Dateline: Week Of February 15, 2009 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Nuclear-armed submarines from Britain and France collided in the Atlantic Ocean earlier this month, authorities acknowledged Monday — touching off new concerns about the safety of the world's deep sea missile fleets. The HMS Vanguard, the oldest of Britain's current nuclear-armed submarine fleet, and the French Le Triomphant submarine, which was also carrying nuclear missiles, both suffered minor damage in the collision. No crew members were reported injured.
A Chinese woman who freaked out at Hong Kong's international airport after missing her flight has hit the big time on YouTube after her hysterics were filmed and uploaded to the video sharing website. The middle-aged woman was seen charging at a security guard at the departure gate, before screaming "aieyyahhhhh," at the top of her lungs in a rant that lasts about three minutes.
Racing to reverse the country's economic spiral, President Barack Obama signed the mammoth stimulus package into law Tuesday and readied a new $50 billion foreclosure rescue for legions of Americans who are in danger of losing their homes.
The Securities and Exchange Commission accused Robert Allen Stanford, the chief of the Stanford Financial Group, on Tuesday of conducting "a massive ongoing fraud" in the sale of about $8 billion of high-yielding certificates of deposit held in the firm's bank in Antigua. Also named in the suit were two other executives and some affiliates of the financial group. In the complaint, filed in Federal District Court in Dallas, the SEC accused Stanford and two associates — James Davis, a director and chief financial officer of Stanford Group and the Antigua-based bank affiliate, and Laura Pendergest-Holt, the chief investment officer of both organizations — with misrepresenting the safety and liquidity of the uninsured CD's.
One person is dead and at least 7 injured after overnight thunderstorms swept Georgia and Alabama with tornadoes, hail and lightening. A spokesman for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency says the fatality was reported in Hancock County in east-central Georgia. There were no more details.
The White House insisted it's not trying to take over two ailing financial institutions, even as stocks tumbled again. On Wall Street, talk of nationalization of Citigroup Inc., and Bank of America Corp., prompted investors to continue to balk, worried that the government would have to take control and wipe out shareholders in the process.
President Barack Obama will not adopt a policy to tax motorists based on how many miles they drive instead of how much gasoline they buy, his chief spokesman said Friday. Press secretary Robert Gibbs commented after Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told The Associated Press that he wants to consider the idea, which has been proposed in some states but has angered many drivers.
President Obama ordered the U.S. Treasury on Saturday to implement tax cuts for 95 percent of Americans, fulfilling a campaign pledge he hopes will help jolt the economy out of recession. The tax cuts are part of a $787 billion economic recovery plan passed by the Democratic-controlled Congress over Republican opposition. The aim is to put more money in the pockets of Americans and stimulate the economy by increasing consumer spending.
Music News – February 15, 2009
Chris Brown who was arrested a week ago in connection with a domestic violence investigation, says he is "sorry and saddened" over what happened. In a brief statement released through publicist Michael Sitrick on Sunday, Brown says he is seeking counseling from loved ones and family members. He also says much of what has been reported of the Feb. 8 incident is wrong, although he doesn't elaborate. Brown was booked by Los Angeles police on Feb. 8 for allegedly making a criminal threat. He has not been charged by the district attorney and is free on $50,000 bail while the case is under investigation. Brown allegedly bit and hit the Rihanna, "Disturbia" singer last Saturday night, hours after the two were spotted together at a pre-Grammy party honoring Clive Davis in Beverly Hills.
Kayne West tells MTV news – “'I’m so secure with my manhood. And that's the reason why I can go to Paris, why I can have conversations with people who are blatantly gay. 'Cause I used to be scared to talk to a gay person. It's designers that's scared of people in hip-hop. And in hip hop, there's people — and let's not even say scared like homophobic — but they're scared of the way people gonna look at them. If you see a person be like, 'I don't wanna stand next to Marc Jacobs ’cause I don't want that to bear on me because I'm just so cool.' One of the reasons why, the perspective I come from with my raps and my songs, the reason why can't nobody dis me — no gangsta rapper, nobody can really dis me is ’cause it's so authentic”
After 24 million votes, two male hopefuls and a lone lady were put through to the Top 12 of "American Idol's" Season 8 on Wednesday night. Favorite Danny Gokey was the last contestant to be put through on Wednesday night's broadcast, a surprise to no one but Tatiana Del Toro, who host Ryan Seacrest pulled down to the front of the stage alongside the spectacled singer as he read out the verdict.
The Office" star Angela Kinsey has separated from her husband of eight years, Warren Lieberstein. "Angela and Warren are taking some time apart to figure out what is best for [daughter] Isabel and for their relationship," Kinsey's rep, Tess Finkle, told People. "They continue to be friends and spend time together with their daughter." The couple was wed in June 2000.
A photo that appears to be Rihanna's face with bruises, scratches and swelling from an attack allegedly at the hands of boyfriend Chris Brown was posted Thursday night by the celebrity Web site TMZ. The close-up image shows a welt above each of the woman's eyebrows, marks on her cheek and around her lips, and general swelling. TMZ did not say how it obtained the photo, when it was taken or by whom.
American Idol alum Clay Aiken and his label, RCA Records, have parted ways.
Aiken's latest album, On My Way Here, sold 159,000 copies in the U.S., according to Billboard. His 2003 debut album, Measure of a Man, sold 2.78 million copies. Billboard reported on Friday that he left the label a few months ago.
Top Movies – February 15, 2009
Friday the 13th
He’s Just Not In To You
Confessions of a Shopaholic
Paul Bart Mall Cop
Pink Panther 2
Hotel For Dogs.