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

 

In The News -

On the eve of a global economic summit, President Barack Obama promised world leaders he would listen, not lecture, as they seek a common fix to the financial crisis. "We can only meet this challenge together," he said Wednesday as the U.S. and Russia spoke on the summit sidelines about nuclear warhead reduction.

The U.S. expects North Korea to go ahead with the launch of a satellite-bearing missile, an Obama administration official said, as Kim Jong Il’s regime threatened military action against any attempt to shoot it down.

President Barack Obama told his South Korean counterpart, Lee Myung-Bak, at the Group of 20 nations summit in London today he won’t allow North Korea to drive a wedge between them, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Obama praised Lee for exercising restraint in dealing with provocations from the North. Both leaders agreed to respond to the launch by registering a firm protest with the United Nations.

obama and michelle g-20 meetings london    april 2009   timeline  mrpopculturePresident and First Lady In London - President Obama and South Korean leader Lee Myung-bak, meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 meetings in London, agreed that a united international response will be needed if North Korea conducts a planned rocket launch.

British websites are mostly shrugging off Michelle Obama's "extraordinary" breach of protocol with Queen Elizabeth yesterday. Obama correctly curtsied, but then put her arm around the Queen, who returned the latter gesture. "No-one -- including the ladies-in-waiting standing nearby -- could believe their eyes," the Daily Mail of London reports. "In 57 years, the Queen has never been seen to make that kind of gesture and it is certainly against all protocol to touch her." But the website quotes an eyewitness who says the Queen "didn't seem to mind a bit and was smiling and joking throughout." 

The number of Americans filing new jobless claims jumped unexpectedly last week, while those continuing to receive benefits hit a 10th straight record high. Both figures show the labor market remains weak and is unlikely to recover anytime soon. 

London - Concluding his first international summit, President Barack Obama hailed agreements at the emergency meeting of world powers Thursday as a "turning point in our pursuit of global economic recovery." But he cautioned, "There are no guarantees." Obama said the heads of industrial countries that met in London agreed on "unprecedented steps to restore growth and prevent a crisis like this from happening again." He spoke shortly after G-20 leaders pledged an additional $1.1 trillion in financing to the International Monetary Fund and other global institutions and declared a crackdown on tax havens and hedge funds. The leaders announced the creation of a supervisory body to flag problems in the global financial system — but did not satisfy calls from the U.S. and others for new stimulus measures. 

As North Korea fueled a multistage rocket for its threatened satellite launch, President Barack Obama promised a "stern" response and Japan vowed to press for an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council. Senior U.S. defense officials said that trailers and vehicles carrying rocket propellant were in place at North Korea's coastal launch site and that fueling had begun.

blagojevich indicted scheming auctioning senate seat   april 2009   timeline  mrpopcultureOusted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and five others were indicted Thursday with scheming to auction off President Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat, pressuring a congressman for campaign money and lying to FBI agents.  The 19-count indictment alleges Blagojevich and his aides discussed the possibility he could get a Cabinet post in the new president's administration, substantial fundraising assistance or a high-paying job in exchange for the Senate seat.

At Binghamton, NY - 13 people were killed when a gunman (Jiverly Wong) walked into an immigrant services center and opened fire, Gov. David Paterson said. A federal law enforcement official said the gunman was found dead in the building. "I speak for all of New York when I offer my prayers for the victims and families of this tragedy," Paterson said hours after the gunman shot several people and took dozens hostage. The gunman first blocked the back door with his car, authorities said. 

Pittsburgh - A man opened fire on officers responding to a domestic disturbance call Saturday morning, killing three of them, before barricading himself in the home, a police official said. Three officers were killed, said a police official at the scene who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. At least five officers were wounded, police spokeswoman Diane Richard said. It's not clear if that included the slain officers.

A powerful earthquake in mountainous central Italy knocked down whole blocks of buildings early Monday as residents slept, killing at least 50 people and trapping many more, officials said. Thousands were homeless. The earthquake's epicenter was about 70 miles northeast of Rome near the medieval city of L'Aquila. It struck at 3:32 a.m. local time in a quake-prone region that has had at least nine smaller jolts since the beginning of April. The U.S. Geological Survey said Monday's quake was magnitude 6.3, but Italy's National Institute of Geophysics put it at 5.8. 

Syria's foreign minister praised President Barack Obama's address to the Arab and Islamic world in Turkey, and many Arabs were cheered by the American leader's promises to push for a Palestinian state. On his first visit as president to a predominantly Islamic nation, Obama reached out to Arabs and Muslims in his Ankara address, saying the United States "is not and never will be at war with Islam." He also spoke of the Arab-Israeli peace process, saying he will "actively pursue" the goal of creating a Palestinian state alongside Israel. 

On a trip shrouded in secrecy, President Barack Obama flew into Iraq on Tuesday for a brief look at a war he opposed as a candidate and now vows to end as commander in chief. Obama flew into the country hours after a car bomb exploded in a Shiite neighborhood of the capital city, a deadly reminder of the violence that has claimed the lives at least 4,266 members of the U.S. military since March 2003. The visit came at the conclusion of a long overseas trip that included economic and NATO summits in Europe and two days in Turkey.

 

Technology News – April 1, 2009

 Virus doesn’t live up to its hype -  Latest moves by the “dreaded” Conficker warm are by no means an Internet Armageddon. The worm's outbreak entered a new phase this week as clocks around the world ticked into the first day of April, the day it was scheduled to change programming.

But security experts appeared correct in their predictions that the day was likely to come and go without any major disruptions, even though the worm has infected anywhere from 3 million to 12 million PCs running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system. Computer infections now are all about making money by stealing people's personal information. And Conficker's authors stand to make more money from renting out parts of their huge "botnet" to spammers or identity thieves than by destroying parts of the Internet.

 

Entertainment/Celebrity News – April 1, 2009

miley coming to american idol    april 2009    timeine  trivia    mrpopculture Miley Cyrus says that “The last thing I ever want to do is disappoint my parents," she tells May's Glamour. My mom's dad died when she was 18, and if something ever happened to one of my parents, I'd want them to go knowing I made them proud. I think it's selfish to go out partying all the time, especially if you have little ones [in your family]. I have a 9-year-old sister, and I don't want her to go to school and have people make fun of her for it." The peer pressure can be hard to avoid. "At one of the very first awards shows I ever did, there was a bottle of vodka in my gift bag," she says. "No one cared that they were giving this to a 12-year-old."

More Miley… She’s coming to "American Idol."  The 16-year-old superstar, who is gearing up for the release of "Hannah Montana The Movie," pre-taped a performance of her hit song, "The Climb," for the hit FOX reality competition on Wednesday night. The performance will air on April 15.

Three men have been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering South African reggae star Lucky Dube in 2007, Dube, 43, was killed in a botched carjacking in October 2007. Dube recorded more than 20 albums and had shared a stage with Sinead O'Connor, Peter Gabriel and Sting.

 

 Televison News – April 1, 2009

George Lopez is the latest entry in the increasingly crowded late-night tv ring. TBS will launch the George Lopez talk show in November and will air at 11 p.m. Monday – Thursday, its second half-hour running against NBC’s The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman. George’s sitcom ran for six seasons.

Final ER on NBC - April 2009   trivia  timeline   mrpopcultureThis week -  The final ER. NBC will have an hour-long retrospective at and then the two-hour season finale of the show . Old favorites come back this season in previous episodes, and a couple more are coming back for this show including George Clooney

CBS cancels Soap “Guiding Light” after a seriously long run.

Jay Leno’s prime-time show will launch nationwide this fall -- except in Boston.

The NBC affiliate in Beantown, WHDH-TV, says it won't air the show and will instead opt for a local newscast in the 10 p.m. hour. The station thinks it can get better ratings with news than with Leno's show, which will run every weeknight at 10 ET starting in the fall.

 Levi Johnston is in big trouble at the Sarah Palin household. After talking about sex on "The Tyra Banks Show," Johnston – the 18-year-old father of Bristol Palin's baby – was hit with a blistering response from Bristol's mother, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. "Bristol did not even know Levi was going on the show. We're disappointed that Levi and his family, in a quest for fame, attention, and fortune, are engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration, and even distortion of their relationship," says the statement from the Palin family rep. "Bristol's focus will remain on raising Tripp, completing her education, and advocating abstinence," the statement continues. "It is unfortunate that Levi finds it more appealing to exploit his previous relationship with Bristol than to contribute to the well being of the child."

The Real Housewives of New York star Kelly Bensimon says her feuding days with Bethenny Frankel are finished. Asked about their recent fiery exchange on the show, she tells Us, "It was just two girls having conflict. I really don't think anything of it. It's over." She says they're even on better terms these days: "We are friendly." But she doesn't regret having words with Frankel. Says Bensimon, "You have to stand up for yourself. I don't really think anything of it." Not all of Bensimon's drama is over: She still faces a misdemeanor assault charge for punching her boyfriend in the face. (She has pleaded not guilty.)

lindsay lohan splits with samanth ronsonhave  trivia timeline   mrpopcultureLindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronsonhave split again and this time, Sam means it. The couple -- who first debuted their relationship in May 2008 at the Cannes Film Festival -- got into a fight over the weekend at a party Samantha threw for her fashion-designer sister Charlotte Ronson at West Hollywood's Bar Marmont.

Bachelor star Melissa Rycroft didn't win over the judges on Monday's Dancing With the Stars. She and partner Tony Dovolani earned one of their lowest scores of the season, a 25 out of 30, for their Paso Doble, dropping them out of the top three. Although judge Bruno Tonioli called her a "molting heartbreaker," Len Goodman said she had some "blunders" and Carrie Ann Inaba noted that she "needed more curve"

 

 Top Movies – April 1, 2009

Fast and Furious

Monsters Vs. Aliens The Haunting in Connecticut

The Knowing

I Love You, Man

Adventureland

Duplicity

Race to Wich Mountain

12 Rounds

Sunshine Cleaning

Taken

The Last House on the Left

Watchmen

Slumdog Millionaire

Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes To Jail

Paul Bart: Mall Cop

Gran Torino

Under the Sea 3D

He’s Just Not In To You

Hotel For Dogs

The Reader

Sin Nombre

Coraline

Two Lovers

 

Top TV Shows/listings/TV Guide – April 1, 2009
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1.

American Idol (Wednesday)

FOX

2.

American Idol Results Special (Thursday)

FOX

3.

Dancing With The Stars

ABC

4.

NCIS

CBS

5.

The Mentalist CBS

CBS

6.

Dancing with the Stars Results

ABC

7.

Grey's Anatomy ABC

ABC

8.

60 Minutes

CBS

9.

Criminal Minds

CBS

10.

CSI: Miami

CBS

11.

CSI: NY

CBS

12.

Amazing Race 14

CBS

13.

Cold Case

CBS

14.

Two And a Half Men

CBS

15.

CBS NCAA Basketball Championship (Friday)

CBS

16.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

ABC

17.

CBS NCAA Basketball Championship (Saturday)

CBS

18.

CBS NCAA Basketball Championship (Thursday)

CBS

19.

24

FOX

20.

ER

NBC

 

Top Pop Hits – April 1, 2009

Right Round – Flo Rida

Gives You Hell – All-American Rejects

Poker Face – Lady GaGa

kelly clarkson billboard music chart  top100  trivia timeline   mrpopculture  april 2009My Life Would Suck Without You – Kelly Clarkson

Dead and Gone – T.J. Feat. Justin Timberlake

You Found Me – Fray

Sober – Pink

Circus – Britney Spears

Kiss Me Through the Phone – Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em Feat. Sammi

Heartless – Kayne West

Mad – Ne-Yo

lady gaga music billboard chart top100  april 2009   trivia timeline  mrpopcultureJust Dance – Lady GaGa Feat. Colby O’Donis

Beautiful – Akon Feat.  COLBY O'DONIS & KARDINAL OFFISHALL

How Do You Sleep? - JESSE MCCARTNEY FEAT. LUDACRIS

Love Story – Taylor Swift

Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas

If U Seek Amy – Britney Spears

Love Sex Marriage - CIARA FEAT. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

The Climb – Miley Cyrus

Candle (sick and tired) – White Tie Affair

Shinedown – Second Chance

Halo - Beyonce

 

Top  Alternative Rock – April 1, 2009

kings of leon music billboard alternative chart   april 2009  trivia timeline  mrpopcultureUse Somebody – Kings of Leon

Feel Good Drag – Anberlin

Lifeline – Papa Roach

Sometime Around Midnight – Airborne Toxic Event

Love Hurts – Incubus

Audience of One – Rise Against

 

Top Country – April 1, 2009

It Won't Be Like This For Long – Darius Ricker

george strait billboard country chart  music trivia timeline  april 2009  mrpopcultureRiver of Love – George Strait

Don’t Think I Can’t Love You – Jake Owen

It’s America – Rodney Atkins

She’s Country – Jason Aldean

Nothin’ To Die For -  Tim McGraw

Here Comes Goodbye – Rascal Flatts

I Told You So – Carrie Underwood Feat. Randy Travis

It Happens – Sugerland

Ride – Martina McBride

Shuttin’ Detroit Down – John Rich

 

Smooth Jazz – April 1, 2009

Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart) – Boney James

I’m Waiting For You – Jackeim Joyner

Chill or be Chilled – Oli Silk

Religify – Euge Grove

You and I – Michael Lington

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