Monday, February 11, 2013

POPE RESIGNS
The Pope is resigning. The 85-year-old Pope Benedict the 16th will step down on February 28th, because he says he's just not strong enough to do the job any longer. The Vatican expects a new Pope to be chosen by the end of March.

BIG WINNERS AT GRAMMYS LAST NIGHT INCLUDE:
Australian singer Gotye, British folk band Mumford & Sons, and New York indie-pop trio fun. won big at the Grammy Awards last night. Fun. took Best New Artist, and their smash single "We Are Young" was named Song of the Year. 
Mumford & Sons won Album of the year, Gotye won 3 grammys including Record of the Year, Adele won for Best Pop Solo.
See Grammy Fashions HERE: (link to the story at mix929.com)

WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW THIS WEEK
The Westminster Kennel Club dog show is this week. Best of show will be named tomorrow night. Some of the valuable dogs are really pampered. At the hotel where most of the contestants stay there's a variety of VIP (Very Important Pooch) services offered, including a doggie spa, special menus for the dogs, doggie treadmills, and there's one dog that the owner says likes to be sung to , to relax. But not just any singer will do. The owner says the dog must have an opera singer. So the hotel made it happen. As the dog, dressed in a tiny tuxedo and top hat, did seem to be relaxing, an opera singer performed in the hotel lobby.
   This year, two newly recognized breeds have been approved to appear in the show: the treeing Walker coonhound, a tall, flappy-eared descendant of the foxhound; and the Russell terrier, the subject of some controversy stemming from the differing taxonomic habits of kennel clubs in the United Kingdom, United States and Australia.

HATTIESBURG MISSISSIPPI TORNADO
People in the area of Hattiesburg, Mississippi are waking up to a terrible mess. A tornado shredded the area, causing widespread damage across a number of counties, and injuring more than a dozen people. (The University of Southern Mississippi has several damaged buildings but no injuries on campus.)  

HARDEST-HIT SNOW AREAS
Fifty-six Northeast cities are buried under at least 30 inches of snow from this weekend's massive snowstorm.  The hardest-hit seems to be Hamden, Connecticut, where they got 40 inches of snow since Friday. Thirty locations in Connecticut got 30 inches of snow or more. There were people stranded in their cars, some stuck at home because the snow was so high they couldn't open their doors, and at least five people died, including an 11 year old boy who died from carbon monoxide, while he sat in a running car to keep warm as his father shoveled snow.

TIME-LAPSE VIDEO OF SNOWFALL
And here are some cool time-lapse videos of the snowfall that were posted on Facebook.
HERE'S ONE
 
AND ANOTHER TIME-LAPSE VIDEO OF THE SNOWPOCALYPSE OF 2013

CAR TROUBLE ON THE ROAD LEADS TO NASHVILLE WOMAN'S DEATH
Here's a warning to be extra, extra cautious about oncoming traffic if you break down. Police say 45 year-old Janice Kelley of Nashville had car trouble Friday night on I-40 West in Humphrey's county, but when she got out of the vehicle, she was hit and killed by another driver. And, the driver just kept going. The THP and police are now looking for the hit-and-run killer. (Tennessee Highway Patrol at 615-744-3091.)

BRITISH MAN ARRESTED FOR FB THREAT THAT CAUSED HALF OF WARREN COUNTY, TN STUDENTS TO STAY HOME
The TBI has conirmed that a scare that caused thousands of kids in Warren county, Tennessee to stay home last week came from a man in Britain. 24 year old Reece Elliot posted on Facebook last Wednesday that he'd like to, "kill hopefully at least 200 students" in Warren County. Turns out he was never a real threat, never even in the country, but he scared everybody so much that security was increased at the schools, and www.wsmv.com reports that 2900 kids stayed home on Thursday, nearly half the children in Warren County. Elliot is being questioned by British authorities, and goes to court Wednesday. 

MAN SAYS HIS DOG HELPED HIM WIN THE LOTTERY
And a man in Utah says he has his dog to thank for helping him win the lottery. Steve Hughes stopped at a gas station to fill up, but his dog Stella locked him out of his truck. During his 45-minute wait to get back into his vehicle, Hughes decided to buy the lotto tickets he was supposed to pick up on the way home anyway, for himself and 33-other University of Utah employees he's played with since 2001.  It worked. One of them was the million-dollar winner. That came to about 20 thousand dollars each.

SUMNER COUNTY SCHOOLS SUED FOR BULLYING
A local family says it's suing the Sumner County school system for failing to take action against bullies who attacked their son. Kim Woods says her 12 year-old son was bullied at Rucker-Stewart Middle School, and then by the bully's COUSIN, and claims instead of punishing the boys, the school principal told her SON to get used to it, because bullying is a part of life. Sumner County Schools' official stance against bullying, however, is "zero tolerance."

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION: YEAR OF THE SNAKE
The Chinese New Year started this weekend! This is the year of the Snake.
Read WHAT THAT MEANS and find out what YOUR CHINESE HOROSCOPE SIGN is

AMERICANS GAVE BIRTH TO FEWER BABIES IN 2011
A new study for the CDC finds we had the lowest ever recorded birthrate in 2011, just under four million babies born. But the drop was not the same for all age groups. Births rose the most for women between 35 and 44, and dropped again for younger women. The study was conducted by researchers for the Centers For Disease Control in Atlanta and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.  It was published in the journal "Pediatrics."

DISCOVERY CHANNEL SHOW FATALITIES
Three men filming a Discovery Channel reality series have died in a helicopter crash. They were shooting footage for the show when the chopper crashed about 50 miles north of Los Angeles.  It's the worst film-set accident since actor Vic Morrow and two child actors died while filming "Twilight Zone: The Movie" in 1982.

MORE THAN 400 METRO EMPLOYEES TAKING BUYOUT
More than 400 Metro employees are taking advantage of a voluntary buyout proposed by Mayor Karl Dean.  Officials say the buyout will eventually save the city money.  Nearly 16-hundred Metro employees are eligible for the buyout and have until the end of the month to decide whether they will take it.