Friday, Aug 2, 2013

TYLENOL SKIN REACTION RISK
Be aware: if you take pain killers with acetaminophen ... which would include Tylenol... that the drug has been linked to serious skin reactions including rash and blisters, that can sometimes even be fatal. The FDA says it's going to require prescription drugs with acetaminophen to add warning labels about it, and they want the labels on the ones you buy over the counter as well. If you develop any kind of skin reaction while taking acetaminophen, you should stop taking it immediately and contact your doctor.

ARCHAEOLOGISTS THINK THEY'VE FOUND PIECE OF THE CROSS
Archaeologists working at an ancient church in Turkey think they've unearthed a piece of the world's most famous cross, the one used to crucify Jesus.
They've been excavating at a 13 hundred and 50 year old church, and found a stone chest that has a number of relics inside believed to be associated with the crucifixion. The entire chest is now undergoing lab tests. They think it was owned by a religious person of some importance, and the way it was stored shows that person apparently thought the cross relic was the real deal. 

SECURITY CONCERNS CLOSE U.S. EMBASSIES AROUND THE WORLD
Security concerns will close a number of U.S. embassies around the world this weekend.  A State Department spokeswoman calls the move "precautionary," but wouldn't specify a threat and did not list the embassies that would close.  The embassies will close on Sunday, and an assessment will take place later on when they'll reopen. 

MARINE HELPS BOY FINISH 5 K RUN
And I have the story of the WEEK for you! I could hardly read it on the air without crying: it's so sweet. A marine who helped a nine-year-old boy  finish a five k run by dropping back and encouraging him to the finish line. The 9 year old boy was lagging behind when 19 year old Myles Kerr, a Lance Corporal, on leave in his hometown in Michigan, was about to pass the kid. The child asked him, “Sir, will you please run with me?” Kerr let his marine buddies go ahead, he dropped back, and kept encouraging the little boy till he made it over the 5K finish line. He even let the kid finish first. You can see the sweet photo HERE. It's already got hundreds of thousands of likes and shares.

GALLATIN RACCOON DANCER MAN GETS REALITY SHOW?
Have you seen the Raccoon-dancing guy? That's a Gallatin man, Mark Brown. That video was a memorial tribute he made after his pet raccoon, Gunshow, passed away. The video went viral, and now Mark may get his own reality TV show! He has a new baby raccoon that he and his girlfriend call 'Rebecca,' who likes to sit on his shoulder in the tub. The good news, is a local man gets a national TV gig that could change his life. The bad news: it's gonna take us 100 more years to outlive that stereotype.

TAX-FREE WEEKEND UNDERWAY
Tennessee's Sales Tax Holiday runs through Sunday.

OMNI HOTEL JOB FAIR CONTINUES
That Omni Nashville Hotel's three-day job fair is still going on... through tomorrow... at the Music City Center. You have to apply online first at www.OmniHotels.com
They're also still taking applications for the new Spring Hill Walmart...

FIRST DAY BACK TO SCHOOL PROBLEMS
80-thousand students in Metro Nashville started the new year with relatively few problems. Judging from what people were posting about, it looks like kids getting to school late for various reasons was a biggie.. long lines at the drop-off areas at schools, bus confusion, and kids wandering around a little before finding where they were supposed to be. In Wilson County, which had its first full day of school yesterday, one parent says the bus forgot to pick up his kids.

ARMY OFFICER SPENDS NEXT TWO DECADES IN PRISON FOR ACTIONS IN AFGHANISTAN
An Army officer is going to prison for twenty years for his actions in Afghanistan. A Fort Bragg jury found First Lieutenant Clint Lorance guilty of two counts of murder yesterday. The ten-year Army veteran ordered his men to kill two civilians in Afghanistan last summer. 

ARIEL CASTRO SENTENCED
Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro will spend the rest of his life behind bars.  Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus a thousand years yesterday for abducting three young women and keeping them imprisoned in his home for years.

GIRL LIKELY CONTRACTED BRAIN-EATING AMOEBA IN ARKANSAS WATER PARK
The Willow Springs Water Park in Little Rock has been shut down, after a 12 year old girl contracted a brain eating amoeba from the water... Health officials say it's a rare but often fatal type of brain infection, and it's the second one that apparently came from that same park. They think it's because the water park has warm water and a sand-bottomed lake, which is prime breeding ground for microbes and other bacteria.

GLEE REVEALS HOW IT'LL END CORY MONTEITH CHARACTER ON SHOW
"Glee" has revealed more about how it plans to deal with the sudden death of one of its stars, Cory Monteith.  Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly has announced that the show will "deal directly" with the drug addiction that killed him.  His character Finn Hudson will be written off in the third episode of season five, which premieres in the fall.

NEW "DOCTOR" TO BE REVEALED SUNDAY NIGHT ON BBC1                               
                                                                                                                             WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT ROLLING STONE BOYCOTT? NOTHING.
What happened to the big Rolling Stone boycott? People said they were appalled that the July cover featured the Boston Marathon bombing suspect...but sales more than doubled from the same month last year.

SMYRNA LA VERGNE UTILITY BILL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM NEEDS DONATIONS
A program that helps people pay their utility bills in Smyrna is running low on funds.  The Smyrna-La Vergne Assistance Coalition says they may have to turn people away if they don't get some donationsare so strapped for cash that they may have to start turning people away soon.  The agency is open the second and fourth Monday of every month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

WIFE OF JACK WHITE GETS RESTRAINING ORDER
Jack White's estranged wife is filing a restraining order against him. Karen Elson says the Nashville rocker has been trying to pressure her into a settlement agreement over the parenting of their two kids. White is only allowed to contact her through email until the hearing at the end of the month. 

NASHVILLE STAR CHARLES ESTEN TALKS ABOUT HIS DAUGHTER'S LEUKEMIA DIAGNOSIS
A decade ago, Charles Esten sat in a waiting room at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with his daughter. As he surveyed the children around him, he was struck by the reality of those who were there to receive treatment for cancer.
“This is what they dealt with every single day,” recalled Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne on ABC’s drama “Nashville.” “This was their life. It was a Wednesday. It was time to go get your chemotherapy.  Three weeks later, Esten’s daughter Addie was diagnosed with leukemia. She was 2½ years old.     The actor told the story of his now-13-year-old daughter’s diagnosis and recovery as he spoke at the Tennessee Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk kickoff lunch at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon on Wednesday.
The walk, which is to take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at LP Field, will raise money for research and services for blood cancer patients. 

MATT DAMON SAYS IT TOOK FOUR HOURS A DAY TO GET READY FOR LATEST MOVIE
Matt Damon said he spent four hours a day in the gym, buffing up for his role in the upcoming movie, "Elysium."

TERRI HATCHER WANTS DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES MOVIE
Teri Hatcher says she's got her fingers crossed that, some day, they'll do a "Desperate Housewives" movie.

THREE AVATAR SEQUELS ON THE WAY
Director James Cameron is working on three sequels to his 2009 hit "Avatar," which featured Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana.

BALLPLAYER A-ROD MAY BE SUSPENDED FOR 200 GAMES
Alex Rodriguez may have walked off the field as a professional player for the last time Thursday.  The Yankee third-baseman completed a simulated minor league game at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.  The MLB is attempting to negotiate a 200-game suspension for "A-Rod," who is accused of using performance enhancing drugs.

HOBBIT FILMING OVER, NOW  THE EDITING STARTS
Peter Jackson has wrapped up filming for the remaining "Hobbit" movies in New Zealand. Now it's off to the editing room.

IT’S NATIONAL PSYCHIC WEEK. TEST YOURSELF
Have you ever wondered whether you're just a teensy bit psychic? This is national psychic week. A National Science Foundation Poll finds 60% of us believe some people have psychic ability.  You can test yourself HERE.