Friday, June 21, 2013

WEEKEND EVENTS YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK OUT
LIGHT EXHIBIT AT CHEEKWOOD
The Bruce Munro light exhibit — happening at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art,   www.cheekwood.org

FRIST CENTER
At the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 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 their own art. www.fristcenter.org
(Admission for kids under 18 is always free)

NASHVILLE PUPPET FESTIVAL
Through Sunday, bring the kids to Nashville Public Library's "International Puppet Festival" It's puppet performances, live music by the Wannabeatles, an outdoor street fair, and Saturday morning at 9: a puppet (and live people) parade. www.nashvillepuppetfestival.com (library is at 615 Church Street in downtown Nashville.)

MUSICIAN'S CORNER AT CENTENNIAL PARK
Musicians' Corner is tomorrow (Sat), 1 to 5 at Centennial Park. Free live music, and the Mix 92.9 Kidsville Tent. www.musicianscornernashville.com

FULL MOON PICKIN' PARTY
There's another full moon pickin' party tomorrow night (Sat) at Warner Park. www.friendsofwarnerparks.com

BIG BAND DANCE AT CENTENNIAL
Every Saturday at Centennial Park, through Aug 24th, there's a free Big Band Dance. They start at  7:30. www.nashville.gov/parks

COLORADO FIRES, FLOODING IN CANADA
While we're complaining about the heat this weekend... let's also remember how fortunate we are to not be dealing with the extreme stuff going on in Colorado and Canada. It's wildfires in Colorado, destroying homes and forcing people out, and in western Canada, they've had torrential rains and heavy flooding that may push 100,000 out of their homes. 

AUTOPSY CONFIRMS HEART ATTACK KILLED JAMES GANDOLFINI
An autopsy has confirmed that actor James Gandolfini died of a heart attack, an Italian official familiar with the autopsy results told CNN on Friday. 
Gandolfini, 51, died Wednesday while vacationing in Italy. Hotel staff reportedly had to break down the door to his bathroom to get to him after his son, Michael, alerted them. 
Doctors had not noted any suspicious factors, such as alcohol, on his medical report, emergency room physician Claudio Modini said.
A van ferrying relatives of the deceased "Sopranos" star arrived Friday at the hospital morgue in Rome where his body lies. They were expected to speak to reporters about Gandolfini's death later.

4TH GRADER'S SCHOOL LUNCH EXPOSE
One of the most talked-about films at the Manhattan Film Festival this weekend is one made by a child. Now-11-year-old, Zachary Maxwell armed himself with a hidden camera and made: "Yuck: A 4th Grader's Documentary About School Lunch," and it's become a hit. Zachary compared DESCRIPTIONS of lunch items on the school lunch menu.. and then took VIDEOS of what was actually being served. The results are shocking, and sometimes kind of disgusting. Zach said the menu described the food, "... like it was coming from the finest restaurant, but what we were actually getting served, it wasn't too good."

SUMMER STARTS, SO DOES HOT DOG SEASON!
Today is the first day of summer, and of hot dog season. Americans eat 20 BILLION hot dogs a year. That's about 70 per person. Most of us say we only think about eating hot dogs during the warm weather months, and especially when we're grilling out.

METRO OFFICIALS EXPLAIN LARGE-SCALE RESTAURANT INSPECTION 
Metro officials are defending a routine restaurant inspection that shook up the staff and customers of Family Wash in East Nashville. The restaurant owner says more a dozen officers with the Environmental Task Force swarmed in to do an inspection, and scared away customers who thought the place was being raided. Metro officials say the routine food, codes and health inspections were done by so many officers because of the personal safety concerns of a health inspector. 
In recent years, patrons inside Family Wash have been robbed at gunpoint, as has an employee outside the restaurant.

70% OF AMERICANS TAKING DRUGS
How many prescriptions do you take? A new Mayo Clinic study claims that 70% of Americans are taking at least one prescription drug, and 20% of those... take five or more prescribed medications. Antibiotics, antidepressants and painkillers are the most common. Those statistics seem to make it clear why more kids are able to get their hands on prescription drugs to try and get high... they're easy to find... in nearly every house in America.

MAN CALLS 9-1-1 OVER CABLE ISSUES
A Murfreesboro man is facing charges for calling 9-1-1 after his cable was shut off.  Police say Dennis Seehof was arrested Wednesday night.  Seehof says he called the emergency number because it was the only number his phone would dial. 

SIGNS YOU NEED MORE SLEEP (Prevention Magazine)
Before you tell someone else, "I don't need 8 hours sleep... I'm fine with less," let's see if you're right, or if you're actually LIVING with symptoms of sleep deprivation.
When you sleep less than 8 hours, do you have a harder time making even simple decisions, like what to have for dinner? Are you more emotional? Do you cry easier, get angry at little things? Are you hungry all the time or are you klutzy, dropping and spilling things? If any of those sound familiar, experts say try getting just a little more sleep this weekend and see if it helps. (Personal note: a trick I've learned, that helps me, is to set my alarm to go to bed. Just like when I get up in the morning, I can hit the snooze, but it does work.) And before you say you can't possibly get to bed earlier, take baby steps. Get to bed FIVE minutes earlier tonight, and do that regularly for awhile. Then move bedtime back another 5 minutes. It's also already been shown that sleep deprivation makes you fatter, and more likely to die younger.

LA VERGNE POLICE TRY TO HEAD OFF CRIME
I think the Police in La Vergne may be onto something big.
Instead of just reacting to crime there, the cops are going proactive, and say they'll start saturating the city on certain days to head-off home break-ins, car thefts and robberies. They've been analyzing monthly crime numbers, and believe they can pinpoint when and where the crimes are likely to happen. It'll be cheaper to prevent crimes than to try to solve them later, and spend a bunch of money to catch, convict and jail more criminals.

WILL PAULA DEEN'S WORDS HURT HER EMPIRE?
Now that it's come out during a lawsuit about something else that the Queen of comfort foods, Paula Deen, has used racial slurs against blacks in the past, will it hurt her empire? She's got TV cooking shows, cookbooks, magazines and product endorsements, but the Food Network, which airs two of Deen's shows, says it does not tolerate discrimination and is looking at the situation.

FAA MAY EASE UP ON ELECTRONIC DEVICE USE
The F-A-A may ease up on its restrictions, and let you start using your electronic devices... but not your phone... the whole flight instead of making you put away your ipod, reader or tablet during takeoff and landing.

HEALTH: PLAN B PILL APPROVED BY FDA
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm358082.htm
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the so-called morning after pill. 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS PLAYER INVESTIGATED FOR MURDER
http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/_/id/9409826/police-issue-arrest-warrant-aaron-hernandez-new-england-patriots-reports-abc-news
Police have issued an arrest warrant for New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in connection with the murder of 27-year-old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.  The two were seen together the day Lloyd's body was found. 

NBA CHAMPS
LeBron James carried the Miami Heat to their second straight NBA Championship last night. Miami beat the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 in game seven of the NBA finals.

DUMB (EST) CRIMINALS
http://election.democraticunderground.com/11034546
The Dumb Criminals have a new king! 41 year old Jamie Neil. He was convicted this week of robbing a gas station, while wearing a see-through plastic bag over his head for a disguise. He tried to use his cellphone to make the clerk think he had a gun, but it lit up as he held it up in his jacket pocket, so the clerk hit the alarm button. And, yes, you're right. He was drunk and high at the time. 

DALLAS HOLDS LOTTERY FOR 50 YEAR ANNIVERSARY JFK EVENT
City officials in Dallas are opening a lottery for tickets to an event commemorating the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Only five-thousand tickets are available for the November 22nd event.