Week of March 22, 2009
Oakland California - A man wanted for violating his parole killed three veteran
police officers and gravely wounded another in two shootings, the first after a
routine traffic stop and the second after a massive manhunt ended in gunfire,
authorities said. The gunman was also killed. The slain officers were identified as
Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 40, who was killed at the first shooting. The officers killed at
the second location were Sgt. Ervin Romans, 43, and Sgt. Daniel Sakai, 35.
Officer John Hege, 41, was in grave condition.
The Obama administration, striving to ease lending in the struggling economy,
moved Monday with private investors to sop up bad bank assets. The
administration said the program could grow to $1 trillion in purchases eventually,
if it proves successful in attacking the bad-books problem that has been at the
heart of the banking crisis. In a lengthy fact sheet, the administration said it plans
to use $75 billion to $100 billion from the government's existing $700 billion
bailout program for this purpose, and it predicted participation from a broad array
of investors ranging from pension funds and insurance companies to hedge
A small passenger plane with several children aboard crashed just short of a
runway in Butte, Mont., killing 14 people, aviation officials said. The number of
those dead was confirmed by Karen Byrd, an FAA operations officer in Renton,
Wash. Byrd said the death toll included seven adults and seven children. Earlier
reports cited the death toll as high as 17 people.
More than $1 billion in assets from
businesses have been
found, a lawyer for the trustee trying to
recover money for jilted investors. $75
million in an account in Gibraltar raises the
amount of assets located past the $1
North Korea warned the United States,
Japan and their allies not to interfere with
its plan to launch a satellite into space
next month, saying Tuesday any
intervention could doom already stalled
talks on ending its nuclear weapons
program. North Korea has declared its
intention to send a communications
satellite into space between April 4 and 8, and a defense analyst said recent
Week of March 22, 2009
images of the launch pad indicated preparations were continuing. Regional
powers suspect the North will use the launch to test its long-range missile
technology, and has warned Pyongyang the launch would trigger international
President Obama conducts his second press conference. One moment came
about 35 minutes into the press conference when Ed Henry of CNN asked the
President why he didn't spew outrage as soon as he learned about the AIG
bonuses. Why, Mr. Henry asked, did the president wait several days before
speaking out? The president, with an icy stare, responded that he "likes to know
what he's talking about" before he speaks.
questions from the White House
press corps on Tuesday in a prime-
time, East Room session that
represented the most formal and
time-honored of president-and-
reporter interactions. On Thursday,
he is taking to that same room for
another public grilling — this time by
regular folks armed with questions
submitted via the Internet and in
person, as part of a political strategy
to engage Americans directly."It's a way for the president to do what he enjoys
doing out on the road, but saves on gas," said press secretary Robert Gibbs.
U.S. military spokesman in Iraq says attacks have dropped to their lowest levels
since August 2003. Maj. Gen. David Perkins told reporters Wednesday in
Baghdad that the decrease in attacks comes as the U.S. downsizes its operation
and Iraqi security forces increase their presence. President Barack Obama has
announced the withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq by the end of August 2010,
leaving up to 50,000 U.S. soldiers to train Iraqi forces. Currently there are more
than 135,000 American troops in Iraq.
Flooding in Fargo N. Dakota - As the Red River rises into "uncharted territory,"
officials plead for thousands of volunteer sandbaggers, readied their evacuation
plans, and vowed to build the dikes a foot higher than planned in an effort to
hold back the water. To the west, officials in Bismarck said the Missouri River
had lowered 2 feet, easing the flood threat to that city.
Week of March 22, 2009
President Obama’s Internet Town Hall Meeting - President Barack Obama
fielded questions on jobs, the auto industry, universal health care, mortgages,
education, veterans' care and legalization of marijuana as he kicked off a first-of-
its-kind Internet era Town Hall at the White House. Obama said job creation in
America is difficult in a time of economic hardship and that the work of the future
should be in more high-paying, high-skill areas like clean energy technology. It
was the fist such meeting utilized by a President.
President Obama ordered 4,000 more military troops into Afghanistan, vowing to
"disrupt, dismantle and defeat" the Taliban and al-Qaida.
The new troop build up he announced is aimed principally at bolstering the
Afghan army and turning up the heat on terrorists that Obama said are plotting
new attacks against Americans. He called the situation in the region "increasingly
perilous" more than seven years after the Taliban was removed from power in
President Barack Obama will sign a declaration
next week committing them to talks on reducing
their countries' nuclear arsenals, a Kremlin aide
said..The two leaders will also sign a document on
U.S.-Russian relations in general at a meeting in
London, Sergei Prikhodko, an aide to President
Dmitry Medvedev, told reporters.
Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin has left the Smashing
Chamberlin's departure is posted on the Smashing
Pumpkins' Web site. The announcement didn't say
why the 44-year-old Chamberlin left the group.
David Letterman told his “Late Show” audience on Monday that he and longtime
girlfriend Regina Lasko got married on March 19. Letterman said, “Regina and I
began dating in February of 1986, and I said, ‘Well, things are going pretty good,
let’s just see what happens in about 10 years….’
Michael Jackson’s crystal-encrusted gloves will be on display in Times Square
this week in a preview of a planned auction of the pop legend's possessions.
Some 2,000 items taken from Jackson's Neverland Ranch are scheduled to be
sold during a televised auction in April. It is still unclear whether the auction will
take place. Jackson sued to stop the sale earlier this month. The auction house
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says Jackson's managers authorized the sale. A small sampling of items will be
on display at the Hard Rock Cafe.
Lindsay Lohan’s new movie,
, is headed straight to cable.
The film's production company, Nu Image/Millennium Films, has confirmed that
the comedy will premiere on ABC Family in July 2009. It will be released on DVD
a month later.
were officially married in a private civil
ceremony today at a friend's home in Beverly
Radio news - Former WABC Radio (NY)
newsman George Weber was found murdered
in his Brooklyn apartment after failing to report
to work for two days, sources told The Post.
Weber, who would have turned 48 today, was
discovered half-naked in his bed shortly before
10 a.m. inside his apartment with his throat
slashed and more than a dozen stab wounds to
His hands and feet were bound with duct tape,
There were no signs of forced entry at Weber's apartment on Henry Street in
Carroll Gardens, sources said. The bathtub spigot was running and the place had
been ransacked, said one source, who described the home as "a bloody mess.”
A few days later - A 16-year-old Queens youth confessed early this morning to
the grisly slaying of radio newsman George Weber.
Out in Los Angeles - Ryan Seacrest announces the
performance line-up for Wango Tango set for Saturday,
May 9: Black Eyed Peas,
, Flo Rida, Lady
Gaga, All American Rejects, Soulja Boy Tellum, Kevin
Rudolf, Pitbull and Jamie Foxx. Ryan will host the show
which is in association with KIIS-FM Los Angeles.