Dateline: Week Of January 22, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Passing - Joe Paterno Jr.whose glittering career as Penn State's football coach was tainted by a child sex-abuse scandal, died today. He was 85. "It is with great sadness that we announce that Joe Paterno passed away earlier today. His loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled," Paterno's family said in a statement. Paterno coached the Nittany Lions for 46 years and in 2011 became the winningest coach in Division 1 football. But before the season was over, he was abruptly dismissed as the sex scandal involving former assistant Jerry Sandusky suggested that top school officials had ignored signs of Sandusky's alleged predatory behavior. Shortly after his dismissal, Paterno was diagnosed with lung cancer and broke his hip.
Newt Gingrich wins S. Carolina Republican Primary - More than one-third of South Carolina primary voters identified themselves as very conservative, according to exit polls conducted on behalf of the television networks and the Associated Press. Mitt Romney won only 20 percent of their votes, compared to Newt Gingrich's 45 percent.
Two people were killed in the Birmingham, Ala., area as storms pounded the South and Midwest, prompting tornado warnings in a handful of states early Monday. At least one of the areas affected by the storms, which were part of a system that stretched from the Great Lakes down to the Gulf of Mexico, was also hit by a line of killer storms that slammed the Southeast last April.
The 27-member European Union voted Monday to ban imports of Iranian oil, and to sanction some transactions with Iran's Central Bank. The action, passed at a foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels, immediately bars EU member states from signing any new oil contracts with Iran, and orders the phasing out of existing contracts by July 1. The EU-bloc previously constituted the second largest customer for Iranian oil after China. "I hope Iran will respond positively and will come back to the negotiating table," European Union High Representative for Foreign Policy Catherine Ashton said in announcing the action.
A U.S. special operations team of Navy SEALS rescued two aid workers in Somalia Tuesday night, including a U.S. woman who had been held hostage for three months by Somali kidnappers and suffered from a life-threatening medical condition. Jessica Buchanan, 32, of Bedford, Va., and Poul Hagen Thisted, 60, of Denmark, were abducted Oct. 25 by a band of Somalis while on their way to the airport in Galcayo, located in central Somalia. Both were working for the Danish Refugee Council’s Danish Demining Group, and had just finished a training course for local Somali citizens when they were abducted. In a statement released by the White House, President Obama said he had authorized a rescue mission Monday.
President Obama State of the Union Address – He talked about the economy…
" In the six months before I took office, we lost nearly four million jobs. And we lost another four million before our policies were in full effect. Those are the facts. But so are these. In the last 22 months, businesses have created more than three million jobs. Last year, they created the most jobs since 2005.""That's why I'm sending this Congress a plan that gives every responsible homeowner the chance to save about $3,000 a year on their mortgage, by refinancing at historically low interest rates. No more red tape. No more runaround from the banks. A small fee on the largest financial institutions will ensure that it won't add to the deficit, and will give banks that were rescued by taxpayers a chance to repay a deficit of trust."
Also - The Obama administration has announced a number of programs to salvage the housing market, which continues to be a drag on the U.S. economy. Today, the president was referring to a plan he announced in October from the front porch of a home in Las Vegas, which has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country. The president's plan would allow struggling homeowners who have mortgages backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac to refinance without getting a new appraisal or a full credit check. The program would also eliminate some risk-based fees for borrowers. The proposal would alter the $75 billion Home Affordable Refinance Program, or HARP, which was launched in 2009 to help distressed homeowners.
Sam LaHood, the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and the head of the International Republican Institute's (IRI) Cairo office, was blocked from departing Egypt earlier this week. He, along with a dozen other American NGO colleagues, have been placed on an Egyptian "no-fly" list, officials with IRI said.
Fewer Americans bought new homes in December. The decline made 2011 the worst year for new-home sales on records dating back nearly half a century. The Commerce Department said Thursday new-home sales fell 2.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 307,000. The pace is less than half the 700,000 that economists say must be sold in a healthy economy.
Republicans Romney and Gingrich Debate - The tension between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich as the Florida primary approaches was on display Thursday at a Republican presidential debate in Jacksonville, Fla. The two men attacked each other on immigration, housing and their personal investments."The idea that I am anti-immigrant is repulsive," Romney told Gingrich, referring to an accusation in a Spanish-language ad that Gingrich later pulled from the airwaves. "You should apologize." Fifty delegates are up for grabs for a single candidate in the Jan. 31 primary. Florida chose to flout Republican National Committee rules and allocate all of its delegates in a winner-take-all election. In a rare moment of solidarity in the debate, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich expressed support for Romney's policy of "self-deportation," an attempt to improve enforcement of the laws so that illegal immigrants leave the United States because they can't find suitable employment.
A police officer under investigation for sexual misconduct with a teenage minor was shot and killed while on duty by fellow officers Saturday as they tried to arrest him on California's central coast, authorities said. The officer was manning a DUI checkpoint when the shooting occurred shortly after 1 a.m. He was declared dead after emergency surgery at Marian Medical Center, Santa Maria police Chief Danny Macagni said in a statement. The officer, a four-year Santa Maria department veteran, had just learned of the internal investigation of an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, and it became necessary to arrest him immediately, Macagni said.
Hazy fog and heavy smoke from a brush fire clouded a north Florida interstate overnight, leaving drivers blinded and causing wrecks that killed at least nine people, authorities said Sunday. Photographs taken Sunday morning showed the burned-out shells of at least two vehicles and a tractor-trailer, with gray smoke still rising above the asphalt on an otherwise desolate Interstate 75.
White House hopeful Mitt Romney widened his lead over rival Newt Gingrich to 11 percentage points in Florida, according to Reuters/Ipsos online poll results on Saturday, up from 8 points a day earlier, as he cemented his front-runner status in the Republican nomination race.
Oakland, CA - Riot police fought running skirmishes with anti-Wall Street protesters on Saturday, firing tear gas and bean bag projectiles and arresting more than 200 people in clashes that injured three officers and at least one demonstrator. Three police officers and one protester were injured during the clashes, the city said, without detailing their conditions. Internet broadcasts by activists showed several demonstrators being treated by paramedics or loaded into ambulances.
Passing – Voice Over extraordinare Dick Tufeld – Best known as the voice of “The Robot” on Lost In Space.
Business News January 22, 2012 -
Standard & Poor's will likely downgrade Greece's ratings to "selective default" when the country concludes its debt restructuring, but that will not necessarily destroy the credibility of the European Union, an official with the ratings agency said on Tuesday."It's not a given that Greece's default would have a domino effect in the euro zone," John Chambers, the chairman of S&P's sovereign rating committee, said in an event organized by Blooomberg Link.
Technology News January 22, 2012 -
Ask Siri how Apple recorded the best quarter in history for a tech company, and her answer should be: "Me." Apple sold a stunning 37 million iPhones last quarter, twice what it sold in the same period a year ago. IPad sales doubled to a record 15.4 million. Apple moved 5.2 million Macs, the first time Apple sold more than 5 million of its PCs in a quarter. The company also sold 15.4 million iPods during the holiday quarter, which ended Dec. 31.Apple's stellar quarter generated sales of $46.3 billion, a tech industry record. That's up 73% from a year ago, and it easily topped Wall Street analysts' $38.9 billion median forecast, according to a Thomson Reuters poll. Apple is sitting on most of those profits. It now has $97.6 billion in cash.
Facebook - announced in a blog post Tuesday that Timeline will be coming to all users in the next few weeks. According to a Facebook Tuesday -- or rather, an update to the post published when Timeline became available to all users -- you will have seven days to preview your Timeline and hide content you don't want out in the open. Facebook says you'll receive a notification at the top of your home page when Timeline has landed in your account. That seven-day preview period is the same for users who activate Timeline and those whose accounts are activated automatically.
Google n a big swerve in policy, Google has decided to allow people to sign up using nicknames or other pseudonyms on its growing social network, Google+.
This summer, who had used fake names on the 7-month-old site. Members of the tech community, who as early adopters had flocked to the search giant's Facebook alternative, argued that some people are better known on the internet by their assumed names. They also noted that people who used social media as part of social movements, such as those in Iran and Egypt, need to be able to conceal their identity for safety reasons.
Sports News January 22, 2012 -
Steven Tyler’s AFC Championship rendition of “Star Spangled Banner” sent a lot of folks covering their ears. Some say it was the worst rendition ever. The New England Patriots beat the Baltimore Ravens 23-20.
Video here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooLOEYgGvcw
AFC – New England Patriots 23… Baltimore Ravens 20 (Ravens missed field goal that could have tied the game and into overtime).
NFC – New York Giants 20… San Francisco 49ers 17 (overtime)
Serena Williams sent packing after fourth round in Australia. The 13-time Grand Slam champion was sent packing from the Australian Open on Monday, courtesy a listless performance in a 6-2, 6-4 fourth-round loss to world No. 53 Ekaterina Makarova. It was Serena's first loss in Melbourne since 2008 and only the seventh time in the past 12 years that she's failed to advance to a Slam quarterfinal.
Entertainment News January 22, 2012 -
As if things couldn't be worse for actress Demi Moore, the "Ghost" star was hospitalized for exhaustion." The media circus that her divorce has created might have a little something to do with her less than healthy appearance as of late. It's normal to gain or lose weight during trying times. Many might agree that a litt
Another day, another shakeup for Oprah Winfrey's struggling network OWN.Lisa Erspamer, the network's executive vice president of production and development, left on Wednesday. An OWN spokesperson told TheWrap in a statement that Erspamer is leaving "by mutual agreement to pursue other opportunities."
Passing - Robert Hegyes, the actor best known for playing Jewish Puerto Rican student Juan Epstein on the 1970s TV show "Welcome Back Kotter" has died. He was 60.
Another Twitter Hoax – Cher is not dead! Music icon Cher is not dead, though a rumor spread like wildfire Thursday night on social media sites and had many fans scrambling for verification. The celebrity death hoax game has spiraled out of control lately, and Cher's name is the latest of many to be brought into the mix.
The Screen Actors Guild national board of directors has voted to approve a plan to merge with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.In a statement, SAG says the board voted 87 percent to 13 percent Friday for the proposed merger at its meeting in Los Angeles. The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists' board is scheduled to meet Saturday for a vote on the package. If approved, a referendum will be sent out for a vote by members of both unions in the coming weeks.
Mary Tyler Moore Mary - the 75-year-old actress, who as Mary Richards "turned the world on with her smile" in her groundbreaking 1970s sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," received the lifetime achievement award at Sunday night's 18th annualScreen Actors Guild Awards.
Passing - Television director John Rich, who won an Emmy Award for the memorable "All in the Family" scene showing Sammy Davis Jr. planting a kiss on Archie Bunker, has died in Los Angeles at 86. Rich also won an Emmy for "The Dick Van Dyke Show."
TV Ratings For Republican Debates - CNN hit the sweet spot with its GOP candidates' debate in Florida Thursday night, registering its best performance in the key demo during this election cycle and its second largest total audience. The Wolf Blitzer-moderated sparring contest drew 5.4 million total viewers and 1.74 million in the adults 25-54 demo, the fourth best demo performance of any debate thus far and the second best among cable news networks. Fox News' debate in Iowa December 15 still reigns supreme in cable with its 6.7 million total viewers and 1.87 in the demo, while ABC's Iowa debate takes the cake overall in total viewers. NBC's "Rock Center" debate in Florida January 23 set the bar for the demo.
Fox News Tops - On Tuesday afternoon, when Nielsen releases its final ratings for the month of January, the "fair and balanced" network will mark an arguably more important milestone: 10 consecutive years at the top of the cable news rankings.
Music News January 22, 2012 -
The first single from Madonna’s's upcoming album "MDNA" is called "Give Me All Your Luvin'" and is set for a February 3 release, two days before the singer performs at the Super Bowl on Sunday. The track features Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. and was composed by Martin Solveig and Michael Tordjman, and marks Madonna’s return to music after focusing on directing her new movie "W.E."
Top Pop Hits January 22, 2012 –
Kidz Bop 21
21 – Adele
Take Care – Drake
El Camino – The Black Keys
TM: 103: Hustlerz Ambition – Young Jeezy
Talk That Talk – Rihanna
Mylo Xyloto – Coldplay
Clancy’s Tavern – Toby Keith
Here and Now – Nickelback
Identity – James Fortune & FIYA
Joyful Noise – Soundtrack
This Means War – Attack Attack!
Stronger – Kelly Clarkson
19 – Adele
Sorry For Party Rocking – LMFAO
Own The Night – Lady Antebellum
Ceremonials – Florence + The Machine
Tailgates &Tanlines – Luke Bryan
Give Us Rest Or – David Crowder Band
Watch The Throne – Jay Z Kanye West
My Life II… The Journey Continues – Mary J. Blige
The Band Perry – The Band Perry
Bangarang – Skrillex
My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean
Top Video Games January 22, 2012 -
Wii – Just Dance 3
X360 – Kinect Adventures!
Wii – Zumba Fitness
X360 – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
3DS – Mario Kart 7
X360 – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
3DS – Super Mario 3D Land
X360 – NBA 2K12
PS3 – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
X360 – UFC Personal Trainer: The Ultimate Fitness System
Top Movies - January 22, 2012 -
The Grey (1st week $20 million)
Underworld: Awakening (1st wek $12.5 million)
One For The Money (1st week $11.75 million)
Man on a Ledge
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Beauty and the Beast
Top TV Shows/TV Guide - January 22, 2012 –
#1NFC Championship: N.Y. Giants vs. San FranciscoFOX2.NFC Championship Post-Game ShowFOX3.American Idol" (Wednesday)FOX4.American Idol" (Thursday)FOX5.The Big Bang TheoryCBS6.Person of InterestCBS7.The MentalistCBS8.Betty White's 90th BirthdayNBC9.NCISCBS10.Two and a Half MenCBS11.Criminal MindsCBS12.Off Their RockersNBC13.CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationCBS14.Modern FamilyABC15.RobCBS16.2 Broke GirlsCBS17.Mike & MollyCBS18.Hawaii Five-OCBS19.How I Met Your MotherCBS20.AlcatrazFOX