Friday, August 30, 2013

LOOKING FOR WEEKEND FUN?
 

 Sherri Shepherd from "The View," "30 Rock," and "Everybody Loves Raymond" is at Zanies Comedy club tonight and tomorrow night (Aug 30th and 31st). www.zanies.com
 
Belcourt Theater's Midnight movie... tonight at tomorrow night is Teen Witch.... www.belcourt.org

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Thursdays through Sundays, including Labor Day, at Centennial Park. Admission is free. www.nashvilleshakes.org.
 
The American Idols Live Tour hits Nashville tomorrow night (Sat, August 31st), at Bridgestone Arena. www.AmericanIdol.com/tour

The Bruce Munro light exhibit - happening at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art ...  www.cheekwood.org ... (through Nov 10th... )

At the Frist Center ... there's Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles ... (Art-Deco style cars and motorcycles from the 30s and 40s) ... There's also "Art of the Ancient Americas"... and a kids' area where they can create art...  fristcenter.org (Admission for kids under 18 is always free)  (Runs thru Sept 15th)  ... and Abstractometry starts today at the Frist... featuring the work of eight local artists...

SYRIA LATEST
The White House is expected to release an intelligence report today about last week's suspected poison gas attack in Syria.  It's also expected to come with a legal justification for military action against the Bashar al-Assad regime. If there IS an attack, it might have to be just the United States, now that Britain's parliament voted down a proposal for military action.  Syria warned the U.S. early today that it's prepared to confront any aggression. 

NEW YORK CITY ON ALERT
And in New York City, you can understand if they're a little edgy after already being the target of terrorist attacks once before.
The New York City Police Commissioner says they have extra officers on duty, and are keeping an eye on the situation, in case of a possible retaliatory attack...

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS JOB FAIR
Let's start you out with a job opportunity! This one is espcially good for that younger person in your life... or for you if you need a little extra Christmas money. Gaylord Opryland Resort is hiring more than 300 people to work their annual A Country Christmas. You can apply online at www.Marriot.com/careers

LOT OF TRAFFIC ON THE ROAD-2
Here's what you need to know about traffic this weekend: AAA Travel says there'll be a LOT of traffic on the road... 34 million of us, traveling - mostly by car - to go do something fun this labor day weekend. That's something like one in ten of EVERYONE in America on the road.

NO HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND
The good news is that there'll be no highway construction this weekend. TDOT told its workers and contractors to knock off at noon today, and they don't start back till Tuesday morning. Those lower speed limits in construction areas WILL still be in effect.

STEPPED UP DUI THIS WEEKEND
And WHILE you're on the road, if you shoud be tempted to drink and drive, just know the Tennessee Highway Patrol and local law enforcement officers are stepping up DUI enforcement, with patrols, sobriety checkpoints and 'bar patrols'... and this is a NO REFUSAL DUI enforcement campaign underway, where even if you refuse to take a breath test, if cops think you're drunk, they can make you take a blood test. 

TYLENOL TO GET NEW WARNING LABELS
You probably take the painkiller acetaminophen without knowing it... it's in about 600 REALLY common drugs... including NyQuil, Excedrin and Sudafed. BUT, acetaminophen is the top cause of sudden liver failure in the country! That means if you overdose on it, your liver gets so damaged it's suddenly basically DEAD, and if you can't get a transplant within a couple of days, you die. That's why Tylenol says it's putting warning signs on ALL its products, starting this year. Doctors say, however, if you use acetaminophen EXACTLY as directed, which INCLUDES never drinking alcohol while you're on it, that it's very safe.

CALIF RIM FIRE EXPECTED TO BE CONTAINED BY SEPT 20TH
The estimated date of containing California's huge Rim Fire is being pushed back. The blaze near Yosemite National Park is now about 30 percent contained, and firefighters hope to have it out by SEPTEMBER 20th!

MAN SAYS OVERFILLED WALMART BAG LED TO HIS WIFE'S DEATH
A Nebraska man is suing Walmart, saying an overfilled Walmart bag led to his wife's death. William Freis says a cashier put too much in a plastic Walmart bag, it broke, and a 42 ounce can of food fell on his wife's foot... breaking and cutting her big toe. It became infected, which eventually led to her death. Freis is suing for medical and funeral expenses plus money for pain and suffering.

BOB FILNER'S TERM AS MAYOR ENDS TODAY
Bob Filner's tenure as mayor of San Diego ends today.  Filner's resignation becomes effective this afternoon.  The San Diego mayor announced his resignation last week following weeks of allegations he had sexually harassed at least 18 women. 

IRS WILL RECOGNIZE SAME-SEX MARRIAGES
The Treasury Department and the IRS will recognize same-sex marriages for tax purposes, even if those couples live in states that don't recognize their unions.  Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said yesterday's ruling provides certainty to all legally married same-sex couples nationwide.

DOH! POT MAKES YOU DO STUPID THINGS
36-year-old David Jordan of Washington State has been arrested for trying to shoot an arrow into the second story window of the jailhouse. He told sheriff's deputies he was trying to shoot a squirrel. They said, then explain why you had a bag of POT attached to the arrow! DOH!

VALERIE HARPER'S CANCER CLOSE TO REMISSION: SHE'S DANCING
Valerie Harper is reportedly doing MUCH better now... and is reportedly planning to compete on "Dancing With The Stars." The "Rhoda" and "Mary Tyler Moore Show" star, who turned 74 last week, was recently given just three months to live, but now word is that she's 'close to remission.'

NEW MONOPOLY FEATURES CAT GAME PIECE INSTEAD OF IRON
The latest version of the popular board game "Monopoly" is now on sale. Earlier this year, Hasbro held a worldwide vote for a new game piece, and the cat won out. The cat replaces the iron in the game, which means that in some cars, kids are asking, "Mom, what's an iron?" In others, kids are asking, "Mom, what's Monopoly?"      

SANDUSKY
Jerry Sandusky is criticizing Penn State for reaching settlements with his rape victims.  In a letter sent from prison, the former assistant football coach said administrators and trustees were only worried about protecting their image. 

PROTESTERS STILL WANT MONTANA JUDGE OUT
Protesters continue to demand that a Montana judge resign over a rape sentence.  Yesterday, several hundred people gathered outside the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings.  Judge G. Todd Baugh [[ baw ]] has drawn criticism over remarks he made and the 30-day jail sentence he gave to a former high school teacher who had sex with a 14-year-old student. 

HONG KONG AIR SO DIRTY, THEY'RE PUTTING UP CLEAN SKYLING BANNERS FOR TOURIST PHOTOS
The smog problem in Hong Kong has become so bad that it's apparently no longer fit for pictures when tourists want to show friends and family where they've been. So to save the obligatory waterside pics, tourism officials have put up a giant banner displaying what the skyline looks like on a clear day -- which is rare anymore. That way tourists can take their pictures in front of the banner. This week, Hong Kong's Air Pollution Index' reached the "Very High" level in the Central and Western District, Causeway Bay and Mongkok, with "very high" levels of toxic ozone and nitrogen dioxide recorded at roadside monitoring stations. (Daily Mail)

WOMAN STEALS BACK HER STOLEN BIKE
Have you seen the photo on facebook of that Vancouver woman who stole back her bike from a thief? Her 1,000 dollar bicycle was stolen, and not long after that, her friend saw it up for sale on Craigslist. The woman told the crook she was looking to buy the bike, asked for a test ride, and kept on riding.  What was he gonna do, call the police?

BIG BROTHER HOUSEMATE KICKED OUT
Headline-making "Big Brother" housemate Aaryn Gries [[ Grice ]] has been evicted.  On Thursday, she was met with boos as she left the house.  Aaryn apologized to anyone she offended, but also claimed she didn't remember making controversial remarks about her black, Asian and homosexual housemates. 

MEN AS LIKELY AS WOMEN TO GET DEPRESSED
The results of a new study show men may suffer from depression at the same rate as women.  That's what researchers from the University of Michigan and Vanderbilt University found when they factored in symptoms like substance abuse, rage and risky behaviors that are often seen in depressed men.  Taking those gender-specific symptoms into account could help explain why men are four times more likely to take their own lives than women.  The study's authors think their findings could change the way depression is measured.