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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of November 1, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

hurricane sandy update bulletin mrpopculture nov 1 2012 Death toll is up as At least 95 people in North America died in the superstorm and officials said the count could climb higher as rescuers searched house-to-house through coastal towns.   New Yorkers awoke to the rumble of subway trains for the first time in four days on Thursday and the death toll continued to rise from the former hurricane Sandy, one of the biggest and most devastating storms ever to hit the United States. Lines formed at gas stations amid fuel shortages around the U.S. Northeast and emergency utility crews struggled to reach the worst hit areas and restore power to millions of people.

Four people have been shot and wounded during a Halloween party on the University of Southern California campus. Capt. David Carlisle of the USC Department of Public Safety says two people were detained following the shooting shortly before midnight Wednesday(Oct.31). Los Angeles police say the four victims were rushed to hospitals after the shooting at Tutor Campus Center. There was no immediate word on their conditions.

Barack Obama put politics aside and Republican challenger Mitt Romney tempered his criticism of the president for three days as superstorm Sandy battered the U.S. East Coast, but both will dive back into the presidential campaign with gusto on Thursday, with just five days left until Election Day. Obama and Romney are locked in a race so tight that both campaigns are predicting victory. However, the polls show Obama with a slight edge in nine key "battleground" states that are neither reliably Republican nor Democratic. 

bloomberg backs obama nov 2012 news date mrpopcultureNew York Mayor Michael Bloomberg backed President Barack Obama over Republican Mitt Romney on Thursday, saying the incumbent Democrat will bring critically needed leadership to fight climate change after the East Coast devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy – Seems that Staten Island has some real problems. 19 are dead, including two boys – taken away by a water surge while their mom tried to hold on to them in their SUV. The two bodies have been found in a marsh. Damage is everywhere and – officials have been slower to respond to the area.  Garbage is piling up, a stench hangs in the air and mud-caked mattresses and couches line the streets. Residents are sifting through the remains of their homes, searching for anything that can be salvaged. "We have hundreds of people in shelters," said James Molinaro, the borough's president. "Many of them, when the shelters close, have nowhere to go because their homes are destroyed. These are not homeless people. They're homeless now."

Under enormous pressure from a city in distress, New York City Marathon officials decided late Friday afternoon to cancel the race less than two days before it was scheduled to begin. The announcement came only a few hours after Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended his decision to keep the marathon scheduled for Sunday. Bloomberg called the annual event a way to show "solidarity" with the millions affected by Hurricane Sandy, many of whom still remain without power and plumbing several days after the storm devastated the region.

Just two days from the finish, President Barack Obama's campaign is mobilizing a massive get-out-the-vote effort aimed at carrying the Democrat to victory, as Republican Mitt Romney makes a late play for votes in Democratic-leaning Pennsylvania.Obama was closing out the campaign with an apparent edge in some key battleground states, including Ohio. But both campaigns were predicting wins in Tuesday's election.

The tea party, at least its widespread influence on Republican congressional candidates, "is over," declared the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the party group charged with electing Democrats to the House. "House Republican incumbents—and their candidates—are running as far away from the Tea Party as they can," "Regardless of whether [Republicans] win or lose, the Tea Party of 2010 is over...”

Workplace Shooting – Three Dead In Fresno - Deliberately and methodically, a Fresno meat-processing plant employee shot four of his co-workers -- two fatally -- before killing himself Tuesday morning. Lawrence Jones, a 42-year-old with a long trail of criminal convictions, walked up to three of his victims, placed a handgun to each man's head or neck and fired. The noise of the plant, where many employees wear ear protection, might have left them and others unaware of the slayings in their midst, police say.

Obama Wins - President Barack Obama claimed a second term from an incredibly divided electorate and immediately braced for daunting challenges and progress that comes only in fits and starts. "We have fought our way back and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come," Obama said.


Sports news – November 1, 2012 

Jim Durham, ESPN’s lead radio play-by-play voice on the NBA, died Sunday at his home in Tomball, Texas, the network announced. No cause of death was listed for Durham, 65. A former broadcaster for the Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks, Durham had broadcast NBA games on ESPN Radio since 1996. 

Only One - The Atlanta Falcons still undefeated – halfway into the NFL season!


Technology news – November 1, 2012

Hit with rising cable bills and a weak economy, more Americans, especially young adults and lower-income families, are catching their shows using classic antennas. Nearly 18 percent of all US households with TVs are watching old-fashioned broadcasts delivered for free over the airwaves, up from 15 percent of homes last year, according to research firm GfK Media. That means 20.7 million homes, or roughly 54 million consumers, now get channels over the air instead of paying a monthly cable or satellite bill. Despite all the talk about “cord cutting” and people watching shows online, this marks the first year since the recession that the firm has seen a notable uptick in broadcast-only viewers, as sustained unemployment takes a toll on household budgets.

droid smartphones update news trivia timeline november 2012 mrpopcultureThree out of every four smartphones sold in the third quarter featured Google Inc's Android mobile operating system, as the gap between Google and Apple Inc-based phones widened further, according to a new research report. Shipments of Android-based smartphones made by Samsung, HTC and other vendors nearly doubled in the third quarter, reaching 136 million units, according to industry research firm IDC. The strong sales boosted Android's share of the worldwide smartphone market to 75 percent, from 57.5 percent in the year-ago period.


Fascinating Business news – November 1, 2012

Hyundai Motor Co and its affiliate Kia Motors Corp <000270.KS> conceded on Friday that they overstated the fuel economy by at least a mile per gallon on more than 1 million recently sold vehicles, and agreed to compensate owners for the additional fuel costs.

Netflix is moving to protect itself against hostile takeovers, less than a week after activist investor Carl Icahn disclosed a stake of nearly 10 percent in the online video company.Netflix Inc. said Monday(Nov.5) that it has adopted a shareholder rights plan, also known as a poison pill. Such a plan is designed to make it difficult or even impossible for someone to take over the company without an agreement from the board. When the provision is triggered, additional shares flood the market and make it prohibitively expensive for a takeover.

Japan-based Suzuki said Tuesday that it was closing its American auto distributor and exiting the U.S. car market. The company's U.S. arm, American Suzuki Motor Corp., will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in California. The company said it would wind down auto sales, but did not provide a timetable.

Brewing company Anheuser-Busch has asked movie studio Paramount Pictures to obscure all images of Budweiser beer in the film "Flight," which is about an airline pilot who is accused of drinking and includes scenes showing him consuming alcohol. In a letter to production company Image Movers and Paramount, Robert McCarthy, the vice president of Budweiser, said Anheuser-Busch had "no knowledge of the use or portrayal of Budweiser" before or during the film's production and were not contacted by the studio.


Television news – November 1, 2012

Kloe Kardashian on X-factor TV ratings november 2012 mrpopcultureKloe Boosts X-Factor Ratings - - Khloe Kardashian's first outing as the new co-host of "The X Factor" helped boost the show's audience by 30 percent, yet the reality star got mixed reviews for a nipple-baring debut that made headlines - but many TV critics found awkward.Kardashian, 28, best known for starring with socialite sisters Kim and Kourtney in "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," shocked some viewers by wearing a sheer purple blouse without a bra on Wednesday's first live episode of the TV singing contest.

Disney-ABC is expanding on plans to designate Monday(Nov.6) a "Day of Giving" that will fill ABC's schedule from morning until late night with calls to donate to Hurricane Sandy victims. Disney has announced a $2 million donation to hurricane relief, and from "Good Morning America" until "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Monday, every ABC show will urge viewers to help. ABC said that ABC Family, SOAPnet, Radio Disney, "General Hospital," "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" and the Disney Stores will all get into the giving spirit.

Showtime's "Homeland" hit a series high with its Sunday episode -- and it helped to deliver a first-time honor for the network, Showtime said Tuesday. With "Dexter," in its seventh season, inching up 5 percent from last week to score 2.28 million total viewers, Sunday marked the first time that Showtime has aired two back-to-back episodes of original series that have drawn more than 2 million viewers each in a single night. "Homeland" drew 2.07 million viewers with its 10 p.m. airing Sunday, jumping 19 percent from the previous week and delivering the highest viewership to date for the series, which cleaned up at the Emmy Awards earlier this year.


Entertainment news – November 1, 2012

Actor Gene Hackman is admitting to slapping a homeless man in a confrontation in New Mexico. Hackman told police he slapped 63-year-old Bruce Becker after the man called his wife a vulgar name and threatened them. Police were called to the scene, but Hackman was not arrested.

Wed/Get Married - Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell secretly are now married, seven years after they first began dating.

“Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” NBC holds a benefit concert Friday(Nov.2) for victims of Hurricane Sandy featuring some artists native to the areas hardest hit. Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi of New Jersey and Billy Joel of Long Island are scheduled to appear at the concert, hosted by “Today” show co-host Matt Lauer. Other performers include Christina Aguilera, Sting and Jimmy Fallon. The telecast benefited the American Red Cross and was shown on NBC and its cable stations including Bravo, CNBC, USA, MSNBC and E!

Passing – Terri Shields – mother of Brooke Shields. She was 79.

MTV Plans Jersey Fundraiser -  MTV, a unit of Viacom Inc, is planning a fundraiser for November 15 called "Restore the Shore". The hour-long special will feature the cast of MTV's reality series "Jersey Shore".


Music news – November 1, 2012

blake shelton music cma award winner november 2012 mrpopcultureWinning the Country Music Association Awards' entertainer of the year is a top honor and always counted as a career high point. But for Blake Shelton it wasn't even the most memorable moment of an amazing Thursday night. "The Voice" star took home three trophies, including his third straight male vocalist victory, but nothing compared to sharing song of the year with wife Miranda Lambert. The pair wrote "Over You," about the death of Shelton's brother Richie in a car wreck 15 years ago.

No Doubt released and then quickly removed the music video for "Looking Hot" online on Friday (Nov. 2), after the clip immediately received criticism for its appropriation of Native American culture.

Cee Lo Green Denies It - A woman filed a police report accusing the musician and "The Voice" coach of sexual battery -- reportedly claiming that Green drugged her with MDMA during dinner at a downtown L.A. restaurant. She reportedly claims she later found herself naked in a room with the "F*** You" singer.

Thousands of Aerosmith fans watched the band perform on Monday in front of the building in Boston where they once lived. The band has a new album out this week, “Music From Another Dimension.”

Passing - Elliott Carter, the American composer whose long life and career produced a remarkable coda of creativity in his 90s, has died. He was 103.

Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Mary Blige and dozens of other musicians and celebrities helped raise some $23 million for victims of Hurricane Sandy on NBC television, while a Day of Giving on ABC TV networks raised more than $10 million. The American Red Cross said the one-hour NBC telethon on Friday, featuring performances by celebrities with strong New York and New Jersey connections, generated a record number of individual donations by phone, text and online for victims of Sandy.


Top Singles/Downloads/Pop Hit Music – November 1, 2012

Gangnam Style – PSY

One More Night – Maroon 5

Some Nights - .fun

Die Young - K$sha

rihanna billboard hot 100 hit download popular music mrpopculture nov 2012Diamonds – Rihanna

As Long As You Love Me – Justin Bieber fea. Big Sean

Locked Out Of Heaven – Bruno Mars

Let Me Love You – Ne-Yo

Too Close – Alex Clare

Don’t Wake Me Up – Chris Brown

Blow Me (One Last Kiss) – P!nk

We Are Never Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

Good Time – Owl Cit & Carly Rae Jepsen

Home – Phillip Pillips

Clique – Kanye West, Jay-Z, Big Sean

I Cry – Flo Rida

Adorn – Miguel

Lights – Ellie Goulding

Ho Hey – The Lunineers


TOP 20 Music CONCERT TOURS – November 1, 2012

1. (1) Madonna; $5,128,536; $165.55.

2. (2) Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band; $4,117,638; $93.78.

justin bieber top concert money maker pollstar information music november 2012 mrpopculture3. (4) Justin Bieber; $1,176,505; $76.92.

4. (6) "Gigantes Tour" / Marc Anthony / Marco Antonio Solis / Chayanne; $1,042,502; $106.99.

5. (5) Enrique Iglesias / Jennifer Lopez; $944,501; $79.44.

6. (New) Red Hot Chili Peppers; $803,805; $53.58.

7. (7) Jason Aldean; $721,826; $39.16.

8. (8) "Honda Civic Tour" / Linkin Park; $702,819; $49.66.

9. (9) Zac Brown Band; $679,857; $41.43.

10. (10) Brad Paisley; $611,368; $42.47.

11. (12) Rascal Flatts; $554,491; $37.86.

12. (13) Journey; $519,393; $58.17.

13. (14) Def Leppard / Poison; $496,116; $63.15.

14. (15) Carrie Underwood; $489,821; $59.42.

15. (16) Wiz Khalifa / Mac Miller; $417,999; $28.33.

16. (17) Mumford & Sons; $415,747; $45.39.

17. (18) Florence & The Machine; $400,726; $46.14.

18. (19) "Vans Warped Tour"; $344,045; $27.06.

19. (20) Il Divo; $342,257; $91.45.

20. (21) Sugarland; $326,193; $48.40.


Top movies – November 1, 2012

Wreck-It Ralph – (1st week $49.1 million)

Flight – (1st week $25.1 million)


The Man With the Iron Fists (1st week $8.2 million)

Taken 2

Cloud Atlas

Hotel Transylvania

Paranormal Activity 4

Here Comes The Boom

Silent Hill: Revelation 3D


Top/Most popular TV shows/Nielsen – November 1, 2012

person of interest tv top nielsen ratings november 2012 mrpopculture




NFL Post-Game (New York at Dallas)






NFL Sunday Night Football (New Orleans at Denver)



"The OT"






"Big Bang Theory"



World Series (Sunday)



World Series (Sunday pre-game)



"Person of Interest"



"Dancing With the Stars"



NFL Sunday Night Football Pre-Kick



"Two and a Half Men"



"Dancing With the Stars (Tuesday)"



"Modern Family"



World Series (Thursday)



World Series (Wednesday)



"The Voice" (Monday)



"Criminal Minds"



"The Voice" (Tuesday)



"60 Minutes"






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