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

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gadhafi regime toppled photo august 2011Libyan rebels claimed to be in control of most of Tripoli Monday after their swift advance on the capital heralded the fall of regimeMoammar Gadhafi's 42-year regime. But they still faced some fierce resistance, with scattered gunbattles erupting, and the mercurial leader was nowhere to be found. The international community called on Gadhafi to step down and moved ahead with post-war planning as euphoric rebel supporters celebrated in Green Square, the symbolic heart of the fading Gadhafi regime. Colleagues warned the leader would not go easily, even after three of his sons were arrested.

Stocks rose sharply Monday, shaking off a four-week losing streak. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 83 points, or 1 percent, to 10,903 in late morning trading. The Dow fell 4 percent last week as worries deepened that the U.S. economy could slip back into a recession.

Emergency officials from Florida to the Carolinas were closely watching Irene Tuesday as the first hurricane to seriously threaten the U.S. in three years churned over energizing tropical waters. The storm has already cut a destructive path through the Caribbean. Forecasters say the hurricane could grow to a monstrous Category 4 storm with winds of more than 131 mph before it's predicted to come ashore this weekend on the U.S. mainland. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami expected Irene to reach Category 3 strength on Tuesday, said spokesman Dennis Feltgen.

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia forced evacuations of all the monuments in Washington and rattled nerves from the southern state of Georgia to Martha's Vineyard, the Massachusetts island in the northeast where President Barack Obama is vacationing. No injuries were immediately reported.The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was half a mile (800 meters) deep and centered about 40 miles (64 kilometers) northwest of Richmond, the state capital of Virginia. Shaking was felt at the White House and all over the East Coast, as far south as Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated.

Even as the Libyan rebels claimed to have most of the capital of Tripoli under their control, the whereabouts of Moammar Gadhafi remain a mystery. Libya's opposition National Transition Council said Wednesday it was offering a $1.7 million bounty for Gadhafi's capture, dead or alive.

Jubilant rebels swarmed through Gadhafi's compound in the Tripoli neighborhood of Bab al-Azizya Tuesday, "seizing arms and smashing symbols" of the tyrant who has brutally ruled the North African nation for the past 42 years, Reuters reported from Tripoli

steve jobs resigns august 2011Silicon Valley legend Steve Jobs on Wednesday resigned as chief executive of Apple Inc in a stunning move that ended his 14-year reign at the technology giant he co-founded in a garage. Apple shares dived as much as 7 percent in after-hours trade after the pancreatic cancer survivor and industry icon, who has been on medical leave for an undisclosed condition since January 17, announced he will be replaced by COO and longtime heir apparent Tim Cook.

Hurricane Irene began lashing the East Coast with rain Friday ahead of a weekend of violent weather that was almost certain to heap punishment on a vast stretch of shoreline from the Carolinas to Massachusetts. For hundreds of miles, people in the storm's path headed inland, made last-minute preparations and monitored the hurricane's every subtle movement. Irene had the potential to cause billions of dollars in damage all along a densely populated arc that included Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Boston and beyond. At least 65 million people could be affected.

Americans are plenty angry at Congress in the aftermath of the debt crisis and Republicans could pay the greatest price, a new Associated Press-GfK poll suggests. The poll finds the tea party has lost support, Republican House Speaker John Boehner is increasingly unpopular and people are warming to the idea of not just cutting spending but also raising taxes — anathema to the GOP — just as both parties prepare for another struggle with deficit reduction.

More News - August 22, 2011 -

Hurricane Irene opened its assault on the Eastern Seaboard on Saturday by lashing the North Carolina coast with wind topping 90 mph and pounding shoreline homes with waves. Farther north, authorities readied a massive shutdown of trains and airports, with 2 million people ordered out of the way. The center of the storm passed over North Carolina's Outer Banks for its official landfall just after 7:30 a.m. EDT. The hurricane's vast reach traced the East Coast from Myrtle Beach, S.C., to just below Cape Cod. Late Saturday morning, officials at the National Hurricane Center said tropical storm conditions, with winds of at least 39 mph and heavy rains, had extended into coastal Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.

Hundreds of militants crossed the Afghan border Saturday and attacked three security checkpoints in northwestern Pakistan, killing 26 paramilitary soldiers and police, officials said. It was the latest of a series of attacks that Pakistani officials say have been launched from an area of eastern Afghanistan where the U.S. has largely pulled out its troops. The raids have increased tension between Pakistan, Afghanistan and the U.S.

From North Carolina to New Jersey, Hurricane Irene appeared to have fallen short of the doomsday predictions. But with rivers still rising, and roads impassable because of high water and fallen trees, it could be days before the full extent of the damage is known. More than 4.5 million homes and businesses along the East Coast lost power, and at least 26 deaths were blamed on the storm. But as day broke Sunday, surprisingly light damage was reported in many places, with little more than downed trees and power lines. There were areas of extreme flooding – particularly places in New Jersey, upstate New York and Vermont.

Consumers' confidence in August dropped almost 15 points to the lowest level since April 2009 as worries about the economy fueled the wildest stock market swings since the financial meltdown in 2008. At a time when Americans are increasingly worried about a weak job market, higher costs for food and clothing and recent stock market turmoil, the falling confidence numbers raise new concerns about their willingness to spend and jumpstart the economy. That's particularly important since consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of U.S. economic activity.

Vermont began mobilizing National Guard helicopters to airlift food, water and supplies Tuesday to small towns cut off by flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Irene. Emergency Management spokesman Mark Bosma said the helicopters would head to about a dozen towns where roads and bridges were washed out, including Cavendish, Hancock, Pittsfield, Stockbridge, Strafford and Stratton. Officials also planned to use heavy-duty National Guard vehicles to reach towns where roads may be passable.

Technology News - August 22, 2011 -

Trend - The percentage of Internet users who are on social-networking sites continues to climb, according to a survey released Friday by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. In fact, it has doubled in the past three years, the report says, from about 29% in 2008 to 65% this year. This year's Pew report also marks the first time that more than 50% of adults surveyed (Web users and nonusers) use social networking.

Sports News - August 22, 2011 -

Passing - Mike Flanagan, a former Cy Young winner and part of the Baltimore Orioles’ 1983 World Series championship team, has died. He was 59.

Authorities found a body outside Flanagan’s home in Monkton, Md., on Wednesday afternoon. Hours later, the Orioles confirmed that Flanagan—who served the team as a pitcher, front office executive and television broadcaster — was dead.

Sports Record – The New York Yankees hit three grand slammers in a single game! As the New York area braced itself for hurricane weather, the Yankees whipped up a frenzy in the Bronx, setting a major-league record by hitting three grand slams in a 22-9 blowout of the Oakland A’s on Thursday afternoon. As legendary broadcaster Phil Rizzuto used to say: "Holy cow!" That other sound you hear is the trembling of other pitching staffs in the AL. That's the kind of figurative damage everyone figured the Yankees would do when GM Brian Cashman put the club together. So, who's responsible for this mess? Robinson Cano went deep against Rich Harden in the fifth inning, Russell Martin followed against Fautino de Los Santos in the sixth and Curtis Granderson made history against Bruce Billings in the eighth. The Yankees came to bat an incredible 17 times with the bases loaded. Derek Jeter alone came up four times, making three outs and drawing a walk.

Venus Williams will be watching the rest of the U.S. Open from the sidelines. The 31-year-old tennis player pulled out of the tournament Wednesday, citing medical reasons. Williams was recently diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue and joint pain.

Music News August 22, 2011 –

Passing - Jerry Leiber, (78) one half of the writing team of Leiber and Stoller. Leiber and Stoller were one of the most successful writing teams ever and one of a group of gifted writers and writing teams that worked out of the Brill Building, 1619 Broadway, N. Y., N. Y. This is a small sampling of a ton of Leiber and Stoller written hits...Yakety Yak, Jailhouse Rock, Stand By Me, Kansas City and many, many more.

One of music's most famous family feuds is headed for the courts. Oasis singer Liam Gallagher said Friday he is suing his estranged brother and former bandmate, Noel, for saying his hangover forced the rumbustious Brit rockers to cancel a concert. Bad blood between the brothers has made headlines ever since Oasis burst to fame in 1994 with debut album "Definitely Maybe." When Noel left the band in 2009 he said it was because he couldn't work "a day longer" with his brother.

Passing – Nick Ashford (70), who with his partner Valerie Simpson, wrote classic top-40/Motown songs such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” As songwriting partners, Nick Ashford and his wife, Valerie Simpson, wrote chart-topping rhythm-and-blues hits for Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross and then went on to become singing stars themselves in the 1970s and 1980s as Ashford & Simpson.

dmx arrested again august 2011Troubled rapper DMX, released from an Arizona prison last month, was arrested again after the car he was driving was clocked at 102 miles per hour on a major freeway, state police said on Thursday. State troopers pulled over the rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, on Wednesday after the Chrysler 300 he was driving was caught on radar exceeding the freeway's 65 mph speed limit, said Bart Graves, an Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman.

Passing - Frank Potenza, a former New York City police officer who turned to comedy as "Uncle Frank" on his nephew Jimmy Kimmel's late-night talk show, died early Tuesday. He was 77 A statement from ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" said Potenza was "beloved by his co-workers and considered an uncle to all." "His kindness and humor will be missed by everyone he touched," the statement said. It did not include further details.

Entertainment News - August 22, 2011 -

Court records show Melissa Gilbert has filed for divorce after 16 years of marriage to fellow actor Bruce Boxleitner. The former "Little House on the Prairie" star cited irreconcilable differences in her divorce petition, which was filed Monday in Los Angeles.

Daryl Hannah’s environmental activism put her on the wrong side of the law again Tuesday when she arrested during a protest outside the White House. She and several others were protesting a planned oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast and were taken into custody after refusing a U.S. Park Police order to move during a sit-in outside the White House. The actress was released after paying a $100 fine.

T.I. arrested - August 2011 photoGrammy Award-winning rapper T.I. was released after almost a year in prison Wednesday, and a TV network swiftly announced a reality show deal with him.The Atlanta entertainer, whose real name is Clifford Harris, was sentenced in October 2010 to 11 months in prison stemming from weapons possession and drugs charges. It was his second stint behind bars in three years.

2011 MTV Video Music Awards Held This Week - Beyonce made a big announcement that practically upstaged the MTV Video Music Awards — and she did it without saying a word. The 29-year-old superstar announced her pregnancy on the red carpet by cupping her stomach in an "I'm expecting" sort of way. Wearing a blond ponytail and flowing red gown, she used her hands to show the tiniest beginnings of a baby bump. Now, the winners:

Pop Music Video: Britney Spears, "Till the World Ends."

Rock video: Foo Fighters, "Walk."

Hip-hop video: Nicki Minaj, "Super Bass."

Collaboration:Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, "E.T."

Male video: Justin Bieber, "U Smile."

Female video: Lady Gaga, "Born This Way."

Video with a message: Lady Gaga, "Born This Way."

Choreography: Beyonce, "Run the World (Girls)."

Top Music Albums August 22, 2011 –

Watch the Throne – Jay Z Kanye West

21 Adele

Tailgates & Tanlines – Luke Bryan

NOW 39

Chief – Eric Church

4 – Beyonce

Any Man In America – Blue October

Kidz Bop 20 – Kidz Bop Kids

Torches – Foster The People

Hell: The Sequel – Bad Meets Evil

Born This Way – Lady Gaga

When the Sun Goes Down – Selena Gomez & The Scene

You Get What You Give – Zac Brown Band

Red River Blue – Blake Shelton

Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Sigh No More – Mumford &Sons

Dream With me – Jackie Evancho

Victorious – Soundtrack

Proud to Be Here – Trace Adkins

The Band Perry – The Band Perry

shallow bay – The Best of Breaking Benjamin

Speak Now – Taylor Swift

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


NFL Preseason: San Diego at Dallas



America's Got Talent" (Tuesday)



America's Got Talent" (Wednesday)






NFL Preseason: Philadelphia at Pittsburgh



Big Brother 13" (Sunday)



Big Brother 13" (Wednesday)



NCIS: Los Angeles



60 Minutes



Big Brother 13" (Thursday)



NFL Preseason Prekick



CSI: Crime Scene Investigation



Master Chef" (Tuesday)



Hell's Kitchen" (Monday)



The Big Bang Theory



NFL Preseason Pregame



Wipeout" (Thursday)



Bachelor Pad



Master Chef" (Special)



Dateline NBC" (Sunday)


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