Dateline: Week Of October 15, 2010 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Swiss engineers smashed through the last stretch of rock Friday to create the world's longest tunnel, sparking a national groundswell of elation over a costly, technically difficult project that has been 60 years in the making. Trumpets sounded, cheers reverberated and even burly workers wiped away tears as foreman Eduard Baer lifted a statue of Saint Barbara — the patron saint of miners — through a small hole in the enormous drilling machine thousands of feet (meters) underground in central Switzerland. The new Gotthard Base Tunnel is seen as an important milestone in the creation of a high-speed transportation network connecting all corners of Europe. First conceived in 1947 by engineer Eduard Gruner, it will allow millions of tons of goods that are currently transported through the Alps on heavy trucks to be shifted onto the rails, particularly on the economically important link between the Dutch port of Rotterdam and Italy's Mediterranean port of Genoa.
End tax breaks that reward some U.S. companies with overseas subsidiaries and encourage those businesses to create jobs in other countries, President Barack Obama is telling Congress. Yet it's an idea that has raised concerns even among some lawmakers in the president’s own party. At issue is a bill, now stalled in the Senate, that would do away with some tax credits and deferrals for U.S. companies for operations abroad.
A billboard in western Colorado that used caricatures to depict President Barack Obama as a terrorist, gangster, Mexican bandit and a gay man has been taken down. The sign along an Interstate 70 business loop in Grand Junction drew criticism from local Republicans and Democrats.
Rescuers battled dangerous levels of gas and the risk of falling coal as they worked to free 16 iners after an explosion at a coal mine in central China early Saturday. Officials confirmed 21 miners were killed. The blast happened as the world still celebrated Chile's dramatically successful rescue of 33 miners trapped more than two months.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle are campaigning together for the first time since the 2008 presidential race as they set their sights on Ohio. The Obamas were to make campaign on Sunday for Gov. Ted Strickland and raise money for the DNC. Their day was set to end in Columbus at a large, nighttime rally on the campus of Ohio State University aimed at firing up the young Democrats and first-time voters who helped Obama carry Ohio on his way to the White House in 2008.
A senior Chinese official rejected a U.S. trade complaint about Beijing's clean energy policy and said Sunday that Washington might be improperly supporting its own industry. The U.S. government said Friday it would investigate complaints by a labor union that Beijing unfairly subsidizes its producers of wind and solar equipment.
Two post office workers were killed Monday (October 18) in a shooting at a post office in West Tennessee during a possible robbery attempt, authorities said. The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department said that two female employees were killed Monday morning in what may have been a robbery at the Henning post office. Officers are searching for a maroon Chevrolet Malibu with two men inside.
Masked youths clashed with police and set fires in cities across France on Tuesday as protests against a proposed hike in the retirement age took an increasingly radical turn. Hundreds of flights were canceled, long lines formed at gas stations and train service in many regions was cut in half.
Islamic insurgents including a suicide bomber stormed Chechnya's parliament on Tuesday, leaving six people dead and 17 injured in one of the most brazen attacks on the provincial capital in months, officials said.Ten years after the latest separatist war in the volatile region in southern Russia and after a decade of roundups and disappearances of Islamic suspects, it appears that Chechnya's Kremlin-backed administration still can't stop separatists from trying to blow up parliament.
Someone fired shots at the Pentagon early Tuesday in what security officials described as "a random event." No one was injured in the predawn incident in which shots were fired into two windows at the sprawling Defense Department just across the Potomac River in suburban Virginia. Steven Calvery, director of the civilian Pentagon Force Protection Agency, told reporters that authorities would have to re-evaluate their assessment if they find the incident was part of a larger plot. He said authorities did not yet have any suspects.
Toyota is recalling 1.53 million Lexus, Avalon and other models, mostly in the U.S. and Japan, for brake fluid and fuel pump problems, the latest in a string of quality lapses for the world's No. 1 automaker. Toyota. said it will call back for repairs about 740,000 cars in the U.S. and 599,000 in Japan. The remainder are in Europe and other markets around the world.
Author passing - Belva Plain, who wrote more than 20 best-selling novels during a literary career that spanned several decades, has died. She was 95. Plain's daughter, Barbara, said the author died in her sleep Tuesday at her home in New Jersey. A cause of death was not disclosed.
The Final Frontier – The most massive conglomeration of galaxies ever spotted in the early universe has been found, astronomers say. This behemoth galaxy cluster contains about 800 trillion suns packed inside hundreds of galaxies. And it's not even finished growing. The newfound cluster, called SPT-CL J0546-5345, is about 7 billion light-years from Earth, meaning that its light has taken that long to reach us. Thus, astronomers are seeing this clump as it was 7 billion years ago.
Technology News - October 15, 2010 -
and the virtual-telescope company have announced a deal to integrate tens of thousands of pictures captured by Slooh's members automatically into Google Earth's astronomical database. The arrangement could bring scientific crowdsourcing to a whole new level. Millions of Internet users have already been participating in space-themed projects such as SETI & @ HOME, Galazy Zoo and Moon Zoo, but those projects mostly involve sifting through data collected by the professionals. The collaboration announced today immediately puts images of more than 35,000 celestial objects into a Google Sky layer within the free Google Earth standalone program. New Slooh pictures will be added as soon as they're taken.
According to a report out Tuesday, there will be 2 billion Web dwellers by the end of this year. The number of internet users worldwide has doubled in the past five years according to the report from the International Telecommunication Union. Much of the big number can be attributed to internet growth in developing countries. The report said 162 million of the 226 million new Internet users in 2010 will live in those countries, where Web access is still growing.
Fascinating Facts - October 15, 2010 -
Old idea returns – McRibs Are Back - For the first time in almost 17 years, this unique McDonald's dish will be available at every location in the country for six saucy weeks starting November 2.
Cosmetic News - October 15, 2010 -
Federal health officials approved the wrinkle-smoothing injection Botox for migrane on Friday, giving drugmaker Allergan clearance to begin marketing its drug to patients with a serious history of the condition. The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug for patients who experience 15 or more days of migraine headaches per month. Allergan, which specializes in beauty and eye-care drugs, said roughly 3.2 million people in the U.S. have chronic migraines.
Entertainment News - October 15, 2010 -
Actress Kim Novak, best known for her starring role in the 1958 classic "Vertigo," has been diagnosed with breast cancer, her manager said. "It was caught early by a routine yearly mammogram and is undergoing treatment," Sue Cameron told the Hollywood Reporter. "All her doctors say she is in fantastic physical shape and should recover very well." Novak, 77, also held notable roles in "Picnic," "Pal Joey" and "Bell, Book and Candle." She last appeared in "Liebestraum" in 1991, but her scenes were cut after she battled with its director.
Music News - October 15, 2010 -
Rapper T.I. has been sentenced to 11 months behind bars for violating his probation as a result of a drug arrest last month. The "Live Your Life" hit maker, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., was taken into custody with his wife Tameka "Tiny" Cottle after a traffic stop in Los Angeles and they were booked for felony possession of a controlled substance. T.I. was already on probation for gun charges.
It's a boy Alicia Keys and her husband, music producer/rapper Swizz Beatz (Swiss Beats). Keys gave birth Thursday night in New York and the couple have named their son Egypt Dean. It's the first child for the superstar singer and the fourth child for Beatz, whose real name is Kaseem (KAH-seem) Dean. The couple was married July 31.
TMZ reports - A 12-year-old boy claims Justin Bieber hit him while playing a game, according to the reports, though he suffered no visible injuries. A rep for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police tells TMZ the incident was reported to authorities by the boy's father. Though the rep wouldn't confirm anything about Bieber, they did say they are in the process of interviewing witnesses. The popular Canadian blog ZackTaylor says they spoke to a staffer at the facility who says that during the game, Bieber was cornered by several kids "and accidentally hit the kid while running away."
New Keith Richards Book Out Later This Month…In it, Richards describes Mick Jagger as 'unbearable' in his autobiography titled, “Life,” in entries which lay bare their fraught relationship. The 66-year-old reveals his nicknames for Jagger are 'Brenda' and 'Your Majesty'. Richards writes of the distance between the pair, saying: 'I used to love Mick, but I haven't been to his dressing room in 20 years. 'Sometimes I think, "I miss my friend'. I wonder, 'Where did he go?"' 'It was the beginning of the Eighties when Mick started to become unbearable.'
Television News - October 15, 2010 -
News Corp.'s Fox pulled its channels off Cablevision early Saturday after the companies' programming deal expired and negotiations for a new one stalled, threatening broadcasts of baseball playoffs for some 3 million Cablevision subscribers in New York and Philadelphia. The blackout affects Fox 5 and My9 in New York and Fox29 in Philadelphia. Subscribers also lose access to cable channels Fox Business Network, NatGeo Wild and Fox Deportes.
BMX rider and MTV host T.J. Lavin has been placed in a medically induced coma after he crashed following a jump during an event at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Review Journal reported. The 33-year-old suffered a head injury Thursday night during preliminaries for this weekend's Dew Tour. The newspaper reported Friday that Lavin was unconscious and taken to a hospital where he was listed in critical condition.
Passing - Goodbye Mrs. Cleaver - Barbara Billingsley, who is best known for her role as the original "supermom" June Clever on the hit sitcom "Leave It to Beaver," died at her home in Santa Monica on Saturday of rheumatoid disorder polymyalgia, according to her publicist Judy Twersky. She was 94.
Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band will be the house band for Conan O'Brien's upcoming TBS show, the network announced Tuesday.
Andy Richter re-teams with Conan O'Brien Vivino, the former associate music director, arranger, guitarist and vocalist for Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien and Late Night with Conan O'Brien, replaces Max Weinberg as bandleader for Conan. Weinberg, who served as bandleader on both of O'Brien's previous shows for a total of 17 years, opted not to join Conan. Vivino’s brother is Floyd Vivino – New Jersey comedian.
Goodbye Mr. Cunningham – Passing - Tom Bosley, best known as Howard Cunningham on 'Happy Days,' has died at the age of 83. Bosley died in his home in Palm Springs after battling a staph infection.
NPR fires Juan Williams after remarks he made on Bill O’Reilly’s show about Muslims. On Monday, O'Reilly asked Williams if there is a "Muslim dilemma" in the United States. The NPR analyst and longtime Fox News contributor agreed with O'Reilly that such a thing exists, and added that "political correctness can lead to some kind of paralysis where you don't address reality." "I mean, look, Bill, I'm not a bigot," Williams continued. "You know the kind of books I've written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."
Top Video Games - October 15, 2010 -
Halo: Reach (x360)
NBA 2K11 (X360 PS3)
Wii Sports Resort
Dead Rising 2 (X360)
Caslevania: Lords of Shadow (PS3 X360)
FIFA Soccer 11 (X360)
Top Ringtones October 15, 2010 -
Just a Dream – Nelly
Like a G6 – Far’East Movement fea. Cataracs & Dev
Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Top Pop Hits - October 15, 2010 -
Like a G6 – Far East Movement fea. Cataracs & Dev
Just The Way Your Are – Bruno Mars
Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love – Usher fea. Pitbull
Speak Now – Taylor Swift
Dynamite – Taio Cruz
Love The Way You Lie – Eminem fea. Rihanna
Club Can’t Handle Me – Flo Rida fea. David Guetta
Only Girl (In The World) – Rihanna
Just a Dream – Nelly
Runaway – Kanye West fea. Pusha T
I Like It – Enrique Iglesias fea. Pitbull
Mine – Taylor Swift
Bottoms Up – Trey Songz fea. Nicki Minaj
Animal – Neon Trees
Deuces – Chris Brown fea. Tyga & Kevin McCall
Take It Off – Ke$ha
F**K You (Forget You) – Cee Lo Green
Cooler Than Me – Mike Posner
California Gurls – Katy Perry fea. Snoop Dogg
Hot Tottie – Usher fea. Jay-Z
Secrets – OneRepublic
Airplanes B.o.B. fea. Hayley Williams
Stuck Like Glue – Sugarland
Top Movies October 15, 2010 -
Jackass 3D (1st week $50 million)
Red – (1st week $22.5 million)
The Social Network
Life as We Know It
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls fo ga’Hoole
My Soul to take
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
TV listings/TV Guide - October 15, 2010 -
Tuesday Night TV
8:00 to 9:00
ABC: 'No Ordinary Family'
CW: 'One Tree Hill'
NBC: 'The Biggest Loser' -- (120 minutes)
PBS: 'Nova'* -- Season 38
ABC Family: 'Melissa & Joey' -- Followed by a running of 'The Goonies'
Animal Planet: 'Weird, True & Freaky'
DIY: 'Rescue Renovation' -- 8:30 start
ESPN: '30 for 30'
FUSE: 'Elton John & Leon Russell Live From the Beacon Theatre' -- (150 minutes)
HGTV: 'Property Virgins' and 'My First Place'
Spike: '1,000 Ways to Die' -- 8:30 start
TBS: Major League Baseball -- Game 4 of the American League Championships
The rest of the schedule and the late night talk shows after the jump.
9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Dancing With the Stars'
CBS: 'NCIS: Los Angeles'
CW: 'Life Unexpected'
FOX: 'Running Wilde' -- 9:30 start
PBS: 'Frontline'* -- Season 29
A&E: 'Billy the Exterminator' -- Two episodes
Bio: 'Mad Mel: The Rise and Fall of an American Icon' -- (120 minutes) A profile of once Mel Gibson
Bravo: 'The Millionaire Matchmaker' -- Season 4
Discovery: 'Dirty Jobs'*
Discovery Health: 'I'm Pregnant and...' -- Morbidly obese
DIY: 'I Hate My Kitchen' -- 9:30 start
Food Network: 'Private Chefs of Beverly Hills'
HGTV: 'Real Estate Intervention'
ID: 'Cold Blood'*
NatGeo: 'Making History'
NatGeo WILD: 'Zoo Confidential'
Oxygen: 'The Bad Girls Club'
Science Channel: 'Buggin' Out' -- Two episodes
Spike: 'Scream 2010' -- (120 minutes)
SyFy: 'Stargate Universe'
TLC: '19 Kids and Counting'
TVOne: 'K-Ci & JoJo...Come Clean'* -- Two episodes
10:00 to 11:00
ABC: 'Detroit 1-8-7'
CBS: 'The Good Wife'
PBS: 'Independent Lens'* -- Season 12
A&E: 'Parking Wars'
Animal Planet: 'Lost Tapes' and 'Freak Encounters'*
BBC America: 'Come Dine With Me'
BET: 'Being Terry Kennedy'
Comedy: 'Nick Swardson's Pretend Time'
Current: 'Everest ER'
Discovery: 'Ghost Lab'* -- Season 2
Food Network: 'Chopped'
FX: 'Sons of Anarchy'
Green TV: 'Operation Wild: Even Wilder'* -- Two episodes
MTV: 'Teen Mom' -- (120 minutes) Reunion special
Oxygen: 'House of Glam'
Science Channel: 'Mantracker'
TLC: 'The Little Couple'
truTV: 'Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel'
We: 'Crimes of Passion'
'Charlie Rose' (PBS): Ingrid Betancourt
'The Mo'Nique Show' (BET): Shemar Moore; Mika Means
'The Daily Show' (Comedy Central): Condoleezza Rice (repeat)
'Chelsea Lately' (E!): Blake Shelton
'Lopez Tonight' (TBS): The cast of 'Jackass 3D' (may be delayed due to baseball)
'Late Show With David Letterman' (CBS): Stephen Colbert; Johnny Knoxville; performance by Gorillaz (repeat)
'The Tonight Show' (NBC): Katie Couric; Kurt Warner; performance by David Gray (repeat)
'The Colbert Report' (Comedy Central): Author Bill Bryson (repeat)
'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (ABC): Heidi Klum; the latest contestant eliminated from 'Dancing With the Stars'; performance by Mumford & Sons
'Tavis Smiley' (PBS): Bread for the World President David Beckmann; singer Eddie Levert
'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson' (CBS): Debra Winger; actor Adhir Kalyan (repeat)
'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' (NBC): Tina Fey; Colin Hanks; performance by Robert Plant (repeat)
'Last Call With Carson Daly' (NBC): Elisabeth Moss; actress Kim-Maree Penn; performance by Menomena