Monday, July 15, 2013

ZIMMERMAN DEFENCE WAS HARD TO TOPPLE
George Zimmerman is now free after being acquitted Saturday in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.  Thousands of people have been demonstrating in cities across the U.S. after the jury returned its not-guilty verdict. The whole episode may not be over yet, though, Zimmerman could still face a civil lawsuit from Martin's family. 

POLICE ARE RULING OUT FOUL PLAY IN DEATH OF CORY MONTEITH
Police are ruling out foul play in the death of "Glee" star Cory Monteith, but say the autopsy is today.  The body of the 31-year-old actor was found in a hotel room in Vancouver, British Columbia on Saturday. He starred as Finn Hudson on the hit TV show "Glee." Monteith had been open about the fact that he had struggled with addictions since he was a teenager, and had just gotten out of rehab at the end of April. Glee producers, and Fox TV released a statement that said, "We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with, and we will all miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones." Glee is scheduled to start production for its next season at the end of this month.

SEVEN STARVING HORSES RESCUED FROM MARSHALL COUNTY FARM
Seven horses have been rescued from a farm in Marshall county. The animals were in horrible condition, nearly starved to death, hooves deformed and neglected. The owner, 28-year-old Amanda McClain, was in Chicago when the horses were rescued. She was later arrested and charged with Animal Cruelty. There are still 27 other horses at the farm, but they're not in serious enough condition to be taken from McClain.

RANDY TRAVIS STILL IN CRITICAL
Friends, fans, and family members are still praying for Randy Travis. He's still in critical condition at a Texas hospital.

BETTY WHITE SHOW CANCELLED
It was cute, but didn't have enough viewers to keep it around. Betty White's "Off Their Rockers" TV prank show has been canceled.

20% OF SMARTPHONE USERS ARE ON THE PHONE DURING SEX
I don't know if I'd want to admit this, but a new survey finds nearly 20 percent of people between 18 and 34 use their smart phones during lovemaking. DURING. 1 in 10 people overall who own smart phones, say, yep, they've at least checked it.

SIX-YEAR-OLD RECOVERING AFTER BEING TRAPPED IN SAND
A 6-year-old Illinois boy is recovering today after being trapped under 11 feet of sand for more than 3 hours. He was playing on a sand dune when it collapsed... and he somehow ended up in an air pocket around some tree roots. His family says it's a miracle that Nathan survived, and that doctors tell them the recovery outlook is good. 

BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS MENTOR FOUND GUILTY OF CHILD RAPE
Nashville man William Arnold has been found guilty of raping a child he was supposed to be mentoring through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Arnold was caught after the little boy told his mother about it. 

"HARRY POTTER" AUTHOR J.K. ROWLING OUTED AS CRIME NOVEL WRITER
You want a good summer book to take to the beach? There's one you may have overlooked, "The Cuckoo's Calling," written by Robert Galbraith. People are snapping it up now that it's been revealed that Galbraith is a pseudonym, and it was really written by Harry Potter author JK Rowling. Since that news broke, the book went from 1500 sales to the top of the Amazon list. Rowling says it was nice while it lasted, being able to publish without hype or expectation. 

MAN ARRESTED SUNDAY OUTSIDE BOSTON AREA
A man was arrested Sunday outside the Boston area home of Secretary of State John Kerry.  Kerry's security team saw the man taking pictures of the home and when he was questioned, a pellet gun was found on him.

TWINKIES BACK ON SHELVES
Twinkies are officially back on store shelves across the country today.  Wal-Mart jumped the gun with weekend sales of the beloved yellow snack cake. 

AT THE BOX OFFICE
The powerful minions of "Despicable Me 2" are running roughshod over the competition at the box office. The animated film was number one in the U.S. and Canada. 

AMERICAN SPRINTER TESTS POSITIVE FOR DRUGS
Just weeks before the world championships in Moscow, the sport of track and field has suffered a major blow, with three top sprinters testing positive for drugs, including American 100-meter record holder Tyson Gay... He was supposed to challenge six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt. Now, that will not happen. 

MAYOR DEAN WANTS AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC MUSEUM IN FORMER CONVENTION CENTER
As Metro looks for a developer to re-purpose Nashville's old convention center, Mayor Karl Dean's administration is committed to locating the city's future National Museum of African-American Music in the revamped facility. Metro this summer plans to issue a request for proposals to find a developer to create a redevelopment master plan for the old center, The old center will stop holding meetings after 2016.

WHAT IS SHARKNADO?
Everybody was tweeting about Sharknado last week, but did they actually watch the movie on Syfy? The network says there were 1.4 million viewers for the premiere of the campy monster movie Thursday night.  It was a tornado (actually a hurricane since it starts over the water) that sucks up sharks, so when it hits land, it's a tornado full of sharks: a sharknado.  The 1.4 million viewers was pretty good for syfy, but still less than other syfy movies, like Sharktopus (2.5 million viewers), 2011's Mega Python Vs. Gatoroid, last year’s Piranhaconda, and Chupacabra vs. the Alamo that aired earlier this year. It did, however, break records on twitter, with 5,000 tweets per minute about sharknado. Now, producers are talking about a possible "Sharknado 2."

OKLAHOMA CHEAPEST STATE IN WHICH TO LIVE, TN NEXT
Where's the cheapest place in the country to live? A new study says it's Oklahoma. Then Tennessee, Idaho and Kentucky.

NEWS STATION MAKES MAJOR GOOF OVER CRASHED PLANE STORY
People watching the newscast must have had flashbacks to the movie "Anchorman" when they heard this bizarre newscast. TV station KTVU pulled an all-time goof! The anchors were given fake names of the pilots of the crashed Asiana 214 flight, and reported them on the air. They announced the pilots were named "Sum Ting Wong," "Wi Tu Lo," "Ho Lee Fuk," and "Bang Ding Ow."  Turns out it was a summer intern at the National Transportation Safety Board who released the offensive names to the TV station. http://www.snopes.com/media/goofs/ktvu.asp

BINGE-WATCHING IS THE NEW VIEWING, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK NETFLIX'S 3RD SERIES RELEASE
"Orange is the New Black" is getting good reviews. It's the third NETFLIX series the company has put out, specifically so people can binge-watch, meaning they watch several episodes at a time. The entire season is released at once. Surveys find that's how many of us consume shows now, 3 or more episodes at a time, online.

SCIENTISTS SAY THEY CAN TELL IF A CHILD WILL BE A DRINKER WHEN HE GETS OLDER
Can you tell whether that precious little baby in your life is going to grow up and have a giant beer belly? Or become an alcoholic? At least one new study claims it's possible to tell whether a child will be a drinker from his behavior the first five years of his life. Certain temperaments -- including kids who are emotionally-challenged, or extremely extroverted -- may be signs. You can read more about it HERE.