Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of October 1, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Politics 2012 - Mitt Romney said on Monday that the presidential debate won't be about "winning or losing" but instead it will be a chance for the candidates to describe the "pathway" on which they'd like to take the country. "People want to know who's going to win, who's going to score the punches, and who's going to make the biggest difference in the arguments they make," Romney told supporters at a rally inside a local air and space museum in Denver. "There's going to be all the scoring of winning and losing and, you know, in my view, it's not so much winning and losing or even the people themselves, the president and myself, it's about something bigger than that."
At least 36 people died and dozens were injured when a ferry carrying more than 120 revelers on a company outing collided with another ferry and sank near an island south of Hong Kong on Monday night, in one of the city's worst maritime accidents.
Arizona Border Patrol Agent Killed - Investigators were scouring a rugged area near the U.S.-Mexico line looking for evidence in the fatal shooting of aBorder Patrol agent.Nicholas Ivie and a colleague were on patrol in the desert near Naco, about 100 miles from Tucson, when gunfire broke out shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Border Patrol.Ivie, 30, was killed. The other agent, whose name hasn't been released, was hospitalized after being shot in the ankle and buttocks.
Four blasts ripped through a government-controlled district close to a military officers' club in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, killing at least 40 people and wounding more than 90 on Wednesday, opposition activists said.
Iran Currency In Trouble - Iranian authorities used aggressive measures Wednesday(Oct3) in an attempt to halt the nosedive of the country's currency, making arrests, vowing to stamp out sidewalk money changers and warning merchants against fueling the mounting public anger over the economy. There were unconfirmed reports of sporadic violence.
Politics 2012 – First Presidential Debate – Between Romney and Obama. This one was in Denver. Many thought Romney looked good. And, according to snap polls – Romney did win.
Turkey's Parliament authorized military operations against Syria on Thursday and its military fired on targets there for a second day after deadly shelling from Syria killed five civilians in a Turkish border town.
For its part, Syria admitted it was responsible for the shelling that killed five people in Turkey and formally apologized for the deaths, a top Turkish official said.
The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years. The rate declined because more people found work, a trend that could have an impact on undecided voters in the final month before the presidential election. The Labor Department said Friday that employers added 114,000 jobs in September. The economy also created 86,000 more jobs in July and August than first estimated. Wages rose in September and more people started looking for work.
Californians awoke on Friday(Oct.5) to yet another unprecedented spike in the price of gasoline that brought the one-week increase in the Golden State to a whopping 36 cents a gallon.Prices dropped, however, on the wholesale market, possibly signaling the end to a price spike that has blindsided the state's car-loving consumers."It's insane," said Matt Hurd, 35, as he filled up at a San Francisco gas station near the Bay Bridge. "Especially with this thing," Hurd, who works in real estate, added, motioning toward his white SUV. "It's going to cost triple digits to fill it up."The average retail price of gasoline rose 17 cents to $4.486 on Friday morning. The average price was $4.315 on Thursday and $4.131 a week ago, according to AAA data.
Declaring that the nation is in a "jobs crisis," Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is charging ahead with his economic arguments in spite of unemployment dropping to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office. Romney all but ignored the positive jobs numbers while campaigning Friday night in Florida, instead highlighting his strong debate performance and presenting a more compassionate message as he sought to overcome Obama's narrow lead in the polls.
Wayne, NJ - Authorities say 19 people were hurt when a bus with 57 people aboard overturned on an interstate exit ramp (I-80) in northern New Jersey. A hospital spokeswoman tells The Record of Woodland Park that eight of the injured passengers were inc ritical condition, though none of their injuries were considered life-threatening. The rest of the injured, including two young children, were being treated for minor injuries.
Fascinating Facts – October 1, 2012
Youtube Video Gone Viral – October 1, 2012.
This is a WKBT-TV newscaster responding to a bully, that labeled her fat. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdJ2jHii6Y0&feature=share
Technology news – October 1, 2012
Iranian authorities have reopened access to Google Inc's email service a week after blocking it, a government official and Iranians said on Monday. Iran maintains one of the world's largest Internet filters, blocking access to tens of thousands of websites on the grounds that they are criminal or immoral, but the block on Gmail had even prompted complaints in parliament.
Samsung is suing Apple over claims that the iPhone 5 infringed on its patents."We have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights," Samsung said in a statement.
Facebook has topped 1 billion users, but the past few months have not been easy.CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that the company is going through a bit of a rough patch following its rocky initial public offering. Zuckerberg updated his Facebook status on Thursday to announce that the social networking site has more than 1 billion active users each month. The company has had a difficult time lately. There were trading glitches the day it went public in May and concerns since then about its revenue potential. It's also facing lawsuits from disgruntled shareholders.
Facebook has long declared that it's "free and always will be." And it still is — unless you want more friends to see what you have to say. The social media giant is rolling out a feature in the U.S. that lets users pay to promote their posts to friends, just as advertisers do. Facebook has been testing the service in New Zealand, where it tries out a lot of new features, and has gradually introduced it in more than 20 other countries. Facebook said Wednesday that promoting a post — such as announcing a garage sale, charity drive or big news like an engagement — will bump it higher in your friends' news feeds.
On-Line Scammer Kristy Ross Caught – Fined $163 million - For the last five years, Ms. Ross has been flooding the internet with pop-up ad after pop-up ad, all claiming that your computer — yes, yours specifically — is infected with viruses. That's illegal, and it turns out the law has finally caught up to her: The Federal Trade Commission has just fined Ross a staggering $163 million dollars for her crimes. The infamous fake computer scan ads encourage you to download "free" anti-virus software under the names Winfixer, DriveCleaner, FreeRepair, WinAntivirus, WinAntispyware, or System Doctor. Once you're hooked by the fraudulent warning, the advertisements redirect you to a page trying to sell you anti-virus software for $40 to $60 a pop.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in an interview on "NBC's Today" that he lives a "simple" life and proudly wears the same thing every day. (A grey T-shirt) The reaction: Making too many decisions about mundane details is a waste of your mental energy, says the Harvard Business Review.
An unmanned private spacecraft is counting down to launch the first commercial delivery to the International Space Station(Oct. 7), marking a major shift in how NASA sends supplies and gear to the orbiting lab. The gumdrop-shaped Dragon space capsule built by the private spaceflight company SpaceX is set to blast off from a pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to begin a three-day voyage to the space station. Liftoff is set for 8:35 p.m. EDT (Oct.8.)
Sports news – October 1, 2012
The Denver Broncos will be without linebacker D.J. Williams until mid-November after the NFL added three games to his suspension Friday. Williams was punished for violating the league's substance abuse policy following his conviction in August of driving while ability impaired.
Health/Medical News Update – October 1, 2012
An outbreak of a rare and deadly form of meningitis has now sickened 26 people in five states who received steroid injections mostly for back pain, health officials said Wednesday. Four people have died, and more cases are expected. Eighteen cases of fungal meningitis are in Tennessee where a Nashville clinic received the largest shipment of the steroid suspected in the outbreak. The drug was made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts that issued a recall last week.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said it has cracked down on thousands of online pharmacies for selling potentially unsafe, unapproved or fake pharmaceuticals, including the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra and antiviral Tamiflu The FDA, working with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies from about 100 countries, said it took action against more than 4,100 Internet pharmacies, bring civil and criminal charges, removing offending websites and seizing drugs worldwide. The move was part of the fifth annual International Internet Week of Action, a global effort to fight the online sale and distribution of potentially counterfeit and illegal medicine.
Fascinating Business news – October 1, 2012
Honda Motor Co said it would recall about 489,000 CR-Vs in Europe and the United States after finding rain water may enter the vehicles' power window switch on the driver's door, which could ultimately cause the switch to overheat and catch fire.
Entertainment/Celebrity/Television news – October 1, 2012
Comedy king Jerry Lewis plans to film a television special for PBS. The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that the 86-year-old entertainer is returning to the spotlight Nov. 18 at The Orleans Hotel & Casino. PBS plans to broadcast "An Evening With Jerry Lewis — Live from Las Vegas!" in March around Lewis' birthday. Lewis has been busy preparing a Broadway musical version of "The Nutty Professor" based on the 1963 movie that Lewis directed and starred in.
Passing - drag superstar - Antoine Ashley -- who shot to fame as Sahara Davenport on season two of RuPaul's Drag Race in 2010 -- has passed away at age 27.
David Chase has returned with his first work since "The Sopranos" went black. The director premiered his debut film, "Not Fade Away," at the New York Film Festival on Friday ahead of its red carpet gala Saturday. The '60s rock 'n' roll drama is his long-awaited follow-up to the venerated HBO mob drama he created and produced for six seasons. The film is set around a suburban teenager (John Magaro) in New Jersey whose garage band aspires to be the next Rolling Stones, an ambition at odds with his traditional Italian father (former "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini). In a press conference at Lincoln Center, Chase called the film, soundtracked by his favorite rock songs, "a compilation album."
Big Bird joins Seth Meyers at the "Weekend Update" SNL anchor desk, the popular "Sesame Street" character declined to comment on presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's vow to cut federal funding for PBS. Explaining why, Big Bird said he didn't want to "ruffle any feathers."He told Meyers how he had learned of being mentioned on Wednesday's debate. He said he'd gotten "a million tweets." From real birds, that is.
Debate - Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart. The political odd-couple came to Washington ready to tangle in an event mockingly dubbed "The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium." The 90-minute exchange between the Fox News anchor and the star of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," who bantered aggressively but good-naturedly over birth control, President George W. Bush and the so-called "War on Christmas."
Actress Daryl Hannah has been released from a Texas jail following her arrest as she protested an oil pipeline designed to bring crude from Canada to the Gulf Coast. Hannah was freed on $2,500 bond Thursday night, but faces criminal trespass charges. Her release came hours after being arrested in Winnsboro, about 100 miles east of Dallas.
Music news – October 1, 2012
19 of Cee Lo Green's former "Voice" team members will participate in his Christmas TV special to help publicize his upcoming holiday album. "I have truly kept my word and remained committed to everyone."
Nicki Minaj's continued media exposure due to her judging role on "American Idol" has generated substantial social returns. An appearance on "The View," coupled with the launch of her own fragrance, brings 130,000 new fans to Minaj and lifts her 23-14 on Billboard's Social 50 chart.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – October 1, 2012
One More Night – Maroon 5
Some Nights - .fun
Gangnam Style – PSY
Blow Me (One Last Kiss) – P!nk
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift
As Long As You Love Me – Justin Bieber fea. Big Sean
Whistle – Flo Rida
Begin Again – Taylor Swift
Good Time – Owl City * Carly Rae Jepsen
Too Close – Alex Clare
Lights – Ellie Goulding
Die Young – Ke$ha
Everybody Talks – Neon Trees
Don’t Wake Me Up – Chris Brown
Call me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
Diamonds – Rihanna
Wide Awake – Katy Perry
Pound The Alarm – Nicki Minaj
Top Country Hit Music Singles – October 1, 2012
Cowboys and Angels – Dustin Lynch
Why Ya Wanna – Jana Kramer
Take A Little Ride – Jason Aldean
Hard To Love – Lee Brice
Wanted – Hunter Hayes
Blow Away – Carrie Underwood
Fastest Girl In Town – Miranda Lambert
The One That Got Away – Jake Owen
Lovin’ You Is Fun – Easton Corbin
Kiss Tomorrow - Goodbye Luke Bryan
Come Wake Me Up – Rascal Flatts
Truck Yeah – Tim McGraw
Top Ringtone Songs – October 1, 2012
Pontoon – Little Big Town
Whistle – Flo Rida
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
No Lie – 2 Chainz fea. Drake
Take A Little Ride – Jason Aldean
Wanted – Hunter Hayes
Top TV Shows – October 1, 2012
1.NFL Football: New England at BaltimoreNBC
2."Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick"NBC
3."The Voice" (Tuesday)NBC
4."The Voice" (Monday)NBC
5."Primetime Emmy Awards"ABC
10."The X-Factor" (Thursday)Fox
11."The X-Factor" (Wednesday)Fox
12."The Big Bang Theory" (Thursday, 8:30 p.m.) CBS
13."Go On" NBC
14."Football Night in America"NBC
15."NCIS: Los Angeles"CBS
17."The Big Bang Theory" (Thursday, 8 p.m.)CBS
20."Two and a Half Men" (Thursday, 9 p.m.)CBS
Top movies – October 1, 2012
Hotel Transylvania – (1st week – $42.4 million)
Looper (1st week $20.8 million)
End of Watch
Trouble with the Curve
House at the End of the Street
Pitch Perfect (1st week - $5.1 million)
Resident Evil: Retribution
Won’t Back Down