Dateline: Week Of June 15, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
In a speech in the Rose Garden, President Barack Obama explained his administration's decision to allow as many as 800,000 young illegal immigrants to apply for temporary legal status and work permits. Neil Munro, a reporter from the Daily Caller, interrupted the president twice, asking him to defend his statement that the move is the "right thing" for the country. Obama talked over the reporter but later in the speech addressed him, again asserting that the immigration decision is the right one. Munroe again interrupted Obama. "I didn't ask for an argument," the president said sharply, ending the unusual exchange.
U.N. observers suspended their patrols in Syria on Saturday due to a recent spike in violence, the strongest sign yet that an international peace plan was unraveling despite months of diplomatic efforts to prevent the country from plunging into civil war. The U.N. observers have been the only working part of a peace plan brokered by international envoy Kofi Annan, which the international community sees as its only hope to stop the bloodshed.
One member of a Japanese climbing team survived and four others are presumed dead after an avalanche swept them off a hill during their descent from Mount McKinley. U.S. National Park Service officials say five people were traveling as one rope team early Thursday morning as part of a Miyagi Workers Alpine Federation expedition on the Alaska mountain.
Crews in northern Colorado braced for powerful fire-fanning winds as they battle a blaze that has scorched about 85 square miles of mountainous forest land and destroyed at least 181 homes, the most in state history. The destructiveness of the High Park Fire burning 15 miles west of Fort Collins surpassed the Fourmile Canyon wildfire, which destroyed 169 homes west of Boulder in September 2010.
Passing - Rodney King - the man who was at the center of the infamous Los Angeles riots -- was found dead in Rialito, CA. He was 47. According to our sources, King's fiancée found him dead at the bottom of a pool.
In the bombshell book, "What Really Happened" set to hit stores on June 26, author Rielle Hunter reveals that John Edwards, a two-time presidential candidate, had affairs with at least two other women dating back 20 years, and did not reveal the truth about his former relationships until 2011, two years after Hunter appeared before a grand jury.
ConAgra Foods Inc has been sued by consumers who contend that hot dogs and other products sold under its Hebrew National brand are not kosher. The lawsuit alleges that meat processing services provided to ConAgra by privately held AER Services Inc fell short of the standards necessary to label Hebrew National products as kosher. As a result, they said, ConAgra misled consumers and was able to charge premium prices. Eleven individual consumers filed their complaint in May in Minnesota state court.
The United States is planning a significant military presence of 13,500 troops in Kuwait to give it the flexibility to respond to sudden conflicts in the region as Iraq adjusts to the withdrawal of American combat forces and the world nervously eyes Iran, according to a congressional report.
Asians have surpassed Hispanics as the largest group of new immigrants to the United States, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. The study, called "The Rise of Asian-Americans" and released on Tuesday, reveals that Asian-Americans also have the highest income, are the best-educated and are the fastest-growing racial group in America. About 430,000 Asians--or 36 percent of all new immigrants--arrived in the United States in 2010, according to U.S. census data. About 370,000, or 31 percent, were Hispanic.
President Barack Obama's campaign spent more than it took in over the month of May despite his frenetic fundraising schedule, leaving the massive operation with just shy of $110 million dollars cash on hand against $115 million one month earlier. The embattled incumbent scooped up a hair over $39 million dollars but spent nearly $44.6 million, according to a formal filing with the Federal Election Commission.
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had three of the 51 child sex-abuse charges against him dismissed Thursday before attorneys began closing arguments in the high-profile case that led to the firing of longtime head coach Joe Paterno. Judge John Cleland found one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and one count of aggravated indecent assault involving the accuser known as Victim 4 weren't supported by the evidence. Another charge of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse involving another boy was dismissed because Cleland said it duplicated another count.
The Supreme Court has thrown out fines and sanctions against broadcasters who violated the Federal Communications Commission policy regulating curse words and nudity on broadcast television. The justices declined on Thursday to issue a broad ruling on the constitutionality of the FCC indecency policy. Instead, the court concluded only that broadcasters could not have known in advance that obscenities uttered during awards show programs and a brief display of nudity on an episode of ABC's NYPD Blue could give rise to sanctions.
Commerce Secretary John Bryson, already on medical leave, has formally resigned his post. Bryson had stepped aside for medical reasons earlier this month after allegedly being involved in a pair of hit-and-run car crashes in Southern California and suffering a seizure.
"I have decided to step down as the Secretary of Commerce," Bryson wrote in a letter to President Barack Obama, dated Wednesday. "I have concluded that the seizure I suffered on June 9th could be a distraction from my performance as Secretary and that our country would be better served by a change in leadership of the Department."
The mother of Natalee Holloway is suing The National Enquirer, saying the tabloid published untrue stories to profit from her daughter's 2005 disappearance in Aruba. Beth Holloway said in the lawsuit filed Wednesday that the magazine and its publisher, American Media Inc., published "false headlines, articles and statements" for nearly seven years. "They keep on doing it," said Lin Wood, the attorney for Beth Holloway. "We had no choice but to file this lawsuit. This is a mother who has exercised every effort to make sure her daughter is alive." Natalee Holloway was 18 years old when she vanished during a high school graduation trip to the Caribbean island of Aruba. She was last seen leaving a bar the morning of May 30, 2005 with Joran van der Sloot, a Dutchman who was raised in Aruba.
A heat wave blanketed the U.S. mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Thursday, sparking brownouts in New York City and forcing utilities across the region to ask customers to conserve electricity. Despite local transmission problems, regional power grid operators in New York, New England and the 13 states served by the PJM regional transmission group expected to have enough power to meet soaring demand on the second day of the hot weather. Thursday's high of 94 degrees F (34 C) in New York, the nation's biggest metropolitan area, matched the high Wednesday, which was the first day of summer
Sports News June 15, 2012 – NBA Champs - The Miami Heat take the NBA - Miami Heat's 121-106 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Heat’s LeBron James dominated these NBA Finals, and he saved his best for last with a 26-point, 13-assist, 11-rebound triple-double performance. James hugged his teammates and coaches, screamed and waved his arms.
Technology News June 15, 2012 –
Auction house Sotheby's sold a 1976 Apple I Computer -- which still works! -- in New York on Friday, after a bidding war broke out between two potential buyers. The original Apple I, sold for $374,500.
Apple's social network Ping will be gone in the next release of iTunes, , citing sources close to the company. Apple CEO Tim Cook that Apple has all but given up on Ping in May, though he didn't precisely say whether Apple will kill the service. "We tried Ping, and I think the customer voted and said this isn't something I want to put a lot of energy into," .
Unlike Apple's hardware and software products, most of which have been tremendously successful in the last couple of years, the company's social network has been poorly received from the very beginning.
FaceBook Blaming NASDAQ For Flawed IPO - Don't blame us!" was the theme of a Facebook court filing submitted Friday in response to lawsuits that shareholders filed after the company's disastrous IPO. Facebook used the filing to preview its defense, blaming Nasdaq for the trading issues that marred its debut day. It also admitted to having private conversations with analysts, but insisted it "followed customary practices" and didn't disclose anything improper.
Microsoft Corp. plans to sell a tablet running the next version of the Windows operating system under its own brand, a major departure from its strategy of partnering with computer makers, according to a person familiar with the plans. The tablet many believe, will give the iPad a run for its technology money.
Spotify's , the online music service announces the addition of a free radio feature to its iPhone and iPad apps, allowing U.S. users access to an unlimited amount of ad-sponsored music on the go. Spotify's service lets listeners generate an unlimited number of radio stations based on songs, albums and artists. Users can "like" songs to save them to their Spotify playlists for later listening.
Facebook's U.S. user numbers dwindled in May from April and March, according to data compiled by research firm comScore, in the latest sign that growth may be leveling off at the No. 1 social network. Last month, Facebook attracted 158.01 million unique visitors in the United States, edging lower from 158.69 million in April and 158.93 million in March, comScore said. Keeping users coming back -- or combating fatigue -- is crucial for all social media services, analysts say. Facebook is consistently trotting our new features, including the "Timeline" interface rolled out this year, and more are expected with the deal to acquire popular photo-sharing app Instagram.
The video is heartbreaking: a pack of junior high boys berating a 68-year-old school bus monitor in upstate New York. She's brought to tears as the students pepper her with profane put-downs about her weight, age, livelihood and more. The viral video, which one of the boys reportedly posted on Facebook, has caught the attention of thousands of people who've pledged nearly $200,000 to send Karen Klein on a vacation. The astonishing outpouring of support was started by Max Sidorov, a 25-year-old Toronto nutritionist who saw the video and on Wednesday launched a campaign on the crowd-source fundraising website Indiegogo.
Radio News June 15, 2012 -
Radio personality Mark Thompson, half of the long-running Mark & Brian morning drive show on KLOS/95.5 FM, is retiring and leaving the show on Aug. 17, he said in an exclusive two-part interview with LA Radio. “"I told Brian (Phelps) last October because this is a decision that I made about a year ago," Thompson told webmaster and radio historian Don Barrett in a wide-ranging interview. Part one was published Wednesday.
In an unprecedented move that establishes what will be the nation’s most listened to sports radio network across the Top 50 markets, CBS Corporation today announced it has created CBS Sports Radio, a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week lineup of national programming from premier entities CBS RADIO and CBS Sports.Cumulus Media, the largest pure-play radio broadcaster in the United States, is the network’s exclusive syndicator and sales partner to secure affiliate agreements and ad sales with radio stations nationwide through Cumulus Media Networks. In addition, Cumulus will make CBS Sports Radio programming available on 67 of its owned stations.
Entertainment News June 15, 2012 -
As part of a four-year, billion-dollar revamp of California Adventure Park, Disney has introduced a in Anaheim, which has drawn fans from all over the country and even saw them camping out last week in anticipation of the official opening on Friday.
Passing - Yvette Wilson died Thursday after battling cervical cancer. She was 48. The actress was best known for her role on the UPN sitcom Moeshaas Andell Wilkerson. She starred in five seasons and its spinoff, The Parkers.
Pink hair is here to stay! debuted freshly dyed bright pink tips at the San Francisco auditions this weekend. The pop star is one of several famous fashionistas to try the dip-dye trend. Recently, and both have donned the partially-pink hairstyle.
Paul McCartney turns 70 this week.
Alec Baldwin got into an altercation with a New York Daily Newsphotographer after he and his fiancée went to pick up their marriage license. “He comes after me, starts shoving and punching me,” photographer Marcus Santos told the Daily News of the confrontation outside Manhattan’s Marriage License Bureau. “One time, right in the chin. And then he started shoving me, and pushing me. Then he goes the other way.”
Top Pop Music June 15, 2012 -
Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye fea. Kimbra
Call Me Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
Payphone – Maroon 5 fea. Wiz Khalifa
What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction
Starships – Nicki Minaj
Wide Awake – Katy Perry
Wild Ones – Flo Rida fea. Sia
Where Have You Been - Rihanna
We Are Young – fun. Fea. Janelle Monae
Boyfriend – Justin Bieber
Back In Time – Pitbull
Glad You Came – The Wanted
Lights – Ellie Goulding
Scream – Usher
Drive By – Train
Drunk On You – Luke Bryan
Titanium – David Guetta fea. Sia
Brokenhearted – Karmin
Stronger – Kelly Clarkson
Springsteen – Eric Church
Mercy – Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T. 2 Chainz
All Around The World – Justin Bieber fea. Ludacris
Feel So Close – Calvin Harris
Top Movies - June 15, 2012 -
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
Rock of Ages
That’s My Boy (1st week $13.5 million)
Snow White and the Huntsman
Men in Black 3
Marvel’s The Avengers
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Top Television Shows -
1.NBA FinalsABC2.NBA FinalsABC3.NBA FinalsABC4.America's Got Talent" (Tuesday)NBC5.MegastuntsABC6.U.S. Open Golf TournamentNBC7.NCISCBS8.The Big Bang TheoryCBS9.60 MinutesCBS10.The BacheloretteABC11.The MentalistCBS12.Person of InterestCBS13.NCIS: Los AngelesCBS14.So You Think You Can DanceFOX15.Two and a Half MenCBS16.Hell's Kitchen" (Monday)FOX17.2 Broke Girls" (Thursday)CBS18.Master Chef" (Monday)FOX19.CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationCBS20.America's Got Talent" (Thursday)NBC.