Dateline: Week Of May 1, 2010 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Leveled homes, overturned vehicles and uprooted trees were scattered across central Arkansas on Saturday after several tornadoes ripped through the state, killing a woman and injuring two dozen others, authorities said. The woman was among three people in one of many homes destroyed by the Friday night storms in the small community of Scotland, about 75 miles north of Little Rock, said Van Buren County Sheriff Scott Bradley. The two others were hurt, but Bradley did not believe their injuries were life-threatening.
A recent wedding of one of the Muslim leaders who brought Shariah law to Africa's most populous nation is under scrutiny as human rights groups say he married a 13-year-old Egyptian girl. As authorities investigate Senator Ahmad Sani Yerima, the marriage is drawing fresh questions about the role of religion in a country of 150 million people split between Christians and Muslims. Yerima, 49, arranged the marriage with the girl after paying her family a $100,000 dowry, according to a complaint filed by the Nigerian Human Rights Commission in April. Initially, Yerima couldn't arrange a visa for the girl to travel from Egypt to Nigeria, so he instead brought the girl through neighboring Niger, said Chidi Odinkalu, a lawyer for works for the Open Society Justice Initiative.
The surface area of a catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill quickly tripled in size amid growing fears among experts that the slick could become vastly more devastating than it seemed just two days ago. Frustrated fishermen eager to help contain the spill from a ruptured underwater well had to keep their boats idle Saturday as another day of rough seas kept crews away from the slick, and President Barack Obama planned a Sunday trip to the Gulf Coast.
The son of a Democratic Tennessee lawmaker was convicted on two charges in the hacking of Sarah Palin's e-mail account while she campaigned on the Republican presidential ticket in 2008. The federal court jury reached its verdict against David Kernell, 22, after four days of deliberation. He was found guilty of obstruction of justice and unauthorized access to a computer, but was acquitted on a charge of wire fraud.
Authorities arrested a U.S. citizen in connection with the failed bombing attempt in New York's Times Square as he tried to leave the country, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday. Faisal Shahzad, 30, was arrested at 11:45 p.m. ET Monday night by Customs and Border Protection agents as he attempted to board an Emirates airlines flight to Dubai at New York's JFK airport, officials said. "It is clear that the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans," Holder said.
Flooding In Tennessee - About 1,500 guests of a downtown Nashville hotel complex spent the night in a high school to escape the flooding Cumberland River, which was expected to crest Monday following weekend thunderstorms that killed at least 19 people in Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky. Officials in Tennessee were preparing for more deaths and for the Cumberland River, which winds through the Music City, to crest more than 11 feet Monday afternoon, putting portions of downtown in danger of the kind of damage experienced by thousands of residents whose homes were swamped by flash floods.
The government is now requiring airlines to check no-fly lists within two hours of being notified of list updates — a move aimed at preventing known terror suspects from boarding airplanes — as the man accused in the Times Square bombing attempt did. Faisal Shahzad, who prosecutors say tried to blow up an SUV in Times Square Saturday evening, was added to the no-fly list early Monday afternoon, only hours before he boarded an Emirates flight bound to Dubai.
Trouble in Greece - Riots over harsh new austerity measures left three bank workers dead and engulfed the streets of Athens on Wednesday, as angry protesters tried to storm parliament, hurled Molotov cocktails at police and torched buildings. Police responded with barrages of tear gas. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in a nationwide strike to protest new taxes and government spending cuts demanded by the International Monetary Fund and other European nations before heavily indebted Greece gets a euro110 billion ($141 billion) loan package to keep it from defaulting.
WASHINGTON - U.S. nonfarm payrolls grew at the fastest pace in four years in April as private sector employers ramped up hiring, raising the strong possibility that the labor market recovery may be picking up steam. Employers added 290,000 jobs in April, the Labor Department said this week. It revised figures for February and March to show 121,000 more jobs were added than previously thought. The unemployment rate, however, rose to 9.9 percent as the size of the labor force increased.
Stocks suffered their worst losses since February today in part because of growing fears that Greece's bailout might not be enough to fix the country's debt troubles. The Greek worries pushed the euro below $1.30 for the first time in 12 months. That pushed prices for oil, gold, copper and other key commodities lower and weakened energy, materials and industrial stocks. Crude oil closed down 4% to $82.74 a barrel, its biggest decline since Feb. 4.
U.S. stocks tumbled again on Friday, ending a week that wiped out the market's gains for the year. The losses came despite the best monthly jobs report in more than four years. The market was unable to get past the continuing turmoil in Europe and the shock of Thursday's near-meltdown of the U.S. market. It's likely that the volatility that has beset markets since the end of April will continue next week.
Consumer Reports magazine is lifting a "Don't Buy" recommendation for a Lexus sport utility vehicle that failed an emergency handling test. The magazine said this week that the 2010 Lexus GX 460 luxury SUV passed the test after a dealership updated software that runs its electronic stability control system.
Food and Drug Administration investigators are looking at a farm in Yuma, Arizona, as a possible source of a widespread E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce. Freshway Foods of Sidney, Ohio, recalled lettuce sold in 23 states and the District of Columbia on Thursday because of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 19 people, three of them with life-threatening illness.
Random Facts - May 1, 2010 -
Passing – Leslie Buck (87) who designed the iconic Anthora coffee cup – popular in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Starbucks Corp has been sued by a customer who allegedly suffered second-degree burns after being served tea that was unreasonably too hot. According to the complaint, the plaintiff Zeynep Inanli was served tea that was "unreasonably hot, in containers which were not safe," at a Starbucks store at 685 Third Avenue in Manhattan. As a result of Starbucks' negligence, the plaintiff suffered "great physical pain and mental anguish," including the burns, the complaint said.
Former First Lady Laura Bush kicked off a national book tour in northern Virginia, cranking out nearly 10 autographs a minute as hundreds of fans waited hours for a five-second opportunity to say hello. Fans began lining up shortly after 7 a.m. outside the Books-A-Million in McLean for the chance to buy an autographed copy of Bush's new memoir, "Spoken from the Heart."
Sports News - May 1, 2010 -
Kentucky Derby - Super Saver won by 2 1/2 lengths on a muddy track at Churchill Downs as the second favorite. Winning jockey Calvin Borel said that his horse would win the Triple Crown. The last thoroughbred to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes was Affirmed in 1978.
Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor (MY Giants) was arrested in connection with a reported rape in the New York City suburbs, police said. The victim reportedly was a 15-year-old girl who was beaten during the attack. Ramapo Detective Lt. Brad Weidel said the former New York Giants linebacker had not been formally charged, but that police were investigating a reported rape that occurred earlier Thursday at a hotel in Montebello.
Former NFL player and Georgia Tech star Nick Rogers has died in a one-car accident. He was 30. The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office says Rogers was killed about 1:30 a.m. Monday when his car hit a utility pole in College Park, near Atlanta.
University of Virginia men's lacrosse player was charged this week with first-degree murder in the death of a women's lacrosse player at the same school.
George Huguely, 22, of Chevy Chase, Md., has been charged in the death of Yeardley Love, 22, of Cockeysville, Md., Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said. Both were seniors.
Passing – Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell – who’d been heard on games for over 40 years. He was 92.
Business News - May 1, 2010
United Airlines agrees to purchase rival Continental in a $3 billion-plus deal that would create the world's largest carrier with a commanding position in several top U.S. cities. The new United would surpass Delta Air Lines in size, which should help it attract more high-fare business travelers. It will fly to 370 destinations in 59 countries.
Warren Buffet said he is seeing real signs of improvement in the economy, especially in manufacturing, though it will take another year for a sustainable housing recovery to take hold.
Big stock plunge - Stock exchange operator Nasdaq OMX Group Inc issued the names of hundreds of stocks for which it is canceling trades following Thursday's sudden stock market plunge. Soon after 2:30 p.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 1,000 points in its largest ever intraday points drop, which may have involved a trading error. U.S. stock indices plunged by an average 9 percent in the last two hours of trading before clawing back some of the losses.
Summer Burger King/McDonalds wars - Many Mickey D’s locations are planning a summer drink promotion where customers can get any sized soft drinks or a 32-ounce sweet tea for just $1. Now the King has counter-punched, with a plan to sell medium-sized Icees in Coke flavor or Fanta Cherry flavor for just $1. The promotion starts May 24 and runs until June 20.
Technology News - May 1, 2010 -
The person who found and sold an Apple iPhone prototype says he regrets not doing more to return the device to its owner, according to a statement provided by his attorney. Brian J. Hogan, a 21-year-old resident of Redwood City, California, says although he was paid by tech site Gizmodo, he believed the payment was for allowing the site exclusive access to review the phone. Gizmodo emphasized to him "that there was nothing wrong in sharing the phone with the tech press," according to his attorney Jeffrey Bornstein. On April 19, Gizmodo, which is owned by Gawker Media, published a bombshell story about the iPhone prototype, which had apparently been left at the Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City. It was left behind by an Apple engineer named Gray Powell.
Apple Inc. reports it is has sold 1 million of its new iPad tablet computers in the month after its launch, meaning it's been selling more than twice as fast as the iPhone did when it was new. Apple said it reached the milestone this week, when the new 3G model of the iPad was delivered to its first buyers. That model can access AT&T's cellular broadband network. The first models had only Wi-Fi access.
Entertainment News - May 1, 2010 -
Hitmaker Usher says “American Idol” and shows of its ilk are taking a toll on the music business. Usher says, "The true art form of music is being lost, because it seems so easy that everyone can do it, and that it can happen overnight. Television is a lie. It can't happen overnight. The artist who thinks that it can just comes and goes. The reason why great singers cannot exist in this time is maybe because they're not properly managed, and maybe they don't understand the full gamut of what being an entertainer is.” Usher recently made an appearance on “Idol” as a music mentor.
Say It Isn’t So - It's official: Halle Berry and boyfriend Gabriel Aubry and going their separate ways.
Peter Lopez (60), a successful entertainment attorney who was married to actress Catherine Bach was found dead in an apparent suicide.Bach played Daisy Duke in the 1980s TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard."Lopez was Michael Jackson’s's music attorney for several years. He also represented The Eagles, Michael Buble and Andrea Bocelli and.
Passing – Lynn Redgrave who became a 1960s sensation as the freethinking title character of "Georgy Girl " and later dramatized her troubled past in such one-woman stage performances as "Shakespeare for My Father" and "Nightingale," has died. She was 67.
Music passing - Tom 'T' Bone Wolk - of a heart attack. Wolk played bass and rhythm guitar and was musical director and arranger for the Hall and Oates band. He was 58.
A recording of Britney Spears singing Lady Gaga's hit track Telephone has been proved to be authentic after it was leaked on the internet. Music producer Rodney 'Darkchild' Jenkins has now confirmed that the track is real
Miley Cyrus - the 17-year-old "Hannah Montana" star, debuted her very grown-up video for "Can't Be Tamed" on Tuesday, showcasing an electro-tinged new pop sound and scenes and costumes reminiscent of Britney's own recent "Circus" tour. Miley's new album, "Untamed," is due June 22.
William Shatner - commander the Starship Enterprise on TV's "Star Trek," but can he command his native land of Canada? Some die-hard fans think so – they want the original Capt. James T. Kirk to lead Canada as Governor General. The Shatner believers have launched a Facebook campaign calling for Shatner, a native of Montreal, to be appointed to a real five-year mission as the ceremonial Governor General of Canada. As of Wednesday, nearly 41,000 people were supporting the bid.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus received a Star along the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week. The story of her story got more attention than it normally would because they misspelled her name on the Star. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce owned up to the mistake of spelling her name “Luis” instead of Louis and that it happened once before but wouldn’t reveal which star’s name they misspelled in the past.
Robert Halderman, the former CBS television producer who tried to shake down David Letterman over the comic icon's office affairs started a six-month jail sentence Tuesday, closing a case that opened Letterman's behind-the-scenes behavior to public scrutiny. He declined to speak before he was led from a Manhattan court in handcuffs to begin his jail term, to be followed by 1,000 hours of community service. He agreed to both when he pleaded guilty in March to attempted grand larceny.
Harry Connick Jr. mentors “Frank Sinatra” night on “American Idol.”
Lady Gaga performs on “American Idol”
Debra Winger has signed on as a regular cast member on HBO’s “In Treatment”' She'll play one of Dr. Paul Weston's (Gabriel Byrne) patients when the show returns for its highly anticipated third season later this year.
Coming To Comedy Central – a Jesus Christ comedy - Titled JC, the half-hour animated comedy will revolve around Christ, who moves to New York City to "escape his father's enormous shadow" in an attempt to live life as a regular guy, according to a news release.
With Aaron Kelly getting the axe this week - American Idol is down to the final four – Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze, Casey James and Michael Lynche.
Craig Kilborn is heading back to television. Kilborn, who previously hosted CBS' "Late Late Show," before leaving the program in 2004 (he was replaced by Craig Ferguson, will host a new show in an earlier time. The show would be syndicated via 20th Television, a division of FOX.
Most Popular Video Games - May 1, 2010 -
Super Street Fighter IV (PS3) (X360)
Pokemon Heart Gold/Soul Silver Version (DS)
New Uper Mario Bros. Wii
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction
Wii Fit Plus
Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)
God of War III (PS3)
Record of Agarest War (X360)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (X360)
Most Popular Hit Music - May 1, 2010 –
Rude Boy - Rihanna
Nothin’ On You – B.o.B. fea. Bruno Mars
Hey, Soul Sister – Train
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
OMG – Usher fea. will.i.am
Airplanes - B.o.B. fea. Hayley Williams of Paramore
In My Head – Jason Derulo
Telephone – Lady Gaga fea. Beyonce
Your Love Is My Drug – Ke$ha
My Chick Bad – Ludacris fea. Nicki Minaj
Breakeven – The Script
Young Forever – Jay-Z + Mr. Hudson
Imma Be – The Black Eyed Peas
Whataya Want From Me – Adam Lambert
Over – Drake
Carry Out – Timbaland fea. Justin Timberlake
Say Aah – Trey Songz fea. Fabolous
Alejandro – Lady Gaga
Tik Tok – Ke$ha
All the Right Moves One-Republic
Baby – Justin Bieber fea. Ludacris
I Made It – Kevin Rudolf fea. Birdman, Jay Sean & Lil Wayner
Eenie Meenie – Sean Kingston & Justin Bieber
American Honey – Lady Antebellum
Bedrock – Young Money fea. Lloyd
Like a Prayer – Glee Cast: Lea Michele, Jonathan Groff, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer & Amber Riley
Top Movies - May 1, 2010 –
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1st week - $32.205 million)
How to Train Your Dragon
The Back-up Plan
Furry Vengeance (1st week - $6.5 million)
Clash of the Titans
Death at a Funeral
Top TV listings/TV Guide - May 1, 2010 -
Tuesday Night TV
8:00 to 9:00
ABC: 'Dancing With the Stars' -- Results show
The CW: '90210'
FOX: 'American Idol'
NBC: 'The Biggest Loser' -- Two hours
PBS: 'NOVA' -- a look at Mt. St. Helens
History: 'Ancient Aliens'
Showtime: '3 Non Juans' -- Three comics talk about life in the Hispanic culture
9:00 to 10:00
CBS: 'NCIS: Los Angeles'
FOX: 'Glee' -- Oliva Newton-John and Molly Shannon guest star
PBS: 'Frontline' -- Focus on for-profit universities
Discovery: 'Deadliest Catch'
Discovery Health: 'Born Schizophrenic: January's Story'
DIY: 'Kitchen Impossible'
National Geographic WILD: 'Caught in the Act'
Showtime: 'Red-Nexican' -- Comic Alex Reymundo talks about growing up as a Mexican-American in Kentucky
TLC: '19 Kids and Counting'
10:00 to 11:00
CBS: 'The Good Wife'
BET: 'Tiny & Toya'
Bravo: '9 by Design'
DIY: 'Indoors Out'
Food Network: 'Chopped'
HBO: 'Broad Street Bullies' -- Documentary on the Philadelphia Flyers of the 1970s
IFC: 'Food Party' and 'Dinner With the Band'
LOGO: 'The Big Gay Sketch Show'
MTV: 'The Hills' and 'The City'
Spike: 'Deadliest Warrior'
TLC: 'The Little Chocolatiers''
USA: 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent'
Now, the late night talk shows.
'The Mo'Nique Show' (BET): Erykah Badu
'The Daily Show' (Comedy Central): Rosalynn Carter
'Chelsea Lately' (E!): Busy Philipps
'Lopez Tonight' (TBS): David Arquette; Chris Jericho; Trey Songz (repeat)
'Late Show With David Letterman' (CBS): Russell Crowe; performance by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
'The Colbert Report' (Comedy): David Isay, editor of a Mother's Day edition of 'StoryCorps'
'The Tonight Show' (NBC): Scarlett Johansson; comic Frank Caliendo; performance by Michael Bolton
'Tavis Smiley' (PBS): New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson; actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers
'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (ABC): Mickey Rourke; actor Jorge Garcia; the latest contestant eliminated from 'Dancing With the Stars'
'Charlie Rose' (PBS): Hall of Fame golfer Tom Watson