Dateline: Week Of February 8, 2010 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Federal workers and school children got a day off as the Mid-Atlantic region dug out from as much as 3 feet of snow that made travel nearly impossible and knocked out power to tens of thousands of people.Federal agencies that employ 230,000 in Washington were closed, as were many local governments, businesses and school districts. Utilities warned it could be days before power is restored to areas.
Rep. John Murtha, a retired Marine Corps officer who became the first Vietnam War combat veteran elected to Congress and later an outspoken and influential critic of the Iraq War has died. He was 77. The Pennsylvania Democrat had been suffering complications from gallbladder surgery. He died at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va., spokesman Matthew Mazonkey said.
Michael Jackson’s doctor was charged with involuntary manslaughter, capping an exhaustive investigation into the pop star’s stunning death last summer and setting up the prospect of another sensational celebrity courtroom drama. Dr. Conrad Murray, a cardiologist who was with Jackson when he died June 25 at his rented Los Angeles mansion, is accused of acting “unlawfully and without malice” in bringing about Jackson’s death, according to a complaint filed by prosecutors.
Toyota Motor Corp said it is recalling 437,000 of its flagship Prius and other hybrid cars for braking problems as it seeks to address criticism over the handling of its worst safety crisis. The world's largest automaker is under fire for two other recalls covering more than 8 million vehicles worldwide due to problems with slipping floormats and sticky accelerator pedals.
Avalanches roared down a mountain pass north of Afghanistan's capital, killing at least 28 people and leaving hundreds more stranded in their vehicles on snow-blocked roads. Another 70 people were injured and transported to hospitals as the military and police continued rescue efforts to dig out those trapped in the snow, an Afghan Defense Ministry statement said. Some 1,500 people were rescued, it said. A snowstorm hits the northeast and blizzard warnings had been issued for New York City and parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. New York City was expected to get up to 12 inches of snow.
The Obama administration announced that it was freezing the assets of four subsidiary companies of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and a senior commander. The move, which comes ahead of official rallies in Iran to celebrate Revolution Day on February 11, extends existing sanctions to ban any American firms or citizens from dealing with the four companies and the commander, IRGC General Rostam Qasemi, who is also in charge of the Khatam al-Anbiya Construction Headquarters.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed that Iran has produced its first batch of uranium enriched to a higher level, saying his country will not be bullied by the West into curtailing its nuclear program a day after the U.S. imposed new sanctions. Ahmadinejad reiterated to hundreds of thousands of cheering Iranians on the anniversary of the 1979 foundation of the Islamic republic that the country was now a "nuclear state," an announcement he's made before. He insisted that Iran had no intention of building nuclear weapons.
Bill Clinton after a procedure to place two stents in one of his coronary arteries, according to a spokesman. "President Clinton is in good spirits, and will continue to focus on the work of his Foundation and Haiti's relief and long-term recovery efforts," said adviser Doug Band said in a statement.
The professor accused of killing three colleagues during a faculty meeting was a Harvard-educated neurobiologist, inventor and mother whose life had been marred by a violent episode in her distant past. More than two decades ago, police said Amy Bishop fatally shot her teenage brother at their Massachusetts home in what officers at the time logged as an accident — though authorities said Saturday that records of the shooting are missing. Bishop, 42, had just months left teaching at the University of Alabama in Huntsville when police said she opened fire in a room filled with a dozen of her colleagues from the school's biology department.
Twelve Afghans died when two rockets fired at insurgents missed their target and struck a house during the second day of NATO's most ambitious effort yet to break the militants' grip on the country's dangerous south.
Thousands of NATO and Afghan troops encountered pockets of resistance, fighting off sniper attacks, as they moved deeper into Marjah, a town of 80,000 people that is the linchpin of the militants' logistical and opium-smuggling network in Helmand province.
Sports News - February 8, 2010 -
MVP! New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees received the honor for his stellar performance in Sunday night's 31-17 victory over Indianapolis at Sun Life Stadium.
Most watched event ever - The Nielsen Co. estimated that 106.5 million people watched the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts upset the Indianapolis Colts. That beats the "M-A-S-H" finale, which had 105.97 million viewers in an era when there were fewer television sets.
Vancouver Olympics - Changes to the Whistler Sliding Center following a fatal luge crash on Friday guarantee the safety of the course and a successful competition at the Vancouver Olympics, the International Olympic Committee said on Saturday.
Georgian athlete Nodar Kumaritasvili died in hospital after crashing in his final training run when he lost control, hitting the rim of the track and slamming into a steel pillar at 90mph The track was re-opened on Saturday following a coroner’s investigation that put the cause of the accident on human error. The International Luge Federation and track officials have since made a number of alterations to the track which is the fastest in the world. Organizers have raised the walls at the exit of curve 16 where the Georgian died and changed the ice profile as preventative measures, despite concluding that there was no indication the accident was caused by any deficiency in the track.
Swiss ski jumper Simon Ammann won the first gold medal winner of the Vancouver Olympics, earning his third Olympic title by winning the normal hill event Saturday. Ammann put down the longest jumps in both rounds for the victory. Polish veteran Adam Alysz took silver.
Entertainment News - February 8, 2010 -
Hollywood couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are suing Britain's News of the World tabloid over allegations it published about their relationship.In a story published on January 24, the weekly newspaper reported that the couple planned to separate imminently and had agreed on how they would divide their assets and custody of their children. Pitt, 46, and Jolie, 34, have six children and joint assets estimated by the News of the World at 205 million pounds ($319 million).
A star for former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame evening during a whimsical ceremony that also marked the 50th anniversary of the sidewalk attraction's groundbreaking. Starr's name was the 2,401st to be unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It's cool to get one at night," said Starr. "I don't know about you, but where I live, the stars come out at night."
Actor Gary Coleman pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief in conjunction with a domestic violence charge.The April 18 incident involved an escalating argument between Coleman and his wife, Shannon Price. Coleman was arrested on Jan. 24 for failing to appear in court and was released the following dayafter posting $1,725 bail.
A spokesman for The Discovery Channel says the captain of the “Deadliest Catch" fishing vessel Cornelia Marie has died. Capt. Phil Harris suffered what his family described as a massive stroke on Jan. 29 while the boat was in port at St. Paul Island, Alaska. He was flown to Anchorage for surgery.
British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, whose creations adorned such celebrities as Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna and Lady Gaga and was known for his flamboyant and sometimes outrageous styles, has been found dead in his London apartment, an apparent suicide. He was 40 years old.
Madonna's spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg confirmed that Madonna would make an appearance on the upcoming reality show, “The Marriage Red,” where celebrities and a referee try to help couples in conflict. The episode has not yet been taped and Rosenberg did not have further details. Madonna has been married twice, once to Sean Penn and most recently to Guy Ritchie. The "Marriage Ref" will debut on NBC after the Olympics.
Top Pop Hits - February 8, 2010 –
Imma Be – Black Eyed Peas
Tik Tok – Ke$ha
Bedrock – Young Money fea. Lloyd
Sexy Chick – David Guetta fea. Akon
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
Hey, Soul Sister – Train
How Low – Ludacris
Carry Out – Timbaland fea. Justin Timberlake
Replay – Iyaz
I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
In My Head – Jason DeRulo
Hard – Rhianna – fea. Jeezy
Say Aaah – Trey Songz fea. Fabolous
Empire of the State – Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
Do You Remember – Jay Sean fea. Sean Paul and Lil Jon
Telephone – Lady Gaga & Beyonce
Glitter in the Air – Pink
Firelies – Owl City
Blah Blah Blah – Ke$ha fea 3OH!3
According to You – Orianthi
Two is Better Than One – Boys Like Girls fea. Taylor Swift
Live Like We’re Dying – Kris Allen
Down – Jay Sean fea. Lil Wayne
Top Movies - February 8, 2010 –
Edge of Darkness
When in Rome
The Book of Eli