Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 8, 2013 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
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President Barack Obama has tapped White House homeland security adviser John Brennan as his nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.
A commuter ferry from New Jersey crashed into a dock in lower Manhattan during the Wednesday morning rush hour, injuring at least 50 people, at least two critically, officials and witnesses said. Passengers aboard the vessel, the Seastreak Wall Street, said scores of people who had been standing waiting to disembark were hurled to the deck by the impact. "We were pulling into the dock. The boat hit the dock. We just tumbled on top of each other. I got thrown into everybody else. ... People were hysterical, crying," said Ellen Foran, 57, of Neptune City, N.J.
At least one person was shot when a gunman opened fire at a high school in California on Thursday morning, authorities there say. The shooting occurred in the science building at Ta ft Union High School in Taft, Calif. The suspected shooter—a 16-year-old male student at the school entered the school with a 12-gauge shotgun and interrupted his first period class, shooting one student. He is in critical but stable condition.
California's budget deficit is gone after years of financial troubles, Governor Jerry Brown said on Thursday, proposing a plan that raises spending on education and healthcare, boosting total expenditures by 5 percent. Brown vowed to push back at legislators eager to raise spending quickly, restoring the billions of dollars to social services and other state functions that were cut in lean years. The state expects $98.5 billion in revenues and transfers and plans spending $97.7 billion.That leaves a surplus of $851 million for the year, in addition to a projected $785 million surplus for the current fiscal year, which ends in June, allowing the state to put $1 billion toward a rainy day fund.
Southern California is reeling from a cold snap – with temperatures at or below freezing at night. The mid-state farm belt is also reeling. Temperatures during the day are topping out in the mid-50’s over most of the area.
The Syrian opposition should make counter-proposals to those President Bashar al-Assad made in a recent speech, to start a dialogue that could end the fighting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday. "President Assad came out with initiatives aimed at inviting all opposition members to dialogue. Yes, these initiatives probably do not go far enough. Probably they will not seem serious to some, but they are proposals," the Interfax news agency quoted Lavrov as saying.
An Egyptian appeals court on Sunday overturnedHosni Mubarak's life sentence and ordered a retrial of the ousted leader in the killing of hundreds of protesters, a ruling likely to further unsettle a nation still reeling from political turmoil and complicate the struggle of his Islamist successor to assert his authority.
A new German island has appeared about 15 miles off the coast of Schleswig-Holstein in the North Sea, according to reports. A new land mass has seemingly risen from the water, measuring approximately 37 acres in size - the size of 25 football fields, according to The Daily Mail.
Passing - U.S. writer Evan S. Connell, a versatile author whose widely acclaimed non-fiction account of Custer's Last Stand, "Son of the Morning Star," became a best seller, has died at 88, his publisher said.
Astronomers have discovered the largest known structure in the universe, a clump of active galactic cores that stretches 4 billion light-years from end to end. The structure is a large quasar group (LQG), a collection of extremely luminous galactic nuclei powered by supermassive central black holes. This particular group is so large that it challenges modern cosmological theory, researchers said.
The Dallas Cowboys have fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Ryan just completed his second year of a three-year contract as the man in charge of a Cowboys defense that disappointed on most levels. Dallas finished 23rd in Football Outsiders' team defense metrics in 2012 -- 25th against the pass and 19th against the run.
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III had surgery to repair both the lateral collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee, Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports. The damage is so bad, he may not even play next season.
After 30 years - The Hogettes, a staple at Redskins games during the past three decades, released a statement Friday announcing that the group is disbanding:
“After 30 seasons, the Hogettes® are hanging up our pig snouts & dresses…”
College Basketball - Jack Taylor, who set the NCAA scoring record with 138 points in a game in November, is out for the season after breaking his wrist. Grinnell College spokesman Ted Schultz says Taylor fractured the radius on his shooting arm during a 119-117 win over rival Cornell (Iowa) on Wednesday.
NFL Action - Quarterback Colin Kaepernick passed for 263 yards and ran the San Francisco 49ers right back to the NFC championship game with a 45-31 win over Green Bay in an NFC divisional game Saturday night.
Great Playoff Game - The Seattle Seahawks rally from a 20-point deficit – and during the last minute of a Atlanta Falcon playoff game – were up 28-27… but, within that minute – the Falcons drove within field-goal range – and won the it – 30-28.
Hitting the U.S. unusually early and hard this year, the flu season has officially arrived and it won't be departing any time soon.
Netflix announced new enhanced streaming options for users on select ISPs. Following a series of rumors that suggested as much, Netflix has confirmed the availability of “Super HD” streaming — which is simply Netflix’s branding for 1080p content — and 3D video streaming.
Google announced another big renewable energy deal, purchasing a $200 million stake in a wind farm in west Texas. The 161 megawatt Spinning Spur Wind Project in Oldham County, Texas, generates enough energy to power more than 60,000 homes, the search giant said. Its 70 turbines are located in a particularly windy section of the Texas Panhandle and began spinning full-time in the last few weeks of 2012.
Microsoft will be killing off its Windows Live Messenger chat service on March 15, transitioning its more than 100 million users to Skype.
The company announced its plans to discontinue Messenger in November, but Microsoft sent a firm timetable to its users through e-mail on Tuesday.
A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that Netflix Inc got an unfair advantage from the U.S. Postal Service's special handling of its DVDs, and ordered postal officials to remedy the discrimination or offer a good explanation. The unanimous decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is a win for GameFly Inc, which said the postal service should treat the games it ships similarly to Netflix DVDs.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security urged computer users to disable Oracle Corp's Java software, amplifying security experts' prior warnings to hundreds of millions of consumers and businesses that use it to surf the Web. Hackers have figured out how to exploit Java to install malicious software enabling them to commit crimes ranging from identity theft to making an infected computer part of an ad-hoc network of computers that can be used to attack websites.
Holiday season sales of personal computers fell for the first time in more than five years, according to industry tracker IDC, as Microsoft Corp's Windows 8 failed to excite buyers and many opted for tablet devices and powerful smartphones instead.
RSS Inventor Commits Suicide – Computer activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide in New York City. He was 26 years old. Swartz was 'indicted in July 2011 by a federal grand jury for allegedly mass downloading documents from the JSTOR online journal archive with the intent to distribute them. He is best known forco-authoring the widely-used RSS 1.0 specification when he was 14, and as one of the early co-owners of Reddit."
Just after just one season, Britney Spears is not returning to judge "The X Factor" this fall.
New "American Idol" judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj shrugged off their widely publicized feud as a "trumped-up thing" that was merely a passionate difference of opinion over the TV talent show's contestants. A day after the airing of an ABC TV interview in which Carey said she hired extra security following threats reportedly made against her by Minaj last year, the "Hero" singer told reporters it was time to focus on the aspiring "Idol" stars.
Television personality Meredith Vieira is leaving the U.S. version of the quiz show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" after 11 seasons. "It's the final year of Meredith's contract. She has chosen to move on and pursue other opportunities. We are searching for a new host," said a spokeswoman for Disney/ABC Television Group.
In a late night - TV talk show host Jimmy Kimmel beat out veteran David Letterman and nearly caught ratings champion Jay Leno with his first show in their time slot. The move from midnight to 11:35 p.m., which took effect on Tuesday, paid off big for ABC. "Jimmy Kimmel Live," with guest Jennifer Aniston, attracted 3.1 million viewers, the second-highest number ever for the 10-year-old show and a 59 percent increase over its usual audience, according to ratings data on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama is slated to hold a private screening at the White House with the cast and crew of "1600 Penn," an NBC series about a dysfunctional first family. The show, co-created by Jon Lovett, a former speechwriter for Obama, stars Bill Pullman as U.S. President Dale Gilchrist and Jenna Elfman as his first lady, and is named after the street address of the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
The District of Columbia has declined to prosecute NBC News anchor David Gregory for displaying an illegal high-capacity gun clip on a broadcast, a prosecutor said on Friday.
New Reality Shows Ready To Go – Mandel Everywhere - TBS said that it has greenlit a new series, tentatively titled "Deal With It," which will be executive-produced by Howie Mandel. The network doesn't say whether Mandel will appear on camera; if so, it will follow on the heels of three other Mandel-hosted series, "Deal or No Deal," "Take It All" and "Mobbed." (Not to mention "America's Got Talent.") TBS has also given the go-ahead for a new show from reality TV kingpin Mark Burnett, which bears the working title, "Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host."
The screenwriter for the film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Kelly Marcel, said in a recent interview that her script contains “a lot of sex” but that her understanding of the material as she adapts it is as an old-fashioned love story. Nevertheless, she told The Telegraph, “It will be NC-17. It will be raunchy. We are 100% going there.”
Leave It To Bieber -
A former bodyguard for Justin Bieber sued the pop superstar Thursday, seeking more than $420,000 in overtime and other wages and claiming the singer repeatedly struck him during an October confrontation. Moshe Benabou's lawsuit claims Bieber berated him and repeatedly punched him in the chest after a disagreement about how to handle a member of the Grammy-nominated singer's entourage. After he walked away, Bieber fired him, Benabou's lawsuit claims. Benabou also says he was mistakenly told that he wasn't entitled to receive overtime despite working 14 to 18 hour days between March 2011 and October 2012.
Filmmaker Tyler Perry is offering a $100,000 reward for information in the decade-old case of two men who went missing after separate encounters with a sheriff's deputy in southwestern Florida. Perry joined the Rev. Al Sharpton and NAACP president and CEO Ben Jealous at a news conference Thursday in Naples to discuss the missing-person investigations of Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos. Santos and Williams disappeared three months apart in the Naples area in 2003 after crossing paths with Collier County Sheriff's Deputy Steven Calkins. He was never charged but was fired the next year.
British police say the late entertainer Jimmy Savile committed more than 200 sex crimes over more than half a century, with most victims children and teens assaulted the length and breadth of Britain, from TV studios to hospitals and even a hospice. Police said in a report released Friday that the scale of Savile's sex abuse was "unprecedented in the UK." They have recorded 214 offenses allegedly committed by Savile, including 34 rapes. In all, 450 people have come forward with information about abuse by the late TV presenter.
A 23-year-old blonde from Brooklyn, N.Y., won the Miss America crown Saturday night after deftly dealing with a question about armed guards in schools and raising the issue of child sexual abuse in her contestant platform. En route to her victory in the Las Vegas pageant, Mallory Hagan also tap danced to James Brown's "Get Up Off of That Thing," strutted down the runway in an asymmetrical white gown, and donned a revealing black string bikini.
Some Golden Globe Winners – Held On January 13, 2013:
Best Picture – Argo
Best Actor Picture – Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
Best Actress Picture – Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”
More Interesting It Seemed – Was Jodie Foster’s Speech For Her Honorary Industry, “Cecile B. DeMille” Award…
Britney Spears announced Friday that she has ended her yearlong engagement, capping a week of changes that included her leaving "The X Factor" and promising fans she was returning her focus to music. Within hours of confirming her departure from the Fox reality series, Spears also announced that her relationship with talent agent Jason Trawick had ended.
Passing - John Wilkinson, a guitarist who performed with Elvis Presley, died after a long battle with cancer on Friday at the age of 67. The rhythm guitarist and singer passed away in his Springfield home while listening to Elvis Presley songs, according to Springfield News-Leader.
Many of music's biggest names join forces for Re/Create, a series of fashion auctions held to aid in Hurricane Sandy relief. Some of the stylish participants include Kanye West,Skrillex, Michael Stipe (formerly of R.E.M.), Kelly Osbourne, Anne Hathaway, Julianne Moore, Selena Gomez, Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, and Nicola Formichetti. Kanye West autographed a pair of his signature Yeezy IIs for the charity effort. Skrillex is giving up the "Baby Maker" WeSC jacket he wore at the 2012 Grammys. Lady Gaga stylist Nicola Formichetti contributed a custom signed NICOPANDA Mugler bag.
Les Miserables Highlights
Red – Taylor Swift
Babel – Mumford & Sons
The World From The Side of The Moon – Phillip Phillips
Unorthodox Jukebox – Bruno Mars
Take Me Home – One Direction
Pitch Perfect – Soundtrack
The Truth About Love – P!nk
Girl On Fire- Alicia Keys
Believe – Justin Biever
Night Versions – Imagine Dragons
My Head Is An Animal – Of Monsters And Men
Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head – T.I.
Good kid, m.A.A.d city – Kendrick Lamar
Overexposed – Maroon 5
21 – Adele
Aunapologetic – Rihanna
Some Nights – fun.
The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Blown Away – Carrie Underwood
+ - Ed Sheeran
Up All Night – One Direction
Here’s To The Good Times – Florida Georgia Line
Tailgates & Tanlines – Luke Bryan
Night Train – Jason Aldean
Most Violent Wii Game
It’s So Beautiful! – Journey Part 2 (game)
Top Dance Hit Music – January 8, 2013
I Found You – The Wanted
Big Banana – Havana Brown fea. R3hab
Catch My Breath – Kelly Clarkson
Scream & Shout – will.i.am & Britney Spears
Beauty and the Beat – Justin Bieber fea. Nicki Minaj
Zero Dark Thirty
A Haunted House (1st week $18.8 million)
Gangster Squad – (1st week $16.7 million)
TheHobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Texas Chainsaw 3D
Silver Linings Playbook