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Dateline: Week Of May 8, 2010 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts

In The News -

The new health care law already is helping millions of people through tax breaks for small businesses and assistance for families with young adults, President Barack Obama said Saturday. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama promoted his top domestic priority, which passed Congress with no Republican votes and continues to stir strong emotions nationwide. He acknowledged that many provisions will not take effect for years. But he said others are doing some families good now.

Gulf Oil Spill News Update - May 8, 2010 -

gulf oil spill may 8 2010Oil spill dome has been lowered at sunken Deepwater Horizon site. BP officials say the containment box will cap the leak in the Gulf of Mexico. The 100-ton chamber is about 5,000 feet below the surface to cap the leak. BP officials, who leased the rig from Transocean, say they hope to have the containment box operational by Monday. They expect to funnel oil up to a containment vessel on the surface for storage and processing. Crews have also begun drilling a new well sideways into the gusher of oil so that they can plug it up with concrete.

The deadly blowout of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico was triggered by a bubble of methane gas that escaped from the well and shot up the drill column, expanding quickly as it burst through several seals and barriers before exploding, according to interviews with rig workers conducted during BP's internal investigation.

More News - May 8, 2010 -

Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher is now an elected official in Ohio. Wurzelbacher won one of the nearly 400 seats on the Republican Party committee for northwest Ohio's Lucas County, according to Associated Press reports. The group has meetings only a few times a year to elect the county chairman and establish the party agenda.

President Barack Obama will nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, positioning the court to have three female justices for the first time, NBC News reported late Sunday. Kagan served as the Dean of Harvard Law School from 2003 to 2009. She was widely viewed as a front-runner when Obama was considering candidates for a Supreme Court opening last year, but the president ultimately chose Sonia Sotomayor for the job.

The European Union put up a staggering $1 trillion to contain its spreading government debt crisis and keep it from tearing the euro currency apart and derailing the global economic recovery. Analysts said the huge sum supplied the "shock and awe" markets had been waiting for weeks, at least in the short term, and the euro soared on the news.

In Baghdad - A suicide bomber detonated himself outside a textile factory where crowds had gathered shortly after two car bombs went off at the same spot in the worst of a series of attacks that killed at least 100 people across Iraq, the deadliest day this year. At least 40 were killed and 135 wounded in the triple blasts outside the textile factory in the city of Hillah south of Baghdad, said Maj. Muthana Khalid, spokesman for the Babil provincial police.

President Obama speeks to a graduating class in Virginia about the information age… "You're coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don't always rank that high on the truth meter," Obama said during the commencement address at Hampton University on Sunday. "And with iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations -- none of which I know how to work -- information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation."

Four people have been killed in Oklahoma during an outbreak of violent weather that dropped tornadoes across parts of the Southern Plains. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management said three people were killed at Tecumseh on Monday and that another person died at Oklahoma City. Tecumseh is about 45 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.

A jetliner carrying more than 100 people crashed as it attempted to land in Libya Wednesday, killing everyone on board except for a child, officials said.

Afriqiyah Airways said that 104 people were on board flight 771 from Johannesburg to Tripoli when it crashed just short of Tripoli International airport's runway.

The war in Afghanistan will get worse before it gets better, President Barack Obama said Wednesday, but he declared his plan to begin withdrawing U.S. forces next year remains on track. "What I've tried to emphasize is the fact that there is going to be some hard fighting over the next several months," Obama said at a White House news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. He spoke as the U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan prepared for a push into the Taliban's birthplace in Kandahar Province.

Federal agents conducted Thursday raids in four states in connection with the failed Times Square car bomb and arrested three people, including two men who provided money to the suspect, Faisal Shahzad, officials said. Federal authorities are investigating whether Shahzad, the alleged bomber, used money exchanges, or halawas, to get cash from Pakistan to fund his plot, NBC's Pete Williams reported.

Los Angeles officials on Wednesday approved a ban on future business with Arizona in protest against its crackdown on illegal immigrants, becoming the largest U.S. city to impose such an economic boycott. City Council members who voted 13-1 in favor of the punitive measure said it could affect about $8 million in contracts with Arizona, but Los Angeles must first decide which of those agreements it can break without triggering lawsuits.

Space shuttle Atlantis thundered away on its final voyage to orbit Friday, hoisting an experienced crew of six and a full shipment of space station gear. Atlantis sped through a perfectly clear afternoon sky, blazing a trail over the Atlantic before huge crowds eager to catch one of the few remaining shuttle launches. Its destination is the International Space Station, which was soaring over the South Pacific at the time of liftoff. The shuttle should catch up with the orbiting complex and its six residents Sunday.

Sports News - May 8, 2010 -

Baseball Milestone - Pitches Perfect Game - Randy Johnson - the 40-year-old left-hander tossed the 17th perfect game in Major League history, pitching the Arizona Diamond Backs past the Braves, 2-0, at Turner Field in his 17th Major League season.

A West Texas student who led his high school basketball team to the state playoffs last season was actually a 22-year-old man, police said Tuesday. Police say the basketball star was really Guerdwich Montimere, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Haiti who school officials say was recognized last month by Florida coaches as having been a star high school player in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a few years ago. Ector County school district officials said the man posed as 16-year-old Jerry Joseph and enrolled at Permian High School in Odessa for the 2009-2010 academic year. He also presented himself as homeless to the school's basketball coach, Danny Wright, who took the boy in last summer, the coach said.

Passing – LPGA player Erica Blasberg (25). No cause of death of yet, has been determined.

Fascinating Facts - May 8, 2010 -

Such A Bargain - JetBlue is selling all remaining seats on nonstop flights Tuesday and Wednesday of this week to 59 destinations for $10 each way. The airline didn't specify how many seats are available in the sale. JetBlue Airways Corp., based in Forest Hills, N.Y., serves 61 cities in the U.S., Caribbean and Central America — including San San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco — with 650 daily flights.

The federal Food and Drug Administration is urging consumers not to swallow Benadryl Extra-Strength Itch-Stopping Gel after receiving reports of people chugging the lotion that’s meant to be used only on the skin. At least 121 people have reported gulping the gel, which they confused with other over-the-counter Benadryl products that are actually intended to be swallowed, between 2001 and 2009. FDA officials said they had received reports of serious side effects from drinking the lotion.

Technology News - May 8, 2010 -

Glitch on Twitter - Twitter users were finding their cherished follower counts rolled back to zero Monday as the site worked to fix a bug.The glitch, which Twitter said had been addressed by early afternoon Eastern time, was letting people add other users to their list of followers without their consent.

Slipping - Market researcher NetApplications released a report saying IE has fallen to less than 60 percent of the browser market. Meanwhile, alternative browsers like Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox are catching up a bit. Firefox makes up nearly a quarter of the browser market; and newer Chrome is at about 7 percent, up from about 2 percent a year ago in May. A new version of Internet Explorer - IE9 should be out this year.

As for operating systems – Microsoft must be looking at this - Lucid Lynx, the latest version of the open operating system called Lynx. According to most experts – this version makes it more appealing to the general public. It has just been released.

mark zuckerberg facebook news May 8 2010 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives will meet with employees to discuss privacy practices of the world's largest social networking website on Thursday, as criticism grows about the way it treats its 400 million users' personal information. Facebook will not make any announcements about privacy changes at the meeting, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters.

The meeting comes a few weeks after Facebook unveiled a variety of new features designed to make its service integrate more easily into other websites.

Google's Nexus One smartphone will start being sold in brick-and-mortar stores, said the company Friday in acknowledging that its experiment with Web-only sales has been a failure. Unveiled in January to much fanfare, the Nexus One offered the choice of "locked" service with T-Mobile or, for a higher price, the freedom to let the user pick their mobile provider. More recently, Verizon was added as a mobile provider for the phone. "As with every innovation, some parts worked better than others," blogged Andy Rubin, Google's vice president of engineering. ”While the global adoption of [Google's] Android platform has exceeded our expectations, the Web store has not."

The next version of Firefox will be a faster, more powerful Web experience, the browser's director says. In a presentation to Firefox developers, Mozilla's Mike Beltzner said that the planned version 3.7 of the browser will now become Firefox 4.0 - a revamp clearly designed to close ground on Microsoft's Internet Explorer and stay ahead of competitors like Google's upstart Chrome.

Music News - May 8, 2010 -

lady gaga amputation news may 2010Fabrication - The Lady Gaga “amputation” was just a hoax despite what the blogs and Twitter are saying. Gaga (24) is wacky and weird, but the leg amputation was for the Lady fans. Fans absorbed the shock value but forgot all about the fashion statement. "This is the latest fashion I'm starting, and you can see that I'm a world leader when it comes to wacky and weird s**t huh. Next month after I recover from the surgery I hope to have the other leg amputated or maybe my arm, hmm... which one should I amputate next," the statement read on a Blog.

Passing – Lena Horn - who was the first black performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio and who went on to achieve international fame as a singer, died on Sunday night at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York. She was 92 and lived in Manhattan.

susan boyle news may 8 2010 Susan Boyle (49) is taking legal action against two of her brothers for breach of privacy over an interview they gave. Susan’s brothers Gerry, 55, and John Boyle, 59, apparently told a mag about her career, which saw her attain stardom in less than a year, reports the Daily Express. John and Gerry told the mag that the family is increasingly being “frozen out” of the church volunteer’s life.

New York's Apollo Theater takes on a touch of Hollywood by installing its own Walk of Fame with plaques that will honor entertainers including late singers James Brown and Michael Jackson.The famed Harlem auditorium had every year been creating its own Hall of Fame list of legends who had close ties to the theater. But on Monday it began installing bronze rectangular plaques on the sidewalk outside the theater, including for James Brown, Smokey Robinson and Ella Fitzgerald.

After five decades in the music business, Merle Haggard has added another milestone to his legendary career. The singer-songwriter's first Vanguard Records album, "I Am What I Am," entered Billboard's Top Country Albums chart at No. 18 -- marking his highest solo debut in more than 25 years. "I record as I write," the 73-year-old icon says of his aptly titled album. "I've got the studio and the band here, so when something good comes to my heart, we'll go put it down." Haggard recorded the 12-song collection with longtime band the Strangers at his Shade Tree Manor studio in Nashville. He also enlisted guest musicians Reggie Young, Rob Ickes and Bob Dylan’s's drummer, George Receli.

The last Ziegfeld Follies Girl has died. Doris Eaton Travis, one of the legendary Ziegfeld Follies chorus girls, who wore elaborate costumes for the series of lavish Broadway theatrical productions in the early 1900s, died Tuesday at age 106, public relations firm Boneau/Bryan-Brown said. It didn't say where or how she died.

sean penn no contest plea may 2010 Sean Penn pleaded no contest to vandalism on Wednesday, effectively ending a case in which the Oscar-winning actor was videotaped kicking a celebrity photographer.

Radio news (from Forgottenhits)… Legendary top-40 DJ Dick Biondi gets a street… The Chicago City Council approved a resolution to name the area just off Lower Wacker Drive near East Lake Street and Garland Court “Dick Biondi Way.” It’s adjacent to the 360 North Michigan Ave. building that housed the studios and offices of WLS-AM (890) for decades. It also housed the famed London House night club, where top music acts of the ’60s played. Biondi, 77, who earlier this month celebrated the 50th anniversary of his first broadcast on WLS, said he was overwhelmed by the honor. “That is so great,” he told me just after the vote made it official. “For a skinny Italian kid from the North Side of Upstate New York, I can’t believe all this is happening.” Particularly delighted by the alley’s “underground” location, Biondi quipped: “I’m always telling everybody that my fan club has their headquarters on Lower Wacker.”

Television News - May 8, 2010 -

Barbara Walters (78) – “The View” creator and longtime television newswoman, says she will have a heart valve replaced this week and she’ll be off air indefinitely.

Golden Ratings - They Love Betty White - White's SNL hosting debut was the No. 1 telecast of the night, topping prime-time programs, and netted an 8.8 rating/21 share to post the late-night sketch-comedy show's best numbers in 18 months, according to early estimates. Musical guest was Jay-Z.

Talkmeister Larry King has called off his divorce and has moved back into the family home he shares with his wife Shawn Southwick.

jaimie fox on american idol may 2010Jaimie Fox helps out the last four contestents on “American Idol” on a movies-themed show.

It’s now down to three finalists on “American Idol” as Michael Lynche is tossed.

NBC will not renew the original "Law & Order" at the upcoming conclusion of its 20th season, leaving it tied with “Gunsmoke" as the longest-running scripted show in television history. But, don’t fret – NBC has picked up another season of “SVU” and a new Law and Order: Los Angeles. Great!

Tyler Lambert, the son of late Diff’’rent Strokes star Dana Plato, has committed suicide, nearly 11 years to the day that his mother took her own life. He was 25. Lambert died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head last Thursday in Tulsa, Okla

Top Movies - May 8, 2010 -

Iron Man 2 (1st week $133.6 million)

A Nightmare on Elm Street

How to Train Your Dragon

Date Night

The Back-up Plan

Furry Vengeance

Clash of the Titans

Death at a Funeral

The Losers


Top Music Albums - May 8, 2010 -

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

My World 2.0 – Justin Bieber

Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

Iron Man 2 – Soundtrack

Sparks Fly – Miranda Cosgrove

Fearless Love – Melissa Etheridge

Raymond V Raymond – Usher

Glee – The Music, The Power of Madonna

The Fame - Lady Gaga

Now 33

Animal – Ke$ha

zac brown band music may 2010The Foundation – Zac Brown Band

My World – Justin Bieber

Nobody’s Daughter – Hole

The E.N.D. – The Black Eyed Peas

Battle of the Sexes – Ludacris

Revolution – Miranda Lambert

Encores – Jimmy Buffet

Still Standing – Monica

Punk Goes Classic Rock – Various Artists

The Fame Monster – Lady Gaga

Crazy Love – Michael Buble

Soldier of Love - Sade

Play On – Carrie Underwood

Congratulations – MGMT

Fearless – Taylor Swift

Mundial – Daddy Yankee

The Age of Miracles – Mary Chapin Carpenter

Top TV Shows - May 8, 2010 -

Dancing With the Stars



American Idol" (Wednesday)



American Idol" (Tuesday)






NCIS: Los Angeles



The Mentalist



CSI: Crime Scene Investigation



60 Minutes



Survivor: Heroes & Villains



Dancing With the Stars Results






Desperate Housewives



The Good Wife






The Big Bang Theory



Grey's Anatomy



Amazing Race 16



Cold Case



Modern Family



Two and a Half Men


TV listings/TV Guide - May 8, 2010

Wednesday Night TV

8:00 to 9:00
ABC: 'The Middle' -- 8:30 start
CBS: 'The New Adventures of Old Christine'**
The CW: 'America's Next Top Model'** -- Two Hours
NBC: 'Minute to Win It' -- Featuring Kevin Jonas
PBS: 'Secrets of the Dead'
Animal Planet: 'River Monsters: Unhooked'
Discovery: 'Weird or What?'
DisneyXD: 'Naruto: Shippuden'
DIY: 'Money Hunters'
G4: 'Web Soup'
HGTV: 'Property Virgins'
NatGeo WILD: 'Rebel Monkeys'

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

9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Modern Family' and 'Cougar Town'
CBS: 'Criminal Minds'
FOX: 'American Idol' -- Results Show
NBC: 'Mercy'**
PBS: 'American Masters' -- Johnny Depp narrates a history of The Doors. 90 minutes
DIY: 'Sweat Equity' and '10 Grand in Your Hand'
NatGeo: Lockdown

10:00 to 11:00
ABC: 'Happy Town' – Last new episode until June.
NBC: 'Law & Order: SVU'
A&E: 'Billy the Exterminator'
BBC America: 'Peep Show'** and 'That Mitchell and Webb Look'**
Bravo: 'Top Chef Masters'
Discovery: 'Worst-Case Scenario' -- Two 30-minute episodes
DIY: 'Desperate Landscapes'
E!: 'E! Investigates: Rich Kids Who Kill'
MTV: 'The Challenge: Fresh Meat 2'
NatGeo: 'Repossessed!'*
Showtime: 'Inside NASCAR'
Spike: 'The Ultimate Fighter'
TBS: 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne' -- Two 30-minute episodes
TV Land: 'How'd You Get So Rich?'
USA: 'In Plain Sight'
VH1: 'Undateable'
We: 'Sunset Daze'

And now, the late night talk shows.

'The Mo'Nique Show' (BET): Pam Grier; Foxy Brown; Mika Means
'The Daily Show' (Comedy Central): 'Sex and the City 2' director Michael Patrick King
'Charlie Rose' (PBS): Willie Nelson
'Chelsea Lately' (E!): Singer Monica (repeat)
'Lopez Tonight' (TBS): George Lopez; Oscar De La Hoya; Sugar Shane Mosley; Slash (repeat)

'Late Show With David Letterman' (CBS): Michael Keaton; Jenna Fischer
'The Colbert Report' (Comedy): Dr. Deepak Chopra
'The Tonight Show' (NBC): Betty White; animal handler Jarod Miller; performance by Macy Gray

'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (ABC): Dr. Phil; professional soccer player Landon Donovan; performance by B.o.B
'Tavis Smiley' (PBS): Professor Nouriel Roubini; author Isabel Allende

'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson' (CBS): Bryan Cranston; actress Angela Kinsey
'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' (NBC): Queen Latifah; performance by Sheryl Crow

'Last Call With Carson Daly' (NBC): TBA (repeat)

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