Monday, July 29, 2013

LOIS DEBERRY | 1945-2013
Tennessee Rep. Lois DeBerry, a trailblazer in state politics who was beloved by colleagues and constituents alike for her affable demeanor and dedication to helping the downtrodden, died Sunday after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 68.  The Memphis Democrat was first elected in 1972 and had been the longest-serving member of the state House of Representatives. Renowned as a powerful influence at the Capitol, Mrs. DeBerry was the first female speaker pro tempore in the House and the second African-American woman to serve in the Tennessee General Assembly.

NASHVILLE SOUNDS TEAM MANAGER FAINTS IN DUGOUT                          The Nashville Sounds team manager fainted in the dugout during a game with the Ohama Storm Chasers in Nebraska Sunday. It was a mild day, just 75 degrees, and so far no word on what made Mike Guerrero fall out.

KENTUCKY CUTS NUMBER OF JAILED NON-CRIMINAL JUVENILES
Judges in Kentucky have cut by half the number of children they are sending to jail for non-criminal offenses such as skipping school and running away from home. state and local officials have agreed that dealing with children who are "status offenders" should be done outside of jail.

WORLD: PALESTINIANS AND ISRAELIS TRYING TO REACH PEACE AGREEMENT
For the first time in almost three years, the Israelis and Palestinians are trying to reach a peace agreement.  Middle East peace talks start tonight in Washington. 

OBAMA TO VISIT TENNESSEE TOMORROW
You know how you clean the house when company's coming? Imagine what's going on in Chattanooga today with the President coming for a visit tomorrow. President Obama will visit an Amazon fulfillment center, to talk about his proposals for boosting U.S. manufacturing and creating more higher-paying jobs. 

MAN IN WHEELCHAIR KILLED CROSSING THE STREET, ALCOHOL POSSIBLY INVOLVED 
A 42 year old Nashville man was killed early Sunday as he crossed the road in his wheelchair. A police officer who was traveling behind the car that hit Roman Augustin, said Augustin was crossing outside a crosswalk, about 1am, he was wearing dark clothing, his wheelchair was dark, and he seems to have been drinking. No charges are expected to be filed against the driver who hit him. He wasn't speeding and he wasn't impaired.

BRIDE AND BEST MAN KILLED BEFORE THE WEDDING
The search is over for victims of a boat crash that killed a bride-to-be and the groom's best man in New York. Search crews found, and pulled from the water, the body of the second victim yesterday. The boat in which the wedding party was riding, crashed into a barge Friday night ...on the Hudson River in New York. The 35 year old man who was driving the boat has been arrested and charged with first-degree vehicular manslaughter. Police think he was drunk when he crashed.

FDA WARNS OF STEROIDS IN VITAMIN B SUPPLEMENT
The Food and Drug Administration is warning you to avoid a vitamin B dietary supplement from Healthy Life Chemistry (by Purity First) because it contains two potentially dangerous anabolic steroids, and they're NOT listed on the label as ingredients. The two steroids are sometimes used illegally by bodybuilders.  

RESCUERS SAY 37 DEAD IN ITALY BUS PLUNGE
A tour bus filled with Italians returning home after an excursion plunged off a highway into a ravine in southern Italy on Sunday night after it had smashed into several cars that were slowed by heavy traffic, killing at least 37 people, said police and rescuers. 11 people were hospitalized with injuries, two of them in very critical condition. It was not immediately known if there were other survivors or any missing.

3 MILLION PEOPLE AT POPE'S MASS IN BRAZIL
Pope Francis just this morning made one of the strongest statements in defense of homosexuality ever to come out of the Vatican.  The Pontiff, on his return flight home from Brazil, told reporters gays should not be judged or marginalized -- even those who serve as priests.  

METRO POLICE ARREST MAN SUSPECTED IN SQUAD CAR BURGLARIES
Metro cops have caught the guy suspected of stealing weapons and equipment from multiple police vehicles. Officers stopped a speeding pickup on Briley Parkway near Centennial Boulevard Saturday night, and 22 year old Edward Luna, the suspect, was a passenger in the car. The driver was a 17 year old who had escaped from state custody, and the two men had in the car with them two semi-automatic pistols, more than 100 rounds of ammunition and magazines for the guns.

JJ CALE DIES
Grammy-winning musician, singer and songwriter JJ Cale died Friday night. The Oklahoma native wrote songs including Cocaine And After Midnight for Eric Clapton. He died of an apparent heart attack in California. JJ Cale (was also a former member of the Grand Ole Opry Touring Company. He) was 74.

FAST FOOD WORKERS WALKING OFF FOR HIGHER PAY
Fast food could be pretty slow today.  Fast food workers at big chain restaurants in seven U.S. cities are walking off the job today demanding higher pay.  They're demanding 15-dollars an hour.  The walkouts are taking place at select locations in New York; Detroit; Flint, Michigan; Chicago; Milwaukee; St. Louis and Kansas City.

STUDENT LOANS
The House may resolve the student loans problem this week...if House members agree to a Senate bill which rolls back the doubling of student loan interest rates.  Due to congressional inaction, the rate hike for several million federally-backed student loans kicked in on July 1st. 

STUDY CLAIMS DESIGNER BRANDS ARE REALLY MARKING TERRITORY
What does it say about you when you LOVE to wear name brand items, luxury items and designer clothes? A new study from Minnesota says besides showing others that you have plenty of money, subconsciously you're telling other women to stay away from your man. It seems to imply that you have a more devoted partner, and as a result other women are less likely to flirt with him.
    The researcher says he and his team have also found that MEN tend to buy expensive products to lure-in the opposite sex. It shows they're capable of taking care of a woman's wants as well as her needs.

TENNESSEE WOMAN HIKING, MISSING IN MAINE
That Brentwood woman is still missing in Maine. 68 year-old Geraldine Largay was hiking the Appalachian Trail, and was supposed to meet up with her husband last Monday, but never showed up. Now searchers are looking for other hikers who may have seen her.

SCHOOL STARTS THIS THURSDAY IN METRO, VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES  
Metro Schools start back up this Thursday, and if that means you'll have some time on your hands during the day, there are lots of places that need volunteers. You can register at HandsOnNashville ... www.hon.org... and let them know what you wanna help with and when you're free.
(Volunteer needs include working with pets and seniors, cleaning up the community and ushering people at a concert. that's HON.org. And although the kids will need school supplies, Thursday is just a half day, so you may want to hold off till this weekend's sales tax holiday to buy the bulk of the things you need. )

PASTOR WARREN BACK IN PULPIT AFTER SON'S SUICIDE
Popular pastor Rick Warren was back in the pulpit this weekend at the Southern California megachurch he founded. It was the first time Warren had preached since his 27-year-old son Matthew shot and killed himself about four months ago. There were some emotional moments in the sermon, (called "How To Get Through What You're Going Through,") including when Warren told the congregation that he has the perfect role model for his struggles. He said, "God knows what it's like to lose a son." Warren is the author of "The Purpose Driven Life."

CHROMECAST TV: GOOGLE DEVICE STREAMS MOBILE CONTENT WIRELESSLY 
There's new technology that's got the Geeks geekin'. It's a way to watch movies, streamed on your TV or laptop, without a big bulky box. It's Google's Chromecast.  The device looks like a USB drive, smaller than your hand, that you just plug in to your TV or computer, and it's already loaded with icons, so you can click and play. 

JEWELRY HEIST IN CANNES
An armed robber stole 53 MILLION dollars worth of jewels from a hotel in Cannes... from a jewelry exhibition at the Carlton Hotel. The guy just walked away with the jewels in a briefcase, in broad daylight. This is the third major heist this year to take place there. One was during the Cannes film festival in May.

WE HAD CARTOONS: NEW SATURDAY MORNING TV FOR TODAY'S TEENS IS REALITY SHOW BLOCK                                                                    Many of us grew up on cartoons and Three Stooges Reruns... but this generation of kids gets Reality Shows for their Saturday morning TV block. CBS has just announced a new reality show lineup aimed at teens, that'll start this September. (It will range from pet adoption and animal care, healthy eating makeovers, personal interest stories about people who've accomplished extraordinary things and stories about athletes making a positive impact in their communities. Celebrity hosts include Chef Jamie Oliver and Laila Ali.)

FRIDAY NIGHT SHOOTING IN FLORIDA LEAVES 7 PEOPLE DEAD, INCLUDING GUNMAN
There are lingering questions today about Friday night's shooting in Florida that left six people and a gunman dead.  Pedro Vargas shot and killed six people at his apartment building before he was taken down by SWAT officers after an eight-hour standoff.  A motive behind the violent rampage carried out by the 42-year-old Vargas remains a mystery.

MASSACHUSETTS GIRL BECOMES YOUNGEST U.S. CHESS MASTER
Only three years or so since first picking up the game of chess, 9-year-old Carissa Yip can already look down at 93 percent of the more than 51,000 players registered with the U.S. Chess Federation.
She has risen so far up the rankings that she has reached the expert level at a younger age than anyone since the chess federation began electronic record-keeping in 1991, a new level she reached in recent weeks.
                                                                                                                   ANTHONY WEINER'S MISTRESS TELLS ABOUT HIM
The woman at the center of Anthony Weiner's latest sexting scandal says the former congressman isn't fit to be mayor of New York City.  Sydney Leathers says she and Weiner have exchanged lewd text messages and nude photos since he resigned in disgrace from Congress for the same reason. 

NOISES IN WOMAN'S HEAD WERE FLESH EATING MAGGOTS
A British woman returned from a holiday in Peru hearing scratching noises inside her head to be told she was being attacked by flesh-eating maggots living inside her ear. Rochelle Harris, 27, said she remembered dislodging a fly from her ear while in Peru but thought nothing more of it until she started getting headaches and pains down one side of her face and woke up in Britain one morning with liquid on her pillow. Thinking she had a routine ear infection caused by a mosquito bite, she sought medical treatment at the Royal Derby Hospital in northern England, where a consultant noticed maggots in a small hole in her ear-canal. "I was very scared. Were they in my brain?" said Harris, recounting her ordeal in a new Discovery Channel documentary series called "Bugs, Bites and Parasites" to be aired in the UK from July 21. Doctors tried first to flush the maggots out of the ear using olive oil. "It was the longest few hours that I have ever had to wait... I could still feel them and hear them and knowing what those scratching sounds were, and knowing what that wriggling feeling was, that just made it all the worse," she said. When flushing the maggots out failed, the medics resorted to surgery and found a "writhing mass of maggots" within her ear, raising concern they could eat into her brain. The surgery removed a family of eight maggots. Analysis found that a New World Army Screw Worm fly had laid eggs inside Harris's ear. "I'm not so squeamish around those kinds of bugs now. How can I be? They've been in my ear!" Harris said.