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Week of October 8, 2010 in News and Pop Culture:

A mushrooming crisis over potential flaws in foreclosure documents is threatening to throw the real estate industry into chaos, as Bank of America on Friday became the first bank to stop taking back tens of thousands of foreclosed homes in all 50 states. The move, along with another decision on foreclosures by PNC Financial Services Inc., adds to growing concerns that mortgage lenders have been evicting homeowners using flawed court papers, without verifying the information in them.

In another White House shake up, President Barack Obama on Friday announced that his national security adviser, Gen. James Jones, was stepping down after helping to shape the foreign policy for nearly two years Tom Donilon, Jones’ deputy, will take over as the top security adviser.

China has long wanted a Nobel prize. Now that it has one, its leaders are furious. The Nobel committee awarded its peace prize to imprisoned democracy campaigner Liu Xiaobo on Friday, lending encouragement to China’s dissident community and sending a rebuke to the authoritarian government, which sharply condemned the award

Abbott Laboratories says it is withdrawing its diet pill Meridia in the U.S. and Canada, almost a year after studies showed the drug increases the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with a history of heart disease. Meridia has been available in both countries for more than a decade. Abbott says it made the decision at the request of the Food and Drug Administration. Earlier in the day, Health Canada, the nation’s health department, announced the drug would come off the market there

Pakistan said Saturday (October 9) it will reopen a key border crossing and allow convoys to resume delivering supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan, ending a 10-day blockade during which trucks were stranded on their way to the border and almost 150 were destroyed by attackers. Pakistan closed the northwest crossing at Torkham on Sept. 30 in an apparent protest over a NATO helicopter incursion that killed two of its soldiers on the border.

Chile – Sixty-six days after their gold and copper mine collapsed above them, 33 miners were offered a way out Saturday as a drill broke through to their underground purgatory. They should be out in a matter of days. More later.

The Republican candidate for governor, Carl P. Paladino, told a gathering in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Sunday that children should not be “brainwashed” into thinking that homosexuality was acceptable, and criticized his opponent, Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, for marching in a gay pride parade earlier this year. Addressing Orthodox Jewish leaders, Mr. Paladino described his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Two Americans and a British-Cypriot economist won the 2010 Nobel economics prize Monday for developing a theory that helps explain why many people can remain unemployed despite a large number of job vacancies. Federal Reserve board nominee Peter Diamond was honored along with Dale Mortensen and Christopher Pissarides with the 10 million Swedish kronor ($1.5 million) prize for their analysis of the obstacles that prevent buyers and sellers from efficiently pairing up in markets.

A train locomotive rammed through a stalled passenger bus on a railroad crossing in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, killing 43 people and injuring eight others as the bus was pushed 300 meters (yards) down the tracks. Investigators said the bus driver ignored the siren of the oncoming train, and the bus stalled on the tracks as the driver tried to shift gears. Witnesses said the driver also ignored a red light.

A federal judge Tuesday (October 12) ordered the government to stop banning openly gay men and women from serving in the military under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy”. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips found the policy unconstitutional in September. On Tuesday, she rejected an Obama administration request to delay an injunction and ordered enforcement of the 17-year-old policy permanently stopped. The Justice Department has 60 days to appeal. Legal experts say the government is under no legal obligation to do so and they could let Phillips’ ruling stand.

The Obama administration on Tuesday lifted the moratorium on deepwater exploratory oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico — provided companies follow new safety rules. “Operators who play by the rules and clear the higher bar can be allowed to resume” drilling, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said at a news conference.

Officials in 50 states and the District of Columbia have launched a joint investigation into allegations that mortgage companies mishandled documents and broke laws in foreclosing on hundreds of thousands of homeowners. The states’ attorneys general and bank regulators will examine whether mortgage company employees made false statements or prepared documents improperly.
Chile’s trapped miners were shuttled up a narrow escape shaft to freedom and joyous reunions on Wednesday in a meticulously planned rescue operation that ended the longest underground entrapment in human history. One after another, the miners climbed into a missile-like steel capsule barely wider than a man’s shoulders and took a 15-minute journey through 2,000 feet of rock to the surface. All of the miners were freed Wednesday night in a rescue operation that advanced rapidly without hitches. Scenes of jubilation erupted each time a miner arrived to a hero’s welcome above the San Jose gold and copper mine in Chile’s northern Atacama desert. The last miner out was Luis Alberto Urzua, 54, the shift foreman credited with helping the trapped miners endure 17 days in isolation before Chileans discovered the men had survived the mine collapse.

More people applied for unemployment benefits last week, the first rise in three weeks and evidence that companies are reluctant to hire in a slow economy. Initial claims for unemployment rose by 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 462,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was only the second rise in two months.

For the Senate – Trailing by double-digits in most polls, Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell went on the offensive Wednesday, attacking Democrat Chris Coons as a career politician with Marxist views who would raise taxes and rubber-stamp Democratic policies. Coons, meanwhile, during a nationally televised debate portrayed O’Donnell as an extremist more interested in clever sound bites than offering solutions to the problems confronting the nation.

Sudan – A former militia leader arrived in Southern Sudan’s capital Thursday to hold peace talks with the president and army leadership, part of an effort by the southern government to project unity ahead of a looming vote on self-determination. The oil-rich, mainly Christian south is due to hold a referendum on independence from the mainly Muslim north in January as part of a peace deal that ended a two-decades-long war between the regions. During that time, more than 2 million people were killed, often the result of the north arming southern groups and encouraging them to fight each other.

Obama’s Health Care Plan Will Have Its Day In Court – Crucial pieces of a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s health care overhaul can go to trial, with a judge ruling Thursday he wants to hear more arguments over whether it’s constitutional to force citizens to buy health insurance. In a written ruling, U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson said it also needs to be decided whether it’s constitutional to penalize people who do not buy insurance with taxes and to require states to expand their Medicaid programs. Another federal judge in Michigan threw out a similar lawsuit last week. Vinson set a hearing for Dec. 16. The lawsuits will likely wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

After two days of silence, the Obama administration urged a federal judge on Thursday to let the military press on with its “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on gays serving openly in the military. Still, President Barack Obama insisted the policy that has divided the nation for two decades “will end on my watch.” The Pentagon said the military “will of course obey the law” and halt enforcement while the case is still in question. But gay rights advocates cautioned gay service members to avoid revealing their sexuality in the meantime.

For more than a year, CVS Pharmacy Inc. was more than a neighborhood drug store in Southern California and at least four other states. Federal authorities say it was the place of choice for would-be criminals known as “smurfers” to buy a key ingredient used to cook batches of the highly addictive drug methamphetamine. On Thursday, the nation’s largest operator of retail pharmacies announced it had agreed to pay $75 million in fines for allowing repeated purchases of pseudoephedrine that led to a spike in Southern California drug trafficking.

Gap is back to blue. The casual wear chain will keep its decades-old white-on-navy blue logo after all. The move comes just one week after the company swapped it online for a new logo without saying a word. The new logo irritated fans, spurring them to complain about it online. Gap North America president Marka Hansen said in a statement late Monday that the San Francisco-based company realized how much people liked the old logo after they put up the new one, a white background with black letters and a little blue box. She also says Gap didn’t handle the change correctly and missed a chance to have shoppers offer input until it was too late.

American Airlines is recalling about 800 furloughed employees, about 1 percent of its work force, as it adds flights on international routes.

Technology –
Microsoft Phones – With the unveiling of nine Windows Phone 7 phones to be rolled out on four continents this holiday season, Microsoft’s re-entry into the smart phone business is nearly underway. Of the nine, five are coming to America — three from HTC, LG and Samsung go to AT&T, while T-Mobile will sell an additional two, from Dell and HTC. Though the big reveal is this week, the first of the phones won’t be available until November 8. T-Mobile’s main Windows Phone 7 model, the HTC HD7, will have a 4.3-inch screen, one of the largest around. As for the two other major U.S. wireless carriers, Microsoft promises that Verizon and Sprint will have phones in 2011, and that “select models” would be sold at Microsoft Stores and on Amazon. AT&T’s phones include the HTC Surround, LG Quantum and Samsung Focus, all pictured up top. They all have 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, capacitive touch screens and 5-megapixel cameras. They will each sell for $199.99 with a two-year contract.

New technology to pick up audio during busy sporting events…
It’s from a company called Squarehead and the device is called Audioscope, and contains over 300 microphones. Picture this – the device is mounted above a stadium and a wide-angle camera looks down on the scene from the center of a disk containing the microphones. All the operator has to do is pinpoint a spot on the court or field using the screen, and the Audioscope works out how far that spot is from each of the mics, corrects for delay and then synchronizes the audio from all 315 of them. The result is a microphone that can pick out the pop of a bubblegum bubble in the middle of a basketball game…”

Microsoft issued its biggest-ever security fix Tuesday, including repairs to its ubiquitous Windows operating system and Internet browser for flaws that could let hackers take control of a PC. The new patches aim to fix a number of vulnerabilities including the notorious Stuxnet virus that attacked an Iranian nuclear power plant and other industrial control systems around the world. Microsoft said four of the new patches — software updates that write over glitches — were of the highest priority and should be deployed immediately to protect users from potential criminal attacks on the Windows operating systems.

Entertainment news –

Ryan Seacrest is in talks with AEG, which is mostly in the live-event business, and talent agency CAA about teaming up to create a new cable network. The discussions are in the early stages, according to The Live Feed, but the partners are discussing programming that would be “music, pop culture and lifestyle oriented.” Seacrest would continue working with E!, where he hosts and executive produces the daily “E! News” show and produces “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and other shows.

A Michigan couple convicted of trying to extort $680,000 out of “Glee” actor John Stamos were each sentenced Friday to four years in prison. Allison Coss and Scott Sippola were hoping to receive sentences of less than two years in prison, but U.S. District Judge R. Allan Edgar ordered a stiffer punishment.

The Cigar Guy is actually a Cigar Guy’s secret identity has been revealed, and in the end, the truth was right in front of our faces all along. He’s the mysterious grinning stranger in the corner of the now famous Daily Mail Tiger Woods photo from the Ryder Cup last week. Wearing what appeared to be a turban and smoking a cigar the size of a small tree, the absurdly out-of-place Cigar Guy kicked off a worldwide Internet game of Photoshop one-upsmanship. Within moments, Cigar Guy began showing up all throughout history. He’s a mild-mannered, mildly embarrassed young man! (Isn’t that always the way with our heroes?) Cigar Guy is Rupesh Shingadia, a 30-year-old investment analyst who — no kidding — still lives with his parents in South London.

Television news -
Caitlin Sanchez the voice of Dora the Explorer, has filed a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against Nickelodeon that claims that she didn’t receive her promised cut of Dora revenue. “Caitlin traveled around the U.S., promoting the Dora Brand, and making over one hundred interview personal appearances… Defendants have never compensated her for her promotional work,” the 35-page lawsuit states. Sanchez was recently fired as the star of the animated program. “Caitlin’s voice changed and she was no longer able to portray the Dora character, as happened with the actress who originated the role,” the network said in a statement.

“Two and a Half Men.” Angus T. Jones, 16, who plays Charlie Sheen’s nephew, has inked a $300,000-per-episode contract.

PBS station KCET said Friday it’s dropping out of the public TV system and going independent because of a dispute over fees and programming. Starting in January, the Los Angeles-based station’s schedule will include some current shows along with new fare that reflect Southern California’s “diverse” voices, KCET President Al Jerome said in a statement. “After four decades as the West Coast flagship PBS station, this is not a decision we made lightly,” Jerome said.
Fired CNN correspondent Rick Sanchez said Friday morning that he would “absolutely” return to CNN if offered the opportunity, acknowledged he had “a chip on his shoulder,” apologized for his “offensive comments” and called Jon Stewart “the classiest guy.” In his first TV interview since being fired for his comments last week about Stewart and Jewish people in the media industry, Sanchez appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” in a chat with George Stephanopoulos to once again apologize. Talking about his comments, he said: “Not only were they wrong, they were offensive.”

Tina Fey will return to “Saturday Night Live” in a primetime special, a representative for the NBC sketch comedy series confirmed. Fey, Rachel Dratch and Amy Poehler and will be among the former cast members who appear in “The Women of SNL,” which will air Monday, November 1 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET. Also participating: Nora Dunn, Ana Gasteyer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Laraine Newman, Cheri Oteri, Maya Rudolph, Molly Shannon and current cast member Kristen Wiig.

Larry Wilcox, best known for his role as Officer Jon Baker on CHiPs, was charged Thursday with securities fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Prosecutors said the former TV star was part of an “illicit kickback scheme to manipulate the volume and price of microcap stocks and illegally generate stock sales.” According to the complaint filed by the SEC, the 63-year-old actor created a phony company, the UC HUB Group, through which he received kickbacks from Anthony Mellone, the CEO of Tri-Star Holdings Inc.

TV journalist Laura Ling, who was held in North Korean captivity last year, will host a one-hour news show on E!. Set to premiere Dec. 8 and a departure from the network’s gossip-heavy fare, E! Investigates will explore more serious issues. The first two episodes will focus on teen suicide and the lives of military wives.

After 11 years of marriage, Courteney Cox and David Arquette have separated, the couple announced in a joint statement on Monday afternoon. Courteney and David initially met on the set of “Scream” in 1995. Three years later, in October of 1998, they announced their engagement. They tied the knot on June 12, 1999.
Chelsea Handler is getting another show on E! and signs on to star in a half-hour comedy titled After Lately.. It will be semi-improvised and focus on behind-the-scenes of Handler’s talk show. No premiere date has been set, but eight episodes have been ordered. Handler, 35, most recently hosted MTV’s Video Music Awards.

Fox is turning Napolean Dynamite into a cartoon. The network has ordered six episodes of an animated version of the 2004 indie comedy. The original cast, including Jon Heder, will return to voice the awkward high schoolers.

“The View” co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar stormed off the set Thursday during a contentious interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. As the cast debated whether there should be a community center and mosque built in Lower Manhattan, O’Reilly declared that “Muslims killed us on 9/11″ to back up his position that it’s “inappropriate.” “Oh my God!” Goldberg responded, before uttering a few words bleeped out. “Muslims didn’t kill us on 9/11?” O’Reilly responded. “Is that what you’re saying?”Goldberg called O’Reilly an “extremist” as several of the co-hosts responded to O’Reilly’s statement that “Muslims” — and not Muslim radicals, extremists or terrorists — killed “us” on 9/11.

Music news –
Though he has a pending cocaine felony charge, newcomer Bruno Mars is aiming to reach the stars by writing hits for others and doing the same on his debut CD, ‘Doo-Wops and Holligans.’

Taylor Swift’s former manager is suing her for millions of dollars in commissions. Dan Dymtrow says he discovered Swift, signed her in April 2004, and helped build her career. He was axed a year later, right before Swift signed a deal with Big Machine Records and became a superstar. Dymtrow claims that his deal with Swift and her parents allowed him to be paid between 5 and 10 percent commission from Taylor’s music career, and that he was fired so the Swifts could avoid compensating him. “They delayed and delayed [the deal] and got rid of my client and subsequently signed the deal and kept his commissions for themselves,” Fernando Pinguelo, Dymtrow’s attorney, told the Reporter. Dymtrow also said he introduced Swift to the agents that ended up in charge of booking her concert gigs so he’s entitle to profit from forming that relationship.

Passing- Solomon Burke – Blues & Rhythm artist. He was 70.

Has Miley Cyrus finally gone so far with her increasingly sensual image that she’s been condemned by her own father? Well, no, not exactly. But her racy new music video, “Who Owns My Heart?,” has been slammed by the Parents Television Council. Funnily enough, when you check the list of folks sitting on the advisory board for this conservative watchdog group, the biggest-name celebrity listed there is—you guessed it—none other than Billy Ray Cyrus!

Appearing on CBS’ “60 Minutes – Rapper Eminem reveals that… he does not cuss at home. “Profanity around my house? No,” said the rapper when asked if his real life vocabulary mimics that of his records. “I’m not saying there’s not glimpses of me in the music, [that] there’s not truth in…things that I say, but this is music, this is my art.”

George Michael is out of jail. The singer, 47, was released after serving almost four weeks of an eight week jail term for driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. Thrown in the slammer Sept. 14 after driving his Range Rover through the storefront of a photo shop in London July 4, the Wham! singer admitted he had smoked marijuana and had taken a sedative. He pleaded guilty to the charge soon after the accident.

Justin Bieber, the 16-year-old R&B singer has teamed with Nicole for OPI to start a line of fingernail polishes based on his songs. The “One Less Lonely Girl” collection comes out in December with six shades, including “Give Me The First Dance” (silver), “Prized Possession Purple” (grape), and “Me + Blue” (dark blue). Eight additional shades will hit stores in January. The polishes will be available exclusively at Wal-Mart.

Christina Aguilera and her husband, Jordan Bratman have split. They’ve been separated for a few months actually.

Passing – General Norman Johnson, lead singer of The Chairmen Of The Board at the age of 67. Their big hit was “Gimmie Just A Little More Time” and earlier – with the Showmen – a hit called “It Will Stand.”

Top albums this week –
Hemingway’s Whiskey – Kenny Chesney
I Am Not A Human Being – Lil Wayne
You Get What You Give – Zac Brown Band
The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted – Gucci Mane
Clapton – Eric Clapton
Passion, Pain & Pleasure – Trey Songz
Recovery – Eminem
A Thousand Sunds – Linkin Park
Hands All Over – Maroon 5
Invented – Jimmy Eat World
A Year Without Rain – Selena Gomez & The Scene
Le Noise – Neil Young
WAKE UP! – John Legend & The Roots
Incarcerated – Lil’ Boosie
Rehab – LeCrae
My World 2.0 – Justin Bieber
Now 35
Guitar Heaven – Santana
Enjoy Yourself – Billy Currington
The Social Network Soundtrack – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
The Guitar Song – Jamey Johnson
I Am The West – Ice Cube
Telephantasm – Soundgarden
Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons

Top movies this week –
The Social Network
Life as We Know It (1st week – $14.635 million)
Secretariat – (1st week – $12.6 million)
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga”Hoole
My Soul to Take (1st week – $6.9 million)
The Town
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Easy A
Case 39
You Again

Hip Thursday night TV (TV Squad)

8:00 to 9:00
CBS: ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘S–! My Dad Says’
FOX: ‘Bones’
NBC: ‘Community’ and ’30 Rock’ — 30 Rock goes live tonight
PBS: ‘This Old House Hour’
Food Network: ‘Good Eats’ — 8:30 start
HGTV: ‘Property Virgins’ and ‘My First Place’

9:00 to 10:00
ABC: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
CBS: ‘CSI’
FOX: ‘Fringe’
NBC: ‘The Office’ and ‘Outsourced’
A&E: ‘The First 48′
Bio: ‘Creating the World of Harry Potter: The Magic Begins’
Bravo: ‘The Real Housewives of Washington D.C.’ — The reunion episode
Discovery: ‘Storm Chasers’ — (120 minutes)
DIY: ‘The Vanilla Ice Project’* — Two episodes
Lifetime: ‘Project Runway’ — (90 minutes)
Spike: ‘TNA Wrestling Impact!’ — (120 minutes)
SyFy: ‘Destination Truth’
TLC: ‘Lottery Changed My Life’
truTV: ‘Smoking Gun Presents: World’s Dumbest Criminals’

10:00 to 11:00
ABC: ‘Private Practice’
CBS: ‘The Mentalist’
NBC: ‘The Apprentice’
A&E: ‘The First 48′
Bio: ‘Creating the World of Harry Potter: Characters’
Bravo: ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’*
Cooking Channel: ‘Cook Like an Iron Chef’
DIY: ‘Rehab Addict’* — Two episodes
Food Network: ‘Food Feuds’
FX: ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ and ‘The League’
HGTV: ‘House Hunters’ and ‘House Hunters International’
ID: ‘Wicked Attraction’
Lifetime: ‘On the Road With Austin & Santino’ — 10:30 start
MTV: ‘Jersey Shore’
NatGeo WILD: ‘Morays: The Alien Eels’
Science Channel: ‘Blowdown’

11:00
‘Charlie Rose’ (PBS): Chinese TV host Yang Lan; Klaus Schaub, Chairman, World Economic Forum
‘The Mo’Nique Show’ (BET): Ron Artest; Michael Clark Duncan and Omarosa
‘Watch What Happens: Live’ (Bravo): Cast members from ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’
‘The Daily Show’ (Comedy Central): Author David Rakoff
‘Chelsea Lately’ (E!): Amy Brenneman
‘Lopez Tonight’ (TBS): Mark Wahlberg; Bill Bellamy; performance by David Otunga
11:30
‘Late Show With David Letterman’ (CBS): Rapper Diddy; Emma Stone; performance by Diddy-Dirty Money
‘The Tonight Show’ (NBC): Wanda Sykes; Kevin McHale
‘The Colbert Report’ (Comedy Central): Author Bill Bryson

Midnight
‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (ABC): Josh Duhamel; Julia Stiles; performance by Nas and Damian Marley
‘Tavis Smiley’ (PBS): Tony Danza

12:30
‘The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson’ (CBS): Drew Carey; Jenny Wade
‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ (NBC): Pee-wee Herman; author Nick Hornby; performance by Ben Folds

1:30
‘Last Call With Carson Daly’ (NBC): Filmmakers Amir Bar-Lev and Seth Gordon; performance by City and Colour

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Suicide bomber – A powerful explosion tears through a mess tent at a U.S military base near Mosul during lunchtime, taking out 22 people. Officials say it was an inside job.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld makes a surprise Christmas Eve visit to the military base near Mosul – where 14 troops were killed in a suicide bombing.

More Iraq – as heavy fighting is reported in Fallouja – the heaviest fighting in weeks.

President Bush urges Americans to help the neediest among them by volunteering to care for the sick, the elderly and the poor in a Christmas day call for compassion.

An earthquake in the Indian Ocean, triggering tidal waves that has so far, killed 500 (that number would go up to ten’s of thousands.) The earthquake – measuring 9.0 – struck 155 miles off the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

A gang of thieves makes off with at least $39 million in cash from the vaults of a Northern Ireland bank.

The death toll stands at 125,000 in Indonesia from an earthquake and resultant tsunami. At least 80,000 of the dead were from Indonesia.

President Bush says more aid will be sent and defended the U.S. response to the Indian Ocean area disaster.

After a weekend of cancellations and lost luggage – Comair and U.S. Airways resume flights. It was a combination of bad weather and a number of employees calling in sick – including baggage handlers.

A federal judge says that Arizona can enforce a proposition that bars services for undocumented (mostly Mexican) workers. The law requires proof if immigration status from anyone trying to obtain state and local welfare benefits.

A divided Montana Supreme Court declared that the state constitution’s guarantee of equal protection extended to gays and that the state university system must offer same sex couples the same health benefits available to heterosexual ones.

A Texas woman has paid $50,000 to a biotech company to clone her dead cat.

Two Wal-Mart employees in Evansville (Indiana) have been charged with felony animal cruelty after authorities said they followed a manager’s orders to shoot and kill a stray cat.

El Paso – Brandon Moon (43) – who served nearly 17 years for rape is freed from prison after DNA tests determine he was not responsible for the crime.

An unmanned cargo ship (Progress M-51) on a vital supply mission docked at the international space station, carrying badly needed food for a U.S.-Russian crew that has been forced to ration dwindling supplies.

169 die in a nightclub fire during a rock concert in Buenos Aires. The blaze was caused by a flare that was fired into the club’s ceiling.

Olympic swimming champ Michael Phelps is sentenced to 18 months probation after pleading guilty to drunk driving at Salisbury, Maryland.

The FDA approves Prait – a new drug that fights severe pain – an option for patients who no longer benefit from morphine and other traditional pain medications.

Passing – Artie Shaw – one of the king’s of the swing era. He was 94.

Passing – Actor Jerry Orbach (69).

Passing – Author and activist Susan Sontag. She was 71.

Wet Seal says it will close about 150 stores, eliminating some 2,000 jobs.

Sirius Satellite Radio says it has achieved its year-end goal of 1 million subscribers.

Sports – Vancouver Canuck forward Todd Bertuzzi receives a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to assault more than nine months after slugging Colorado forward Steve Moore from behind during a game.

Falcons star quarterback Michael Vick becomes the richest player in the NFL with a new 10-year, $130-million contract

Entertainment news –
Eddie Murphy is selling his NJ estate for $30 million. He owned it for 18 years.

Univision – the largest U.S. Spanish-language TV and radio broadcaster, will purchase TV stations WLII and WSUR in Puerto Rico for about $190 million.


Some top albums –
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb – U2
American Idiot – Green Day
Collision Course – Jay-Z/Linkin Park
Confessions – Usher
Encore – Eminem
Destiny Fulfilled – Destiny’s Child
Loyal to the Game – Tupac

Passing – Freddie Perren (61) – composer, arranger and record producer who wrote a number of disco hits. And worked at Motown with the early Jackson 5 – among other projects. He was 61.

Eric Clapton says that “Cream” (Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce) will reunite – for four shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Television news –
Dick Clark plans to watch his New Year’s Eve show from the hospital. “As I always have in the past, at midnight, I plan on kissing my wife, Kari, and wishing her a happy new year.”

The “Apprentice 2” finale scores with 16.93 million viewers.

New Year’s Eve television (Friday night) –
CBS – Joan of Arcadia, JAG, Without a Trace, David Letterman
NBC – Dateline NBC, New Year’s Eve w/Carson Daly, Jay Leno
ABC – 8 Simple Rules, Complete savages, Hope & Faith, Less than Perfect, Dick Clark’s Prime Time New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2005
PBS – Washington National Opera’s Die Fledermaus
Fox – Movie, New Year’s Eve Live Form Times Square With Ryan Seacrest
MTV – New Year’s Bash

Dick Clark prime time – Regis Philbin fills-in for ailing Dick Clark with Catherine McCord and Mike Richards. Ashlee Simpson is the West Coast host.

Carson Daily – Conan O’Brien, Brian Williams, Tina Fey, Amy Phehler, Jill Hennessy, Dule Hill, Kathy Griffin and Donald Trump. With performances by Maroon 5, Avril Lavigne and Duran Duran.

Ryan Seacrest – Hoobastank, Evanescence.

MTV New Year’s Bash – hosted by Damien Fahey, La La Vasquez, Quddus, Hilarie Burton and Vanessa Minnillo. With Green Day, Snoop Dogg, Ja Rule, Fat Joe, Jimmy eat World, Ryan Cabrera, Lindsay Logan, Destiny’s Child, Blink 182, Good Charlotte, Fabolous, Ludacris, Ying Yank Twins, Simple Plan.

At the movies –
Meet the Fockers
Fat Albert
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Aviator
Ocean’s Twelve
Darkness
The Polar Express
Spanglish
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
The Phantom of the Opera

This Week In Pop And News History – Week of December 22, 2006. Five Years Ago.

Christmas Eve – Rome – Pope Benedict XVI ushers in Christmas at midnight mass, saying that the image of the baby Jesus born in a manger should remind everyone of the plight of poor, abused and neglected children.

Iraq – Four U.S. troops die during insurgent attacks…In Samawah – nine are dead after clashes with police…The execution of Saddam Hussein will come within 30 days – so says an appeals court… Saddam Hussein is put to death by hanging. He declined to wear a hood. His last utterance was the word, “Muqtada.”… After the execution – 78 die in area unrest.

Disarmament talks with defiant North Korea take a recess without any progress.

Just back from Iraq – Defense Secretary Robert Gates meets with President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and others at Camp David. Looks like he’ll recommend more troops in the area.

No isolation – Shiites in Iraq say they want extremists in the national government, that the country should govern itself with the help of anti-U.S. firebrand Muqtada Sadr.

The U.N Security Council votes to impose sanctions on Iran – to curtail their nuclear program.

At least 260 people are killed when a gasoline pipeline ruptured by thieves, exploded into an inferno as neighborhood residents scavenged the spurting fuel.

New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi resigns and pleads guilty to a felony for using a state employee as his wife’s chauffeur.

Mogadishu – Somalia’s beleaguered capital – falls to Ethiopian and Somalian government troops.

In Durham, NC – the DA abruptly dropped rape charges against three Duke University lacrosse players. They still face kidnapping and sexual offensive charges.

Indonesia rushed tents, food and other emergency aid to flood-ravaged parts of Sumatra and the U.N. pledged $2 million to help survivors.

Nevada Gov.-elect Jim Gibbons will not be prosecuted on allegations that he assaulted a cocktail waitress in a parking garage three weeks before the election.

Passing – Gerald R. Ford – the 38th president of the United States. He was 93. Memorials will be observed in Palm Desert, continue in Washington and continue to Grand Rapids where he’ll be buried.

Technology –
Microsoft Windows Vista – the newest operating system – and one the company says is the most secure ever – has a flaw that might let hackers gain full control of vulnerable computers. Microsoft says though – that a hacker must already have access to the vulnerable computer in order to execute an attack.

Bad trend – It’s called “Ghost Riding the Whip” where a driver gets out of his car and dances around and on top of the vehicle – while its moving. Ghost rider is of course, the absence of a driver and “the whip” is urban hip-hop speak for “your car.” It was introduced to the mainstream by rapper E-40 with his “Tell Me When To Go” video and lyrics (how to lyrics that is). If you YouTube ghost riding – you get all kinds of videos.

The stock market closed out a great year – its best since 2003 as the Dow gained 16% for the year. The Nasdaq was up 9.5% as were other important indexes.

Sports –
Long game – The NY Knicks outlast the Detroit Pistons in three overtimes. Final – 151-145. The Knicks’ Richard Hamilton had a career-high of 51 points.

Radio news –
Danny Bonaduce is set to join Adam Corolla on his morning West Coast radio show.

Entertainment news –
The American Film Institute (AFI) proclaims Clint Eastwood a national treasure. Also – AFI called the emergence of YouTube as “the awakening of an age when the audience is both producer and distributor.”

Since she debuted on “The View” in September, Rosie O’Donnell has stirred the pot. She accused Kelly Ripa of homophobia and said that Oprah and Gayle King were typical of gay relationships – among others. But the show’s ratings are up – about 3.3 million per show – up 13%.

But wait – this week – Rosie blasts Donald Trump about the near-firing of Miss USA – Tara Connor, because of her underage drinking. O’Donnell said the twice-divorced Trump had no right to be a “moral compass” for Connor. Trump fired back saying such things as: “She (O’Donnell) is a very, very unattractive woman who really is a bully.”

Head to head – Both Carson Daly and Ryan Seacrest will be back for their second New Year’s specials (duels). Both cite Dick Clark as a huge influence – but Daly says he has his own producing ideas.

Relaunching – Britney Spears will usher in the New Year in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace. She’ll be toasting from a $100,000 bottle of Champagne. Is this her comeback?

New Year’s – Jessica Alba, Hilary and Haylie Duff will co-host the DKNY Jeans party at the Setal Hotel in Miami.

Spotted – Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were in Panama City – spotted at a souvenir shop.

An AP-AOL poll places Oprah Winfrey as the best celebrity role model for 2006. The worst was Britney Spears. Second worst – Paris Hilton.

Music news –
James Brown’s lawyer says the late soul singer and his partner were not legally married and that she was locked out of his South Carolina home for estate legal reasons. Brown’s partner, backup singer Tomi Rae Hynie – was already married to a Texas man in 2001 when she married Brown, making the marriage null.

Irish rocker Bono will receive an honorary knighthood from the British ambassador to Ireland, David Reddaway – on New Year’s Day.

Michael Jackson sues his former accountants claiming they withdrew $2.5 million a year from his bank accounts and did not pay his bills.

Police are called to the Paul McCartney estate where his estranged wife, Heather, reported the theft of oil paintings. They were valued at almost $20 million and included a Renoir and a Picasso.

Television news –
Passing – Frank Stanton – pioneering TV executive and a major force behind the success of CBS in its early TV years. He was 98.

TBS presents “Funniest Commercials of the Year” with Kevin Nealon.

Christmas Day – Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa return to host the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade. Look for performances by Beyonce, Andrea Bocelli and cast members from “High School Musical.”

On “Saturday Night Live” – Jack Black hosts with musical guest Neil Young. The following Saturday – Matthew Fox with musical guest Tenacious D.

“The Knights of Prosperity” debuts this week on ABC – and the plot centers on a group of guys robbing Mick Jagger – to burglarize Jagger’s fictional $52 million Central Park West apartment.

New Year’s Eve television -
ABC – “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rock Eve 2007” – into “Rockin New Year’s Eve 2007.” With Dick and Ryan Seacrest. Performers include Christina Aguilera, Fergie, Natasha Bedingfield, Meat Loaf, Rihanna, Rascal Flatts and KT Tunstall.

NBC – New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly. Featured – Panic! at the Disco and more!

Fox – New Year’s Eve ’06. Featured – Daughtrey and Toni Braxton.

MTV – MTV Goes Gold: New Year’s Eve 2007.

At the movies –
Night at the Museum
The Pursuit of Happyness
Rocky Balboa
The Good Shepherd
Charlotte’s Web
Eragon
Dreamgirls
We Are Marshall
The Holiday
Happy Feet

When Dick Clark Went Up Against Ryan Seacrest – Different Specials. Pop Culture Trivia.

Q: Ryan Seacrest has been in the Dick Clark camp for sometime – especially with Clark’s ABC-TV New Year’s Eve specials. Didn’t Seacrest compete with this very same show?

Mr. Pop History – Yes. Let’s go back to the year 2004 – New Year’s Eve. Clark had just had his stroke – and would you believe – Regis Philbin was asked to take his place that year? Actually – ol’ Rege did pretty well. But – look over at Fox-TV where Ryan Seacrest was doing the same type of show.  Here are those listings, plus other competition that night:

Dick Clark prime time – Regis Philbin fills-in for ailing Dick Clark with Catherine McCord and Mike Richards. Ashlee Simpson is the West Coast host.

Carson Daily – Conan O’Brien, Brian Williams, Tina Fey, Amy Phehler, Jill Hennessy, Dule Hill, Kathy Griffin and Donald Trump. With performances by Maroon 5, Avril Lavigne and Duran Duran.

Fox-TV – Ryan Seacrest (New Year’s Eve Live From Times Square)– Hoobastank, Evanescence.

MTV New Year’s Bash – hosted by Damien Fahey, La La Vasquez, Quddus, Hilarie Burton and Vanessa Minnillo. With Green Day, Snoop Dogg, Ja Rule, Fat Joe, Jimmy eat World, Ryan Cabrera, Lindsay Logan, Destiny’s Child, Blink 182, Good Charlotte, Fabolous, Ludacris, Ying Yank Twins, Simple Plan.

American Idol Didn’t Like This Website… Pop. Culture. History.

From Arlene O – Mr. Pop – Back in the early days of “American Idol” – there was a website – an independent site, that predicted contest outcome – and it was quite accurate. Do you remember?

Mr. Pop History – Yes, something called dialidol dot com predicted (quite well) which singers would get voted off in a given week. It did this with an auto-dialing program it provided to phone-in voters and then analyzed which of the contestants’ numbers yielded the most busy signals. That gave a high-calling volume algorithm. Interesting – isn’t it?

The folks at “American Idol” got wind and had content removed. But – this was an interesting chapter in the life of “American Idol” and a great trivia question.

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Mr. Pop Culture Report – July 13… … Steinbrenner Gone… LeBron Banner Gone… Apple’s Got A Bad Antenna… Seacrest-In

Workers have removed a gigantic Nike banner featuring LeBron James, a sign that hung on the side of a downtown building for years and served as a background for the Cleveland Cavaliers’’ success during the seven years he played for them. The mural was taken down after James announced he planned to leave Cleveland as a free agent to play for the Miami Heat.

Passing – Longtime Yankee owner George Steinbrenner  – of a massive heart attack. He was 80. Steinbrenner, who celebrated his birthday July 4, had been in fragile health for several years.

iPhone 4 – Consumer Reports contradicts Apple’s claim that its iPhone 4 problem is a bad formula that measures signal intensity. That isn’t the case. The real problem is the antenna, as critics have charged.

The Hollywood Reporter says Ryan Seacrest is piloting a new dance show project for E! Networks. Exact details of the untitled project have yet to be revealed, but the show will co-star Lady Gaga choreographer Laurie Ann Gibson and will revolve around choreographers and dancers in Los Angeles.

Simon Fuller Question – Pop Culture History At Its Best.

From Steve I – OK Mr. Pop – what do Ryan Seacrest, Simon Fuller and Dick Clark all have in common – beside the obvious?

Mr. Pop History – They’ll all tied together through “Idol” and those New Year’s shows. But – there’s another connection.

In 2005 – Idol producer Simon Fuller teamed with Dick Clark Productions to relaunch “American Bandstand.” Fuller’s version included more live performances and a DJ.

It never happened – but – isn’t it interesting?

Mr. Pop Culture Report – July 8… … Ryan Seacrest Is Up To Something… Lower Ticket Demand Pulls Back “Idol” Tour… Hot Hits This Week.

Lower demand – Seven shows on the American Idol Live! Tour have been canceled while others have been changed, according to a revised schedule released by tour organizer Live Nation. The tour featuring the ninth season’s top 10 singers was originally planned to end Sept. 16 in Portland, Maine, but is now scheduled to stop on Sept. 14 in Pittsburgh.

The Hollywood Reporter says Ryan Seacrest is piloting a new dance show project for E! Networks. Exact details of the untitled project have yet to be revealed, but the show will co-star Lady Gaga choreographer Laurie Ann Gibson and will revolve around choreographers and dancers in Los Angeles

Music passing – Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Moonglows member and Motown legend Harvey Fuqua died at age 80 on Tuesday in a Detroit hospital. The cause of death was “coronary problems” from an unspecified illness, according to the Motown Alumni Association.

Hot Hits This Week In 2010 –

California Gurls – Katy Perry fea. Snoop Dogg

OMG – Usher fea. will.i.am

Love The Way You Lie – Eminem fea. Rihanna

Billionaire – Travie McCoy fea. Bruno Mars

Airplanes – B.o.B. fea. Hayley Williams

Find Your Love – Drake

Your Love Is My Drug – Ke$ha

Cooler Than Me – Mike Posner

Mr. Pop Culture Report – June 24

Seen more and more together – Ryan Seacrest with ‘Dancing With The Stars’ champ Julianne Hough. He’s 35 and she’s 21.

Total Eclipse - Twilight fans have been camping out for days in Los Angeles waiting for tonight’s “Eclipse” premiere. This chick flick is in motion!

Rapping It Up -  Dr. Dre and Timbaland – rapper-producers shocked students when they appeared at a high school graduation party in Culver City, Calif. Dr. Dre introduced Timbaland, who performed the tunes “The Way I Are,” “Promiscuous Girl,” “Carry Out” and “Say Something” on a stage inside the school’s gymnasium. Students invited had no idea the hip-hop masterminds were the guests of honor.

How cool is this? Mr. Pop received an e-mail from – Rob F. who does www.HistoryAsYouExperienced.com gives the Mr. Pop site a nice thumbs up! Rob – thank you! And – nice blog!