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Dateline: Week Of May 22, 2010 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts

In The News -

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who played coy for months about his political ambitions as he burnished a national reputation as a fighter of corruption, finally declared Saturday that he was running for governor of the state led by his iconic father for more than a decade. Cuomo, a Democrat, posted a video and statement online announcing his candidacy, declaring that a once-proud state must rise again from financial and ethical crises that have become a national embarrassment.

An Air India Express plane trying to land Saturday at a tricky hilltop airport in southern India overshot the runway, crashed over a cliff and burst into flames with 166 people on board, officials said. Only eight survived.

gulf oil spill news update may 22 2010The U.S. government threatened on Sunday to remove BP from efforts to seal a blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico if it doesn't do enough to stop the leak, though it acknowledged only the company and the oil industry have the know-how to halt the deepwater spill. The Coast Guard said on Sunday that over 65 miles of Gulf Coast has experienced "shoreline impact" and less than half of it could be cleaned up relatively quickly, underscoring the growing ecological toll of the disaster.

The United States and China formally open high-level talks on Monday intended to steady their vast and sometimes tense economic relationship, but North Korea threatened to emerge as a point of diplomatic contention. Any feuding over Chinese exchange rate policies, however, appeared likely to be kept out of the limelight.

Armed tribesmen kidnapped an American couple near the Yemeni capital San'a on Monday, officials said. Security officials, a taxi driver and tribesmen said the pair were seized as they were traveling west of the capital in al-Hudaydah province. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they aren't authorized to speak to the media.

South Korea won U.S. support Monday for slashing trade to North Korea and vowed to haul its communist neighbor before the U.N. Security Council for a torpedo attack that sank a South Korean warship and killed 46 sailors. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he expects the Security Council to take action against North Korea, calling the evidence that the North was responsible "overwhelming and deeply troubling."

Relations on the divided Korean peninsula plunged to their lowest point in a decade Tuesday when the North declared it was cutting all ties to Seoul as punishment for blaming the communists for the sinking of a South Korean warship. The announcement came a day after South Korea took steps that were seen as among the strongest it could take short of military action. Seoul said it would slash trade with the North and deny permission to its cargo ships to pass through South Korean waters. It also resumed a propaganda offensive — including blaring Western music into the North and dropping leaflets by balloon.

President Barack Obama will deploy 1,200 National Guard troops to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border. Obama will also request $500 million for border protection and law enforcement activities. The National Guard troops will work on intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, intelligence and blocking drug trafficking. The development comes as Republican senators were preparing to push for such measures in Senate legislation.

Thai authorities accused ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra of terrorism Tuesday, issuing an arrest warrant on charges that carry a possible death sentence for his alleged role in deadly street protests, and setting the stage for further political strife. Thaksin, who lives in self-imposed exile but still has wide support among the so-called Red Shirts whose protests were violently ended by the military last week, responded that the government should be ashamed of itself for its handling of the crisis that left 88 dead and said he merely wants to keep Thailand from becoming a "banana republic."

Jamaica - After a slum raid that left nearly 50 people dead in four days of gunbattles, the reputed drug kingpin who was the target may have fled the country, the government said Wednesday. Strongman Christopher Coke (aka Dudas), who helped the prime minister win elected office, had months to stockpile weapons in his slum stronghold while the premier wavered over U.S. demands for his extradition.

More News - May 22, 2010 -

The Gulf oil spill has surpassed the Exxon Valdez as the worst in U.S. history, according to new estimates released Thursday, but the Coast Guard and BP said an untested procedure to stop it seemed to be working. A team of scientists trying to determine how much oil has been flowing since the offshore rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20 and sank two days later found the rate was more than twice and possibly up to five times as high as previously thought.

Suspected Maoist rebels derailed an overnight passenger train Friday in eastern India, triggering a crash with an oncoming cargo train that killed at least 65 people and injured an additional 200, officials said.

Suspected Islamist militants attacked two mosques packed with hundreds of worshippers from a minority sect in eastern Pakistan on Friday, holding hostages and battling police, officials and witnesses said. Some 80 people died, and dozens were wounded in the worst attack ever against the Ahmadi sect.

The flow of oil from the broken well in the Gulf of Mexico has stopped, the U.S. incident commander Admiral Thad Allen claimed Friday, but BP warned it would be a further 48 hours before it was known whether the "top kill" procedure had been successful. The next 12 to 18 hours would be "very critical" in the effort to stop the gusher which has caused the worst oil spill in U.S. history, Allen said on ABC's Good Morning America show. It didn’t work…

The best hope for stopping the flow of oil from the blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico has been compared to hitting a target the size of a dinner plate with a drill more than two miles into the earth, and is anything but a sure bet on the first attempt. Bid after bid has failed to stanch what has already become the nation's worst-ever spill, and BP PLC is readying another patchwork attempt as early as Wednesday, this one a cut-and-cap process to put a lid on the leaking wellhead so oil can be siphoned to the surface.

The U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting on Israel's deadly commando raid on ships taking humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip, with the Palestinians and Arab nations demanding condemnation and an independent investigation. The Palestinians and Arabs, backed by a number of council members, also called for Israel to lift the blockade on Gaza, immediately release the ships and humanitarian activists, and allow them to deliver their goods.

Sports passing - Jose Lima, a right-handed pitcher who was a 20-game winner and an All-Star during a 13-year major league career, died Sunday, the Los Angeles Dodgers said. He was 37. Lima, who won 13 games with the Dodgers in 2004, died of an apparent heart attack, according to the Aguilas Cibaenas, a winter ball team that Lima had played for in the Dominican Republic.

kobe bryant nba playoffs may 2010NBA Playoffs – Los Angles Lakers win in clutch play… A path through the lane suddenly opened up before Ron Artest. Kobe Bryant’s missed 3-pointer dropped right into his hands, and Artest’s layup banked neatly through the net as the buzzer sounded on Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. Final score – Lakers 103, Phoenix Suns – 101.

Dario Franchitti wins the Indy 500 for the second time!!

NBA Playoffs – It’ll be the Lakers and the Boston Celtics!! Look out!

Technology News - May 22, 2010 –

Tech Guy” Leo LaPorte – who does a popular weekend radio show on the tech industry – is at war of sorts with Facebook – and has pulled his page. And lately – the social Internet giant has come under fire for how it operates and how it shares information. Now buffeted by those privacy snafus and the lingering fallout from a damning, years-old instant messaging thread, Facebook chief exec Mark Zuckerberg switched into full-on damage control Monday, confessing that the sprawling social network had "missed the mark" when it comes to its complex privacy controls — and pledging to do better. The company this week releases these bullet points – to set the record straight…

Here are the principles under which Facebook operates:

You have control over how your information is shared.

We do not share your personal information with people or services you don't want.

We do not give advertisers access to your personal information.

We do not and never will sell any of your information to anyone.

We will always keep Facebook a free service for everyone.

Heeding widespread concerns about how much of its users' personal data it shares on the web, Facebook said it will begin implementing simpler privacy settings this week!.

In honor of YouTube’s fifth birthday, the site announced it's now attracting more than two billion video views a day. “That’s nearly double the prime-time audience of all three major U.S. television networks combined,” the YouTube team wrote in a blog post. “We certainly can’t imagine what the future will look like. But we do know there’s a lot more to be done ... We’re just getting started.” To celebrate, the Google-owned site launched its You Tube Five Year Channel and a project called “My YouTube Story,” which features users talking about the ways in which the video site has affected their lives.

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, plans to slash the price of Apple's 16GB 3GS iPhone to $97 beginning Tuesday. Apple is widely expected to unveil a brand-new iPhone next month, and could be working with retailers to clear out its remaining inventory of the about-to-be-outdated model. At the new price, customers will save $100 on Apple's smart phone, which currently sells for $199. The deal requires that the phone be purchased with a two-year contract from AT&T, the iPhone's exclusive service provider.

Global sales for Apple’s iPad begin, and fans across the globe were lining up for the device. The iPad became available in Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Japan, following its April 3 debut in the U.S. Apple has sold a million iPads in the U.S. since the launch, topping most analysts' expectations.

Fascinating Facts - May 22, 2010 -

Amazing Stat - According to a study funded by UK-based Sheila’s Wheels insurance company, the average woman wears 1,000 pounds worth of clothes and accessories per day—or, according to today's exchange, about $1,440. The study says the typical outfit consists of a top worth about $30, skirt $44, coat $90, shoes $70, handbag $150, jewelry worth more than $500 and watch about $110. The study also included estimates for underwear, tights and knitwear.

West Hollywood, Calif., became the latest city to put a leash on pet sales in February, when its city council unanimously approved an ordinance prohibiting sales of dogs and cats in retail stores. Albuquerque, N.M., and South Lake Tahoe, Calif., have also banned pet sales. Other cities in Florida, New Mexico, Missouri and elsewhere are considering similar bans on the sale of dogs and cats. Animal advocates say pet store sales fuel the puppy mill industry, where dogs are bred and raised in cramped, unhealthy and inhumane conditions. Same with cats.

NASCAR history - Top Drivers in NASCAR - May 22, 2010

denny hamlin nascar news may 2010Denny Hamlin

Kyle Busch

Jimmie Johnson

Kevin Harvick

Kurt Busch

Matt Kenseth

Jeff Burton

Jeff Gordon

And the 2014 SuperBowl Goes To… The new Meadowlands Stadium in NJ.

Entertainment News - May 22, 2010 -

Actress Lindsay Lohan has avoided jail, but the troubled star is under strict orders to abstain from alcohol, wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet and submit to random weekly drug testing.Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel also banned Lohan from filming a new movie project in Texas, because it would fall outside the range of her SCRAM bracelet.

The husband of Brittany Murphy was found dead by his mother-in-law late Sunday at the Los Angeles home he shared with the late actress, the coroner's office said. Simon Monjack’s death was reported as a possible heart attack and appeared to be from natural causes, Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said. Monjack was 39. Murphy died last Dec. 20 after collapsing in the same home.

cnn apologizes to coolio may 2010CNN has issued an apology for playing a profanity laced song by Coolio in the middle of the afternoon, this week. The network played an uncensored version of Coolio’s “Fantastic Voyage” at the end of a segment about a 103-year-old Coatesville, Pennsylvania woman named Gladys Flamer, who still enjoyed driving her Cadillac. Anchor/host Kyra Phillips immediately apologized for the embarrassing mistake after a commercial break.

Marie Osmond has been announced to participate in a tribute to "American Bandstand" and Dick Clark that will be featured on The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. In addition to Osmond, Cher, Barry Manilow, Garth Brooks, Ann-Margret, Frankie Avalon, The Spinners, Jay Leno and Simon Cowell are among the stars who will be saluting the iconic show and legendary television personality.

britney spears tops twitter may 2010 Britney is Tops On Twitter - Over the weekend, the official Britney Spears Twitter account passed actor Ashton Kutcher's feed as the most popular on the microblogging site. Britney had over 5 million compared to Kutcher's 4,942,000. Her new place in the top spot comes despite the fact that Britney's feed, in contrast to Kutcher's ultra-personal musings, is largely filled by posts from her manager, Adam Leber, and other staffers.

Slipknot bassist Paul Gray was found dead. Slipknot, best known for wearing outlandish clown masks and espousing an ultra-violent rhetoric, won a best metal performance Grammy in 1996 for the song "Before I Forget."

Comedienne-turned-TV personality Ellen Degeners has launched her own record label and her first signing is YouTube.com sensation Greyson Chance. Chance made his TV debut on the 'American Idol' judge's talk show earlier this month and he'll return on Wednesday to help DeGeneres launch her latest project, eleveneleven Records. The singer shot to fame when his performance of Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" at a church talent show was posted online. DeGeneres says, "Greyson inspired me to start a record label called eleveneleven. He is my first artist and we are making a record together."

Hollywood Passing - actor Dennis Hopper, best known for directing and starring in the 1969 cult classic "Easy Rider," died on Saturday at his home in Venice, California, from complications of prostate cancer. Hopper was 74.

Pop master Michael Jackson has left $33 million each to kids, Prince, 13, Paris, 12, and Blanket, 8. Jackson's will was recently revealed online by British paper News of the World. Via trust fund, the orphaned children will eventually have access to 40% of their father's estate, currently valued at $300 million. (They will be able to dip into their trust funds at age 21, and will have full reign of the fortune at age 40, according to the document.) And the celebrity kids stand to make much, much more, as Jackson's estate will balloon from future earnings: record and merchandise sales, estate auctions and customary interest.

celine dion pregnant may 2010Celine Dion is pregnant with twins – so announces her husband – Rene Angelil.

Television News May 22, 2010 –

Big news as the “Lost” finale airs this week. Here’s a quip from Ken Levine about the final episode: “So after six years and all the twists and turns and time travel and coincidences and mythology, we learn that LOST is just a retelling of the story of Christ. Jack is the chosen leader, saves the world, dies “Father” (whose name happens to be “Christian” as opposed to say Schlomo or Habib) and the “Christian Shepherd” leads everyone happily into the light. It certainly was a feel-good ending (even though everyone was dead – hey, at least the party had a theme) and the lead-up to it was LOST storytelling at its very best. The action sequences were thrilling, mysteries were solved, but by far the best part of the episode was the romantic reunions. I got choked up at the Sawyer-Juliet scene. And is that true that if you unplug a vending machine the candy will come out? Or is that only in the after-life?…” Thanks Ken Levine.

Paula Is Back - As Simon Cowell leaves the reality-show judge's chair, his old foil, Paula Abdul, is coming back. CBS said Monday that Abdul will be a judge on "Got to Dance," a competition expected to make it on the air sometime next season. She'll also be an executive producer for the series, which is based on a successful competition that airs in Britain.

Rock singer Bret Michaels finally had a reason to celebrate on Sunday after a string of medical emergencies -- winning the reality TV show "The Celebrity Apprentice." The show's host Donald Trump told Michaels he was "hired" in Sunday's finale, winning $250,000 for his nominated charity, the American Diabetes Association. In second place was actress Holly Robinson Peete with $250,000 also to go to her chosen charity, her own HollyRod Foundation that supports families facing a serious illness.

simon cowell on oprah may 2010Simon Cowell tells Oprah Winfrey he’s leaving “Idol” because, he’s bored… “After a while, you start to go on automatic pilot," Cowell "And there were too many times, Oprah, where I was sitting there bored, and I thought, 'The end of the day, the audience doesn't tune in to watch me being bored. They deserve more than that.' But I can't hide it when I'm bored. I just can't fake it."

Television Passing - Art Linkletter, who hosted the popular TV shows “People Are Funny” " and "House Party" in the 1950s and 1960s, has died. He was 97. His son-in-law Art Hershey says Linkletter died Wednesday at his home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles. "Art Linkletter's House Party," one of television's longest-running variety shows, debuted on radio in 1944 and was seen on CBS-TV from 1952 to 1969. Linkletter collected sayings from the children into "Kids Say The Darndest Things," and it sold in the millions. The book "70 Years of Best Sellers 1895-1965" ranked "Kids Say the Darndest Things" as the 15th top seller among nonfiction books in that period.

gary coleman dies may 2010Gary Coleman Passes - Gary Coleman - the child star of the smash 1970s TV sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes” whose later career was marred by medical and legal problems, died Friday after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was 42. Life support was terminated and Coleman died at 12:05 p.m. MDT with family and friends at his side, Utah Valley Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Janet Frank said. Coleman suffered continuing ill health from the kidney disease that stunted his growth and had a host of legal problems in recent years. He suffered the brain hemorrhage this week at his Santaquin home, 55 miles south of Salt Lake City.

American Idol Finale/Goodbye Simon - Lee DeWyze is the champ, beating out favorite Crystal Bowersox in the Season 9 finale of "American Idol." In the final showdown pitting a paint salesman versus a single mother, "Idol" voters threw their support behind the 24-year-old Illinois native, who had impressed the judges of late with his artistic growth throughout the course of the season. With his win, Lee ended Crystal's bid to become the show's first female winner since Season 6. It was a close contest: According to host Ryan Seacrest, less than two percent separated the finalists. And – this was the last “Idol” for Simon Cowell. Also making an appearance – Paula Abdoul.

Top Movies May 22, 2010

Shrek Forever (First 2 weeks - $133 million)

Sex and the City II – (1st week - $32.125 million)

Iron Man 2

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (1st week - $30.170 million)

Robin Hood

Letters to Juliet

Just Wright


Date Night

A Nightmare on Elm Street

How to Train Your Dragon


Top Music Albums - May 22, 2010 -

My World 2.0 – Justin Bieber

Iron Man 2 – soundtrack

Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

Sea of Cowards – The Dead Weather

Live at the Troubadour – Carole King & James Taylor

Charice – Charice

Raymond V Raymond - Usher

The Oracle – Godsmack

Powerless Rise – As I Lay Dying

Court Yard Hounds – Court Yard Hounds

The Fame – Lady Gaga

Now 33

B.o.B. Presents The Adventures of Bobby Ray

The Light Meets the Dark – Tenth Avenue North

Diamond Eyes – Deftones

Animal – Ke$ha

The E.N.D. – The Black Eyed Peas

The Foundation – Zac Brown Band

My World – Justin Bieber

Revolution – Miranda Lambert

Crazy Love – Michael Buble

The Generous Mr. Lovewell – MercyMe

Night Train – Keane

Pulse – Toni Braxton

The Fame Monster – Lady Gaga

Fever – Bullet For My Valentine

Hang Cool Teddy Bear – Meat Loaf

TV listings/TV Guide - May 22, 2010

Friday Night TV

8:00 to 9:00
ABC: 'Wife Swap'
FOX: 'Past Life' -- Burn off of remaining episodes
MNT: 'WWE Friday Night Smackdown' -- Two hours
NBC: 'Friday Night Lights'
PBS: 'Washington Week With Gwen Ifill' and 'Need to Know'
Animal Planet: 'Whale Wars: The Aftermath'
Cartoon Network: 'Ben 10: Ultimate Alien' and 'Generator Rex'
ID: 'Main Street Mysteries' -- 8:30 start

The rest of the schedule, and the late night talk shows, after the jump.

9:00 to 10:00
ABC: '20/20' -- Two hours
NBC: 'Dateline NBC' -- Two hours
Animal Planet: 'Whale Wars: The Aftermath'
BBC America: 'Gavin and Stacey' and 'Not Going Out'
CMT: 'Gator 911' and 'Danger Coast'
DIY: 'Garage Mahal' -- 9:30 start
E!: 'E! Entertainment Special: E! Celebrates 20 Years of the Celebrity Revolution'
Science: 'How It's Made'
Sundance: 'Shameless'

10:00 to 11:00
E!: 'The Soup Presents: 20 Years of Takin Some E!' -- Clips of the best and worst E! programming over the last 20 years
Starz: 'Party Down' and 'Gravity'

And now, the late night talk shows. Guest appearances subject to change

'Real Time With Bill Maher' (HBO):Interview guests are conservationist Philippe Cousteau Jr. and Author Scott Turow

'Friday Night With Jonathan Ross' (BBC America): Comedian Ross Noble; retail specialist Mary Portas; performance by the Gorillaz

'The Mo'Nique Show' (BET): Comic Arnez J; music group Jagged Edge (repeat)
'Charlie Rose' (PBS): Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal
'Chelsea Lately' (E!): Psychic James Van Praagh (repeat)

'Late Show With David Letterman' (CBS): Robin Williams; eliminated 'American Idol' contestant Paige Miles; performance by Usher (repeat)
'The Tonight Show' (NBC): Colin Farrell; Elisabeth Moss; performance by Kevin Eubanks, who is leaving the show tonight

'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (ABC): Michael Douglas; Atticus Shaffer; performance by Reflection Eternal with Estelle (repeat)
'Tavis Smiley' (PBS): Writer Sebastian Junger

'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson' (CBS): Comic Jeffrey Ross; performance by The National
'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' (NBC): Ice Cube; actress Gemma Arterton; performance by Stars

'Last Call With Carson Daly' (NBC): Lisa Kudrow; producer Brett Morgen; performance by Janelle Monáe

Top TV Shows - May 22, 2010 -

Dancing With the Stars



American Idol" (Wednesday)



American Idol" (Tuesday)






NCIS: Los Angeles



Grey's Anatomy



The Mentalist



The Big Bang Theory



CSI: Crime Scene Investigation



Lost: The End



Two and a Half Men



Criminal Minds



Dancing With the Stars Results



The Good Wife












CSI: Miami






Brooks & Dunn: The Last Rodeo


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