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

 

In The News  

A massive late winter storm roared out of the Southeast and into the Northeast overnight, dumping more than a foot of snow in spots, idling hundreds of flights and promising to make the commute treacherous. Winter storm warnings were issued from North Carolina to New Hampshire, with most areas expected to see 8 to 12 inches of snow and slightly higher amounts possible in northern areas.

Consumer spending rose in January after falling for a record six straight months, pushed higher by purchases of food and other nondurable items. But the increase is expected to be fleeting given all the problems facing the economy. The Commerce Department says consumer spending rose 0.6 percent in January, even better than the 0.4 percent gain that economists expected.

Two U.S. officials are being sent to Damascus for talks with Syrian officials on improving ties, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced — a sign of the Obama administration’s interest in moving quickly on several fronts in the Middle East.

The Dow hits its lowest point since 1997 – around 6500.

After Barack Obama's first six weeks as president, the American public's attitudes about the two political parties couldn't be more different, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds. Despite the country's struggling economy and vocal opposition to some of his policies, President Obama's favorability rating is at an all-time high. Two-thirds feel hopeful about his leadership and six in 10 approve of the job he's doing in the White House.

The Coast Guard called off the search for two NFL players and a third man lost at sea off the Florida coast after their boat capsized during a fishing trip. Officials said the search would end at sundown, with Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, free-agent defensive lineman Corey Smith, who played with the Detroit Lions last season, and former South Florida player William Bleakley still missing in the rough, chilly seas.

brad pitt on capitol hill    march 2009   trivia   mrpopcultureActor Brad Pitt charms Capitol Hill and it seemed everyone from Nancy Pelosi to Harry Reid got in on the act. He met with President Obama in a secret meeting. Apparently they discussed the New Orleans rebuilding.  

The U.S. unemployment rate bolted to 8.1 percent in February, the highest since late 1983, as cost-cutting employers slashed 651,000 jobs.

The Obama administration kicks off a new program that's designed to help up to 9 million borrowers stay in their homes through refinanced mortgages or loans that are modified to lower monthly payments. Borrowers, however, are being advised to be patient in their efforts to get help because mortgage companies are likely to be flooded with calls.

Barbara Bush underwent heart surgery Wednesday at Methodist Willowbrook Hospital in Houston for a heart valve replacement. The surgery went as planned and was successful. She was out of recovery in the ICU awake and alert. Her husband former President George Bush was with her.

China's Premier Wen Jiabao said that Beijing is ready to hold talks with Taiwan on political and military issues in the pursuit of ending hostility between the longtime rivals. In a report to the annual legislative session's opening ceremony, Wen hailed a significant improvement in ties and a major reduction in tensions over the past year between China and the self-governing island across the Taiwan Strait that Beijing claims as Chinese territory.

 

Radio News – March 1, 2009

 Passing – Radio great Paul Harvey… Paul Harvey, the legendary radio host whose career sharing "the rest of the story" with listeners spanned more than 70 years, has died. He was 90. Harvey died at a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, where he kept a winter home, said Louis Adams, a spokesman for the networks. He was surrounded by family members when he died, Adams said. Known for his deliberate delivery and pregnant pauses, Harvey's broadcasts were heard on more than 1,200 radio stations and 400 Armed Forces networks and his commentaries appeared in 300 newspapers, according to his Web site.

 

Entertainment/Celebrity News – March 1, 2009

jonas brothers concert movie news update    march 2009   trivia timeline  mrpopcultureTeen idols the Jonas Brothers got beaten up by a pistol-packing granny at the weekend box office in North America, failing to live up to the hype generated by their concert movie. The film's core audience of screaming young girls was evidently outnumbered by the older black women who ensured that "Madea Goes to Jail" logged a second term at No. 1.

 British media are reporting that Michael Jackson will play his first live concerts for years in London this summer. More to come.

Rock band U2 is getting official recognition for its stint this week on David Letterman’s show. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is temporarily renaming part of West 53rd Street in New York City as "U2 Way" on Tuesday of this week, the day the group's latest CD is being released. The band is performing an unprecedented five consecutive times this week on the Letterman show over CBS.

New Orleans - Britney Spears kicks off her world tour -- her first concert tour in five years.

It'll be Barry Manilow versus the mall rats. The New Zealand city of Christchurch hopes that putting the American crooner's smooth and gentle tones into the mix of music to be broadcast through the central mall district can pacify unruly teens who congregate there- or at least convince them to go elsewhere. "The intention is to change the environment in a positive way ... so nobody feels threatened or intimidated," Central City Business Association manager Paul Lonsdale told The Associated Press. "I did not say Barry Manilow is a weapon of mass destruction."

The producer of the MTV reality series confirms Lauran Conrad is leaving "The Hills," and that season five, premiering March 30, will be Conrad's final appearance. "The Hills," which debuted in 2006, has followed Conrad as she struggles with man problems, career drama and friendship fall outs.

 Jimmy Fallon debuts as host of NBC's "Late Night."

Game - THQ's 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand seems to be an impressive follow-up to 2006's less-than-spectacular-yet-commercially successful 50 Cent: Bulletproof. It’s available for Sony Play Station 3 or Xbox 360.

 

Technology News – March 1, 2009

Youtube History

 youtube 100 million videos   history timeline trivia  march 1, 2009   mrpopcultureYouTube surpassed 100 million video views in January, breaking a record, according to new stats from market tracker ComScore. YouTube showed 101.87 million videos.  Fox's MySpace and Yahoo were neck and neck with 62.5 million and 62.1 million videos. Hulu, the fast-rising site from NBC and Fox that will celebrate its one year anniversary this month, was in sixth place, with 24.4 million videos, below no. 4 MSN's 30 million and AOL's 27 million. All in all, over 147 million U.S. Internet users watched an average of 101 videos per viewer in January, ComScore says. Google's YouTube attracted two out of every three Internet users who watched video.

 

Top Movies – March 1, 2009

Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes To Jail

Slumdog Millionaire

Jonas Brothers 3D Concert Experience

Taken

He’s Just Not That Into You

Coraline

Paul Bart: Mall Cop

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

Fired-Up!

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Gran Torino

The Reader

 

Top TV Shows/listings/TV Guide – March 1, 2009

1.

American Idol, Wednesday

FOX

2.

American Idol, Thursday

FOX

3.

NCIS

CBS

4.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

CBS

5.

Movie: "Jesse Stone: Thin Ice

CBS

6.

House

FOX

7.

60 Minutes

CBS

8.

Criminal Minds

CBS

9.

CSI: NY

CBS

10.

Two and a Half Men

CBS

 

 

Top Pop Hits – Week Of March 1, 2009

Circus - Britney Spears

Gives You Hell - All American Rejects

Just Dance - Lady Gaga fea. Colby O'Donis

Love Story - Taylor Swift

Sober - Pink

kanye west music  billboard chart   march 2009   trivia  timeline   mrpopcultureHeartless - Kanye West

My Life Would Suck Without You - Kelly Clarkson

Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyonce

You Found Me - Fray

Right Round - Flo Rida fea. Ke$ha

Dead and Gone - T.I. fea. Justin Timberlake

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