Friday, May 16, 2014

CALIFORNIA FIRES
The weather is finally getting on the side of firefighters in Southern California's San Diego County.  Temperatures are falling and the winds are dying down, but fire crews are facing a new enemy in the so-called "Firenadoes".  Those are giant funnels of flames that look like tornadoes.  The fires have destroyed at least 25 homes so far and claimed one life.
 Cops say two people are in custody for allegedly starting one of the brush fires burning in northern San Diego County. 

METRO COUNCIL TAKES UP MUSIC CITY BRAND LEGISLATION
The Metro Council is working on legislation that would only allow businesses that fit the “Music City Brand” to build in the heart of Lower Broadway. This comes after rumors that a Walgreens is planned for the corner of Broadway and Third. If the ordinance is passed, businesses would have to have a stage (some sort of performance venue), and most of the store's products must fit the character of Music City. Metro Councilman Charlie Tygard thinks differently. He says a Walgreens could be beneficial and would definitely be something tourists would appreciate finding downtown, near where they're thinking about staying. The ordinance is set for a second reading before the Metro Council on June 3.

NASHVILLE TO FILM THIRD SEASON HERE IN NASHVILLE, TN.
You gotta spend money to make money. It’s true with the little bit you and I have and with the bigger amounts that states spend. In making a deal to keep the production of the TV show "Nashville" in Nashville, the state has reportedly made a deal to pay 8 million dollars in incentives. 5.5 million from the state, 1 million from Metro’s budget, and a half million from the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ryman Hospitality Properties and the city’s event marketing fund. Show supporters say for that 8 million, the Nashville gets a 40 million dollar per year economic impact and up to 500 local jobs, from the production being here.

SCIENTISTS SAY SLEEP LOSS CAUSES PERMANENT BRAIN DAMAGE
Close the book. Turn off the TV. You need to go to bed, turn off the light and sleep. Losing sleep does more than make you foggy the next day. It can cause a permanent loss of brain cells. And not just a few. A consistent lack of sleep can result in the irreversible loss of as much as 25 percent of brain cells, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Their study found getting only four or five hours of sleep a night kills brain cells in the part of your brain stem that you need for attention, cognitive performance and mood. And those brain cells don't come back.

40-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOUND IN SOFA
It always amazes me when I hear something like this: a huge stash of CASH found in a couch some college kids bought for 20 bucks at the Salvation Army store in New York. The students got it back to the dorm and found envelopes full of cash, one after another. They kept pulling out cash, taking photos of themselves rolling around in it (40-thousand dollars in all), until they found an envelope, with a woman's name on it. They said they knew they had to find her. It was a 91 year old woman who said her husband had given her that money years ago so she'd have something after he died.

VETERANS AFFAIRS SECRETARY ERIC SHINSEKI
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki says he is, quote, "mad as hell" about problems at the VA.  In a Senate hearing yesterday, Shinseki also said he was saddened by reports of scheduling problems that may have led to the deaths of at least 40 veterans at the VA's health clinic in Phoenix. He said what everybody else is thinking, that the VA must do better. 

CHIPOTLE GETS NEW LITERARY BAGS, CUPS
Starting today, cups and bags at Chipotle Mexican Grill come printed with some reading material. A two minute essay printed on them. From some very famous authors. The idea came from another author who went into the burrito joint and forgot to bring something to read.

PHILLY MAN GOES TO TRIAL FOR POISONING BIRTHDAY CARD
A young Philadelphia man is going to trial for allegedly poisoning a birthday card. Police say 19-year-old Nicholas Helman put RICIN in a birthday card, and sent it to his ex-girlfriend's NEW boyfriend. Then  he bragged about it... and that's how he got caught.

FIVE FINGER SHOES
Have you seen those shoes that look like GLOVES for your foot? Turns out those "Five Finger Shoes" do NOT reduce foot injuries and strengthen foot muscles, as the shoe maker claimed they did. So, the company that makes them, Vibram, without admitting any wrongdoing, has agreed to settle a lawsuit about those false claims, and has put 3.75 million dollars into a fund to pay people who bought the five finger shoes.

WHAT DO WE DO WITH PETS WHEN WE DIE?
What happens to your pet, when you die? More and more these days, with our furbabies being a virtual part of our families... we're having to face that decision, and we DEFINITELY don't want them having to go to a shelter. In Fargo, North Dakota, a court may have to get involved in a decision over whether it's legal to put down a healthy dog so he can be buried with his owner. The guy just passed away and left the request in his will. 

NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY
Since TODAY is National Bike to Work Day, but it's been raining here in Nashville, just know that would be a good goal to reach for sometime this summer: riding your bike somewhere. In some cities like San Francisco, thousands of people participate in bike to work day every year, many even supported by big corporate sponsors. Portland, Oregon ranks first in the percentage of people who ride a bike to work on a regular basis.