Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of December 8, 2012 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
The sudden death of a nurse who unwittingly accepted a prank call to a London hospital about Prince William's pregnant wife Kate has shocked Britain and Australia, and sparked an angry backlash Saturday(Dec 8) from some who argue the DJs who carried out the hoax should be held responsible. At first, the call by two irreverent Australian DJs posing as royals was picked up by news outlets around the world as an amusing anecdote about the royal pregnancy. But the prank took a dark twist Friday with the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, a 46-year-old mother of two, three days after she took the hoax call. Police have not yet determined Saldanha's cause of death, but people from London to Sydney have been making the assumption that she died because of stress from the call.
President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met Sunday atthe White House to discuss the ongoing negotiations over the impending "fiscal cliff," the first meeting between just the two leaders since Election Day.
A man's handgun went off while he was holding it as he got into his truck in the parking lot of a western Pennsylvania gun store Saturday, and the shot killed his 7-year-old son, authorities said. Joseph V. Loughrey, 44, of Sharpsville, was getting into the truck when the 9 mm handgun discharged, wounding Craig Allen Loughrey in the chest, according to state police. The boy died at the scene at Twigs Reloading Den in East Lackawannock Township, 60 miles north of Pittsburgh.
Astronomer Patrick Moore, renowned for his work mapping the Moon's surface and for having popularized his subject with the British public, died Sunday at the age of 89, friends and colleagues announced.
Taxes will rise on all Americans in 23 days without bipartisan Congressional intervention. But President Obama and House Republicans are showing little sign of breaking the frosty standoff over the "fiscal cliff." Both sides remain at loggerheads over what to do about tax rates for the top two percent of income-earners and the nation's debt limit. In his weekly address, Obama says he wants an immediate resolution, but only if Republicans agree to raise the top tax rates on individuals earning $200,000 or more.
A typhoon that had left the Philippines after killing nearly 600 people and leaving hundreds missing in the south has made a U-turn and is now threatening the country's northwest, officials said Saturday(Dec 7).
Fascal Cliff - For the first time in more than three weeks, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met face-to-face Sunday at the White House to talk about avoiding the fiscal cliff. White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest would offer no details saying only, "The lines of communication remain open." Erskine Bowles, the co-creator of a debt reducing plan, who was pessimistic a couple weeks ago, said he likes what he's hearing.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has canceled her trip to Morocco this week for a meeting on the future of Syria's opposition because of a stomach virus, the State Department said on Monday.
Gunman Opens Fire In A Portland Mall - The masked gunman who opened fire in the crowded Clackamas Town Center mall in suburban Portland, Ore., killing two and seriously injuring a third before killing himself, was trying to "kill as many people as possible." The shooter, wearing a white hockey mask, black clothing and a bullet proof vest, tore through the mall just before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, entering through a Macy's store and heading to the food court and public areas spraying bullets, according to witness reports.
Michigan Becomes Right To Work State - The state House swiftly approved two bills reducing unions' strength Tuesday, one dealing with private-sector workers and the other with public employees, as thousands of furious protesters at the state Capitol roared in vain. Republican Gov. Rick Snydersigned the measures into law within hours, calling them "pro-worker and pro-Michigan."
United States officials confirm that North Korea appears to have carried out the successful launch of a long-range rocket. The move comes as a surprise to the international community, which has consistently called on North Korea to abandon its efforts.
Syrian government forces have fired Scud missiles at insurgents in recent days, escalating the 2-year-old conflict against rebels seeking to overthrow the regime, U.S. officials said Wednesday. News of the missiles came on the same day that more than 100 countries, including the United States, recognized a new Syrian opposition coalition. That has further isolated Assad's regime and opened a way for greater humanitarian assistance to the forces battling to oust him.
President Barack Obama says federal authorities should not target recreational marijuana use in two Western states that voted to make it legal, given limited government resources and growing public acceptance of the controlled substance.
His first comments on the issue come weeks after Washington state and Colorado voters supported legalizing pot, or cannabis, last month in ballot measures that stand in direct opposition of federal law.
Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who drew heavy criticism from Republicans over her statements after the September attacks on a U.S. diplomatic mission, withdrew her name from consideration for secretary of state on Thursday
SHOCKING – 20 children and six adults were shot and killed at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school this morning. The massacre involved one gunmen who was also dead at the scene. The gunman - Adam Lanza of Newtown, Connecticut shot his mother Nancy in the face, and then drove to nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School armed with at least two handguns and at least one semi-automatic rifle.
At a Friday night prayer vigil, hundreds of residents poured outside the doors of St. Rose's Catholic Church, unable to fit into the packed building full of people mourning the young victims. The scene was eerily quiet, except for the flash of news cameras. Some people hugged each other, weeping, while others quietly recited the rosary in unison.
Sports news – December 8, 2012
Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Joshua Brent has been arrested and charged with intoxicated vehicular manslaughter by the Irving Police Department following an accident on East State Highway 114 early Saturday morning that claimed the life of Cowboys practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown.
With a crushing right hand, Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Manny Pacquiao in the sixth round of a non-title bout in Las Vegas late Saturday, scoring a definitive victory after three previous bouts that ended in close judgments. The fight came to an end 2:59 into the sixth round, after Juan Manuel Marquez landed a right hand to Manny Pacquiao's face, knocking him cold late Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
A Georgia state agency on Monday approved terms for a new $1 billion stadium for the Atlanta Falcons football team that would replace the Georgia Dome and would be partly financed by $300 million in revenue from a hotel tax.
Switches Sides – From The Red Sox The The Yankees - - Kevin Youkilis, who helped personify Boston's championship teams over the past decade, on Tuesday became the latest former Red Sox star to switch sides and land in Bronx. His The one-year contract for $12 million is pending a physical.
The Los Angeles Dodgers announce that they have signed Zack Greinke to a six-year contract. The deal, which had been reported several days ago but became official Monday, is worth approximately $147 million over six years.
Still No NHL Season In Site – as the lockout continues.
Radio news – December 8, 2012
Radio talk show host Laura Ingraham will soon be back on the air after taking a short break.Courtside Entertainment Group says it will distribute "The Laura Ingraham Show" starting Jan. 2. Meanwhile, she will boost her audience through a deal with Lauchpad Digital Media, which will stream the three-hour daily program and make it available for download on podcast.Talkers magazine says the conservative Ingraham is the most-listened-to woman on radio, with an estimated 5.75 million listeners a week. Her show, launched in 2001, is now heard on more than 300 radio stations nationally.
Fantastic Business news – December 8, 2012
Delta Air Lines said it will buy almost half of Virgin Atlantic for $360 million as it seeks a bigger share of the lucrative New York-to-London travel market. Delta plans to form a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic, where the two airlines would share money from the flights operated under the partnership. In order to coordinate the schedules of the two airlines, they'll need antitrust approval from U.S. and European regulators.
Technology news – December 8, 2012
Google announced the latest numbers for its Google+ social network and described it as the “fastest-growing network” of all time. The Internet giant revealed that more than 500 million people have joined the social networking service since it launched a little over 14 months ago in September of 2011.
Google Disruption - A 40-minute disruption of service affected the company’s Chrome Web browser and Gmail service. It was previously unclear what caused the services to simultaneously crash and some suspected the company was hit with a denial-of-service attack. Google engineer Tim Steele took to the company’s developer forums to clear up the confusion and confirmed what some developers had already suspected: The reason for the crash had to do with the Google Sync servers getting overwhelmed following a change in the code, not a DDoS attack.
Google Launches It’s IOS this week – so Apple phone users finally have a map that works.
Television news – December 8, 2012
"Storage Wars" star David Hester says in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that he was fired after complaining that the reality show is staged. The lawsuit pulls no punches, alleging that "nearly every aspect of the series is faked, even down to the plastic surgery that one of the female cast members underwent in order to create more 'sex appeal' for the show..."
X-Factor - Cantankerous and controversial L.A. Reid, the show's lone remaining cast member from Season 1 (besides Simon, of course), has confirmed that he is leaving the show. Next week's December 20 finale will be his last day on "The X Factor."
The season finale of "The Voice" has enlisted some high-profile talent to help send the show's third cycle off with a bang. Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars and The Killers have been tapped to perform on the two-hour extravaganza, which will culminate with the crowning of a new champion, NBC said Wednesday.
Entertainment/Celebrity news – December 8, 2012
Actor Stephen Baldwin was charged Thursday with failing to pay New York state taxes for three years, amassing a $350,000 debt. Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said Baldwin, of Upper Grandview, skipped his taxes in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The youngest of the four acting Baldwin brothers pleaded not guilty at an arraignment and was freed without bail.
Authorities have issued a felony arrest warrant for comedian Katt Williams related to a police chase in California. The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said the warrant issued Thursday is for reckless driving.
Former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager (HAY'-gur) announced Wednesday that she's pregnant with her first child, due in the spring. The 31-year-old made the announcement on NBC's "Today" show, where she is a contributing correspondent.
Music news – December 8, 2012
Rick Ross cancels two shows in North Carolina, days after a gang named the Gangster Disciples released a video warning the Maybach Music head about his presence in the state.
The annual Z-100 “Jingle Ball” was another success with top pop music acts from One Direction To Justin Bieber. Also appearing – Ne-Yo and Taylor Swift.
President Barack Obama will attend a charity concert where PSY is scheduled to perform after reports that the South Korean rapper participated in anti-American protests several years ago. A spokesman says Friday that the Obama family will attend the Dec. 21 Christmas in Washington concert, as is custom.
Mexico's music world mourned Jenni Rivera, the U.S.-born singer presumed killed in a plane crash whose soulful voice and openness about her personal troubles had made her a Mexican-American superstar. Authorities have not confirmed her death, but Rivera's relatives in the U.S. say they have few doubts that she was on the Learjet 25 that disintegrated on impact Sunday in rugged territory in Nuevo Leon state in northern Mexico.
Rush is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.The Canadian trio will be inducted into the hall on April 18 along with Heart, singer-songwriter-pianist Randy Newman, rap groupPublic Enemy, the late disco queen Donna Summer and blues guitaristAlbert King. Label executive and music impresario Lou Adler and producer-arranger-composer Quincy Jones are headed as Ahmet Ertegun Award -- aka non-performer -- honorees.
Terry Bradshaw of sports fame is back to singing. He has a new single out, "Lights Of Louisiana" Terry Bradshaw, the "Blonde Bomber" who carved out a legendary NFL career as quarterback for the Steelers, and has continued to be a fixture on game day as a commentator for CBS and FOX and is back to singing and recording. He had a minor hit in 1976 with Hank Williams, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”
Sandy Relief Concert - New Jersey shore hero Bruce Springsteen is the opening act in a benefit concertto help neighbors in the New York metropolitan area hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.Springsteen and his E Street Band began Wednesday's concert with a roar and call to arms in "Land of Hope and Dreams" and "Wrecking Ball."Springsteen is among many artists with ties to the area onstage at Madison Square Garden, also featuring Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys and the Rolling Stones.The sold-out show was broadcast worldwide on television, in theaters, online and on radio.
12-12-12 Concert - Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and The Black Keys join the Rolling Stones on Saturday for the final concert marking the band's 50th anniversary.
Justin Bieber was reportedly the target of a murder plot hatched by a convicted killer behind bars. Investigators say they had every detail planned down to the ties they were going to use to strangle the pop star and three other people. Investigators say Mark Staake and his nephew, Tanner Ruane, planned to take down the teen sensation. Their Bieber fever started long ago at the state prison near Las Cruses, NM, where Staake met Dana Martin, a convicted killer serving two life sentences for raping and killing a 15-year-old girl in Vermont in 2000.
Passing - Ravi Shankar, the sitar master who influenced The Beatles and introduced classical Indian music to Western audiences, died Tuesday. He was 92.
Top Music Albums/Billboard 200 – December 8, 2012
Red – Taylor Swift
Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys
Take Me Home – One Direction
Merry Christmas Baby – Rod Stewart
Unapologetic – Rihanna
Christmas – Michael Buble
The World From The Side Of The Moon… Phillip Phillips
Cheers, It’s Christmas – Blake Shelton
On This Winter’s Night – Lady Antebellum
Christmas With Scotty McCreery
Rebel Soul – Kid Rock
The Truth About Love – P!nk
Night Train – Jason Aldean
Celebration Day – Led Zeppelin
Babel – Mumford and Sons
Good kid, m.A.A.d city – Kendrick Lamar
Believe – Justin Bieber
The Lumineers – The Lunineers
21 – Adele
Blown Away – Carrie Underwood
Greatest Hits: Chapter One – Kelly Clarkson
Top movies – December 8, 2012
Rise of the Guardians
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part Two
Life of Pi
Playing for Keeps (1st week $5.8 million)
Killing Them Softly