Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of September 8, 1985 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
U.S. Sen. John McCain says he is disappointed with his party's presidential candidate for sidestepping world affairs in his campaign for the White House but reserves his most scathing words for the current dweller, blaming Barack Obama for inaction while the situation in Syria and elsewhere "cries out for American leadership." McCain criticized the man who won that election for not aiding rebels in Syria, abandoning Iraq and Afghanistan, and delaying tough decisions on Iran's nuclear program. "In a way it's almost like watching a train wreck," he said of the apparent failure to stem Iran's nuclear efforts.
On Saturday(Sept8) Damaging storms that spawned tornadoes in New York City, darkened tens of thousands of homes in the Washington, D.C., area and flooded New England streets turned a normal day of rest into a day of cleaning up for many East Coast residents on Sunday. The unsettled weather, part of a cold front that crossed over the Eastern Seaboard, toppled trees and power lines and damaged buildings as it passed through. Wind gusts reached 70 mph in some places.
Insurgents killed at least 44 people in a wave of attacks against Iraqi security forces on Sunday, gunning down soldiers at an army post and bombing police recruits waiting in line to apply for jobs, officials said. The violence, which struck at least 11 cities and wounded nearly 240 people, highlighted militant attempts to sow havoc in the country and undermine the government.
An airstrike killed al-Qaida's No. 2 leader in Yemen along with five others traveling with him in one car on Monday(Sept10), senior Yemeni Defense Ministry officials reported. If confirmed, Saeed al-Shihri's death would be a major blow to the militant group.The officials said the missile that killed al-Shihri, a Saudi national, was believed to have been fired by a U.S. operated drone, but that couldn't immediately be confirmed. The U.S. doesn't usually comment on such attacks although it has used drones in the past to go after al-Qaida members in Yemen.
For the first time in a quarter of a century Chicago teachers went on strike today after last-ditch negotiations over the weekend failed to produce a new labor agreement for the country's third-largest school district. The Chicago Teachers Union, representing more than 29,000 teachers, had been meeting with the Chicago Public Schools at the union's downtown offices until late Sunday when the union announced that the strike would start Monday morning. With teachers out of the classrooms and on the picket lines, 144 schools opened from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to provide breakfast, lunch and care for students.
The first eight months of 2012 have been the warmest of any year on record in the contiguous United States, and this has been the third-hottest summer since record-keeping began in 1895, the U.S. National Climate Data Center said on Monday.
Trouble Over Muhammad Movie - September 8, 2012
The U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was killed when Libyan militants stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Stevens, 52, died on Tuesday(Sept11) as 20 gun-wielding attackers stormed the U.S. consulate, angry about an American-made movie that depicted Prophet Mohammad as a fraud and a womanizer. The attackers fired automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades at the consulate, Deputy Interior Minister Wanis al-Sharif told a news conference in Benghazi.
An Israeli filmmaker based in California went into hiding after his movie attacking Islam's prophet Muhammad sparked angry assaults by ultra-conservative Muslims on U.S. missions in Egypt and Libya, where the U.S. ambassador was killed, along with three American members of his staff.Speaking by phone Tuesday from an undisclosed location, writer and director Sam Bacile remained defiant, saying Islam is a cancer and that the 56-year-old intended his film to be a provocative political statement condemning the religion. The two-hour movie, "Innocence of Muslims," cost $5 million to make and was financed with the help of more than 100 Jewish donors, said Bacile, who wrote and directed it. The film claims Muhammad was a fraud. An English-language 13-minute trailer on YouTube shows an amateur cast performing a wooden dialogue of insults disguised as revelations about Muhammad, whose obedient followers are presented as a cadre of goons. It depicts Muhammad as a feckless philanderer who approved of child sexual abuse, among other overtly insulting claims that have caused outrage.
Germany's Constitutional Court gave a green light on Wednesday for the country to ratify the euro zone's new bailout fund and budget pact, but insisted the German parliament have veto powers over any future increases in the size of the fund. The eagerly awaited verdict boosted global stocks and the euro currency as investors breathed a sigh of relief that the euro zone's rescue fund for nations in crisis could soon take effect after months of delay. Germany is the only country in the 17-nation euro zone that has yet to ratify the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), which is meant to erect a 700 billion-euro firewall against the spread of the three-year-old sovereign debt crisis.
Hundreds of Yemeni demonstrators stormed the U.S. embassy in Sanaa on Thursday in protest at a film they consider blasphemous to Islam, and security guards tried to hold them off by firing into the air, witnesses said. Young protesters, shouting "we sacrifice ourselves for you, Messenger of God", smashed windows of the security offices outside the embassy with stones and burned at least five cars as they broke through the main gate of the heavily fortified compound in eastern Sanaa, the witnesses said.
The Pentagon ordered two warships to the Libyan coast in the aftermath of the attack in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador and three others, U.S. officials said Wednesday. One destroyer, the USS Laboon, moved to a position off the coast Wednesday, and the USS McFaul is en route and should be stationed off the coast within days. The officials said the ships, which carry Tomahawk cruise missiles, do not have a specific mission. But they give commanders flexibility to respond to any mission ordered by the president.
YouTube announced it was restricting access to a controversial video that has been blamed for inciting violence in Libya and protests in Egypt. The video, a film trailer mocking the Muslim faith, will not be accessible via YouTube in Libya and Egypt, the company said in a statement issued to CNN. "We work hard to create a community everyone can enjoy and which also enables people to express different opinions," YouTube said by e-mail. "This can be a challenge because what's OK in one country can be offensive elsewhere. "This video -- which is widely available on the Web -- is clearly within our guidelines and so will stay on YouTube. However, given the very difficult situation in Libya and Egypt we have temporarily restricted access in both countries.”
In an unprecedented and controversial move, the Federal Reserve announced the initiation of an open-ended round of Quantitative Easing (QE3) and extended the period for which it will keep rates between 0 and 1/4% to mid-2015.
At least three people died and 28 others were wounded on Friday(Sept14) after police fought hundreds of protesters who ransacked the U.S. embassy in Tunisia in their fury over a film denigrating the Prophet Mohammad, state television said.A Reuters reporter saw police open fire to try to quell the assault, in which protesters forced their way past riot police into the embassy. The protesters smashed windows, hurled petrol bombs and stones at police from inside the embassy, or started fires in the embassy and the compound. A black plume of smoke rose from the facility.
1957 Murder - Fifty-five years after Maria Ridulph vanished, her friends and family let out a deafening cheer in court Friday as a judge pronounced a former neighborhood teen — now a 72-year-old man — guilty of the kidnapping and murder. It was one of the oldest unsolved crimes in the U.S. to make it to trial.The roar of approval soon gave way to loud sobs from those who knew the little girl whose body was found after a five-month search that drew national media attention and haunted people across the country. Jack McCullough, who was 17-year-old John Tessier at the time, showed no hint of emotion.
Sports news – September 8, 2012
Patriots QB Tom Brady has passed Fran Tarkenton for most victories, Joe Montana for most completions, and John Elway for most TD passes.
Despite aggravating an ankle injury on Wednesday night, Derek Jeter was in the New York Yankees lineup on Thursday, at DH — and it paid off when he singled to center in the seventh inning to drive in a run and tie Hall of Famer Willie Mays for 11th place on the alltime hits list at 3,283. Mays needed 2,992 games and 22 seasons to reach that total; Jeter is in his 18th season, and Thursday’s game was the 2,567th of his career.
Technology news – September 8, 2012
iPhone 5 - Apple unveiled a thinner, taller, faster iPhone 5 at a highly anticipated event in San Francisco. The device, which is 18% thinner and 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S, is the thinnest smartphone in the world, according to Apple. With a four-inch screen, the iPhone 5 allows for five rows of apps -- one more than previous versions of the device, which sported a 3.5-inch screen. Apple said the iPhone 5's processor speed is twice as fast as the previous version, an advance made possible by the company's new "A6" chip. The iPhone 5 is also the first Apple smartphone to have 4G-LTE network connectivity, which allows for speeds of up to 10 times faster than 3G, or about the same as the average home broadband connection. The updated iOS 6, the iPhone's new software, will be available for download on most older versions of the iPhone on Sept. 19.
Earlier this year, Google partnered with Boingo Wireless to bring a number of free Wi-Fi hotspots to New York City. The program, which was sponsored by Google Offers, quickly expanded to eight different malls across the country. Boingo on Tuesday announced that it will bring an additional 4,000 Google-sponsored hotspots to dozens of cities nationwide. This latest campaign is sponsored by Google Play, however unlike the previous program, it is only available to users of Android devices and Windows and Mac OS X laptops.
Nintendo's next generation will kick off November 18. That's the day the Wii U will go on sale in North America, with two versions for consumers to choose from. During a press event in New York, Nintendo announced that the "basic" white-colored model Wii U will retail for $300 and come packaged with the console, one tablet gamepad, an HDMI cable and 8 GB of memory. For $350, however, gamers can opt for the "deluxe" version, which comes in a sleek black color and includes everything in the basic set as well as a charging cradle for the gamepad, a stand for the system, 32 GB of memory, and a copy of Nintendoland.
Music news – September 8, 2012
France's Elysee Palace says former Beatle Paul McCartney has been decorated with the legion of honor for services to music. On Saturday the presidential office said that seventy-year-old McCartney — who sang and co-wrote hits like "Hey Jude" and "Yesterday" — was decorated at the rank of officer by French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace, with members of McCartney's family attending. McCartney joins the ranks of other singers to have received the honor. Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli were similarly honored by former President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Dogg Non Gratis – New image for former gansta rapper as Rapper Snoop Dogg insists, for now, he is dropping the 'Dogg' to take on a new moniker, Snoop Lion. he California singer and actor with the tough image of guns, drugs and "pimping" out women now claims he is now embracing reggae music, peace and love. His transformation, he told reporters on Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival about a new documentary chronicling the change, should not be too surprising: "I was always saying to myself I was Bob Marley reincarnated."
I-Heart Music Fest Coming – September 21.
Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Usher, Linkin Park, the reunited No Doubt, Brad Paisley, Green Day and more than a dozen other A-list performers will be headlining Clear Channel's 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival. The list also includes: Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Lil Wayne, Swedish House Mafia, Pitbull, Deadmau5, Miranda Lambert, Enrique Iglesias, Linkin Park, Jason Aldean, Pink, Mary J. Blige, Calvin Harris and Shakira.
Hollywood/Celebrity news – September 8, 2012
A man allegedly clutching a pair of scissors was arrested after police say he tried to force himself inside Miley Cyrus' Los Angeles home. Cyrus' employees called police around 4 a.m. Saturday after the man came to the door claiming to be Miley's friend.
The "50 Shades of Grey" movie has sparked tons of speculation about who will be cast as BDSM-practicing couple Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, and it recently looked like fans' fantasies about who should play Fifty were about to fizzle out when author E. L. James' husband said that Ryan Gosling had won the role.
Actress Sally Struthers (65) denies driving drunk in Maine, where she's appearing in a musical. Police say Struthers was arrested early Wednesday after being pulled over on U.S. Route 1 in thesouthern resort town Ogunquit (oh-GUHNG'-kwit). She was charged with criminal operating under the influence and posted $160 bail.
MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) 2012 – some winners:
Follow the jump for a full list of winners from the 2012 MTV VMAs!
Video of the Year: Rihanna, "We Found Love" featuring Calvin Harris
Best Male Video: Chris Brown , "Turn Up the Music"
Best Female video: Nicki Minaj, "Starships"
Best Pop Video: One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful"
Best Rock Video: Coldplay, "Paradise"
Best Hip-Hop Video: Drake, "HYFR" featuring Lil Wayne
Television news - September 8, 2012
She’s back! The Ricki Lake Show," debuts Monday(Sept10). Lake, who is now 44 and has been married, divorced, then remarried says - "I have a specific point of view and a vision and a sense of who I am at this point in my life," she said. "Not that I have it all figured out, but growth comes with age and life experience."
Most Viewed Youtube Videos – September 8, 2012
Baby – Justin Bieber fea. Ludacris
On The Floor – Jennifer Lopez fea. Pitbull
This Time For Africa - Waka Waka
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
Love the way you lie – Eminem
Top iPhone Mobile Apps – September 8, 2012
Minecraft – Pocket Edition
Where’s My Perry?
Top music albums – September 8, 2012 –
Eye On It – tobyMac
Chapter V – Trey Songz
Welcome To: Our House – Slaughterhouse
Havoc and Bright Lights – Alanis Morissette
Some Nights - .fun
Blown Away – Carrie Underwood
Based On A T.R.U. Story – 2 Chanz
Overexposed – Maroon 5
Up All Night – One Direction
Believe – Justin Bieber
21 – Adele
God Forgives, I Don’t – Rick Ross
Violent Waves – Circa Survive
Uncaged – Zac Brown Band
Kiss The Ring – DJ Khaled
My Head Is An Animal – Of Monsters And Men
Tailgates & Tanlines – Luke Bryan
And If Our God is For Us... Chris Tomline
Top Television Shows/TV guide listings - September 8, 2012
1.Sunday Night Football: Pittsburgh at DenverNBC
2.NFL Football: Dallas at N.Y. GiantsNBC
3."Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick"NBC
4."Wednesday Night NFL Pre-Kick"NBC
5."Football Night in America"NBC
7."NFL Opening Kick-Off Show"NBC
8."America's Got Talent" (Tuesday)NBC
10."America's Got Talent" (Thursday)NBC
11."The Big Bang Theory"CBS
12."Democratic Convention" (Thursday)NBC
13."Big Brother 14" (Sunday)CBS
14."Master Chef" (Tuesday)Fox
15."NCIS: Los Angeles"CBS
16."Two and a Half Men" (Thursday)CBS
17."Big Brother 14" (Thursday)CBS
18."Hell's Kitchen" (Tuesday)Fox
19."Big Brother 14" (Wednesday)CBS
20."The Big Bang Theory" (Monday, 8:30 p.m.)CBS
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