The weekday report for the topics and people that are trending on
Yahoo! and across the Web for Friday, March 23, 2012.
Research by Search editor Wilfred Abellon
- Hunger Games Box Office: Online interest on Yahoo! in "The Hunger Games" is currently tracking 38% higher than the advance searches for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2" before its July 2011 premiere, and more than 4X the searches for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part I" before its November release. First movies garner more curiosity than sequels (learning curve and all), but its midnight gross (not adjusted for inflation) is already the highest for a non-sequel in box-office history. Related searches: Battle Royale, Hunger Games Peeta and Katniss.
- Al Sharpton: His mother Ada Sharpton passed away at 87 after battling Alzheimer's and dementia. The reverend led a Trayvon Martin rally in New York on Wednesday and led a rally in Florida Thursday. Related searches: Fox News Trayvon Martin, Glenn Beck Trayvon, Hoodies for Trayvon Martin, Matt Lauer and Trayvon Martin
- Morel Mushrooms: Warm weather has jump-started the mushroom season a month early. Potential mushroom hunters are coming from Missouri, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kansas and Ohio, according to Y! searches from the past week. Related searches: truffles
- Robert Bales: The staff sergeant was charged with 17 counts of murder and six counts of assault and attempted murder for the killings in Afghanistan. US forces there on the watch for reprisals.
- Bamako Mali: The president of Mali went missing after disgruntled military officers launched a coup d'état Thursday, but has since turned up.
- French Gunman: Mohamed Merah, 23, died Thursday after a 32-hour gunfight with police. He allegedly murdered three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi, and three French paratroopers, and filmed three of his killings.
- George Zimmerman: The man responsible for the death of Trayvon Martin has been expelled from Seminole State College. Related searches: Arrest George Zimmerman T Shirt, Arrest George Zimmerman Petition, Ethnicity of George Zimmerman
- Salinas Counselor: Salinas High School drug and alcohol counselor, Gilbert Olivares was arrested on child pornography charges after police found 14 sex videos, shot with a hidden cell phone, of Salinas High students on his computer.
- Daniel Coleman FMLA: The Supreme Court "refused to let Daniel Coleman sue the Maryland State Court of Appeals for damages for firing him after he asked for sick leave." —Associated Press
- Louisiana Education Bill: The controversial reform bill proposed by Governor Bobby Jindal passed in a post-midnight session late Thursday night. The bill will instate voucher programs and do away with teacher tenures. The Republican primary takes place in the state this Saturday. Related Searches: Bobby Jindal, Louisiana primary
- Anna Gristina: The lady of the evening claims to have had sex with John Edwards.
BUSINESS & MONEY
- Commodore Amiga Mini: After 20 years, Amiga comes out with a new product to tickle the retro gamer's fancy.
- Audemars Piguet: The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak celebrates its 40th anniversary with a special exhibit featuring 100 vintage and modern timepieces.
- EVGA GTX 680: The company releases five different graphics cards.
- Aripiprazole Abilify: An anti-psychotic drug used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, pediatric autism, agitation and aggression. A new report shows that four negative reports were never published in professional journals during the FDA approval process for this class of drugs, leaving psychiatrists without possibly critical information.
- Barkley Lake Crappie: The warm weather has significantly impacted the fishing conditions of the Kentucky and Barkley lakes.
- Baldness Cure: University of Pennsylvania researchers have identified the chemical in the scalp that stops hair growth. Three-quarters of searches hail from men, and 25% from empathetic women. Related searches: treatment for baldness, new cure for baldness, best hair loss solutions
- Free Sean Payton T-Shirts: Searches are buzzing -- and T-shirts are selling -- in Louisiana, after the New Orleans Saints' coach was put on a year-long suspension for Bountygate.
- Chipper Jones: The third baseman and the 1999 National League's Most Valuable Player will be retiring after his 19th season with the Atlanta Braves.
- Matt Forte: The running back and self- proclaimed "good guy" expressed his anger on twitter towards Chicago Bears' general manager Phil Emery after signing running back Michael Bush to a four-year deal for $14 million.
- Marquette University: The Florida Gators defeated the Marquette Golden Eagles, 68-58. Related searches: NCAA
- Ohio State: Advances to the Elite 8 after beating Cincinnati 81-66.
- Basketball Flop Mick Pennisi: Hilarious video of what could be the greatest flop in basketball's history.
- Saeed Ajmal: India has launched a smear campaign against the Pakistani cricketer's controversial bowling action.
- The Host: The teaser trailer for "Twilight" series author Stephanie Meyer's new sci-fi thriller has been released.
- Jarno Smeets: The viral video featuring the Dutch man as a flying bird is fake.
- Ed Kashi Reflections: His new book is titled "Witness Number 8: Photojournalisms."
- Anthony Bourdain: The Travel Channel's "No Reservations" star has a new app called "Travel Channel Layover Guide with Anthony Bourdain."
- Stella McCartney: The British fashion designer debuts uniforms for the British Olympic Team uniforms, made by German manufacturer Adidas.
- Erika Van Pelt: Even after her drastic makeover, the DJ/wedding singer is the first to be eliminated from "American Idol" Top 10. (Hey, she still gets to tour). Most searched remaining contenders: Jessica Sanchez, Colton Dixon, Heejun, Philip Phillips, and Elisa Testone. Related searches: American Idol Billy Joel, Haley Reinhart
- Whitney Houston: The singer's autopsy reveals that she died from drowning, but heart disease and chronic cocaine use were also major factors. Toxicology results showed marijuana, Xanax, muscle relaxant Flexeril and allergy medication Benadryl were found in her system.
- Hilary Duff: The former Disney Channel star welcomes baby boy, Luca Cruz Comrie.
- Flour Bombed Kim: Reality star Kim Kardashian was flour-bombed at an event promoting her new perfume, True Reflection.
- Kathy Bates: The actress will be playing the role of Charlie Harper on "Two and a Half Men."
- Mark Wahlberg: The actor will be part of the US remake of "Headhunters."
- Megan Piper: School bans porn star from attending prom.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM AROUND THE WEB
What's popular on Yahoo!, Twitter, Google Trends, CNN, BBC, Hollywood Reporter, and other sources
Yahoo! News Most Popular
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• Obama picks Dartmouth's Kim to lead World Bank: Official
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• Dead daughter's voicemails erased by phone company
• Alleged Kandahar shooter to be charged with murder
• 'Stand your ground' Florida law has troubled history
• Documents show NYPD infiltrated liberal groups
• Rutgers' Ravi: 'I wasn't the one who caused him to jump'
• New Jersey middle school bans hugging
• Surprise US World Bank candidate
• EU slaps sanctions on Assad wife
• US soldier to face murder charges
• Giant asteroid 'resembles planet'
• Florida police chief stands aside
• PM defends Toulouse murders probe
• China to end prisoner organ 'donation'
• Japan prepares missile defences
• Terror suspects escape Iraq jail
• Europe's space freighter launches
The Hollywood Reporter
• EXCLUSIVE: Lindsay Lohan's Lawyer Accused of Plagiarism in Pitbull Lawsuit
• 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack: The Secret Sisters Sound Off on 'Tomorrow Will Be Kinder'
• Fired Employee Sues SAG Pension & Health Plan for Wrongful Termination
• 'Smash' Creator Steps Down as Showrunner
• EXCLUSIVE: 'Friday the 13th' Writers Set Up New Horror Movie at Paramount
• Christian Petzold's Berlin Winner 'Barbara' Leads German Film Noms
• Todd Phillips Says Third 'Hangover' Will Be the Last
• The Politics of 'The Hunger Games'
• William Friedkin's Latest Opera a Viennese Hit
• Julie Taymor, 'Spider-Man' Producers File Dueling Motions to Dismiss Lawsuits
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