Week Of April 8, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Passing - Mike Wallace – best known for his work on “60 Minutes.” Wallace, whose career spanned 60 years, said then that he had long vowed to retire "when my toes turn up" and "they're just beginning to curl a trifle. ... It's become apparent to me that my eyes and ears, among other appurtenances, aren't quite what they used to be." He was 93.
The Afghan government and the U.S. signed a deal Sunday giving Afghanistan authority over military raids in Afghan homes, resolving an issue that had threatened to derail a larger pact governing a U.S. presence in the country for decades to come.
NBC News Hot Water - NBC News decision to air an edited call from George Zimmerman to police in the moments before he shot Trayvon Martin was "a mistake and not a deliberate act to misrepresent the phone call," according to the president of the network's news division. The edit in question, which aired on the network's flagship "Today" morning show last week, made it appear that Zimmerman told police that Martin was black without being prompted, when, in fact, the full tape reveals that the neighborhood watch captain only did so when responding to a question posed by a dispatcher.
The U.S. Navy said Monday it has deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions with Iran over its nuclear program. The deployment of the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise along the Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group marks only the fourth time in the past decade that the Navy has had two aircraft carriers operating at the same time in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea, said Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost of the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet.
Police say their investigation of the deadly shooting spree in Tulsa, Okla., will include the racially charged Facebook postings of a man arrested this morning in connection to the attacks, although they say it's premature to describe the incident as a hate crime. Two white men were arrested in connection with the random attacks that left three black pedestrians dead and two in critical condition, police said. Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, were arrested at a house north of Tulsa around 2 a.m. this morning and are expected to be charged with three counts of murder and two counts of shooting with intent to kill, according to officials.
Ford Motor Co is recalling 140,310 Focus cars from model year 2012 in the United States to repair a potential problem with the passenger-side windshield wiper motor, according to U.S. safety regulators. A seal plug in the wiper motor electrical connector may be missing, allowing water into the motor's electrical connection, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That could result in an inoperative wiper on the passenger side, reducing visibility and increasing the risk of a crash.
Santorum Out - After calling Mitt Romney to say he is ending his presidential campaign, Rick Santorum announced the end of his presidential campaign Tuesday during a press conference in Pennsylvania, his home state. "We will suspend our campaign effective today," Santorum said in Gettysburg, Pa.
North Korea rejects international protests over its planned long-range rocket launch and said on Wednesday that it was injecting fuel "as we speak", meaning it could blast off as early as Thursday. If all goes to plan, the launch, which North Korea's neighbors and the West say is a disguised ballistic missile test, will take a three-stage rocket over a sea separating the Korean peninsula from China before releasing a satellite into orbit when the third stage fires over waters near the Philippines.
A massive earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia on Wednesday, triggering immediate tsunami warnings for the region--and fears for an area devastated by an earthquake eight years ago. According to U.S. Geological Survey, the 8.6 magnitude earthquake struck 270 miles southwest of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, at a depth of 14 miles.
George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old neighborhood watchman who shot and killed Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., has been charged with second-degree murder in the 17-year-old's death.
Cease Fire - Syrian troops held their fire in the hours after a U.N.-backed ceasefire took effect at dawn on Thursday, casting a silence over rebellious towns they had bombarded heavily in recent days.
Korea Rocket Failure - Now that North Korea's rocket launch has ended in failure, its next move could be even more provocative: a nuclear test. That's what followed previous launches in 2006 and 2009, and experts suspect the government is under even more pressure to do so now after its latest rocket burst apart just moments after liftoff Friday. It wants to develop a missile that can reach the United States and a nuclear warhead small enough to mount on a missile — something another nuclear test could help it do.
Police shot and killed an armed man at a crowded Cracker Barrel restaurant where a woman and a girl had been killed and another person was wounded, sending customers fleeing out the back door. The Brooklyn, Ohio restaurant said the violence appeared to be the result of a domestic dispute between two customers.
Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assadshelled the battered Syrian city of Homs on Saturday, killing one person, opposition activists said, in the first such shelling since a ceasefire began two days ago. The United Nations Security Council is tentatively scheduled to vote on a Western-Arab draft resolution authorizing an advanceU.N. team to monitor the fragile ceasefire which aims to end 13 months of bloodshed during the uprising against Assad.
Fascinating Facts April 8, 2012 –
Titanic 100th Anniversary Memorial Cruise - The MS Balmoral's Titanic Memorial Cruise will follow the same course. The ship set sail with the same number of passengers (1,309) and planned to rendezvous with the wreckage site on April 15 before heading to New York. Winds up to 45 mph, though, prevented the luxury cruiser from docking in Ireland.
Scott Hall, who performed for Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Entertainment company under the name Razor Ramon in the mid 90s, gets arrested again. The one- time former Intercontinental Champion was arrested Friday for allegedly choking his girlfriend. The girlfriend confirms that Scott Hall was in a drunken state when he got in the physical altercation with her.
Fox News on Wednesday said it was firing an employee who had anonymously posted videos and comments about behind-the-scenes workdays at the television network, leading media website Gawker to dub him the "mole." Joe Muto, who had worked as an associate producer on commentator Bill O'Reilly's show at Fox, began his postings on social media websites on Tuesday, and Gawker then began publishing "installments" from the "mole" on its website. After being suspended, Muto posted a picture of himself late on Wednesday afternoon inside Gawker's office saying "It's Me, Joe: The Fox Mole."
A new study on the United States Postal Service shows the mail network is having a hard time keeping up with slimming down as more people turn to texting and email. Released by the Government Accountability Office, the April study highlights the amount of excess in the mail system. For example, the GAO says the Postal Service has 461 processing centers, but 223 of those centers are no longer needed. It operates 8,000 mail processing machines, but the amount of mail has dwindled so much that they no longer need 3,000 of those machines. Of the 154,000 postal employees, up to 35,000 could be let go because there is not enough mail for them to handle, the study concluded.
Sports News April 8, 2012 -
Bubba Watson wins the Masters after winning in a sudden death playoff and a shot to the green from the woods.
Passing - Mark Lenzi, the 1992 gold medalist in men's springboard, died Monday at age 43. The American diver was hospitalized in Greenville, N.C. two weeks ago after suffering a series of fainting spells. Lenzi earned gold at the Barcelona Olympics and followed it up with a bronze medal performance in Atlanta. He was an All-American diver at the Indiana University, winning championships in the one-meter springboard, three-meter springboard and platform events in 1989.
Miami Marlins Coach Ozzie Guillen receives a 5 game suspension for his insensitive remarks towards the Cuban Community regarding Fidel Castro.
Technology News April 8, 2012 –
AOL said it would sell over 800 of its patents and related applications to Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O), and would grant Microsoft a non-exclusive license to the patents it retains, for slightly over $1 billion in cash. AOL's shares jumped 37 percent to $25.16 in trading before the bell on Monday. They closed at $18.42 on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange.
Facebook buys Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock. Instagram is a mobile-only photo-sharing app. It grew from 1 million users in January 2011 to 15 million in December 2011. It has 30 million users now.What's great about it is that it is very fast – especially compared to Facebook.With the Facebook iPhone app, there are 6 screens a user has to go through before a user can actually take a picture. With Instagram, there is one.
Even though the Internet has become a key tool for accessing services, getting an education, finding jobs, getting the news, keeping up with people you know and much more, one in five U.S. adults still does not use the Internet at all, according to a new Pew report. Why? Mostly they're just not interested -- not in the Web, e-mail, YouTube, Facebook or anything else that happens online. Most are older – lacking a college education.
Apple says a new software update provides tools to get rid of the so-called "Flashback" virus that has infected hundreds of thousands of Mac computers. In a post on its support forums, Apple said the update to the Java software platform "removes the mostcommon variants" of the Flashback malware. Last week, a Russian security company reported that as many as 600,000 Macs, most of them in the United States and Canada, had been infected by Flashback, a Trojan horse virus that infiltrates computers, secretly giving someone else remote access to them.
Radio News April 8, 2012 -
Jeff Davis of WLS-AM...after 38 years at WLS, Jeff was let go unceremoniously by Cumulus Media.
Entertainment News April 8, 2012 -
Heidi Klum moved to end her marriage from singer Seal a little over two months after they separated. The supermodel's divorce filing in a Los Angeles court draws to a close a storybook romance that included numerous testaments to their affection for one another, including renewing their wedding vows annually and throwing elaborate Halloween costume parties.
Latin pop singer Marc Anthony has filed for divorce from singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, ending their seven-year marriage.
Axl Rose will not attend the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame ceremony and also has stated that he refuses induction as a member of Guns N' Roses. Among other things, he objects to the line-up of the band the hall plans to honor.
Rod Stewart, who gained rock 'n' roll fame with the band Faces before going on to solo superstardom, said on Friday he will miss his old group's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend as he battles the flu. "I'm absolutely devastated," Stewart said. "Shattered that I'm going to miss my second induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - and this time alongside my mates."
Engaged - Brad and Angelina are going to get married – after all these years.
Not Thrilled About Kim and Kanye As A Couple - During a speaking engagement in Boston Wednesday, Kim Kardashian's stepdad Bruce Jenner told the audience he's "not that excited" about Kardashian's latest fling with Kanye West.
Lady Gaga Twitter Backfire This Week - She’s under fire after sending out a tweet to her 22.6 million followers that could be taken as a pro-anorexic statement. "Just killed back to back spin classes. Eating a salad dreaming of a cheeseburger #PopSingersDontEat #IWasBornThisWay," the 26-year-old "Born This Way" singer posted.
Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced additional artists for its induction ceremony, including a performance by 2012 inductee the Red Hot Chili Peppers.Fellow inductees Faces with original members Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood are also set to perform on Saturday (Rod can’t make it due to flu). Other additions include ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill performing for Freddie King; Darlene Love will perform for inductee Don Kirshner; and Donovan performs with John Mellencamp. And Rapper and "NCIS" star LL Cool J joins Public Enemy's Chuck D to induct the Beastie Boys.
Top Music Albums April 8, 2012:
MDNA – Madonna
21 – Adele
Tuskegee – Lionel Richie
Amaryllis – Shinedown
Up All Night – One Direction
Songs From The Hunger Games
Vulnerable – The Used
Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
Wrecking Ball - Bruce Springsteen
Tailgates & Tanlines – Luke Bryan
Whitney: Greatest Hits – Whitney Houston
Making Mirros – Gotye
Noctourniquet – The Mars Volta
Port of Morrow – The Shins
Some Nights - .fun
19 – Adele
Kids In The Street – The All-American Rejects
Koloss – Meshuggah
Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance – soundtrack
Clear As Day – Scotty McCreery
The MF Life – Melanie Fiona
Take Care – Drake
My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean
Top Movies April 8, 2012 –
The Hunger Games
American Reunion (1st week $21.5 million)
Titanic (1st week $25.6 million)
Wrath of the Titans
21 Jump Street
Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Housefull 2: The Dirty Dozen
Top Video Games April 8, 2012
Kincect Star Wars (X360)
Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)
Kinect Adventures (X360)
Kid Icarus” Uprising (3DS)
Devil May Cry HD Collection (X360)
Resident Evil” Operation raccoon City (X360)
Devil May Cry HD (PS3)
NBA 2K12 (X360)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (X360)
Just Dance 3 (Wii)
Some top Apps:
Angry Bird Space and Draw Something.