Week of May 28, 2009
Attackers hit a busy market and a police checkpoint in northern Pakistan on
Thursday, killing at least 11 people, critically wounding scores of others and
triggering a gunbattle between security forces and suspected militants.
The latest violence in Peshawar, the largest city near the lawless tribal region
near the Afghan border, will further test the central government's resolve to take
on militants whose grip on parts of the country has strengthened this year.
General Motors Corp. says a committee of bondholders has agreed to a
sweetened deal to erase some of the automaker's debt in exchange for company
stock. The company said in a statement Thursday that it offered bondholders 10
percent of the company's stock with warrants to buy up to 15 percent if they
agree to support selling the company's assets to a new company under
bankruptcy court protection.
The tally of newly laid-off Americans requesting jobless benefits fell last week,
the government said Thursday, a sign that companies are cutting fewer workers.
But the number of workers continuing to receive unemployment benefits rose to
6.78 million -- the largest total on records dating back to 1967 and the 17th
straight record week. The figures for continuing claims lag behind initial claims by
A plainclothes policeman who drew his gun
while chasing someone he had found
rummaging through his car was shot and killed
by a fellow officer who was driving by and saw
the pursuit, the police commissioner said.
Commissioner Raymond Kelly said 25-year-old
Omar J. Edwards
died after being shot late
Thursday within blocks of the Harlem police
station where he worked.
The economy sank at a 5.7 percent pace as the
brute force of the recession carried over into the
start of the year. However, many analysts
believe activity isn't shrinking nearly as much
now as the downturn flashes signs of letting up.
The Commerce Department's updated reading
on gross domestic product, released Friday,
showed the economy's contraction from January to March was slightly less deep
than the 6.1 percent annualized decline first estimated last month. But the new
Week of May 28, 2009
reading was a tad worse than the 5.5 percent annualized drop economists were
Pakistani troops have retaken the largest town in the Swat Valley from the
Taliban as the army presses its offensive against militants in the country's
northwest, the army spokesman said Saturday.
Government forces had full control of Mingora, though they were still meeting
pockets of resistance from fighters on the outskirts of the town, Maj. Gen. Athar
Prince Harry in NY
- Harry has been all
business on his first official trip to the United
States, but he'll have an opportunity for fun
before wrapping up his two-day visit to New
York. On Saturday afternoon, the 24-year-old
prince is to participate in a polo match on
Governors Island in New York Harbor, facing
off against Argentine polo player and
heartthrob Nacho Figueras. He began his trip
Friday with a prayerful stop at the site of the
Sept. 11 terror attack. At the World Trade
Center, he spent about 15 minutes quietly
speaking to a half-dozen relatives of 9/11
Music news - Phil Spector was sentenced to 19
years to life in prison for the murder of actress
Lana Clarkson, who was shot through the
mouth in the music producer’s home six years ago. Spector, 69, looked straight
forward and showed no emotion as Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler
ordered a term of 15 years to life for second-degree murder plus four years for
personal use of a gun.
Karine Ruby, a former Olympic snowboarding champion who had been training
to become a mountain guide, died Friday in a climbing accident on France's Mont
Blanc range, a French police official said. She was 31.
"American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert’s sexual orientation has been a hot
topic with blogs, paparazzi and major magazines ever since he first took the
"Idol" stage earlier this year - and the rocker is fine with the world continuing to
guess about whether or not he is gay. "It's a really, really cool thing," Adam told
People, "to be able to show people that you can be yourself, and you should be
Week of May 28, 2009
proud of yourself, and you should own who you are and what you're about, and
never make apologies for it."
On the day Chris Brown took to YouTube to say he's "not a monster," a
photographer sued the R&B singer, saying Brown's bodyguards beat him as he
tried to take pictures at a gym. Robert Rosen sued Brown and LA Fitness
International, claiming he was assaulted by a bodyguard after snapping pictures
in a gym in Universal City. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for multiple
claims, including assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress
and negligence. I've always approached this from the place where I don't
compete with other girls," the 19-year-old country singer tells the Associated
Press about pals Cyrus and Selena Gomez. "I don't compete with other people in
the industry. I compete with myself."
is about to be
back on video-watching fans'
"Radar." The track is the fourth
single from Britney's "Circus,"
following hits "Womanizer,"
"Circus" and "If U Seek Amy."
She revealed the cover art for the
song on her site last week.
Ozzy Osbourne has accused
former Black Sabbath band mate
Tony Iommi of taking over the
heavy metal titans' name and
costing him royalties from
merchandise sales. Osbourne,
who sued the guitarist earlier this
week, issued a statement Friday
imploring him to "do the right
thing.""Tony, I am so sorry it's had to get to this point by me having to take this
action against you," the singer-turned-reality show star said.But, he added,
"we've all worked too hard and long in our careers to allow you to sell
merchandise that features all our faces, old Black Sabbath album covers and
band logos, and then you tell us that you own the copyright."
Two of Hollywood's most sculpted leading men may be heading to the Great
White Way together.
James Bond star Danile Craig and "Wolverine" leading man Hugh Jackman are
reportedly teaming up on Broadway later this year in a new play. The two are
expected to play two Chicago cops in drama "A Steady Rain."
Week of May 28, 2009
Lindsay Lohan comeback? - as she is cast in a new movie - “The Other Side.”
Her father believes this is the turning point - where her life will turn around for the
Billy Bob Thornton’s
daughter, Amanda Brumfield,
was arrested on charges of
child neglect on Friday, after an
infant she was babysitting died.
Brumfield was allegedly
babysitting a 1-year-old in
October when the child died
after falling from a playpen.
Television news - Jay Leno
does his last “Tonight Show” on
Friday night. Celebrities were
largely absent and the self-
effacing comedian said he
wanted to be remembered for
the children born to his staffers
during his 17-year tenure as the
show's second-longest running
host. He even posed with all 68 of them, from babies to teenagers. "That's what
I'd like my legacy to be," Leno said, his voice thickened by emotion. "When these
kids grow up and they go, `Hey, mom and dad, where did you guys meet?',
they're going to say they met on the stage of `The Tonight Show.'"The show also
included jabs at favorite targets, including politicians and his own network. He
noted proudly that he took over the top-rated late-night show from Johnny
Carson and was passing it on with the same No. 1 ranking to Conan O'Brien,
who begins as host Monday. "Which means I get my security deposit back,"
Hip TV - Friday night (TVS)
At 8, FOX has a new
Don't Forget The Lyrics
PBS has a new
at 8, then new episodes of
TNT has the
game at 8.
MyNetwork TV has a new
Cartoon Network has a new
at 8, followed by a new
Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Week of May 28, 2009
Also at 8: Disney has a new
Wizards of Waverly Place
At 9, ABC has
Unbroke: What You Need To Know About Money
, with Will
Smith, The Jonas Brothers, and others, followed by a new
NBC has a new, two-hour
TLC has the season premiere of
What Not To Wear
Bialik) at 9.
At 10, E! has a new episode of
HBO has a new
Real Time with Bill Maher
Current has the season finale of
Know Your Enemy - Green Day
The Night - Disturbed
Lifeline - Papa Roach
Sound of Madness - Shinedown
Careless Whisper - Seether
Drowning (Face Down) - Saving
100 in 55 - Pop Evil
Champagne - Cavo
Death of Me - Red
Scarlet Letters - Mudvane
Top Urban -
Birthday Sex - Jeremih
Knock You - KERI HILSON FEAT.
KANYE WEST & NE-YO
Boyfriend #2 - Pleasure P
Day ‘N Nite - Kid Cudi
Blame It - Jaimie Foxx Fea. T-Pain
Turn My Swag On - SOULJA BOY
Halle Berry (She's Fine) -
HURRICANE CHRIS FEAT.
Every Girl - Young Money
CIARA FEAT. YOUNG JEEZY - Ever Ever