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Dateline: Week Of October 22, 2011 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts

In The News -

Libya's new leaders will declare liberation on Sunday, officials said, a move that will start the clock for elections after months of bloodshed that culminated in the death of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. But the victory has been clouded by questions over how Gadhafi was killed after images emerged showing he was found alive and taunted and beaten by his captors.

Turkey's main seismography center says the 7.2-magnitude quake that hit the east of the country could have killed up to 1,000 people. The Kandilli observatory's estimate is based on the strength of the quake and the structure of the housing in the area. "We are estimating a death toll between 500 and 1,000," Mustafa Erdik, head of the Kandilli observatory, told a televised news conference Sunday. The deputy prime minister says around 45 buildings have collapsed in the town of Ercis and the city of Van. Ercis sits on a geological fault line.

US Air Force fighter jets intercepted two civilian planes flying in restricted airspace near Washington in separate incidents Saturday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said. The breaches occurred within 72 minutes of one another, according to NORAD, the bi-national US-Canadian command responsible for the air defense of North America and responding to unknown or unauthorized air activity.

anti-wall street - oct 2011Anti-Wall Street demonstrators of the Occupy Chicago movement stood their ground in a downtown park in noisy but peaceful defiance of police orders to clear out, prompting 130 arrests early Sunday, authorities said. Occupy Chicago spokesman Joshua Kaunert vowed after the arrests that protests would continue in the Midwest city. "We're not going anywhere. There are still plenty of us," Kaunert told The Associated Press after the arrests, which took police more than an hour to complete.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry tonight, in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, previewed his tax and spending plan, officially called the “cut, balance and grow” plan, which aims to revamp the tax code, balance the budget, reform entitlement programs and create jobs. “The folks in Washington might not like to hear it, but the plain truth is the U.S. government spends too much. Taxes are too high, too complex, and too riddled with special interest loopholes. And our expensive entitlement system is unsustainable in the long run,” Perry wrote in the Wall Street Journal. “Without significant change quickly, our nation will go the way of some in Europe: mired in debt and unable to pay our bills.President Obama and many in Washington seem unable or unwilling to tackle these issues, either out of fear of alienating the left or because they want Americans to be dependent on big government.

Many political observers agree that Rick Perry's dismal debate performances have helped spark his dramatic collapse in recent polls. Now, not surprisingly, the Republican presidential hopeful insists his biggest mistake in the campaign so far was agreeing to participate in the forums at all. "These debates are set up for nothing more than to tear down the candidates. It's pretty hard to be able to sit and lay out your ideas and your concepts with a one-minute response," the Texas governor told Fox News's Bill O'Reilly. "So, you know, if there was a mistake made, it was probably ever doing one of the [debates], when all they're interested in is stirring up between the candidates instead of really talking about the issues that are important to the American people."

The economy is modestly picking up steam, and appears not to be currently in danger of slipping back into recession--but it's still a long way from where it needs to be, according to new government numbers.cThe Commerce Department said Thursday that the economy grew at a rate of 2.5 percent between July and September. That's almost double the 1.3 percentage rate at which it grew in the three months before that. But it's not enough to make a major dent in unemployment, which is at 9.1 percent.

From Maryland to Maine - A freak October nor'easter knocked out power to more than 3 million homes and businesses across the Northeast on Sunday9(Oct 30) in large part because leaves still on the trees caught more snow, overloading branches that snapped and wreaked havoc. Close to 2 feet of snow fell in some areas over the weekend, and it was particularly wet and heavy, making the storm even more damaging.

Spain and Portugal said on Saturday the euro zone's debt crisis is a global problem, calling on the United States and other G20 powers to help contain the fallout. Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero urged the G20 countries least affected by the crisis to provide "urgent stimulus plans" to shield the global economy. Europe's debt crisis looks set to dominate the summit of Group of 20 leading economies in France from November 3-4.

Business News October 22, 2011 -

Only a few months ago, Groupon was the Internet's next great thing. Business media christened it the fastest growing company ever. Copycats proliferated. And investors salivated over the prospect of Groupon going public. Today, the startup that pioneered online daily deals for coupons is an example of how fast an Internet darling can fall. Groupon is discounting its expectations for the IPO that in June was valued as high as $25 billion. In a regulatory filing Friday, the company said that it expects a valuation that is less than half that at between $10.1 billion and $11.4 billion. Groupon is a disaster," says Sucharita Mulpuru, a Forrester Research analyst. "It's a shill that's going to be exposed pretty soon."

McDonald's Corp.'s third-quarter net income rose by 9 percent as it kept defying a tough economy and attracting more customers. But those diners might want to get ready to pay more. The world's largest hamburger chain, which has performed well throughout the recession and its aftermath, noted potential challenges like the rising cost of beef and higher labor costs. McDonald's, a bellwether for the rest of the fast-food industry, hinted that it could raise menu prices for the third time this year.

Radio News October 22, 2011 -

Michele Norris, the longtime host of NPR's "All Things Considered," is stepping down temporarily because her husband has accepted a job with the Obama campaign. "Last week, I told news management that my husband, Broderick Johnson, has just accepted a senior adviser position with the Obama campaign," Norris, host of "All Things Considered" since 2002,wrote in an email to staff.

Sports News October 22, 2011 –

NBA Lockout - Officials from the NBA and players' association are meeting Wednesday, less than a week after three days of talks with a federal mediator couldn't produce a deal to end the lockout. The sides began discussions shortly after noon ET. Talks broke down Oct. 20 after players said owners insisted they agree to a 50-50 split of revenues before they would further discuss the salary-cap system.

World Series - Albert Pujols simply let his bat make all the noise. And boy, it was pretty loud. Pujols hit three impressive home runs to tie the World Series record, amassing five hits and six RBIs Saturday night as the St. Louis Cardinals romped past the Texas Rangers 16-7 for a 2-1 edge.

The St Louis Cardinals take the World Series!

Technology News - October 22, 2011 -

Search Engine For M.C. Hammer - The venerable rapper, who helped usher hip-hop into the pop mainstream in the early '90s, has rolled out a search engine he hopes will outperform Google, Bing and other established tools.The project, called WireDoo, has been two years in the making, said Hammer (real name Stanley Burrell) Wednesday at the Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco. At the conference, he said what will make his search tool better than Google (or, too legit to quit, if you will) will be its "deep search" ability. "It's about relationships beyond just the keywords," he said.

A massive cyberattack that led to a vulnerability in RSA's SecurID tags earlier this year also victimized Google, Facebook, Microsoft and many other big-named companies, according to a new analysis released this week. A list of 760 organizations that were attacked using the same resources deployed to hack RSA was presented to Congress recently and published by security analyst Brian Krebs on his blog this week.

Netflix Share Plunge - The Netflix nightmare continues. Shares plunged 35% on Tuesday after the video service revealed that it lost 800,000 subscribers in its difficult third quarter. Netflix earned $62 million, or $1.16 a share, on a record $822 million in revenue in the quarter that just ended, beating analysts' estimates. But shareholders focused on the sharp decline in subscribers and high costs for international expansion.

Entertainment News October 22, 2011 -

rosie odonnell introduces lover michelleAfter only a week on the air, Rosie O'Donnell's return to the talk-show format that made her famous looks to have all the makings of a dismal flop. According to Michael Starr of "The New York Post," "The Rosie Show" debuted on Monday, October 10 with about a half-million viewers. The next day, this number had shrunk to just over 300,000; by Friday, only about 200,000 tuned in. As the big-ticket show at the center of OWN's fall relaunch, these numbers are nothing short of disastrous. When Oprah Winfrey's much-hyped OWN cable channel launched in January, viewers gave it a quick look and tuned out, deciding OWN's lineup of inspirational, feel-good programming wasn't nearly as interesting as "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" or "Jersey Shore." The channel's programmers responded with OWN-style celeb-based reality shows featuring the likes of Shania Twain and Ryan and Tatum O'Neal, Hollywood's most dysfunctional father and daughter. Despite these moves, OWN has yet to deliver decent ratings on any of its shows.

Will Ferrell, who refined his impersonation of President George W. Bush on the sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live" and later took his presidential act to Broadway, was awarded the nation's top humor prize Sunday night. The TV star went on to make movies and co-found the popular website FunnyorDie.com in a career that won the 44-year-old theMark Twain Prize for American Humor from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Robin Williams Marries – For The Third Time! - The comic and Oscar-winning actor, 60, married graphic designer Susan Schneider at the luxurious Meadowood Resort in the Napa Valley town of St. Helena, Calif. on Sunday.

chaz bono kicked off dancing withBooted Off Dancing With The Stars - Chaz Bono was voted off "Dancing with the Stars" last night, after leading dancer Lacey Schwimmer in a "Phantom of the Opera" tango Monday and receiving the lowest score of the week. Now, judge Bruno Tonioli is under fire for making rude comments to the trangendered activist throughout his tenure on the show. While Bono said he was happy with his performance, he did reveal that he was not pleased with several comments made by Tonioli, specifically that his dance on Monday was like "watching a cute little penguin try to be a big, menacing bird of prey." Earlier in the season, Tonioli compared him to a basketball and said another performance was like "watching a little Ewok dance with Princess Leia."

Walk This Way? - Steven Tyler, lead singer of the rock band Aerosmith and a judge on the hit TV show “American Idol,” bloodied his face and knocked out teeth Tuesday when he fell in his hotel room in Asuncion, Paraguay, Reuters reports. The report cites comments made to local radio by Gustavo Perez, a bellboy at Bourbon Hotel, in Asuncion, Paraguay’s capital. Perez is quoted as saying Tyler slipped in the shower and had “a nasty fall.”Paraguay’s largest newspaper, ABC, said Tyler, 62, was seen being brought into a hospital emergency room, where he was treated for injuries including a cut on his eyebrow and two knocked-out teeth.

Michael Lohan Arrested Again – police took the father of “Mean Girls” star Lindsay Lohan into custody early Thursday for violating the terms of his release. He was arrested Tuesday on a domestic abuse complaint. Kate Major, Michael Lohan’s girlfriend who filed the original complaint, notified Tampa police to say that he had contacted her by phone. When they showed up at Major’s home, Lohan allegedly called Major again. Upon contacting the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s office, police were given the okay to arrest him. Cops said Lohan tried to flee the scene by jumping off of a third floor balcony. He didn’t escape and was apprehended shortly thereafter. Paramedics initially determined that Lohan was not hurt from the jump, whereupon he was transported to the Hillsborough County Jail for booking.

taylor swift update october 2011Taylor Swift s well-known not only for her infectious songwriting and all-ages fan group, but also her reputation for ladylike behavior and attire. Still, the 21-year-old superstar--like many big names before her--has found herself the subject of some rather sordid gossip over the weekend. Swift has sicced her lawyers on a tabloid site called Celeb Jihad, who has published what it claims to be a "leaked" topless photo of her. Swift's legal team has reportedly stated that the site contains "false pornographic images and false 'news'" about the singer, and threatens a lawsuit for trademark infringement if the photo is not taken down.

Top Movies October 22, 2011 -

Puss in Boots (1st week $34 million)

Paranormal Activity 3

In Time (1st week $12 million)


Headhunter (1st week $2 million)

Real Steel

The Three Musketters

The Ides of march



Johnny English Reborn

What’s You Number?

Top Pop Hits - October 22, 2011 -

Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 fea. Christina Aguilera

Someone Like You- Adele 21

Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People

Stereo Hearts- Gym Class Heroes fea. Adam Levine

Sexy And I Know It – LMFAO

Without You- David Guetta fea. Usher

We Found Love – Rihanna fea. Calvin Harris

You Make Me Feel… Cobra Starship fea. Sabi

Young, Wild & Free – Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa fea. Bruno Mars

Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO fea. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock

In The Dark – Dev

Super Bass – Nicki Minaj

You And I – Lady Gaga

Give Me Everything – Pitbull fea. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer

Lighters – Bad Meets Evil fea. Bruno Mars

Headlines – Drake

Good Life – OneRepublic

She Will – Lil Wayne fea. Drake

Top TV Shows/listings/TV Guide - October 22, 2011 -





Dancing With the Stars



NCIS: Los Angeles



World Series Game 4: St. Louis vs. Texas



Two and a Half Men



The Big Bang Theory



The OT



World Series Game 2: Texas vs. St. Louis



World Series Game 1: Texas vs. St. Louis



Dancing With the Stars Results



Criminal Minds



Modern Family



Once Upon a Time



60 Minutes



The Mentalist



Sunday Night Football: Indianapolis at New Orleans



Person of Interest






Mike & Molly



2 Broke Girls


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