Dateline: Week Of February 22, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
At Wednesday night's(Feb22) GOP debate, Mitt Romney called Arizona a "model" for immigration enforcement, singling out the state's 2007 law mandating that all employers use the national E-Verify database when hiring workers. He promised to institute a national E-Verify law if elected. "You do that, and just as Arizona is finding out, you can stop illegal immigration," he said. Last May, the state defeated the Chamber of Commerce's suit against the law in the Supreme Court.
President Obama apologized Thursday(Feb23) in a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for the burning of Korans at the largest American military base in Afghanistan. The incident at Bagram Air Base has fueled days of angry protests in the war-torn country, according to the White House and Karzai's office. "I wish to express my deep regret for the reported incident," Karzai's office quoted Obama as saying in the message. "The error was inadvertent; I assure you that we will take the appropriate steps to avoid any recurrence, to include holding accountable those responsible." Three days of protests over the incident have left 14 people dead, including two American soldiers shot dead when an Afghan soldier turned his weapon on them at their base in Khogyani in eastern Nangarhar province, district governor Mohammad Hassan told AFP.
Seven U.S. Marines have been killed in the midair collision of two U.S. military helicopters in southern Arizona, officials said Thursday. The crash occurred during routine training operations Wednesday night at the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Maj. Carl B. Redding, Jr. of the Marine Corps said in a statement. The collision involved an AH-1W "Super Cobra" attack helicopter and a UH-1Y "Huey" utility chopper, which the military has long used for a variety of tasks. They were part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.
Police were called in late Thursday(Jan23) to break up a crowd that had gathered at the Florida Mall near Orlando in anticipation of the release of a new limited edition, glow-in-the-dark Nike shoe. More than 100 officers in riot gear were needed to disperse several hundred people who law enforcement officials said became unruly as they waited for the $220 Nike Galaxy Air Foamposite Ones to go on sale. There were no arrests or injuries reported. The launch of the shoes were timed to coincide with this weekend's NBA All-Star Game festivities in Orlando. The game is on Sunday night.
Seven U.S. military trainers were wounded on Sunday when a grenade was thrown at their base in northern Afghanistan, police said, as anti-Western fury deepened over the burning of the Koran at a NATO base.
Despite an apology from U.S. President Barack Obama, riots raged across the country for a sixth day on Sunday against the desecration of the Muslim holy book at a NATO air base at Bagram. Some protesters hoisted the white Taliban flag.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela was discharged from hospital on Sunday after a keyhole abdominal examination showed there was nothing seriously wrong with the 93-year-old anti-apartheid leader, the government said.
Two American officers were shot dead inside Afghanistan's interior ministry on Saturday while rage gripped the country for a fifth day over the burning of the Muslim holy book at a NATO base. NATO recalled all staff working at ministries in the Afghan capital Kabul following the attack, with its top commander in Afghanistan calling the killer a "coward".
Pakistan on Saturday began demolishing the three-story compound where Osama bin Laden lived for years and was killed by U.S. commandos last May, eliminating a concrete reminder of the painful and embarrassing chapter in the country's history.
Two students die and three were wounded in a fusillade of bullets at Chardon High School Ohio (near Cleveland) in an attack that left "friends laying all over the place" in puddles of blood. The gunman, T.J. Lang - was identified as a student at the school by survivors of the shooting.
Tuesday Primaries – Romney Wins In Michigan - Strictly by the numbers, Mitt Romney's narrow victory last night in his home state of Michigan was modest. He won only 3 percent more votes than second-place finisher Rick Santorum and, because the primary is not winner-take-all, the two candidates will split the real prize -- Republican delegates -- nearly equally.
The United States said on Wednesday that North Korea had agreed to a moratorium on nuclear tests and long-range missile launches and to allow nuclear inspectors to visit its Yongbyon nuclear complex to verify a halt to all nuclear activities including uranium enrichment.
Twisters roared through the nation's heartland in the early morning darkness Wednesday, flattening entire blocks of homes in small-town Illinois and Kansas and killing at least nine people. Winds also ripped through the country music mecca of Branson, Mo., damaging some of the city's famous theaters just days before the start of the busy tourist season. In Harrisburg, a town of 9,000 in southern Illinois, residents sorted through piles of debris and remembered their dead while the winds still howled around them.
Entertainment News February 22, 2012 -
Investigators and family of the former "Amazing Race" producer Jeff Rice, who was found dead in a Uganda hotel room last Friday, are waiting to learn more about what might have killed him -- a cocaine overdose or suspected poisoning -- from his assistant, who remains in critical condition in a Kampala hospital. Rice's body was found at the luxury Serena hotel in the capital city of Kampala. His assistant, Katheryne Fuller, was found unconscious.
While celebrating her 31st birthday over the weekend, Paris Hilton scored $30,000 playing blackjack at the Wynn Las Vegas. Hilton tweeted about her haul, writing" "#BirthdayGirlsLuck. I love gambling." She later tweeted that the night was "EPIC."The socialite is now jetting around the world promoting her new line of sunglasses. Apparently, even the rich have to work.
Passing - Swedish actor Erland Josephson, who collaborated with legendary film director Ingmar Bergman in more than 40 films and plays, has died. He was 88.
Country music star George Strait says he'll play in Kansas City next week to make up for a weekend concert he cut short because he was too sick to continue.Strait made it through two songs Saturday night at the Sprint Center before telling the crowd he couldn't keep going because he was ill. The Kansas City Star reports the singer's voice was labored and hoarse. Many of the 18,000 in attendance stood and gave him a rousing ovation after they got over their initial disappointment.
Rapper Jim Jones was arrested Saturday in a brawl that broke out after a party hosted by Sean "Diddy" Combs at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, police said. A total of five people were charged in the fight that started after 2 a.m. in the foyer of the MGM Grand casino, where Combs headlined a "platinum party" as part of a 20th anniversary celebration for Foxwoods.
Passing – Davy Jones of the Monkees – of a heart attack at 66. Davy Jones, the British Invasion-era singer who became a household heartthrob as a member of the Monkees.
84th Annual Academy Awards –
List of the 84th Annual Academy Award winners announced Sunday:
1. Best Picture: "The Artist."
2. Actor: Jean Dujardin, "The Artist."
3. Actress: Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady."
4. Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, "Beginners."
5. Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, "The Help."
6. Directing: Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist."
7. Foreign Language Film: "A Separation," Iran.
8. Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, "The Descendants."
9. Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris."
10. Animated Feature Film: "Rango."
11. Art Direction: "Hugo."
12. Cinematography: "Hugo."
13. Sound Mixing: "Hugo."
14. Sound Editing: "Hugo."
15. Original Score: "The Artist."
The broadcast of the 84th annual Academy Awards on Sunday drew 39.3 million total viewers for ABC, according to Nielsen's final ratings released Tuesday. While that's 1.4 million more viewers than last year's telecast, it's also the first time since 1984 that more people watched the Grammy Awards than the Oscars.
Top Music Albums February 22, 2012 -
Whitney: The Greatest Hits
21 – Adele
19 – Adele
2012 Grammy Nominees
Own The Night – Lady Antebellum
Doo-Wops & Hooligans – Bruno Mars
Kisses On The Bottom – Paul McCartney
A Different Kind Of Truth – Van Halen
Barton Hollow – The Civil Wars
Mylo Xyloto – ColdPlay
Take Care – Drake
Scars & Stories – The Fray
Stronger – Kelly Clarkson
The Twilight Saga – Breaking
Talk That Talk – Rhianna
My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean
Sorry For Party Rocking – LMFAO
The Band Perry
Kidz Bop 21
Tailgates &Tanlines – Luke Bryan
Wasting Light – Foo Fighters
Sigh No More – Mumford &Sons
Home – Dierks Bentley
Speak Now – Taylor Swift
Top TV Shows/TV Guide February 22, 2012 -
1.Grammy AwardsCBS2.NCISCBS3.American Idol" (Wednesday)FOX4.American Idol" (Thursday)FOX5.The VoiceNBC6.NCIS: Los AngelesCBS7.The Big Bang TheoryCBS8.Person of InterestCBS9.The MentalistCBS10.60 MinutesCBS11.Criminal MindsCBS12.Two and a Half MenCBS13.Modern FamilyABC14.UnforgettableCBS15.Blue BloodsCBS16.2 Broke GirlsCBS17.SmashNBC18.Mike & MollyCBS19.CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationCBS20.RobCBS
Top Video Games February 22, 2012 -
PS3 – Twisted Metal
X360/PS3 – Undisputed 3
PSV – Little Deviants
X360 – Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
X360 – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
3DS – Tales of the Abyss
PS3 –Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Wii – Just Dance 3
PS3 – Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
Top movies February 22, 2012 -
Act of Valor (1st week - $24.4 million)
Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds (1st week $15.5 million)
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D
This Means War
The Scret World of Arrietty