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Dateline: Week Of July 22, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts

In The News -

The shooting suspect accused in a deadly rampage inside a Colorado theater planned the attack with "calculation and deliberation," police said Saturday, receiving deliveries by mail that authorities believe armed him for battle and were used to rig his apartment with dozens of bombs. Meanwhile, new details about 24-year-old James Holmes emerged, including summer jobs the suspect held in Southern California as a camp counselor and as an intern at a prominent research institute.

james holmes appears in courtJames Holmes, the suspect in the Colorado theater massacre, appeared in a Colorado courtroom on Monday. A judge informed Holmes there were grounds to continue to hold him for 72 hours.Holmes appeared dazed: his brow furrowed, his eyes opening and closing often. His hair was died red. He did not speak. The preliminary hearing lasted for about 11 minutes.

The statue of Joe Paterno, Penn State's late, disgraced former football coach, has been taken down, after university officials announced early Sunday their decision to remove it. "I now believe that, contrary to its original intention, coach Paterno's statue has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing in our university and beyond," Penn State president Rodney Erickson said in a statement. "I believe that, were it to remain, the statue will be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse."

A pickup truck carrying 23 people veered off a Texas highway and crashed late Sunday, killing 14 and injuring 10 others. The Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup was was traveling north on U.S. Highway 59 when it crashed into two large trees near Goliad, Texas, about 100 miles southeast of San Antonio, Texas Highway Patrol trooper Gerald Bryant told KTRK-TV.

Passing- Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, died on Monday at her home in San Diego. She was 61. Ride, who relished privacy as much as she did adventure, chose an appropriately discreet manner of coming out. At the end of an obituary that she co-wrote with her partner, Tam O'Shaughnessy, they disclosed to the world their relationship of 27 years. As details trickled out after Ride's death , it became clear that a circle of family, friends and co-workers had long known of the same-sex relationship and embraced it.

President Barack Obama called late Wednesday for tougher background checks designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. "A lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals -- that they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities," the president, who has called for reimposing the Assault Weapons Ban, said in a speech to the National Urban League.

"I believe the majority of gun owners would agree that we should do everything possible to prevent criminals and fugitives from purchasing weapons; that we should check someone's criminal record before they can check out a gun seller; that a mentally unbalanced individual should not be able to get his hands on a gun so easily," he said. "These steps shouldn't be controversial. They should be common sense."

Damascus and Syria's second biggest city,Aleppo, came under shell fire on Thursday as troops loyal toPresident Bashar al-Assad stepped up efforts to crush rebels threatening the government's two main power centers. One of the most senior figures to defect from Assad's inner circle,Brigadier General Manaf Tlas, put himself forward as someone who could help unite the fragmented opposition inside and outside Syria on a blueprint for a transfer of power.

CNN chief Jim Walton said Friday he is quitting, saying the company needs new leadership at a time its flagship U.S. network is suffering through some of its poorest ratings ever. Walton built the company into a profitable international news organization in his 10 years as president of CNN Worldwide, and said it is on track for record profits this year. But the U.S. network is the most visible part of the business and is now entrenched in third place behind rivals Fox News Channel and MSNBC in prime time.

U.S. economic growth slowed to an annual rate of just 1.5 percent from April through June, as Americans cut back sharply on spending. The weaker growth adds to worries that the economy could be stalling three years after the recession ended. The Commerce Department also said Friday that the economy grew a little better than previously thought in the January-March quarter. It raised its estimate to a 2 percent rate, up from 1.9 percent.

bashar al-assad regime victory july 2012The government of Bashar al-Assad declared victory on Sunday in a hard-fought battle for Syria's capital Damascus, and pounded rebels who control of parts of its largest city Aleppo.Assad's forces have struggled as never before to maintain their grip on the country over the past two weeks after a major rebel advance into the two largest cities and an explosion that killed four top security officials.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that despite his own support of same-sex marriage, he disagrees with some of his fellow mayors who have said that the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A is not welcome in their cities because of its opposition to gay marriage. Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show on WOR that it is inappropriate for a government entity "to look at somebody's political views and decide whether or not they can live in the city, or operate a business in the city, or work for somebody in the city." The billionaire businessman-turned-politician was asked about comments from Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee criticizing Chick-fil-A.

Prosecutors on Monday(Jul 30) charged James Holmes with two dozen counts of first-degree murder and more than 100 other violent offenses related to the recent deadly rampage at a Colorado movie theater. Holmes, who appeared in court with the same cartoonish orange-red hair he had at the time of the shooting, said only one word during Monday's hearing. "Yes," he answered when asked by the judge if he waived his right to a preliminary hearing within 35 days.

The number of people unemployed across the 17 countries that use the euro hit a record high in June, official figures showed Tuesday, in a stark reminder that Europe's debt crisis has ramifications beyond the financial markets. Eurostat, the EU's statistics office, said 17.801 million people were out of work in the eurozone in June. That was 123,000 more than May, and is the highest level since the euro was formed in 1999. The increase was the 14th in a row and means that around 2.25 million people have lost their jobs since April 2011.

Fascinating Facts July 22, 2012 -

Daredevil Felix Baumgartner landed from his 17-mile dive back to Earth from the edge of space, in a plummet that reached a speed of 600 mph in 20 seconds.

A 25-year-old woman who duped the state of Oregon into giving her a $2.1 million tax refund pleaded guilty Tuesday and was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison. Krystle Marie Reyes, of Salem, entered guilty pleas to one felony count of tax evasion and three counts of felony fraud. She had faced eight felony charges.

North Korea state TV is reporting for the first time that leader Kim Jong Un is married. The announcement Wednesday follows weeks of speculation about a mysterious woman who has appeared beside him at recent public events.

Barry Diller, the chairman of IAC/InterActiveCorp which recently acquired sole control of Newsweek, said that a plan to end its print edition is coming as soon as this fall. His comments came in IAC's quarterly earnings call and were first reported in a two-sentence story by Bloomberg News's Sarah Frier ("Newsweek, the 79-year-old magazine, will eventually transition to an online-only publication")

With over 48,000 panels and 94,000 names, the AIDS quilt is constantly growing testament to the deadly toll the disease has taken the world. Its roughly 1.3 million square feet is so large that it is unable to be displayed in its entirety in one place. Parts of it are currently on display at the National Mall with volunteers constantly switching sections in and out. However, there is one place with enough room to hold the entire quilt-the Internet. Microsoft Research, working with the University of Southern California, and the NAMES Project Foundation, have created a map of the entire quilt using Bing mapping technology. The map is fully zoomable, allowing users to zoom out to take in the full scope of the AIDS epidemic or zoom in to look at a single one of the 94,000 names, each painstakingly created by the family or friends of a loved one who died of AIDS.

Several rock legends, including Elton John, Robert Plant and Queen guitarist Brian May, sent a letter to the Telegraph on Tuesday accusing Google of enabling pirates to steal their music. The letter, which was also sent to British Prime Minister David Cameron, implored both the government and the private sector to do more to protect musicians’ intellectual property rights. The letter pointed the finger at search engines such as Google for being lax in blocking sites from search results that let users download copyrighted material for free, and said that the engines must “play their part in protecting consumers and creators from illegal sites.” Seeing so many high-profile musicians come out against online piracy must be intimidating to file-sharing sites, especially since the only musical champion they can definitively count as their own is Kim Dotcom.

Sports News July 22, 2011 -

The NCAA took unprecedented actions against Penn State on Monday in response to the Jerry Sandusky child sexual molestation scandal, fining the school $60 million, cutting scholarships for four years, imposing a four-year postseason ban and vacating all wins from 1998-2011. Vacating the wins means the late Joe Paterno no longer is the winningest major college football coach in history. The actions were unprecedented both for their severity and how they unfolded. The normal NCAA enforcement process did not take place. Instead, NCAA president Mark Emmert gained approval from the board of directors for the penalties. The board is made up of 22 college presidents and chancellors.

Summer Olympic Games Open in London In Spectacular fashion. Movie director Danny Boyle put on an incredible 3-hour opener. It even featuring a stand-in for Queen Elizabeth II parachuting with James Bond into Olympic Stadium. Moments later, the 86-year-old monarch herself stood solemnly while a children's choir serenaded her with "God Save the Queen," and members of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force raised the Union Jack. Boyle sprang a giant surprise and picked seven teenage athletes for the supreme honor of igniting the Olympic cauldron. Together, they touched flaming torches to trumpet-like tubes that spread into a ring of fire. The flames rose skyward and joined elegantly together to form the cauldron. Fireworks erupted over the stadium to music from Pink Floyd. With a sing a long of "Hey Jude," Beatle Paul McCartney closed a show that ran 45 minutes beyond its scheduled three hours. Much of the opening ceremony was an encyclopedic review of British music history, from a 1918 Broadway standard adopted by the West Ham football team to the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" to "Bohemian Rhapsody," by still another Queen.

More Olympic Games - Michael Phelps qualified for his first final of these Olympics … just barely. The superstar of the Beijing Games came stunningly close to missing the medal round of the 400 IM, snagging the eighth and final spot in the race by out-touching Laszlo Cseh by .07 seconds – 4:13.33 to 4:13.40. His time was almost six seconds slower than both his qualifying time in this year’s Omaha trials and his preliminary time in Beijing four years ago.

Michael Phelps surprised Olympic fans with a disappointing showing on Saturday - barely nabbing eighth place in the qualifier, then coming in fourth in the 400-meter individual medley. With 14 gold medals to his name (eight from the Beijing Olympics alone), the 27-year-old athlete is under tremendous pressure to keep his winning streak going at year's London games, and took to Twitter to express his disappointment with his initial race results. Putting aside rumors of a feud between himself and fellow Team USA swimmer Ryan Lochte, Phelps also offered congratulations to the Olympic newcomer, who captured the gold in Saturday's race.

michael phelps olympic record july 2012All Time Olympic Record - Michel Phelps won his 19th Olympic medal Tuesday night by anchoring the United States' gold-medal 4x200 relay team, moving him past Russian gymnast Larissa Latynina for the most in the history of the Games. Phelps now has 15 gold, two silver, and two bronze medals.

Technology News July 22, 2012 -

YouTube launched its own face-blurring tool, a valuable tool for protesters trying to protect themselves from government recrimination.

Police agencies across Australia put out alerts Monday declaring as fake text messages and emails sent to thousands of Australians that said they had two days to pay $5,000 or die. The message reads: "Sum1 paid me to kill you. Get spared, 48hrs to pay $5000. If you inform the police or anybody, death is promised." It then directs the recipient to contact them at a Yahoo email account. Police say seniors and those not familiar with the Internet are most likely to get scammed.

nexus 7 tablet news update july 2012Demand for Google's 7-inch seems to have well exceeded the tech giant's expectations. Last week, Google posted a message to its online store saying that shipments of the 16GB model were delayed one to two weeks. Now, the store has stopped taking orders altogether. Those who want to purchase the $249 version of the tablet are told to sign up to be notified by e-mail when it is back in stock. The 16GB version is also sold out at GameStop, Kmart, Sam's Club, Office Depot, Staples, B&H, Best Buy in Canada and, according toThe Guardian, Tesco in the UK. The only place to get the device online at this point may be eBay. Google is still accepting orders for the 8GB version however, which costs $199.

Big technology firms including Google, Facebook, eBay and Amazon have joined to create a new lobby group aimed at promoting "an open, innovative and free Internet." The Internet Association announced its formation in a statement on its website, indicating it will be headed by Michael Beckerman, a former congressional staffer. The group, to be officially launched in September, did not name its member companies but sources familiar with the group told AFP that Google, Facebook, eBay and Amazon are among them.

First Time For Google – Google said Thursday that in Kansas City it will sell both wideband Internet access and cable-TV programming, charging subscribers $120 monthly for a package that includes a 1 GB Internet connection, hundreds of high-definition networks and a Nexus 7 tablet computer that will operate as a remote control for its cable service. n addition to the $120 package, Google said it will market a $70 standalone Internet service in Kansas City that will deliver speeds of up to 1 gigabyte per second. Google will charge subscribers a $300 "construction fee" to connect their homes to its fiber network, but said it will waive the fee to customers that sign a two-year contract.The Google Fiber TV product comes with gateway devices containing eight tuners, and will allow subscribers to record of to 500 hours of high-definition programming on a device that comes with 2 terabytes of storage, Lo said.

NBC streaming Olympic video live – online… NBC, which has the exclusive broadcast license for the United States, has hatched an ambitious plan to deliver what it says is the first completely live, streaming experience of the Olympic Games to not just PC users but also wireless tablet and smartphone users. . NBC recently dissolved its partnership with Microsoft, but long prior to that divorce it moved to a new provider to drive its online video streaming, partnering Google's YouTube for a wide-ranging partnership that will see YouTube providing video player technology, hosting and infrastructure for NBCOlympics.com And NBC also plans to expand its coverage of the Olympics to mobile devices through a partnership with Adobe, which will develop mobile apps for iOS and Android platforms.

A new iPhone app, aptly called TransferBigFiles, allows users to send the files in the background using WiFi or 3G for up to 10 minutes--no need to connect to a computer. The free app also will pick up where the transfer left off if you drop your signal. The company says it's the first app of its kind on the market for iPhone.

Apple has agreed to buy fingerprint reader AuthenTec Inc. for approximately $356 million as the company known for iPhones and iPads looks to strengthen its digital security capabilities. Apple disclosed in a regulatory filing that it will pay $8 for each share of AuthenTec, a 58 percent premium to their closing price on Thursday.

A massive patent trial between two tech giants begins, with the Cupertino company contending that the Korean manufacturer's phones are blatant rip-offsApple and Samsung are going head-to-head this week in a high-stakes patent case that could have far-reaching implications throughout the industry. At the heart of the legal battle between the two smartphone makers is Apple's contention that Google's Android operating system, which runs on Samsung phones, illegally copies software and design features from the iPhone and iPad. The late Apple visionary Steve Jobs famously vowed to destroy Android for allegedly ripping of the iPhone's design and interface, and said he was willing to spend "every last penny" in a "thermonuclear war" against Google.

Entertainment News July 22, 2012 -

madonana lady gaga comment july 2012Madonna takes digs at Lady Gaga once more, this time in a Brazilian interview. "I'm a really big fan of Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way,'" Madonna said. "I'm glad I helped Gaga write it." The snide comment was originally caught on video and posted to YouTube but has since been removed. Madonna has made several negative comments regarding Lady Gaga over the years and even more so when "Born This Way" was released due to its similarity to the icon's hit song "Express Yourself." "I thought [when I heard 'Born This Way'], this is a wonderful way to redo my song ['Express Yourself']. I mean, I recognized the chord changes. I thought it was...interesting," she said earlier this year.

Passing - Former Disney head Mouseketeer and voice actress Ginny Tyler has died in Washington state at age 86. Tyler died of natural causes.When episodes of television's "The Mickey Mouse Club" were repackaged for syndication in 1963, Tyler became the head Mouseketeer who hosted new segments of the TV show that were woven around the old.

mariah carey to be idol judge july 2012It’s announced that Mariah Carey will be replacing Jennifer Lopez as a judge on “American Idol.” Let’s see if the ratings go up.

Passing - Sherman Hemsley, a comic actor who vaulted from a supporting role on Norman Lear’s groundbreaking 1970s sitcom "All in the Family" to a lead role as George in the spinoff “The Jeffersons,” was found dead Tuesday in El Paso. He was 74.

Passing - Chad Everett, the blue-eyed star of the1970s TV series "Medical Center" who went on to appear in such films and TV shows as "Mulholland Drive" and "Melrose Place," has died. He was 75. Everett's daughter, Katherine Thorp, said he died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles after a year-and-a-half-long battle with lung cancer. Everett played sensitive surgeon Joe Gannon for seven seasons on "Medical Center." The role earned him Golden Globe nominations in 1971 and 1973.

Katherine Jackson said she was "devastated" his children have been "taken away" from her while she was vacationing in Arizona. She was named their legal guardian in Michael Jackson's will. "I am devastated that while I've been away, my grandchildren have been taken away from me, and I'm coming home," Katherine Jackson said. Katherine Jackson is the guardian of her late son Michael Jackson's children -- Paris Michael, Prince Michael, and Prince Michael II -- but prior to Tuesday night, they had not heard from her in days. In her absence, there were reports of disputes among Jackson family members at Katherine Jackson's Calabasas, Calif., home.

stephen colbert new contract comedy july 2012Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will be sticking around after the upcoming presidential elections to lampoon pandering politicians and cable news bloviators. Both men signed two-year contract extensions that will keep them in Comedy Central's late-night roster, the network said Wednesday. Stewart's new contract will have him behind the desk at "The Daily Show" through 2015. He will remain as the show's executive producer, writer and host.

Snoop Dogg Changes His Name - Snoop Dogg wants you to know that he's tired of hip-hop, is Bob Marley reincarnated and is embracing reggae instead of the culture of guns he once rapped about. Also, he's got a new name: Snoop Lion. The artist said at a news conference Monday in New York that he was "born again" during a visit to Jamaica in February and is ready to make music that his "kids and grandparents can listen to."

Olympic Opening Ceremonies - Sir Paul McCartney took to the stage to close the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremonies in London on Friday, and the music legend couldn't help but Tweet about the amazing experience. "Thanks for the great response guys! Tonight was terrific, great, really cool," the 70-year-old singer Tweeted late Friday night. Sir Paul, who opened with "The End," before launching into a rousing sing-along version of his famous hit, "Hey Jude" at the piano, revealed the performance was tentatively scheduled to be lip-synced. "There was some talk of maybe being to playback but we decided against it and went live, live, live!" he wrote. "It was a trip and very exciting. It was a great opening ceremony!"

Passing - Gore Vidal - author, playwright and commentator has died in Los Angeles. He was 86. The acerbic Vidal was known for such best-selling novels as "Burr" and "Myra Breckenridge," the play "The Best Man" and for essays on everything from politics and literature to sex and religion. In the 1960s and '70s, he was a fixture on talk shows and other television programs and feuded openly with Norman Mailer, William F. Buckley and others.

Top Music Albums - July 22, 2012 -

Uncaged – Zac Brown Band

Life Is Good – Nas

Kidz Bop Kids – 22

Believe – Justin Bieber

Channel Orange – Frank Ocean

Dark Knight Rises – soundtack

…Hits- Phil Collins

21 – Adele

one direction music news july 2012Up All Night – One Direction

Overexposed – Maroon 5

Collide With The Sky – Pierce the Veil

Doo-Wops & Hooligans – Bruno Mars

Living Things – Linkin Park

Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Fortune – Chris Brown

Looking 4 Myself – Usher

Spark Seeker – Matisyahu

Welcome To The Fishbowl – Kenny Chesney

Tailgates & Tanlines – Luke Bryan

Band of Brothers – HellYea

The Lumineers

Maybach Music Group Presents

Carry Me Back – Old Crow Medicine Show

Amaryllis – Shinedown

Top Video Games July 22 2012 -

NCAA Football (X360 PS3)

Heroes of Ruin (3DS)

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii X360)

MLB 12: The Show (PS3)

Wii Sports (Wii)

Pokemon + Nobunaga no Yabou (DS)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (X360)

Just Dance 3 (Wii)

NBA 2K12 (X360)

Mario Party 9 (Wii)

Top Movies - July 22, 2012 -

The Dark Knight Rises

Ice Age: Continental Drift

The Watch

Step Up: Revolution


The Amazing Spider-Man


Magic Mike


Moonrise Kingdom

Tyler Perry’s Modea’s Witness Protection

To Rome With Love

TV Ratings/listings/TV Guide – July 22, 2012 -

1."America's Got Talent" (Tuesday)NBC2."The Big Bang Theory"CBS3."The Bachelorette" (Sunday)ABC4."The Bachelorette After the Final Rose"ABC5."America's Got Talent" (Wednesday)NBC6."60 Minutes"CBS7."Two and a Half Men" (Thursday)CBS8."NCIS"CBS9."The Bachelorette" (Monday)ABC10."Hell's Kitchen" (Monday)Fox11."Masterchef" (Monday)Fox12."Big Brother 14" (Thursday)CBS13."Masterchef" (Tuesday)Fox14."Hell's Kitchen" (Tuesday)Fox15."NCIS: Los Angeles"CBS16."Big Brother 14" (Wednesday)CBS17."Hawaii Five-0"CBS18."Person of Interest" (Tuesday)CBS19."CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"CBS20."Big Brother 14" (Sunday)CBS

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