Monday, January 27, 2014

MICHAELS REPORTS POSSIBLE BREACH OF PAYMENT INFORMATION
Michaels, the nation's biggest arts and crafts retailer, says it may have had a security data breach. Someone attacked the Michael's computer system that processes payment cards. Federal law enforcement and a computer forensics firm are investigating. Michaels says it's not SURE there's been a breach, but that it's getting the word out so its customers can take steps to protect themselves.

WEATHER: WIND, BITTERLY COLD TEMPS MOVING IN!
What a weather roller-coaster we've been on, lately! Some folks in Nashville woke up to snow on Saturday morning... then we had a warmer, sunny day yesterday, and NOW, here we go again.
Another cold blast is moving in. We're under a wind and a wind chill advisory!
And WINDS are gusting up to 45 miles an hour... which means you need to PAY ATTENTION to your driving... or a gust of wind could suddenly hit and push your car COMPLETELY into another lane.
Tomorrow, we're not expected to even get out of the teens for a high temperature.
 

JOB FAIR TODAY IN NASHVILLE
The Goodwill Career Solutions center in downtown Nashville will host a job fair from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Monday, January 27 for several employers looking to fill hundreds of positions in several counties including Davidson, Williamson, Wilson and Rutherford.
Employers include Music City Center, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Xerox, Elwood Staffing, Family Dollar and Like-Nu.
Xerox is looking to fill several call center positions. Starting pay is $14 an hour.
Representatives from these companies will be on site and interviews are possible, so dress for success. Job candidates are encouraged to bring resumes, photo ID, Social Security card or birth certificate. 937 Herman Street, Nashville. 
This job fair is one approximately a dozen taking place during the week of January 27. For a complete list of job fairs taking place at our 25 Career Solutions centers: www.goodwillcareersolutions.org

MCDONALD'S OFFERS DISCOUNTED BURGERS MONDAY FOR RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
If you're planning on a drive-through lunch or dinner today, keep this in mind: after the local Ronald McDonald House lost a whole wing of rooms from a burst water pipe - leaving families with sick kids at local hospitals having to find some other place to stay -  McDonald's restaurants say they'll sell Cheeseburgers today for 79 cents, and that the proceeds will go to help the Ronald McDonald house rebuild and recover. You can get the 79 cent cheeseburgers today at any Middle Tennessee McDonalds, from 10:30 till 7, and they're hoping you'll toss in a little more cash or let them keep the change, while you're at it. You can also donate online.

GAS PRICES DOWN
http://www.nashvillegasprices.com
The good news for the day, when you stop for gas, it'll cost you less, today. The average price for a gallon of gas, nationwide, is 3.31. Here in Nashville it's closer to 3 dollars a gallon.

PRESIDENT IN NASHVILLE LATER THIS WEEK
President Barack Obama is coming to Nashville this week. He's going to speak at McGavock High School on Thursday. We'll give you more information about that as the day gets closer.   McGavock, one of the largest high schools in the state, is among the Metro schools that began using the “career academies” model several years ago, grouping students by their career interests and partnering with private industry for donations of equipment, money and speakers.
 The specialties taught in McGavock’s career academies include aviation and transportation, health science and law, digital design and communication and hospitality. Partners include CMT and Ryman Hospitality Properties, formerly known as Gaylord Entertainment Co.
 Meredith Libbey, a Metro Schools spokeswoman, said White House officials who are planning the visit inquired about several high schools and their programs, including the career academies, as well as their graduation rates and teacher effectiveness.

GRAMMYS: DAFT PUNK BIG WINNERS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NV6Rdv1a3I
The French duo Daft Punk are the big winners at this year's Grammy Awards.  They picked up both of the top honors -- Record of the Year and Album of the Year -- for their Pharrell Williams-assisted hit "Get Lucky" and album "Random Access Memories."  

LIVE WEDDING AT GRAMMYS
There was also a live wedding at the Grammys this year. 34 couples exchanged vows and rings and walked down the aisles as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis sang, and Queen Latifah officiated the wedding ceremonies.

ROYALS WINS SONG OF THE YEAR AT GRAMMYS
Lorde's "Royals" won Song of the Year at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday. Other recent Song of the Year winners include Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" and Coldplay's "Viva la Vida."

U2 OFFERS ITS LATEST FOR FREE
U2 is going to make its new single available for free on the day of the Super Bowl.

CRAZY THINGS WE TRIED TO CARRY ONTO PLANES LAST YEAR
Next time you're stuck in the security line at the airport, remember, people try to carry on some incredibly stupid things. On Friday, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released its Blog Year In Review for 2013. The annual report lists some of the things they found. Including lots of walking canes with concealed swords in them. THOUSANDS of handguns, many of them loaded, black powder, blasting caps, a fake suicide vest, grenades, tear gas and daggers. Many of them hidden, disguised or disassembled. That's not even counting the really weird stuff, like skulls in clay pots. You can see the list on the mix 929.com NEWS page.

SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK
This is School Choice Week, with events like school fairs, open houses and parent information sessions... so parents can find out which schools are best for their kids and how to get signed up.  

MUPPETS' MINI-MAKEOVER TO BOOST KIDS' HEALTH
So many kids start their education in front of the TV, with the Sesame Street gang, that the show's producers say it's time to change the message. They've just done a three-year experiment in South America and found that having Bert and Ernie jump rope and munch apples and carrots, and Cookie Monster eating his namesake treat once a week instead of every day also improved children's choices. The Sesame Street project is now coming to the United States.
 
WHITE DOVES RELEASED IN ST. PETER'S SQUARE, ATTACKED
Two white doves that were released by children standing alongside Pope Francis as a peace gesture have been attacked by other birds. As tens of thousands of people watched in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, a seagull and a large black crow swept down on the doves right after they were set free from an open window of the Apostolic Palace. One dove lost some feathers as it broke free from the gull. But the crow pecked repeatedly at the other dove. It was not clear what happened to the doves as they flew off. While speaking at the window beforehand, Francis had appealed for peace in Ukraine, where anti-government protesters have died.

FRANKLIN, TN. DUI OFFICER FOUND PASSED OUT BEHIND THE WHEEL 
The treatment a Franklin DUI officer got when he was caught, passed out behind the wheel of his running car is now the source of some controversy. Officer Brent Rose was awakened, and allowed to be driven home by a friend instead of being arrested and charged with DUI. Some are saying that makes the Franklin police look bad. But the police chief says the officers are able to use their discretion on any situation like that, and that he did  considered terminating Rose, but instead suspended the officer without pay and busted him from his job as a DUI officer. 

FORMER LAMAR ALEXANDER STAFFER ARRESTED FOR CHILD PORN FOUND DEAD 
U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander's former chief of staff, Ryan Loskarn, was found dead at a Maryland home Thursday just over a month after he was arrested for child pornography charges.
According to the Washington Post, the 35-year-old man hanged himself in the basement of his parents' home, where he had been allowed to live while he awaited trial on charges of possession and attempted distribution of child pornography.
Loskarn was also required to be electronically monitored while living at his parents Maryland home.
He was the chief of staff for Republican Senator Alexander for two years prior to being fired after his arrest.
Shortly after learning of Loskarn's passing Friday, Senator Alexander released a statement that read, "For everyone involved, this is a sad and tragic story from beginning to end."

WORLD'S OLDEST FACEBOOK USER?
106-year-old American Edythe Kirchmaier is being heralded as the world's oldest Facebook user. (Someone commented after the story, "Because if there's one thing a 106-year-old needs to do, it's waste a lot of time on Facebook.")