Dateline: Week Of June 8, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In the News –
President Barack Obama indignantly hit back Friday at "offensive" charges that his administration disclosed vital national security secrets to beef up his image in an election year, insisting he has a "zero tolerance" approach to leaks that endanger America's interests. And Obama, speaking at a hastily called session with reporters in the White House briefing room, defended his handling of the weak economy, insisting that "the private sector is doing fine." He blamed cuts in government spending and "headwinds" from Europe for sluggish growth.
Greece's economy shrank further in the first three months of 2012, shriveling at a yearly rate of 6.5 percent against a backdrop of painful wage cuts, tax hikes and record unemployment. The data, released on Friday, will add fodder to politicians campaigning against terms of an international bailout ahead of a June 17 parliamentary election.
Crews in Colorado and New Mexico battled wildfires Sunday that were moving fast through parched forests, forcing scores of evacuations and destroying or damaging numerous structures. A blaze in northern Colorado first reported Saturday morning had grown to nearly 22 square miles by Sunday morning, while a fire in southern New Mexico began growing Friday, reaching about 10,000 acres.
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, arguably the two most famous newspaper reporters in American history, did something on Sunday they haven't done in 36 years: They shared a byline in the Washington Post. Woodward and Bernstein, who are on a mini-publicity tour surrounding the 40th anniversary of the Watergate break-ins, published a joint opinion essay for the Post's Outlook section about what they've learned since first reporting on the scandal: President Richard Nixon, who was forced to resign in the wake of Watergate, was "far worse than we thought."
German military divers are working to hoist the wreck of a Stuka dive bomber from the floor of the Baltic Sea, a rare example of the plane that once wreaked havoc over Europe as part of the Nazis' war machine. The single-engine monoplane carried sirens that produced a distinctive and terrifying screaming sound as it dove vertically to release its bombs or strafe targets with its machine guns. There are only two complete Stukas still around.
A Naval drone aircraft crashed on Maryland's Eastern Shore on Monday without injuries or property damage on the ground, officials said. The 44-foot plane on a routine training flight crashed around noon near Bloodsworth Island, across the Chesapeake Bay from the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, according to Jaime Cosgrove, a spokeswoman for the Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons program.
Shellie Zimmerman - the wife of Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman is arrested, charged with perjury in connection with her testimony during her husband's bond hearing. George Zimmerman's $150,000 bond was revoked and he was sent back to jail on June 3 after a judge said that Zimmerman and his wife misled the court about their finances. Prosecutors argued that they did not disclose the $135,000 they had collected in donations for his defense at the initial bond hearing.
Passing - Henry Hill, the famed mobster turned FBI informant whose life story was documented in the book "Wiseguy"- upon which Martin Scorsese's 1990 gangster epic "Goodfellas" was based - has died at the age of 69. Hill was famously associated with New York's Lucchese crime family throughout the 1960s and into the 1980s. He began his life of crime at the age of 11 while growing up on the working class East New York section of Brooklyn by running errands for Paul Vario, a captain in the Lucchese family. "It's an intoxicating lifestyle that sucks you in. Then you get too scared, and too in love with the money, to leave," Hill told "Good Morning America" in 2004. "All people do is fear you - and that's intoxicating. It's a strange lifestyle."
The Justice Department announced Wednesday it will give up its criminal case against former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards. In May, a deadlocked North Carolina federal jury found Edwards not guilty of one charge of accepting illegal campaign donations. The group couldn't reach a decision on five other felony charges, including one alleging that Edwards knowingly used $1 million in secret campaign donations from wealthy donors to support his mistress. Edwards could have faced 30 years in prison if convicted.
Spain's economy ministry said on Wednesday the government does not have plans to liquidate any bank. The government maintains plans to clean-up, recapitalize and privatize all the banks that have been rescued by the state, a spokeswoman for the ministry told Reuters. Earlier on Wednesday European Commissioner for Competition Joaquin Almunia told Reuters in an interview that Spain may need to wind down one of its bailed-out savings banks.
Sports - June 8, 2012 -
Boxing - Pacman Loses... Timothy Bradley promised to shock, though the biggest shock in his fight with Manny Pacquiao came from the judges' scorecards. In a fight Pacquiao seemed to have in hand, two judges decided otherwise, giving Bradley a split decision Saturday night and ending the Filipino fighter's remarkable seven-year unbeaten run. Promoter Bob Arum fumed, the crowd at the MGM Grand arena booed, and Pacquiao seemed stunned when the decision was announced. Arum said there would be a November rematch, though he blasted the way the decision went down.
The Los Angeles Kings won their first Stanley Cup since the franchise was founded in 1967, eliminating the New Jersey Devils in Game 6, 6-1. Goalie Jonathan Quick was given the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP. Dustin Brown had a 3-point night, and Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis each had two goals in the Kings' victory, the crowning achievement for one of the most improbable postseason journeys in NHL history. The Kings are now the first No. 8 seed to ever win the Stanley Cup. They tied an NHL record for road wins, going 10-1 away from home before winning the Cup on Staples Center ice. Overall, the Kings were 16-4 in the playoffs -- one of the best records in decades for a Stanley Cup champion.
Radio News – Goodbye Click and Clack – Car Talk Hosts Saying Goobye: Tom and Ray Magliozzi announced they're retiring from "Car Talk" this September -- but you should expect to hear them on the radio for years to come, whether you want to or not. According to NPR, the brothers say time has finally convinced them to stop pretending to work and worry full time about boat payments, what with Tom Magliozzi turning 75 this year. The duo has been taping "Car Talk" from WBUR in Boston for 35 years, and have grown their banter into a sizable business with Website, merchandise, newspaper column and even a short-lived animated series. The duo fell into public radio as a way to drum up business for their repair shop in the late 1970s. "We were doing it for nothing. And we did it for years for nothing. And one day we decided to ask them for 20 bucks apiece a week," Tom Magliozzi told CBS in 1995. "And, I mean, we agonized over this for the... 'Well, they'll never give us 20 bucks a week.' And they gave us 20 bucks a week. And we said, 'We're in Fat City.'" At its peak, "Car Talk" generated more than 30,000 callers a month, and ran on nearly every NPR radio station nationwide. As everyone who's ever listened to the show knows, "Car Talk" is a comedy with some automotive advice on the side.
"Have you stopped beating your wife yet?" NBA Commissioner David Stern asked sports talk radio personality Jim Rome during a contentious interview on Rome's nationally syndicated radio program on Wednesday afternoon. Stern's remark —came in response to a question asked by Rome about public perception that the NBA had rigged the 2012 NBA draft lottery to ensure that the New Orleans Hornets came away with the No. 1 overall selection, despite having fewer chances at the top prize than the Charlotte Bobcats, Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers heading into the proceedings. The NBA has owned the Hornets since December 2010. The league recently sold the Hornets to New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, who will reportedly pay $338 million to take control of the franchise. That sale is expected to be finalized this week, according to Stern; at present, the league still maintains control of the team.
Technology News June 8, 2012 –
Facebook starts rolling out the App Center: A mobile app portal within the social networking site. With 600 titles available at launch, App Center collects the apps that can post to Facebook as well as the ones that use the site for login authentication. The list of titles includes many familiar hits like Draw Something, Instagram, Foursquare, and Words with Friends. Facebook App Center will recommend you not only apps your friends use, but also those that have exceptionally high ratings. And if you click on a title that you have to download on your phone or tablet (some titles are Facebook web apps), you'll be redirected to the Apple App Store or Google Play where you can get it.
YouTube will provide live webcasts of the upcoming London Olympic Games to viewers in Asia and Africa, the video website's latest step to position itself as a prime media destination with marquee content. YouTube, owned by Internet search company Google Inc, said on Wednesday the International Olympic Committee will offer 10 channels of high-definition video of various events at this summer's games, which begin in late July. It will offer 2,200 hours of free, live programming from the games, including the medal finals for all 32 sports.
A new Internet standard giving the global network more room to grow came into effect this week (Wednesday,) a move that users probably won't notice. The switch occurred at 0001 GMT Wednesday, when Internet operators switched to a new standard called IPv6 that allows for trillions of "IP" numbers or addresses, up from the current 4.3 billion. "To ensure the Internet can continue to grow and connect billions more people and devices around the world, thousands of companies and millions of websites have now permanently enabled the next generation of Internet Protocol (IPv6) for their products and services," the Internet Society, an advisory panel, said. Many Internet operators are using a method known as "Happy Eyeballs" which allows traffic to be routed over IPv6 or the older IPv4 equipment depending on which is more efficient. The technology firm Nominum surveyed 67 major Internet service providers in North America, Japan, Europe and Latin America and found that 97 percent of them have either already implemented or plan to implement IPv6. "European ISPs appear to have the greatest risk of not making the transition in time since under current policies the Regional Internet Registry for Europe is projected to run out of IPv4 addresses later this year," said an expert.
The 8 million LinkedIn and eHarmony passwords that were stolen and posted online by a hacker on Wednesday may just be a part of a much longer list of accounts hacked. “We are 99% confident this is only a partial list of compromised eHarmony passwords," a spokesperson from password management firm LastPass said. A Russian hacker has posted nearly 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords and 1.5 million eHarmony LinkedIn online under the name "dfdm." However, there are some noticeable differences between the two lists that may indicate there could be more compromised eHarmony passwords that haven't been posted online.
iPhone is slowly spreading its tentacles into the prepaid market after dominating the post-paid market. ‘s pay-as-you-go Virgin Mobile brand is planning to offer the iPhone without a contract as soon as July 1st, according to the Wall Street Journal’s sources.
With the 2012 Major League Gaming Spring Championship in full swing this weekend in Anaheim, , said that things are looking good for CBS to broadcast an MLG event this fall. CBS Interactive Games, which has an exclusive partnership with MLG to sell advertising for its events, was in Anaheim to live stream coverage through Gamespot. MLG held pro gaming tournaments at the Gamespot booth throughout E3 week with StarCraft II on Tuesday, Mortal Kombat on Wednesday and Call of Duty on Thursday.Moving forward, Whitcombe said CBSi Games will follow the audience of eSports into new games, including the Dota 2 community and League of Legends. A growing number of game publishers and developers are incorporating elements specifically for eSports into new games. Activision has already said Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will have features catered for eSports. And Microsoft and 343 Industries are expected to showcase exclusive features for Halo 4 designed for this growing community. Other games will be unveiled in the coming months. With this type of implementation, next season could see even more games integrated into MLG. The CBS brand creates a level of comfort with a wide stable of advertisers because CBS brings a lot of serious brand advertisers to the table “We add a reach to eSports events that it’s been difficult for individual leagues to do until now” said a spokesperson.
“Share Everything” Plans - Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest cellphone company, is dropping nearly all of its phone plans in favor of pricing schemes that allow consumers to share data usage among up to ten phones and other devices. The new plans will let individuals add non-phone devices like tablets and laptops to their plans, as well as the phones of family members. The change takes effect June 28. It's the biggest revamp in wireless pricing in years, and one that's likely to be copied by other carriers. AT&T Inc. has already said that it's looking at introducing shared-data plans soon.
Entertainment News - June 8, 2012 -
Reclusive singer Lauryn Hill says she hasn't paid taxes since she withdrew from society to guarantee the safety and well-being of herself and her family. The eight-time Grammy Award winner and New Jersey resident was charged this week with wilfully failing to file income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service. Federal prosecutors say she didn't pay taxes on more than $1.5 million earned in 2005, 2006 and 2007 from recording and film royalties. Hill responded to the federal charges in a lengthy post on her Tumblr page Friday. She describes how she has rejected pop culture's over-commercialization and cannibalization of the young.
Several members of the MTV "Jersey Shore" cast -- including Jenni "JWoww" Farleyand her boyfriend Rodger Mathews, Pauly "Pauly D" Delvecchio, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro andMike "The Situation" Sorrentino -- were involved in a "massive" bar brawl Friday night at Seaside Heights hotspot Bamboo Bar. It started as a small fight, then turned into a massive brawl," the insider shares. "Jenni's boyfriend beat up a few guys, Pauly knocked some guy out, [and] Ronnie [and] Sitch were all there as well, fighting off guys. Jenni sprained her ankle. It was rough." Explains the source, "These drunk guys saw the cameras and started taunting the girls. Then, they started bothering Ronnie, Vinny, The Sitch, and Pauly."
Passing - Frank Cady, 96, a character actor who played Hooterville general-store proprietor Sam Drucker on the TV sitcoms “Green Acres” and “Petticoat Junction,” died. A publicist for Jerry Lewis says the comedian is OK after being hospitalized in New York overnight. The 86-year-old Lewis had a health scare Tuesday night just before he was scheduled to receive an award and present another to Tom Cruise at the Friars Club Entertainment Icon Awards.
2012 Tony Award Winners –
Play: "Clybourne Park."
Revival of a Play: "Death of a Salesman."
Revival of a Musical: "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess."
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: James Corden, "One Man, Two Guvnors."
Performance by an Actress in Leading Role in a Play: Nina Arianda, "Venus in Fur."
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Steve Kazee, "Once."
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Audra McDonald, "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess."
Top Music Albums - June 8, 2012 –
Born and Riased – John Mayer
21 – Adele
What We Saw From The Cheap Seats – Rgeina Spektor
Here – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Up All Night – One Direction
Blown Away – Carrie Underwood
Valtari – Sugur Ros
Tuskegee – Lionel Richie
Tailgates & Tanlines – Luke Bryan
Making Mirrors – Gotye
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – Nicki Minaj
…Little Broken Hearts – Norah Jones
Immortal – Eric Church
From Day 1 – Travis Porter
Blunderbuss – Jack White
Love Is A Four Letter Word- Jason Mraz
Some Nights - .fun
Apocalyptic Love – Slash fea. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirator
My Head Is An Animal – Of Monsters And Men
My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean
Heaven – Rebecca Ferguson
Top Video Games – June 8, 2012 -
Diablo III (PC)
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (X360) (PS3)
Max Payne 3 (X360) (PC) (PS3)
Resistance: Burning Skies (PSV)
Dragon’s Dogma (X360)
Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure (Wii)
MLB 12: The Show (PS3)
Zumba Fitness 2 (Wii)
Top Movies - June 8, 2012 -
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (1st week $60.3 million)
Prometheus (1st week $51.1 million)
Snow White and the Huntsman
Men in Black
Marvel’s the Avengers
The Best exotic Marigold Hotel
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