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Dateline: Week Of May 1, 2009 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News -

Scores more schools shut down around the country because of the swine flu virus at week's end and Education Secretary Arne Duncan offered tips to teachers and students on how to deal with classroom interruptions. Federal officials closely watched developments as at least two-dozen new cases of swine flu were reported. President Barack Obama, whose administration has taken a high profile to offer reassurances and advice about the threat, expressed hopes the swine flu will run its course "like ordinary flus." Health officials suggested the virus now appears less ominous than it did at first. "I'm optimistic that we're going to be able to manage this effectively," Obama said Friday. But he said the federal government is preparing as if the worst is still to come so that it won't be caught flat-footed.

Chrysler LLC is expected to file a motion to sell substantially all of its assets to Italian automaker Fiat Group SpA, but the ailing automaker must still deal with creditors who refused to come to a deal to erase the company's debt.

Attorneys for Chrysler say eight plants will not be affected by the sale, including five that the automaker revealed it will shutter by the end of next year. While Chrysler faced its first hearing in Manhattan bankruptcy court, court documents showed the Big Three automaker planned to close plants in Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin that employ about 4,800 people. Chrysler said they will be offered jobs at other plants. 

jack kemp dies may 2009 trivia timeline mrpopculturePassing - Jack Kemp, the ex-quarterback, congressman, one-time vice-presidential nominee and self-described "bleeding-heart conservative," died Saturday. He was 73. Kemp died after a lengthy illness, according to spokeswoman Bona Park and Edwin J. Feulner, a longtime friend and former campaign adviser. Park said Kemp died at his home in Bethesda, Md., in the Washington suburbs. 

Authorities say severe storms that rumbled across the Southeast killed one person, knocked out power to thousands and caused property damage in at least three states. A coroner says a 46-year-old Laurel, Mississippi, woman was killed when a tree fell on her while she was standing outside her home Sunday in the southeastern part of the state. Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi reported some property damage.

President Barack Obama promised sternly on Monday to crack down on companies "that ship jobs overseas" and duck U.S. taxes with offshore havens. It won't be easy. Democrats have been fighting — and losing — this battle since John F. Kennedy made a similar proposal in 1961. Obama's proposal to close tax loopholes was a reliable applause line during the presidential campaign, but it got a lukewarm response Monday from Capitol Hill.

A new United Nations report criticizes Israel for attacking U.N. installations during the Gaza campaign, according to an Israeli description Tuesday of the still unreleased document, which it called "tendentious and entirely unbalanced."The report, commissioned by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon was expected to be presented to the Security Council later Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said. Government officials said a copy was provided to Israel for comment, but would not provide the report.

New applications for jobless benefits plunged to the lowest level in 14 weeks, a possible sign that the massive wave of layoffs has peaked. Still, the number of unemployed workers getting benefits climbed to a new record. The Labor Department reported that the number newly laid off workers applying for benefits dropped to 601,000 last week. That was far better than the rise to 635,000 claims that economists expected. 

 President Barack Obama asked Congress on Thursday to eliminate or trim 121 federal programs for a savings of $17 billion in the coming budget year. Many of the proposed cuts have already been rejected by Obama's allies in Congress, including some programs that his predecessor, President George W. Bush, repeatedly sought to end. Despite the relatively modest nature of the cuts, , "none of this will be easy" amid the continuing deep economic slump, Obama said. The proposed cuts amount to less than one-half of 1 percent of the total $3.4 trillion federal budget outline approved last week by the Democratic-run Congress.


Technology News – May 1, 2009

In response to the reopening of an investigation into inadvertent file sharing with peer-to-peer software, an executive for Lime Wire told Congress in a letter on Friday that the new version of the program is "the most secure file-sharing software available." The main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives reopened a probe of Lime Wire and other peer-to-peer file-sharing companies last week, citing data breaches blamed on the technology.

twitter accounts hacked britney spears may 2009 trivia timeline mrpopcultureTwitter has confirmed that someone broke into its network and gained access to 10 accounts, which appear to include Britney Spears and Ashton Kutcher, according to screenshots posted on a French blog site.

"Our initial security reviews and investigations indicate that no account information was altered or removed in any way," Twitter co-founder Biz Stone wrote . "Personal information that may have been viewed on these 10 individual accounts includes email address, mobile phone number (if one was associated with the account), and the list of accounts blocked by that user," the posting said. "Password information was not revealed or altered, nor were personal messages (direct messages) viewed."


Medical News – May 1, 2009

Connie Culp, after an injury to her face, left, and then as she appears today. Culp is underwent the first face transplant surgery the United States at the Cleveland Clinic in December 2008. Culp spoke to the media at a news conference at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, on Tuesday, May 5, 2009. The 46-year-old mother of two lost most of the midsection of her face to a gunshot in 2004.

Judy Trunnell, a 33-year-old schoolteacher who had just given birth to a healthy baby girl. But the friends and relatives whose cars lined the quiet street in front of her home in a quiet subdivision Tuesday instead were mourning her, the first American with swine flu to die from the current Swine Flu sweep.


Music News – May 1, 2009

A star-studded medley of musical guests played tribute to Pete Seeger at a benefit concert for the legendary folk singer's 90th birthday.

john mellencamp pete seegar 90th birthday timeline trivia mrpopcultureBruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Ani DiFranco and John Mellencamp were among the 40 musicians performing in Madison Square Garden for the Sunday night show, a benefit to raise awareness for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, an organization Seeger started to preserve and protect the Hudson River.

It was more than just a night at Britney Spears' "Circus" tour for Kyle King, who was arrested on Saturday night after he allegedly jumped on stage with the pop star. Connecticut State Trooper Tate said that the 20-year-old man was arrested and cited with a single breach of peace charge over the incident, which happened during her show at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.

In a sexy take on a tuxedo Rihanna made her first major public appearance since Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party in February at a fashion event in New York City on Monday evening. With her hair peppered with blonde highlights and slicked to one side, Rihanna hit the red carpet at the Costume Institute Gala's "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion" event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Monday. The event is often considered the social style event of New York's spring season.

Entertainment/Celebrity News – May 1, 2009

Ryan Seacrest had Paula Abdul on his KIIS-FM show to debut her much-anticipated new single, Here For the Music .

David Hasselhoff was rushed to an L.A. hospital after suffering alcohol poisoning. The former Baywatch star was taken to Cedars-Sinai medical center after his daughter Hayley, 16, found him unconscious on the floor of his home in Encino, California. He was registered with a .39 alcohol level. According to RadarOnline.com, his estranged ex-wife -- actress Pamela Bach, who lives 10 minutes away in Hollywood -- drove him to the hospital after her daughter called.

jay leno gets food poisoning - May 2009 trivia TV timeline mrpopculture Jay Leno missed two days of hosting "The Tonight Show" last month due to an illness that was rumored to be food poisoning, but the comedian said that his sick days - his first in 17 years of hosting the late night show -- had a different cause. "Exhaustion." "That's like a rich person's condition. Poor people that work - they don't get exhausted. Only rich people get exhausted. It's an embarrassing thing."

 Passing – Dom DeLuise -  the portly actor-comedian whose affable nature made him a popular character actor for decades with movie and TV audiences as well as directors and fellow actors, has died. He was 75.The comedian died in his sleep after a long illness.

Britain for the first time has published a list of people barred from entering the country for what the government says is fostering extremism or hatred. The list includes popular American talk-radio host Michael Savage, who has called the Muslim holy book, the Quran, a "book of hate." Savage also has enraged parents of children with autism by saying in most cases it's "a brat who hasn't been told to cut the act out." The list Tuesday also includes Americans Stephen Donald Black, a white supremacist, and anti-gay preacher Fred Phelps. 

Kate Gosselin of TLC's Jon & Kate Plus 8 is speaking out for the first time about her husband Jon Gosselin -- who, according to the new issue of Us Weekly, has been having an with a 23-year-old school teacher.Despite photos, video and on-the-record interviews, Kate said on the Today show Thursday, "I'm very hesitant to believe any of it. It goes with the territory." 

Michael Jackson’s former publicist filed a $44 million lawsuit on Wednesday against the self-styled "King of Pop" for failing to pay her for her services. Raymone Bain, who represented Jackson during his 2005 trial and acquittal on child sex abuse charges and later managed his business company, filed a breach of contract civil lawsuit against the singer in Washington, D.C. She said in a statement that she had decided "with deep regret" to sue Jackson, describing him as someone "whom I have greatly admired and respected." 


Top TV Show Ratings – May 1, 2009


American Idol" (Tuesday)



American Idol" (Wednesday)



Dancing With The Stars



Dancing With The Stars Results



CSI: Crime Scene Investigation



Criminal Minds" special



Desperate Housewives



Grey's Anatomy" ABC



NCIS" special



The Mentalist" special



Two and a Half Men



Survivor: Tocantins



Rules of Engagement



Cold Case



60 Minutes






Amazing Race 14






Surviving Suburbia



Criminal Minds



TV Shows/listings/TV Guide – week of May 1, 2009


At 8, ABC has a new Ugly Betty, followed by a new Grey's Anatomy and Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist.

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

NBC has new episodes of My Name Is Earl, Parks and Recreation, The Office, 30 Rock, and Southland.

FOX has new episodes of Bones and Hell's Kitchen.

The CW has a new Smallville at 8, then a new Supernatural.

Also at 8: TNT has the Hawks/Cavaliers game.

At 9, TLC has a new American Chopper.

 Spike has TNA Wrestling at 9.

HBO has the movie Grey Gardens at 9.

At 10, Bravo has the series premiere of The Fashion Show.

Comedy Central has a new Krod Mandoon at 10.


Top Movies – May 1, 2009

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past


17 Again

Monsters vs. Aliens

The Soloist


Hannah Montana Movie


State of Play

Fast and Furious

Battle for Tera


I Love You, Man


Crank High Voltage

The Haunting In Connecticut

Observe and Report

12 Rounds

Is Anybody There?

Paul Bart: Mall Cop

Under The Sea 3D



Top Pop Hits – May 1, 2009 

miley cyrus billboard chart top100 may 2009 trivia mrpopculture music The Climb – Miley Cyrus

DAY 'N' NITE- Kid Cudi

SUGAR- Flo Rida

SAY HEY (I LOVE YOU)- Michael Franti & Spearhead


BLAME IT- Jamie Foxx ft. T-Pain



IF YOU SEE AMY- Britney Spears


BOOM BOOM POW- Black Eyed Peas

YOUNG- Hollywood Undead


I DO NOT HOOK UP- Kelly Clarkson


LOVE SEX MAGIC- Ciara ft. Justin Timberlake

WANTED- Jessie James

BOYS DON'T MATTER- Lovesick Radio

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