Dateline: Week Of April 22, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
The Air Force Two plane carrying Vice President Joe Biden was struck by birds in California a spokeswoman for his office said, but it landed without problem and the vice president, passengers and crew were safe at all times.
George Zimmerman has been released from a Florida jail after posting $150,000 bond as he awaits trial for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman's attorney said his client's bail might have been set higher if a judge had known about $200,000 raised by a website and that only came to light this week. The lawyer for Martin's parents, Benjamin Crump, said Friday he has asked the prosecutor in the case to request that the judge revoke Zimmerman's bail for not disclosing at the original bond hearing last week how much money he had.
A spring nor'easter packing soaking rain and high winds churned up the Northeast Monday morning, unleashing a burst of winter and up to a foot of snow in higher elevations inland, closing some schools and sparking concerns of power outages. " Up to 12 inches of snow was expected in the higher elevations of central and western Pennsylvania, as well as New York state, south of Buffalo. A winter storm warning was issued for parts of northeastern Ohio, where 3 to 7 inches of snow was forecast.
Social Security's retirement and disability programs have enough funds to cover the next 20 years, but that could change come 2033. Every year the Social Security Board of Trustees releases its report outlining the stability and financial security of the two biggest federal programs in the United States, Social Security and Medicare. This year's report says that because of an increase in pressure on these programs - Americans are living longer and the baby boomers are beginning to collect - funds could run out sooner than expected.
The United States Department of Agriculture confirmed Tuesday that it found a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a dairy cow from central California. The infected cow was found as part of a "targeted surveillance system," says John Clifford, the USDA's chief veterinary officer. This is the nation's fourth confirmed case of the ailment commonly known as mad cow disease, which can be fatal to humans who eat parts of the animal infected.
Romney Primary Sweep - Coming off a clean sweep of all five primaries up for grabs Tuesday, including Pennsylvania and New York, Mitt Romney kicked off his general election pitch, insisting the upcoming campaign will be about the "very different visions" he and President Obama have for the country.
The United States and Japan announced on Thursday a revised agreement on streamlining the U.S. military presence on Okinawa that will shift 9,000 Marines from the southern Japanese island to Guam and other Asia-Pacific sites. The new plan, unveiled days before Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda meets President Barack Obama in Washington, helps the allies work around the central but still-unresolved dispute over moving the Futenma air base from a crowded part of Okinawa to a new site that has vexed relations for years.
President Barack Obama appeared on Tuesday's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," which taped at the Univ. of North Carolina where the "POTUS with the most-us"--as a member of the Fallon's house band, the Roots, called him--was courting the youth vote.
The space shuttle Enterprise will fly over high-profile locations in New York on Friday(Apr27), as part of NASA's process of wrapping up the shuttle program. Enterprise is expected to get to the city riding on top of a modified jumbo jet. Its trip was to include low-altitude flyovers over parts of the city and landmarks including the Statue of Liberty and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on Manhattan's west side.
Fast food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken has been ordered to pay Aus$8 million (US$8.3 million) to an Australian girl who suffered severe brain damage and was paralyzed after eating a Twister wrap. Monika Samaan was seven when she suffered salmonella encephalopathy -- a brain injury linked to food poisoning that also left her with a blood infection and septic shock -- in October 2005.
A van flew off an elevated portion of New York's Bronx River Parkway Sunday afternoon, falling more than 50 feet before landing in a horrific crash that left seven people dead, multiple news outlets reported. The accident, near the Bronx Zoo, happened at about 12:30 p.m. local time, authorities said. Maria Gonzalas Gonzalez', a Fordham Univ. staffer, was driving her 10-year-old daughter, 85-year-old father, 81-year-old mother, 35-year-old sister and two nieces (ages 3 and 7) to a party at her sister's Bronx home when she lost control of the vehicle, police said.
Nine small bombs exploded in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Sunday, police said, after an opposition supporter was shot dead in clashes ahead of a fourth nationwide strike in eight days. Security was tight across the country with around 10,000 policemen deployed in Dhaka and most shops, offices and schools were shut amid tensions over the disappearance of an opposition leader.
One World Trade Center, the giant monolith being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks, will lay claim to the title of New York City's tallest skyscraper on Monday. Workers will erect steel columns that will make its unfinished skeleton a little over 1,250 feet high, just enough to peak over the roof of the observation deck on the Empire State Building.
Fascinating Facts April 22, 2012 –
At an East Naples (Florida) McDonalds - The local manager told sheriff's deputies that Mark Abaire filled a courtesy cup with soda and walked out of the building without paying. A McDonald's employee told him the cup was only for water. However, Abaire filled it with soda from the fountain machine and went to sit outside the restaurant. The police report stated that when the manager asked him to pay, Abaire declined, cursed at him and refused to leave the premises, the Naples News reported. It was supposed to cost $1. Collier County deputies later arrested Abaire who now faces felony charges, according to the same report. The initial charge was for petty theft. But due to Abaire’s record of prior petty theft convictions, the charge was increased from a misdemeanor to a felony under Florida's 'three strikes' statute.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, who dropped out of the Republican presidential race in January and initially threw his support to Newt Gingrich, endorsed presumptive nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday.
Customers want to participate in e-commerce but can't for lack of a credit card. That's the rationale behind Walmart's newest endeavor: Called "Pay by Cash," starting this week you can place an order online at walmart.com and then pay by cash at any Walmart location. According to the CEO of Walmart, only 15% of customers actually pay for their purchases with credit in stores. While that doesn't mean the other 85% can't pay by credit, this new idea does give those who pay with cash out of necessity another option.
News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch said he panicked when he closed the News of the World tabloid last year, one of a series of revealing exchanges made at an inquiry into British media ethics. The 81-year-old media magnate acknowledged that the scandal which erupted at the Sunday tabloid last July was a "serious blot" on his reputation, but claimed his company was drawing a line under the sordid episode. "I've spent hundreds of millions of dollars" cleaning up News Corp. subsidiary News International, Murdoch told the inquiry. "We are now a new company altogether."
“The Voice” vs “American Idol” – Social Media says “The Voice” has more traffic - The Voice" has proven to be a formidable foe to the formerly untouchable "American Idol" on the ratings front. But how do the two shows compare when it comes to social media? Advertising Age recently teamed with social-media monitoring firm Trendrr in an effort to determine which show is creating the most buzz in the social-media world. And while the results aren't entirely conclusive (and quite possibly not entirely scientific), it appears that NBC's "The Voice" is coming out ahead. Looking at Twitter and Facebook conversations, as well as check-ins at GetClue and Miso, Trendrr calculated that "The Voice" has generated 21 percent more social activity per episode on average this season.
An Australian billionaire said Monday he'll build a high-tech replica of the Titanic at a Chinese shipyard and its maiden voyage in late 2016 will be from England to New York, just like its namesake planned. Weeks after the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the original Titanic, Clive Palmer announced Monday he has signed a memorandum of understanding with state-owned Chinese company CSC Jinling Shipyard to build the Titanic II. "It will be every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic, but ... will have state-of-the-art 21st-century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems," Palmer said in a statement.
Radio news April 22, 2012 –
(Kiss-FM) WRKS-FM New York – an R&B urban music (legendary) station – is going away and for the first time in New York – a sports station will broadcast on the FM dial as ESPN is moving to 98.7. WRKS was just about to celebrate 30 years in that format.
ESPN will be leasing the station from owner Emmis Broadcasting. ESPN Audio’s strategy to pursue FM distribution for its content. Of ESPN’s 364 full-time affiliates, 137 are positioned on the FM band, representing a growth rate of 120% in the last two and a half years.
Passing – Legendary New York City album rock DJ – Pete Fornatele at 66.
Technology News April 22, 2012 -
A newly unveiled company with some high-profile backers — including filmmaker James Cameron and Google co-founder Larry Page — has announced plans to mine near-Earth asteroids for resources such as precious metals and water. Planetary Resources, Inc. intends to sell these materials, generating a healthy profit for itself. But it also aims to advance humanity's exploration and exploitation of space, with resource extraction serving as an anchor industry that helps our species spread throughout the solar system.
Facebook surpassed 900 million active users last month, according to a regulatory filing, helping the social network post more than $1 billion in sales in the first quarter…
An infusion of money from Microsoft Corp. sent Barnes & Noble Inc.'s stock zooming Monday, as the software giant established a way to get back into the e-books business. The two companies are teaming up to create a subsidiary for Barnes & Noble's e-book and college textbook businesses, with Microsoft paying $300 million for a minority stake. Shares of Barnes & Noble jumped $10.41, or 76 percent, to $24.09 in morning trading. The opening price of $26 was a three-year high. Microsoft's stock rose 2 cents to $32.
Sports News April 21, 2012 -
Amazing comeback - On Saturday, a day after celebrating Fenway's 100th birthday, fans there witnessed another spectacularly stunning collapse. The Red Sox blew a 9-0 lead after the Yankees posted back-to-back seven-run innings in the seventh and eighth in New York's unlikely 15-9 victory.
Also On Apr 21 - Chicago White Sox pitcher Philip Humber, a late-blooming top prospect who battled past elbow injuries, threw Major League Baseball's first perfect game in nearly two years on Saturday in a 4-0 win over the Mariners in Seattle.The 29-year-old Humber struck out nine as he mowed down the Mariners lineup, retiring each of the 27 batters he faced.
More Sports News - April 22, 2012 -
Basketball - Goodbye New Jersey Nets - The New Jersey chapter will end for all practical purposes Monday night against the Philadelphia 76ers. It will be the Nets' final home game before a move next season to Brooklyn and the new Barclays Center. The official close to the season will be on Thursday night in Toronto, and of course it will cap a fifth straight non-playoff season.
Former WCW superstar Buff Bagwell, also known as Marcus Alexander Bagwell, was in an automobile accident. After calling his wife and alerting her to the face that he was about to have a seizure, Bagwell lost control of his Jeep, sending him and vehicle spinning across the median. The crash caused Bagwell, 42, to break several bones in his neck, face, and jaw, landing him in the intensive care unit at WellStar Kennestone Hospital. He remains in serious condition.
Entertainment News April 22, 2012 -
MTV Movie Awards Adds Five New Categories - This year's ceremony will introduce five new categories: Best Music, Best Cast, Best Gut-Wrenching Performance, Best On-Screen Transformation and Best On-Screen Dirt Bag. Nominees for these and the seven other awards will be announced on May 1. Fans will be able to vote online beginning that day until the day of the ceremony on. The show, which will broadcast from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, will also feature a performance by the band fun.
Sales Of Music – The Paradigm Has Changed - Just before Flo Rida released his third album, almost two million fans purchased the first single "Club Can't Handle Me," helping the rapper snag yet another Top 10 hit. But in its first week out, only 11,000 people bought the 8-song EP — "Only One Flo Part 1" — making its debut measly at No. 107 on the Billboard charts. And in nearly two years, the album has only sold 62,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Flo Rida's experience in 2010 is being repeated again and again in today's pop scene. He's just one of many acts who suffer from an imbalance: They have a multitude of hits, but anemic album sales. "If you used to have a big single, you would sell a million albums, and if you sell a million albums and you're a band, you can probably not have to work for a couple years. We don't have that luxury," saidCobra Starship's lead singer Gabe Saporta. But, Tom Corson, the COO and president of RCA Records — the label home of Pitbull and Posner — says that just because an artist doesn't sell a lot of albums doesn't make the act a failure. He said record companies determine an album's success by an artist's TEA, which stands for track-equivalent-albums. "You have certain artists that sell 300,000 albums, but sell 10 million tracks. That's the equivalent of 1.3 million albums," he explained.
Neil Diamond - The 71-year-old singer wed his manager, Katie McNeil, 42, in an intimate ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday, his rep confirmed.
Beyonce Most Beautiful - People magazine has named Beyonce as the World's Most Beautiful Woman for 2012. Other celebrities on the list include Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Jessica Pare of “Man Men.”
Martin Lawrence Divorcing Again - The "Big Momma" star and his wife Shamicka are splitting. The couple has two daughters together and got married in 2010 after having been together for fifteen years. This was Martin's second marriage. In 1996 he divorced Patricia Southall, with whom he had one daughter.
Passing - Tommy Marth, saxophonist for the rock group The Killers, has died. He was 33 years old.
Marth's body was discovered in his Las Vegas home early Monday. His death has officially been ruled a suicide, according to the newspaper.
MTV has announced premiere dates for returning series Teen Wolf and Awkward, as well as the premiere of its second Jersey Shore spin-off Snooki & JWoww. The network also unveiled a handful of new scripted and reality series. Snooki & JWoww, which follows the best friends living in Jersey City, will debut on Thursday, June 21 at 10/9c. Well-known as party girls, the new show will document their now toned-down lives. Each is involved in a serious relationships, and Snooki is also pregnant.
American Idol Update – She’s Voted Out - Elise Testone won't be winning it all on "American Idol." The rockin' 28-year-old teacher from Charleston, S.C., was revealed to have received the fewest viewer votes Thursday(Apr26) on the Fox singing competition.
Greg Allman Postpoing Tour Due To Health - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member is over the effects of his liver transplant two years ago, he's been forced to delay his upcoming book tour to promote his new memoir, "My Cross to Bear," for heart tests.Allman will begin his book tour May 8 if doctors turn up no significant problems. He also plans to hit the road this summer with the Allman Brothers, something he feels he owes his fans. "I know there's been a lot of people that have had their hearts set — God bless 'em — on seeing me and my boys perform and seeing me and the Brothers perform," Allman said.
New Selena Gomez Perfume Is Launched. Selena Gomez’s ad was released on the eve of the launch of her new fragrance- called simply, “Selena Gomez”- at retailer Macy’s. In the ad, Gomez floats in a tank amid a sea of purple light and makeup, along with her lip-bedecked purple bottle of perfume.
Top Music Albums - April 22, 2012 –
Tuskegee – Lionle Richie
21 – Adele
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – Nicki Minaj
New Life – Monica
Up All Night – One Direction
Making Mirrors – Gotye
Slipstream – Bonnie Raitt
Boys & Girls – Alabama Shakes
Changed – Rascal Flatts
Underwater Sunshine – Counting Crows
All American – Hoodie Allen
Tailgates & Tanlines – Luke Bryan
My Head Is An Animal – Of Monsters and Men
Phase II – Prince Royce
The Strange Case Of… Halestorm
MDNA – Madonna
The Good Life – Trip Lee
Some Nights - .fun
Amaryllis – Shinedown
I Win – Marvin Sapp
Chief – Eric Church
A Wasteland Companion – M. Ward
Top Video Games April 22, 2012 -
Kinect Star Wars (X360)
Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (X360)
Kinect Adventures! (X360)
Just Dance 3 (Wii)
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (X360)
NBA 2K12 (X360)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PS3)
Mass Effect 3 (X360)
Zumba Fitness (Wii)
Top Movies April 22, 2012 -
Think Like A Man (1st week $33.6 million)
The Lucky One (1st week $22.5 million)
The Hunger Games
The Three Stooges
The Cabin in the Woods
21 Jump Street
Wrath of the Titans
Top TV Shows - April 22, 2012 -
1.NCISCBS2.American Idol" (Wednesday)FOX3.Dancing With the StarsABC4.American Idol" (Thursday)FOX5.Dancing With the Stars ResultsABC6.60 MinutesCBS7.CastleABC8.Two and a Half MenCBS9.NCIS: Los AngelesCBS10.The Good WifeCBS11.Modern FamilyABC12.The VoiceNBC13.Grey's AnatomyABC14.Survivor: One WorldCBS15.Mike & MollyCBS16.The Big Bang TheoryCBS17.The Amazing Race 20CBS18.Once Upon a TimeABC19.The Voice Results ShowNBC20.Person of InterestCBS