Week In Review – September 1, 2011
Compiled By Gary West @www.mr popculture.com
In The News –
Wall Street’s four-day rally ground to a halt on Thursday, with major indexes falling 1 percent on caution ahead of a key labor market report expected to underscore fears the economy is headed for another recession. Financials were the biggest losers, selling off sharply in the afternoon, led by Goldman Sachs Group Inc . Goldman’s shares fell 3.5 percent to $112.16 after agreements with the Federal Reserve and New York state’s banking regulator over wrongful foreclosures raised concerns that Goldman is still not yet off the hook.
Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador and said Friday it is cutting military ties with the country over its refusal to apologize for last year’s raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed nine people. Turkey’s move came before the anticipated publication Friday of a U.N. report on violence aboard a Gaza-bound protest flotilla, further straining a relationship that had been a cornerstone of regional stability.
Employers stopped adding jobs in August, an alarming setback for an economy that has struggled to grow and might be at risk of another recession. The government also reported that the unemployment rate remained at 9.1 percent. It was the weakest jobs report since September 2010. Stocks tumbled on the news. The Dow Jones industrial average sank more than 190 points in early-morning trading.
Bands of heavy rain and strong wind gusts from Tropical Storm Lee knocked out power to thousands in south Louisiana and Mississippi and prompted evacuations in bayou towns like Jean Lafitte, where water lapped at several front doors along the main highway Saturday morning. The sluggish storm stalled just before making landfall, and threatened to dump more than a foot of rain across the northern Gulf Coast and into the Southeast in coming days. No injuries were reported and there were only scattered reports of water entering low-lying homes and businesses.
By Sunday, at least 6 to 10 inches of rain had fallen in some spots along the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts, and the National Weather Service warned there was a threat of extensive flooding and flash floods because of the storm’s slow, meandering jog inland.
A North Carolina man will spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury on Saturday found him guilty of fatally shooting eight people at a nursing home in March 2009. Jurors found Robert Stewart, 47, guilty of eight counts of second-degree murder connected to the rampage that left seven patients and a nurse dead in Carthage, a small town about 60 miles southwest of Raleigh. A judge then sentenced Stewart to 189 to 236 months in prison on each count, to be run consecutively, defense attorney Frank Wells told Reuters. The state charged Stewart with first-degree murder, arguing he had gone to the Pinelake Health and Rehab Center looking for his wife who had recently left him.
The FBI and Homeland Security have issued a nationwide warning about al-Qaida threats to small airplanes, just days before the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Authorities say there is no specific or credible terrorist threat for the 10-year anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. But they have stepped up security nationwide as a precaution.
While Lee’s winds have lost some of their punch, forecasters warn that its slow-moving rain clouds pose a worse flooding threat to inland areas with hills or mountains in the coming days. Flash flood watches and warnings were in effect across a swath of the Southeast early Monday, stretching from the lower Mississippi Valley, eastward to the Florida Panhandle and the southern Appalachians, according to the Hydrometeorological Predication Center. The massive storm system dumped more than a foot of rain in New Orleans and spawned tornadoes elsewhere before it weakened to a tropical depression Sunday night. Its remnants were expected to continue to march to the northeast.
A two-week-old Houston-area boy has died after being mauled by the family dog. The incident happened Saturday night as the baby sat in an infant carrier on the floor of a room in the family house. Harris County sheriff’s spokesman Thomas Gilliland says the dog, a Labrador mix, began sniffing the child and attacked him before the parents could pull it away.
Pakistani intelligence officers working with the CIA arrested three members of al-Qaida including a top operative believed to have been tasked by Osama bin Laden with targeting American economic interests around the world, Pakistan’s army said Monday.
Absent but still the star of the show, comedian Jerry Lewis (Mr Pop Video) helped the 2011 Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon raise more than $61 million over the weekend. An annual event that stretched over 21 hours on Sunday honored his efforts during the past 45 years to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to fight the disorder through medical research, the organization said on Monday. Gigantic photos of Lewis, who retired this year from the fundraiser he has headlined since 1966, served as a backdrop for the stage on which four co-hosts gushed about the funny man with a big heart.
Wildfires sweeping across drought-stricken Texas have destroyed more than 1,000 homes in the last several days as they move into more populated areas, Governor Rick Perry said on Tuesday. Perry surveyed damage in west Austin on Tuesday, where dozens of homes have been destroyed and hundreds evacuated. Speaking after his visit, The Texas governor, who left the presidential campaign trail to deal with the fires, said he hopes cooler temperatures and slowing winds Tuesday will help firefighters contain more than 50 fires across the state.
(Mr Pop Video) A gunman wielding an AK-47 opened fire on a table of uniformed National Guard members at an IHOP restaurant on Tuesday in an outburst of violence that killed four people, wounded eight others and put Nevada’s capital city on high alert. Five Nevada National Guard troops sitting together at the back of the restaurant were shot — two of them fatally. Another woman was also killed, and the gunman, 32-year-old Eduardo Sencion of Carson City, shot himself in the head and died at a hospital. The shooter’s motive was unclear, but family members said he had mental issues. He had never been in the military and had no known affiliation with anyone inside the restaurant.
Wall Street stocks tumbled for a third session on Tuesday on rising concerns about the euro zone’s debt crisis and the outlook for the global economy.Major U.S. banks were among the biggest decliners, with the KBW Bank index off nearly 2 percent on fears that lenders face a growing list of mortgage-related lawsuits.
President Obama’s approval rating hit another new low, and Rick Perry has surged to the lead in the 2012 Republican presidential race, according to a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Tuesday. After what could be considered the worst summer of his presidency politically, Obama’s approval rating is at a new low of just 44 percent in the NBC/WSJ poll. Just 37 percent approve of his handling of the economy–a six-point drop since July. The poll’s margin of error is 3 percent.
Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed into law a stricter, four-year lifetime limit on cash welfare benefits, prompting advocates for the poor to warn that tens of thousands of residents will find themselves without cash assistance on Oct. 1. Michigan’s first-year Republican chief executive said the state will offer exemptions to the limit for those with a disability who can’t work, those who care for a disabled spouse or child and those who are 65 or older and don’t qualify for Social Security benefits or receive very low benefits.
A Russian jet carrying a top ice hockey team crashed while taking off Wednesday in western Russia, killing at least 43 people and leaving two critically injured, officials said. The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said the Yak-42 plane crashed immediately after leaving an airport near the city of Yaroslavl, on the Volga River about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast of Moscow. It was carrying 45 people, including 37 passengers and eight crew, and the ministry said all but two people were killed in the crash.
(Mr. Pop Video) Republican Debate – Candidates including Rick Perry and Mitt Romney got together for a huge Republican debate and the Ronald Reagan Library at Simi Valley, CA.
Tech News –
Facebook intends to launch its long-rumored music service next month with Spotify, MOG and Rdio as three of the company’s launch partners. The music and media platform will be announced at Facebook’s f8 developer conference on September 22. It will allow users to listen to music from within Facebook.com. Evidence of Facebook’s music platform first surfaced in the code of Facebook’s video chat service. According to two sources familiar with the matter, Facebook will not directly host or stream any music or media. Instead, it will rely on partners to provide the content. This is in contrast to Apple, Google and Amazon’s strategy of hosting music content on their servers. Facebook’s plan is to become a platform for media content in the same way it is a platform for applications and games.
The U.S. Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against AT&T on Wednesday seeking to block its $39 million merger with T-Mobile. The merger would create the largest wireless company in the United States, combining AT&T’s 98 million customers with T-Mobile’s 34 million users, for a total of 130 million subscribers. AT&T is currently the second-largest wireless company by number of subscribers, and T-Mobile is fourth. he DOJ said the merger would lead to a situation in which just two companies — the AT&T-T-Mobile combination and Verizon Wireless — would dominate the mobile market. The new AT&T and Verizon would account for more than two-thirds of wireless subscribers and 78% of the wireless industry’s revenues.
Netflix has started to restrict its users from streaming more than one movie at a time as part of its price hike. The change could have a major effect on how families use Netflix. No longer can one person watch a movie from the iPad while the rest of the family watches another film on the Xbox, for example. As website Stop the Cap points out, Netflix has always had a policy that limited streaming, with those on a single DVD or streaming-only plan limited to streaming one film at a time. But it appears as if Netflix just started enforcing this rule on September 1. The changes seem to coincide with Netflix’s price hike, which took effect on Sept. 1 as well. Now, if you attempt to launch two movie streams, Netflix will block it and tell you that your membership plan doesn’t support multiple movie streams.
Entertainment news –
A New York court has recommended Prince pay the princely sum of $3.95 million to a perfume company after he flaked on promotional duties for a fragrance named after one of his albums. A second judge would need to confirm this ruling before the “Let’s Go Crazy” singer, 53, forks over the cash. According to the Associated Press, Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics licensed Prince’s name, likeness and 2006 album title “3121″ to market a fragrance called “3121″ in 2007. The Grammy winning star reneged on promises to help promote the scent in summer 2007 — thereby hampering all marketing efforts.
After 28 years together, KISS bassist Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed are getting married.The two left viewers hanging on the season finale of their A&E reality show, “Gene Simmons: Family Jewels,” when footage showed Simmons popping the question while vacationing in Belize. The show teased that Tweed’s response will be revealed when the show returns Oct. 4.
Oprah Winfrey is coming to Facebook next week. On September 8, the TV star will be the one answering questions rather than asking them, appearing on a one-hour Facebook Live streaming video interview at 4:30 p.m. ET.Fans are invited to share their questions now, with the promise that “you might hear Oprah answer your question during the live show.”
Trey Pennington, a well-known social media personality, died Sunday in Greenville, S.C., of an apparent suicide. Pennington ran a consulting practice, blog and online radio show. He maintained presences on all of the top social networks, includingTwitter, Facebook and Google+ The local NBC affiliate in Greenville tells us that police had confirmed a man killed himself in a church parking lot earlier Sunday. As of 6:45 p.m. ET, the coroner had not released the identity of the body, but a member of the news staff there said they had heard from multiple sources that it was Pennington.
For the past 23 years, Regis Philbon has spent weekday mornings entertaining millions of viewers with his morning talk show. But on November 18, 2011, the 80-year-old will be signing off for good. “Friday, November 18 is my last day,” Philbin announced on LIVE! With Regis and Kelly Tuesday. “But don’t worry, the show goes on.” Philibin said the show is already working on finding his replacement.
Bratpack actor Anthony Michael Hall – perhaps best known for such ’80s John Hughes fare as “Sixteen Candles” and “The Breakfast Club” — was arrested on suspicion of disturbing the peace and taken into custody Monday night, after allegedly engaging in a disturbance at his Playa del Rey, Calif., condominium complex, the Los Angeles Times reports. The actor, 43, was arrested at approximately 9:50 p.m. after Los Angeles Police Department officers were called to the residence. Hall’s neighbor told police that the actor had torn up plants in the common area of the condominium. When confronted, the neighbor claimed, Hall hurled an obscenity and threatened to beat the neighbor “to a pulp.”
(Mr. Pop Video) Only someone as over-the-top as Lady Gaga could make posing au natural seem shocking. Wearing absolutely no makeup, the 25-year-old “You and I” singer shows off her natural beauty on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar’s’s October issue (on newsstands September 27). “Whether I’m wearing lots of makeup or no makeup, I’m always the same person inside,” the singer confesses in the accompanying article.
Journalist Andrea Mitchell revealed that she’s battling breast cancer on her MSNBC show Wednesday. I had planned to be hiking in Wyoming last week, but instead discovered that I am now among the 1 in 8 women in this country — incredibly 1 in 8 — who have had breast cancer,” she said. The 64-year-old said the disease “was discovered during my annual screening just a short time ago.” “Luckily for me, I am one of the fortunate ones; we discovered it in the earliest stage, it hadn’t spread, and I’m already back at work with a terrific prognosis,” Mitchell added.
A Paris court convicted former Christian Dior designer John Galiano on Thursday for making anti-Semitic insults in a bar but gave him only a suspended sentence, taking into account his apology to the victims. Galliano, who didn’t attend the announcement of the verdict, was given no prison time. He was given a suspended (EURO)6,000 ($8,400) fine, which means it goes on his criminal record but he does not have to pay it.
Hot hits this week
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO fea. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 fea. Christina Aguilera
Lighters – Bad Meets Evil fea. Bruno Mars
Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) – Katy Perry
Super Bass – Nicki Minaj
How To Love – Lil Wayne
Give Me Everything – Pitbull fea. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer
Stereo Hearts – Gym Glass Heroes fea. Adam Levine
Good Life – OneRepublic
I Wanna Go – Britney Spears
Cheers (Drink To That) – Rihanna
Rolling In The Deep – Adele
If I Die Young – The Band Perry
You and I – Lady Gaga
Tonight Tonight – Hot Chelle Rae
She Will – Lil Wayne fea. Drake
You Make Me Feel – Cobra Starship fea. Sabi
Someone Like You – Adele
I’m On One – DJ Khaled fea. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
Remind Me – Brad Paisley With Carrie Underwoos
The Edge of Glory – Lady Gaga
||America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday)
||America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday)
||NFL Exhibition Football: San Diego vs. Oakland
||NCIS: Los Angeles
||Big Brother 13″ (Thursday)
||Big Brother 13″ (Wednesday)
||Big Brother 13″ (Sunday)
||The Big Bang Theory
||NFL Exhibition Football: Green Bay vs. Indianapolis
||NBC NFL Preseason Pre-Kick
||Hell’s Kitchen” (Monday
||America’s Funniest Home Videos
||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
||Hell’s Kitchen” (Monday
||20/20: Sixth Sense