Friday, March 8, 2013

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME STARTS THIS WEEKEND

ANNUAL NON-PROFIT OTTER CREEK CHILDREN'S CONSIGNMENT SALE A BIG HIT
Some people wait all year for this event, and it's here again. The annual Otter Creek Church of Christ Kids Consignment Sale. The doors are open and shoppers are pouring in. It's a not for profit, run completely by volunteers, and all the proceeds go to local children's ministries. You can get more info at OtterCreekSale.com (Public shopping hours are Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
Today is International Women's Day: a day to honor and empower women to continue to make good choices for their families. Evidence shows that women are more likely to be the ones who take care of their family's health care and nutrition, things that children need to become productive adults and contribute to society. In fact, research finds that a child's chance of survival in developing countries increases by 20% when the mother controls the household budget. Celebrate the women in your life who are making the world a better place.

NEW ENGLAND GETS MORE SNOW
So far, nothing we can do to fix the weather: so New England is getting hit with more snow! Up to a foot expected in Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island.

ASTEROID PASSES BY EARTH THIS WEEKEND: HOW TO WATCH ONLINE
There's another asteroid flying past earth this weekend. This one about 90 yards wide, will miss us by more than 600-thousand miles when it flies by tomorrow afternoon. You can watch it online

SOME SUCCESS IN FIGHT AGAINST CHILDHOOD OBESITY, BUT WHAT ABOUT ADULTS?
The fight against childhood obesity in the U.S. is starting to show some progress.  A new report by the Partnership for a Healthier America shows more children are active and have access to healthy food, although overall, we're still not doing well. The study says if we don't get it under control, 50-percent of Americans will be considered obese, which means a BMI of 30 or more, by 2030.

WHAT'S YOUR BMI? ARE YOU OBESE?
You can figure out your BMI by entering your height and weight online HERE.


FOOD BLOGGERS WANT KRAFT TO STOP USING DYES
A couple of food bloggers have started an online petition asking Kraft to stop using yellow food dye in its macaroni and cheese. The company responded by saying they use only colors that are approved and ruled safe by the FDA.

PAY WHAT YOU WANT DAY AT MOE'S AT OPRY MILLS
You can "Pay What You Want" today for your meal at the new Moe's Southwest Grill at Opry Mills, and they're giving 100% of the proceeds to two local non-profits: Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee, and JDRF. Hours are 10 to 9 today.

"NASHVILLE" LOOKING FOR EXTRAS TODAY 
How well can you stand up and yell? lol. That may be about what's needed for you to make it to TV today. The television series  "Nashville" is looking for extras for a concert scene they're filming today. You have to be at least 18, and you'll need to  register online at  www.NashvilleExtras.com.

"NIGHTMARE BACTERIA" MAY KILL ALMOST HALF OF PEOPLE WHO GET IT                                                                                           The Centers for Disease Control is going public with a new health threat they say is a super bug. An antibiotic resistant so-called "nightmare bacteria" that is not only hard to fight, but that could kill nearly half of those who catch it. The CDC says the bacteria is spreading through some hospitals and nursing homes. That's why they're going public with the threat. It's particularly dangerous to those with compromised immune systems. The CDC says most of the rest of us shouldn't be too alarmed about getting it.

INVESTIGATION INTO SANCTUARY INTERN'S DEATH FINDS LION ESCAPED CAGE
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/coroner-lions-victim-died-quickly-broken-neck-18679302
Officials are figuring out what led to the death of a young woman at a California Animal Sanctuary on Wednesday. They now say the lion that killed the 24 year old intern had escaped from its cage, and into an exercise area that Dianna Hanson was cleaning. Officials say she died of a broken neck, probably from one swipe of the giant, 550-pound cat's paw.

WAITRESS ASKS FOR ID, GETS HER OWN STOLEN ONE BACK

What would make you feel better after your wallet is stolen, and somebody starts using your ID to order and write bad checks?  For the thief who did it to come into where you work, and do something STUPID like try to pass off your identification as her own, so you could call the cops and catch her! That's what happened to an Applebee's waitress in Colorado. Brianna Priddy says the hardest part was acting normal and continuing to wait on the dumb criminal till the police got there to arrest her.

STUDENT EXPELLED FOR BRINGING HANDGUN TO METRO SCHOOL                                                                                                   A student at Stratford High School has been expelled for bringing a handgun to school. The 17 year old was caught with the weapon in his waistband.

STUDY: SALT CONSUMPTION LINKED TO MS                                 Before you salt that already salted food, you need to know about a new study that found a diet high in salt could increase the risk of developing autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Too much salt is already known to increase the risk of heart disease and hypertension. The study doesn't show high-salt use as the only culprit, but indicates it may play a bigger role in triggering disease in people who are already be at risk. The report was published in the journal "Nature."

PLANNED PARENTHOOD SAYS NYC CAMPAIGN IS BACKWARDS
Planned Parenthood is attacking a New York City campaign aimed at curbing teen pregnancy, saying that it unfairly stigmatizes teen parents. One poster with a child on it reads, "I'm twice as likely not to graduate high school because you had me as a teen."  The New York City Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services announced the $400,000 initiative, which features pictures of babies delivering messages to their hypothetical parents such as "Honestly, mom... chances are he won't stay with you. What happens to me?" The small print adds that 90% of teen parents don't marry each other. 
"Dad, you'll be paying to support me for the next 20 years," says another of the ads, which adds in smaller print that "NY State law requires a parent to pay child support until a child is 21."
The mayor's office says the campaign is needed to get the message across that getting pregnant as a teen has consequences.

JUSTIN BIEBER COLLAPSES ONSTAGE
19 year old Justin Bieber says he's doing better after he collapsed onstage during his concert in London last night. 
Bieber finished the show then was taken to a local hospital, where he tweeted later that he was, 'getting better.'

JOY BEHAR LEAVING THE VIEW
And Joy Behar has announced she's leaving TV talk show "The View." She says she has other things she'd like to do.

TEXAS MOM CHARGED WITH USING STUN GUN ON SON                A Texas mom has been charged with child abuse for using a stun gun on her 14 year old as punishment.... including once in the head as the kid's FATHER held him down. She was arrested. No word on whether the dad was. (The mom claimed she had only threatened her son with the stun gun because, "he is a handful and I don't even know where he is half the time. " Police found the marks and say she did more than threaten him.                                                                                                                                                                          
LICE CATCH SUSPECT IN GIRL SCOUT COOKIE THEFT
South Carolina authorities are pressing charges against a truck driver who admitted he stole thousands of dollars worth of Girl Scout cookies-- nearly 500 boxes. He just took them from the warehouse where he worked, but was caught on surveillance camera doing it. The 37-year-old has admitted his crime and most of the cookies have been returned so the girls can sell them to raise money for the organization. 

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DUI AFTER CRASHING INTO A COP CAR AND A WRECKER
http://www.wkrn.com/story/21543951/suspected-drunk-driver-crashes-vehicle-into-patrol-car
Clarksville police arrested a woman for driving under the influence on Wednesday night after she ignored an officer's direction and crashed her vehicle into a stationary patrol car before hitting a wrecker truck head-on. Cops were working an accident when 29 year old Mandy May pulled out of a parking lot, ignoring an officer's directions, and driving toward the blocked-off accident. She crashed into the cop car and the wrecker, then cops realized she was slurring her speech, had watery eyes and smelled of alcohol. She's charged with DUI and other charges.

WORLD LEADERS GATHER FOR CHAVES FUNERAL
More than 50 world leaders will attend funeral services today for late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.  The 58-year-old South American leader died this week following a two-year battle with cancer.  Chavez's body will be embalmed and put on permanent public display.  The country's acting President, Nicolas Maduro, said Thursday that Chavez's remains will be displayed at a military museum after today's state funeral.  

CARDINALS COULD ANNOUNCE CONCLAVE TODAY
There is growing speculation that this could be the day the College of Cardinals announces the start of the conclave that will elect a new Pope.  All 115 cardinals who will vote in the conclave met yesterday and they're meeting again this morning.  

CLINTON SAYS DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT HE SIGNED IS DISCRIMINATORY
Former President Bill Clinton says a law he signed while in office should be overturned.  The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, defines marriage as between a man and woman.  Clinton, writing an opinion article in Thursday's "Washington Post" says it was "a very different time," and calls DOMA "discriminatory." 

CANNIBAL COP CASE GOES TO JURY
The jury in New York's so-called "Cannibal Cop" case is deliberating the fate of Gilberto Valle [[ Valley ]].  They will begin on Friday their first full day of deliberations.  On Thursday, jurors listened to closing arguments.  At the end, Valle broke into tears when his attorney held up a picture of him in uniform, holding his baby.

FTC FILES COMPLAINTS AGAINST SPAMMERS
Complaints have been filed by the Federal Trade Commission against 29 people for sending spam text messages falsely promising free gift cards.  The FTC says more than 180 million spam text messages were sent.  They tricked consumers into providing personal information by promising free gifts or prizes.  

"AMERICAN IDOL" TOP TEN INCLUDES NASHVILLE GIRL
America has chosen its top ten finalists for season 12 of "American Idol." 
The top five men going forward are: the good-humored 22-year-old from Tennessee, Paul Jolley; the New Orleans teen who lost 40 pounds before live shows, Burnell Taylor; soulful gospel singer Curtis Finch Jr., a favorite of the judges; 18-year-old Chicago native Devin Velez; and 21-year-old Lazaro Arbos, who overcame his speech stutter to sing his way to the finals.
The ladies who finally made it as finalists -- Janelle Arthur, Candice Glover, and Amber Holcomb; 22-year-old Kree Harrison from Nashville; and singer-songwriter Angie Miller.  "American Idol" will continue on Wednesdays and Thursdays on Fox.  Next week's results show will feature performances from last season's winner Phillip Phillips and Bon Jovi.