Friday, September 27, 2013

EVENTS THIS WEEKEND
There are lots of things to do this weekend, including the Titans Game. They play the New York Jets at LP field on Sunday, the TACA Crafts Fair is at Centennial Park today through Sunday, the Southern Ground Music and FOOD Festival is today and tomorrow at Riverfront Park, and this is Harvest Days weekend at the Nashville Zoo.

CONGRESS WORKING ON DEAL TO KEEP GOVERNMENT RUNNING PAST MONDAY
Congress is running  out of time to hammer out a deal to keep the government running past Monday. They're still at odds over the Healthcare Reform that's scheduled to kick in next week.

CLIMATE CHANGE
The latest report on climate change is out today. The UN-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says after a six-year study.. the scientists are more convinced than ever that the planet is getting warmer and that humans are largely responsible.  

MONTANA CHILD RAPIST OUT TODAY AFTER A MONTH IN JAIL
A convicted child rapist in Montana gets out of jail today after serving his 30 days. Former teacher Stacy Rambold admitted he raped the 14 year-old, but this is the case where the judge said, she looked a lot older, and gave the rapist just a month behind bars. The girl later killed herself... just before the case went to trial. There are still people calling for the judge to be kicked off the bench for that light sentence ... and that mindset.

APPLE'S NEW SOFTWARE MAKES SOME NAUSEOUS
Have you had trouble with your new Apple i-O-s upgrade? Not technical issues: some people are saying the new iPhone animations are shaky and makes them feel dizzy and sick to their stomachs...

TOWNSHIP ENACTS SMALLTALK BAN FOR CITY WORKERS
What if you went in to work today and the boss had CHANGED policy, and you weren't allowed to talk about anything at work but WORK stuff? that's started in some workplaces. Bosses say workers spend too much time gossipping, and talking about fantasy football and TV... so they're cracking down and saying, 'if it's not about work, save it for breaktime.'  Employees are upset, and say it hurts morale. (Hopefully they'll get it ironed out before that stuff catches on here!)

WAIT TIME TO TAKE TN DRIVER'S TEST IS SEVERAL MONTHS
If you already have your driver license, BE THANKFUL. People who are getting licenses now in some Middle Tennessee counties are having to wait MONTHS to take their driving tests. There's a backlog till after the first of the year, already, in Davidson and Williamson Counties, so officials are reminding you that you CAN take your road skills test in another county, though those are starting to back up as well.

VANDY HOSPITAL TO START CHARGING FOR VISITOR PARKING
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is going to start charging you 7 dollars a day to park in its parking garage. Since this could be a real hardship on someone with a loved on in the hospital for a long time, they're offering discounted passes for people who have to park at the hospital for five, 15 or 30 days in a row. 

MAN SAYS GOD HELPED HIM FIND MISSING ELDERLY WOMAN
That missing 81 year old woman from Fairview has been found. She's okay. But the man who found her says he believes God led him to her. Gary Stanley's great aunt had died from hypothermia earlier this year when she got disoriented, so Stanley says he felt compelled to stop on his way to work to search for this woman, who also has dementia. He says he just walked right up, and basically stumbled upon her, where she was sleeping in a ditch. She's home safe, and Gary just says, "It was a God thing."

WRONGLY ACCUSED MISSISSIPPI MAN SUES ACCUSER
Remember that Mississippi Elvis Impersonator who was arrested for sending Ricin-laced letters to the President and other officials? His name is Paul Curtis, and he says everybody ELSE remembers that about him too... but many don't realize he was cleared of the charges and they were dropped. He was innocent. Now he's suing the man who pointed authorities in his direction and led to Curtis being wrongly-accused. 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACH SUSPENDS ENTIRE TEAM
Have you heard about the high school football coach who suspended his entire team? Coach Matt Labrum in Utah told his players until they improved their actions OFF the field, including skipping classes, cyberbullying and lack of character, they would not be going back ONto the field. He also gave the players specific steps to get their jerseys back, including doing service projects, attending all practices and memorizing quotes on good character. People from around the world are applauding him.

COOL SPRINGS GALLERIA IS EXPANDING
Cool Springs Galleria is expanding.  The owners have announced a three-phase plan that'll add additional space to the Sears store, and new retail areas. 

NEW NASHVILLE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE PLANNED
Nashville's also expectred to get a new pedestrian bridge soon, that'll connect the Gulch to the SoBro district. Construction could start as early as next spring. See the plans HERE

CANINE KARMA? WOMAN CONVICTED OF ANIMAL CRUELTY MAY HAVE BEEN EATEN BY HER DOGS
How about this for a little canine karma? In Fordsville, Kentucky, a woman previously convicted of animal cruelty is believed to have been eaten after she died by her dozens of hybrid wolf-dogs (that she wasn't supposed to have). 67 year old Patricia Ritz's remains were discovered in her home after neighbors reported they hadn't seen her in about a week. Turns out she'd left the dogs without food and when she died... well... she won't be racking up any more animal cruelty charges. More than a hundred and fifty dogs had to be euthanized a few years back, after being discovered in her home, starving and sick. 

WOMAN ENTERS HALF-MARATHON, WINS FULL MARATHON BY MISTAKE
And this is just not right! The woman who WON last weekend's marathon in Ontario didn't even mean to run the marathon! She says she was trying to do the half-marathon and took a wrong turn. Not only did she do the entire marathon, she also finished first. ( Meredith Fitzmaurice. Can you imagine how all those people felt who've trained for months and months to do that run?)

DOMINO’S PIZZA GOES FROM FAST DELIVERY PROMISE TO FAST ORDERING PLAN 
Fast is good when you’re hungry, so Domino’s Pizza has just unveiled its new website upgrade that’s supposed to let you save your profile online, and order pizzas in 30 seconds or less.

GOOGLE 15TH BIRTHDAY
Although it seems like it’s been around forever, search engine giant Google is just 15 years old. This year. There's a Google Doodle to play with at google.com. For its birthday, Google is getting a makeover, putting more information into rectangles, as well as the links to the sites you're looking for.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR BRYAN CRANSTON?
What's next for Bryan Cranston? With "Breaking Bad" about to wrap up, you'll still be able to get your fix of Bryan Cranston. Among the first things he'll do is guest star on an upcoming episode of "How I Met Your Mother."

WOULD YOU GO DUTCH ON AN ENGAGEMENT RING?
Would you go Dutch on an engagement ring? That's the new trend among couples...men and women paying for the ring, together, especially these days, when a woman may earn more than her man.

CHARGES FOR BROTHERS WHO OWNED LISTERIA-LINKED FARM
Federal prosecutors are charging two brothers who owned and operated a now-defunct Colorado cantaloupe farm linked to a deadly listeria outbreak.  Ryan and Eric Jensen will be in federal court today.  Jensen Farms was directly connected to a 2011 listeria outbreak that killed more than 30 people and sickened another 147. 

NSA TAPPED PHONE CALLS OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JUNIOR AND OTHERS
Newly released files from the National Security Agency show it tapped into overseas phone calls made by Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King Junior.  Declassified files show the NSA wiretapping was done on them as well as other prominent critics of the Vietnam war. 

MARS MAY BE A SOURCE OF WATER
A new study suggests future explorers on Mars may be able to get water out of the Red Planet's soil.  NASA's rover Curiosity has found that the surface soil contains about two-percent water by weight.

AUTHORITIES SEARCHING FOR OWNER OF TWO-MILLION-DOLLAR CHECK
Authorities in Madrid, Spain are looking to return a two-million-dollar check to a California driver.  According to CNN.com, the seven-figure check was in a wallet that a maintenance worker discovered in a Madrid Metro car.  The wallet also contained credit cards and a California drivers license.  A spokeswoman for the Madrid Metro says that "it appears that the wallet was stolen on the Metro."  They believe the thief took the cash, but didn't see the check before tossing the wallet.  The Madrid police have contacted the U.S. Embassy is hopes of getting in touch with the wallet's owner.

ONLINE REGISTRATION DELAYED FOR BUSINESSES TO ENROLL IN HEALTHCARE
Not the online part for small businesses, though. Online registration is being delayed for small businesses who want to enroll in the federally operated healthcare exchanges. Originally, the date was set for October 1st. Now, it's November 1st.

KU KLUX KLAN GROUP TO MEET AT GETTYSBURG
A Maryland-based Ku Klux Klan group has received a special use permit to gather at the Gettysburg National Military Park.  The National Park Service says the Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan plans to gather on the battlefield on October, 5th for a rally. 

NAMES INSPIRED BY DUCK DYNASTY
And let's face it, in America in 2013, when you're golden, people are gonna name their kids after you. So the latest craze that's spinning off from Duck Dynasty, is people naming their children after characters and things from the show. Names include Willie, Monroe, Mallard, Jase, Parish, Reed, Hunter, Silas after Uncle Si, and Jack, as in Uncle Si's phrase, "Hey, Jack." 
Name well, and may all your babies be happy, happy, happy. I was, personally, disappointed that no one's naming their baby Miss Kay.

BILL GATES ADMITS CONTROL, ALT, DELETE WAS A MISTAKE
If you pressed Control-Alt-Delete to log on before reading this, Bill Gates says he's sorry. The Microsoft founder says the triple-key login should have been made easier, like Apple Macs are, but that a designer insisted on the more complicated step. He says now that was a mistake to make it so complicated just to sign on, "And so we had ... we programmed at a low level that you had to ... it was a mistake," he said, throwing up his hands to laughter and applause from the crowd he was speaking to.