This Week In News, Trends And Pop History. Week Of January 15, 2011
Compiled by Gary West of mrpopculture.com and www.mrpophistory.com
In The News –
As if states did not have enough on their plates getting their shaky finances in order, a new bill is coming due — from the federal government, which will charge them $1.3 billion in interest this fall on the billions they have borrowed from Washington to pay unemployment benefits during the downturn.
The interest cost, which has been looming in plain sight without attracting much attention, represents only a sliver of the huge deficits most states will have to grapple with this year. But it comes as states are already cutting services, laying off employees and raising taxes. And it heralds a larger reckoning that many states will have to face before long: what to do about the $41 billion they have borrowed from the federal government to help them pay benefits to millions of unemployed people, a debt that federal officials say could rise to $80 billion.
Johnson and Johnson said it is recalling nearly 47 million packages of Tylenol, Sudafed and other nonprescription drugs manufactured at a Pennsylvania facility that has already been subject to a series of massive recalls, battering the company’s household brand. The latest recall affects certain lots of Tylenol, Benadryl and Sudafed products because of insufficient cleaning procedures, though the company does not believe that quality was impacted. The company also recalled certain lots of Rolaids tablets because they do not include certain labeling information.
President Barack Obama says he’s ready to work with lawmakers in both parties in a “spirit of common cause” to address major issues as Congress gets back to business after the Arizona shooting that brought legislative debate to a virtual standstill. “We carry on because we have to,” Obama said in his radio and Internet address Saturday. “After all, this is still a time of great challenges for us to solve.” He cited the need to create more jobs, strengthen the economy and reduce deficits — all issues, he said, that can be tackled in a “spirit of common cause with members of Congress from both parties.”
A top official in the Tunisian coastal city of Mahdia says the prison director there freed about 1,000 inmates following a deadly rebellion. The official says soldiers at the prison opened fire on the inmates after they rebelled Saturday, setting fire to mattresses and other objects. The official estimates that five people were killed. The official said the prison director then decided to open the prison gates to prevent further bloodshed. He was speaking on condition of anonymity out of security fears.
A car veered into oncoming lane of the Pacific Coast Highway, setting off a “very violent” 10-vehicle pileup that left three people dead and three others injured Saturday, authorities said. The famed roadway was packed with beach traffic on the summer-like day when two vehicle collided in the initial crash, then eight more became entangled in the wreckage, Newport Beach police Lt. Bill Hartford said. Three adults from two vehicles were declared dead at the scene and three others were taken to hospitals with injuries, one of them critical.
Apple Inc. founder and CEO Steve Jobs sent a note Monday to employees saying he’s taking a medical leave of absence so he can focus on his health. He says he will continue as CEO and be involved in major decisions but has asked chief operating officer Tim Cook to be responsible for all day-to-day operations.
At least 40 people were killed Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of people waiting to apply for jobs with the police, officials said, in the latest strike against Iraqi security recruits. Police said the bomber joined a crowd of about 100 recruits outside the police station in Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, some 80 miles north of Baghdad.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered a government-wide review of regulations with the goal of eliminating those that hurt job creation and make the economy less competitive. Obama took action after unveiling his plan in an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal in which he said some rules have placed “unreasonable burdens on business — burdens that have stifled innovation and have had a chilling effect on growth and jobs.”
Afghan police said some 40 Taliban insurgents had surrendered Tuesday after a military operation in the increasingly violent north, but the hardline Islamist group said the fighters were imposters.
The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from opponents of same-sex marriage who want to overturn the District of Columbia’s gay marriage law. The court did not comment Tuesday in turning away a challenge from a Maryland pastor and others who are trying to get a measure on the ballot to allow Washingtonians to vote on a measure that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in the United States on Tuesday for a four-day state visit peppered by U.S. complaints about Beijing’s currency policies but sweetened by some $8.5 billion in business deals. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner weighed in on the dispute over the level of the yuan hours before Hu flew in, while the White House urged China to take more steps to allow its currency to strengthen.
A major 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked a remote area of southwestern Pakistan early Wednesday, shaking many parts of the country and causing tremors as far away as India and the United Arab Emirates. The quake was centered in Baluchistan province, the country’s most sparsely populated area, said the United States Geological Service, occurring at 1:30 a.m. local time at a depth of some 50 miles (84 kilometers.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley told a church crowd just moments into his new administration that those who have not accepted Jesus as their savior are not his brothers and sisters, shocking some critics who questioned Tuesday whether he can be fair to non-Christians. “Anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I’m telling you, you’re not my brother and you’re not my sister, and I want to be your brother,” Bentley said.
Swiftly honoring a campaign pledge, newly empowered Republicans pushed legislation to repeal the nation’s year-old health care overhaul through the House Wednesday night, brushing aside implacable opposition in the Senate and a veto threat from President Barack Obama. The 245-189 vote was largely along party lines, and cleared the way for the second phase of the “repeal and replace” promise that victorious Republicans made to the voters last fall. GOP officials said that in the coming months, congressional committees will propose changes to the existing legislation, calling for elimination of a requirement for individuals to purchase coverage, for example, and recommending curbs on medical malpractice lawsuits.
Federal agents dealt another major blow to New York’s five Mafia crime families by arresting more than 100 suspected mobsters throughout the Northeast on charges including murder, extortion and narcotics trafficking. The FBI said most of the arrests were made Thursday morning. Many were in Brooklyn, but they also occurred throughout New York City and in New Jersey and New England. The takedown was the result of multiple investigations. Federal probes aided by mob turncoats have decimated the families’ ranks in recent years and have resulted in lengthy prison terms for several leaders. On Friday, a federal judge in Brooklyn sentenced John “Sonny” Franzese, 93, to eight years in prison for extorting Manhattan strip clubs and a pizzeria on Long Island.
A shootout erupted in Miami as a task force of law enforcement officers served a homicide warrant Thursday, killing two police officers and the suspect, authorities said. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez said the first officer had been shot once and died at the scene. The second officer, who was shot several times, was taken to a hospital and later died, Alvarez said. The officers and suspect were not immediately identified. Alvarez said a squad of Miami-Dade police officers — who are part of the career criminal unit of the warrants division — was serving a homicide warrant from the city of Miami when there was a confrontation
Eric Schmidt, a technology veteran brought in as Google Inc.’s “adult supervision” a decade ago, is relinquishing the CEO job to Larry Page, one of the prodigies who co-founded the company behind the Internet’s dominant gateway. The surprise shake-up announced Thursday appears to be driven by Schmidt’s desire to tackle other challenges as much as Page’s personal ambition.
Chinese President Hu Jintao took his political roadshow to the U.S. heartland on Friday, visiting Chicago to highlight business and cultural ties between the world’s two largest economies.
Leaving behind the rancor of Washington where he was pressed on human rights and currency policy, Hu was feted by the Chicago elite at a gala dinner in U.S. President Barack Obama’s hometown. He was to wrap up his four-day U.S. state visit with stops at a local school and a business exhibition. Analysts said Hu’s trip had gone smoothly enough to help set a better tone to the relationship after a flare-up in tensions last year over issues such as trade, North Korea and Internet censorship.
Football playoff – It’ll be the Green Bay Packers vs. The Chicago Bears and the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. the New York Jets!
Confirming reports that have swirled for weeks, Facebook said Friday that it has raised $1.5 billion from Goldman Sachs and Digital Sky Technologies. The investment gives the company a valuation of around $50 billion.The company also confirmed that it plans to begin filing public financial reports by April 2012 — a move likely to coincide with an IPO.
The Apple App store surpasses 10 billion downloads!
Viral Video For This Week – Shows a lady texting but not noticing she’s about to fall into a fountain. Her name is Cathy Cruz Marrero – and the incident happened at the mall where she worked.
Entertainment News – A publicist for the 42-year-old actor confirms that Owen Wilson and girlfriend Jade Duell welcomed a baby boy in Hawaii on Friday. The child, named Ford Linton Wilson, weighed in at 6 pounds, 13 ounces.
Zsa Zsa Gabor smiled and ate ice cream on Saturday, a day after doctors amputated much of the actress’ leg to fight a gangrene infection that could have killed her, her husband said.
Passing – British actress Susannah York. She was 72.
Veteran broadcaster Regis Philbin says he’s retiring from his weekday talk show. Regis, 79, made the announcement at the start of Tuesday morning’s “Live With Regis and Kelly,” which he has hosted for a quarter-century, most recently sharing hosting duties with Kelly Ripa. Philbin said he would be stepping down from the show around the end of the summer, but he didn’t specify a departure date.
“Amercan Idol” returns for 10th Season. Television’s top show returned Wednesday with a makeover for its 10th season on Fox. Cowell, everyone’s favorite villain, is gone as a judge. So are Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres, replaced with the star power of Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. Original judge Randy Jackson remains.The first, two-hour episode accentuated the positive, an indication that producers are setting a different tone.
Michael Jackson’s estate is seeking the shutdown of a website that is selling a book written by the singer’s mother and has released music attributed to the late superstar. The singer’s estate sued businessman Howard Mann, who operates the website jacksonsecretvault, on Thursday, claiming both are infringing on copyrights and pose unfair competition.The website features a book of Katherine Jackson’s recollections of her son and released a remix of a Jackson song shortly before the release of a posthumous album last year.
Mexican pop singer Kalimba has been arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents in El Paso, Texas, for immigration violations.A judge in Mexico’s Caribbean state of Quintana Roo had issued an arrest warrant against the singer. Prosecutors allege Kalimba raped a 17-year-old girl at a hotel in the state capital of Chetumal on Dec. 19. Kalimba has denied the accusations in a case that has received front-page coverage in Mexican newspapers. The singer’s full name is Kalimba Kadjaly Marichal Ibar. He is 28. He formerly performed with the group OV7.
Jimmy Kimmel Live – will move up its start time by five minutes, ABC announced Thursday. Beginning Feb. 4, the late-night talk show will begin at midnight instead of 12:05 a.m. ET. The move trims Nightline, which begins at 11:35 p.m. ET, to 25 minutes from 30 minutes.
Featured in Poster – In a new campaign for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), teen singing sensation Justin Bieber is lending his voice to help encourage people to give needy animals a good home. “It’s really important that people adopt,” the Biebs said in a release. “I really encourage going out to an animal shelter or a place where you can get a dog who has been abandoned or doesn’t have a home.”
Influential film critic Roger Ebert is showing off a new look ahead of his return to television, wearing a prosthetic chin to mask damage to his face from thyroid cancer. Last year, magazine Esquire profiled the Pulitzer-prize winning Chicago Sun-Times critic and published a picture revealing the effects of drastic surgeries on his jaw since his diagnosis with thyroid cancer in 2002.
The Golden Globes Are Held This Week. Here are the movie winners:
Picture, drama: “The Social Network”
Picture, musical or comedy: “The Kids Are All Right”
Actor, drama: Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”
Actress, drama: Natalie Portman, ” Black Swan”
Director: David Fincher, “The Social Network”
Actor, musical or comedy: Paul Giamatti, “Barney’s Version”
Actress, musical or comedy: Annette Bening, “The Kids Are All Right”
Supporting actor: Christian Bale, “The Fighter”
Supporting actress: Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”
Foreign language: “In a Better World,” Denmark
Animated film: “Toy Story 3″
Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network
George Clooney said he contracted malaria during a trip to Sudan earlier this month, but is now fully cured. Clooney, 49, a frequent visitor to the war-torn nation, was helping draw attention to a historic referendum on independence for residents of the mainly Christian south.
Keith Olbermann returned from one last commercial break on “Countdown” to tell viewers it was his last broadcast, and read a James Thurber short story in a three-minute exit statement. Simultaneously, MSNBC e-mailed a statement that “MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract.” The network thanked him and said, “we wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Parents Television Council Scores a Win – “PTC thanks General Motors for swiftly responding to PTC members’ concerns about Chevy Volt advertisements” PTC President Tim Winter said in a statement. “MTV admitted placing the Chevy commercial on Skins in error. GM also stated that MTV had apologized for its error. Every single advertiser who sponsored the premiere episode of Skins is not only endorsing, but glorifying teen drug and alcohol abuse, not to mention a plethora of baseless sexual content.”
Music news –
Passing – Don Kirshner – an integral part of the history of rock n’ roll. Nevins-Kirshner publishing, which resided in the Brill Building, was responsible for such artists as Neil Sedaka, Carole King, Shangri-las, Neil Diamond, Drifters, Monkees, Archies and this is just a small sample. Under Don Kirshner’s leadership, the Brill Building had an incredible group of talented writers such as Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman, Ellie Greenwich, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller that wrote tons of hit records especially between 1959-1970.
Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me” debuts at #1 on the national charts. The singer’s latest hit, which debuted at number one in 19 other countries, is the biggest first week track number for a female artist, breaking a record previously held by Taylor Swift. She’s also only the second artist ever – behind Mariah Carey — to have two consecutive number ones on the Billboard chart (her catchy hit “3″ raced to the top in October 2009).
Hot hits this week –
Hold It Against Me – Britney Spears
Firework – Katy Perry
Grenade – Bruno Mrs
Black and Yellow – Wiz Khalifa
What’s My Name? – Rihanna fea. Drake
We R Who We R – Ke$ha
Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You) – Enrique Iglesias fea. Ludacris & DJ Frank E
Raise Your Glass – P!nk
Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
The Time (Dirty Bit) – The Black Eyed Peas
Only Girl (In The World) – Rihanna
6 Foot 7 Foot – Lil Wayne Fea. Cory Gunz
What The Hell- Avril Lavigne
Yeah 3X – Chris Brown
No Hands – Waka Flocka Flame fea. Roscoe Dash & Wal
Stereo Love – Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina
Rocketer – Far East Movement fea. Ryan Tedder
Coming Home – Diddy – Dirty Money fea. Skylar Grey
Dynamite – Taio Cruz
Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor) – Pitbull fea. T-Pain
F**k You (Forget You)
Just A Dream – Nelly
H*A*M* – Kanye West & Jay-Z
Bottoms Up – Trey Songz fea. Nicki Minaj
DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love – Usher fea. Pitbull
At the movies:
Season of the Witch (1st week $10.612 million)
The King’s Speech
The Chronicles of Narmia: THe Voyage of the Dawn Trader
Wednesday Night TV (TV Squad)
8:00 to 9:00
ABC: ‘The Middle’ and ‘Better With You’
CBS: ‘Live to Dance’
FOX: ‘American Idol’* — (120 minutes)
NBC: ‘Minute to Win It’
PBS: ‘NOVA scienceNow’*
Discovery: ‘MythBusters: Supersized Special’
G4: ‘Campus PD’
OWN: ‘Mystery Diagnosis’
The rest of the schedule and the late night talk shows after the jump.
9:00 to 10:00
ABC: ‘Modern Family’ and ‘Cougar Town’
CBS: ‘Criminal Minds’
A&E: ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’
BBC America: ‘Modern Monarchy: Here & There’ — 9:30 start
DisneyXD: ‘Naruto: Shippuden’
DIY: ’10 Grand in Your Hand’ — 9:30 start
HGTV: ‘Disaster DIY’
Planet Green: ‘Last Woman Standing’
SyFy: ‘Ghost Hunters International’
TBS: ‘Tyler Perry’s House of Payne’ — Two episodes
TLC: ‘My Strange Addiction’
Travel: ‘Man v. Food: Carnivore Chronicles’
10:00 to 11:00
ABC: ‘Off the Map’
CBS: ‘Blue Bloods’#
NBC: ‘Law & Order: SVU’
A&E: ‘Storage Wars’ — 10:30 start
Animal Planet: ‘I Shouldn’t Be Alive’
Bravo: ‘Top Chef: All-Stars’ — (75 minutes)
CNBC: ‘American Greed’
Food Network: ‘Restaurant: Impossible’*
ID: ‘James Ellroy’s LA: City of Demons’*
MTV: ‘I Used to be Fat’
NatGeo: ‘Wild Justice’
OWN: ‘Miracle Detectives’
TBS: ‘Are We There Yet?’ — Two episodes
TLC: ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’
truTV: ‘Disorder in the Court’
TV Land: ‘Hot in Cleveland’* and ‘Retired at 35′*
VH1: ‘Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew’**
‘Piers Morgan Tonight’* (CNN): Condoleezza Rice
‘Charlie Rose’ (PBS): George Shultz
‘The Mo’Nique Show’ (BET): Debbie Allen; Vannessa Bell Calloway; performance by Soulja Boy (repeat)
‘The Daily Show’ (Comedy Central): Paul Clemens
‘Chelsea Lately’ (E!): Ginnifer Goodwin
‘Conan’ (TBS): Natalie Portman; Chris Pratt; performance by Keyshia Cole
‘Late Show With David Letterman’ (CBS): Martin Short; performance by Darius Rucker
‘The Tonight Show’ (NBC): Amy Poehler; Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino; performance by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
‘The Colbert Report’ (Comedy Central): Ron Reagan Jr.
‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (ABC): Don Rickles; Wilmer Valderrama; performance by New Politics
‘Tavis Smiley’ (PBS): The discussion continues on America’s next chapter
‘Lopez Tonight’ (TBS): Cameron Diaz; Greg Fitz
‘The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson’ (CBS): Emily Deschanel; comedian Rich Fulcher
‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ (NBC): Betty White; Stephan Merchant; performance by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
‘Last Call With Carson Daly’ (NBC): Rob Coddry; Jay Electronica; performance by Alberta Cross (repeat)
|1.||AFC Divisional Playoff Post-Game Show” (Sunday)||CBS|
|2.||NFL Playoff: Green Bay vs. Atlanta||FOX|
|4.||NCIS: Los Angeles||CBS|
|6.||Golden Globe Awards||NBC|
|7.||AFC Divisional Playoff Post-Game” (Saturday)||CBS|
|9.||The Good Wife||CBS|
|14.||The Big Bang Theory||CBS|
|16.||Two and a Half Men||CBS|
|18.||(Bleep) My Dad Says||CBS|
|20.||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||CBS|