This Week In History. This Week In News and Pop Culture History. Week Of October 15, 2010. Three Months Ago.

Week of October 15, 2010.

Compiled By Gary West of mrpopculture.com    www.mrpophistory.com

Bank of America Corp. said Friday it lost more than $2.2 billion in the third quarter as loan losses kept rising, providing further evidence that consumers are still struggling to pay their bills. The nation’s second-largest bank said it wrote down loans on its books by almost $10 billion during the July-September period, up almost $1 billion from the second quarter. The bank also added $2.1 billion to its reserves to cover bad loans, bringing its provision for credit losses to $11.7 billion. The bank’s total allowance for loan and lease losses now totals $35.83 billion.
A white Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have. Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, says it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long. “I’m not a racist. I just don’t believe in mixing the races that way,” Bardwell told the Associated Press on Thursday. “I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom. I treat them just like everyone else.” Bardwell said he asks everyone who calls about marriage if they are a mixed race couple. If they are, he does not marry them, he said.

The father of a 6-year-old boy who was thought to be in a helium balloon that floated away said Friday accusations that the ordeal was a publicity stunt are “extremely pathetic.” The sheriff said he would be asking more questions.
Richard Heene and his family made the rounds on all three television networks on Friday, and the boy at the center of the saga got sick twice when he and his father were asked during separate interviews what he meant when he said that “we did this for a show.” Falcon Heene vanished around the time his family’s homemade helium balloon floated away from their home on Thursday, setting off a national uproar as authorities scoured the plains of northern Colorado for the youngster. Turns out, he was hiding in the rafters of the family’s garage.

The Maldives’ government held an underwater cabinet meeting on Saturday in a bid to focus global attention on rising sea levels that threaten to submerge the low-lying atoll nation. President Mohamed Nasheed plunged first into the Indian Ocean followed by his ministers, all clad in scuba gear, for the nationally televised meeting in this archipelago known as an idyllic holiday getaway for the rich. Nasheed and his deputy, Mohamed Waheed, and a dozen ministers sat behind tables arranged in a horseshoe at a depth of six metres (20 feet) and approved a resolution urging global action to cut carbon emissions.

President Barack Obama pushed back against critics of his health care plan on Saturday with a stern warning that absent reform, costs will continue to rise and eventually devastate the U.S. economy. The administration is trying to build momentum for the effort following a 14-9 vote this week by the Senate Finance Committee for legislation that would extend health care to millions of people.
Swine flu is causing unprecedented illness for so early in the fall — including a worrisome count of child deaths — and the government warned Friday that vaccine supplies will be even more scarce than expected through this month. Federal health officials said 11 more children have died in the past week because of the virus.
A 16-year-old Australian steered her bright pink yacht out of Sydney Harbor on Sunday to start her bid to become the youngest person to sail solo and unassisted around the world. Jessica Watson’s plan to make a 23,600-mile journey through some of the world’s most treacherous waters sparked a debate in Australia about whether someone so young should be allowed to try such a potentially dangerous feat.

Astronomers have found 32 new planets outside our solar system, adding evidence to the theory that the universe has many places where life could develop. Scientists using European Southern Observatory telescopes didn’t find any planets quite the size of Earth or any that seemed habitable or even unusual. But their announcement increased the number of planets discovered outside the solar system to more than 400. Six of the newly found planets are several times bigger than Earth, increasing the population of so-called SuperEarths by more than 30 percent. Most planets discovered so far are far bigger, Jupiter-sized or even larger.
The chief of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard accused the United States, Britain and Pakistan on Monday of having links with Sunni militants responsible for a suicide bombing that killed five senior Guard commanders and 37 others. Iran’s president said those behind Sunday’s bombing are hiding across the border in Pakistan, and in a phone call with his Pakistani counterpart on Monday he demanded their arrest.
Pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers should not be targeted for federal prosecution in states that allow medical marijuana, prosecutors were told Monday in a new policy memo issued by the Justice Department. Under the policy spelled out in a three-page legal memo, federal prosecutors are being told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state law.

Afghanistan’s election commission Tuesday ordered a Nov. 7 runoff in the disputed presidential poll after a fraud investigation dropped incumbent Hamid Karzai’s votes below 50 percent of the total. Karzai accepted the finding and agreed to a second round vote. The announcement came two months to the day after the first round vote and follows weeks of political uncertainty at a time when Taliban strength is growing. President Barack Obama welcomed Karzai’s willingness to run in a new election against his main rival Abdullah Abdullah, saying his decision “established an important precedent for Afghanistan’s new democracy.”

Garth Brooks is coming out of retirement and will appear in Las Vegas. The country superstar and casino owner Steve Wynn announced that Brooks will be taking over the Encore theater at Wynn Las Vegas about 15 weeks a year, perhaps for the next five years.

Lindsey Lohan is ordered to appear in a Beverly Hills, Calif., courtroom Friday morning. The 23-year-old actress was placed on three years of probation in 2007 after she pleaded guilty to two counts of being under the influence of cocaine, and no contest to two counts of drunken driving and one count of reckless driving. She spent 84 minutes in jail.
Two weeks after the cancellation of her “Fame Kills” tour with Kanye West, Lady Gaga has announced the details of a solo tour. Described by Gaga as “the first-ever ‘pop electro opera,’” “The Monster Ball” tour kicks off November 27 in Montreal, Canada, and will hit 16 North American cities before ending with a two-night stand January 20-21 at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. The pop singer also revealed that “The Fame Monster,” an enhanced re-release of her debut album, will be released November 23. It will feature a second disc with eight new songs, including “Bad Romance,” which Gaga premiered at the Alexander McQueen show during Paris Fashion Week.
Bon Jovi has a new album and a new gig — artist in residence with U.S. television network NBC, its affiliated cable TV networks, and all its news, information and digital brands. In a deal unveiled by NBC Universal on Thursday, the veteran rock band will perform on NBC’s “Today” show on four Wednesdays in November, and lead singer Jon Bon Jovi will be a guest on cable channel Bravo’s “Inside the Actor’s Studio,” as well as the subject of a character showcase on the company’s USA network. The band’s music, and its new studio album “The Circle” which launches on Nov 12, will also be featured heavily throughout NBC Universal’s network and cable programming.
Taylor Swift will host “Saturday Night Live” on November 7.
Fox and Burger King have apologized to Jessica Simpson for their “poor attempt at humor” in an NFL animated skit that mocked her weight. The spoof, which aired during Fox NFL Sunday and was sponsored by Burger King, featured cartoon versions of Dallas Cowboys players poking fun at the singer’s physique, which has been under scrutiny for the past year.
Former boxing rivals Mike Tyson and Evander Hollyfield appear on Oprah Winfrey. Tyson once bit part of Hollyfield’s ear off – so lets see if it grew back.
Britney Spears on top again, with the U.S. pop singer cementing her comeback with a new single, “3,” rocketing to No. 1 in its debut week. Proving her popularity has not waned despite a personal and career meltdown in 2007 and 2008, “3″ entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart at the top, making her the first artist with a debut No. 1 in more than three years, Billboard said on Wednesday. The single, from her new album, “The Singles Collection,” due out on November 10, is the first No. 1 debut since Taylor Hicks’ 2006 hit “Do I Make You Proud” and the first non-”American Idol” song to enter the chart at No. 1 in almost 11 years. Spears has sold more than 63 million albums worldwide since her debut as a teen pop phenomenon with the single “… Baby One More Time” in 1998.
Conan O’Brien and Newark Mayor Cory Booker turned their frivolous feud about the gritty city into comedy on NBC’s “Tonight Show” on Friday.The chatty 40-somethings worked off one another like a comic duo. But the jokes eventually gave way to a plug for Booker’s efforts to fashion a national blueprint for urban transformation in Newark, long an icon for urban decay, and a $100,000 donation to his Newark Now charity from O’Brien and NBC. Booker’s appearance on O’Brien’s show culminated a facetious feud that began Sept. 23 with O’Brien joking that Booker’s new health care program consisted of a bus ticket out of Newark, which is just west of New York City and is often scarred by violence. The mayor responded with a humorous video on YouTube in which he banned O’Brien from Newark Liberty International Airport.
Passing – Vic Mizzy, a songwriter who composed the catchy themes for the 1960s sit-coms ”The Addams Family” and “Green Acres,” has died. He was 93. He wrote songs that were recorded by Dean Martin, Doris Day, Perry Como and Billie Holiday in the ’40s and ’50s. His hits included “Pretty Kitty Blue Eyes,” “My Dreams are Getting Better All the Time,” and “With a Hey and a Hi and a Ho-Ho-Ho.” But his most famous work was the theme to “The Addams Family,” a tune accented by finger snaps and opening with the cleverly quirky lyrics: “They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky: the Addams family.”

Donny Osmond makes his debut atop the “Dancing With the Stars” leaderboard with his professional partner Kym Johnson, after steaming up the ballroom with an Argentine tango. Although he is one of the oldest celebrities left in the competition, Donny, just 51, spiced up the dance floor with Kym to the delight of the three judges.
Elizabeth Hasselbeck returned to her usual seat at “The View” table after taking several months off due to maternity leave. A judge will allow former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to join the cast of The Celebrity Apprentice, but has requested that his attorneys meet with prosecutors to discuss how his participation in the reality show will affect his upcoming trial, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Hip TV (Thanks TVS)… Sunday night
At 7, ABC has a new America’s Funniest Home Videos, followed by new episodes of Extreme Makeover, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters.
CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7, then new episodes of The Amazing Race, Three Rivers, and Cold Case.
NBC has a new Football Night in America at 7, followed by the Bears vs. the Falcons.
FOX has a new Brothers at 7.
At 8, FOX has a new episode of The Simpsons, then a new Cleveland Show.
TBS has Baseball Playoffs at 8, the Dodgers vs. the Phillies.
Nickelodeon has a new Nick News Special Edition at 8.
At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece Mystery!
Food Network has a new Next Iron Chef at 9, then a new Iron Chef America.
IFC has Monty Python: Almost The Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut) at 9.
HBO has a new Curb Your Enthusiasm at 9, followed by a new Bored To Death.
Also at 9: Showtime has a new Dexter, then a new Californication.
At 9:30, FOX has a new American Dad.
At 10, AMC has a new Mad Men.
At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Titan Maximum.
At midnight , Cartoon Network has a new Venture Brothers

Hot Hits –
3 – Britney Spears (debuts at #1)
Party in the U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus
Down – Jay Sean fea. Lil Wayne
Watcha Say – Jason DeRulo
Run This Town – Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West
I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
Paparazzi – Lady Gaga
Fireflies – Owl City
You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift
Use Somebody – Kings of Leon

Top albums this week –
Crazy Love – Michael Buble
American Ride – Toby Keith
Sonic Boom – Kiss
The Blueprint-3 – Jay-Z
Love is the Answer – Barbra Streisand
Doin’ My Thing – Luke Bryan
Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel – Mariah Carey
The Time Of Our Lives – Miley Cyrus
Dear Agony – Breaking Benjamin
This Is It – Backstreet Boys
Brand New Eyes – Paramore
Black Gives Way to Blue – Alice in Chains
Still – BeBe and CeCe Winans
I Look to You – Whitney Houston
Backspace – Pearl Jam

Fearless – Taylor Swift

Your Songs – Harry Connick Jr.

Revolution – Miranda Lambert
Celebration – Madonna

At the movies –
Where The Wild Things Are
Paranormal Activity
Law Abiding Citizen
The Stepfather
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Zombieland
Surrogates
The Invention of Lying
Whip It
Capitalism: A Love Story

Exactly 1 Year Ago – Week Of December 15, 2009. This Week In Pop History.

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Week of December 15 2009 in News and Pop Culture – Compiled by Gary West @ mrpopculture.com:

The government and the window covering industry on Tuesday recalled more than 50 million Roman-style shades and roll-up blinds because of the risk children may be strangled by the cords. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said five deaths and 16 near-strangulations from Roman shades have been reported since 2006, while three deaths connected to roll-up blinds have been reported since 2001. Roman shades can become dangerous, the CPSC said, if a child’s neck gets stuck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind, or if the cord gets wrapped around a child’s neck.

The Philippines’ most active volcano oozed lava and shot up plumes of ash Tuesday, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes and face the possibility of a bleak Christmas in a shelter. State volcanologists raised the alert level on the cone-shaped, 8,070-foot (2,460-meter) Mayon volcano overnight to two steps below a major eruption after ash explosions. Dark orange lava fragments glowed in the dark as they trickled down the mountain slope overnight. Renato Solidum, head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, said the activity could get worse in coming days.
Australia plans to introduce an Internet filtering system to block obscene and crime-linked Web sites despite concerns it will curtail freedoms and won’t completely work. Adopting a mandatory screening system would make Australia one of the strictest Internet regulators among the world’s democracies. Authoritarian regimes commonly impose controls. China drew international criticism earlier this year with plans to install filtering software on all PCs sold in the country.
After months of turmoil, President Barack Obama is calling Senate Democrats to the White House to say it’s time to come together and pass legislation embracing a wholesale remodeling of America’s health care system. The meeting set for Tuesday afternoon comes a day after Senate Democratic leaders suggested they were ready to abandon the last vestiges of a government-run insurance program that liberals have long sought, in order to placate moderates and secure the 60 votes they need to overcome united GOP opposition.

Boeing Co.’s new 787 jetliner is finally taking to the skies, more than two years later than the company planned. Pilots Michael Carriker and Randall Neville lifted off from Everett’s Paine Field and headed northbound on a four-hour flight over Washington state to perform a variety of basic tests and systems checks before landing at Seattle’s Boeing Field. The 787 program has been plagued by ill-fitting parts and other problems. The first flight was supposed to be in 2007 with deliveries the following year, but Boeing has been forced to push that back five times.

Passing – Oral Roberts, a pioneer in televangelism who founded a multimillion-dollar ministry and a university that bears his name, dies. He was 91. Roberts died of complications from pneumonia in Newport Beach, California, according to his spokesman, A. Larry Ross. The evangelist was hospitalized after a fall on Saturday. He had survived two heart attacks in the 1990s and a broken hip in 2006.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, because of his monumental influence on the world’s most important economy, has been named TIME magazine’s 2009 Person of the Year.

The Federal Trade Commission sued Intel Corp., looking to block tactics it says the world’s biggest chip maker has used to snuff out competition. The FTC said Intel, which makes the microprocessors that run personal computers, has shut rivals out of the marketplace. In the process, the FTC says Intel has deprived consumers of choice and stifled innovation in the chip industry.

After more than three centuries, the humble check could become a historic relic if British banks, as expected, vote to phase it out in favor of more modern payment methods. The board of the UK Payments Council, the body for setting payment strategy in Britain, was meeting on Wednesday to discuss whether to set a date of 2018 for winding up the check clearing system. The board is largely made up of Britain’s leading banks. The use of checks has fallen drastically in the past 10 years as more consumers transfer money electronically, by direct debit or with debit and credit cards. Last year, around 3.8 million checks were written every day in Britain, compared to a peak of 10.9 million in 1990.
The Commerce Department says construction of new homes and apartments rose 8.9 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 574,000 units. The gain represented strength in all areas of the country although the increase was slightly lower than economists had expected.
A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives near a mosque inside a police compound in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing 10 people in the latest attack by suspected Taliban militants waging war against the government.
Millions of East Coast commuters returned to work Monday over slick roads and icy sidewalks after a weekend winter storm dropped record snowfall, interrupted holiday shopping and stranded travelers. The storm crept up the coast on Saturday and Sunday, walloping states from the mid-Atlantic to New England, causing hundreds of delayed or canceled flights, widespread power outages and treacherous driving conditions. The weather was blamed for at least seven deaths, including a snowmobile driver who crashed head-on into a horse-drawn buggy in Pennsylvania’s Amish country.

The Dallas Cowboys beat the unbeaten New Orleans Saints 24-17 leaving the Indianapolis Colts the only undefeated NFL team with 14 wins!

Senate Democrats won a crucial test vote on President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, putting them on track for passage before Christmas of the historic legislation to remake the nation’s medical system and cover 30 million uninsured. All 58 Democrats and the Senate’s two independents held together early Monday against unanimous Republican opposition, providing the exact 60-40 margin needed to shut down a threatened GOP filibuster.

Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry has died, one day after suffering serious injuries upon falling out of the back of a pickup truck in what authorities describe as a domestic dispute with his fiancé. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Henry died at 6:36 a.m. Thursday. Henry was 26.
Entertainment news this week – Fearless” singer Taylor Swift graces the cover of People’s “most intriguing of 2009,” on a list that names mom-of-eight Kate Gosselin the “mother of all reality stars” and British singer Susan Boyle as “the surprise hit,” the magazine said on Wednesday. Oprah Winfrey, who announced she would end her influential TV talk show in 2011, was honored as “the departing diva”, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as “the power pair” and President Barack Obama and wife Michelle as “the first couple.”

In a new category marking the fall of a number of male celebrities in 2009, golfer Tiger Woods, rapper Kanye West, singer Chris Brown, reality star Jon Gosselin, and David Letterman, who admitted affairs with his staffers, were named “Men in the Doghouse.” Rihanna, who was attacked in February by then boyfriend Brown, was named the “resilient star” after a series of frank interviews in November and a new album.
Simon Fuller is at it again – and is launching a Web reality series called If I Can Dream that will chronicle five young people a musician, an actor, two actresses and a model around-the-clock as they try to break into their respective industries. The program will stream their experiences 24/7 on the show’s official web site, and viewers will be allowed to interact with the participants live via Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and texting.
Passing – Roy E. Disney (79) – son of Roy Disney and nephew of uncle Walt.
Sean “Puffy” Combs tells Playboy – “I ain’t gonna lie – if God said I could pick one person to be my father, I’d want to be Sean Combs Obama,” Diddy told Playboy for their January/February double issue. “That’s how dope he is. I hope he reads this interview and adopts me. I wouldn’t even have to be in the will. I got my own money!”
Look for Jennifer Lopez and Melissa Rycroft to ring in the New Year on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.
Susan Boyle has beaten out wedding dancers, vampires, werewolves, children and babies to top the list of Most Watched YouTube videos for 2009. The Scottish singing sensation, who was introduced to most of the world back in April through the Internet video service, scored the top spot on the Web site’s first official list, netting more than 120 million views this year, YouTube announced this week.

Authorities on New York’s Long Island say Lindsay Lohan’s father is accused of violating an order of protection by calling his estranged girlfriend. Suffolk County prosecutors say Michael Lohan was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of criminal contempt. They say the alleged phone call was made on Sunday morning.
The Jonas bachelors are down to two. Eldest brother Kevin Jonas tied the knot with Danielle Deleasa on Saturday, according to People. “We’re so happy that we’re finally married and we were able to share the special moment with family, friends and loved ones,” the couple told the mag. The two reportedly wed in Long Island at a French-style chateau, with 400 guests in attendance, including fellow Disney star Demi Lovato.

Retiring – Charles Gibson conducts his final “ABC World News Tonight” telecast on Friday.
Pepsi says it will not be advertising on this season’s Super Bowl – the first time in 23 years.
Passing – Actress Brittany Murphy. She was 32.

At the movies –
Avatar
The Princess and the Frog
Blind Side
Did You Hear About the Morgans?
Invictus
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Disney’s A Christmas Carol
Up in the Air
Brothers
Old Dogs
Hot Hits This Week In 2009 –
Empire of the State – Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
Replay – Lyaz
TiK ToK – Ke$ha
Fireflies – Owl City
Sexy Chick – David Guetta fea. Akon
Watcha Say – Jason DeRulo
3 – Britney Spears
Meet Me Halfway – Black Eyed Peas
Down – Jay Sean fea. Lil’ Wayne
Paparazzi – Lady Gaga
Already Gone – Kelly Clarkson
Sweet Dreams – Beyonce
Forever – Drake fea. Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Eminem
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
I Gotta Felling – Black Eyed Peas
Hard –Rihanna fea. Jeezy
You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift
Do You Remember – Jean Sean fea. Sean Paul, and Lil John
I Can Transform Ya – Chris Brown fea. Lil Wayne and Swiss Beatz
Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
Fifteen – Taylor Swift
Bedrock – Young Money fea. Lloyd
Evacuate the Dance Floor – Cascada
Run This Town – Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West
Give It Up To Me – Shakira fea. Lil Wayne
Cowboy Casanova – Carrie Underwood

Top Pop Culture Stories – Febuary 16… Mr. Pop Culture

Jay-Z Not Crazy – Rap superstar Jay-Z turned down the opportunity to join Quincy Jones’’ star-studded remake of “We Are the World” — because he didn’t want to touch the classic. Jay-Z tells MTV.com, “‘We Are the World’ is like ‘Thriller’ to me. I don’t ever wanna see it touched. “I’m a fan of music. I know the plight and everything that’s going on in Haiti. I applaud the efforts: (Millions have been raised) through text (donations) to Haiti. So I appreciate the efforts and everything, but ‘We Are the World’ is (musically) untouchable like ‘Thriller’ is untouchable. Some things are just untouchable. It was a valiant effort, but for me, it’s gonna be untouchable.”

Dear Abbey – Cash-strapped music company EMI Group Ltd. is seeking a buyer for Abbey Road studios, where The Beatles recorded some of their most famous songs, a person familiar with the situation. The person said talks had been going on for several months, but a buyer had not yet been found. The individual spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks are private. A spokesman for EMI refused to comment on the sale bid, which could raise tens of millions of dollars for the label.

Idol revving up – It’s an “American Idol” first — some of the Top 24 members will be officially revealed early. According to the FOX, some of the Top 24 semifinalists will be revealed in a special two-hour event airing Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. on FOX. During Tuesday’s episode, the remaining contestants will take the stage to perform their final solo numbers in front of Simon, Ellen, Kara and Randy. Following these performances, the judges will deliberate and will announce some of the Top 24 semifinalists. Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 9 p.m., the judges will reveal the remaining contestants who will round out the Top 24.

Tiger Would? -Tiger Woods allegedly impregnated his porn star mistress twice, both times when his wife was also pregnant, according to an interview with the woman set to air Monday. Joslyn James said her lengthy and steamy affair with Woods always involved unprotected sex. Using protection “was never talked about,” the actress told U.S. television show “Inside Edition.” “It was never protected.” James, 32, who claimed she carried on an affair with Woods from 2006 to 2009, said she miscarried in her first pregnancy at about the same time his wife, Elin Nordegren, gave birth to daughter Sam Alexis on June 18, 2007