Dateline: Week Of April 22, 2010 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
A cruise ship operator says dozens of people were hurt when one of its vessels listed during a maneuver to avoid a partially submerged buoy that was adrift near Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Carnival Cruise Lines says the ship, Carnival Ecstasy, had to make a sharp turn to avoid the buoy Wednesday afternoon. Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz says 60 guests and one crew member suffered minor injuries and that some unsecured objects aboard the ship were damaged. She says no.
Officials are saying that an explosion on an oil rig off the coast of Louisiana has the potential to be a major spill. The Coast Guard is still searching for the 11 workers missing since the blast Tuesday. Survivors who escaped the blast have told company officials that they fear those missing were unable to evacuate. The platform burned for more than a day after a massive explosion Tuesday. It sank into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday.
A rocket launched from outside Jordan struck a refrigerated warehouse in the country's Red Sea port city of Aqaba, officials said Thursday. Jodanian Information Minister Nabil al-Sharif said initial investigations indicate the rocket was a Russian-designed Grad that was fired from beyond Jordan's borders. He said authorities continue to look into the explosion to determine exactly where the missile was launched from.
A series of bombings mainly targeting Shiite worshippers killed at least 60 people on Friday, officials said, just days after U.S. and Iraqi forces killed the top two al-Qaida leaders in Iraq in what was described as devastating blow to the insurgency. The apparently coordinated attack, which occurred in a two-hour timespan, demonstrated insurgents remain a potent force despite U.S. and Iraqi claims that the terror network is on the run.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a new state immigration bill that President Barack Obama called "misguided" hours earlier. Brewer, saying that the state had been "more than patient waiting for Washington to act" on the issue of illegal immigration, said that the bill would protect Arizona citizens without violating individuals' constitutional rights. The sweeping legislation makes it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally. It also requires local police officers to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal immigrants.
Violent weather that churned through a half-dozen Southern states over the weekend. The severe storms killed at least 10 people in rural Mississippi and 2 in Alabama.
The furor over Arizona's new law cracking down on illegal immigrants grew Monday as opponents used refried beans to smear swastikas on the state Capitol, civil rights leaders demanded a boycott of the state, and the Obama administration weighed a possible legal challenge. Activists are planning a challenge of their own, hoping to block the law from taking effect by arguing that it encroaches on the federal government's authority to regulate immigration and violates people's constitutional rights by giving police too much power.
Undaunted by a Senate setback, Democrats appeared increasingly confident Monday they will be able to take advantage of Americans' anger at Wall Street and push through the most sweeping new controls on financial institutions since the Great Depression.
Crews raced to protect the Gulf of Mexico coastline Monday as a remote sub tried to shut off an underwater oil well that's gushing 42,000 gallons a day from the site of a wrecked drilling platform. If crews cannot stop the leak quickly, they might need to drill another well to redirect the oil, a laborious process that could take about two months while oil washes up along a broad stretch of shore, from the white-sand beaches of Florida's Panhandle to the swamps of Louisiana.
A free speech dispute over a California law banning sale of violent video games to children will go to the Supreme Court for review. The justices accepted the state's appeal and will decide whether the law is too restrictive in denying access by minors to often-graphic material. Video-game makers say the ban goes too far. They say the existing nationwide, industry-imposed, voluntary ratings system is an adequate screen for parents to judge the appropriateness of computer games.
The FAA wants airlines to create and enforce policies that will limit cockpit distractions. The guidance announced Monday comes after an October 2009 incident in which two Northwest Airlines pilots overshot the Minneapolis airport by 150 miles because they say they were engrossed in a complicated new crew-scheduling program on their laptop computers.
More News - April 22, 2010 -
Four groups that advocate for immigrant rights said Thursday they plan to challenge Arizona's controversial new immigration law, which allows police to ask anyone for proof of legal U.S. residency. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Arizona and the National Immigration Law Center will hold a news conference Thursday in Phoenix to announce the legal challenge, the groups said. The law, signed by Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer last week, encourages racial profiling, endangers public safety and betrays American values, the rights groups said in a news release.
President Barack Obama eulogized fallen civil rights leader Dorothy Height Thursday as a humble but tireless force for equality and justice. Speaking to hundreds of mourners gathered in the stately Washington National Cathedral, Obama recounted Height's quiet perseverance during decades of work, mostly behind the scenes while the men of the movement got more attention and fame. "She never cared about who got the credit," the president said. "What she cared about was the cause. The cause of justice, the cause of equality, the cause of opportunity, freedom's cause."
The head of the International Monetary Fund has warned that Greece's debt crisis could spread and threaten the economies of other countries. Dominique Strauss-Kahn made the comments in Berlin this week as he tried to persuade Germany, Europe's biggest economy, to back the terms of a multi-billion dollar rescue package.
The first women to serve on U.S. Navy submarines are expected to be on the job by fall of 2011, Navy officials said Thursday, ushering in a policy change to what has been an elite service open only to men since the start of the modern Navy's submarine program. While Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced the change last month, the Navy had to wait for Congress to review and approve the policy change over a 30-day period which ended at midnight Thursday morning.
Rescue teams have found the body of one of two miners trapped in a cave-in at a western Kentucky coal mine but continued to search for the second man Thursday afternoon, federal safety officials reported. The body was found Thursday morning, more than 10 hours after the roof collapse at Alliance Coal's Dotiki mine near Nebo, Kentucky, about 75 miles northwest of Bowling Green, the Mine Safety and Health Administration reported.
Former GOP darling Gov. Charlie Crist defected from the Republican Party on Thursday to run as an independent for U.S. Senate after months of being ripped by conservatives as too supportive of President Barack Obama.
The White House's $787 billion stimulus plan funded 682,779 jobs in the first quarter, administration officials said. The figure captures the number of people whose jobs were directly paid for with stimulus money, such as teachers, cops and road construction workers. It's based on roughly 175,000 reports filed by state, local and corporate recipients. It reflects only stimulus funds distributed during the quarter.
Standard and Poor's downgraded the sovereign debt ratings for both Greece and Portugal citing weak "macroeconomic structures," with the Greek debt lowered to junk status. Greece's long-term sovereign debt rating was reduced to a rating of "BB+" from "BBB+." The short-term rating was lowered to "B" from "A-2."
NASCAR News - April 22, 2010 -
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive a replica of his father's No. 3 Wrangler Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series race at Daytona in July. The car unveiling was done Thursday at JR Motorsports on what would have been the seven-time NASCAR champion's 59th birthday. He was killed in a 2001 accident at Daytona, and his number has not been used in the Sprint Cup Series since.
The World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy -- an 806-member panel of the globe's most venerated chefs, food critics, restaurateurs and gourmands gives us the top 50 restuarants in the world. Here’s the top-10:
1) Noma (Copenhagen, Denmark)
2) El Bulli (Roses, Spain)
3) The Fat Duck (Bray, England)
4) El Celler de Can Roca (Girona, Spain)
5) Mugaritz (Errenteria, Spain)
6) Osteria Francescana (Modena, Italy)
7) Alinea (Chicago, Illinois)
8) Daniel (New York)
9) Arzak (San Sebastián, Spain)
10) Per Se (New York)
Technology News - April 22, 2010 –
Blackberry Debut - Research in Motion's Wireless Enterprise Symposium officially started Tuesday, but the company kick-started things by i ntroducing two new devices: the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and the BlackBerry Pearl 3G. Carrier and pricing information is sparse at this time, but the news finally gives us a look at two devices that have been a long time coming. The BlackBerry Bold 9650 is a handset that's been promised since last summer and though now under the Bold name, this is essentially the BlackBerry Tour with the addition of Wi-Fi and an optical trackpad.
AOL Inc. reported first-quarter results that missed analysts' expectations as the Internet company continued to struggle with declining sales and a dwindling subscriber base. The New York-based company posted net income of $34.7 million, or 32 cents per share, in the first three months of 2010. That's down from $82.7 million, or 78 cents per share, in the same period last year.
Hewlett-Packard announced Wednesday that it would buy struggling smart phone maker Palm for $1.2 billion. HP - known more for its computers, notebooks and printers than its smart phones -- will buy Palm for $5.70 a share in cash, a 23% premium over Palm's closing price of $4.64 on Wednesday.
Tech Trend - Pricier, more powerful notebook computers are sucking some of the steam from netbooks, the low-priced darlings that helped fuel sales for the PC industry in the past two years. Many consumers—searching for more computing power than the compact, portable netbooks can deliver—are opting to pay more for laptops with bigger displays and circuitry suited for jobs like manipulating photos and video, which is beyond the capability of most netbooks.
The tit-for-tat between Apple and Adobe over Flash support for the iPhone and iPod took another turn with Steve Jobs calling out Flash as unreliable, "100% proprietary," a battery hog, and ultimately a "closed system" that "falls short." In a letter, Jobs denies that Apple's no-Flash policy on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad is "primarily business-driven," and ticks off a series of "technology issues" such as reliability ("Flash is the number one reason Macs crash"), security ("Symantec recently highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009") and battery life (Jobs claims that the video on "almost all" Flash sites relies not on hardware decoding but on software, which "uses too much power".
Google plans next month to unveil a new software package to help developers better display the internet on TV sets, which quotes unnamed sources familiar with the announcement. Google TV, an android-based software platform, has drawn interest from TV makers, the Journal says. Google is expected to break the news at Google’s, which will be held May 19 and 20 in San Francisco, California, the newspaper reports. At the conference, Sony also will announce a TV that runs an Intel chip and Google's software.
Music News - April 22, 2010 -
Teen sensation Justin Bieber was forced to cancel his only Australian gig on Monday after chaos broke out among fans. Scores of supporters camped overnight at Sydney Harbor to see their idol perform and by Monday morning, thousands of youngsters were packed into the Circular Quay area. The frenzied crowd began to surge, prompting police to cancel the event after "more than 100 teens" became "distressed," according to officials.
Medical tests show Bret Michaels has suffered a setback in his recovery from a brain hemorrhage, according to a statement posted on his official website Tuesday. Despite the development, "doctors remain hopeful for a full recovery," the statement said. The rock singer and reality TV star suffered a massive brain hemorrhage and was hospitalized. Michaels, 47, was the lead singer for the '80s glam-metal "hair band" Poison. He became a reality star on the VH1 show "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels." He has also appeared on "Celebrity Apprentice."
Renewing one's wedding vows is typically a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey prefer to do it a little more frequently than that -- like every year! "I encourage everybody to do it. If you are happy and in love, celebrate it!" Cannon, 29, said Friday on his New York radio show, confirming that he and his pop-star wife, 40, will renew their vows -- for a second time -- to celebrate their second wedding anniversary.
American Idol" raised more than $15 million as part of their "Idol Gives Back" special before the East Coast Feed of the show even finished airing, but there was less happy news on the FOX program as one more contestant was sent home. Despite his good looks and contagious smile, Tim Urban was the contestant who was eliminated. Celebrities including Jennifer Garner, Elton John, the Black Eyed Peas, Joss Stone and Mary J. Blige showed their support at the "Idol Gives Back" charity event.
Christina Aguilera will perform on this season's "American Idol" finale – confirming the appearance on an Atlanta radio station. I am on the finale show of 'American Idol,'" she reportedly said, adding that a world tour would follow in July. The finale airs on May 26 - Christina's latest album, "Bionic," is due on June 8. Lady Gaga is set for another “Idol” appearance on May 5.
Lady Gaga makes the Time top 100 most influential people (past year) – a list that just came out. Besides Gaga, a number of musicians made the list, including Taylor Swift, Prince and Elton John.
Lady Gaga's former boyfriend, producer and business partner, is suing the pop star for $30.5 million, claiming he was pushed away after their failed romance. Songwriter-producer Rob Fusari's lawsuit contends he transformed Stefani Germanotta into "Lady Gaga" and switched her rock riffs with dance beats to make her songs commercial hits. " Lady Gaga, one of the world's hottest recording acts, won two Grammys this year for her debut album.
Good Grief! – Charlie Brown Gets Sold Out - E.W. Scripps Co. said it will sell the unit that owns the licensing rights to Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the "Peanuts" gang for $175 million to Joe Boxer owner Iconix Brand Group Inc. The sale of United Media Licensing also means Iconix has a new partnership with the family of the late "Peanuts" creator, Charles Schulz. They'll receive 20 percent ownership in the unit that owns "Peanuts" and pay that percentage of the sale price.
Dexter star Michael C. Hall has "fully recovered" from cancer, says his wife. The actor has returned to work on the hit show, in which he plays a serial killer who targets other murderers.
Actor Jason Alexander hit a 14-year-old cyclist on Tuesday morning, according to police. The boy was struck by the actor's car near the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and June Street about 7:15 a.m., according to police. The boy, who was riding to school, was hospitalized in stable condition. The Seinfeld actor was not cited.
Randy and Evi Quaid showed up in a criminal courtroom two weeks late Monday and were arrested on outstanding warrants, authorities said.The actor and his wife were ordered held on $100,000 bail and told to return for a court hearing Wednesday, Senior Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter said in an e-mail. The couple have repeatedly failed to show up in a Santa Barbara court for hearings in a felony case alleging that they defrauded an inn out of more than $10,000. They have pleaded not guilty, and their attorney has said the money has been repaid and the Quaids hope to resolve the case.
Princess Madeleine of Sweden has broken off her engagement with attorney Jonas Bergstrom, the Royal Court announced. "They have decided that the best for them is to go their separate ways," the palace said in a brief statement issued April 24. The court asked for the media to leave the princess and her former fiancé alone.
Sandra Bullock says that she and her estranged husband, Jesse James, adopted a baby boy in January and that, in the wake of allegations of James’ infidelity, the Oscar-winning actress has filed for divorce and plans to raise the 3 1/2-month old child as a single mother.
Conan O’Brien – former "Tonight Show" host, will speak to CBS' "60 Minutes" this Sunday in an interview conducted by Steve Kroft. O'Brien's exit deal with NBC says he can't do formal interviews until May 1. Sunday is May 2.
Blasts Leno - In his first interview since quitting NBC in January, Conan O'Brien says that if the situation had been reversed, he would have gone "someplace else" rather than do what Leno had done. "He (Leno) went and took that show back and I think in a similar situation, if roles had been reversed, I know -- I know me, I wouldn't have done that," O'Brien told "60 Minutes" in an interview to be broadcast on CBS on Sunday.
Top albums April 22, 2010 -
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
My World 2.0 – Justin Bieber
Congratulations – MGMT
Year of the Black Rainbow – Coheed And Cambria
Animal – Ke$ha
Still Standing – Monica
My World – Justin Bieber
The Fame – Lady Gaga
Emotion & Commotion – Jeff Beck
Battle of the Sexes – Ludacris
The E.N.D. – The Black Eyed Peas
The Foundation – Zac Brown Band
Soldier of Love – Sade
Slash – Slash
Jason Castro – Jason Castro
Leave Your Sleep – Natalie Merchant
Burrrprint(2) HD – DJ Holiday + Gucci Mane
New Amerykah: Part Two – Erykah Badu
Freight Train – Alan Jackson
The Fame Monster – Lady Gaga
Women + Country – Jakob Dylan
Here I Am - Marvin Sapp
Fearless – Taylor Swift
I Learned The Hard Way – Sharon Jones & The Rap-Kings
Rated R – Rihanna
With a Twist – Straight No Chaser
Achin’ And Shakin’ – Laura Bell Bundy
Plastic Beach - Gorillaz
At the movies this week in 2010 –
How to Train Your Dragon
The Back-up Plan (1st week - $12.25 million)
Clash of the Titans
Death of a Funeral
The Last Song
Alice in Wonderland
TV listings/TV Guide - April 22, 2010 -
Sunday night television
7:00 to 8:00
ABC: 'Americas' Funniest Home Videos'
CBS: '60 Minutes'
NBC: 'Dateline NBC'
Animal Planet: 'Wild Kingdom'
8:00 to 9:00
CBS: 'The Amazing Race 16'
FOX: 'The Simpsons'
NBC: 'Minute to Win It'
BBC America: 'James May at the Edge of Space'
Discovery: 'How the Universe Works'
Disney: 'Good Luck Charlie' -- 8:30 start
Food Network: 'Food Network Challenge'
HGTV: 'House Hunters' and 'House Hunters International'
History: 'Pawn Stars' -- Two 30-minute episodes
ION: 'The Emeril Lagasse Show'
9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Desperate Housewives'
CBS: 'When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story' -- Story about the founders of Al-Anon and Alcoholics Anonymous
FOX: 'American Dad' -- 9:30 start
NBC: 'The Celebrity Apprentice' -- Two hours
A&E: 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels' -- 9:30 start
Discovery: 'Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking'
ESPN2: 'SportsCenter Special' -- NFL Draft wrap-up. Two hours
Food Network: 'Chef vs. City'
HBO: 'The Pacific'
HGTV: 'Holmes on Homes'
History: 'America the Story of Us' -- Two hours
Showtime: 'The Tudors'
Style: 'Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane'
TV Land: '8th Annual TV Land Awards' – Hosted by Tim Allen - 90 minutes
10:00 to 11:00
ABC: 'Brothers & Sisters'
A&E: 'Kristie Alley's Big Life'
AMC: 'Breaking Bad'
Animal Planet: 'River Monsters'
Discovery: 'Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking'
E!: 'Kendra' and 'Pretty Wild'
Lifetime: 'Army Wives'
TLC: 'Hoarding: Buried Alive'
11:00 and Beyond
Cartoon Network: 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' and 'Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job' -- Starts at midnight
HGTV: 'Income Property' -- 11:00 Start
TV Ratings - April 22, 2010 -
|American Idol" (Wednesday)||FOX|
|2.||American Idol" (Tuesday)||FOX|
|3.||Dancing With the Stars||ABC|
|4.||Two and a Half Men||CBS|
|6.||Dancing With the Stars Results||ABC|
|7.||The Big Bang Theory||CBS|
|8.||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||CBS|
|9.||Academy of Country Music Awards||CBS|
|12.||Survivor: Heroes & Villains||CBS|
|20.||NCIS: Los Angeles||CBS|