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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of June 22, 2015 In News, Pop Culture History, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

Headlines -
Walmart said in a statement Monday that it is removing "all items" promoting the Confederate flag for sale from its stores and its website. The move came the same day that Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina called for the removal of a Confederate flag from the state Capitol grounds in Columbia. Her announcement in turn came in the wake of last week's shooting at a historically black Charleston church that left nine dead.

Pakistan - A record-breaking heat wave has killed 748 in Sindh province, where Karachi is located. Authorities fear the toll will only rise.

Corrections officer Gene Palmer from the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York has been charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor in connection with the escape of two convicted killers earlier this month, the prison guard's lawyer said Wednesday. The longtime guard gave at least one of the prison escapees a screwdriver and a wrench to help fix electrical breakers in the catwalk area behind their cells, an official familiar with the investigation told CNN.

President Barack Obama was not amused when a heckler interrupted him Wednesday at a White House event. “Shame on you,” Obama told the heckler, according to CNN. The heckler was protesting deportations under the Obama administration. “Listen, you’re in my house…it’s not respectful,” Obama said, but the interruption continued. Obama then asked for the heckler to be removed from the White House’s East Room. An immigration group claimed shortly after the incident that the protester was an undocumented immigrant named Jennicet Gutierrez, who is transgender.

An attacker stormed an American-owned industrial chemical plant near Lyon, France, on Friday, decapitated one person and tried unsuccessfully to blow up the factory, in what the French authorities said was a terrorist attack. President François Hollande said the attacker had been arrested and identified. The interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, said the suspect had been known to the intelligence services and had been under surveillance in 2006 as someone believed to have been radicalized.

Landmark Ruling - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday made marriage for same-sex couples legal nationwide, declaring that refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples violates the Constitution. Actors, singers and Hollywood celebrities, many of whom have played a major role in driving acceptance of gay rights in mainstream culture, whooped with joy at the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that made gay marriage legal nationwide on Friday.

The Supreme Court of the United States issued a landmark decision Thursday, June 25, upholding a key part of the Affordable Care Act. In a 6 to 3 decision, the justices ruled to allow subsidies for people who need them even if their state already offers money for insurance.

Escaped Murderer Shot And Killed - On the 21st day of an intense manhunt for two escaped murderers, officials said Friday that a federal border agent shot and killed Richard Matt in woods a few miles from the Canadian border. The 49-year-old Matt was slain about 3:45 p.m in a wooded area of Malone, N.Y., about 30 miles west of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, where he and Sweat escaped June 6.

An unmanned rocket by Elon Musk's SpaceX on a resupply mission to the International Space Station exploded Sunday just minutes after launch. It was the third resupply mission to fail in recent months. The three astronauts on the space station have about four months worth of supplies, according to NASA. Sunday's flight was carrying more than 2 tons of goods, including 1,500 pounds of food and provisions for the crew.

Other Escaped Murderer Shot/Captured - The escaped murderer who was shot by a state trooper near the Canadian border is in "critical but stable" condition at an Albany hospital, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Cuomo said that David Sweat's condition initially was listed in stable condition but was downgraded to critical after being flown to Albany Medical Center on Sunday night.

A divided Supreme Court on Monday turned aside claims by death-row inmates that a drug to be used in their executions would lead to an unconstitutional level of suffering, a narrow but unequivocal ruling that made clear that states have leeway in carrying out the death penalty.
The justices ruled 5 to 4 against inmates in Oklahoma, who alleged that the use of a sedative called midazolam has resulted in troubling executions that violate the Constitution’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

Donald Trump’s Stand On Illegal Immigration From Mexicans - Gets Him Thrown Off NBC… Donald Trump slammed his longtime partner NBC on Monday after the broadcaster announced it was cutting ties with him. “Mr. Trump stands by his statements on illegal immigration, which are accurate,” read a statement from his office.

Technology -
Instagram has revamped its search experience to help users find pictures of events as they're happening, from anywhere in the world. Instagram has come under fire in the past for its clunky search features, which until now have only allowed users to browse by 'photos' or 'people', or using hashtags in the app's 'explore' tab. The update includes a new 'places' search that allows users to "peer in at just about any location on earth," according to Instagram.

Google is making it easier to steer clear of the trouble that can be caused by a misdirected or inappropriate email. An option to cancel the delivery of an email within 30 seconds of hitting the send button is now a standard safeguard in Google’s Gmail as part of a settings change made this week. The “undo send” feature had already been available for the past six years in Google’s experimental labs, but that required Gmail users taking extra steps to get it. Gmail accountholders will now be able to activate the protection in Gmail’s settings. The tool delays the delivery of emails from five to 30 seconds after the send button is pressed to give users a fleeting chance to retrieve an email mistakenly sent to the wrong person or an ill-conceived communique.

Starting next week, selfie sticks will no longer be allowed inside the Disneyland and Disney World theme parks, the company confirmed on Friday.
A Disney spokeswoman said the ban was enacted over safety concerns.

Sports -
Former Major League outfielder and baseball broadcast analyst Darryl Hamilton was fatally shot at a suburban Houston home where his estranged girlfriend was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said on Monday. The bodies of Hamilton, 50, and Monica Jordan, 44, were found on Sunday and then taken to a medical examiner. The couple's 14-month-old infant was found unharmed at the home in Pearland owned by Jordan and was taken into the care of Texas Child Protective Services.

The NBA Finals, a showdown between Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors and LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers, were the most-watched since 1998, when Michael Jordan last won the title. An average of 19.9 million saw the Warriors win the best- of-seven series by four games to two. Jordan’s sixth and final National Basketball Association title with the Chicago Bulls averaged 29 million viewers on NBC, according to Horizon Media.

The NHL is officially exploring expansion. The league is opening a formal expansion review process to consider adding new franchises to its 30-team league, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday. Las Vegas, Seattle and Quebec City are the markets that have expressed the most serious interest. A second team in the Toronto area leads the list of additional possibilities for any prospect owner with the likely $500 million expansion fee and a passion for hockey.

Entertainment
Rapper Diddy was arrested Monday by the UCLA Police Department following an altercation on the campus. The music mogul was charged with assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly threatening someone with a kettlebell weight shortly after noon, UCLA director of community relations Nancy Greenstein told THR. Diddy is currently in custody.

Passing - Dick Van Patten, who played father of eight Tom Bradford on “Eight Is Enough” from 1977-81, died Tuesday from complications with diabetes. He was 86.

Academy Award-winning composer James Horner, known for his impressive body of work spanning multiple movie genres, died Monday after the small plane he was piloting crashed in central California, his agency said Tuesday. He was 61.
Horner, best known for scoring the movie "Titanic," was "an avid and experienced pilot," the statement from the Gorfaine/Schwartz agency said.

The Canadian power rock band Nickelback has suspended its tour because lead singer Chad Kroeger has been diagnosed with an operable cyst on his voice box. The band had been booked to play July 23 at Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre which was a replacement date for a concert scheduled this past February that was cancelled because of bad weather.

Rapper Rick Ross In Trouble - Rick Ross was arrested at his Fayette County, GA, residence They could not provide details on the charges at press time. The Fugitive Task Force serves other law enforcement agencies in support of fugitive investigations.

New Spiderman - Tom Holland will have to learn that "with great power, comes great responsibility." Marvel Studios along with partner Sony announced on Tuesday that Holland, a 19-year-old English actor, will play Spider-Man/Peter Parker in the latest film based on the popular comic book hero.

After more than four decades as a recording artist, James Taylor finally has a No. 1 album.
Taylor’s “Before This World,” sold 97,000 albums last week, topping the Billboard 200 chart and edging out Taylor Swift’s “1989” who sat at No. 2 on the same chart.

Passing - Actor Patrick Macnee, star of The Avengers TV series, has died in California at the age of 93. The Briton, best known for playing John Steed in the 1960s television spy series, died at home with his family at his bedside, his son Rupert said.

Singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell has been struck dumb by an aneurysm, according to her longtime pal David Crosby. She was hospitalised in Los Angeles in May and now the Crosby, Stills & Nash star is speaking out about her health drama, explaining, "She took a terrible hit."

Passing - A comic’s comic as familiar to television audiences across the decades as he was to Vegas rollers and Broadway denizens, Jack Carter died at home in Beverly Hills on June 28 of respiratory failure, according to his publicist, Jeff Sanderson. He had turned 93 on June 24

Top Music Albums -
Before This World - James Taylor
1989 - Taylor Swift
Montevallo - Sam Hunt
The Original High - Adam Lambert
Breathe In. Breath Out - Hillary Duff
X - Ed Sheeran
Great Romantic - Ed Ruess
V - Maroon 5
Title - Meghan Trainor
Wilder Mind - Mumford & Sons
At.Long.Last.A$ap - A$ap Rocky
Dopamine - Third Eye Blind
Blurryface - Twenty One Pilots
In The Lonely Hour - Sam Smith

Top Movies -
Jurassic World
Inside Out
Ted 2
Max (2015)
Spy
San Andreas
Dope
Insidious Chapter 3
Mad Max: Fury Road
Avengers Age of Ultron
Pitch Perfect 2

 
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