Fri, March 9, 2012
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME THIS WEEKEND
Daylight Saving Time starts THIS SUNDAY, 2a.m., so you'll want to set your clocks FORWARD AN HOUR, before you go to bed Saturday night.
TEACHER SUSPENDED AFTER THROWING WATER ON KISSING COUPLE
A Metro teacher is on administrative leave with pay while the school system investigates why he chose to throw a bucket of water on two high school students at John Overton High who were making out in a school hallway, instead of just telling them to break it up and move along. He posted on his Facebook page that he'd just thrown water on two kids who were "h____ng" in the hallway.
MILD WINTER MEANS TOUGH SPRING FOR ALLERGY SUFFERERS
It's been a mild winter in Middle Tennessee, and health officials say it's not a good thing for allergy sufferers. With the warmer temperatures, trees are budding earlier and the heavy pollen in the air can trigger allergic reactions.... and can also cause breathing trouble for people with Asthma.
HOME SALES KEEP RISING, PRICES SLIP
Here's some more good economic news for Nashville: February was the eighth-straight month home sales showed a year-over-year increase. It's a 31 percent gain over 2011. Home prices, however are still lower than a year ago.
HEALTH: ALZHEIMER'S CHIEF SAYS MORE FUNDING NEEDED
The Alzheimer's Association's chief medical and scientific officer says we have to start spending m ore money on Alzheimer's or we're not going to have ways to treat the disease, as millions of baby boomers age into it.
TWO KIDS FOUND LIVING IN ABANDONED BUS
More details are coming out about those two little kids in Texas who were found living in an abandoned school bus. Turns out BOTH their parents were convicted of defrauding Hurricane Ike victims and sent to prison in January. The mom says she doesn't see what the problem is: the whole family was living in the bus, it has electricity and water, and she says she was planning to go back to the kids after she gets out in another month. She was having a neigbor look in on the 11 year old girl and 5 year old boy.
SHOOTING AT PENNSYLVANIA PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL
There's been another mass shooting.. this time at a psychiatric facility in Western Pennsylvania. Two people are dead, including the gunman, and seven are injured.
PEYTON MANNING SAYS TEAM DECISION WILL BE SOON
Peyton Manning reportedly says he wants to make a decision on where he'll play in 2012 within the next week. After missing all of last season to recover from neck surgeries, he was cut by the Indianapolis Colts.
MANNING'S REPS CONTACTED BY 12 TEAMS
WAITER FIRED FOR POSTING PEYTON MANNING RECEIPT ONLINE
It's a good thing Peyton Manning tipped well, because a North Carolina restaurant employee who waited on him recently has been fired after posting a copy of Manning's bill online. While it's not unusual to come across celebrity receipts and tipping practices on the Internet, the owner of Raleigh's Angus Barn says it, "goes against every policy we have." The ticket shows Manning racked up a 739-dollar bill during a recent visit, which automatically included an 18-percent gratuity. On top of that the NFL star kicked in a 200-dollar tip.
MICHIGAN WOMAN NO LONGER GETS STATE AID AFTER LOTTO WIN
That woman who outraged a lot of us by proudly admitting, yes, she gets 200 a month in food stamps, even though she won a million dollars in the lottery last September, has been cut from the financial aid. The 24-year-old claimed she kept taking the money because she has bills! She has TWO HOUSES to pay for. A Michigan lawmaker says the tax dollars that pay for food stamps are meant to help those who really are in need.
COKE, PEPSI MAKE CHANGES TO AVOID CANCER WARNING http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SODAS_CANCER_WARNING?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-03-08-17-59-05
Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. are changing their formulas. They're making their caramel coloring with different ingredients, so they don't have to put a CANCER warning on the label. A California law mandates that drinks containing a certain level of carcinogens carry a cancer warning label.
NASHVILLE, WARNER MUSIC PARTNER FOR STUDENT-RUN RECORD LABEL
Students at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment High School are getting their own record label. Warner Music Nashville is partnering with Mayor Karl Dean's Music Makes Us initiative to help students launch and operate their own label which will sign, record and promote student artists from around the Metro district.
McNUGGET BIDDER BACKS OUT
The buyer of the George Washington-shaped Chicken McNugget sold in Iowa has backed OUT of the winning bid on eBay. Rebekah Speight says she'll keep going down the list of bidders till someone actually buys it. She's selling her George Washington McNugget to send 50 kids to summer camp.
STUDY: BEARDS GET RESPECT, BUT WOMEN DON'T FIND THEM SEXY
And a new study finds guys with beards DO get more respect, but they don't get more women. Ladies think beards make men less attractive, but more scholarly, older and more aggressive. (Results of the study appear in "Behavioral Ecology.")
SQUIRREL IN TOILET
This story is going to make you look twice before you sit down, at "the house"...
In South Carolina they're having a real problem with SQUIRRELS this year. They're eeverywhere: attics, sheds. And one woman says she walked into ther bathroom, and found one splashing around in the toilet bowl!
ADELE'S ROLLING IN THE DEEP BIGGEST SELLING DIGITAL SONG BY FEMALE ARTIST
Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" has become the biggest-selling digital song of all time by a woman in the U.S. -- and the second-biggest overall. Fans have downloaded that song 6.68 MILLION times. Only the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" has more downloads... 7.82 million. Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" is in third place for downloads.
TN GOVERNOR PRIORITIZES FIGHT AGAINST OBESITY
Governor Bill Haslam is making the fight against obesity a priority. Haslam said yesterday his Health and Wellness Task Force is targeting the epidemic by working with organizations like the YMCA and local health departments to stave off Tennessee's current rate, which is 32-percent for adults and almost as high for children. The Governor calls the problem an economic drag because of health costs, as well as hurting the state's image for potential employers looking to relocate.
INVISIBLE CHILDREN CAMPAIGN VIDEO GOES VIRAL
A video campaign against Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony has gone viral. More than 40 million people have viewed Kony 2012 on YouTube. The half-hour video comes from filmmaker Jason Russell, head of the San Diego-based organization Invisible Children. Russell says the video is an attempt to not only raise awareness about, but to put an end to Kony's involvement in a child army and a child prostitution ring.
U.S. MILITARY HAS A NEW BOMB
A new 30-thousand-pound bomb is available to the U.S. if military action is launched to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. The bomb can smash through 200 feet of concrete before exploding. The Pentagon is working on military options if sanctions and diplomacy don't stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon.
FREDDIE MAC SAYS MORTGAGE RATES DOWN TO JUST UNDER 3.9
Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says mortgage rates are down to just under three-point-nine percent for 30-year fixed loans. Analysts say the battered housing market is starting to recover slowly thanks to record-low borrowing costs and better job numbers. The National Association of Realtors recently reported sales of existing homes rose more than four-percent in January.
JUDGE VALIDATES WHITNEY HOUSTON'S WILL
Whitney Houston's daughter is now officially in line to inherit her mother's assets. TMZ.com is reporting that a judge has validated the late pop icon's will. Houston's 20-million dollar estate will be placed in a trust, with 19-year-old Bobbi Kristina receiving a portion of the estate when she turns 21, another portion at age 25, and the rest when she turns 30.
OPRAH'S INTERVIEW WITH WHITNEY'S DAUGHTER AIRS SUNDAY NIGHT
Oprah Winfrey's upcoming interview with the late Whitney Houston's daughter might not be a ratings boon for OWN. The public is closely split over whether they'll watch the conversation between the legendary TV personality and Bobbi Kristina, Houston's only child. Forty-nine-percent say they'll be tuning in, while 51-percent aren't planning to see it. According to OWN, Bobbi Kristina "shares personal memories of her mom and how she would like the iconic superstar to be remembered." Winfrey also talks with Whitney's brother Gary Houston and his wife, Patricia, who discuss "the rumors and speculation surrounding Houston's death." The Houston family will be featured on "Oprah's Next Chapter," airing on OWN this Sunday at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.
OCCUPIERS TEST NEW LAW
Some Occupy Nashville campers are planning to hold out until the eleventh hour. A handful of protesters tell "The Tennessean" they had planned to remain on War Memorial Plaza overnight even though the Governor has said they risk going to jail or a hefty fine if they're still there when the new law goes in effect today. The law bans unauthorized camping on public grounds and violation is punishable by a maximum 25-hundred dollars or eleven months in jail.
VANDERBILT TO OPEN WILLIAMSON COUNTY NEUROSCIENCE LAB
Vanderbilt University Medical Center plans to expand into Williamson County. Officials say they're building an 18-thousand square-foot laboratory at the Cool Springs Life Sciences Center. The over seven-million dollar laboratory will eventually house operations for the Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery, which researches treatment for brain disorders like depression, schizophrenia and Parkinson's Disease.
FENDER TO GO PUBLIC
Fender guitar owners can now also own a piece of the company. The flagshiop guitar company announced yesterday it's going public with a 200-million dollar Initial Public Offering, 100-million of which will go toward paying debt. The number and price of shares offered is yet to be announced, but it's believed to soon be listed on the NASDAQ as "F-N-D-R."