Week In Pop Culture & News With Videos – October 8, 2011… Mr. Pop Culture

Week In Review – News, Pop Tech & More

October 8, 2011 as compiled by Gary West & www.mrpopculture.com

In The News –

Flames lit up downtown Cairo (Mr. Pop Video) where massive clashes raged Sunday, drawing Christians angry over a recent church attack, Muslims and Egyptian security forces. At least 24 people were killed and more than 200 injured in the worst sectarian violence since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February. The rioting lasted late into the night, bringing out a deployment of more than 1,000 security forces and armored vehicles to defend the state television building along the Nile, where the trouble began. The military clamped a curfew on the area until 7 a.m.

Baltimore County Police responded to a call at about 10:48 a.m. Saturday and found two women fighting inside the store. The bleach and disinfectant created toxic fumes, forcing the immediate evacuation of the entire Arbutus store, officials told ABC News affiliate ABC 2. It closed for several hours.Fire, EMS and hazardous materials units were dispatched to the scene, as well as 10 medics. A Saturday morning of shopping turned into an emergency hazmat situation at a Baltimore Walmart where two patrons threw bleach and disinfectant at one another, officials said.

Stocks rose sharply in the U.S. and Europe Monday after French and German leaders promised to strengthen European banks. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 275 points, led by Bank of America. The euro rose against the dollar. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy said they would finalize a “comprehensive response” to the debt crisis by the end of the month, including a plan to make sure that banks have adequate capital.

A sea exploration company said Monday it has discovered a ship filled with silver 8,000 feet beneath the surface of the North Atlantic Ocean. Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. said it found the remains of the SS Mantola, which sank on Feb. 9, 1917. It was torpedoed by German submarine U-81. The ship was insured to carry silver worth 110,000 British pounds when it sailed in 1917. That value would mean that the ship could hold as much as 600,000 ounces of silver based on silver prices in 1917. Odyssey will retain 80 percent of the value of the silver that’s recovered. At current market prices, that much silver would be worth more than $19 million.

President Barack Obama is spending time with wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Obama traveled to the facility in Bethesda, Md., just outside Washington on Monday afternoon. Obama has occasionally visited service members wounded in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. He visited the National Naval Medical Center in February and made a trip to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in June, before the center was renamed and moved to its current location.

A copy of Steve Jobs’ death certificate made public Monday indicates that the Apple Inc. co-founder died of respiratory arrest resulting from pancreatic cancer that had spread to other organs. He battled pancreatic cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009 after taking a leave of absence for unspecified health problems. He took another leave of absence in January — his third since his health problems began — and resigned in August, handing the CEO job over to his hand-picked successor, Tim Cook.

A steam-powered car considered the oldest vehicle in the world still running has sold at auction in the United States for more than $4.6 million. The De Dion-Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout, nicknamed “La Marquise,” which was built in France in 1884, sold for more than twice its estimate at auction Friday in Hershey, Pennsylvania. RM Auctions listed its top speed as 38 miles per hour (61 kilometers per hour) and said it had only had four previous owners over the past 127 years.

Another Republican Debate – All eyes were on Texas Gov. Rick Perry and businessman Herman Cain in Tuesday’s Republican debate, and both failed to ­­seize the moment. Cain arrived as a candidate rising on the strength of a buoyant personality and a catchy tax plan that has captured the imagination of many conservative Republicans. But after a series of debates in which his rivals treated him kindly, Cain found himself on the defensive for the first time, with his tax plan under attack. Perry arrived in a slump after three mediocre debate performances in September and poll numbers that were sinking. But he found himself struggling to reassert himself, at times sidelined as others took over the debate and at times caught in exchanges that turned unexpectedly against him.It was Mitt Romney who prospered most.

Obama’s Job Bill – No Pass – as the Senate blocked his signature American Jobs Act. The cleverly named bill was sold as a paid-for, bipartisan package of cures for the country’s anemic job market. But the Senate soundly defeated the measure, leaving it eight votes shy of the 60 that Obama needed just to get the Senate to consider it. Worst of all for Obama were the defections of two of his fellow Democrats, which limited the bill to getting more than a bare majority, as well as the declarations from several more that they would vote against the package if the Senate ever did consider it for an up-or down vote.

Congress approved free trade agreements Wednesday with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, ending a four-year drought in the forming of new trade partnerships and giving the White House and Capitol Hill the opportunity to show they can work together to stimulate the economy and put people back to work. In rapid succession, the House and Senate voted on the three trade pacts, which the administration says could boost exports by $13 billion and support tens of thousands of American jobs. None of the votes were close, despite opposition from labor groups and other critics of free trade agreements who say they result in job losses and ignore labor rights problems in the partner countries.

A gunman opened fire in a busy hair salon, killing eight people and critically wounding another while leaving bodies scattered throughout the business in a normally sedate Southern California beach community. The gunman got into a truck and drove away from Salon Meritage after Wednesday’s shootings. Scott Evans Dekraai, 42, was stopped by officers about a half-mile away and surrendered without incident while saying he had multiple weapons with him, police Sgt. Steve Bowles said. Dekraai was arrested and booked on suspicion of murder, Bowles said. In all, one man and five women died at the salon, one man and one woman died after being transported to a nearby hospital, and one woman remained in critical condition late Wednesday. Their names have not been released.

Occupy Wall Street – City officials said early this morning they will postpone a cleanup of  Zuccotti Park after earlier threatening to evict Occupy Wall Street protesters who have been encamped here. As the announcement was made via the “people’s mic” just before 7 a.m., the crowd waved their brooms in triumph.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office tweeted that Brookfield Properties, owner of the park,  (and not the city) decided to postpone cleaning. The city was informed “late last night.” Occupy Wall Street had vowed yesterday to stay in the park and try to prevent the cleaning crews from entering.

A van driven by a sheriff’s deputy who ran a group home for adopted and foster children collided with an empty cattle trailer on Thursday in a highway construction zone, killing him and five children and injuring seven other children. Howard Mitchell, 57, was taking 12 of the children from the home in Kit Carson to Eads at the time of the crash around 7:30 a.m., troopers said. The school district in Eads, about 15 miles away, said on its website that the Mitchell family had close ties to the community of about 600 people.

Time Poll – Despite sweeping pessimism about the nation’s fortunes and his own sliding approval ratings, President Obama leads potential. Republican rivals Mitt Romney and Rick Perry in hypothetical general-election match-ups, according to a new poll. Obama leads Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who sits atop the GOP presidential field, 46% to 43% among likely voters.The President has opened a double-digit lead over Perry, 50% to 38%, highlighting concerns percolating through the GOP that the Texas governor would face a steep uphill climb should he capture the nomination. Obama also boasts a 49% to 37% edge over businessman Herman Cain, whose strong Tea Party support has propelled him toward the top of Republican ranks in recent weeks.

Gap Inc. plans to close stores in the U.S., while expanding in China. The struggling retailer, which runs the Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic chains, detailed plans on Thursday to close 189 locations, or 21 percent of its namesake Gap stores in the U.S., by the end of 2013. At the same time, the largest U.S. clothing chain said it plans to triple the number of Gap stores in China from about 15 by the end of the year to roughly 45 by the end of next year

Sports News –

Passing -  (Mr. Pop Video) Al Davis, the renegade owner of the Oakland Raiders who bucked NFL authority while exhorting his silver-and-black team to “Just win, baby!,” died Saturday. He was 82. The Hall of Famer died at his home in Oakland, the team said. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed.

A strange year for Tiger Woods took another bizarre twist Sunday when a fan was arrested for running toward the seventh green at CordeValle and tossing a hot dog in Woods’ direction. The bun barely reached the green. The hot dog landed on the putting surface. e 31-year-old man, whose name wasn’t released, dropped to the ground to be arrested as Santa Clara sheriff’s deputies converged on him.-

Tech News –

Netflix Inc Chief Executive Reed Hastings reversed an unpopular decision to separate his company’s DVD rental business and online video streaming service, sending the stock up 7 percent in early trading. U.S. customers will continue to go to Netflix.com for streaming and DVD-by-mail rentals, as the company has dropped plans to move its DVD rentals to a separate business called Qwikster, Hastings announced in a short statement on the company blog on Monday.

One year, six months, and seven days after the iPad first went on sale, Facebook has at last released its app for Apple’s tablet.

Blackberry Outage –BlackBerry service has had reported outages in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia already this week, has acknowledge problems with North American services today as well. This morning there were widespread complaints of outages in the United States. The company, headquartered in Canada, confirmed that the problems here are similar to what it had seen in other parts of the world.

Entertainment news –

(Mr. Pop Video) Marry – Paul McCartney Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell are now married.

Passing - Roger Williams, a pianist who was one of the most popular instrumentalists of the mid-20th century and who hit No. 1 on the pop charts in 1955 with his arpeggio-strewn “Autumn Leaves,” has died. He was 87. Williams died Saturday at his Los Angeles home of complications from pancreatic cancer, his former publicist, Rob Wilcox, told the Associated Press.

At the movies –

Real Steel – (1st week $27.3 million)

The Ides of March (1st week $10.4 million)

Dolphin Tale

Moneyball

50/50

Courageous

The Lion King

Dream House

What’s Your Number?

Contagion

Top TV -

1. NFL Football: Green Bay at Atlanta NBC
2. NCIS CBS
3. Two and a Half Men CBS
4. Dancing With the Stars ABC
5. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick NBC
6. Dancing With the Stars Results ABC
7. NCIS: Los Angeles CBS
8. The Big Bang Theory CBS
9. Criminal Minds CBS
10. 60 Minutes CBS
11. Modern Family ABC
12. Mike & Molly CBS
13. The Mentalist CBS
14. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS
15. Football Night in America NBC
16. The X-Factor” (Wednesday) FOX
17. The X-Factor” (Thursday) FOX
18. Unforgettable CBS
19. Person of Interest CBS
20. 2 Broke Girls CBS

Week In Pop Culture With Videos. September 22, 2011 Including News, Tech, Entertainment. This Week In Pop Culture History.

Week Of September 22, 2011 In Pop Culture, News & More.

Compiled By Gary West @ www.mrpopculture.com

In The News –

Strapped to a gurney in Georgia’s death chamber, Troy Davis (Mr. Pop Video) lifted his head and declared one last time that he did not kill police officer Mark MacPhail. Just a few feet away behind a glass window, MacPhail’s son and brother watched in silence. Outside the prison, a crowd of more than 500 demonstrators cried, hugged, prayed and held candles. They represented hundreds of thousands of supporters worldwide who took up the anti-death penalty cause as Davis’ final days ticked away. “I am innocent,” Davis said moments before he was executed Wednesday night.(Sept21) “All I can ask … is that you look deeper into this case so that you really can finally see the truth. I ask my family and friends to continue to fight this fight.”

(Mr. Pop Video) A white supremacist gang member was executed Wednesday (Sept21) evening for the infamous dragging death slaying of a black man. James Byrd Jr., 49, was chained to the back of a pickup truck and pulled whip-like to his death along a bumpy asphalt road in one of the most grisly hate crime murders in recent Texas history. Lawrence Russell Brewer, 44, was asked if he had any final words, to which he replied: “No. I have no final statement.” A single tear hung on the edge of his right eye.

A U.S. man is suing Starbucks Coffee Co after his 5-year-old daughter allegedly found a video camera pointed at the toilet in a bathroom in one of their cafes. William Yockey, of Virginia, is asking for $1 million in the civil suit on four counts, including breach of privacy, his lawyer, Hank Schlosberg, told Reuters on Tuesday. Yockey and his daughter went into a Starbucks in downtown Washington to use the restroom during an April sightseeing trip, he said. After using the unisex toilet, the girl discovered a digital video camera hidden in the U-shaped drain pipe under the sink. The camera was aimed at the toilet and recording, Schlosberg said.

The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell last week, though the decline isn’t enough to signal improvement in the job market. Weekly applications dropped by 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 423,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile figure, rose slightly for the fifth straight week to 421,000.

Hewlett-Packard Co.’s decision to fire CEO Leo Apotheker after just 11 months and replace him with former eBay chief Meg Whitman is another dizzying turn of the executive merry-go-round at a company whose leadership issues are straining a sprawling technology empire.

Swapping Apotheker, who has now been ousted from two high-profile CEO jobs in two years, for Whitman is a decision designed to stem investor fury over a series of questionable strategy moves

U.S. Stocks are falling as recession fears and global selling take them to new yearly lows. Shares were on track for their fifth straight day of declines and their worst weekly losses since 2008. Finance ministers from of the world’s leading economies pledged early Friday to take whatever steps are necessary to calm the markets. The statement did little to stem the selling.

Another Republican slug fest – this one in Orlando on Thursday. As usual – Mitt Romney and Rick Perry went at it – with their smug smiles and all.

Vladimir Putin said Saturday he’ll run for Russia’s presidency in 2012, almost certainly ensuring he’ll retake the office he previously held and likely foreshadowing years more of a strongman rule that many in the West have called a retreat from democracy. If Putin wins two presidential terms in a row, he will have been atop the Russian hierarchy for almost a quarter-century.

A six-ton NASA science satellite pierced the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean and fell back to Earth, the U.S. space agency said on Saturday, but it was not yet known where the remains landed. NASA said its decommissioned Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, which took an unpredictable course as it tumbled through the upper atmosphere, fell to Earth sometime between 11:23 p.m. EDT on Friday and 1:09 a.m. EDT on Saturday.

UBS chief executive Oswald Gruebel has resigned over a $2.3 billion rogue trading loss, the bank said Saturday. The move ends days of speculation about whether Gruebel could retain his position following the latest scandal to hit Switzerland’s biggest bank.

A millionaire developer who lived in the same central Florida neighborhood as Tiger Woods and other celebrities was convicted Saturday of murdering his wife in their mansion. The six jurors deliberated more than 12 hours over two days before finding Bob Ward guilty of second-degree murder. The two-week trial took place in the same courthouse where the Casey Anthony case was tried this summer. Ward was stoic as the verdict was read. Before the verdict, he hugged his two college-aged daughters as the women wept. He faces up to life in prison when he’s sentenced in November.

Libyan revolutionary authorities say they have discovered a mass grave containing the remains of 1,270 inmates killed by the regime of Moammar Gadhafi in a 1996 prison massacre. The site was found near Tripoli’s Abu Salim prison, where the victims were killed on June 26, 1996, after protesting conditions at the facility.

President Barack Obama is on the road selling his jobs plan — and his re-election hopes — to plugged-in networkers in Silicon Valley and around the country. He was to appear Monday at a town hall-style event hosted by the career-focused social networking site LinkedIn to pitch his nearly $450 billion jobs proposal as he travels through California scooping up campaign cash.

(Mr. Pop Video) Boeing’s long-awaited dream machine became a commercial reality on Sunday when the lightweight plastic-composites 787 Dreamliner was formally delivered to its first Japanese customer. Boeing says the revolutionary carbon fiber design will hand 20 percent fuel savings to airlines struggling to avoid a new recession, and give passengers a more comfortable ride with better cabin air and large electronically dimmable windows. The first $200 million aircraft was handed over to Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways three years behind schedule after persistent delays that cost Boeing billions of dollars.

A new survey shows that the average cost of employer-sponsored health insurance surged this year, snapping a trend toward moderate growth, but experts say increases may slow again in 2012. A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation says annual premiums for family coverage climbed 9 percent compared to 2010, when they rose only 3 percent.

Greece’s international debt inspectors will return to Athens on Thursday after they suspended their review of the country’s finances early this month amid talk of budget shortfalls. European Commission spokesman Amadeu Altafaj Tardio said the decision to go back to Athens “follows recent announcements by the Greek authorities concerning fiscal consolidation measures that constitute an important” development.

President Obama is encouraging students to work hard in their classes, saying the country is counting on them. Obama was scheduled to speak Wednesday afternoon at Washington’s Benjamin Banneker Academic High School. His back-to-school address will be televised live and carried online. In his prepared remarks, Obama urges students to pursue an education after high school and says that in tough economic times, the country needs their ideas and passion. “Whether we fall behind or race ahead in the coming years is up to you,” he says.

A man was arrested Wednesday (Sept 28) and accused of plotting an assault on the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol using remote-controlled aircraft armed with explosives — the latest of several terrorism cases to spring from federal sting operations. Rezwan Ferdaus was arrested in Framingham, Massachusetts, after undercover federal agents delivered materials he had allegedly requested, including grenades, six machine guns and what he believed was 24 pounds of C-4 explosive. Federal officials said the public was never in danger from the explosives, which it said were always under control and closely monitored.

In a significant new blow to al-Qaida, U.S. airstrikes in Yemen on Friday(Sept 30) killed Anwar al-Awlaki, an American militant cleric who became a prominent figure in the terror network’s most dangerous branch, using his fluent English and Internet savvy to draw recruits for attacks in the United States. The strike was the biggest U.S. success in hitting al-Qaida’s leadership since the May killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. But it raises questions that other strikes did not: Al-Awlaki was an American citizen who has not been charged with any crime. Civil liberties groups have questioned the government’s authority to kill an American without trial.

Federal agents on Thursday raided a Boeing plant that makes military helicopters in a Philadelphia suburb and charged more than three dozen people with distributing or trying to get prescription drugs, among them powerful painkillers. The arrests were made by the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration at the 5,400-employee plant in Ridley Park, where workers build aircraft including the H-47 Chinook helicopter and the V-22 Osprey. The plant is part of Boeing’s Defense, Space and Security unit.

Tech News –

(video www.mrpopculture.com/Facebook) Facebook f8 – as founder Mark Zuckerberg rolled out new features including a personal timeline. In his keynote speech at f8, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg unveiled new ways for users to share information — and for content creators to gather fresh intel on what is beings shared. Facebook is expanding its vocabulary beyond “Like” to add verbs: Users will soon be able to “watch” a movie or “read” a book. Facebook also unveiled changes to the permissions process users go through when they install new apps. The new version will let users control in more detail what information their apps share with others.

According to a new study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 31% of American adults prefer text messages to phone calls. An additional 14% said the contact method they prefer depends on the situation. To put this in perspective, most Americans (but just barely: 53%) still generally prefer to get voice calls rather than text messages. Also, Pew notes that 4% of cell owners do not make or receive any voice calls on an average day. And 27% of cell owners do not use text messaging, even occasionally.

Kindle – The maker of the world’s most popular e-book reader is rumored to be announcing a color, touch-screen tablet device called the “Kindle Fire,” that claims to have seen the gadget. Here are the Kindle Fire’s specs: 7-inch color screen, compared to 6-inch for current Kindles

– Wi-Fi only (no 3G version)

– Touch-screen navigation

– Glowing LED screen instead of paper-like e-ink

– Android operating system

– Hits stores in November

– Current Kindle will remain on sale

MoboTap, the creator of the popular Dolphin Browser for Android and iPhone, has unleashed a browser for the iPad. The app, Dolphin Browser HD, contains all of the gesture control features that have made it a hit on the Android platform. Drawing a “<” will take you back a page, and drawing a “>” will take you forward. Users can also create their own gestures and shortcuts to access their favorite websites or launch browser commands. (We suggest “M” for Mashable.) The iPad app also includes Dolphin Webzine, the browser’s Flipboard-style system for reading web content, tabbing browsing, a URL bar that predicts what website you’re going to type, and a speed dial for accessing favorite websites with a quick tap. Users can access their bookmarks by swiping from left-to-right or their open tabs by swiping right-to-left.

Entertainment news –

(Mr. Pop Video) Big-voiced R&B diva Vesta Williams, perhaps best-known for her 1980s hits “Don’t Blow A Good Thing” and “Congratulations,” has been found dead of a possible drug overdose in a Southern California hotel room, coroner’s investigators said Friday. She was 53. Williams was found dead at 6:15 p.m. Thursday in an El Segundo hotel room, Los Angeles County coroner’s Capt. John Kades (KAY’-dihs) said.

More than two years after Michael Jackson went into cardiac arrest at his mansion, the doctor accused of responsibility for his death went on trial on Tuesday.

Jackson’s parents, Joe and Katherine, his sisters, Janet and La Toya, and other family members arrived at the Los Angeles court, where dozens of media and fans holding pictures of the dead “Thriller” singer, sunflowers, and placards saying “Justice for Michael” gathered outside. Dr. Conrad Murray’s trial is expected to give the public a glimpse into the King of Pop’s final days as he rehearsed for a series of concerts aimed at restoring a career shattered by a 2005 child molestation trial, despite his acquittal. The trial, which is being televised live in the United States, is expected to last four to six weeks.

Top albums this week –

21 – Adele

Own the Night – Lady Antebellum

Tha Carter IV – Lil Wayne

Staind – Staind

1 – The Beatles

Halfway To Heaven – Brantley Gilbert

Watch The Throne – Jay Z Kanye West

A Dramatic Turn of Events – Dream Theater

Dead Throne – The Devil Wears Prada

Hot hits this week –

Someone Like You – Adele

Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 fea. Christina Aguilera

Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO fea. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock

Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People

(Mr. Pop Video) Stereo Hearts – Gym Class Heroes fea. Adam Levine

Lighters – Bad Meets Evil fea. Bruno Mars

Super Bass – Nicki Minaj

You and I – Lady Gaga

Cheers (Drink To That) – Rihanna

You Make Me Feel… – Cobra Starship

Give Me Everything – Pitbull fea. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer

How to Love – Lil Wayne

Good Life – OneRepublic

Without You – David Guetta fea. Usher

Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)- Katy Perry

Paradise – Coldplay

In The Dark – Dev

I Wanna Go – Britney Spears

Tonight Tonight – Hot Chelle Rae

Rolling In the Deep – Adele

Headlines – Drake

I’m On One – DJ Khaled fea. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne

If I Die Young – The Band Perry

At the movies –

The Lion King

Moneyball (1st week $20.6 million)

Dolphin Tale (1st week $20.3 million)

Abduction (1st week $11.2 million)

Contagion

Drive

The Help

Straw Dogs

I Don’t Know How She Does It

The Debt

Top TV –

1. NFL Football: New Orleans at Green Bay NBC
2. NFL Football: Dallas at N.Y. Jets NBC
3. NFL Thursday Pre-Kick NBC
4. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick NBC
5. Football Night in America NBC
6. NFL Kickoff 2011 NBC
7. America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday) NBC
8. 9/11: 10 Years Later CBS
9. America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday) NBC
10. NCIS CBS
11. NCIS: Los Angeles CBS
12. The O.T. FOX
13. 60 Minutes CBS
14. Big Brother 13″ (Wednesday) CBS
15. NCIS: Los Angeles” (Tuesday CBS
16. Big Brother 13″ (Thursday) CBS
17. Dateline NBC” (Friday) NBC
18. The Big Bang Theory CBS
19. Football Night in America NBC
20. Criminal Minds CBS

Pop Culture TV, NFL & CBS History. Bad, Awful Coverage of Raiders Vs Buffalo Today, September 18.

Mr. Pop Culture – If you were watching the Raiders and the Bills today, you saw a great game. Particularly in the fourth quarter. A minute left in the game, and you thought the Oakland Raiders had it  35-31. But wait. Now Buffalo has the ball. They keep driving and driving. Even getting a first down at 4 and 3. WOW! All of a sudden, they’re inside the Raider’s 30 yard line, and because of “NFL contract obligations” they shut the game off!!!!

Shut if off!! Mind you, it’s 35-31 - Buffalo is losing – but, they could win this in the 35 seconds or so. So, CBS shuts off the game, goes to local commercials – and up pops another game – San Diego at New England. We learn – about 10 minutes later, Buffalo DID INDEED – win the game!!!!

Holy uncool!!! BAD, BAD policy. Why even bother??? Shame on the NFL and CBS.

The audience lost.  

Gary West – www.mrpopculture.com     

Week In Review. September 1, 2001 In Pop Culture, News, Tech News, Entertainment. With Videos

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.

www.mrpopculture.com/anthony michael hallBratpack 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

Top TV

1. America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday) NBC
2. America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday) NBC
3. NCIS CBS
4. NFL Exhibition Football: San Diego vs. Oakland NBC
5. NCIS: Los Angeles CBS
6. Big Brother 13″ (Thursday) CBS
7. 60 Minutes CBS
8. Big Brother 13″ (Wednesday) CBS
9. Big Brother 13″ (Sunday) CBS
10. NCIS” (Tuesday CBS
11. The Big Bang Theory CBS
12. NFL Exhibition Football: Green Bay vs. Indianapolis CBS
13. NBC NFL Preseason Pre-Kick NBC
14. Hell’s Kitchen” (Monday FOX
15. Wipeout” (Tuesday) ABC
16. America’s Funniest Home Videos ABC
17. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS
18. Bachelor Pad ABC
19. Hell’s Kitchen” (Monday FOX
20. 20/20: Sixth Sense ABC

Pop Culture Radio Music And History – 1960′s Music. A Station Playing The Hits and The Not-So-Hits Of That Era. Labor Day Weekend.

Jackie Kennedy/www.mrpopculture.comThere’s nothing like an iPod or radio station playing music from the 1960′s. Not just the hits. The 1960′s was full of great pop music. Even the stuff that didn’t make the charts, or was low on the charts – was terrific. A great example of that – is Allan Sniffen’s Rewound Radio. Listen this Labor Day weekend – and you’ll hear the hits mixed with the songs that didn’t quite make it. Let’s face it, radio stations couldn’t play it all. Only one in nine single releases made it to the top-40 charts. Imagine, all that great stuff – the stuff that was supposed to be played. Check out Rewind Radio  now – I recommend it…

Here’s the link – Rewound Radio

Week Of August 15, 2011 In Pop Culture History With Videos. In News, Pop Culture, Entertainment, Tech News & More.

Week In Review – August 15, 2011

Compiled By Gary West @ www.mrpopculture.com


In The News –

Bomb blasts ripped through more than a dozen Iraqi cities Monday morning, killing 56 people — most of them in the southern city of Kut — in a wave of violence that shattered what had been a relatively peaceful holy month of Ramadan. The violence struck from the northern city of Kirkuk to the capital of Baghdad to the southern Shiite cities of Najaf, Kut and Karbala, and emphasized the persistent ability of insurgents to wreak havoc at a time when Iraqi officials are weighing whether they are able to protect the country without the assistance of American troops.

The leaders of France and Germany meet for high-pressure talks on Tuesday to discuss what further measures they can take to shore up investor confidence in the euro zone following a dramatic market sell-off last week. President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are under pressure to show financial markets they are in agreement on doing more to shore up the embattled currency union — or risk watching the euro zone unravel. The two leaders could discuss obliging all euro zone countries to pass national laws on deficit limits and the idea of a permanent euro zone spokesperson or coordinator, a source close to the talks told Reuters.

Barack Obama hit the road Monday for his three-day Midwestern bus tour toting an array of political baggage: a downgraded national credit rating, a faltering economy, a stretch of wild market vicissitudes, an approval rating that by one measure has slumped to a historical low of 39%.

A parasite known as the “brain-eating amoeba” has claimed its second young American victim this month. Christian Strickland, a 9-year-old from Henrico County in Virginia contracted an infection after visiting a fishing camp in his state. He died of meningitis on August 5. This week, health department officials confirmed that the deadly amoeba–officially known as “Naegleria fowleri”–was to blame. “Sadly, we have had a Naegleria infection in Virginia this summer,” Dr. Keri Hall of the Virginia Department of Health, told the press. “It’s important that people be aware of . . . safe swimming messages.” Earlier this month, Courtney Nash died to the brain-eating amoeba after diving off a dock into the St. John’s River at her grandmother’s house in Florida.

Tampa police arrested an expelled student after thwarting what they called a “catastrophic” plot to set off a bomb at his former high school next week, authorities said Wednesday.  Police Chief Jane Castor said Jared Cano (Mr Pop Video), 17, had threatened to plant a device at Freedom High School in north Tampa and discharge it on the first day of school Tuesday. He was arrested Tuesday night after someone tipped off police about the plot.

Gunmen killed seven people in southern Israel on Thursday in attacks along the Egyptian border and Israel responded with an air strike in the Gaza Strip that killed six Palestinians, including the leaders of a group it blamed for the violence. The series of assaults on a desert road north of Israel’s Red Sea resort of Eilat drew Israeli accusations that Egypt’s new rulers were losing their grip on the porous frontier.

More signs of economic weakness triggered a global sell-off in stocks Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 400 points in a return to the wild swings in the market last week. In the United States, there were reports that more people joined the unemployment line last week than a week earlier, gasoline prices contributed to higher inflation and manufacturing slowed in the mid-Atlantic.

Syrian forces shot dead 20 protesters on Friday despite a pledge by President Bashar al-Assad that a crackdown was over, activists said as thousands marched across Syria, spurred on by U.S. and European calls for him to step down.

A suicide bomber struck a mosque in a Pakistani tribal region during Friday prayers, officials said, killing at least 40 people and wounding 85 others in the deadliest attack in the country in recent weeks. The attack came during the holy month of Ramadan, a time of fasting, sharing and heightened community spirit for Muslims.

(Mr Pop Video) Burger King Corp. on Friday said it is retiring “The King” mascot, a man with an oversized plastic head and creepy smile who in recent years has been shown in ads peeping into people’s windows and popping up next to them in bed. The move is an effort by the struggling fast food chain to boost slumping sales by focusing its marketing on the freshness of its food rather than the funny-factor of its ads. It’s rolling out a new campaign on Saturday sans The King to tout its fresh ingredients and new products like its California Whopper, which has guacamole.

A chartered Boeing 737 plane crashed Saturday afternoon in Canada’s Arctic region, killing 12 people, police said. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the plane went down near the hamlet of Resolute Bay in the Arctic territory of Nunavut. The First Air charter flight was traveling from Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories to Resolute Bay, and was scheduled to continue on to Grise Fiord on Ellesmere Island.

People freed in Tripoli – Muammar Gaddafi was a hunted man  as loyal remnants of his forces made a last-ditch stand in the capital and world leaders embraced the fractious Libyan rebels as new masters of the oil-rich North African state.

Nearly 48 hours after a pincer thrust on Tripoli by the irregular rebel armies, launched in tandem with an uprising in the city, Gaddafi’s tanks and sharpshooters appeared to hold only small areas, including his Bab al-Aziziya headquarters. Civilians, who mobbed the streets late on Sunday to cheer the end of dictatorship, stayed indoors as gunfire crackled. Gaddafi’s prime minister showed up in Tunisia. State television went off the air and rebels said they had seized its transmitters. More Libyan embassies abroad hoisted the rebel flag.

A wingwalker at an air show near Detroit fell to his death on Sunday, after he tried to transfer from an aircraft to a helicopter and plunged about 200 feet to the ground, officials said. The death of wingwalker Todd Green comes one day after an aerobatic flyer crashed and died at a Kansas City, Missouri, air show and a British Royal Air Force “Red Arrows” pilot crashed and died at an air festival on the coast of England.

Tech news –

Google Inc will buy phone hardware maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc for $12.5 billion to bolster adoption of its Android mobile software and compete with smartphone rival Apple Inc. In its biggest deal to date, Google said it would pay $40 per share in cash, a 63 percent premium to Motorola Mobility’s Friday closing price on the New York Stock Exchange. “What it says is that Google wants to provide a total experience that’s hardware and software (like Apple),” said BGC Partners analyst Colin Gillis.

Hewlett-Packard is taking a hatchet to its business and doing some radical restructuring. The company said Thursday that it is looking to spin off its industry-leading but struggling personal computer business. HP also killed off the TouchPad tablet it launched last month, as well as its webOS smartphone line.

Prince Harry, 27, will be spending time in the Golden State plus Arizona for a series of Apache helicopter training courses. The exact locations and dates of the “spare heir’s” visit have yet to be disclosed. Called “Exercise Crimson Eagle,” the California and Arizona training features “environmental training, live firing and tactical exercises,” the rep explains.

Despite a promising start last year, Conan O’Brien’s TBS talk show has steadily lost viewers — and TBS is investing heavily to stop the slide. TBS’s great red hope is tanking. A new Wall Street Journal report on the network’s late-night talk show, Conan, details just how big an investment its hiring of host Conan O’Brien has been — and just how poorly that investment has paid off this past year. And TBS’s “Conan O’Brien experiment” is about to get even more expensive.

(Mr. Pop Video) Kim Kardashian Marries – Kim Kardashian finally took her walk down the aisle on Saturday and married Kris Humphries with a reported 440 guests in attendance. Escorted by stepfather Bruce Jenner, the bride proceeded down the aisle in a strapless Vera Wang wedding dress, witnessed by her expansive reality show family, including Kris Jenner, bridesmaids Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and Kim’s matron and maid of honor, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, with their men.

Lil Wayne said  he is recovering after gashing his head at a St. Louis-area skateboard park. The 28-year-old rapper whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. was in suburban St. Louis Sunday for a performance at the outdoor Verizon Amphitheatre. KTVI-TV reported that Lil Wayne, accompanied by a large entourage, showed up Sunday at DePaul Health Center’s emergency room. Hospital spokeswoman Jamie Newell said she could not confirm Lil Wayne was at the hospital, citing privacy laws. But Lil Wayne wrote about it on his Twitter account. “The Lou was good but I busted my … head at the sk8park! 9stitches! Gnarly gash over my left eye! Luv the people,” he wrote.

Hot hits this week in 2011:

Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO fea. Lauren Bennet & GoonRock

Super Bass – Nicki Minaj

(Mr Pop Video) Moves Like A Jagger – Maroon 5 fea. Christina Aguilera

Lighters – Bad meets Evil fea. Bruno Mars

Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) – Katy Perry

Give Me Everything – Pitbull fea. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer

Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The Peole

I Wanna Go – Britney Spears

Good Life – OneRepublic

How To Love – Lil Wayne

Tonight Tonight – Hot Chelle Rae

Headlines – Drake

Rolling In The Deep – Adele

The Edge of Glory – Lady Gaga

If I Die Young – The Band Perry

I’m On One – DJ Khaled fea. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne

Stereo Hearts – Gym Class Heroes fea. Adam Levine

Best Thing I Never Had – Beyonce

Remind Me – Brad Paisley With Carrie Underwood

Dirt Road Anthem – Jason Aldean

Knee Deep – Zac Brown Band fea. Jimmy Buffett

Motivation – Kelly Rowland fea. Lil Wayne

Just A Kiss – Lady Antebellum

You Make Me Feel – Cobra Starship fea. Sabi

Cheers (Drink To That) – Rihanna

Just A Kiss – Lady Antebellum

Top TV –

1. America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday) NBC
2. NCIS CBS
3. America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday) NBC
4. 60 Minutes CBS
5. NCIS: Los Angeles CBS
6. Big Brother 13″ (Sunday) CBS
7. Big Brother 13″ (Wednesday) CBS
8. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS
9. Big Brother 13″ (Thursday) CBS
10. CMA Music Festival ABC
11. Bachelor Pad ABC
12. Hell’s Kitchen” (Monday) FOX
13. Dateline NBC” NBC
14. The Big Bang Theory CBS
15. Hell’s Kitchen” (Tuesday) FOX
16. The Mentalist” (Tuesday) CBS
17. Wipeout” (Tuesday) ABC
18. Flashpoint” CBS CBS
19. So You Think You Can Dance” (Thursday) FOX
20. Master Chef” (Tuesday) FOX

At the movies –

The Help

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Spy Kids: All the Time In The World (1st week $12 million)

Conan the Barbarian (1st week $10 million)

Fright Night

The Smurfs

Final Destination 5

30 Minutes or Less

One Day

Crazy, Stupid Love

First Internet Radio Station Live Concert. Pop Culture Radio Media History.

Radio station concert events go all the way back… In early rock ‘n roll days – Alan Freed presided over many radio station tie-in concerts with WJW Cleveland and later WINS, NY. Hundreds and hundreds, perhaps thousand of local radio stations and personalities – tied to a particular concert event through these years.

And now, it’s finally happened. Internet radio presents its first concert event. True, it is Clear Channel and its top star – Ryan Seacrest – but hey, it’s a first. This came out last week – but it’s the first time in pop culture history that an Internet radio station is out front in a concert event:

Ryan Seacrest will host a two-day music festival in Las Vegas, featuring Lady Gaga, Coldplay, The Black Eyed Peas (Mr. Pop Culture Video) and Bruno Mars among others. The iHeartRadio Music Festival, put on by Clear Channel Radio, will take place at the MGM Grand. Scheduled for Sept. 23-24, it will also be streamed online and on all Clear Channel radio stations. ‘This is a once in a generation gathering of artists and fans from all over the country for a true, must-see music event,’ Seacrest said in announcing the event.

Gary West – www.mrpopculture.com

Week In Review With Videos – July 1, 2011. News, Pop Culture, Tech, TV, Entertainment. Lady Gaga Slams Critics… Casey Anthony Aquitted…

Week In Review – Week Of July 1, 2011

Compiled By Gary West @ www.mrpopculture.com

In The News -

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released without bail on Friday(July1) after a dramatic court hearing where the sexual assault case against him appeared to shift in his favor. Strauss-Kahn, who smiled as he walked out of court, still faces felony charges of attempted rape and sexual assault over the alleged attack on a hotel maid in New York. His lawyers said they will seek to have the charges dismissed but the judge said prosecutors were continuing to investigate.

A day after stepping down as CIA director, Leon Panetta was sworn in Friday as secretary of defense. (Mr. Pop Video) He began settling into the job by telling members of the military and their families they are “at the top of my agenda.” He was meeting later with his civilian staff and then with the chiefs of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. He planned to have lunch with Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs. A spokesman, Doug Wilson, said Panetta intends to work at maintaining close relations with the military at all levels.

Minnesota Government Shutdown – Minnesota lawmakers headed home for a long holiday weekend, bracing for likely public anger as some of them meet constituents for the first time since a failure to reach a budget agreement forced a government shutdown.The reception they get starting Saturday, and during 4th of July parades around the state, could go a long way toward determining how long the shutdown lasts. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP leaders had no plans for new talks before Tuesday, five full days after the shutdown started. Minnesota’s second shutdown in six years was striking much deeper than a partial 2005 shutdown. It took state parks and rest stops off line, closed horse tracks and made it impossible to get a fishing license. But it also was hitting the state’s most vulnerable, ending reading services for the blind, silencing a help line for the elderly and stopping child care subsidies for the poor.

The outgoing U.S. commander in Afghanistan marked his last Fourth of July in uniform by speaking to American troops during a re-enlistment ceremony in the south of the country. Gen. David Petraeus, who was recently confirmed as the next director of the CIA, told the 235 troops re-enlisting in Kandahar province that they have achieved progress on the battlefield but that “much work remains” to be done in Afghanistan. “You raised your right hand and said ‘Send me,’ and today you raised your right hand again and said ‘Send me again, if needed,’” he told the soldiers on America’s 235th birthday.

Newly confirmed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta marked his first Fourth of July by making calls to troops serving abroad, the Defense Department said Monday.

Six forward-deployed U.S. service members began their Independence Day with telephone calls from Panetta, who reached out to convey his thanks and support for their service, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Doug Wilson said. Panetta, who was sworn in as the nation’s 23rd defense secretary on Friday, spoke by phone with service members deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq and Bahrain. The six individuals, representative of America’s men and women in uniform who are away from their families, come from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Army National Guard. Panetta told them how proud he was of their service and emphasized his commitment to fight for them and their families as they are fighting for their country, Wilson said. He told them he looks forward to meeting them during his travels as secretary.

(Mr. Pop Video) A Florida jury has acquitted Casey Anthony of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. Anthony began crying when the jury’s verdict was read Tuesday after more than 10 hours of deliberations. She hugged her attorney afterward, and a prosecutor shook his head in disbelief. She could have received a death sentence if she had been convicted of first-degree murder. She was found guilty of lying to investigators. Judge Belvin Perry will sentence her Thursday. She could receive up to a year in jail for each count.

President Barack Obama kicked off his first Twitter town hall with — what else? — a tweet. Using a laptop set up on a podium in the East Room of the White House, Obama typed this message: “In order to reduce the deficit, what costs would you cut and what investments would you keep?” The tweet set the tone for the town hall focused on jobs and the economy, and hosted by Twitter, the social media service. The White House sees social media as an opportunity for the president to interact with Americans directly, particularly the younger and more tech-savvy part of the electorate, as his re-election campaign ramps up.

The Obama administration must stop enforcing the ban that prevents gay men and women from serving openly in the U.S. military, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday. President Barack Obama last year signed a landmark law repealing the policy that forced gays to keep their sexual orientation secret if they want to be in the military. The Pentagon has been in the process of writing rules for the new policy.

A female grizzly bear attacked and killed a man who encountered the bruin and her cubs while he was hiking with his wife on Wednesday in Yellowstone National Park, park officials said. The fatal mauling occurred about a mile and a half from the start of the Wapiti Lake trail, and another group of hikers nearby heard the victim’s wife crying out for help and used a cell phone to call park rangers for assistance. A National Park Service statement said the couple had inadvertently surprised the mother grizzly and her cubs, and in “an attempt to defend a perceived threat to her cubs, the bear attacked and fatally wounded the man.”

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed into law a bill that would require voters to show identification at the polls in 2012, with a photo required before casting a ballot in 2014, his office announced on Wednesday. “Having reflected a great deal on the issue, I believe that requiring identification at the polling place is a reasonable request to ensure the accuracy and integrity of our elections,” Chafee, an Independent, said in a statement.

A judge sentenced Casey Anthony on Thursday(July7) to four years for lying to investigators but says she could go free in late July or early August because she has already served nearly three years in jail and has had good behavior.  While acquitted of killing and abusing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, Anthony was convicted of four counts of lying to detectives trying to find her daughter in July 2008. She lied to them about working at the Universal Studios theme park, about leaving her daughter with a non-existent nanny named Zanny, about leaving the girl with friends and about receiving a phone call from her. She’ll be released from jail July 13.

New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, government data showed on Thursday, but distortions associated with the holiday weekend and a government shutdown in one state made it difficult to get a clear view of the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 418,000, the Labor Department said.

A gunman opened fire in two separate Michigan homes Thursday(July7), killing seven people, including a child, before leading police on a high-speed chase through downtown Grand Rapids, authorities said. Within hours, dozens of officers with guns drawn had cordoned off a neighborhood near a small lake in the northern part of the city and shut down nearby Interstate 96. State police believed they had the man surrounded but warned residents to stay in their homes. The manhunt began after four people were found dead in one Grand Rapids home and three were found in another across town. Mayor George Heartwell said police were seeking 34-year-old Rodrick Shonte Dantzler.

Flash Mobs – BAD TREND – The headlines from Chicago these days are about “flash mobs” — dozens of young thugs attacking people and cleaning out stores in broad daylight…

  • 15 people storm a couple of city buses, making off with the passengers’ mobile phones and iPods
  • More than 20 young men attack a guy parking his scooter near the downtown campus of Northwestern University. “It was boom, like a swarm of insects,” the victim recalled. They took his phone

Up to 50 people storm a drugstore in the Magnificent Mile shopping district, cleaning out the shelves of merchandise, overwhelming any security that tried to respond

Similar stories of “flash mobs” — often coordinating their attacks via cell phone — come from Washington, D.C.; Venice Beach, California; Philadelphia; and St. Paul, Minn. The trend is building pace at a time when many cities are cutting back their police departments.

Tech News –

Twitter posts way up – As we reach the halfway point of 2011, users of the microblogging service now post 200 million tweets a day, Twitter announced. That’s up from 65 million tweets a day a year ago. Even in little 140-character bites, that’s a lot of verbiage. Twitter offers some context on this: Assuming the average tweet is 25 words, that means that “every day, the world writes the equivalent of a 10 million-page book” — or 8,163 copies of Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel “War and Peace.”

A federal judge has denied Google’s request to dismiss several lawsuits accusing the company of illegally collecting private information from open Wi-Fi networks. The ruling, filed in California court Wednesday, is a setback for Google as it tries to put its “Street View” debacle behind it. In May 2010, Google admitted that the cars it uses to capture images for the “Street View” map feature accidentally collected about 600 gigabytes of data from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks in more than 30 countries. Google, based in Mountain View, Calif., apologized in a blog post and called the data collection “a mistake” Google also said that it never used the data and would work to dispose of it as quickly as possible.But several lawsuits hit a few months later, accusing Google violations of state and federal wiretap laws. The complaints have been consolidated into one case seeking class-action status. In Google’s motion to dismiss, the company maintained that the data collection wasn’t illegal because open Wi-Fi networks are “readily accessible to the general public.”

(Mr. Pop Video) Hackers apparently broke into the FoxNews.com’s Twitter feed for political news early Monday and used it to announce — falsely — that President Barack Obama had been assassinated. Obama was “shot twice at a Ross’ restaurant in Iowa while campaigning. RIP Obama, best regards to the Obama family,” read one of several Twitter messages posted on @FoxNewsPolitics early Monday. “We wish @joebiden the best of luck as our new President of the United States. In such a time of madness, there’s light at the end of tunnel,” the last in the series of tweets said later. An article on FoxNews.com confirmed the hack.

This week, Verizon Wireless, the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier, caps the amount of data downloads allowed under its $30-a-month wireless broadband plan; it will also unveil more costly options for users with big appetites for digital data. The changes will affect only new customers. Customers who now have unlimited data plans, or who sign with Verizon today, will be able to continue paying a flat fee for all the data they wish to download. Verizon follows the country’s number one carrier, AT&T Inc., which did away with unlimited data plans last year. The smallest of the nation’s top four cellular companies, T-Mobile USA, still offers an unlimited service, but the company dramatically slows down data transfers for heavy users – in effect, imposing a speed limit instead of a usage quota. Of the top wireless companies, only Sprint Nextel  still offers unlimited data plans.

Facebook will add Skype video chat to its pages, aiming to spice up the appeal of the world’s No. 1 Internet social networking service while fending off increased competition from Google The agreement, announced by Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg at the company’s Palo Alto, California, headquarters on Wednesday, deepens the company’s cooperation with Microsoft Corp, which is in the process of buying Skype to build up its web presence. Zuckerberg said Facebook has hit a record 750 million users. The new service, rolling out from Wednesday, could be a huge boost for Skype, which currently has about 145 million regular users.

Sports –

(Mr. Pop Video) A man attending a Texas Rangers game with his young son died after falling out of the stands and about 20 feet to the ground while trying to catch a baseball tossed his way Thursday night, the Rangers and Arlington fire officials said. Arlington Fire Department officials in a statement that another fan nearby tried unsuccessfully to grab the man to keep him from falling. They said the victim’s son did not fall. “We had a very tragic accident tonight and one of our fans lost their life reaching over the rail trying to get a ball,” team president Nolan Ryan said. “As an organization, and as our team members and our staff, we’re very heavy-hearted about this, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.” The accident in Texas occurred in the second inning after Oakland’s Conor Jackson hit a foul ball that ricocheted into left field. Josh Hamilton, the reigning AL MVP, retrieved the ball and tossed it into the stands. Replays on Oakland’s television broadcast show the man reaching for the ball and apparently catching it before tumbling.

Entertainment news –

Patricia Arquette and Thomas Jane are officially single. The couple’s divorce was finalized in Los Angeles. The two, who wed in 2006, will share joint custody of their 8-year-old daughter, Harlow.

Passing – Anna Massey, the member of an acting dynasty whose roles ranged from lonely spinsters to Margaret Thatcher, has died. She was 73. Massey died Saturday after a battle with cancer, with her husband and son at her side, her agent Pippa Markham said Monday.

Mr. Pop Culture/Lady GagaLady Gaga slams critics who accuse her of “[using] the gay community to sell records.” That’s “one of the most ridiculous statements anyone can make about me,” the 25-year-old pop star says. “I would say the top thing I think about every single day of my life, other than my fans, loving the music, and my family being healthy, is social justice and equality.” Gaga (real name: Stefani Germanotta) put her money where her mouth was in a recent controversy with Target. The retailer was planning to sell a special edition of her Born This Way album, but members of the LGBT community were outraged at the deal when Target contributed thousands in cash and in-kind goods to a PAC that supported antigay candidate Tom Emmer in his failed 2010 run for governor of Minnesota. After the incident, Gaga met with the company’s “entire executive staff” and shortly thereafter canceled the deal.

Comedy Central set to roast Charlie Sheen – “You could say I’ve been providing kindling for this Roast for a while,” 45-year-old Sheen says of the special, airing Sept. 19. “It’s time to light it up. It’s going to be epic.”

(Mr. Pop Video) A man arrested outside Paris Hilton’s coastal home was charged Tuesday with disobeying a court order to stay away from the socialite. Sheriff’s deputies arrested James Rainford on Monday, the third-time in less than a year that the 36-year-old has been jailed for trying to meet Hilton. Rainford is expected to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon on the misdemeanor charge. He is being held on $20,000 bail and jail records do not indicate whether he has an attorney. Authorities said Rainford was arrested Monday after paparazzi who were outside Hilton’s home recognized him.

Hot hits this week In 2011 –

Rolling In The Deep – Adele

Give Me Everything- Pitbull fea. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer

PartyRockAnthem – LMFAO fea. lauren Bennett & GoonRock

Super Bass – Nicki Minaj

Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) – Katy Perry

E.T. – Katy Perry (Mr. Pop Video)

The Edge of Glory – Lady Gaga

Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 fea. Christina Aguilera

The Lazy Song – Bruno Mars

How To Love – Lil Wayne

The Show Goes On – Lupe Fiasco

Dirt Road Anthem – Jason Aldean

Just Can’t Get Enough – The Black Eyed Peas

Honey Bee – Blake Shelton

Tonight Tonight – Hot Chelle Rae

On The Floor – Jennifer Lopez

Don’t Wanna Go Home – Jaseon Derulo

Till The World Ends – Britney Spears

Good Life – OneRepublic

I’m On One – DJ Khaled fea. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne

Who Says – Selena Gomez & The Scene

Motivation – Kelly Rowland fea. Lil Wayne

Look At Me Now – Chris Brown fea. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes

Knee Deep – Zac Brown Band fea. Jimmy Buffet

Roll Up – Wiz Khalifa

At the movies this week in 2011 –

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (1st week $97.4 million)

Cars 2

Bad Teacher

Larry Crowne – (1st week $13 million)

Monte Carlo (1st week $7.6 million)

Super 8

Green Lantern

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Bridesmaids

Midnight In Paris

X-Men: First Class

Rick Dees Back Again – Morning Los Angeles Radio. Pop Culture Radio History.

He’s back. It’s the fourth time around for Rick  Dees on morning Los Angeles radio. Hope it works for Rick.

Back in the 1980′s and into the 1990′s – Dees was on top. He was unstoppable on LA’s KIIS-FM. He was on television, had a top-rated morning show – and a national radio countdown show. Rick Dees.

My understanding is that his new show on LA’s 92.3FM – is voice tracked. He’s not “really” there. And it’s not in real time. Money thing. Morning drive – voice track. Kind of a bummer. For me – I hate knowing I’m listening to a track that was cut, perhaps, a day earlier – especially on morning radio – where it should be live. The expectation must be mediocre ratings – but hey, you never know! During his KIIS-FM days, Dees would have eaten his competition alive knowing “they” were doing what he’s doing today.

Dees never really shined on TV – you always expected the real Dees to come out – but – his gifted radio personality never ever translated to video. On radio – Dees was/can be incredible… very entertaining. His funniest moments were when the show was seemingly “out of control” – something you can only do live/spontaneous – and with other elements such as a sports guy, sidekick, music, producer, phone calls, bits, drop-ins and music. It was pure Dees magic on KIIS-FM and it never got better.

That just can’t happen on a voice track. You can set it up and all that – but clearly – the whole element of surprise and the unpredictable is gone.

I’ll always be a fan of those KIIS-FM shows – particularly the 1980′s. Pure, great morning radio entertainment.

Gary West - www.mrpopculture.com

Week In Review With Videos. June 22 2011 In Pop Culture, News, Tech, Entertainment, Music And Television

Week Of June 22, 2011.

Compiled By Gary West @ www.mrpopculture.com

In The News

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday it would again maintain its key interest rate near zero as the pace of the US economic recovery was more sluggish than expected. “The economic recovery is continuing at a moderate pace, though somewhat more slowly than the committee expected,” the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee said after a two-day meeting.

President Barack Obama, in a widely anticipated speech tonight, announced a brisk drawdown of 33,000 U.S. forces from Afghanistan by the end of next summer, and called more broadly for the U.S. to assume a more pragmatic approach to international interventions in order to focus on economic recovery and nation-building at home.”We are a nation whose strength abroad has been anchored in opportunity for our citizens at home,” Obama said in the brief twelve minute speech from the White House East Room. “Over the last decade, we have spent a trillion dollars on war, at a time of rising debt and hard economic times. Now, we must invest in America’s greatest resource — our people.”

A magnitude-6.7 earthquake rattled northeast Japan on Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. It was the same area of the Pacific where a massive magnitude 9 quake hit on March 11, triggering a deadly tsunami. At least 23,000 people were killed or left missing in those disasters, which destroyed hundreds of homes, offices and factories in northeastern Japan. The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning for Iwate Prefecture after the quake, but canceled it about an hour later.

Sirens wailed across Minot Wednesday as the swollen Souris River overtopped levees five hours ahead of a looming evacuation deadline, setting in motion what is expected to be the worst flooding to hit the North Dakota city in four decades.  The warning was followed by an announcement saying, “All residents must evacuate, Zones 1 through 9,” prompting the last of nearly 11,000 Minot residents to leave their homes for a second time in a month.

The International Energy Agency will release 60 million barrels of oil from strategic government stockpiles held by industrialized consumer nations in a bid to push down oil prices, the 28-member group announced on Thursday. The announcement comes after OPEC failed to raise production at a meeting on June 8 and despite assurances from OPEC’s biggest producer Saudi Arabia that it would lift supplies unilaterally. “Greater tightness in the oil market threatens to undermine the fragile global economic recovery,” the IEA said.

The House refused to vote President Barack Obama the authority for U.S. military operations against Libya on Friday but stopped short of cutting off funds for the mission, a mixed message reminiscent of congressional unease on Vietnam and more recent wars.

In a repudiation of the commander in chief, the House voted overwhelmingly against a resolution that would have favored letting the mission continue for one year while barring U.S. ground forces, a resolution the president said he would welcome.

Governor Andrew Cuomo made same-sex marriages legal (Mr. Pop Culture Video) in New York on Friday(June24), a key victory for gay rights ahead of the 2012 presidential and congressional elections. New York will become the sixth and most populous U.S. state to allow gay marriage. State senators voted 33-29 on Friday evening to approve marriage equality legislation and Cuomo, a Democrat who had introduced the measure, signed it into law. “This vote today will send a message across the country. This is the way to go, the time to do it is now, and it is achievable; it’s no longer a dream or an aspiration. I think you’re going to see a rapid evolution,” Cuomo, who is in his first year of office, told a news conference. “We reached a new level of social justice,” he said.

An asteroid the size of a tour bus flies past Earth today (June 27) so closely it was beneath some of the planet’s satellites. The rock, named asteroid 2011 MD  zoomed by just 7,500 miles (12,000 km) above the planet, making a sharp turn forced by Earth’s gravity before winging off into space again. The flyby will occur at about 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT). There was no risk of an impact, NASA scientists said. The space rock, estimated to be between 29 to 98 feet (9 to 30 meters) wide, was too small to survive a plunge through our atmosphere anyway. An asteroid this size, if it were mostly stony, would break apart and burn up before hitting the surface. Iron-heavy space rocks are better at surviving the fiery entry, however.

Riot police fired tear gas at youths hurling rocks and petrol bombs near the Greek finance ministry Tuesday, trying to quell the anger unleashed during mass protests and a general strike as parliament debated new cost-cutting measures. The latest austerity measures must pass in two parliamentary votes Wednesday and Thursday if Greece is to receive another batch of bailout funds to see it beyond the middle of next month. If the votes don’t pass, Greece could become the first eurozone nation to default on its debts, sending shock waves through the global economy.

Greece’s parliament approved deeply unpopular austerity measures despite worsening street violence on Wednesday(June29), in a vote vital to secure international aid and prevent the euro zone’s first sovereign debt default. Lawmakers passed a five-year package of spending cuts, tax rises and state asset sales by a comfortable margin of 155 votes to 138 in a roll-call vote, handing a victory to embattled Prime Minister George Papandreou. “We must avoid the country’s collapse at all costs. Now is not the time to step back,” the Socialist premier told lawmakers just before the vote.

An appeals court on Wednesday upheld President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law that requires Americans to buy insurance as constitutional, a victory for the White House. The Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, based in Cincinnati, said the “minimum coverage provision is a valid exercise of legislative power by Congress under the Commerce Clause” of the U.S. Constitution.

In a blunt challenge to Republicans in Congress, President Barack Obama insisted Wednesday that elimination of selected tax breaks for oil companies and the super-wealthy must be included in any deficit reduction plan.”You stay here. Let’s get it done,” he all-but-lectured lawmakers, holding open the possibility of keeping Congress in Washington unless there is significant progress by week’s end on a deal to cut deficits, raise the $14.3 trillion debt limit and avert a threatened financial crisis.

President Barack Obama on Thursday(June30) honored outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ four decades of service (Mr. Pop Video), including the past 4 1/2 years in charge of the Pentagon, by surprising him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It’s the highest honor a president can give a civilian. “I can think of no better way to express the gratitude of the nation to Bob Gates than with a very special recognition,” Obama said as he asked Gates to step forward to receive the award.

The Senate abandoned plans for a July 4 break as time dwindled for lawmakers to strike a compromise on avoiding a government default and reducing mammoth federal deficits. In a challenge to President Barack Obama, the chamber’s top Republican invited him to the Capitol to discuss the impasse with GOP lawmakers. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced the scheduling change Thursday, a day after President Barack Obama prodded lawmakers to act swiftly to extend the government’s ability to borrow money. The Senate had been scheduled to take a week’s break but instead will meet beginning Tuesday.

Sports –

The Los Angeles Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection in the latest skirmish of a running feud between Dodger owner Frank McCourt and Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. McCourt said he had lined up $150 million in debtor-in-possession financing so he could keep control of the team during bankruptcy proceedings. The decision to file bankruptcy was taken ”to protect the franchise financially and provide a path that will enable the club to consummate a media transaction and capitalize the team,” McCourt said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.

Tech News –

The hacker group LulzSec has alarmed police in Arizona this week after releasing sensitive information about officers. The group said they posted the information in response to Arizona’s controversial immigration law. “We are releasing hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training manuals, personal email correspondence, names, phone numbers, addresses and passwords belonging to Arizona law enforcement,” the group said in a statement. “We are targeting AZDPS (Arizona Department of Public Safety) specifically because we are against SB 1070 and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona.”

Nine months after the launch of New Twitter, the social media company is letting users know that the old version of Twitter will be completely eliminated “very, very soon.” The old version of Twitter always asked users to switch to the new version of Twitter, but today the message was changed, and it’s more urgent. “You will automatically be upgraded to New Twitter very, very soon,” the top of old Twitter now reads. The color of the top bar has also been changed to yellow as an alert to users. We’re not sure what Twitter means by “very,very soon” — it could be days or even weeks until Twitter flips the switch (we’ve emailed the Twitter for comment). However, it’s clear that Twitter is finally ready to eliminate the old version of Twitter altogether and bring everybody into the new design.

The Supreme Court on Monday(June 27) refused to let California clamp down on the sale or rental of violent video games to children, saying governments lack authority to “restrict the ideas to which children may be exposed” despite complaints that the popular and fast-changing technology allows the young to simulate acts of brutality. On a 7-2 vote, the high court upheld a federal appeals court decision to throw out California’s ban on the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Sacramento had ruled that the law violated minors’ rights under the First Amendment, and the high court agreed.

Three of Twitter’s key developers– Biz Stone, Evan Williams and Jason Goldman — are launching a new venture. “Our plan is to develop new projects and work on solving big problems aligned along a simple mission statement: The Obvious Corporation develops systems that help people work together to improve the world,” Stone wrote Tuesday in a blog post announcing their plans. The move is the latest musical-chairs shuffle at Twitter, which is undergoing as the five-year-old venture matures from a startup to a tech industry power player.

Google on Tuesday unveiled Google+, yet another attempt by the search giant to overcome its past miscues in the social networking space. More people visit Google’s network of websites than Facebook each month, but Facebook is killing the search company in categories that advertisers care most about: Time spent and pages viewed. Users spent 62% more time on Facebook than on Google last month, and viewed more than twice the number of pages on Facebook as they did on Google, according to comScore.

In the latest of a recent slew of antitrust complaints filed against Google, French search company 1plusV said Tuesday it would seek $423 million in damages from the American search giant. 1plusV, which makes a host of niche search engines for French speakers, said the sum it is seeking equals the amount of business it lost because of Google’s alleged anticompetitive business practices. This would be the largest such claim against Google in Europe. The French company claims Google blacklisted 30 of its search engines from its search results from 2007 to 2010. Though 1plusV said some have recently been “white-listed,” the company believes it suffered irreparable damage.

Google has launched a new, mysterious service called What Do You Love. It’s a simple search box box, similar to the one on Google’s homepage, but it returns results from over 20 different Google services, including Google Translate, Trends, YouTube, Maps, Groups etc. The results are presented in little boxes which can, in some cases, be expanded by clicking on the icon in the lower right corner; if you need even more results, you can always click the button in the upper right corner of the box and go directly to the chosen service.

Media –

MSNBC has suspended political analyst and Time magazine writer Mark Halperin indefinitely over a remark he made about President Obama Thursday morning. “Mark Halperin’s comments this morning were completely inappropriate and unacceptable,” said MSNBC spokesman Jeremy Gaines in a statement. “We apologize to the President, the White House and all of our viewers. We strive for a high level of discourse and comments like these have no place on our air.” Appearing on “Morning Joe” this morning, Halperin, senior political analyst at Time and MSNBC and co-author of the 2008 election opus “Game Change,” sought to characterize the president’s demeanor at a press briefing the previous day. Are we on the seven-second delay?” Halperin asked. “We have it. We can use it. Go for it. Let’s see what happens,” co-anchor Joe Scarborough replied. “I thought he was a dick yesterday,” Halperin replied, sending the hosts into a brief moment of panic. Halperin apologized later on in the show and issued his own mea culpa hours later via MSNBC.

Entertainment news –

U.S. Marshals arrested Don Lapre (Mr. Pop Video) in Tempe, Arizona, after he failed to appear in court on fraud charges linked to his vitamin business. Earlier this month, Lapre, of Phoenix, was indicted by a federal grand jury, which charged that his business, Greatest Vitamin in the World, signed up 226,794 people and promised them money for selling vitamins and recruiting others to the business. In the end, prosecutors say, investors and customers spent nearly $51.8 million, but received just $6.4 million in commissions. Between 2004 and 2007, they say, Lapre himself took in at least $2.2 million from the business. The self-proclaimed infomercial king was charged with 41 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, promotional money laundering and transactional money laundering. He has acknowledged that he “did not have the perfect company,” but denied breaking the law.

Passing – Peter Falk, the stage and movie actor who became identified as the squinty, rumpled detective in “Columbo,” which spanned 30 years in prime-time television and established one of the most iconic characters in movie police work, has died. He was 83. Falk died Thursday in his Beverly Hills home, according to a statement released Friday by family friend Larry Larson.

Veteran US comedian Jerry Lewis has had to cancel a sell-out Sydney tour after collapsing from exhaustion as he prepared to take the stage, promoters said Saturday. The 85-year-old was due to perform before a packed house in western Sydney Friday night to raise money for muscular dystrophy but the event was called off at the last minute after he fell ill. Lewis has cancelled the remainder of his Sydney tour to rest and will return to the stage on Thursday for a Melbourne performance if his health permits.

Neal Patrick Harris The 38-year-old How I Met Your Mother star tweeted Saturday that he and partner David Birtka are planning to say “I do” now that gay marriage is legal in New York! “David and I did propose to each other, but over five years ago!” he explained. “We’ve been wearing engagement rings for ages, waiting for an available. date.”

BET Awards – Steve Harvey was recognized for his humanitarian work at the BET Awards. Patti Labelle also accepted a special honor at Sunday’s ceremony; Gladys Knight presented her with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The night’s leading nominee, , Chris Brown collected four awards in all. The 21-year-old singer won a pair of prizes early in the show and two fan-voted awards at the end of the ceremony. Brown was named best male R&B artist and won best collaboration for his song “Look At Me Now” with Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes.

Michael Jackson’s iconic red and black leather jacket from his “Thriller” video sold for $1.8 million in an online auction. Julien’s Auctions, which oversaw the bidding, announced that Milton Verret of Austin, Texas, bought the jacket and plans to display it in the city’s Dell Children’s Hospital.

Mexican pop singer Paulina Rubio (Mr. Pop Video)  is charged in Miami with refusing to comply with police officers after a traffic accident. According to an arrest report, Rubio’s BMW collided with another car Saturday near Miami’s Little Havana. When asked to get out of her car, Rubio allegedly refused, cursed at an officer and said she was nervous and that “all of you Miami cops are abusive.” The officer placed Rubio in handcuffs. The report states that Rubio screamed for help and threat ened to call her attorney. Police say Rubio eventually calmed down and apologized. She is charged with refusing to obey a lawful command, obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct.

The military-backed government of Myanmar has deported Hollywood actress Michelle Yeoh, who stars as pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in an upcoming movie, officials said Tuesday. The Malaysian actress arrived in the country’s main city, Yangon, on June 22 and was deported the same day because she was on a blacklist, a government official said. The official, who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the press, did not say why Yeoh was on the list. But Myanmar’s repressive government has routinely rejected visa requests of journalists and perceived critics for years.

Marries – America Ferrera  and longtime boyfriend Ryan Piers Williams are married, her rep confirms.

Lindsay Lohan gets released from home detention on Wednesday(June29) after spending 35 days at her Los Angeles apartment for stealing a gold necklace, authorities said.A private company that handles monitoring equipment for home detention inmates removed the electronic ankle bracelet from the “Mean Girls” star on Wednesday morning, said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department.Lohan was sentenced in May to 120 days in jail, but the 24 year-old actress qualified for a shorter period of house arrest under programs for nonviolent offenders and to reduce overcrowding in Los Angeles jails.

A man convicted of attempting to burglarize Paris Hilton’s home has been sentenced to two years in state prison. City News Service reported that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Kellogg also recommended during Wednesday’s hearing that Nathan Lee Parada undergo mental health counseling. A jury took less than an hour in April to convict the 32-year-old of felony attempted residential burglary for trying to break into Hilton’s house in August. The socialite testified during Parada’s trial about being awoken early Aug. 24 to the sound of Parada banging on Hilton’s window with a knife. Parada told a detective he planned to steal as much as he could carry and move to a deserted island.

Goodbye Glenn Beck – as he bid adieu to Fox News on Thursday, as the controversial host prepares to launch his own network. However, there were no tears from Beck, who instead promised his fans he would help fix the country and even poked fun at his own persona.”I’m the only host who is supposedly the most dangerous person in America because of my influence and the least influential person in America because my ratings are supposedly declining,” the 47-year-old said on his show. Nevertheless, Beck thanked Fox News chief Roger Ailes, the man who canceled him, during his farewell show Thursday(June30).

Music news –

Rhinestone Cowboy” singer Glen Campbell (Mr. Pop Video) says he is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, and has recorded one last album as a farewell to his fans. Campbell, 75, had been suffering from short-term memory loss for years, but the terminal Alzheimer’s diagnosis only came six months ago, according to an interview published in People magazine on Wednesday. “I still love making music,” he was quoted as saying. “And I still love performing for my fans. I’d like to thank them for sticking with me through thick and thin.”

Top albums this week in 2011 –

Hell: The Sequel – Bad Meets Evil

21 – Adele

Dream With me – Jackie Evancho

Born this Way – Lady Gaga

My Kinda Party – Jason Alean

All Things Bright and Beautiful – Owl City

15 Minutes: Fame… Can You… Barry Maniloww

Pieces of Me – Ledisi

This Is Country Music – Brad Paisley

NOW 38

The Book of Mormon – Original Broadway Cast

Wasting Light – Foo Fighters

Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons

Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Set The World On Fire – Black Veil Brides

NOW That’s What I Call Country

Journey’s Greatest Hits

Ronnie Dunn

Speak Now – Taylor Swift

Codes and Keys – Death Cab For Cutie

Ukulele Songs – Eddie Vedder

Nothing But The Best – Frank Sinatra

Doo-Wops & Hooligans – Bruno Mars

All 6’s & 7’s – Tech N9ne

At the movies –

Cars 2 (1st week $68 million)

Bad Teacher (1st week $31 million)

Green Lantern

Super 8

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

X-Men: First Class

The Hangover Part II

Bridesmaids

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Midnight in Paris

Kung Fu Panda 2

Top TV – (See Mr. Pop Video)

1. America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday) NBC
2. America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday) NBC
3. The Voice NBC
4. America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday) NBC NBC
5. The Voice Results Show NBC
6. NCIS CBS
7. NCIS: Los Angeles CBS
8. The Mentalist CBS
9. Copa Oro 2011 Soccer: U.S. vs. Mexico
10. The Bachelorette ABC
11. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS
12. Wipeout” (Thursday) ABC
13. The Big Bang Theory CBS
14. 60 Minutes CBS
15. Expedition Impossible ABC
16. Copa Oro 2011 Soccer: Honduras vs. Mexico
17. So You Think You Can Dance” (Thursday) FOX
18. Criminal Minds CBS
19. So You Think You Can Dance” (Wednesday) FOX
20. America’s Got Talent” (Monday) NBC