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Dateline: Week Of May 8, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts

In The News -

The White House and the Obama campaign are playing defense on gay marriage, after comments by Vice President Joe Biden reignited debate over the president's position on the issue and whether he would seek to legalize same-sex marriages in a second term. On Sunday, Biden candidly expressed support for gay marriage but stopped short of saying whether the president, who has long said his position on the issue is "evolving," would back same-sex marriage. "I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties," Biden said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Man Hunt - Two bodies found at the home of a Mississippi man were identified today as a missing Tennessee mother and her oldest daughter, raising fears about the safety of the woman's two younger daughters. The Memphis, Tenn., FBI office announced that the bodies were those of Jo Ann Bain, 31, and her daughter Adrienne, 14. The FBI did not say how Bain and her daughter died. Alexandria Bain, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8, are believed to be with Adam Mayes, the FBI said. Mayes may be using the alias of Christopher Zachery Wylde or Paco Rodrigass.

Michele Bachmann is now a Swiss citizen. The Minnesota congresswoman and former Republican presidential candidate was recently granted dual citizenship, Bachmann's office confirmed Tuesday night. "Congresswoman Bachmann's husband is of Swiss descent so she has been eligible for dual-citizenship since they got married in 1978," spokeswoman Becky Rogness said in a statement.

North Carolina Bans Same Sex Marriage - North Carolinians overwhelming voted Tuesday to amend their state constitution, strengthening a state law that already outlawed same-sex unions.

President Obama today announced that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president.

Russia said on Thursday it had foiled a plot by Islamist militants to stage attacks on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and in the runup to the Games in the southern Russian city. The National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) said Russian special services had confiscated weapons including mortar bombs and portable surface-to-air missiles during raids on May 4 and 5 in the breakaway Abkhazia region of Georgia, the former Soviet republic with which Russia fought a brief war in 2008.

Countdown To Olympics - The countdown to the London Olympics began with the kindling of the Games torch by the sun's rays in ancient Olympia on Thursday, sparking a relay that will culminate with the lighting of the Olympic stadium's cauldron at the opening ceremony on July 27. The relay's first torchbearer, Spyros Gianniotis, a Liverpool-born Greek swimmer who won the gold medal in the 10-km open water event at the 2011 world championships, started the seven-day Greek leg of the relay before the flame is handed over to London organizers on May 17 and flown to Britain a day later.

lynn grmet time breast trivia facts mrpopcultureControversial - Breast Feeding On The Cover- This week's Time magazine cover features Jamie Lynne Grumet, a 26-year-old woman breastfeeding her three-year-old son. Grumet was one of four mothers photographed by Time for a cover story on "attachment parenting," an approach--outlined by 1992's "The Baby Book" by Dr. Bill Sears--that recommends extended breast-feeding, co-sleeping and "baby wearing.

JPMorgan Chase & Co's shock trading loss of at least $2 billion from a failed hedging strategy knocked financial stocks across the globe on Friday, as well as the reputation of the biggest U.S. bank by assets and its CEO Jamie Dimon. For a bank lauded for navigating the fallout from the 2008 financial crisis without reporting a loss, the errors are embarrassing, especially given Dimon's criticism of the so-called Volcker rule to ban proprietary trading by big banks.

Passing - Carroll Shelby, most famous for creating high-performance road and racing cars bearing his name, died Thursday in Dallas, Texas. He was 89 years old.Shelby's name is probably most associated with the Cobra, a car that combined a lightweight British racecar body with a powerful Ford V8 engine. He is also known for the Shelby line of Ford Mustang-based performance cars.

Tennessee teachers can no longer condone so-called "gateway sexual activity" such as touching genitals under a new law that critics say is too vague and could hamper discussion about safe sexual behavior. Governor Bill Haslam's office Friday confirmed that he had signed the bill, which stirred up controversy nationwide and even was lampooned by comedian Stephen Colbert. "Kissing and hugging are the last stop before reaching Groin Central Station, so it's important to ban all the things that lead to the things that lead to sex," he said on the "Colbert Report" television show.

An assassin on Sunday shot dead a former high-ranking Taliban official working on reconciling Afghanistan's insurgency with the government, a fresh blow to peace efforts on the day Kabul announced it was gradually taking the lead from the U.S.-led coalition for providing security in much of the country. A gunman with a silenced pistol killed Arsala Rahmani as he was riding in his car in one of the capital's most secure areas near Kabul University, police said. The death of Rahmani, a top member of the Afghan peace council and a senator in parliament's upper house, dealt another setback to efforts to negotiate a political resolution to the decade-long war.

It won't be nearly as controversial as Time magazine's breastfeeding cover, but Newsweek's May 21 issue declares Barack Obama the country's "first gay president." The accompanying cover story was written by Andrew Sullivan, the popular--and openly gay--political blogger. The magazine even gives the commander-in-chief a rainbow halo.

Mississippi fugitive suspected of the Bain family double murder, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on May 10, local police say. The youngest Bain daughters he kidnapped were found alive. Police captured Adam Mayes, the man who killed a Tennessee mother and her oldest daughter before kidnapping her two youngest daughters. The missing girls, Alexandria Bain, 12, andKyliyah Bain, 8, were found alive after being on the run with Mayes for two weeks. Mayes, 35, shot himself in the head when apprehended by police on May 10, the Daily Mail reports. Police found Mayes and the two girls after acting on a tip that directed them in the area of New Albany, Mississippi, which is approximately a half-hour drive from Mayes’ home.

Passing – “Where The Wild Things Are” - Maurice Sendak, the renowned children's author whose books captivated generations of kids and simultaneously scared their parents, has died. He was 83.

Technology News May 8, 2012 -

Now that is the in the U.S., some startups are seizing the opportunity to facilitate pinning across the web. Case in point: WP Pinner, an all-in-one Pinterest tool for users of the blogging platform WordPress. WP Pinner, launched Wednesday, is a plug-in built for users to share material on Pinterest. Installing WP Pinner will mount a dashboard to the blog’s admin area.

iPod Owners Can Sue - If you're one of the millions who purchased an iPod between September 12, 2006, and March 31, 2009, you might be in for a surprising email from RealNetworks. The company, which developed Real Player and the service Harmony, has officially enlisted iPod owners in a class-action lawsuit against Apple -- though you do have the right to recuse yourself. Why RealNetworks? Back in 2004, the company created the music service Harmony, a digital rights management (DRM) translation service. It allowed users to play songs downloaded from the RealPlayer music store on Apple's iPod.

But as any iPod user knows, songs must be loaded onto iTunes to be played on Apple's devices. That's because Apple created an iPod firmware update not too long after the announcement of Harmony, which blocked it and other music services from uploading songs to the iPod. The lawsuit claims that Apple violated federal and state laws by issuing software updates in 2006 for its iPod that prevented iPods from playing songs not purchases on iTunes. The lawsuit claims that the software updates caused iPod prices to be higher than they otherwise would have been."

FaceBook Creates App Center - Facebook users who haven't yet discovered the joys of FarmVille or plugged in to the sounds of Spotify will be getting an easier way to find apps that run on the site. On Thursday, the site unveiled Facebook App Center, a clearinghouse for social apps that sounds a lot like Apple's online store. And while most will likely remain free (with some making money through in-game purchases), Facebook will also now allow paid apps on the site. "For the over 900 million people that use Facebook, the App Center will become the new, central place to find great apps like Draw Something, Pinterest, Spotify, Battle Pirates, Viddy, and Bubble Witch Saga," said a spokesperson.

Radio News May 8, 2012 -

rush limbaugh trivia history facts radio mrpopcutlureThis spring's advertiser boycott of Rush Limbaugh over his insulting description of a female college student cost Cumulus Media "a couple of million dollars," Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey says. "It hit us pretty hard," Dickey said in his quarterly call with financial analysts. "A couple of million bucks in the first quarter and a couple of million bucks in quarter two." He didn't give a specific figure, but said it was "about 1%" of total first-quarter revenue for Cumulus. Dickey said revenue projections are "back to normal" for June.

Sports News May 8, 2012 –

Passing - Stacy Robinson, a wide receiver on the New York Giants’ first two Super Bowl-winning teams, died yesterday at the age of 50. Robinson, who worked for the National Football League Players Association following his playing career, was diagnosed in 2009 with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood. He entered hospice care on May 3, his family said in a statement.

Passing - Carl Beane, known to baseball fans as "the voice of Fenway Park," died Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash after suffering a heart attack in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, according to a statement from the Boston Red Sox. Beane, 59 and a Massachusetts native, began his sports broadcasting career in 1972 at WMAS radio station in Springfield. He became the famed Fenway public address announcer in 2003 after winning a competition, the statement said.

Fascinating Technology News

Nevada became the first to approve a license for "autonomous vehicles" -- in other words, cars that cruise, twist and turn without the need for a driver -- on its roads. The license goes to Google, who has such a vehicle. Engineer and Google X founder Sebastian Thrun says that the self-driving vehicle project aims "to help prevent traffic accidents, free up people's time and reduce carbon emissions by fundamentally changing car use." He noted that the "automated cars use video cameras, radio sensors and a laser range finder to 'see' other traffic, as well as detailed maps ... to navigate the road ahead."

Entertainment News May 8, 2012 -

tom gabel lauren grace trivia history music factsTom Gabel, the lead singer of punk rock bandAgainst Me!, says he's becoming a woman. The 31-year-old tells Rolling Stone that as a kid he felt disconnected from his body and has a condition called gender dysphoria. He plans to take hormones and undergo electrolysis. He also is considering gender reassignment surgery. Says Gabel: "Growing up, my experience with transsexualism was nothing but shame. Her new name is Lauren Jane Grace.

Next Thursday - Conan O'Brien is heading to Late Night with David Letterman for the first time in 13 years.

howard stern trivia facts history news mrpopcultureShock jock Howard Stern promised to tone down his act for his judge's role on "America's Got Talent," in a shift from some of the controversy that has helped make his radio show popular and has shaped his reputation.Stern replaces Piers Morgan on the judging panel for the NBCtalent show that returns for a seventh season on Monday.

CBS sued ABC on Thursday to stop an upcoming reality show that CBS claims is being developed in violation of its copyrights and with secrets obtained from the long-running reality show "Big Brother." The federal lawsuit seeks an injunction barring ABC from continuing its work or airing "The Glass House," a show that will film and allow viewers to vote off contestants living together in a house. CBS claims the show copies the formula used for its hit series "Big Brother," and that ABC has hired 19 of the show's former staffers to help make "Glass House."

britney spears facts trivia news music mrpopcultureBritney Spears To Be A Judge On “X-Factor” next season.

Passing - Donald "Duck" Dunn, the bassist who helped create the gritty Memphis soul sound at Stax Records in the 1960s as part of the legendary group Booker T. and the MGs and contributed to such classics as "In the Midnight Hour," ''Hold On, I'm Coming" and "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay," died Sunday at 70. Dunn, whose legacy as one of the most respected session musicians in the business also included work with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's Blues Brothers as well as with Levon Helm, Eric Clapton, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, died while on tour in Tokyo.

The struggling NBC network on Sunday announced 16 new TV shows - seven of them comedies - for the 2012-2013 season, and in a show of confidence said it will broadcast singing contest "The Voice" in the fall as well as the spring.

A collection of costumes worn by the late Michael Jackson is going on a global tour starting next month ahead of an auction in Beverly Hills in December, Julien's Auctions said on Monday. The exhibit, to open in Santiago, Chile on Friday, will include one of the singer's signature crystal-covered gloves, a military-style jacket he wore for the Soul Train awards in 1989 and a silver spandex leotard Jackson wore during his "Bad" tour in 1987. A helmet wired with battery powered lights that Jackson wore for the 2001 special concert at New York's Madison Square Garden that marked his 30 years as a solo entertainer will also go on display.

Jay-z trivia news music news hits mrpopcultureJay-Z is in Philadelphia: The rapper announced a two-day music festival Monday in the City of Brotherly Love. The "Budweiser Made in America" festival will feature nearly 30 acts "that embody the American spirit" across three stages at Fairmount Park on Sept 1. and Sept. 2, which is Labor Day weekend.

ABC's "Desperate Housewives" concluded its rocky, racy and macabre eight-season run with a tidy, affectionate send-off.

Passing - Mitchell Guist, one of the stars of Swamp People on the History Channel, died this morning from injuries suffered during a fall off his boat. Attempts to perform CPR on Mitchell - who appeared on Swamp People along with his brother, Glenn, and hunted alligators on the program - were unsuccessful.

Top Movies May 8, 2012 -

Marvel’s The Avengers

Dark Shadows (1st week $28.8 million)

Think Like A Man

The Hunger Games

The Lucky One

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

The Five-Year Engagement

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


Girl In Progress (1st week - $1.4 million)

Most Popular Music Albums May 8, 2012 -

NOW 42

…Little Broken Hearts – Norah Jones

Blown Away – Carrie Underwood

21 – Adele

Strange Clouds – B.o.Bo

Tuskegee – Lionel Richie

Up All Night – One Direction

Blunderbuss – Jack White

Smash – Soundtrack

Avengers: Assemble – soundtrack

Born Villain- Marilyn Mason

Making Mirrors – Gotye

Hard 2 Love – Lee Brice

Tailgates & Tanlines – Luke Bryan

Love Is A Four Letter Word – Jason Mraz

Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – Nick Minaj

Licensed To Ill – Beastie Boys

Early Takes Vol. 1 – George Harrison

Chief – Eric Church

California 37 – Train

Master Of My Make Believe – Santigold

My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean

Slipstream – Bonnie Raitt

Changed – Rascal Flatts

Top TV Shows May 8, 2012 -




American Idol" (Wednesday)



Dancing With the Stars



American Idol" (Thursday)



NCIS: Los Angeles



The Big Bang Theory



Dancing With the Stars Results



Person of Interest



The Mentalist



60 Minutes



Criminal Minds



Two and a Half Men






Hawaii Five-0






Blue Bloods



Mike & Molly



Modern Family



CSI: Crime Scene Investigation


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