Dateline: Week Of April 15, 2010 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Ash clouds from Iceland's spewing volcano disrupted air traffic across Europe on Thursday as authorities closed air space over Britain, Ireland and the Nordic countries. Tens of thousands of passengers were stranded as flights were canceled and it was not clear when it would be safe enough to fly again. Britain's Civil Aviation Authority said non-emergency flights would be banned in all airports until 1 a.m. EDT Friday (6 a.m. local time). Irish authorities also closed their air space for at least eight hours, along with closures by aviation authorities in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.
A record number of U.S. homes were lost to foreclosure in the first three months of this year, a sign banks are starting to wade through the backlog of troubled home loans at a faster pace, according to a new report. RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday that the number of U.S. homes taken over by banks jumped 35 percent in the first quarter from a year ago. In addition, households facing foreclosure grew 16 percent in the same period and 7 percent from the last three months of 2009.
Europeans should try to stay indoors if ash from Iceland's volcano starts raining down from the sky, the World Health Organization said Friday as flight chaos looked set to continue until at least Saturday. WHO spokesman David Epstein said the agency did not know the exact health risks from the ash cloud. But he said the microscopic ash was potentially dangerous for people if it starts to "settle" on the earth because inhaled particles can reach the lungs and cause respiratory problems.
The government has accused Goldman Sachs & Co. of defrauding investors by failing to disclose conflicts of interest in mortgage investments it sold as the housing market was collapsing. The Securities and Exchange Commission said in a civil complaint Friday that Goldman failed to disclose that one of its clients helped create — and then bet against — subprime mortgage securities that Goldman sold to other investors. Because of the news - the Dow lost 125 points.
A Camp Pendleton Marine has relaunched his Facebook page criticizing President Barack Obama's health care policy after prompting a controversy over free speech that won him the support of the American Civil Liberties Union. Sgt. Gary Stein took down his "Armed Forces Tea Party" page on Tuesday after he was called back to base. Stein, 24, of Temecula said his superiors asked him to review Defense Department policy on political activities after they learned he was scheduled to give an interview to MSNBC about his Facebook page.
Weekly Radio/Internet - The U.S. is destined to endure a new economic crisis that sticks taxpayers with the bill unless Congress tightens oversight of the financial industry, President Barack Obama said Saturday.The overhaul is the next major piece of legislation that Obama wants to sign into law this year, but solid GOP opposition in the Senate is jeopardizing that goal. "Every day we don't act, the same system that led to bailouts remains in place, with the exact same loopholes and the exact same liabilities," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. "And if we don't change what led to the crisis, we'll doom ourselves to repeat it.
Toyota says it will recall its 2010 Lexus GX 460 to address a potential problem with the SUV's stability control system that targets possible rollovers. The recall affects about 9,400 vehicles that have been sold since the SUV went on sale in late December. Consumer Reports issued a "Don't Buy" warning last week on the 2010 GX 460, saying it was susceptible to rolling over.
U.S. and Iraqi forces killed the two top al-Qaida figures in the country in a nighttime rocket attack on a safe house near Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, a joint operation the U.S. called a significant blow to the insurgency and a sign Iraqi security forces are strengthening. Al-Qaida in Iraq has remained a potent force, seeking recently to sow chaos after the March 7 elections and ahead of a planned U.S. troop withdrawal. The terror group has shown a remarkable ability to change tactics and adapt despite repeated blows to its leadership.
Goldman Sachs reaffirmed its leadership among Wall Street banks as it reported its first-quarter profits doubled. But the news was overshadowed by the investment bank's growing legal problems. As Goldman Sachs Group Inc. executives held conference calls with banking industry analysts and reporters Tuesday, the questions focused more on the Securities and Exchange Commission's civil fraud charges against the company rather than its $3.3 billion earnings.
Europe's skies were open for business on Wednesday but, with so many planes having been grounded by the volcanic ash from Iceland, it could take days or even weeks to clear the backlog. About 80 percent of flights in Europe were expected to have taken place on Wednesday while Thursday's level will be almost 100 percent, European air traffic agency Eurocontrol said.
Buyers just can't get enough of Apple's gadgets. The company sold almost 11 million iPods last quarter and doubled its iPhone sales from this time last year, selling a record 8.8 million smartphones during the quarter ended March 27. Those sales helped Apple report a profit of $3.1 billion on revenue of $13.5 billion, blowing past Wall Street's expectations.
Fifteen people were injured, including seven critically, and 12 others were missing Wednesday after an explosion that left an offshore drilling rig tilting and on fire in the Gulf of Mexico. Helicopters, ships and an airplane were searching the waters off Louisiana's coast for workers who are believed to have gotten off the rig, but are unaccounted for.
More News - April 15, 2010 -
Burger King is turning its battle with McDonalds for early morning sales into a battle of words. In selected markets, the BK is advertising the availability of a "Burger King brunch." The move away from breakfast is apparently supposed to evoke ideas of higher quality than just a conventional meal of (perish the thought!) eggs and coffee.
Boston Marathon - Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot of Kenya won the 114th Boston Marathon and broke the course record with a time of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 52 seconds on Monday. Ethiopia's Teyba Erkesso took the women's title, sprinting to the tape to win by three seconds in the third-closest women's finish in event history.
Radio Producer Is Looking For This (This Week) - I am looking for someone who can address a recent article on a clothing chain who pulled it's bikinis because they had padded tops. What does selling this type of product do for a young girls self esteem? Is the media/ marketing companies making our kids grow up faster than they are ready for?
Music News - April 22, 2010 -
Jay-Z and a business partner are suing slugger David Ortiz, claiming the Boston Red Sox star named his Dominican nightclub after the mogul's chain of 40/40 clubs. The lawsuit accuses Ortiz of naming his Santo Domingo club Forty-Forty in the hopes of trading in on the rap star's fame. The suit seeks over $5 million in damages and for Ortiz to forfeit any use of the 40/40 name.
Soundgarden will play their first show since 1997 in the group's native Seattle, Washington on Friday night. Chris Cornell and his bandmates secretly reunited last year and now plan to return to where it all started for them for their first comeback show. Soundgarden, who are among the confirmed headliners at this year's Lollapalooza concert in Chicago, will hit the stage at the Showbox at the Market on Friday.
At the 46th Annual Country Music Awards - Lady Antebellum leads with five wins at the 45th ACMs, while Carrie Underwood makes history by becoming the first woman to win entertainer of the year twice. Other winners include Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan and Brooks & Dunn.
Rocker Melissa Etheridge and life partner Tammy have split after almost nine years. "Melissa and Tammy Etheridge are saddened to announce that they are now separated," a representative for the duo told the Web site. In a separate statement to the magazine, the two said, "We ask for consideration and respect for our family as we go through this difficult period." Etheridge, 48, married Tammy, 35, in Malibu in 2003. Following the 2006 birth of twins Miller Steven and Johnnie Rose, Tammy took time off to focus on raising them.
The rap world is mourning news that groundbreaking rapper and Gang Starr co-founder Guru has died of cancer. He was 43. Guru, born Keith Elam, died Monday after a year-long battle with the disease. A statement from Guru's business partner, Solar, reads, "The world has lost one of the best MCs and hip-hop icons of all --time -- my loyal best friend, partner, and brother, Guru. Guru has been battling cancer for well over a year and has lost his battle. This is a matter that Guru wanted private until he could beat it, but tragically, this did not happen. The cancer took him. Now the world has lost a great man and a true genius.”
Christina Hendricks has been named America's best-looking woman in an Esquire Cover article, but there's more than meets the eye with this one. For starters, though the article appears in a men's magazine, the fiery "Mad Men" star won the best-looking title from a poll of over 10,000 women. Hendricks nabbed 30 percent of the votes that were cast, beating out the likes of Megan Fox, who got 14 percent of the votes, and Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima who got 17 percent. Fox was last year's title-holder in Esquire's annual issue dedicated to the fairer sex.
Latest James Bond film suspends production - Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development on BOND 23 indefinitely," producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a joint statement. "We do not know when development will resume and do not have a date for the release of BOND 23." MGM has been on the brink of bankruptcy as it works with creditors to find a new owner.
Actor and director Leonard Nimoy (79) has announced plans to retire from acting after 60 years in the movie business. The "Star Trek" icon began his acting career in the early 1950s and rose to international stardom as Mr. Spock in the sci-fi series. He says, "I've been doing this professionally for 60 years. I love the idea of going out on a positive note. I've had a great, great time."
Rocker Courtney Love is changing her name to Courtney Michelle – and that’s that. The 45-year-old, born Courtney Michelle Harrison, also added that she is "sick" of talking about her late husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. "I am not his spokesperson on Earth," she said. "I don't know what he'd be like now, he could be into society girls, he could be into fat girls, he could be homosexual. We don't know, he died at 27."
Sports News - April 15, 2010 -
Colorado Rockies president Keli McGregor is found dead in a hotel room in Salt Lake City, police said Tuesday. Detective Rick Wall said two of McGregor's associates couldn't get in touch with him and that someone entered his room at the hotel in downtown Salt Lake City and found the 48-year-old McGregor unconscious.
Technology News - April 15, 2010 -
3D TV Concerns - According to Samsung, children and teenagers may be more at risk to health issues related to 3D viewing. Those with family history of epilepsy or strokes are warned that exposure to flashing lights may cause seizures. Who else should avoid watching television in 3D? Pregnant women, the elderly, the sleep-deprived, those suffering from serious medical conditions and anyone under the influence of alcohol. Samsung also warned people to stop watching 3D if they experience any of the following symptoms: altered vision, lightheadedness, dizziness, - involuntary movements such as eye or muscle twitching, confusion, nausea, convulsions, cramps, and disorientation.
Facebook's "like" button is about to get more prevalent on the Web, according to news reports. The Financial Times and The New York Times report that the social networking giant - with 400 million users worldwide - will push its "like" feature onto other Web sites, enabling users to share preferences for news stories, Web sites and products more easily. Currently, Facebook users click the "like" button on Facebook.com to alert their online friends that they find a certain status update, photo or other Facebook item interesting. The reported change would put that functionality on many other Web sites, too, linking a person's preferences for all kinds of things into the Facebook social network.
Lucasfilm confirmed that the company will be making another Star Wars animated series that will serve as a sequel to 'Return of the Jedi' and feature all the original characters from the first trilogy. It will be in the same computer animated format as the current 'Clone Wars' series on Cartoon Network.
Computers in companies, hospitals and schools around the world got stuck repeatedly rebooting themselves Wednesday after an antivirus program identified a normal Windows file as a virus. McAfee confirmed that a software update it posted at 9 a.m. Eastern time caused its antivirus for corporate customers to misidentify a harmless file. It has posted a replacement update for download.
Television News - April 15, 2010 -
American Idol" contestant Crystal Bowersox has been a frontrunner on the FOX reality competition from the start, but she reportedly almost quit the show two weeks ago. She walked off the show and was ready to call it quits, when host Ryan Seacrest saved the day. Crystal reportedly told Ryan, "What's the point?" and said she couldn't handle the competition. The singer said she was planning on leaving and returning to Ohio to be with her family.
Larry King has filed for divorce from wife Shawn Southwick King.
The pair has two sons, Chance, 11, and Cannon, 9 and King has filed for joint custody of the boys. "It's a very sad day in Larry's life and he hopes the divorce will be amicable," King's lawyer Susan Carter. "Larry loves his children very much and will be an integral part of their lives." The couple married in 1997; this will be King's 8th divorce.
Top Movies April 15, 2010 –
How To Train Your Dragon
Kick Ass (1st week - $19.75 million)
Death at a Funeral
Clash of the Titans
The Last Song
Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?
Hot Tub Time
Alice In Wonderland
The Bounty Hunter
TV listings/TV Guide - April 15, 2010 -
8:00 to 9:00
Animal Planet: 'It's Me or the Dog'
BBC America: 'Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide'
G4: 'Ninja Warrior' -- Two 30-minute episodes
HGTV: 'Divine Design' and 'Sarah's House'
Nickelodeon: 'iCarly' and 'True Jackson, VP'
The Weather Channel: 'Storm Stories' -- Two 30-minute episodes
9:00 to 10:00
CBS: 'Strikeforce Saturday Night Fights' --Yes, it is on CBS! Two hours
FOX: 'America's Most Wanted'
BBC America: 'Doctor Who' -- Premiere of the newest doctor: Matt Smith
DIY: 'Renovation Realities'
HBO: '24/7 Mayweather/Mosley'
Spike: 'UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez' -- Two and a half hours
The Weather Channel: 'SeaTek' -- Starts at 9:30
10:00 to 11:00
BBC America: 'The Graham Norton Show' -- Christina Ricci; Ricky Gervais; Stephen Merchant; Pixie Lott
DIY: 'Massive Moves'
HGTV: 'Battle on the Block'
MSNBC: 'Lockup: Raw' -- These things always sound like porn movies to me
Style: 'The Dish'
Travel: 'America's Worst Driver'
11:00 and Beyond
FOX: 'The Wanda Sykes Show' -- Tom Bergeron; actor Columbus Short; boxer Laila Ali
NBC: 'Saturday Night Live' -- Host Ryan Phillippe; performance by Ke$ha. Starts at 11:29
Cartoon Network (Adult Swim): 'Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood' -- Airs at midnight
Top Pop Hits - April 15, 2010 –
Nothin’ On You – B.o.B. fea. Bruno Mars
Rude Boy – Rihanna
Hey, Soul Sister – Train
In My Head – Jason Derulo
Break Your Heart – Taio Cruz fea. Ludacris
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
Telephone – Lady Gaga fea. Beyonce
OMG – Usher – fea. Will.i.am
Baby – Justin Bieber fea. Ludacris
Imma Be – The Black Eyed Peas
Carry Out – Timbaland fea. Justin Timberlake
Say Aah – Trey Songz fea. Fabolous
Breakeven – The Script
TiK ToK – Ke$ha
Young Forever – Jay-Z + Mr Hudson
My Chick Bad – Ludacris fea. Nicki Minaj
All The Right Moves – OneRepublic
You and Your Heart – Jack Johnson
Your Love is My Drug – Ke$ha
Over – Drake
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
Whataya Want From Me – Adam Lambert
Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Hone) – Usher fea. Plies
I Made It – Kevin Rudolf fea Birdman, Jay Sean & Lil Wayne
Winner –Jamie Foxx fea. Justin Timberlake and T.I..