Dateline: Week Of August 8, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
The FBI revealed today that Wade Michael Page, the Army veteran and white supremacist who killed six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on Sunday, appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after being shot in the stomach by a police officer who responded to the scene.
No damage has been reported from the second of two moderate earthquakes that shook wide areas of Southern California. California Institute of Technology seismologist Kate Hutton says the latest quake at 9:33 a.m. Wednesday quake was a magnitude-4.5 and was centered two miles northeast of the Orange County city of Yorba Linda. The quake's magnitude was revised several times. Seismologists also slightly revised Tuesday night's Yorba Linda-area quake to magnitude-4.5.
The ancient Martian crater where the Curiosity rover landed looks strikingly similar to the Mojave Desert in California with its looming mountains and hanging haze, scientists say."The first impression that you get is how Earth-like this seems looking at that landscape," chief scientist John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology said Wednesday. Overnight, the car-size rover poked its head out for the first time since settling in Gale Crater, peered around and returned a black-and-white self-portrait and panorama that's still being processed.
Kavna, the beluga whale that inspired the beloved children's song "Baby Beluga" by Raffi, on Monday afternoon at the Vancouver Aquarium. The 46-year-old whale spent her life in captivity, according to the , but lived well beyond the life expectancy of her species. Aquarium workers , and that Kavna may have been even older than her estimated age.
An Afghan police commander and several of his men killed three U.S. soldiers in the southern province of Helmand, turning guns on them after inviting them to a dinner to discuss security, Afghan officials said on Friday. The men were all American special forces members and were killed on Thursday night while attending a meeting in the Sarwan Qala area, in what appeared to be a planned attack by rogue Afghan forces.
Analysts expect West Coast gas prices to rise beyond $4 a gallon after a fire knocked out a key section of one of the nation's largest oil refineries.
Meanwhile, the same U.S. Chemical Safety Board team that investigated the oil spill in the Gulf Of Mexico was standing by with state and company inspectors waiting for structural and environmental tests to see if it was safe to enter the unit. In all, five separate investigations will be done to determine the cause and effects of the Monday night blaze at Chevron's Richmond refinery. "This is an important accident in its own right, it was a large fire and has the potential to affect fuel supplies and prices," said Dr. Daniel Horowitz, a member of the chemical board. The average price of regular gasoline jumped in California from $3.86 a gallon on Tuesday to $3.94 on Thursday, according to the website GasBuddy.com.
Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has driven back the biggest challenge to civilian rule by dismissing top generals and tearing up their legal attempt to curb his power in a bold bid to end 60 years of military leadership. Taking the country by surprise, Mursi pushed Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi into retirement. The 76-year-old figurehead of the old order had taken charge of the biggest Arab nation when Hosni Mubarak fell last year and remained head of its powerful, ad hocmilitary council after the Islamist was elected in June.
Mitt Romney announces that he's selected Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his vice presidential running mate.
President Barack Obama is pledging a wide-ranging response to the worst drought in a quarter-century. In his weekly radio/Internet address, the President said his administration is giving farmers and ranchers access to low-interest emergency loans, is opening more federal land for grazing and is distributing $30 million to get water to livestock. Obama says Congress needs to pass a farm bill to ensure a long-term solution.
Passing - David Rakoff, award-winning humorist whose cynical outlook on life and culture developed a loyal following of readers and radio listeners, has died after a long illness. He was 47.
More News - August 8, 2012
A man whose jet ski failed him in New York's Jamaica Bay swam to John F. Kennedy airport, where he was easily able to penetrate the airport $100 million, state-of-the art security system. Daniel Casillo, 31, was able to swim up to and enter the airport grounds on Friday night, past an intricate system of motion sensors and closed-circuit cameras designed to to safeguard against terrorists, authorities said. "I think he should be given dinner and a bottle of champagne for showing us our faults," said Nicholas Casale, an NYPD veteran and former MTA deputy security director for counter terrorism. Instead, Casillo was arrested after the incredible adventure that has stunned security officials.
Overcrowded hospitals in northwest Iran struggled to cope with thousands of earthquake victims on Sunday as rescuers raced to reach remote villages after two powerful quakes killed nearly 300 people. Thousands huddled in makeshift camps or slept in the street after Saturday's quakes for fear of more aftershocks, 60 of which had already struck. A lack of tents and other supplies left them exposed to the night chill.
The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Porter suffered significant damage after colliding with an oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday. The USS Porter was passing through the Strait of Hormuz into the Persian Gulf. The Japanese-owned, Panamanian flagged tanker M/V Otowasan was coming the other way, just entering the Strait of Hormuz, and the two crashed into one another.
Three people, including a police officer and the suspected gunman, are dead following a shooting near the Texas A&M campus in College Station on Monday, police and university officials say. Four others, including three police officers and a female civilian, were wounded. The shooting began when an officer attempted to serve an eviction notice, according to WFAA-TV. That officer, Brian Bachmann, a 41-year-old Brazos County constable, was fatally wounded in the shooting, which occurred shortly after noon about a block away from campus.
Sports News/Summer Olympics – August 8, 2012 –
Detroit closer Jose Valverde nearly blew his team's night during a shaky ninth inning but held on to finish off the New York Yankees 6-5 on Tuesday.The visiting Yankees trailed 6-3 in the final inning but charged with two runs against Valverde and had two runners in scoring position when Curtis Granderson popped out to end the threat."I wasn't able to do the things I wanted to with the last pitch of the game," Granderson told reporters. "I should have hit that ball a little better. Game of inches, as they say." Detroit's (60-50) survival gave them a second straight triumph over New York (63-46) in their four-game series, and their sixth straight win overall.
Summer Olympic Games In London – Kobe Bryant scores 20 second-half points as U.S. holds off Australia to reach Olympic semifinals.
Olympic boxing's governing body said it had asked London Games' organizers to tell American broadcaster NBC to cease its ringside commentary at the boxing arena on Friday because they were disrupting officials. “NBC commentators were offered a booth in the media tribune like other broadcasters because they were very disturbing for AIBA officials - even during bouts they were not broadcasting - being located at the edge of the Field of Play," an AIBA spokesman said in an emailed statement to Reuters.
Michael Phelps wins his 22nd and final Olympic medal – 18 of them gold, including the last one as part of the United States' 400-meter medley relay. The inscription on the trophy declared Phelps, "The Greatest Olympic Athlete of All Time."
Shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarusbecame the first athlete to be stripped of a medal at the London Olympics after her gold was withdrawn Monday for doping.
Valerie Adams of New Zealand was awarded the gold and Evgeniia Kolodko of Russia was bumped up to silver. Fourth-place finisher Gong Lijiao of China was moved up to bronze.
The International Olympic Committee said Ostapchuk tested positive for the steroid metenolone. She won the shot put exactly a week earlier. The IOC said she was tested the day before her competition and again following the event. Both samples were positive.
The Closing Ceremony of the London Summer Olympics was full of music, stars, and culture.
The three stars of the Olympics: Jamaica’s Uasain Bolt, USA’s Michael Phelps and Britain’s Mo Farah - all delivered the signature performances of the Olympics.
Passing - Johnny Pesky, who spent most of his 60-plus years in pro baseball with the Boston Red Sox and was beloved by the team's fans, has died. He was 92. Pesky died Monday at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, according to Solimine, Landergan and Richardson funeral home in Lynn. The funeral home did not have a cause of death.
Technology News – August 8, 2012
Google Inc showed off enhancements to its voice-based search technology for Apple Inc's iPhone and said it was testing a new service that will combine its Web-based email with its search engine. The new version of Google's search app for the iPhone and iPad, expected to be available within a few days, will let users find information about everything from the weather to nearby movie showings by speaking into the devices, matching some of the capabilities offered by Apple's own Siri technology. Google's new app recites answers to search results in a human sounding voice, similar to Apple's Siri, which some analysts and technology observers believe could make iPhone users less reliant on Google's search service.
Google is creating an information bridge between its influential Internet search engine and its widely used Gmail service in its latest attempt to deliver more personal responses more quickly. The experimental feature will enable Google's search engine to mine the correspondence stored within a user's Gmail account for any data tied to a search request. For example, a query containing the word "Amazon" would pull emails with shipping information sent by the online retailer. Such Gmail results will typically be shown to the right of the main results, though in some instances, the top of the search page will highlight an answer extracted directly from an email. Although Google has a commanding lead in Internet search, it remains worried about the threat posed by social networking services such as Facebook Inc. As social networks have made it easier to share information online, the web is starting to revolve more around people than the keywords and links that Google’s search engine.
More Google News - August 8, 2012
Google said it is tweaking its search formula to give higher priority to legal content and sink rankings for websites hit with piracy complaints. "Starting next week, we will begin taking into account a new signal in our rankings: the number of valid copyright removal notices we receive for any given site," Google senior vice president of engineering Amit Singhal said in a blog post. "This ranking change should help users find legitimate, quality sources of content more easily -- whether it's a song previewed on NPR's music website, a TV show on Hulu or new music streamed on Spotify." More than 200 "signals" are factored into Google's secret search algorithm for determining what gets priority on results pages.
Google To Pay Largest FTC Fine Ever Levied - Google will pay a record $22.5 million fine to settle charges that it skirted the default privacy settings on Apple's Safari browser.
The Federal Trade Commission charged with tracking the recent browsing history Safari users and serving them targeted ads. The maneuver violated an earlier privacy settlement between the company and the FTC, according to the agency.
Google said it plans to lay off about 4,000 employees at Motorola, a cellphone maker it purchased in May, in order to return the company to profitability. "While we expect this strategy to create new opportunities and help return Motorola's mobile devices unit to profitability, we understand how hard these changes will be for the employees concerned," a company spokesperson told AFP. The reorganization plan calls for laying off about 20 percent of Motorola's workforce and closing a third of its 94 offices worldwide.
Music News – August 8, 2010
Legendary 60s pop-rock band announced on Wednesday (Aug. 8) that they will tour together for the first time since singer Davy Jones died of a heart attack in February. The 12-date fall U.S. tour will include all three surviving Monkees: Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. The trek marks the first time in 15 years that Nesmith will join the group on tour; the last time he joined The Monkees was for a short European tour in 1997. According to , the setlist will span The Monkees' career, from their TV series to their movie "Head" to more obscure tracks from their studio albums.
Randy Travis was charged with driving while intoxicated after the country singer crashed his car and was found naked and combative at the scene, officials said. It was the second arrest this year for Travis, who was cited in February for public intoxication. A Pontiac Trans Am registered to Travis, 53, had driven off a road west of Tioga around midnight Tuesday, said Tom Vinger, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Fascinating Music Fact - Beastie Boys
Beastie Boys’ MCA Left This In His Will - The Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch aka, “MCA,” always said he wouldn't "sell my songs for no TV ad." His will shows he wanted to make sure that held true after his death, too. "In no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes," says the will, filed this week in a Manhattan court. Yauch, known for his good nature as well as his raspy voice in one of hip-hop's groundbreaking acts, died of cancer in May. He was 47. Also known as MCA, Yauch was a founding member of the Beastie Boys, a group that helped hip-hop gain mainstream attention in the 1980s. As white guys from Brooklyn in a genre with few credible white performers at the time, they emerged as prankster pioneers and scored such hits as "Brass Monkey," ''No Sleep Till Brooklyn" and "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)"
Radio News – August 8, 2012
Geraldo Rivera‘s radio show, (which broadcasts from WABC-AM) is going national starting tomorrow across 54 stations distributed by Cumulus Media Networks. Along his way, Rivera’s knocking Glenn Beck off about a dozen of those stations. Rivera is aiming to provide a happy-medium alternative to other radio hosts such as Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, according to Crain’s New York. “I’m not a right-winger, I’m not a left-winger, I’m in the militant middle,” he said.
Clear Channel purchases radio station WOR-AM. The reason, to make sure their syndicated shows such as Rush and Hannity have a NY home. Rival Cummulus is strongly indicating they will kick-off Clear Channel syndicated shows off their stations - which include WABC radio in New York. Most see WOR eventually becoming a station that airs nothing but Clear Channel syndicated programming and content.
Entertainment /Celebrity News – April 8, 2012
New Kourtney Kardashian Daughter. This week - she appears on the cover of the new issue of Us Weekly magazine with little Penelope Scotland Disick -who was born on July 8 - and her elder child Mason, two, and she admits she is overwhelmed with emotion for the tot. Kourtney - who has the children with her partner of six years Scott Disick - said: "Nothing could prepare me for how hard I fell in love with her."
The Spice Girls Re-Unite for the Closing Olympic Ceremonies. They’d been gone for four years.
Citing the downturn in the home entertainment industry, Warner Bros. shut down direct-to-video label Warner Premiere this summer. "Given the continuing decline in the direct-to-video film market and shifting business models in the production of digital series, the decision was made to close Warner Premiere," the studio said in a statement. The division will continue and complete production on its remaining film and digital series project into the Fall." Launched in 2006, the division focused on making sequels or spin-offs to franchises that bypassed a theatrical release. However, the collapse of the DVD market has made Warner Premiere's business model less profitable than originally hoped.
Kristin Chenoweth will not be returning to her recurring role on CBS's "The Good Wife."After sustaining a head injury during filming in New York last July, she has decided to leave the show in order to fully recovery.
Passing - actor died Tuesday morning of a heart attack at home near Palm Beach, Florida.Palillo, who played Horshack on the series costarring a young during its 1975 to 1979 run, was 63
Top Music Albums – August 8, 2012
God Forgives. I Don’t – Rick Ross
Believe - Justin Bieber
Uncaged – Zac Brown Band
Life Is Good – Nas
Number Ones – Bee Gees
Kidz Bop 22 – Kidz Bop 22
Overexposed – Maroon 5
21 – Adele
The Soul Sessions Vol. 2 – Joss Stone
A Thousand Miles Left Behind – Gloriana
Clockwork Angels – Rush
Dark Roots of Earth – Testament
Greatest Hits – James Taylor
Channel Orange – Frank Ocean
Welcome To The Fishbowl – Kenny Chesney
Fortune – Chris Brown
Blown Away – Carrie Underwood
Some Nights – fun.
Tailgates & Tanlines – Luke Bryan
Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
Living Things – Linkin Park
Looking 4 Myself – Usher
Top Video Games – August 8, 2012
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (3DS)
NCAA Football 13 (X360 PS3)
Batman: Arkham City (X360)
Battlefield 3 (PS3)
Batman: Arkham City – (PS3)
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (X360)
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii)
Top Movies – August 8, 2012
The Bourne Legacy (1st week $40.3 million)
The Campaign (1st week - $27,3 million)
The Dark Knight Rises
Hope Springs (1st week - $20.1 million)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Ice Age: Continental Drift
Step Up: Revolution
The Amazing Spider-Man
Top TV Shows/TV Guide – August 8, 2012
1.Summer Olympics (Tuesday)NBC2.Summer Olympics (Thursday)NBC3.Summer Olympics (Monday)NBC4.Summer Olympics (Sunday)NBC5.Summer Olympics (Wednesday)NBC6.Summer Olympics (Friday)NBC7.Summer Olympics (Saturday)NBC8."NCIS"CBS9."60 Minutes"CBS10."Big Brother 14" (Sunday)CBS11."The Big Bang Theory"CBS12."Big Brother 14" (Thursday)CBS13."Big Brother 14" (Wednesday)CBS14."NCIS: Los Angeles"CBS15."Que No Podia Amar"(Wednesday),16."Que No Podia Amar" (Monday)Univision17."Que No Podia Amar" (Tuesday)Univision18."Two and a Half Men" (Thursday)CBS19."Que No Podia Amar" (Thursday)Univision20."Que No Podia Amar" (Friday)Univision.