Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of October 8, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
The statewide average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in California rose to an all-time high Monday(Oct.8), the third record-setting day in a row that is prompting calls for a federal investigation into the price spike. The average price in the state hit $4.668, according to AAA. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate, saying residents need to be protected from "malicious trading schemes."Spokesmen for the FTC in Washington didn't immediately return calls seeking comment.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Monday the "worst-case scenarios" were now playing out in Syria and Turkey would do everything necessary to protect itself, as its army fired back for a sixth day after a shell from Syria flew over the border. Gul said the violence in Turkey's southern neighbor, where a revolt against President Bashar al-Assad has evolved into a civil war that threatens to draw in regional powers, could not go on indefinitely and Assad's fall was inevitable.
President Barack Obama on Monday designated the home of Latino labor leader Cesar Chavez as a national monument, calling Chavez a hero who brought hope to millions of poor, disenfranchised farm workers who otherwise might have remained "invisible" to much of the nation. ""Today, we celebrate Cesar Chavez," Obama said at a ceremony at La Paz, the California farmhouse where Chavez lived and worked for more than two decades. "Our world is a better place because Cesar Chavez decided to change it."
The United States has sent military troops to the Jordan-Syria border to help build a headquarters in Jordan and bolster that country's military capabilities in the event that violence escalates along its border with Syria, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday. Speaking at a NATO conference of defense ministers in Brussels, Panetta said the U.S. has been working with Jordan to monitor chemical and biological weapons sites in Syria and also to help Jordan deal with refugees pouring over the border from Syria.
The Spanish government's dilemma over whether to request a European bailout has become more acute following a downgrade of the cash-strapped country's credit rating. Standard & Poor's cut its rating on Spain's debt by two notches to BBB- late Wednesday, leaving the country on the cusp of junk status, or non-investment grade. That could make it more expensive for the Spanish government to borrow money as it might scare some of its bond investors away.
Unemployment in Greece hit a record high of 25.1 percent in July as the country's financial crisis continues to exact its heavy toll, official figures showed Thursday. And all indications are that unemployment in Greece will be heading higher for some to come. The country is widely-predicted to enter a sixth year of a recession, that's already seen economic output slump by a quarter and youth unemployment push way above 50 percent.
Vice Presidential Debate (Thursday Oct.11) Joe Biden and congressman Paul Ryan sat at a semi-circular piece of corporate office furniture to debate various aspects of foreign and domestic policy. With moderator Martha Raddatz at the helm, the 90-minute conversation between the two contenders began fairly civilly, and grew increasingly snippy. There was no clear winner.
A passenger boat carrying nearly two dozen people started sinking near Alcatraz island in San Francisco Bay, but the U.S. Coast Guard said everyone aboard was safely rescued. The 40-foot boat the Neptune hit an unknown object in the bay Friday night, leaving it with a 1-foot gash, Petty Officer Pamela Boehland said. The craft began taking on water and sinking, she said. But a Coast Guard boat happened to be nearby, taking on board most of the Neptune's 22 passengers and crew and summoning another Coast Guard vessel that picked up the rest.
Denver police are reviewing video footage from city surveillance cameras after a shot was fired through the window of President Barack Obama's campaign office. Cameras are in the area of the campaign office on West Ninth Avenue near Acoma Street near Denver's downtown, and investigators are poring over the tapes for any leads. She did not release any other information, citing an "active, ongoing investigation."
Bullying Story – October 8, 2012
Canada was in uproar Friday over a 15-year-old schoolgirl who was found dead, an apparent suicide, five weeks after she uploaded a video to YouTube describing years of bullying that drove her to drugs and alcohol. Coroner Barb McLintock said Thursday night that preliminary indications suggest the British Columbia girl, Amanda Todd, killed herself. Her school district's spokeswoman, Cheryl Quinton, confirmed the girl in the video was her. In the 9-minute video posted on Sept. 7, the 10th-grader and cheerleader didn't speak but told her story in haunting detail in a series of handwritten notes that she held up to the camera.
Health/Medical – Meningitis Update – October 8, 2012
The number of deaths from fungal meningitis linked to steroid injections has risen to 11, up from the eight deaths reported yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Two of the new deaths were reported in Tennessee, bringing the number of fatalities there to six. The other was reported Michigan, bringing that state's total to three. The number of reported cases of fungal meningitis rose to 119, from the 105 cases reported as of yesterday, the CDC said. Tennessee has the most cases, with 39. For the first time, a case was reported in New Jersey, which now joins Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia in reporting cases of the fungal infection.
Sports news – October 8, 2012
Jerry Sandusky will spend the rest of his life behind bars.The 68-year-old former Penn State defensive coordinator was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison on Tuesday. Judge John Cleland delivered the sentence here in a packed courtroom of the Centre County Courthouse. Sandusky was found guilty in June of 45 counts of sexually molesting 10 boys over a 15-year period.The maximum sentence was 442 years. Sandusky has currently served 112 days.
Passing - Alex Karras, who gained fame in the NFL as a fearsome defensive lineman and later as an actor, has died. He was 77. Craig Mitnick, Karras' attorney, said Karras died at home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, surrounded by family. Karras had been suffering from dementia. He was among the more than 3,500 NFL players suing the league regarding the treatment of head injuries.
Great Finish - Yankees – Ibanez homers twice - Raul Ibanez first pinch hits for Alex Rodriquex and tied the game with a bottom-of-the-ninth home run. Alex Rodriguez had another good view from the dugout three innings later when Ibanez homered to win it. Saved by manager Joe Girardi's gutsy move - and Ibanez's big swings - the New York Yankees rallied for a stunning 3-2 win in the 12th over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night for a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five AL division series.
Alex Rodriquez watched the New York Yankees' biggest game of the year on the bench.After being pinch hit for in Games 3 and 4 of the AL division series against the Baltimore Orioles, the $275 million third baseman was removed from the starting lineup for Game 5 on Friday.
Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers set a career high and tied a franchise record with six touchdown passes and the Packers played their best game of their so far inconsistent season, beating previously unbeaten Houston 42-24 on Sunday night.
Technology news – October 8, 2012
Pirate101," the follow-up to the popular, free online kids' game "Wizard101," is launching to the general public on Oct. 15, after having given access to paying players Monday. The game from KingsIsle Entertainment lets players take on the role of an orphan pirate who recruits a crew and adventures and combats his way through a virtual world where ships sail the sky. Fred Howard, vice president of marketing at KingsIsle, said "Pirate101" may have more of an appeal to an older audience than its predecessor. While the wizard was a hero on his journey, "Pirate" is more of a redemption story, he said.
Facebook Inc is testing a feature that lets users of the social network create "wishlists" of home furnishings, clothing and other retail products, laying the groundwork for what some believe could be an eventual push into e-commerce. Facebook said it is working with seven retailers, including Pottery Barn and Victoria's Secret, to test the new feature that will allow certain users to flag images of desired products by clicking a special "want" button.
Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos confirmed on Thursday that the online retailer sells its Kindle e-reader "at cost", with profit coming instead from sales of online content.Bezos' remarks, in an interview with the BBC, marked the first time the company had confirmed long-held Wall Street assumptions that it did not make a profit on sales of the popular tablet.
Fascinating Business news – October 8, 2012
Former GE head Jack Welch will no longer be writing a column for Fortune Magazine. This, after a his tweet, which suggested the Obama administration had possibly manipulated the September jobs report number. "Unbelievable jobs numbers .. these Chicago guys will do anything .. can't debate so change numbers," Welch wrote. The insinuation, which Welch doubled down on after the fact, was that the president wanted to make the economy look healthier than it actually is heading into the November election.
David Siegel, the owner of Westgate Resorts, sent a surprising email to his employees Monday(Oct.8). It said that if President Barack Obama wins re-election and raises Siegel's taxes, he will have to lay off workers and downsize his company - or even shut it down."If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, as our current President plans, I will have no choice but to reduce the size of this company," he wrote. "Rather than grow this company I will be forced to cut back. This means fewer jobs, less benefits and certainly less opportunity for everyone.
Kellogg's cereal recalls boxes of Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite size products that may have metal mesh fragments in them.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the recall is "due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh from a faulty manufacturing part."
Television news – October 8, 2012
Jim Lehrer said Monday(Oct.8) that he accomplished precisely what he wanted to while moderating the first presidential debate: get Mitt Romney and Barack Obama talking to each other. The former PBS anchor said last week's confrontation, viewed by 67 million people, will be remembered as a watershed moment because it was a real debate instead of simultaneous interviews of the candidates. He took some heavy criticism on social media for his light hand, letting the candidates talk and generally asking open-ended questions designed to encourage them to explore differences.
Entertainment/Celebrity news – October 8, 2012
Hulk Hogan responded to his leaked sex tape, telling "Today's" Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb that it has crushed him. Hogan confirmed the woman in the video is Heather Clem, the now ex-wife of his best friend, Todd Alan Clem, aka radio host Bubba the Love Sponge. Hogan said he had Bubba's permission to have sex with Bubba's then-wife, and the incident occurred six years ago while he was still married to Linda Hogan. He had no idea there was a camera in the room.
Divorcing – Danny DeVito and Rhea Pearlman after many years of marriage.
Debbie Reynolds has been hospitalized and is canceling upcoming appearances after suffering an adverse reaction to medication. Reynolds' publicist Kevin Sasaki says the singer-actress was hospitalized in Los Angeles after having the bad reaction. She is canceling shows and appearances through the end of the year.Reynolds is famous for her role in "Singin' in the Rain" and earned an Oscar nomination for her gutsy character in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown."The 80-year-old performs numerous shows and makes appearances each year. She is scheduled to appear on a float promoting pet adoption in the upcoming Rose Parade.
Passing - Sammi Kane Kraft, the real-life baseball player who portrayed Amanda Whurlitzer in the 2005 remake of Bad News Bears, died in a car accident in Los Angeles. She was only 20.
Russell Crowe and wife Danielle Spencer who have been married for nine years, are calling it quits.
Music news – October 8, 2012
A Russian appeals court on Wednesday(Oct.10) upheld the two-year jail sentences handed down to two members of punk band Pussy Riot for a protest against Vladimir Putin in a cathedral but freed a third member by suspending her sentence. A Moscow City Court judge said the court was leaving the sentences in place for Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Maria Alyokhina, 24, and issuing a suspended sentence for Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30.
Lady Gaga Gets Sick On Stage - During a concert in Barcelona, Spain, on Saturday night, Lady Gaga vomited on stage not once, twice, but at least four times mid-performance … and she just kept on singing and dancing throughout the entire puke fest. The 26-year-old singer was right in the middle of "Edge of Glory" when, with her back to the crowd, she leaned over and hurled onto the stage.
No Led Zeppelin Reunion - Led Zeppelin will not be reuniting anytime soon. So, said Robert Plant - at a news conference for the band's upcoming concert film, "Celebration Day." "I think it's disappointing for people when the answer is no," Page said. But he later added: "That's what it is now." "Celebration Day" covers their 2007 reunion concert at London's 02 Arena. Original members Plant, Page and John Paul Jones, as well as Jason Bonham, the son of the late John Bonham, played the one-time tribute concert to honor Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.
Justin Bieber Tweets That He Was Robbed… that some of his belongings were stolen during a show in Washington state. The pop star tweeted to his nearly 29 million followers that he and his tour manager were victimized during the show Tuesday night at the Tacoma Dome. He didn't lay out exactly what was stolen, but referenced a computer and a camera. He said what bothers him the most is that he had a lot of "personal footage" on them.
British Songstress Sarah Brightman – First Of Her Kind To Conquer Space. The British singer, known for Broadway stardom in "The Phantom of the Opera" and her extensive solo career, will rocket to greater hits when she joins a mission to the International Space Station. Joining the crew of a Soyuz rocket with assistance from Space Adventures, Ltd., she'll likely spend 10 days in orbit -- where she hopes to perform in space.
The former Beverly Hills home of the late Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla is up for sale for a cool $12.9 million.Like Elvis' home in Memphis, known as Graceland, Elvis fans have for years flocked to visit the property. According to the listing, the four bedroom, five bathroom French Regency estate sits on a 1.18 acre promontory overlooking Los Angeles.
A Gerhard Richter painting owned by Eric Clapton has sold for 21.3 million pounds ($34.2 million), handily beating pre-sale estimates and setting a new auction record for the German abstract artist. Sotheby's auction house says Richter's "Abstraktes Bild" sold to an anonymous buyer Friday in London, ending a more than five-minute bidding competition between two telephone buyers.
Bruce Springsteen will perform at campaign rallies for the president in the battleground states of Ohio and Iowa on Thursday, the Obama campaign said. His appearances come as the president's team is ramping up efforts to turn out supporters before the November 6 election. Obama and Romney are running neck and neck in national polls after the Republican's strong performance in their October 3 debate boosted his campaign.
Top music albums/CD’s – October 8, 2012
Babel – Mumford & Sons
The Truth About Love – P!nk
Kaleidoscope Dream – Miguel
Transit of Venus – Three Days Grace
Glad Rag Doll – Diana Krall
Sticks & Stones – Cher Lloyd
Tornado – Little Big Town
Songs From The Silver Screen – Jackie Evancho
Push and Shove – No Doubt
Kanye West Presents Good Music
Uno! – Green Day
Born To Sing: No Plan B – Van Morrison
Pitch Perfect – Soundtrack
Connection – Papa Roach
Quality Street Music – DJ Drama
21 – Adele
Food and Liquor II – Lupe Fiasco
Away From The World – Dave Matthews Band
Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons
The Lumineers – The Lumineers
Overexposed – Maroon 5
Fanatic – Heart
Some Nights - .fun
Top Video Games – October 8, 2012
Resident Evil 6 (X360/PS3)
NBA 2K13 (X360/PS3)
Borderlands 2 (X360)
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (PC)
FIFA 13 (PS3/X360)
Madden NFL 13
New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)
Most Popular/Top Youtube Videos (Most Viewed) – October 8, 2012
Doom and Gloom – Rolling Stones
League of Nations – Pro Player Pick
Tekkit 51 – Tiki Bar Building
Make or Break Relationship Moments – Jenna Marbles
Top movies – October 8, 2012
Argo (1st week $19.5million)
Sinister (1st week $18.0million)
Here Comes The Boom (1st week $11.8 million)
Seven Psychopaths (1st week $4.2 million)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower