Friday, September 6, 2013

OBAMA MEETS WITH LEADERS, THEN NEWS CONFERENCE
President Obama has a full schedule today. It's his last day at the G-20 summit in Russia: he'll meet with presidents of China and of France .. and then... he'll hold a news conference this morning... around 9 Central time.
Next week, the House and Senate are expected to vote on his request to authorize missile strikes against Syria. 

OBAMA MEANS TO HIT HARDER THAN PUBLIC IS BEING TOLD?
Meanwhile, an ABC report claims that the Obama administration intends to hit Syria with missiles fired from bombers, not just ships.... and t hat the strike, if it happens, will be much larger than President Obama and the Secretaries of State and Defense have led lawmakers and the public to believe.  

YOGURT PRESIDENT APOLOGIZING FOR WAY IT HANDLED RECALL
The CEO for Chobani [[ cho-BAH-nee ]] Greek-style yogurt is apologizing for how the company handled a widespread recall. They didn't say anything about it, publicly, just quietly told stores to pull the yogurt from shelves because of a, quote, "quality problem."   

HORSE MEAT AT STORE... IS NOT HERE IN U.S.
Okay, when you see the thing that's going around on Facebook that says Aldi is selling horsemeat, you need to remember this: that's NOT HERE! It's in the United Kingdom. Some people have been posting the headlines on Facebook that say, Aldi selling horsemeat products... and in the comments below it, you can tell people are not READING the whole story, just trashing Aldi.. but again.. that's in the U.K.!  NOT here,  where they have different suppliers.

SKINNY PEOPLES' STOMACH BACTERIA COULD FIGHT OBESITY
Speaking of tummy stuff,  there's a new study that finds bacteria from skinny people could be used to create a treatment for obese people, to help them lose weight. The research is out of Washington University School of Medicine, in case you want to look it up. 

METRO NASHVILLE TRANSIT AUTHORITY SPENDING GRANT MONEY ON BUS STOPS
Hey, here's an idea: to get more people to use the bus, make sure the bus stop doesn't look dark and scary and smell like a toilet! Cities all over the country are cleaning up and prettying-up their bus stops as more people choose mass transportation. The Metro Transit Authority is getting some money that it'll use to work on ours. A ten-million-dollar grant to improve and expand its light bus rapid transit service. That'll include new bus shelters. Also, new technology to help the traffic lights time better on high-speed corridors, instead of so many traffic stops. (The money does not affect Mayor Karl Dean's proposal to install a full-fledged east-west bus rapid transit line known as Amp.) 

TENNESSEE STATE FAIR STARTS TODAY
The Tennessee State Fair kicks off today.  Gates open at 5 p.m. and admission is eight-dollars for adults, six-dollars for children. 

SPRING HILL FOOTBALL TEAM HAS FEMALE KICKER
And this is cool: The Spring Hill High School football team has a female player this year.  Alexa Goodman, a former soccer player, is the team's kicker.   Goodman says the farthest she's kicked so far is 25-yards, but hopes to reach 30.

WILSON COUNTY WILL PUT FINAL REPORT CARDS ONLINE ONLY, UNLESS SPECIAL REQUEST
Wilson County schools say they're going to put the kids' final report cards of the year online-only instead of mailing them out as well. They already post the student performance information all year online, and now, they're moving towards just an online final report card. They say IF parents don't have a computer, they'll be told where they can get access, including at local libraries. If if they want a hardcopy, they'll be asked for a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

E-CIGARETTE USE GOING UP AMONG TEENS
First, it was hot among clebrities, now electronic cigarettes are gaining in population among teenagers. Use among high school students has doubled over the past two years. 

BLURRED LINES IS SONG OF SUMMER 
Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" has been named "Billboard's" official "Song Of The Summer."  "Billboard" announced Thursday that the smash hit was the most popular song across all platforms between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

RIM FIRE BLAMED ON HUNTER
You know that Rim fire, in California.. that's burned 200 thousand acres, destroyed homes and businesses, threatened San Francisco's water supply and Yosemite's ancient sequoias? Investigators think it was started by a hunter who built a fire, which was illegal, and let it get out of control.
The Rim wildfire is still burning north of Yosemite National Park — but it's said to be about 80% contained.

DR SEUSS GOES DIGITAL
Dozens of Dr. Seuss classics, including "The Cat in the Hat" and "Green Eggs and Ham," will be available this fall for the first time as e-books. Random House Children's Books announced Wednesday that the first 15 will come out Sept. 24, followed by additional publications in October and November. Other Seuss picture books coming out electronically include "Fox in Socks," "Horton Hears a Who!" and "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"

"BIG BANG THEORY," "NCIS" TOPS LIST OF FAVORITE TV SHOWS
"The Big Bang Theory" reigns as America's favorite TV show.  The sitcom leads the way overall in a new Harris Interactive poll.  It's also the top choice among men as well as adults between the ages of 18 and 48.  Women and adults 49 and older are voicing a preference for the Navy-based crime drama "NCIS," which ranks second overall.  More crime dramas round out the top five, with "Criminal Minds" taking third place, "CSI" occupying the number four spot, and "Law & Order: SVU" landing at number five.
          Comedies and crime dramas are also the TV genres that have the biggest appeal.  Nearly 40-percent say they enjoy comedies, while 32-percent are fans of detective shows.

BRONCOS BEAT RAVENS, MANNING HITS A HIGH MARK
Quarterback Peyton Manning put on a wild performance in the Denver Broncos, 49-27, win over the Baltimore Ravens.  Last night,as the NFL kicked off its regular season, Manning became the sixth player in NFL history to throw for seven touchdowns in a single game.

BETTY WHITE GUINNESS RECORDS
Betty White is now in the Guiness Book of World Records for the actor with the longest active career. She got into TV back in 1939.
Taylor Swift also set a record for fastest selling digital single: Never Ever Getting Back Together.

iPHONE COFFIN
There's a new 'something special' out for your final resting place: an iPhone coffin. It comes with a display on the headstone, to tell you what the deceased is listening to at the moment and lets you add songs to the playlist. 

JUDGE TODD BAUGH
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox has asked District Court Judge Todd Baugh to cancel a hearing he has scheduled today.  Judge Baugh plans to change the sentence for a teacher convicted of statutory rape at that hearing.  Baugh made national headlines when he sentenced Stacey Rambold to only 30 days for having sex with an underage student who committed suicide before the trial.