Friday, May 2, 2014

TEENAGER CAUGHT BEFORE SCHOOL ATTACK
Police think the arrest of a Minnesota teenager may have averted a tragedy. According to authorities in Waseca, Minnesota, John David LaDue, 17, was going to kill his family, start a diversionary fire, set off bombs at an area school, kill the resource officer there and then shoot students. 
But because of watchful eyes, he is now behind bars.
"This case is a classic example of citizens doing the right thing and calling the police when things seem out of place. By doing the right thing, unimaginable tragedy has been prevented," the Waseca Police Department said in a Thursday statement. 
Police were tipped off to the case two days earlier. Chelsie Shellhas called them about someone acting suspiciously at a storage facility.
When officers arrived, they saw what looked like bomb-making materials in a locker: a pressure cooker, pyrotechnic chemicals, steel ball bearings and gunpowder.
LaDue went with officers to the police station for an interview.
There, police say, he told authorities of his plan to kill his mother, father and sister and start a fire in rural Waseca to distract first responders. Then, they say, he said he wanted to go to Waseca Junior and Senior High School, where he planned to set off various bombs during lunch, kill the school resource officer, set fires and then open fire on students.
A journal recovered from his home detailed his plan and preparations, said police, who believe he meant to carry out the attack in the next week or two.

IF YOU GET AUTOMATIC UPDATES FROM MICROSOFT, YOU SHOULD HAVE NEW SECURITY PATCH FOR IE
Microsoft has issued a security patch for Internet Explorer after it came to light that there was a security vulnerability for people who use the IE browser (that's the little blue e you click to get online). It's estimated that more than half the computers in the WORLD use Internet Explorer. If you have your automatic updates "On" you should have already gotten the patch. Get more info at the link, above.

NASHVILLE FLOOD WAS FOUR YEARS AGO THIS WEEKEND:PHOTOS
It was four years ago this week that we were seeing the film of a building floating down I-24... and all the aftermath and deaths from the flood of 2010 here in Nashville.
THIS WEEKEND, however, we're fine, though some of our neighbors are still recovering from tornadoes in Lincoln County. The Salvation Army and Red Cross are on the scene. If you wanna help, you could donate to either one of those groups.

NASHVILLE SOLDIER SUING OVER TATTOOS, WANTS 100-MILLION DOLLARS
A Nashville soldier says he wants to join a U.S. Army special operations unit, but he's not allowed because the military has new regulations that ban his tattoo.His runs from elbow to wrist. The rules ban tattoos below the knee or elbow.
The soldier wants a federal judge to overturn the regulation, by declaring it unconstitutional. He's also asking for 100- million dollars in damages.  
 
FRANKLIN LEADERS TO EXPLORE NEW WAYS TO GET RESIDENTS AROUND
If you've ever gotten stuck in a long line trying to get into Franklin from I-65, you KNOW it's time for this! Franklin city officials are looking at new ways to move people more efficiently around Cool Springs... OR... they say, traffic will start backing up even MORE around the area. The next 13 years will see the eventual construction of the equivalent of 12 Nissan Americas office buildings in the vicinity of the intersection of McEwen and Carothers Parkway, so they've got to get the traffic situation figured out, now.

OFFICIALS LOOK TO IMPROVE SAFETY ON VIETNAM VETS BOULEVARD
More than 70 thousand cars travel on Vietnam Veterans Blvd every day, and after more than 1,300 crashes on the bypass in a seven year period, TDOT dropped the speed limit and started a safety study. So far they've found specific trouble spots include the westbound ramps between Center Point and Conference Drive exits headed toward Nashville, and the eastbound ramps between New Shackle Island and Indian Lake. The next phase of the study is to figure out what to do to make traffic flow better and flow more safely. The most dangerous times of day for crashes on Vietnam Vets are from 6 and 9 am, and 3 to 6 pm.

ELDERLY COUPLE FOUND DEAD INSIDE THEIR HOME
Metro police are investigating the deaths of an elderly couple found inside their Hermitage home.  Officials say their bodies were found Thursday afternoon during a welfare check.  According to investigators, it appears the husband died of natural causes more than a week ago and the wife died several days later because there was no one to take care of her.

WICKED'S FINANCIAL IMPACT ON NASHVILLE
One of Broadway's biggest shows gave a major FINANCIAL boost to Nashville during its four-week run. The 32 performances of Wicked at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center attracted 72,000 people and gave us a 19 MILLION dollar injection of cash. To offer some perspective, last winter's Music City Bowl - one of the city's biggest events of the year - generated about the same amount of money for Nashville.

SAM'S SUSHI BAR CLOSES
Sam's Sushi Bar has closed down and the owner says he's going back to Japan. Sam Katakura is affectionately called the 'Sushi Nazi' by some of of his customers, in reference to an old Seinfeld episode where the restaurant owner is kind of abrasive, and tells some customers they can't eat there.
Sam says he held out as long as he could, but all the tenants were asked to leave the building at Fourth and Church, and he's the last one out. He's been there 15 years.
Oh, and he's throwing his support behind Ken's Sushi for people who are looking for a good place now that Sam's is gone.

BRENTWOOD ONE OF NATION'S RICHEST
A couple of new tidbits out aren't really surprising, but they're just-out. First, that a real estate research site has ranked Brentwood, in Williamson County, as the seventh-richest small city in America.

TENNESSEE AMONG NATION'S WORST HEALTHCARE
And there's a new healthcare ranking... that finds Tennessee still among the worst in the nation. We're ranked 40th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia for our health and healthcare.

VANDY SEXUAL INVESTIGATION
55 big name schools are being investigated over complaints that they're not handling sexual assault charges adequately. The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights investigation includes Vanderbilt University, Harvard, Dartmouth and Princeton. Four former Vandy football players right now are charged with raping a woman at a school dorm last June. 

PHOENIX VA HOSPITAL DIRECTOR ON LEAVE FOR DEATHS
The director of the Phoenix VA hospital is being placed on administrative leave following claims that vets died waiting for care.  VA Secretary Eric Shinseki [[ shin-SEK-ee ]] placed Director Sharon Helman and two employees on leave.  The Inspector General's Office is looking into the accusations. 

RIHANNA WINS BIG AT IHEARTRADIO
Rihanna is the first big winner at the iHeartRadio Music Awards.  The inaugural event took place in Los Angeles Thursday night, and the pop diva took home four trophies including Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for "Stay."  She also won the evening's first award for Best Hip-Hop/R&B Song, but in true L.A. fashion was unable to accept it in person because she says she was stuck in traffic.

COLDPLAY TO TAKE "SNL" STAGE THIS WEEKEND
Coldplay is the musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend. "The Amazing Spider-Man" star Andrew Garfield will host the show.

LOS ANGELES NAACP PRESIDENT RESIGNS OVER STERLING AWARD
The Los Angeles Chapter of the NAACP is looking for a new president. Leon Jenkins called it quits Thursday amid the scandal surrounding racist comments made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling.  The local chapter had been under fire for planning to present Sterling with a lifetime achievement award later this month.