A football win, a basketball firing, K-pop and Schwarzkopf

Why is “Trouble Maker,” a K-pop song that's been around for a year, suddenly getting worldwide


love? I blame end-of-year lists and an upcoming awards ceremony.

On a less global scale, residents along the East Coast continue to be curious about this weekend’s weather, and Maryland residents are getting antsy about whether


will manage to avoid the

fiscal cliff

. Additionally, there’s national attention focused on what lawmakers decide to do regarding guns.

Finally, a member of Australia’s Janoskians has given opinions on his favorite foods. Gripping stuff.


Norman Schwarzkopf


George H W Bush





Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who topped an illustrious military career by commanding the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991 but kept a low public profile in controversies over the second Gulf War against Iraq, died Thursday. He was 78*. [


*The elder Bush, under whom he fought the war, has been



(Google Trends)

Clouds are expected to move in overnight, bringing snowfall by the wee hours of Saturday morning. The snow is expected to turn to rain and sleet in many areas by the afternoon, with 1-2 inches of snow possible through Saturday evening in Baltimore and points south and 2-4 inches to the north and west. [


Feliz 2013, Happy New Year, NYE, Boxing Day

(International Twitter, National Twitter)

We’re between Christmas and the new year right now, and there’s plenty to do. [



(Google Trends)

Two fumbles inside the Bearcats' 6 spelled doom for the Blue Devils as Cincinnati scored twice during the final minute for a 48-34 victory over Duke in the Belk Bowl. [


Ned Rocknroll

(Google Trends)

The heart of Rocknroll officially belongs to

Kate Winslet

. The Oscar-winning actress wed Ned Rocknroll (born Ned Abel Smith) in a secret ceremony early this month. [


Avery Johnson

(Google Trends)


Avery Johnson

were coach of a team from New Jersey, where and when expectations were much lower, he wouldn't be out of a job. But Johnson was fired Thursday, a New York minute after being named


coach of the month in November. The


are just 14-14 after losing 10 of their last 13 games. [


Trouble Maker

(International Twitter)

The holiday season in the K-pop world signifies the coming of the SBS Gayo Daejun -- the end-of-year broadcast special in South Korea where celebrities come together for special performances and collaborations. [



(National Twitter)

The Janoskians member answered questions about his food preferences, favorite baby names, etc.,. [



(National Twitter)

A Frederick family, like untold numbers of families across the United States, are waiting to see whether Russian President

Vladimir Putin

decides to block adoptions between the two countries. Putin signaled Thursday that he would sign a law to create the ban. [


Congress, #GunControl

(Baltimore Twitter,

Google Plus



Barack Obama

and congressional leaders were set to meet on Friday for the first time since November with no sign of progress in resolving their differences over the federal budget and low expectations for a "fiscal cliff" deal before January 1. [


Led Zeppelin, Kennedy Center Honors

(Google Trends)

Taped at the start of the month in

Washington, D.C.

, the ever-classy

– which honored the band – had  its yearly


telecast Wednesday night. [



norad - Breakout

santa tracker - Breakout

baltimore weather - +250%

weather - +150%

minecraft - +90%

christmas - +70%

netflix - +70%

itunes - +60%

nordstrom - +60%

comcast - +50%

*Past seven days