Dateline: Events/Week Of July 22, 2009 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Barack Obama and congressional Democratic leaders are trying to mend fissures within their own party over plans to overhaul U.S. health care. A rebellion over the cost of the legislation prompted Obama to summon some Democrats to the White House for talks as a congressional committee delayed drafting its bill and Republicans sought to capitalize on the friction.
Three New Jersey mayors, two state lawmakers, a deputy mayor and five rabbis were among 44 people charged Thursday in a two-track corruption and international money-laundering probe, the U.S. Attorney's Office for New Jersey announced. The investigation began as a probe into a money-laundering ring that allegedly trafficked in goods as diverse as human organs and fake designer handbags. Based on information from a cooperating witness, the probe then widened to government corruption when the witness approached public officials about bribes, the attorney's office said in a statement. Those arrested included:
Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano III, charged with accepting $25,000 in cash bribes from an undercover cooperating witness.
Assemblyman L. Harvey Smith, charged along with an aide of taking $15,000 in bribes to help get approvals from high-level state agency officials for building projects.
Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt, charged with accepting a $10,000 bribe.
Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell, charged with taking a $10,000 bribe.
A commercial helicopter crashed onto a western Maryland highway and burst into flames late Thursday night, killing all four people on board, emergency officials said. The aircraft was engulfed when firefighters arrived at the scene minutes after receiving a call at 10:30 p.m., said Washington County emergency services director Kevin Lewis. No vehicles on the highway were hit when the helicopter crashed in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70.
At least 35,000 people have been forced to flee recent fighting between government forces and Rwanda Hutu rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN refugee agency said Friday. "These people have reportedly fled in the wake of the latest government military campaign code-named Kimia II, which began on 12 July in the Uvira territory of South Kivu," said Ron Redmond, spokesman for the UNHCR.
The U.S. minimum wage goes up 70 cents to $7.25 an hour, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. It is the third minimum-wage increase in three years, and between 3 million and 5 million people will be affected by the increase, according to Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.
Black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. says he will accept President Barack Obama's invitation to visit him at the White House along with the white police officer who arrested the Harvard professor. Gates told the Boston Globe in an e-mail that he spoke to Obama and said he would meet with Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley. Gates said he hoped his arrest by Crowley leads to greater sensitivity on racial profiling and that it was time to "move on."
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has opened talks with high-level Chinese officials, hailing an opportunity for better relations and saying the two countries share common interests and mutual threats.Kicking off a new dialogue with Beijing, Clinton said tha the two "are laying brick by brick the foundation of a stronger relationship."She said it was time to move from "a multipolar world to a multipartner world."
Business/Economy News – July 22, 2009
Morgan Stanley said it lost more than $1.2 billion in the second quarter as it took charges to cover continuing losses in its real estate investments and its repayment of government bailout money. The investment bank was also hurt for a second straight quarter by the improving value of its own debt. Morgan Stanley's trading profits and investment banking revenue, while strong, were unable to offset mounting charges during the quarter.
Ford Motor Co posted a $2.3 billion quarterly net profit, mainly due to gains from a $10 billion debt-reduction plan, and said it was on track to at least break even in 2011, sending its shares up 10 percent. Ford posted an operating loss for the quarter that was better than analysts expected, excluding a net gain of $2.8 billion from one-time items that included the debt-reduction actions, despite reeling global markets that helped push U.S. rivals General Motors and Chrysler into bankruptcy.
Music News – July 22, 2009
Janet Jackson has split from boyfriend Jermaine Dupri.
A prosecutor told a London court Thursday that Amy Winehouse punched a fan with deliberate and unjustifiable violence after the woman asked to take a photograph. The singer denied assault, saying she was simply trying to get away from an intimidating fan. Winehouse is on trial accused of attacking another guest at a charity ball last September. Dancer Sherene Flash alleges she was hit in the eye by the 25-year-old "Back to Black" singer after asking to take her picture following the event in London's Berkeley Square.
Lee Ann Rimes has been separated from her husband of seven years, Dean Sheremet. They are leading separate lives and not staying together most of the time, but still in each others' lives as best friends – said a source. No plans for divorce have been set.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – July 22, 2009
The Feat – Lady GaGa
Fearless – Taylor Swift
Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas
Halo – Beyonce
Viva La Vida – Coldplay
The Sound Of Madness – Shinedown
Right Round – Flo Rida
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Intuition- Jamie Fox
Don’t Trust Me – 3OH!3
Top Country music albums – July 22, 2009
Carnival Ride – Carrie Underwood
Fearless – Taylor Swift
Just Who I Am: Poets and Pirates – Kenny Chesney
Some Hearts – Carrie Underwood
Pure BS – Blake Shelton
Top Movies – July 22, 2009
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
My Sister’s Keeper
I Love You Beth Cooper
The Taking Of Pelham 1-2-3
The Hurt Locker
Away We Go
Angels & Demons
Under the Sea 3D.