Dateline: Events/Week of September 1, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Rebels seized an air defense facility and attacked a military airport in eastern Syria on Saturday, a monitoring group said, hitting back at an air force which President Bashar al-Assad is increasingly relying on to crush his opponents. The attacks in eastern oil-producing Deir al-Zor province follow rebel strikes against military airports in the Aleppo and Idlib areas, close to the border with Turkey.
Obama/Romney – The Vote - President Barack Obama would make tax credits for college expenses permanent and expand Pell grants for students from lower-earning families. The Republican team of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would emphasize the need to curb rising tuitions and federal education spending that are burdening families and the government.
The different approaches to coping with growing college costs highlight one way that Obama and the GOP ticket are competing for young voters. This important group leaned heavily toward Obama in 2008 and still prefers him, according to polls, though less decisively.
As the remnants of Hurricane Isaac pushed their way up the Mississippi valley on Saturday, spinning off severe thunderstorms and at least four tornadoes, some on the Gulf Coast were impatient with the pace of restoring power days after the storm dragged through the region. While New Orleans streets were bustling again and workers were returning to offshore oil rigs, thousands of evacuees couldn't return home to flooded low-lying areas of Louisiana and more than 400,000 sweltering electricity customers in the state remained without power.
Former Navy SEAL author Matt Bissonnette is going to tell his version of events surrounding the death of Osama bin Laden, even if the Pentagon sues him for every last penny. The Defense Department's top attorney wrote a letter to Bissonnette threatening to use "all remedies legally available" against him for the publication of No Easy Day, his firsthand account of the mission to kill bin Laden in Pakistan.
President Barack Obama lampooned the just-completed Republican National Convention as better-suited to an era of black-and-white TV and " trickle-down, you're on your own" economics Saturday, and declared that Mitt Romney "did not offer a single new idea" to fix the economy. "There was a lot of talk about hard truths and bold choices, but no one actually told you what they were," Obama said in Iowa, chuckling, as he set out on a three-day tour of battleground states in the run-up to his own convention. Later, Obama said, the Republican gathering was so rooted in the past, there should have been a rabbit-ears antenna on the convention hall.
Obama Beer - The King Of Beers?
Responding to popular demand from beer enthusiasts, the White House has released the "secret" recipes for two of President Obama's home brews - a honey ale and honey porter. White House chef Sam Kass posted the instructions on the White House blog after more than 12,200 Americans signed an online petition through the administration's "We the People" portal requesting their release. "Inspired by home brewers from across the country, last year President Obama bought a home brewing kit for the kitchen," Kass wrote. "After the few first drafts we landed on some great recipes that came from a local brew shop. We received some tips from a couple of home brewers who work in the White House who helped us amend it and make it our own." The custom ales are the first alcoholic beverages ever brewed on White House.
A senior Obama administration political appointee and longtime aide to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano resigned Saturday(Sept1) amid allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior lodged by at least three Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees. Suzanne Barr, chief of staff to ICE Director John Morton, said in her resignation letter that the allegations against her are "unfounded." But she said she was stepping down anyway to end distractions within the agency. ICE, a division of the Homeland Security.
The Treasury Department said Tuesday(Sept4) that the national debt has topped $16 trillion, the result of chronic government deficits that have poured more than $50,000 worth of red ink onto federal ledgers for every man, woman and child in the United States. The news was greeted with a round of press releases from Barack Obama's Republican rivals, who used the grim-but-expected news to criticize the president for the government's fiscal performance over his 3 1/2 years in office. Obama has presided over four straight years of trillion dollar-plus deficits after inheriting a weak economy from his predecessor, George W. Bush.
Democratic National Convention In Charlotte – week of September 1, 2012
Michelle Obaama offered a dramatic contrast between her husband, Barack Obama, and his Republican opponent, insisting he understands the struggles of average Americans because he's lived through those tough times, too. "Barack knows the American Dream because he's lived it, and he wants everyone in this country to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we're from, or what we look like, or who we love," Michelle Obama said.
Bill Clinton Makes Obama Nomination Speech - Former President Bill Clinton, once a political foe of President Barack Obama, made a strong case that he's one of the nominee's best surrogates Wednesday(Sept5), especially when it comes to bringing independents into the Democratic re-election effort. In a speech that was repeatedly interrupted by standing ovations and often veered from the prepared remarks on his Teleprompter, Clinton took on nearly every criticism that Republicans leveled at Obama last week at their party convention in Tampa.
Obama Speech At DNC Convention – (Sept6)President Barack Obama, transformed from inspiring hope-and-change candidate into struggling stay-the-course incumbent, promised Americans wary of giving him another term that "our problems can be solved" if only voters will grant him four more years. "Know this, America: Our problems can be solved," he told thousands of delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. "Our challenges can be met. The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place. And I'm asking you to choose that future."His appeal aimed to build on a rousing speech from Michelle Obama and former president Bill Clinton.
Vice President Joe Biden has famously distilled President Barack Obama's argument for re-election to a simple phrase: "Osama Bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive." Speaking from his "ringside seat" to Obama's struggles since January 2009, Biden praised the president he has watched at work and told Americans worried about the still-sputtering economy that "America has turned the corner.""Yes, the work of recovery is not yet complete, but we are on our way," said Biden.
Passing - The Rev. Sun Myung Moon -- a controversial religious and political figure who founded the Unification Church, a major institution in East Asia and beyond that gained fame decades ago for its mass weddings -- died early Monday in South Korea, the church said. He was 92.
Glenn Smith left a lucrative job at a Dallas-area technology firm for an early retirement of restoring Soviet fighter jets and flying to exhibitions across the country. He died Saturday when his nearly 30-year-old training plane nosedived during an air show in eastern Iowa and crashed into a field, authorities said. Spectators watched the 59-year-old Smith's plane erupt into flames, followed by a cloud of gray smoke. Nobody on the ground was hurt.
Chicago-area police sergeant Drew Peterson is guilty of first-degree murder in the 2004 drowning death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
Fascinating Facts – September 1, 2012
McDonald's, known worldwide as the "standard-bearer of the hamburger," will be opening its first two vegetarian restaurants in India in 2013, BBC reports. The fast food giant will be setting up the meat-free outlets near the Golden Temple in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar and the small northwestern town of Katra, which is located near the Hindu Vaishno Devi shrine, India's second busiest pilgrimage spot, notes the Financial Times. The vegetarian outlets are part of an ongoing effort by the fast food chain to increase its popularity in a country that has yet to fully embrace the franchise.
NASA's Dawn probe has departed the huge asteroid Vesta, its orbital home for the past year, to begin a journey to its next destination: the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn's asteroid-mapping mission aims to shed light on the evolution of our solar system by studying huge space rocks, which scientists think are its leftover building blocks.
Sports news – September 1, 2012
Tiger Woods has become the first $100 million man on the PGA Tour. Woods finished third Monday(Sept2) in the Deutsche Bank Championship and made $544,000, pushing his career total to $100,350,700. Next on the list is Phil Mickelson, who finished fourth at the TPC Boston and has $66,805,498.
Technology news – September 1, 2012
Samsung on Saturday(Sept1) accused Apple of resorting to litigation in an effort to limit consumer choice after the iPhone maker said it was seeking to stop the sale of Galaxy S III smartphones in the United States. Fresh from its $1 billion court victory over Samsung Electronics Co, Apple Inc., in a separate case, asked a federal district court in San Jose, California, on Friday to add four more products to a list of Samsung goods that Apple says infringe its patents.The new list of 21 products includes Samsung's flagship smartphone Galaxy S III as well as the Galaxy Note, another popular Android phone. If the court finds those devices are infringing Apple's patents and irreparably harming the U.S. company, it could temporarily halt sales in the U.S. market even before the trial begins. Last month, a jury in the San Jose court found that Samsung had copied Apple's design innovations and Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $1.05 billion. Samsung has vowed to appeal the verdict, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.
Amazon unveiled a refreshed line of Kindles and four Kindle Fire tablets on Thursday. Amazon does not release sales figures. Since the original Kindle e-reader's launch in 2007, Amazon has refused to disclose Kindle sales numbers. Instead, the company issues vague or confusing press releases: each new Kindle is the "fastest-selling ever," and at one point Amazon said "the Kindle's sales growth rate has tripled.
Android is growing at a rapid pace. Last December there were 700k devices activated each day. Then, earlier this summer, that number was at 900k. One month later in late July it hit 1M. Now, in early September, there are 1.3M devices activated every single day. Schmidt later added that there are close to 500 million Android devices worldwide right now. As comScore noted the other day, that'a factor of at least two or three times greater than the competitor.
Radio news – September 1, 2012
NBC SPORTS RADIO launches TODAY (9/4) with an affiliate roster of 178 stations. The network is offering three long-form weekday shows, ERIK KUSELIAS 7-10p (ET), AMANI TOOMER and EYTAN SHANDER 10p-1a (ET), and DAN SCHWARTZMAN 1-5a (ET), plus "SAFETY BLITZ WITH RODNEY HARRISON" on weekends and 24/7 updates anchored by JON STASHOWER, KAY ADAMS and DAN SCHWARTZMAN.
Television news – September 1, 2012
Randy Jackson will not return as a judge on "American Idol," but will remain involved with the show and its contestants as a mentor.
“Jersey Shore” will have just one more season – and that’s it. New season begins in October. The era of 'GTL' is ending on MTV with the upcoming season of popular reality TV show "Jersey Shore" and its catch phrase "gym, tan, laundry." MTV scored a ratings hit with "Jersey Shore" when it debuted in 2009, shedding light on young Italian-Americans living along the ocean side in New Jersey. It documented the lives of self-described 'guidos and guidettes' partying together over the course of a summer. Cast members Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Jennifer "JWoww" Farley, Paul "Pauly D" DelVecchio, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Samantha "Sammie Sweetheart" Giancola and Vinny Guadagnino shot to fame in the first season. Cast member Angelina Pivarnick left the show after season 2 and was replaced by Deena Nicole Cortese, who brought her quirky antics to the "Jersey Shore" family starting in Season 3. Pint-sized Snooki, 24, who gave birth to a baby boy last week, earned a spin-off show with JWoww titled "Snooki & JWoww," which saw them move in together. The content of the show changed course when Snookie announced her pregnancy in March this year, which would prevent her from partaking in the hard drinking and partying antics that made her a hit on the show. Pauly D carved out a successful career as a DJ, and Forbes estimated his earnings for 2011 at $11 million, placing him among the world's top-earning DJs. He was the first "Jersey Shore" housemate to receive his own spin-off, "The Pauly D Project," which followed him around the world in his DJ career.
Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck says he was treated rudely on an American Airlines flight and will never fly on the carrier again. American apologized and said it's looking into the incident aboard a Labor Day weekend flight from Newark, N.J., to Dallas.
Beck said on his radio show Tuesday that a flight attendant on a New York-to-Dallas plane "treated me as a subhuman." Beck said the man "fawned over the other passengers" but "barked" at Beck and slammed a can of soda down in front of him.
Movie news – September 1, 2012
Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe lost his way kayaking in the waters off New York's Long Island and was picked up by a U.S. Coast Guard boat and ferried to a harbor, officials said Sunday(Sept2). The 48-year-old actor was kayaking with a friend and launched from Cold Spring Harbor Saturday afternoon on the Long Island Sound, according to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Swieciki. As it got dark, the two got lost and eventually headed for shore, beaching their kayaks in Huntington Bay, nearly 10 miles east from where they had set out.
According to a survey conducted by Public Policy Polling, 41 percent of Floridians said they had a negative opinion of Eastwood's 12-minute improvised riff, which featured the 82-year-old Academy Award-winning actor and director pretending to have a conversation with an invisible President Obama, represented by an empty chair.
Passing – Michael Clarke Duncan – whose role in “The Green Mile” as the friendly giant wrongfully imprisoned, won him an Oscar nomination. He was 54.
Music news – September 1, 2012 –
Passing - Guitarist Mark Abrahamian, who performed with Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, is dead at age 46, the band announced on Monday(Sept3). He reportedly died due to a heart attack following a performance on September 2.
Passing - Singer-songwriter Joe South, who performed hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s such as "Games People Play" and "Walk A Mile In My Shoes" and also penned songs including "Down in the Boondocks" for other artists, died of a heart attack Wednesday, his music publisher said. South was 72. South, whose real name was Joseph Souter, died at his home in Buford, Ga., northeast of Atlanta.
Top 20 Music Concert Tours/Pollstar - Septembe 1, 2012
TOP 20 CONCERT TOURS
1. (1) Kenny Chesney / Tim McGraw; $4,384,494; $88.87.
2. (2) Roger Waters; $2,305,507; $112.13.
3. (3) Cirque du Soleil - "Michael Jackson: The Immortal"; $1,575,139; $110.00.
4. (4) Dave Matthews Band; $1,403,010; $54.48.
5. (5) Phish; $1,143,659; $54.39.
6. (New) Enrique Iglesias / Jennifer Lopez; $1,066,408; $77.80.
7. (6) Brad Paisley; $793,459; $45.27.
8. (7) Drake; $793,339; $55.44.
9. (9) Jason Aldean; $752,071; $38.08.
10. (8) Nickelback; $697,794; $66.14.
11. (10) Rascal Flatts; $635,328; $36.10.
12. (11) Iron Maiden; $634,286; $55.04.
13. (12) The Beach Boys; $564,354; $65.52.
14. (13) One Direction; $499,246; $43.06.
15. (14) Lady Antebellum; $477,672; $39.30.
16. (16) Wiz Khalifa / Mac Miller; $454,817; $26.14.
Top Pop Hit Music Singles(top-40) - September 1, 2012
Lights – Ellie Goulding
Give Your Heart A Break – Demi Lovato
Wide Awake – Katy Perry
Whistle – Flo Rida
Titanium – David Guetta fea. Sia
Blos ME (One Last Kiss) P!nk
Want U Back – Cher Lloyd
Everybody Talks – Neon Trees
Payphone – Maroon 5
Good Time – Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen
As Long As You Love Me – Justin Bieber fea. Big Sean
Where Have You Been – Rihanna
We Are Never Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift
One More Night Maroon 5
Some Nights – fun.
Scream – Usher
Pound the Alarm – Nick Minaj
Settle Down – No Doubt
Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye fea. Kimbra
Too Close – Alex Clare
Mercy – Kanye West, Big Sean, Pushat T, 2 Chaniz
Pontoon – Little Big Town
Home – Phillip Phillips
Top Ringtones – September 1, 2012
Pontoon – Little Big Town
Whistle – Flo Rida
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepson
Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye fea. Kimbra
No Lie – 2 Chainz fea. Drake
Top movies – September 8, 2012
The Possession (1st week $17.7 million)
Lawless (1st week – $11.8 million)
The Expendables 2
The Bourne Legacy
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
The Dark Knight Rises
2016 Obama’s America
Top TV Shows/Most Popular/TV guide - September 1, 2012
1."America's Got Talent" (Tuesday)NBC
2.NFL Exhibition Football: Carolina vs. N.Y. JetsNBC
3."America's Got Talent" (Wednesday)NBC
6."The Big Bang Theory"CBS
7."Big Brother 14" (Sunday)CBS
8."NCIS: Los Angeles"CBS
9."The Mentalist" (Tuesday)CBS
10."Big Brother 14" (Thursday)CBS
11."Hell's Kitchen" (Monday)Fox
12."Master Chef" (Tuesday)Fox
13."Two and a Half Men" (Thursday)CBS
15.Auto Racing: NASCAR at BristolABC
16."Big Brother 14" (Wednesday)CBS
18."CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"CBS
19."The Mentalist" (Sunday)CBS
20."2 Broke Girls"CBS