Dateline: Week Of April 22, 2009 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
David Kellermann, the acting chief financial officer of mortgage giant Freddie Mac, was found dead at his home Wednesday morning in what police said was an apparent suicide.Mary Ann Jennings, director of public information for the Fairfax County, Va., Police Department, said Kellermann was found dead in his Reston, Va., home. The 41-year-old Kellermann has been Freddie Mac's chief financial officer since September.
Craig’s List Killer - Investigators are looking into gambling as the possible motivation for a Boston medical student accused of targeting women who advertised erotic services on Craigslist, luring them into hotels to rob them and killing one woman who fought back. Philip Markoff is accused in the death of Julissa Brisman, a masseuse who was found dead April 14 in a Boston hotel after being bashed in the head and shot three times. He's also suspected of robbing and tying up another, and police have said there could be more victims.
General Motors Corp. is planning to temporarily close most of its U.S. factories for up to nine weeks this summer because of slumping sales and growing inventories of unsold vehicles, two people briefed on the plan said Wednesday. The exact dates of the closures were not known, but both people said they will occur around the normal two-week shutdown in July to change from one model year to the next. Neither person wanted to be identified because workers have not been told of the shutdowns
Gov. Mark Sanford has declared a state of emergency for the South Carolina county where a fire has burned thousands of acres near one of the state's busiest tourist areas. Sanford on Thursday ordered the state of emergency for Horry County. He said the blaze has destroyed dozens of homes and consumed 15,000 acres, or about 23 square miles, nearly double earlier estimates. No injuries have been reported.
Iraqi security officials said they captured one of the most wanted leaders of the al-Qaida-linked Sunni insurgency Thursday, an arrest that could deliver a significant blow to an intensified campaign of attacks. Two separate suicide bombings killed at least 54 people. The officials identified the arrested man as Abu Omar al-Baghdadi who leads the Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella group of Sunni militant factions that is believed dominated by Al-Qaida in Iraq.
In a second day of major bloodshed, two suicide bombers wearing explosive vests blew themselves up at the gates of a Shi'ite Muslim shrine in Baghdad on Friday, killing 60 people, Iraqi police said. The attack was the deadliest single incident in Iraq since 63 people died in a truck bomb blast in Baghdad on June 17 last year, and came amid growing concerns that a recent drop in violence might turn out to have been just a temporary lull.
Ford Motor Co posted a smaller-than-expected first-quarter loss and said it was on track to at least break even in 2011 and did not expect to seek U.S. government loans, sending its shares up more than 22 percent. The company also said on Friday that it had burned through $3.7 billion of automotive sector cash in the first quarter, a sharp drop from the second half of last year, and ended March with $21.3 billion in gross cash.
An Italian cruise ship with 1,500 people on board fended off a pirate attack far off the coast of Somalia when its Israeli private security forces exchanged fire with the bandits and drove them away.The ship's commander told Italian state radio on Sunday that six men in a small white speed boat approached the Msc Melody and opened fire "like crazy" on Saturday night, but retreated after the Israeli security officers aboard the cruise ship returned fire.
Government officials have declared a public health emergency in connection with the swine flu outbreak that has killed dozens in Mexico and sickened 20 in the U.S., said the nation’s director of Homeland Security Sunday. Secretary Janet Napolitano also said border patrol agents have been directed to begin passive surveillance of travelers from Mexico, with instructions to isolate anyone who appears actively ill with suspected influenza.
President Obama’s first 100 days on the job exploded with activity on many fronts: the $787 billion economic stimulus, the order to close the Guantanamo Bay prison within a year, a withdrawal plan for Iraq , an expansion of U.S. forces in Afghanistan , and outreach to several hostile nations. Still, America's economic crisis largely shaped these 100 days. It also empowered Obama, even as it overshadowed some of what he'd hoped to do. "The ability to enlarge executive power is a function of crisis," said Ross K. Baker , a Rutgers University political scientist. He'll help lead a national conference next month on Obama's first 100 days, a traditional measure for new presidents since Franklin D. Roosevelt's ambitious new administration in 1933. Obama has benefitted from "a double lift-off," Baker said, "not only the normal honeymoon but, in addition, the fact that the American people and Congress are looking to him to get them out of a crisis." Whether the new president will succeed at that, of course, remains to be seen.
Economy News – April 22, 2009
General Motors could be majority owned by the federal government under a massive restructuring plan laid out Monday that will cut 21,000 U.S. factory jobs by next year and phase out the storied Pontiac brand.The plan, which includes an offer to swap roughly $27 billion in bond debt for GM stock, would leave current shareholders holding just 1 percent of the century-old company, which is fighting for its life in the worst auto sales climate in 27 years.
More than 1,000 people were defrauded out of about $70 million by a group advertising the dream of homeownership in what turned out to be a nightmare Ponzi scheme, federal and Maryland officials said Monday.Five officers for Laurel, Md.-based Metro Dream Homes company are accused of tricking homeowners into pouring money into the business with the promise that the revenue would be used to pay off their mortgages. The scheme ran from 2005 until October 2007, authorities said. Newly confirmed Assistant U.S. Attorney General Lanny Breuer said the charges should send a message to those engaging in mortgage fraud.
Technology News – April 22, 2009
It’s estimated that Google is loosing about $30 million a month with YouTube because of all that bandwidth.
Entertainment/Celebrity News – April 22, 2009
Hugh Jackman - has left his mark in Hollywood. The Australian actor had his hand and footprints cast in cement on Tuesday, in front of Hollywood's historic Grauman's Chinese Theater.
A reportedly doctored recording of Beyonce Knowles sounding out of tune at a "Today Show" appearance last year, which shock-jock Howard Stern played on his Sirius radio show on Wednesday, is a fake, according to a man who told TMZ he made it. "It's a little bit crazy. No one in their right mind would sound like that, and no one would cheer for someone singing like that," the unnamed alleged audio-perp said.
Lindsay Lohan is ready to get her career back on track following her tumultuous break-up with DJ Samantha Ronson. "I feel like I want to get my career back in shape," the actress told Ellen during a candid interview for Thursday's "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." "When people are together so much it gets really difficult and you forget who you are because you're more concerned about being with the other person. I think it's been really good for me. I thought it would be so much harder and it hasn't been."
Elton John bids farewell to the Las Vegas Strip after five years and 241 shows at Caesars Palace — but said it won't necessarily be a long, long time before he returns. Wearing a bright red shirt that matched his piano and a coat emblazoned with "Las Vegas Pirates" on its back and "Captain Elton" on its right sleeve, Elton rolled through his hits and reflected on his time at the Colosseum, a stage he famously shared with Celine Dion, Bette Midler and Cher. "The ex-home of Celine Dion ... and now it's the ex-home of Elton John as well," the 62-year-old said. John said later in the show that he'd like to see Dion play the venue again.
Jay Leno checked into a Los Angeles hospital with an undisclosed illness, forcing the comedian to cancel a taping of "The Tonight Show" for the first time in his 17-year tenure. Leno's representatives did not say what he was treated for at the hospital, but he is expected to return to work on Monday.
Rihanna is on the verge of making her musical comeback - and according to one producer, she's ready to return to the top of the charts. "She's ready, ready to make hits," said producer Brian Kennedy Seals, further saying that they've collaborated on three songs already including a dance song and a ballad. One Republic's Ryan Tedder, who is also working with the pop star on her next musical venture, said that Rihanna is still working out the lyrics. "We're not there yet," Ryan said. "She's someone ... who has something to say, so I will let her lead whatever she wants to say." Adding, "She's phenomenal. She's confident and strong and doing what she does."
Television Shows/listing/TV Guide – week of April 22, 2009
At 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, followed by new episodes of Surviving Suburbia and Castle.
CBS has a new Big Bang Theory at 8, then new episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Rules of Engagement, and CSI: Miami.
NBC has the season finales of Chuck and Heroes, then a new Medium.
FOX has a new House at 8, then a new 24.
The CW has a new Gossip Girl, followed by a new One Tree Hill.
There's a new Antiques Roadshow on PBS at 8, then a new American Experience.
ABC Family has a new Greek at 8, then four new episodes of Roommates.
MyNetwork TV has a new Masters of Illusion at 8, followed by a new Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed.
TCM has The Blue Dahlia at 8, followed by The Dark Corner.
Also at 8: Food Network has a new Good Eats.
At 9, USA has a new Monday Night RAW.
Food Network has a new Unwrapped at 9.
At 10, Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
History Channel has a new Ax Men at 10.
A&E has a new Paranormal State at 10.
Hot Alternative Rock Tracks – April 22, 2009
Feel Good Drag – Anberlin
Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
Lifeline – Papa Roach
Audience Of One – Rise Against
Careless Whisper – Seether
Hey You – 311
Panic Switch – Silversun Pickups
Know Your Enemy – Green Day
Dirt Room – Blue October
Black Heart Inertia – Incubus
Kids – MGMT
Top Rock Tracks – April 22, 2009
Lifeline – Papa Roach
Cyanide – Metallica
Hate My Life – Theory of a Deadman
Second Chance – Shinedown
Brother – Pearl Jam
Top Country Hits – April 22, 2009
She’s Country – Jason Aldean
Here Comes Goodbye – Rascal Flatts
It’s America – Rodney Atkins
I Told You So – Carrie Underwood Feat. Randy Travis
Nothin’ To Die For – Tim McGraw
It Happens – Sugarland
Don’t Think I Can’t Love You – Jake Owen
It Won’t Be Like This For Long – Dariuus Rucker
Kiss A Girl – Keith Urban
Then – Brad Paisley
One in Every Crowd – Montgomery Gentry
Out Last Night – Kenny Chesney
Smooth Jazz – April 22, 2009
I’m Waiting For You – Jackiem Joyner
Stop, Look Listen To Your Heart – Boney James
Chill or be Chilled – Oli Silk
Bada Bing – Dave Koz Feat. Jeff Golub
Lets Get It On – Jeff Waters
Fortune Teller - Fourplay
Top Movies – April 22, 2009
Monsters vs. Aliens
State of Play
Hannah Montana The Movie
Fast & Furious
I Love You, Man
Observe and Report
Haunting in Connecticut
Race Wich Mountain.