Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of October 22, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
The 140 billboards warning residents of inner-city neighborhoods in Wisconsin and Ohio that they could go to jail for committing voter fraud are being taken down Monday. The move comes after the private family foundation funding them declined to make its identity known.
Politics 2012 – Third and Final Presidential Debate. This one moderated by Bob Schieffer – who, so far, did the best job. Conducted at Lynn University, it looks like both did a decent job. No clear winner. Schieffer, the "Face the Nation" host who was moderating his third presidential debate, gave the two men wide latitude to carry the conversation, even when they tried to talk over one another.
President Barack Obama laid out an astoundingly ambitious second-term agenda in an interview published Wednesday, vowing to forge a "grand bargain" with Republicans to reduce the national debt and achieve comprehensive immigration reform—all in 2013.
President Barack Obama phoned Colin Powell Thursday to thank him for endorsing him for a second term, a White House official said. Powell, the former Secretary of State under Republican president George W. Bush, endorsed Obama in 2008 and told CBS in an interview Thursday morning that he still supports him.
A CNN.com story headlined "Do hormones drive women's votes?" sparked a social media backlash that lasted for seven hours Wednesday before the network removed the post late that night. The story, posted in the website's medical and health section, began, "There's something that may raise the chances for both presidential candidates that's totally out of their control: women's ovulation cycles." The story cited a new study to be published in Psychological Science by Kristina Durante, an assistant professor in the marketing department at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the study's main author.
Hurricane Sandy made landfall Thursday just west of Santiago de Cuba in southern Cuba, where residents boarded over windows and cleared drainage gutters ahead of the strengthening storm that had roared across Jamaica and left two dead in the Caribbean.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Sandy, which had strengthened to a category 2 hurricane, was located over southeastern Cuba and moving north at 18 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph and is expected to remain a hurricane as it moves through the Bahamas.
The U.S. economy expanded at a slightly faster 2 percent annual rate from July through September, buoyed by an uptick in consumer spending and a burst of government spending. Growth improved from the 1.3 percent rate in the April-June quarter, the Commerce Department said Friday.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was hospitalized after his caravan was involved in a six-car crash in Nevada, but his condition is "good" and he does not have life threatening injuries.
With an eye on the weather forecast,President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are starting a 10-day sprint to the finish line in a contest increasingly about momentum versus math. "Let's win this," Romney emailed supporters Saturday as he hopped a plane from one important state to another — Ohio to Florida."
The East Coast is bracing for Hurricane Sandy, a "rare hybrid storm" that is expected to bring a life-threatening storm surge to the mid-Atlantic coast, Long Island Sound and New York harbor, forecasters say, with winds expected to be at or near hurricane force when it makes landfall sometime on Monday.
The Statue Of Liberty Re-opens after improvement work.
Iran banned the export of around 50 basic goods, its media said on Tuesday, as the country takes steps to preserve supplies of essential items in the face of tightening Western sanctions. The Islamic Republic is under intense financial pressure from U.S. and European trade restrictions imposed over its disputed nuclear programme. The bans have led to a sharp drop over the past year in its oil exports, a major source of hard currency earnings and revenues for the government.
U.S. stock and options markets will be closed on Monday, and possibly Tuesday, as regulators, exchanges and brokers worry about the integrity of markets and the safety of employees in the face of Hurricane Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy –
Millions along the East Coast awoke Tuesday without power or mass transit, with huge swaths of the nation's largest city unusually vacant and dark. New York was among the hardest hit, with its financial heart in Lower Manhattan shuttered for a second day and seawater cascading into the still-gaping construction pit at the World Trade Center. President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in the city and Long Island. The storm that made landfall in New Jersey on Monday evening with 80 mph sustained winds killed at least 40 people in seven states, cut power to more than 7.4 million homes and businesses from the Carolinas to Ohio, caused scares at two nuclear power plants and stopped the presidential campaign cold.
President Barack Obama, locked in a fierce re-election bid, is emphasizing his incumbent's role for a third straight day, skipping battleground states to visit victims of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, a state he's confident of winning. The president's actions have forced his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, to walk a careful line.
President Barack Obama inspected the devastation from Sandy on Wednesday, flying high over flooded neighborhoods, sand-strewn streets and a burning fire that charred homes along the New Jersey coastline.
Passing - Paul Kurtz, who founded an international center devoted to debunking psychics and UFOs and promoting science and reason over what he viewed as religious myths, has died. He was 86.
Technology news- October 22, 2012
Microsoft Corp launched its new Windows 8 operating system and Surface tablet on Thursday in a bid to revive interest in its flagship product and regain ground lost toApple Inc and Google Inc in mobile computing.
In Italy - A landmark court case has ruled there is a link between using a mobile phone and brain tumors, paving the way for a flood of legal actions. Innocente Marcolini, 60, an Italian businessman, fell ill after using a handset at work for up to six hours every day for 12 years. Now Italy's Supreme Court in Rome has blamed his phone saying there is a "causal link" between his illness and phone use. Mr Marcolini said: "This is significant for very many people. I wanted this problem to become public because many people still do not know the risks.”
New Google Devices - include the latest in Google's line of Nexus smartphones and a larger version of the 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet, which the company began selling in July. It's also adding cellular capabilities to the Nexus 7 and doubling the capacity of existing models.
Several popular media websites in the New York area are inaccessible after a massive storm knocked out power to much of the city. The Huffington Post website is down. So are gossip site Gawker and the blog Mediaite.
Hurricane Sandy knocked out a quarter of the cell towers in an area spreading across ten states, and the situation could get worse, federal regulators said Tuesday.
Many cell towers that are still working are doing so with the help of generators and could run out of fuel before commercial power is restored, the Federal Communications Commission said. The landline phone network has held up better in the affected area, which stretches from Virginia to Massachusetts, the FCC said, but about a quarter of cable customers are also without service.
Fascinating Business news – October 22, 2012
The federal government filed a civil lawsuit against Bank of America Corp. (BAC), alleging the second-biggest U.S. bank by assets saddled taxpayers with losses by misrepresenting the quality of home loans it sold to mortgage-finance firms Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC).The action, filed Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan, seeks at least $1 billion in damages. The filing represents a novel effort by the government to defray costs tied to the 2008 bailout of Fannie and Freddie, and potentially opens a new front against a banking industry already dealing with hefty legal costs.
Fallen Wall Street insider Rajat Gupta was sentenced to two years in prison on Wednesday for leaking Goldman Sachs boardroom secrets to the hedge fund manager at the center of the U.S. government's crackdown on insider trading, a much lighter sentence than prosecutors had sought. Gupta, 63, who also is a former global head of the McKinsey & Co management consultancy, is the most influential corporate figure to be convicted in a wide U.S. probe of insider trading involving hedge fund managers, traders, consultants and executives.
Donald Trump offers to donate $5 million to charity if President Obama releases his college and passport records.
The New York Stock Exchange will reopen for regular trading Wednesday(Oct.31) after being shut down for two days because of Hurricane Sandy. The exchange said in a statement Tuesday that its building and trading floor are fully operational and that normal trading will resume at the usual starting time of 9:30 a.m.
Sports news – October 22, 2012
An Amazing Comeback as the San Francisco Giants route the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in Game 7 - and will face the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. The Giants were down by two games and made a total comeback- one of the best in baseball playoff history.
The San Francisco Giants take the World Series, beating the Detroit Tigers in four games.
Health news – October 22, 2012
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Monday that it has received reports of five deaths and a heart attack since 2009 that may be associated with Monster Energy Drink. Wendy Crossland, the mother of a teen, filed a lawsuit against Monster Beverages, a publicly traded company in Corona, Calif., that used to be known as Hansen Natural. The lawsuit charges that Monster failed to warn about the risks of its energy drinks.
The death toll from a U.S. outbreak of fungal meningitis due to injections of tainted steroid medication has reached 34 with Indiana now reporting a third death, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. Eight new cases of meningitis were reported, pushing the total nationally to 312 cases in 17 states.
Entertainment/Celebrity news – October 22, 2012
Elizabeth Taylor surpassed Michael Jackson as the highest-earning dead celebrity in the past year, with her estate pulling in $210 million, much of it from the auction of her jewels, costumes and artwork, Forbes said . Jackson, who died in 2009, dropped into second place with earnings of $145 million, followed by Elvis Presley with $55 million. In addition to the Taylor auction, which totaled $184 million, the actress, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 79, also earned $75 million from sales of her top selling perfume White Diamonds.
An attorney for Tom Cruise said he filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against the publishers of Life & Style magazine for articles that said the actor has abandoned his 6-year-old daughter, Suri. Cruise's attorney, Bert Fields said to falsely claim the actor deserted his daughter is a "vicious lie."
Eva Longoria and Mark Sanchez have gone their separate ways. The 37-year-old former "Desperate Housewives" star and the 25-year-old New York Jets quarterback have called it quits after dating for a few months.
Disney is paying $4.05 billion to buy Lucasfilm Ltd., the production company behind "Star Wars," from its chairman and founder, George Lucas. It's also making a seventh movie in the "Star Wars" series called "Episode 7," set for release in 2015, with plans to follow it with Episodes 8 and 9 and then one new movie every two or three years.
Hurricane Sandy - Broadway, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center all remained dark Tuesday as superstorm Sandy left the New York entertainment industry fighting to go on with the show — even if it meant performing for empty studios. That was how David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon taped their late shows Monday night, leading to some remarkably quiet monologues. Letterman repeated the feat Tuesday, though Fallon brought in a usual crowd to his "Late Night" taping.
Television news – October 22, 2012
ABC' cancels "Private Practice.” The "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff will be ending after 13 episodes this season, most likely in January. Series star Kate Walsh had previously announced she would be leaving after 13 episodes.
Ellen DeGeneres, an American entertainer and prominent gay rights advocate, received the highest U.S. award for achievement in comedy on Monday. Receiving the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, the national showcase for arts, DeGeneres was praised as a pioneering female comic whose edgy variety show has helped define the format for daytime television in recent years.
AMC's "The Walking Dead" pulled in 9.5 million viewers for its first showing on Sunday. It was the second episode of the show's third season. A week ago nearly 11 million people watched the season premiere of the show, about a sheriff's deputy fighting zombie-like people.
Anderson Cooper's venture into daytime is coming to an end after just two seasons after failing to find an audience in the crowded daytime talk show market. Warner Bros Television, which syndicates "Anderson", said on Monday the show will not be renewed after the current season ends in the summer of 2013.
Music news – October 22, 2012
Korean pop sensationPSY will bring his "Gangnam Style" to this year's MTV European Music Awards show in Frankfurt in November. The global superstar will perform along three other high-profile late additions to the lineup, led by fourteen-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Alicia Keys.
Depeche Mode will return with a new album in spring 2013, the band revealed this week.
The group, which will hold a press conference in Paris, will also hit the round in May, kicking off three months of European dates. A tour of North America will follow.
Katy Perry performs a concert in Las Vegas – a rally for Obama. The event was attended by the President.
Barry Manilow Set For Broadway - The Grammy Award-winning singer of such songs as "Mandy," "I Write the Songs" and "Looks Like We Made It," will start a 17-show stand on Jan. 18 at the St. James Theatre. Manilow, from Brooklyn, has graced a Broadway stage before, in the winter of 1976 and the spring of 1989. His new show, called "Manilow on Broadway," has tickets ranging in price from $50 to $350.
Off Of Voluntary Rehabilitation Program, Le LeAnn Rimes says that now, at age 30, she's starting over. "I feel like I am starting over even though I've had all these years behind me. How many people get to (start) over again in this day and age?" Rimes told Katie Couric in an exclusive interview airing later this week on "Katie" and "All Access Nashville," a special edition of "20/20."
Singer Bobby Brown has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving for the second time this year. Los Angeles police spokeswoman Venus Hall says Brown was stopped in his car shortly after midnight Wednesday. Police say he was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence and was later released.
Oprah Winfrey interviews Justin Bieber – saying it was her biggest since Michael Jackson. She played excerpts on GMA this week. The full interview will be aired November 25. Bieber talks about his girlfriend, Selena Gomez and more.
More Justin Bieber news - An Internet hoax claiming Justin Bieber had been diagnosed with cancer, and that fans had begun shaving their heads in solidarity, has spread fears that actual supporters of the singer will "go bald for Bieber."
Lil Wayne is thanking fans who prayed for him while he was hospitalized after a severe migraine and dehydration. The rapper's management team says he's on "mandated rest."
Top Music Albums/CD’s – October 22, 2012
Night Train – Jason Aldean
Christmas With Scotty McCree
B abel – Mumford & Sons
Two Eleven – Brandy
Living For A Song – Janey Johnson
Kaleidoscope Dream – Miguel
Tornado – Little Big Town
The Truth About Love – P!nk
The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Metalocalypse: Dethalbum II – Dethklok
Dunken Conos – Donald Fagen
Pitch Perfect – Soundtrack
Monster – KISS
The 2nd Law – Muse
Vital – Anberlin
Release Me – Barbra Streisand
Overexposed –Maroon 5
Sigh No More Mumford & Sons
Lace Up – MGK
Up All Night – One Direction
Some Nights - .fun
Believe – Justin Bieber
Top Country Hit Music Singles – October 22, 2012
Cruise – Florida Georgia Line
Blown Away – Carrie Underwood
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift
Hard To Love – Lee Brice
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye – Luke Bryan
Wanted – Hunter Hayes
The One That Got Away – Jake Owen
Fastest Girl In Town – Miranda Lambert
Cowboys and Angels – Dustin Lynch
Lovin’ You Is Fun – Easton Corbin
Come Wake Me Up – Rascal Flatts
Take A Little Ride- Jason Aldean
Beer Money – Kip Moore
Top Youtube videos/Most Popular – October 22, 2012
IronMan 3 Trailer
2 Billion Views – Raymond William Johnson
Top movies – October 22, 2012
Cloud Atlas (1st week - $9.6 million)
Paranormal Activity 4
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
Here Comes The Boom
Top Television Shows – October 22, 2012
1.NFL Football: Pittsburgh vs. CincinnatiNBC
3."The Big Bang Theory"CBS
4."Person of Interest"CBS
5."Dancing With the Stars"ABC
6."Two and a Half Men"CBS
8."Dancing With the Stars Results"ABC
10."Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick"NBC
11."The Voice" (Tuesday)
13.Presidential Debate AnalysisNBC
16."CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"CBS
19."The Good Wife"CBS
20."Once Upon a Time"ABC