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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of March 1, 2013 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

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In The News 

It’s reported that French forces have killed Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, one of the most feared commanders of al Qaeda's north Africa wing, during an operation against Islamist fighters in mountainous northern Mali. Abou Zeid was among 40 militants killed three days ago in the foothills of the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains near the Algerian border, said Ennahar, which is well connected with Algeria's security services.

Buried Alive - Unable to rescue a man devoured by a giant sinkhole, workers started demolishing his Florida home Sunday -- three days after the ground under his bedroom opened up and swallowed him (see fascinating facts).

Some 48 Syrians, most of them soldiers, and nine Iraqi soldiers were killed Monday in an attack near the western Iraqi town of Ar Rutbah, an official said, raising concerns that Syria's civil war could spill over into Iraq.

The Syrian soldiers' convoy was ambushed by gunmen using roadside bombs and machine guns.

A blizzard roared into North Dakota on Monday and was expected to dump up to a foot of snow in neighboring Minnesota before moving east over the mid-Atlantic states, where it could bury the Washington area with its biggest snowfall of the winter, the National Weather Service said.

Arkansas adopted the most restrictive abortion law in the United States on Wednesday, mostly banning the procedure after 12 weeks of pregnancy as both houses of the state legislature overrode the governor's veto. The law, the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act, will likely go into effect in August, if it survives expected legal challenges.

julio acevedo murder hit run march 2013 nyc timeline facts mrpopculture timelineJulio Acevedo, the ex-con wanted in the hit-and-run death of a New York City couple and their baby, surrendered to police in Pennsylvania today, four days after the fatal high-speed crash. Acevedo will be extradited to New York, where he will be charged with the deaths of Nachman andRaizy Glaube, both 21, and their baby son. He is accused of driving his car into the livery cab carrying Nachman Glauber and his pregnant wife around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. They were on their way to a hospital. Nachman Glauber died instantly and Raizy Glauber and their unborn child were rushed to an emergency room. The mother died after delivering the baby boy via C-section.

North Korea threatened the United States on Thursday with a preemptive nuclear strike, raising the level of rhetoric just before the U.N. Security Councilapproved new sanctions against the reclusive country. The White House said North Korea's threats would only lead toPyongyang's further international isolation and declared that the United States was "fully capable" of defending against any North Korean missile attack.

President Barack Obama on Thursday heralded the expanded protections offered to Native Americans, gay, lesbian and transgender victims as well as undocumented immigrants in the reauthorized Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) he signed into law. The law established a national hotline for domestic violence, permitted the federal prosecution of interstate crimes, identifies dating violence and stalking as crimes of domestic violence, offers federal funding for rape crisis centers and other provisions.

 

Fascinating Facts – March 1, 2013

sinkhole jeff bush march 2013 florida mrpopculture timeline facts Sinkhole Kills Man – While In His Bedroom - A Florida man was missing and feared dead on Friday after a large sinkhole suddenly engulfed the bedroom of his suburban Tampa home, police and fire officials said. Jeff Bush, 36, was in his room sleeping and the other five members of the household were getting ready for bed on Thursday night when they heard a loud crash and Jeff screaming. Jeff's brother, 35-year-old Jeremy Bush, jumped into the hole and furiously kept digging to find his brother.

Twitter users erupted in anger Saturday after discovering shirts listed on Amazon with a slogan that appeared to promote rape and violence against women. The shirt read "Keep Calm and Rape On" and was available on Amazon's UK website. The company that prints the shirts, U.S.-based Solid Gold Bomb, removed the listing after it was notified of the slogan. The company also removed a shirt with the slogan "Keep Calm and Hit Her." Solid Gold Bomb apologized, saying the slogans were computer-generated and the company did not deliberately create them.

 

Fascinating Business news – March 1, 2013

Tax increases. Rising gas prices. Political dysfunction in Washington. None of that kept Americans away from auto dealer showrooms in February as General Motors, Ford and other automakers posted strong sales gains. Industry analysts expect last month's sales to be up about 7 percent from a year earlier as pent-up demand and cheap financing kept the U.S. auto sales recovery powering along. 

The Dow hits a new high of 14,296.39 on good news of the U.S. job market.

Time Warner is spinning off its Time Inc. magazine division, in a surprise move that follows talks of a potential sale to rival publisher Meredith.

 

Medical/Health – March 1, 2013

The nation's Medicare doctors, face a pay cut because of the automatic spending cuts that were triggered Friday.Under the so-called sequester, Medicare payments to health care providers, health care plans and drug plans will be reduced by 2% starting April 1, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Now - doctors who treat Medicare beneficiaries will only be reimbursed 98 cents on every dollar for a vast array of services. Reimbursement for low-income beneficiaries is exempt.

 

Sports news – March 1, 2013

Hockey Hot In Chicago – The Hawks – part of the Western Conference and Central Division - have a 17-0-3 start to the season. Chicago's 3-0 shutout win over the St. Louis Blues drew a massive 7.54 rating in the country's third-largest television market. That equates to over 262,000 households (not viewers, mind you) tuning in, records for Comcast Sportsnet Chicago. This breaks the previous record, a 7.41 set all of nine days ago.

Lauren Silberman fought back tears after kicking her way into NFL history. She became the first woman to try out at a regional combine Sunday, but she lasted all of two kicks, none of which traveled even 20 yards.

michael jordan paternity suite march 2013 sports trivia facts timeline mrpopcultureAn Atlanta woman has filed a lawsuit saying basketball Hall of Famer and Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is the father of her 16-year-old son. The lawsuit was filed Feb. 6 by Pamela Y. Smith, 48, in Fulton County Superior Court. It requests Jordan take a paternity test, pay child support and share medical, dental and hospital costs that are not covered by insurance.

Three days before the deadline to use the franchise tag, the Baltimore Ravens and quarterbackJoe Flacco have agreed to terms on a new contract that will reportedly make the 2008 first-round pick out of Delaware the highest-paid quarterback in NFL history. Flacco's deal is worth in excess of $120 million over six seasons, will make him the highest-paid quarterback in NFL history. Flacco earned $6.76 million in base salary in 2012, the final season of a rookie contract that paid out $23,805,590 over the last five seasons.

The Los Angeles Angels renewed the contract of AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout for $510,000, prompting an angry response from the outfielder's agent. It’s just $20,000 above the major league minimum. 

Basketball hall of famer Michael Jordan asked a Georgia court on Monday to dismiss a paternity suit against him, calling it a ''shameless, bad faith attempt to abuse the legal system.'' Jordan's lawyer John Mayoue said in a document filed in Fulton County Superior Court that the six-time NBA champion is not the father of Pamela Y. Smith's 16-year-old son. The paternity of the teen was ''conclusively established'' in divorce filings between Smith and her ex-husband, Jordan's attorney wrote.

 

Technology news – March 1, 2013 

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week in Las Vegas T-Mobile announced that HD Voice is now available nationwide on its US network. This will give people the richer, fuller voice experience similar to what many of us have gotten used to experiencing while making Skype calls.

ABC, ABC Family and ESPN have adopted Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings to manage demographic guarantees for online video campaigns. Each network is using Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings audience composition data in conjunction with total delivered impression counts from ad servers to calculate viewer demographics.

European regulators have fined Microsoft about $730 million for failing to honor an agreement to give users a choice of Internet browser. The EU warned the software giant last October that it faced a  after an antitrust investigation launched in July found Microsoft )had breached a five-year commitment to give European customers a choice about which browser to use.

 

Television news – March 1, 2013 

Fox announces Fox 1 -  a national cable sports network. The all-sports network will go live in August, timed to the start of college football season… 

History’s much-hyped “Vikings” – it’s first scripted series – begins this week.

Entertainment news – March 1, 2013

bonnie franklin tv history passes march 2013 timeline mrpopculturePassing - Actress Bonnie Franklin, known to TV fans as divorced mom Ann Romano on the '70s sitcom "One Day at a Time," has died at age 69. Her family says her death was due to complications from pancreatic cancer, which Franklin revealed she was battling back in September.

Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment empire and YouTube announce that they are launching "The You Generation," a global online talent contest that is seeking entries from people with "unconventional and original talents" — from musicians and photographers to makeup artists, magicians and chefs. Syco says the contest, which starts next month and is due to run for a year, will seek auditions in a different category of talent every two weeks. Entrants can upload their pieces on a dedicated YouTube channel, to be viewed by the public and judged by professionals associated with Syco.

Miley Cyrus has “something blue” for her upcoming nuptials to Liam Hemsworth!

The 20-year-old starlet made a major hair switch-up last week and dyed her bright blond locks a dark, steely shade of blue.

Valerie Harper has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, and says that her doctors have given her as little as three months to live.The 73-year-old actress, best known for her roles on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," the spinoff, "Rhoda," and "Valerie," has  eptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare condition in which cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane around the brain.

Carrie Fisher  confirms – she’ll be back as Princess Leia in "Star Wars: Episode VII."

 

Music news - March 1, 2013

justin bieber worst birthday tweet march 2013 music timeline mrpopcultureMarch 1 - Justin Bieber started off his 19th birthday tweeting about his "big night ahead," but by the wee hours, he'd tweeted it had turned into his "Worst birthday." The teen singer reportedly cut short his circus-themed birthday bash at London's Cirque du Soir after a disagreement with security about whether some of his pals were too young to enter the club

Gay advocacy group GLAAD says Madonna will present CNN's Anderson Cooperwith an award for openly gay media professionals. The singer has been chosen to give Cooper the Vito Russo Award at the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City on March 16.

Harlem Shake – The Biggest Fad Right Now … But… The FAA is looking into a 31-second video taken on a February 15 Frontier Airliners flight. On that flight, 18 Colorado College students, on their way to an ultimate Frisbee tournament in San Diego, staged a Harlem shake as the plane soared over the Rocky Mountains. What the dance has to do with Harlem  The students said they had the approval of the flight crew, who let them use the plane's public address system to tell other passengers about their intentions. The FAA said it was "looking into" the video, bristling at the term "investigation." The agency said it is trying to determine whether the seat belt sign was on and the circumstances of the videotaping.

 

Top Pop Hit Music Singles/Downloads/Youtube Music - March 1, 2013 

Harlem Shake – Baauer

Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fea.  Wanz

When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars  

 

drake billboard hot 100 music pop trivia march 2013 mrpopculture timelineScream & Shout – will.i.am & Britney Spears

I Knew You Were In Troube – Taylor Swift

Started From The Bottom – Drake

Stay – Rihanna fea. Mikky Ekko

Love Me – Lil Wayne fea. Drake & Future

Suite & Tie – Justin Timberlake fea. Jay Z

Ho Hey – The Lumineers

Locked Out Of Heaven – Bruno Mars

Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia fea. John Martin

Daylight – Maroon 5

One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks) – One Direction

Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys fea. Nicki Minaj

F**kin Problems – A$ap Rocky fea. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar

Beauty And A Beat  - Justin Bieber fea. Nicki Minaj

Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris fea. Florence Welch

 

Top Social – March 1, 2013

Rihanna

britney spears billboard social 50 march 2013 music twitter facebook timeline mrpopcultureBritney Spears

One Direction

Justin Bieber

Taylor Swift

Wiz Khalifa

Justin Timberlake

Selena Gomez

 

Top movies – March 1, 2013 

Jack The Giant Slayer (1st week $27.2 million)

Identity Thief

21 and Over (1st week $8.8 million)

Snitch

The Last Exorcism Part II (1st week 7.7million)

Escape From Planet Earth

Safe Haven

Silver Linings Playbook

Dark Skies

A Good Day To Die Hard

 

Nielsen Top TV Shows - March 1, 2013

 

RANK PROGRAM NETWORK RATING VIEWERS (000)
1 NCIS CBS 12.9 20,812
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 10.5 17,627
3 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 10.0 16,240
4 PERSON OF INTEREST CBS 9.1 14,572
5 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 8.3 13,542
6 AMERICAN IDOL-THURSDAY FOX 7.8 13,121
7 AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY FOX 7.7 12,836
8 60 MINUTES CBS 7.5 11,585
9 AMERICAN IDOL TUE SP-3/5(S) FOX 7.0 11,724
10 BLUE BLOODS CBS 6.9 10,722

 

 
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