Dateline: Week Of May 1, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Rescuers on Tuesday(May1) had recovered 103 bodies from a turbulent northeastern river after a heavily packed ferry capsized, saying they feared that dozens of others had been swept by the current to neighboring Bangladesh. The overloaded ferry overturned and broke into two pieces in stormy weather late Monday. About 100 people were still missing Tuesday evening.
Five people, claiming to be anarchists, have been arrested near Cleveland for trying to blow up a bridge. The public was never in danger from the devices, according to Fox. The explosive devices were inoperable and controlled by an undercover FBI agent. Charges were against the suspects were filed Tuesday morning in Cleveland. The suspects were not identified. The suspects had considered a series of plots over several months.
A Colorado man wrongly convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the rape and murder of a woman found strangled with a dog leash was exonerated on the basis of new DNA evidence and set free on Monday after spending more than 16 years behind bars. Robert "Rider" Dewey walked out of a courthouse in Grand Junction, Colorado, a free man after a judge found him innocent of the 1994 killing and said his exoneration marked a "historic day" for the state.
Obama Surprise Visit To Afghanistan - President Barack Obama on Tuesday(May2) paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan, touching down in the war-torn country one year to the day after al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden died at the hands of elite American troops in neighboring Pakistan. Obama planned to make a roughly 10-minute televised address to the nation at 7:30 p.m. from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. The president and Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed an agreement that lays out the US role for the ten years that follow the withdrawal of NATO-led combat forces, scheduled to occur by the end of 2014.
Just hours after President Barack Obama delivered his pre-dawn, prime time speech in Kabul marking the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death and reaffirming his commitment to fulfill the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, at least two major explosions rocked the capital, killing seven. The Taliban claimed credit for the attacks, which began with a suicide car bomb that went off near Jalalabad Road at 6 a.m. and was followed by a much larger explosion two hours later. Taliban leaders told media that they targeted Green Village, a heavily fortified compound home to many westerners including U.S. Department of Defense contractors.
Gingrich Drops Out - Newt Gingrich mentions presumptive nominee Mitt Romney and signals support for his candidacy as the former House speaker suspends his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination on Wednesday.
Criminal charges are filed against members of the Florida A&M University marching band who were involved in the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion last November. Champion, 26, was a member of the college's famed "Marching 100" band when he collapsed and died Nov. 19 on a bus parked outside an Orlando, Fla., hotel after a football game. The death was ruled a homicide and police said hazing contributed to his death.
Federal authorities charged 107 doctors, nurses and social workers in seven cities with Medicare fraud Wednesday in a nationwide crackdown on unrelated scams that allegedly billed the taxpayer-funded program of $452 million — the highest dollar amount in a single Medicare bust in U.S. history. It was the latest in a string of major arrests in the past two years as authorities have targeted fraud that's believed to cost the government between $60 billion and $90 billion each year. Stopping Medicare's budget from hemorrhaging that money will be key to paying for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
A selection from more than 6,000 pages documents seized during the May 1, 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden were released on Thursday by West Point's Combating Terrorism Center, giving the public a rare glimpse into the Al-Qaida leader's terror plans and largely solitary life. A total of 17 documents totaling 175 pages--uncovered from bin Laden's Abbottabad compound by U.S. forces.--were released by the CDC. Both the Arabic originals and versions translated and summarized in English were posted on the center's website.As was previously reported, the documents show that bin Laden had ordered the assassinations of President Barack Obama and U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, but did not have the resources to carry out the killings.
Arizona vigilante Jason Todd "J.T." Ready - the former Marine with ties to neo-Nazi and Minutemen groups is one of the five people killed in a shooting spree in Gilbert, Ariz., a Phoenix suburb on Wednesday. It also appears that Ready, who was running for sheriff in Arizona's Pinal County, killed four people, including a 15-month-old baby girl, her mother, and grandmother, before he turn the gun on himself. Ready was the founder of U.S. Border Guard and a member of the Minuteman Project, both nationally prominent anti-illegal immigration organizations, the newspaper reported. He also had belonged to the National Socialist Movement, which espouses White-supremacist theories.
U.S. worker productivity fell from January through March by the most in a year. Stronger hiring at the start of the year was partly responsible for the drop. While worker output rose, the number of hours worked increased by an even larger amount. That lowered productivity in the first quarter at an annual rate of 0.5 percent, the Labor Department said Thursday. The drop in productivity could signal that companies can't squeeze more output from their existing workers and must hire to meet rising demand.
Disappointingly weak job trend. The poor job market has been discouraging workers. The household survey, in which BLS calls up people and asks them about their employment status, produced several disappointing data points. The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent in April from 8.2 percent in March, but that's largely because the labor force shrank by about 350,000 people in April.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a bill banning abortion providers like Planned Parenthood from receiving money through the state, her office said in a statement.The Republican-backed Whole Woman's Health Funding Priority Act cuts off funding for family planning and health services delivered by Planned Parenthood clinics and other organizations offering abortions. "By signing this measure into law I stand with the majority of Americans who oppose the use of taxpayer funds for abortion," Brewer said in a statement.
The self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks repeatedly declined to respond to a judge's questions Saturday and his co-defendant was briefly restrained at a military hearing as five men charged with the worst terror attack in U.S. history appeared in public for the first time in more than three years. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-defendants appeared for arraignment at a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay on charges that include 2,976 counts of murder for the 2001 attacks. The hearing quickly bogged down before they could be arraigned as the men engaged in what appeared to be a concerted silent protest against the proceedings.
At Ohio State University President Barack Obama launched a new phase of his re-election campaign on Saturday by branding GOP challenger Mitt Romney as an eager rubber stamp for extremist Republicans in Congress and offering himself as a hard-charging champion of an embattled middle class. In the first formal rallies of his bid for a second term, Obama acknowledged the U.S. economy has struggled to recover from a painfully deep recession but declared, "We've been through too much to turn back now.
Vladimir Putin took the oath of office in a brief but regal Kremlin ceremony on Monday, while on the streets outside thousands of helmeted riot police prevented hundreds of demonstrators from protesting his return to the presidency. Putin, 59, has ruled Russia since 2000, first as president and then during the past four years as prime minister. The new, now six-year term will keep him in power until 2018, with the option of running for a fourth term.
Acting on a tip, U.S. marshals in Arizona put an end to an Illinois couple's life on the lam, a dozen years after they fled punishment for running a Ponzi scheme that targeted friends, the elderly, and even family members, authorities said. As fugitives, Nelson Grant Hallahan, 65, and wife Janet Hallahan, 54, lived in several states in the Southwest and had used a number of aliases, the Marshals Service said Sunday. The two were arrested by deputy marshals Saturday afternoon in Tonopah, a desert community 50 miles west of Phoenix.
Louisville, Ky., homicide detectives have identified the man whose injured body was found this morning in one of the barns at Churchill Downs a day after the Kentucky Derby as Adan Fabian Perez, a 48-year-old from Guatemala. Perez worked for horse trainer Cecil Borel, the brother of veteran jockie Calvin Borel. Perez started working for Borel in 2008 as a groomer. "We found evidence of injuries that lead us to believe he was involved in an altercation and that foul play was involved," Louisville Metro Police spokewoman Alicia Smiley said.
Fascinating Facts - May 1, 2012 -
A New Jersey woman arrested for allegedly putting her 5-year-old daughter in a tanning booth says it was all a big misunderstanding. Patricia Krentcil, 44, said she took her daughter with her to a local tanning salon, but that the child was not exposed to the booth's synthetic UV rays. "I tan, she doesn't tan," Krentcil said. "I'm in the booth, she's in the room. That's all there is to it." Krentcil, of Nutley, N.J., was arrested last week, and charged Tuesday with felony child endangerment. She was released on a $25,000 bond, and is due in court Wednesday. "It's like taking your daughter to go food shopping," Krentcil said. "There's tons of moms that bring their children in." Police, though, say Krentcil put her daughter in an upright tanning booth.
Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both academic heavyweights and often neighborly rivals, are joining hands in a new partnership to offer courses online and for free. The two schools, located near each other in Cambridge, Massachusetts, are teaming up on an initiative called edX only five months after MIT rolled out MITx, its online learning system which allows students to earn certificates for completing course work from a distance.
Swarms of people are now furious with Spirit Airlines. Not because of fare hikes or baggage fees or the lack of leg room -- problems familiar to any flier -- but because of the airline's lack of heart. Jerry Meekins, a 76-year-old Vietnam veteran from Florida who is battling esophageal cancer, bought a $197 ticket to visit his daughter in New Jersey. Two weeks before his trip, his doctors told him his cancer was terminal, and that he should no longer fly. Meekins tried to get a refund from Spirit, but the airline refused, as Meekins had bought a nonrefundable ticket. Protesters are taking to a Facebook page called "Boycott Spirit Airlines," which has over 30,000 "likes" to voice their disgust.
Did You Know - About 18 people in the United States die each day waiting for an organ transplant?
Technology News May 1, 2012 –
Small Cell Phone Antennas/Towers Will Fill In The Gaps - The is getting bigger by the day, but one potential solution has wireless carriers thinking smaller -- way smaller. As smartphone and tablet usage soars, the giant cell towers that mobile devices communicate with are . As a result, cell phone companies have begun to get behind the idea of "small cells": tiny antennas that you can hold in your hand. Small cells make much more efficient use than traditional towers of carriers' increasingly precious wireless spectrum. The low-powered devices can cut back on interference, improve cell reception indoors and become Wi-Fi hotspots to offload traffic from cramped cellular networks. LightRadio, introduced last year, is a cube that fits in the palm of your hand and can be fastened to the top of lamp posts or placed on the sides of buildings. The company is developing several new devices, based on lightRadio, that will bring coverage indoors and be capable of sending both 3G and 4G signal simultaneously.
Powerwave's small cells are able to plug into an ethernet connection and broadcast a carrier's signal. They are also designed to blend in to their surroundings so they don't become an eyesore in places like office buildings or stadiums.
With that - Billionaire Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg announced this week - that the social networking site wants to "help solve the crisis" by allowing users to volunteer as potential organ donors in the United States and the United Kingdom. "We think that a lot of people who might just be on the fence about whether or not they want to do this, could be convinced to do that." He described widespread acceptance of organ donation as "a shift in society that will probably take a while to fully take hold" until more Facebook users start sharing their experiences.
is planning to launch a $99 Xbox console package with a monthly subscription as early as next week. According to sources, Microsoft will offer a 4GB console and a Kinect sensor for $99 and a monthly subscription of $15 that will run for two-years. The subscription will give gamers access to Xbox Live Gold service and a two-year warranty.
Sports News May 1, 2012 –
New Orleans Saints Players In Trouble - The NFL continued doling out punishment for the New Orleans Saints bounty program, suspending linebacker Jonathan Vilma for the entire 2012 season for his role in the team's pay-for-hits system. Defensive end Will Smith will sit out four games. Anthony Hargrove, a former Saints defensive end who signed with the Green Bay Packers in March, was given an eight-game suspension. Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita was suspended for three games. The NFL found that Vilma offered $10,000 of his own money to any team member who knocked Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre out of 2009 playoff games.
Passing – Football’s Junior Seau(43) who mostly with the San Diego Chargers before also playing for the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. When he finished playing in 2009, he had 56.5 sacks, 1,524 tackles, and 12 Pro Bowl appearances.
No Hitter From The Los Angeles Angels - Pitcher Jered Weaver twirled the major league’s second no-hitter of the season. Weaver allowed just two runners to reach base, one via passed ball and one via a walk, as the Angels defeated the Twins 9-0 at Angel Stadium. The Angels out-hit the Twins 15-0.
Kentucky Derby Winner - Kentucky Derby winner "I’ll Have Another" came out of his 1-1/2-length victory over Bodemeiste.
It was Floyd Mayweather defeating Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand by not far - 116-112. Good fight.
Entertainment News May 1, 2012 -
Country superstar Carrie Underwood announces that she will kick off a North American arena tour this fall for her new album, “Blown Away.”
CNN ratings have hit the lowest numbers they’ve achieved since August 2001. In April of 2012, CNN ratings plummeted a total 21% over April of 2011, and in the 25-54 year old demographic, the decline was even more marked, with a 29% drop. Competitors Fox News and MSNBC did not see the same decline as seen in CNN ratings. MSNBC, often seen as the direct foil to Fox’s right-leaning coverage came in flat in total viewership and down a more modest 5% in the key 25-54 year old demographic.
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has been set to host the season finale of Saturday Night Live. Jagger's appearance will mark the rocker's first time leading the late-night NBC comedy show and will be his third time as the musical guest.
Mary McCartney - The 42-year-old daughter of Paul and Linda McCartney showed that being passionate about animals runs in the family. Sir Paul's first born child had almost all of her famous family down in London to support her as she launched her very own vegetarian cookbook.
Bobby Brown talks to Matt Lauer on, “Today.” Bobby told Lauer that he wasn’t to blame for Whitney Houston’s early demise, and that he didn’t get her hooked on drugs. When Matt asked him if Whitney was the victim and if he was behind her drug use, Bobby said: ”No, that’s not true. I didn’t get high before I met Whitney. No, I– I — I smoked weed, I drank the beer, but no, I wasn’t the one that got Whitney on drugs at all.”
Passing- Beastie Boys’ “MCA”… When Adam Yauch was unable to attend the Beastie Boys recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it seemed clear his condition was serious. After a lengthy battle with cancer, Yauch, known as MCA, has passed away at the age of 47. As one third of the pioneering New York hip-hop trio, with bandmates Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) and Mike Diamond (Mike D), Yauch experienced unbelievable commercial and critical success with a string of albums, from the brash “License to Ill” in 1986 to the group’s most recent release “Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2” in 2011.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama honor songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David, a duo whose pop melodies and lyrics regularly hit the charts in the 1960s and early 1970s despite competition from more socially revolutionary performers. Bacharach and David on Wednesday receive the 2012 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Obama has honored Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder with the prize. Performers at the White House will include Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett and Diana Krall.
Movie studio 20th Century Fox on Friday changed the title of upcoming summer comedy "Neighborhood Watch" starring Ben Stiller to distance the film from the racially-charged shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. It's now, "The Watch."
It's that time of year again: Free Comic Book Day, the annual event in which comic book fans - and potential new fans - can score a free bag of comics swag at comic book shops all across the country.Saturday's event marks the 10th anniversary of Free Comic Day, and among the comic offerings this year is a particularly timely issue: "The Avengers, Age of Ultron Point One," which fans can snap up at their local comics shop on the way to see an opening weekend showing of "The Avengers" movie.Among the other offerings fans might snag during FCBD 2012: comics featuring "The Simpsons," "SpongeBob SquarePants," Peanuts, "Star Wars," "Transformers," "Yo Gabba Gabba," Animal Planet, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Burt Ward: Boy Wonder," Superman, The Smurfs, Sonic the Hedgehog, Spider-Man, Donald Duck and "Witchblade." The free comic book website has a list of store locations offering the comic books.
Movie, "The Avengers" smash debut box office receipts... That's what Captain America tells the Incredible Hulk to do in "The Avengers," and that's what theMarvel Comics superhero mash-up did at the box office, smashing the domestic revenue record with a $200.3 million debut. It's by far the biggest opening ever, shooting past the previous record of $169.2 million for the debut of last year's "Harry Potter" finale.
CBS is hoping a legal warning shot shatters rival network ABC's plans for its reality show "The Glass House." Attorneys for CBS sent ABC executives a letter Friday warning that "The Glass House" is "strikingly" similar to CBS' show "Big Brother." The network notes that ABC may be benefiting from the fact that 18 former "Big Brother" staffers and executives are now working on the planned ABC show.
Passing - Actor and comedian George "Goober" Lindsey died early Sunday morning after a brief illness, according to his publicist. He was 83 years old.
Top Movies May 1, 2012 –
Marvel’s The Avengers (1st week $207 million)
Think Like A Man
The Hunger Games
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
The Lucky One
The Five-Year Engagement
The Three Stooges
Top Pop Hits - May 1, 2012 -
Payphone – Maroon 5 fea Wiz Khalifa
We Are Young – fun. Fea. Janelle Monae
Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye fea. Kimbra
Glad You Came – The Wanted
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction
Starships – Nicki Minaj
Boyfriend – Justin Bieber
Wild Ones – Flo Rida
Stronger – Kelly Clarkson
Drive By – Train
Take Care – Drake fea Rihanna
Feel So Close – Calvin Harris
Part of Me – Katy Perry
The Motto – Drake fea. Lil Wayne
Work Hard, Play Hard – Wiz Khalifa
Climax – Usher
Rumour Has It – Adele
Eyes Open – Taylor Swift
So Good – B.o.B.
Turn Me On – David Guetta fea. Nicki Minaj
Set Fire To The Rain – Adele
Springsteen – Eric Church
Dance Again – Jennifer Lopez fea. Pitbull
Birthday Cake – Rihanna fea. Chris Brown
Top TV Shows - May 1, 2012 -
1.Dancing With the StarsABC 2.American Idol" (Wednesday)FOX3.American Idol" (Thursday)FOX4.Dancing With the Stars ResultsABC5.Person of InterestCBS6.The Big Bang TheoryCBS7.NCISCBS8.The MentalistCBS9.20/20 Special EditionABC10.Blue BloodsCBS11.The VoiceNBC12.60 MinutesCBS13.The Good WifeCBS14.Survivor: One WorldCBS15.NCIS: Los AngelesCBS16.Grey's AnatomyABC17.Once Upon a TimeABC18.CSI: NYCBS19.The Voice Results ShowNBC20.The Amazing Race 20CBS