Dateline: Week Of May 15, 2010 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
A fire in the cockpit of a United Airlines flight from New York to Los Angeles caused an emergency landing outside Washington, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said. The fire aboard the Boeing 757 was extinguished before the plane landed Sunday night at Dulles International Airport and no injuries were reported, FAA spokeswoman Holly Baker said.
The Supreme Court has ruled that teenagers may not be locked up for life without chance of parole if they haven't killed anyone. By a 5-4 vote Monday, the court says the Constitution requires that young people serving life sentences must at least be considered for release. The court ruled in the case of Terrance Graham, who was implicated in armed robberies when he was 16 and 17. Graham, now 22, is in prison in Florida, which holds more than 70 percent of juvenile defendants locked up for life for crimes other than homicide.
A Taliban suicide car bomber struck a NATO convoy in the Afghan capital Tuesday, killing six troops — five Americans and one Canadian, officials said. Twelve Afghan civilians also died — many of them on a public bus in rush-hour traffic. The powerful blast occurred on a major Kabul thoroughfare that runs by the ruins of a one-time royal palace and government ministries. It wrecked nearly 20 vehicles, including five SUVs in the NATO convoy, and scattered debris and body parts across the wide boulevard. The body of woman in a burqa was smashed against the window of the bus.
Primaries - Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter (D), a Senate fixture who switched parties a year ago, lost his bid for reelection Tuesday, while in Kentucky, ophthalmologist Rand Paul rode the anti-Washington energy of the "tea party" movement to an easy victory. On a busy primary election night that put the political establishments of both parties on the defensive, Specter fell to two-term Rep. Joe Sestak. Elected five times to the Senate as a Republican, Specter had the support of President Obama and the political leadership of his state, but he ran into rank-and-file resistance inside his new party and became the third member of Congress to lose his own party's support in the past two weeks.
North Korea, accused of waging the deadliest attack on the South Korean military since the Korean War, flatly denied sinking a warship this week and warned that retaliation would mean "all-out war." Evidence presented Thursday to prove North Korea fired a torpedo that sank a South Korean ship was fabricated by Seoul, North Korean naval spokesman Col. Pak In Ho told broadcaster APTN in an exclusive interview in Pyongyang. Fifty-eight sailors were rescued, but 46 died — South Korea's worst military disaster since a truce ended the three-year Korean War in 1953. President Lee Myung-bak vowed to take "resolute countermeasures" and called an emergency security meeting for Friday.
Pakistan blocked YouTube and many other Internet sites Thursday in a widening crackdown on online content deemed offensive to Islam, reflecting the secular government's sensitivities to an issue that has ignited protests in the Muslim country. The move came a day after the government obeyed a court order to block Facebook over a page called "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!" that encourages users to post images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Most Muslims regard depictions of the prophet, even favorable ones, as blasphemous.
The stock market tumbled again Thursday after another drop in the euro and disappointing U.S. employment news darkened investors' already bleak view of the world economy. Interest rates fell sharply in the Treasury market as investors once again sought the safety of U.S. government debt.
Prodded by national anger at Wall Street, the Senate on Thursday passed the most far-reaching restraints on big banks since the Great Depression. In its broad sweep, the massive bill would touch Wall Street CEOs and first-time home buyers, high-flying traders and small town lenders. The 59-39 vote represents an important achievement for President Barack Obama, and comes just two months after his health care overhaul became law. The bill must now be reconciled with a House version that passed in December. A key House negotiator predicted the legislation would reach Obama's desk before the Fourth of July.
Business News - May 15, 2010 -
General Motors made money in the first quarter, thanks to increased production in North America and growth in emerging global markets, earning $865 million, or $1.66 per share -- its first quarterly profit since earning $891 million in the second quarter of 2007. Revenue jumped 40% to $31.5 billion.
Technology News - May 15, 2010 –
Google kicked off its annual developers' conference this week by introducing tools to help people build web-based applications, while making a strong push for HTML5, the next generation of the code on which the web is built. In a wide-ranging keynote, Google engineers and guest speakers emphasized the potential of the web as an open-source platform for developers to build apps and reduce the dependence on plug-ins -- small external programs, such as the Flash media player, that can make browsers more useful.
Search For TV - Saying it will "change the future of television," Google on Thursday rolled out Google TV -- the internet giant's venture into web-TV integration. The application, run by Google's Android operating system, lets users search for content from their television, DVR and the web.The platform will let users search for content, from the name of a TV show to the name of a network, in much the same way a Google search works. They'll get results from TV and the web and be able to watch either on their TV screen. It also will have voice recognition, letting users speak the name of a show or other content and have it pop up on their screens.
Best Buy plans to launch its video download platform this month, allowing it to enter the movie rental fray with Netflix and Blockbuster. Look out! No subscription will be required. The service will work on a pay-as-you-go basis, blending aspects of Neftlix's streaming service and iTunes. Rentals are expected to cost about $4 each -- about the same as Blockbuster -- and about $15 to own.
Hewlett-Packard is recalling 54,000 lithium-ion batteries used in HP and Compaq computers after receiving reports of injuries from the batteries overheating and rupturing.
Sports News May 15, 2010 -
Jeremy Hermida hit a tiebreaking, two-run double off Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of two late errors to rally from five runs down and beat the New York Yankees 7-6 Tuesday night.New York played the game under protest after beleaguered Boston ace Josh Beckett left with back tightness following Robinson Cano’s two-run double in the fifth that made it 5-0.
A 13-year-old American boy became the youngest climber to reach the top of Mount Everest on Saturday, breaking the former record as part of his quest to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents.A spokesman for Jordan Romero said the boy's team called him by satellite phone from the summit of the world's highest mountain, 29,035 feet above sea level.
Entertainment News May 15, 2010 -
Miley Cyrus may sing about how she "Can't Be Tamed" in her new single, but it looks like the producers of "Dancing With the Stars” " think that actually can. Miley, who is set to perform the song on Tuesday's "Dancing," has been warned by producers to keep things G-rated. The report comes a week after Miley was filmed giving one of her "Last Song" producers a lap dance. The recent release of the "Can't Be Tamed," in which a highly sexualized Miley dances in a birdcage (see video below), also caused controversy.
Regis Philbin will have a blood clot in his calf removed this week, but he anticipates a speedy recovery. The 78-year-old co-host of Live! With Regis and Kelly said on Friday's show: "It's no big deal. It's really nothing." He says he expects to return the next day. Philbin first mentioned his upcoming procedure on Thursday's show. He had hip replacement surgery in December and triple heart bypass surgery in 2007. He says leg pain has made it difficult for him to walk and that "one of the things you've got to do when you get a new hip is continue to walk."
More “Two And A Half Men” - Charlie Sheen has agreed to a new contract that will keep him on the show for two more seasons, spokesman Stan Rosenfield said Monday evening after the deal was reached.
A 24-year-old Arab American from Michigan beat out 50 other women to take the 2010 Miss USA title, despite stumbling in her evening gown. Rima Fakih of Dearborn, Mich., won the pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip after strutting confidently in an orange and gold bikini, wearing a strapless white gown that resembled a wedding dress and saying health insurance should cover birth control pills.
Music Passing – Ronnie James Dio, whose soaring vocals, poetic lyrics and mythic tales of a never-ending struggle between good and evil broke new ground in heavy metal, died Sunday, according to a statement from his wife and manager. He was 67. Dio rose to fame in 1975 as the first lead singer of Rainbow, the heavy metal band put together by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who had just quit Deep Purple.
Country album sales were down just 3% in 2009, compared with double-digit declines in rock, alternative, and rap. Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift were the industry’s top earners last year.
A service vehicle at Maine's Bangor International Airport has struck and killed two dogs owned by John Travolta. The city says the accident happened after an airplane carrying members of Travolta's family landed early last Thursday and the dogs were being walked. The city issued the statement after the Bangor Daily News newspaper confirmed the accident through an e-mail from the city manager to the City Council. Also this week – Travolta and wife Kelly Preston say they are expecting another child!
FOX is changing the “American Idol” " format after it sagged in the ratings (dropping 9% in young viewership) giving a push to “Glee" and focusing on comedy heading into the next television season. In response to viewer requests for more performances, Fox will increase the Tuesday night competition show from an hour to 90 minutes. The Wednesday results show will be chopped in half to 30 minutes, Fox executives said. Despite the ratings slide, "American Idol" continues as the nation's most popular TV show.
William Shatner will star in his first sitcom. CBS has given the green light to a show, "Bleep My Dad Says," on which the son of Shatner's character has more than a million followers to a Twitter account where he writes down his father's musings.
Vanessa Williams - the "Ugly Betty" (her show which wrapped up in April) veteran has joined the cast of ABC's "Desperate Housewives."
A Los Angeles Superior Court issued a bench warrant for Lindsay Lohan's arrest. The bail was set at $100,000. Lohan, 23, failed to appear in court Thursday, claiming she was stranded without her passport at the Cannes Film Festival in the South of France. Judge Revel stated that the actress "may have violated her probation"; a formal probation hearing will be scheduled at a later date. Lohan was sentenced to three years probation and alcohol education classes after her second DUI conviction in August 2007.
Ex-rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has been arrested in Los Angeles for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon. Police say the co-founder of Death Row Records was stopped by California Highway Patrol officers in suburban Gardena. Officer April Harding says someone had called police an hour earlier to report Knight had pointed a gun at him in South Los Angeles.
Actress Valerie Bertinelli (50) says she is engaged to businessman Tom Vitale. "I've never had a male friend like I have with Tom," who she has been dating for nearly six years.
American Idol Update - , singer Casey James was sent home leaving Krystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze. Next week – the finale.
Top Movies - May 15, 2010 –
Iron Man 2
Robin Hood (1st week - $37.114 million)
Letters to Juliet (1st week - $13,750 million)
Just Wright (1st week - $8.5 million)
How to Train Your Dragon
A Nightmare on Elm Stret
The Back-up Plan
Clash of the Titans
Top Pop Hits - May 15, 2010 –
OMG – Usher fea. will.i.am
Not Afraid – Eminem
Airplanes – B.o.B. fea. Eminem & Haley Williams
Nothin’ On You – B.o.B. fea. Bruno Mars
Break Your Heart – Taio Cruz fea. Ludacris
Hey, Soul Sister – Train
Rude Boy – Rihanna
Your Live Is My Drug – Ke$ha
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
My First Kiss - 3OH!3 fea. Ke$ha
In My Head – Jason Derulo
Young Forever – Jay-Z + Mr. Hudson
Alejandro – Lady Gaga
Telephone – Lady Gaga fea. Beyonce
My Chick Bad – Ludacris fea. Nicki Minaj
Total Eclipse of the Heart – Glee Cast
Breakeven – The Script
Eenie Meenie – Sean Kingston & Justin Biever
Over – Drake
Imma Be – The Black Eyed Peas
Tik Tok – Ke$ha
Whataya Want From Me – Adam Lambert
Billionaire – Travie McCoy fea. Bruno Mars
I Made It (Cash Money Heroes – Kevin Rudolph fea. Birdman, Jay Sean & Lil Wayne
Say Aah – Trey Songz fea. Fabolous
Bulletproof – La Roux
Haven’t Met You Yet – Michael Buble
Carry Out – Timbaland fea. Justin Timberlake
Top Video Games - May 15, 2010 –
New Super Mario Bros (Wii)
Pokemon Heart Gold (DS)
Wii Sports Resort
Halo 3: ODST (X360)
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Call (X360)
Super Street Fighter IV (PS3)
Just Dance (Wii)
Super Street Fighter IV (X360)
Wii Fit Plus
TV listings/TV Guide - May 15, 2010 -
Thursday Night TV
8:00 to 9:00
NBC: 'Community'** and 'Parks and Recreation'**
Animal Planet: 'Weird, True & Freaky'
HGTV: 'My First Place' and 'My First Sale'
9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Grey's Anatomy'** -- Two hours
NBC: 'The Office'** and '30 Rock'**
HGTV: 'Selling New York'
History: 'Modern Marvels'
NatGeo: 'World's Toughest Fixes'
Science: 'Build It Bigger'
TLC: 'The Imploders'**
10:00 to 11:00
CBS: 'The Mentalist'**
NBC: 'The Marriage Ref'** -- Demi Moore, Kelly Ripa and comic Jim Breuer are the celebrity panelists
Bravo: 'The Real Housewives of New York City'
DIY: 'Yard Crashers'
HGTV: 'House Hunters'
History: 'Sliced' -- Two 30-minute episodes
MTV: 'The Dudesons in America' and 'Ultimate Parkour Challenge'
TLC: 'Heavy Haulers'**
Travel: 'Samantha Brown's Great Weekends' -- Two 30-minute episodes
'Late Show With David Letterman' (CBS): Katherine Heigl; magician Steve Cohen; performance by Band of Horses
'The Colbert Report' (Comedy): StoryCorps producer David Isay, who I think has been snubbed a few times already
'The Tonight Show' (NBC): Chelsea Handler; Chris Matthews; performance by Sarah McLachlan
'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (ABC): Josh Holloway; chef Adam Perry Lang; performance by Slayer
'Tavis Smiley' (PBS): Gary Shandling.
'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson' (CBS): Holly Hunter; performance by The Hold Steady
'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' (NBC): Will Forte; Jim Parsons; chef John DeLucie
'Last Call With Carson Daly' (NBC): Singer V.V. Brown; performance by She & Him