Dateline: Week Of June 22, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Jerry Sandusky was found guilty on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual molestation and faces up to 442 years in prison. A jury of Sandusky's Centre County, Pa., neighbors determined that the former Penn State defensive coordinator sexually abused children over a 15-year period, using his stature as a local coaching hero and his position with the Second Mile charity to target and then violate at-risk kids from the area.
Elite Afghan police backed by NATO forces ended a 12-hour siege on Friday at a popular lakeside hotel outside Kabul, leaving at least 20 dead after Taliban gunmen stormed the lakeside building, bursting into a party and seizing dozens of hostages. The night-time assault on the hotel with rocket-propelled grenades, suicide vests and machine guns again proved how potent the Islamist insurgency remains after a decade of war.
Thousands of residents whose homes were in danger of being threatened by a Utah wildfire have had to find shelter elsewhere as strong winds fueled a blaze that officials believe was started by target shooters. Residents of at least 2,300 homes in northern Utah were evacuated Friday, a day after the more than 6-square-mile fire started near theSaratoga Springs landfill, about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City. High winds then helped fan the flames onto tinder-dry grasslands.
A wildfire near Colorado Springs erupted and grew out of control to more than 3 square miles over the weekend, prompting the evacuation of a popular vacation town and the closure of nearby highways Sunday. At least 11,000 residents of the town of Manitou Springs and nearby communities of Cascade, Chipita Park and Green Mountain Falls were ordered to leave Saturday or early Sunday. The fire quickly grew to more than 2,000 acres amid tinder dry conditions, gusty winds and temperatures that reached into the 90s.
Islamist Mohammed Morsi was declared the winner Sunday in Egypt's first free presidential election in history, closing the tumultuous first phase of a democratic transition and opening a new struggle with the still-dominant military rulers who recently stripped the presidency of most of its powers.
A Denver police officer trying to break up a confrontation was shot and killed at a city park where families had gathered for a free weekly jazz concert before gunfire erupted and sent hundreds running. The officer, who was shot in the head Sunday, was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead, police spokesman Sonny Jackson said. Police were searching for a suspect in what Jackson described as an isolated incident.
The Supreme Court upheld a key part of Arizona's tough anti-illegal immigration law in a 5-3 decision on Monday that allows police officers to ask about immigration status during stops. That part of the law, which never went into effect because of court challenges, will now immediately be enforced in Arizona. Other parts of the law, including a provision that made it a state crime for illegal immigrants to seek work, will remain blocked, as the justices affirmed the federal government's supremacy over immigration policy.
Cyprus on Monday became the fifth eurozone country to request financial aid from its partners in the troubled European currency union as it struggles to shore up banks that took heavy losses on Greek debt. The island nation's government said in a terse statement that it required assistance following "negative spillover effects through its financial sector, due to its large exposure in the Greek economy."
Turkey branded its former ally Syria "a clear and imminent threat," on Tuesday as its Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vented his fury over the downing of a Turkish fighter jet. In his most outspoken criticism of the Damascus regime, Erdogan vowed to retaliate against the "heinous act" and promised a change of military attitude to any Syrian officer approaching the common border.
Arizona began implementing the piece of its anti-illegal immigration law that survived the Supreme Court's ruling on Monday, requiring police officers to verify immigration status during routine stops if they have a "reasonable" suspicion that someone may be in the country illegally. Arizona tells police officers to look for specific signs that indicate they should ask for immigration papers when stopping a person. These signals include lack of a license, driving a car with foreign plates, difficulty speaking English and seeming nervous. Officers must be careful not to stop someone for more than a "reasonable" amount of time while verifying his or her status, however, or the inquiry could violate the stopped person's rights. Gov. Jan Brewer says officers have been trained not to racially profile while implementing the new law.
Congress approved a bill that allows the Food and Drug Administraion to regulate medical applications on smartphones. The FDA Safety and Innovation Act originally passed the Senate by a 96-3 vote in May and was approved by unanimous voice vote in the House on Wednesday.
A western wildfire being fueled by strong winds and scorching temperatures has burned past firefighters' defenses and is menacing the city of Colorado Springs. Firefighters battling the out of control blaze, which has grown to more than 15,000 acres, say they are bracing for worsening conditions.
In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Supreme Court upheld his signature health care law's individual insurance mandate in a 5-4 decision, upending speculation after hostile-seeming oral arguments in March that the justices would overturn the law. The mandate has been upheld as a tax, with Chief Justice John Roberts, a Bush appointee, joining the liberal wing of the court to save the law.
Stockton, California, became the largest city to file for bankruptcy in U.S. history on Thursday, after years of fiscal mismanagement and a housing market crash left it unable to pay its workers, pensioners and bondholders. The filing by the city of 300,000 people followed three months of confidential talks with its creditors aimed at averting bankruptcy.
Passing – Writer-director Nora Ephron, who died Tuesday at 71 from complications of leukemia.
The House of Representatives on Friday passed a transportation bill that included an extension of the low interest rate on government-subsidized student loans, just days before the rate would have doubled. The bill, which includes more than $100 billion in funding for highway projects over two years, extends the current 3.4 percent student loan rate for one more year at a cost of an estimated $6 billion.
Famed Crystal Cathedral in Orange County To Be Renamed…. The Crystal Cathedral congregation recently announced that it will vacate its modernist steel-and-glass church by June 2013. The Diocese of Orange re-baptized the church Christ Cathedral earlier this month and plans to turn the Protestant landmark where the "Hour of Power" TV ministry is based into its spiritual and administrative headquarters. The fast-growing, 1.2 million-person diocese bought the church campus for nearly $58 million last year.
Sports News – June 22, 2012 -
Citing health concerns, Larry Byrd steps down as president of the Indiana Pacers. He spent four years building the team into an Eastern Conference contender and was this season’s NBA executive of the year.
Double header NFL football games will no longer overlap. The NFL announced that it will be shifting the 4:15 games back 10 minutes to make sure that fans don’t have to miss the beginning of one game, or the end of another. Double header games, aired on CBS and Fox, started at 1 pm and 4:15 pm last season. The NFL found that 44 games had to be interrupted for another broadcast to start.
Technology News - June 22, 2012 -
Google intends to allow its newly acquired Motorola Mobility to keep its autonomy as it battles in the hotly contested smartphone market, executives said Thursday. Google chief finance officer Patrick Pichette told the company's annual shareholder meeting that there is unlikely to be a integration of the mobile products firm. "It's important it stays on its own battlefield," he said. "We are not integrating Motorola with Google, we're making sure it has everything it needs to win in its own space. You shouldn't expect a full integration of the two companies."
Google executives took the stage today at the company's annual Google I/O developers conference to announce their newest Android products, including the Nexus 7 Tablet, a new $199 Android tablet built in partnership with Asus to run the latest version of Google's operating system, Android 4.1 or Jelly Bean. The tablet has a 7-inch, IPS (In-Plane Switching) 1280x800 HD resolution display, Tegra 3 clip set with a quad-core processor and a 12 core GPU, which makes everything, including games, run quickly and seamlessly.
Google announced that its Chrome browser will be available in iTunes App Store later on Thursday, as will Google Drive, the productivity app suite that includes Google Docs. The news drew cheers and applause from an excited crowd of software writers.
Entertainment News - June 22, 2012 -
Hip-hop mogul James Rosemond has been indicted in New York on a murder-for-hire charge.Prosecutors brought the revised indictment Friday accusing Rosemond of ordering others to kill a man in the Bronx in 2009 as payback for an assault on his 14-year-old son.The 47-year-old chief executive of New York-based Czar Entertainment is already imprisoned. He was recently convicted in federal court in Brooklyn on drug trafficking charges.
Ann Curry is reportedly being phased out of her co-anchor position at "Today," but a group of fans is trying to turn back the tide and persuade NBC otherwise with an online petition.
"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek is in a Los Angeles hospital recovering from a mild heart attack. Trebek was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Saturday. She says the 71-year-old Trebek is expected to fully recover and be back giving answers when "Jeopardy!" resumes production on a new season in July.
Paris Hilton – Ultimate Female Club DJ - working with some of the BIGGEST DJs on Earth ... in a brand new quest to become the most POWERFUL female house musician of all time.
Hilton has been traveling the world to shadow some super-famous DJs to get some guidance for her upcoming house music album. Hilton has become pretty tight with HUGE names like Afrojack and Deadmau5. Hilton's been told by the best in the biz she could become the "Queen of house music" -- because "no woman has ever taken over in that arena ... and she wants to become that person."
She’s Leaving - Ann Curry broke down in tears on Thursday as she told viewers she would be leaving the "Today" show after a little more than a year as co-host. "I am so grateful to all of you," Curry said at the end of the show's second hour. "You are the real 'Today' show family.""I have loved you," Curry, seated on a couch flanked by her "Today" colleagues, continued. "And I have wanted to give you the world. And I still do." Curry—who will remain at NBC News as a correspondent and anchor-at-large—told USA Today that it was not her idea to leave the show, which recently lost its lead in the morning-show ratings war with ABC's "Good Morning America." It was NBC's.
Sad news to report: Don Grady, an original Mouseketeer and Robbie of "My Three Sons" has died. Per reports, he was 68 and had been battling cancer. Grady, a musician who appeared in some early TV westerns, was a big star of early '60s TV - Robbie Douglas on the ABC show starring the great screen actor Fred MacMurray and classic character actor William Demarest - best known as Fred Mertz, of course, of the Lucy franchise. Grady emerged as a real star on "Sons" - something of a heartthrob on this gentle sweet sitcom of yesteryear.
Charlie Sheen's new FX comedy "Anger Management"debuted to huge numbers last night, scoring the biggest scripted comedy debut in cable history. It pulled in 5.47 million total viewers, with 2.65 million of those in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic; that's the biggest series premiere in FX history. And even better news for Sheen and FX: The audience grew as the hour went on, with an audience of 5.74 million viewers tuning in for "Anger's" second half-hour.
After five years of marriage – Tom Cruise and Katy Holmes are calling it quits.
At the movies - June 22, 2012 -
Brave - (1st week $66 million)
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (1st week $16.3 million)
Snow White and The Huntsman
Rock of Ages
That’s My Boy
Marvel’s The Avengers
Man in Black 3
Seeking A Friend for The End of the World
Top Music Albums - June 22, 2012 -
Lookng 4 Myself – Usher
21 – Udele
Punching Bag – Josh Turner
Up All Night – One Direction
Rock of Ages - soundtrack
+ Ed Sheeran
Thirty Miles West – Alan Jackson
Triple F Life: Fans Friends
Synthetica – Metric
Tailgates & Tanlines- Luke Bryan
Born and Raised – John Mayer
Blown Away – Carrie Underwood
That’s Why God Made The Radio – Beach Boys
The Lion The Beast The Beat – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
NOW That’s What I Call Country 4 – various artists
Up & Away – KiD iNk
Tuskegee – Lionel Richie