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Dateline: Events/Headlines -  Week Of August, 22, 2009 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


 In The News -

A reality show contestant wanted for murder in the gruesome death and mutilation of his ex-wife was found dead of an apparent suicide after hanging himself in a secluded motel, authorities said. Police responded to a call Sunday from motel staff about a dead person in Hope, east of Vancouver, and then called investigators who were part of the massive manhunt for Ryan Jenkins, said Sgt. Duncan Pound of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police border integrity unit. The motel manager who found Jenkins hanging from the bar of a clothing rack said a young woman checked him in.

It was a race to the finish for dealers and customers alike as the government's Cash for Clunkers program headed into its final lap. Over the weekend, car dealers across the country watched their lots grow empty as crowds rushed to trade in gas guzzlers after the government said that the $3 billion rebate program would end at 8 p.m. EDT Monday, two weeks earlier than expected. Adding to the urgency, some dealers said they would stop Cash for Clunkers sales even earlier to make sure the government reimbursed them for the rebates — or because they didn't have enough eligible cars left.

President Barack Obama has moved more forcefully than ever to abandon Bush administration interrogation policies, approving creation of a special White House unit for questioning terrorism suspects, as Attorney General Eric Holder weigh a Justice Department recommendation to reopen and pursue prisoner abuse cases. A senior administration official told The Associated Press Monday that Obama has approved establishment of the new unit, to be known as the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, which will be overseen by the National Security Council. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the program has not yet been officially announced.

The Los Angeles County coroner ruled Michael Jackson's death a homicide, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press on Monday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the findings have not been publicly released.

The federal government faces exploding deficits and mounting debt over the next decade, White House officials predicted Tuesday in a fiscal assessment far bleaker than what the Obama administration had estimated just a few months ago.

Figures released by the White House budget office foresee a cumulative $9 trillion deficit from 2010-2019, $2 trillion more than the administration estimated in May. Moreover, the figures show the public debt doubling by 2019 and reaching three-quarters the size of the entire national economy.

The British government says people who illegally download music and films could have their Internet connections cut off. Treasury Minister Stephen Timms says the move would allow "swifter and more flexible measures" to clamp down on piracy. The plans announced Tuesday include blocking access to download sites and temporarily suspending users' internet accounts. The announcement drew riticism from some groups, but those representing the music industry were pleased.

ted kennedy dies/passes trivia headline timeline mrpopculture Passing - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the liberal lion of the Senate and haunted bearer of the Camelot torch after two of his brothers fell to assassins' bullets, dies at his home in Hyannis Port after battling a brain tumor. He was 77. In nearly 50 years in the Senate, Kennedy served alongside 10 presidents — his brother John Fitzgerald Kennedy among them — compiling an impressive list of legislative achievements on health care, civil rights, education, immigration and more.

A suicide bomber hit a Pakistani security checkpoint Thursday at the main border crossing for convoys ferrying NATO supplies into Afghanistan, killing at least 18 people, police said.The attacker approached on foot and detonated his explosives at the Torkham border checkpoint in the Khyber region, local police officer Sadiq Khan said. The blast came just after sunset as security officers were gathering for a meal to end their Ramadan fast.

 A family responded with joy on Friday after a little girl kidnapped nearly two decades ago was found alive, even as horrifying details emerged about how she has lived all those years: kept by a convicted rapist in his backyard as a sex slave and forced to bear two of his children. Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was 11 in 1991 when she was snatched from her school bus stop, was locked away from the outside world behind a series of fences, sheds and tents in the back of a suburban home, police said. Her abductor, investigators said, raped her for years and fathered two children with her, the first when Jaycee was about 14. Those children, both girls now 11 and 15, also were kept hidden away in the backyard compound. Dugard's stepfather, who witnessed her abduction and was a longtime suspect in the case, described his first reaction as "total shock."

Firefighters tried to hold back a massive wildfire from consuming thousands of homes and a communications center in Los Angeles County on Monday as they mourned two firefighters killed when their vehicle rolled down a mountain side.

About 12,000 homes, as well as communications and astronomy centers atop Mount Wilson, were threatened by fire. At least 6,600 homes were under mandatory evacuation orders Sunday night and over 2,500 firefighters were battling the flames. On the blaze's northwestern front, two firefighters were killed Sunday on Mount Gleason near the city of Acton.

Warner Chilcott Ltd, a specialty drug maker, is acquiring Procter & Gamble Co's prescription drug business for about $3 billion, two sources familiar with the matter said.A transaction may be announced as soon as Monday, said the sources who declined to be identified because the deal is not yet public. Six lenders led by Bank of America Corp and JPMorgan Chase & Co will provide up to $4 billion of financing, including $1 billion to refinance Warner Chilcott debt, the sources said.

joe lieberman - alex baldwin message trivia headline august 2009 mrpopcultureConnecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman has a message for actor Alex Baldwin, who is reportedly considering a move to Connecticut to challenge Lieberman in 2012: "Make my day."  Lieberman addressed the issue Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." He says that he respects the "30 Rock" star as an actor and comedian.

Passing – Author Dominique Dunne - the novelist and investigative journalist who wrote about crimes among the rich and famous, including in the 1995 OJ Simpson trial, has died. He was 83. The author's death in his Manhattan home came after a battle with bladder cancer.

Miss Venezuela was the fairest of them all once again, winning the 2009 Miss Universe crown for the second year straight and the sixth time since the pageant's creation. Dressed in a flowing red gown, 18-year-old Stefania Fernandez hugged the runner-up from the Dominican Republic and danced in joy as her victory was announced Sunday. The crown briefly fell to the floor as it passed from one Venezuelan beauty to the next.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Televsion/Movie News – August 22, 2009

lindsay lohan home burglarized august 2009 trivia headline mrpopculture Lindsay Lohan’s Hollywood Hills home was burglarized over the weekend, according to her mother, Dina. The safe was ripped out of the wall, and the door was off the hinges and door handles removed," Dina told the mag. "Bags, shoes and jewelry were taken too. Thank God she wasn't home." According to Dina, Lindsay discovered the apparent burglary on Sunday morning after returning to the residence - but even before the incident, her daughter was already planning on moving out.

The A&E network said its previously announced documentary about members of the Jackson family will be expanded into a reality series.

A&E's official word came only after "Entertainment Tonight" declared the Jackson series was a go. But beyond acknowledging its plans for a series, A&E furnished no details. No premiere date or number of episodes has been specified.

The original special, which the cable channel announced last May, focuses on brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon Jackson as they prepare to reunite for a concert tour.

A judge on Tuesday sentenced Chris Brown to five years' probation and six months' community labor for the beating of Rihanna and ordered the R&B singer to stay away from his former girlfriend for the next five years. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg told Brown that he could be sent to state prison if he violated any terms of his sentence, including an order to stay 100 yards away from Rihanna unless they're attending music industry events.

“One Tree Hill" actor Antwon Tanner has pleaded guilty to selling more than a dozen Social Security numbers for $10,000. Tanner told a federal judge in Brooklyn on Friday that he was a middleman, selling numbers someone else provided. He and his lawyer didn't comment on how he got involved in the scheme. Tanner is expected to get as much as a year in prison at his sentencing, set for Nov. 20. The 34-year-old actor was charged in April with selling 16 Social Security numbers and three bogus Social Security cards. Tanner plays the character Skills in the CW series.

Paula Abdul might not be on "American Idol" any longer, but the singer is still surrounding herself with some of music's best singers - and they're all divas! "Hi guys! im really excited 2 announce ill b hosting this year's "Vh1 Divas"! The show will be live on Sept 17th @ 9 pm EST," Paula wrote on her Twitter page Monday night.


More Entertainment/Celebrity News – August 22, 2009

Pioneering rockabilly guitarist James Burton led an ensemble of about 800 guitar players Saturday in a celebration of his 70th birthday, but failed in his attempt to make the Guinness Book of World Records. At the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, roughly 30 miles west of his hometown of Minden, Burton led a battalion of pickers through the Elvis Presley hits "That's All Right, Mama" and "Hound Dog." Guinness lists the world's largest guitar ensemble as 1,802 participants led by Andreas Vockrodt in Germany in 2007. Burton, who is known for working with the Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson bands, celebrated his birthday Friday.

 Glenn Beck returns to Fox News Channel on Monday after a vacation with fewer companies willing to advertise on his show than when he left, part of the fallout from calling President Barack Obama a racist. A total of 33 Fox advertisers, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., CVS Caremark, Clorox and Sprint, directed that their commercials not air on Beck's show, according to the companies and Colorofchange, a group that promotes political action among blacks and launched a campaign to get advertisers to abandon him. That's more than a dozen more than were identified a week ago. While it's unclear what effect, if any, this will ultimately have on Fox and Beck, it is already making advertisers skittish about hawking their wares within the most opinionated cable TV shows.

La Toya talks to barbara walters august 2009 trivia headline timeline mrpopcultureABC says LaToya Jackson will give her first one-on-one interview since brother Michael Jackson’s death when she sits down with Barbara Walters next month. She will discuss her relationship with Michael and account for her belief that he was murdered, ABC says. The interview is scheduled to air on "20/20" on Sept. 11. Jackson has told ABC News that she looks forward to the day justice is served "to all the parties involved in my brother's homicide." She will also appear Sept. 16 and 18 as a guest co-host of ABC's "The View," where Walters is one of the regular hosts.

Jessica Biel is the most dangerous celebrity on the Web. Security technology company McAfee Inc. on Tuesday reported that searches for the 27-year-old actress are more likely to lead to online threats such as spyware and viruses than searches for any other celebrity. McAfee said fans searching for the actress have a one-in-five chance of ending up at a Web site designed to damage one's computer. Its the third annual report on the subject from McAfee, which last year found that Brad Pitt was the "most dangerous" celeb online.

 Ellie Greenwich, who co-wrote some of pop music's most enduring songs, including "Chapel of Love," "Be My Baby" and "Leader of the Pack," died Wednesday, according to her niece. She was 68. Greenwich died of a heart attack at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, where she had been admitted a few days earlier for treatment of pneumonia, according to her niece, Jessica Weiner. Greenwich, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, was considered one of pop's most successful songwriters. She had a rich musical partnership with the legendary Phil Spector, whose "wall of sound" technique changed rock music. With Spector, she wrote some of pop's most memorable songs, including "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "River Deep, Mountain High." But Spector wasn't her only collaborator. She also had key hits with her ex-husband Jeff Barry, including the dynamic song "Leader of the Pack" (years later, Broadway would stage a Tony-nominated musical with the same name based on her life).

 DJ AM, the sought-after disc jockey who became a celebrity in his own right with high-profile romances and a glamorous lifestyle and survived a plane crash just months ago, was found dead in his apartment Friday. He had a history of drug problems. Police found a crack pipe and prescription pills in the Manhattan apartment, said a law enforcement official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing. Paramedics had to break down the door before they found him, shirtless and wearing sweatpants, in his bed around 5:20 p.m., the official said.

NBC’s “Today" show has hired someone with White House experience as a new correspondent former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager. Hager, a 27-year-old teacher in Baltimore, will contribute stories about once a month on issues like education to television's top-rated morning news show, said Jim Bell, its executive producer. The daughter of former President George W. Bush said she has always wanted to be a teacher and a writer, and has already authored two books. But she was intrigued by the idea of getting into television when Bell contacted her.


Top TV Shows/listing/TV Guide  -  August 22, 2009  CSI: Miami nielsen tv ratings programming august 2009 trivia mrpopculture


America's Got Talent" (Tuesday)



60 Minutes



America's Got Talent" (Wednesday






Two and a Half Men



The Big Bang Theory



The Mentalist



Big Brother 11" (Sunday)



Big Brother 11" (Thursday)



Who Wants to be a Millionaire" (Monday)



Who Wants to be a Millionaire" (Thursday)



CSI: Miami



Who Wants to be a Millionaire" (Sunday)



Hell's Kitchen



CSI: Crime Scene Investigation



Big Brother 11" (Tuesday)






Who Wants to be a Millionaire" (Wednesday)



Dateline NBC" (Monday)



America's Got Talent" (Tuesday



Top Movies – August 22, 2009

Inglorious Bastards

GI Joe: The Rise of the Cobra

District 9

Julie & Julia

Time Traveler’s Wife



The Ugly Truth


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Princ

The Goods: Live Hard Sell Hard


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