*Although running continuously since the first quake January 12, the Haitian government has called off any further search and rescue operations for fear that they have found all the survivors there might be, and are now fully concentrating their efforts upon medical needs. Meanwhile, although final figures have yet to be calculated, the "Hope for Haiti NOW!" telethon simulcast Friday night will be splitting the proceeds equally between the International Red Cross, UNICEF, and the Yele Haiti Foundation.
And Quincy Jones has announced plans to produce February first a new recording of the classic "We Are The World", in honor of the 25th anniversary of the original that benefited USA for Africa, although this time proceeds will go to Haitian relief efforts.
*The voters of Massachusetts earlier this week decided to elect Republican Scott Brown as their replacement Senator after Edward Kennedy's passing.
*Although waiting for Congress to present a singular Health Care Reform Bill for consideration, the Obama Administration is now addressing (among other topics) the matter of "too big to fail" financial institutions and executive bonuses paid to their upper echelons.
*The United States Supreme Court has overturned some portions of previous campaign finance reform policies, making some pundits worried that a corporation could now possibly "buy the candidate of their choice".
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*The upcoming annual UNCEF telethon this year is built around the theme of honoring singer/songwriter Lionel Ritchie.
*It has been announced that there will be a Pirates of the Caribbean 4, featuring the return of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. This time, he is in search of the legendary Fountain of Youth, as hinted at the end of the third movie. But Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley's return to the movie franchise is uncertain, since their character's story lines were brought to a conclusion at the end of the original trilogy.
*Conan O'Brien took his last bow as the host of The Tonight Show Friday night, after signing an exit deal with NBC that included severance packages for his staff. Although it is not officially known what O'Brien will do next, Jay Leno is not scheduled to resume hosting The Tonight Show until after NBC's coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics ends March first. The whole snafu was just a big mess that is now hopefully resolved to every one's satisfaction.
*And it is with great sadness to report that one of my favorite authors, Robert B. Parker, passed away Tuesday.
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