, honest and candid" conversation that the daytime talk show queen is calling, "the best interview I've ever done." Oprah sits down with Whitney for a two-day television segment Sept, 14, where Whitney discusses her marriage with Bobby Brown, drugs, rehab and how her family saved her.
Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris has given away 20 cars to people who wrote about their struggles to keep their jobs for a lack of wheels of their own. Ludacris said he was taken aback after reading thousands of essays by people struggling or unable to buy cars needed to get to and from work or find jobs. The 31-year-old rapper felt he could step in and move them ahead, partnering with a suburban Atlanta dealership for Sunday's giveaway.
A white glove worn by the late singer Michael Jackson sold at auction for A$57,600 ($49,000) in Australia Sunday, nearly twice the price auctioneers expected, the auction house said. The white bejeweled glove was a trademark of the U.S. singer, and according to auction house Bonhams and Goodman this was the first Jackson glove to go on sale since he died in June at the age of 50. The glove sold in Melbourne Sunday was worn by Jackson in Sydney in 1996, on the day he married Debbie Rowe, the mother of his two elder children, the auction house said.
It’s “Idol” for Ellen DeGeneres - Fox said the talk show host/comic will become the new fourth judge on America's top-rated show, starting with the live episodes in February. She replaces Paula Abdul, who quit "Idol" over the summer due to a salary scuffle. This is so exciting for me," DeGeneres said. "We've been dealing with this for the last couple of weeks and I've been dying to tell everyone. It's just been so hard to keep it a secret and we just finally got the OK, and I'm so excited.
Michael Jackson Is Buried
Michael Jackson looked "absolutely fabulous" when he was laid to rest last week in a mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif., says his sister La Toya. In an interview airing Friday on ABC's 20/20, she says he was dressed in white pearl beads and a big gold belt, "like a belt that you win being a boxer." "His hair was done beautifully," La Toya, 53, adds. "His makeup was done beautifully." Among the items placed in the casket with him: A pair of sunglasses and a white glove.
Words of wisdom from Paris Hilton are to be immortalized alongside remarks by some of the greatest thinkers of all time in the latest edition of the Oxford Book of Quotations -- and she reckons it's "so cool." Hilton, the socialite turned reality TV star and retailing phenomenon, is listed in the latest version of the 65-year-old dictionary, released this week, alongside the likes of Confucius, Oscar Wilde and Stephen Hawking. Her contribution? "Dress cute wherever you go, life is too short to blend in." Hilton, 28, was delighted to be featured in the book, which is a renowned list of memorable sayings. "So cool that I have a quote in the dictionary," she wrote.
Serena Williams was fined $10,000 Sunday for a profanity-laced tirade directed at a U.S. Open line judge, and an investigation is under way to determine whether there should be additional punishment. The $10,000 penalty — not quite 3 percent of the $350,000 in prize money Williams earned by reaching the semifinals at Flushing Meadows — is the maximum on-site fine that can be issued for unsportsmanlike conduct at a Grand Slam tournament.
MTV News – September 8, 2009 -
MTV Video Awards – The big news – Kayne West’s “ambushing” Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for her best video award. On his blog, West went on to say that he was "in the wrong for going on stage and taking away from her moment." As the 19-year-old singer accepted the Best Female Video award for "You Belong With Me," the rapper, 32 -- who had been drinking Hennessy on the red carpet -- appeared on stage and stated that Beyonce should have won for "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)." . . . I'm sorry to my fans if I let you guys down . . . I'm sorry to my friends at MTV . . . I will apologize to Taylor."
Top Movies – September 8, 2009
All About Steve
Julie & Julia
Time Traveler’s Wife
GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra
Top TV Ratings/TV Guide – September 8, 2009 -
|.||America's Got Talent" (Tuesday)||NBC|
|2.||America's Got Talent" (Wednesday||NBC|
|3.||NFL Exhibition Football: Chicago at Denver||NBC|
|6.||Two and a Half Men||CBS|
|7.||The Big Bang Theory||CBS|
|8.||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||CBS|
|10.||Big Brother 11" (Thursday)||CBS|
|13.||The Mentalist" (Tuesday||CBS|
|14.||Big Brother 11" (Sunday)||CBS|
|15.||Big Brother 11" (Tuesday)||CBS|
|17.||America's Got Talent: Recap||NBC|
|20.||America's Funniest Home Videos||ABC|