Monday, May 21, 2012
BILLBOARD AWARDS: ADELE WINS BIG, MILEY'S OUTFIT STUNS
The 2012 Billboard Music Awards were last night. Adele was the big winner, taking home 12 awards. But the big BUZZ this morning seems to be about Miley Cyrus' outfit. She wore a blazer. A jacket. And shoes. No shirt, no pants. lol.You can read more about the awards and see PHOTOS HERE.
UMPIRE HONORED FOR SAVING 8-YEAR-OLD DURING FRANKLIN TORNADO
A baseball umpire was honored in Franklin Friday night for saving the life of an 8 year-old boy when a tornado hit Jim Warren Park last month. Ump Marty York says he saw Maddox Greathouse searching for shelter as the storm hit, so he grabbed the child and got him to safety... just MOMENTS before a car flipped over.... near where the boy had been standing.
TICK-BORNE ILLNESSES SOAR IN TN
A lot of people are walking around today thinking every itch is a tick, now that we're hearing so much about Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. You SHOULD be extra cautious! It can be fatal if it's not treated early.
If you've ever been bitten by a tick but just ignored it, health officials say this is NOT the year to do that. The incidences of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are up three times from last year. Symptoms include headache and a sudden high fever. There've been 74 cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever so far this year: six cases in Davidson County and 15 in counties around Nashville. West Nile virus has also already been found in mosquitoes in North Nashville - the earliest in the year that they've been found around here.
BEE GEES' ROBIN GIBB HAS DIED
Bee Gees member Robin Gibb has passed away. He'd had a long battle with colorectal cancer, and had numerous surgeries in the past few years. He'd even gone into a coma, and really surprised the doctors when he woke up. He only sang the lead on a few of the Bee Gees hits. (CLIP Massachusetts)
The Gibbs' youngest brother, Andy, who had a solo career, died of a heart condition in 1988 (age 30), and Robin's fraternal twin brother Maurice died of a heart attack back in 2003. Robin Gibb was 62. READ MORE
"BRIDGE SCHOOL" AIMS TO LOWER DROP-OUT RATE
Metro Nashville is getting a "Bridge School." It's supposed to lower the dropout rate, by catching kids when they're most likely to fall behind or drop out ...in 8th through 10th grades... and helping them catch up and transition into a regular high school. (The Bridge School will go into what's now the Cohn Adult Learning Center near Sylvan Park. They expect to have about 200 students next year.)
GAS PRICES GOING DOWN
You may be able to drive somewhere this summer after all! Gas prices are going down. They're at 3.78 a gallon: that's 6 cents lower than last week, and 12 cents less than a year ago. (In fact, the lowest gas price in the country is in Memphis, at 3.34 a gallon.)
VACCINE CUTS BREAST CANCER RECURRENCE IN HALF
A new breast cancer vaccine has been shown to cut the risk of cancer RECURRENCE by nearly half. So far the trial has only included about 200 people. The next step, trying the vaccine on more patients. (The results of the study will be presented in June at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.)
TN TEENS FACE STIFF JOB MARKET
All those teenagers who just graduated this weekend are going to have a rougher time finding a job than a few years ago. Programs that offered employment during the recession are over with, so they're on their own. (Government statistics show about 1 in 3 16 to 19-year-olds in Tennessee are unemployed, though economists are forecasting major job growth in the next year.
New York lawmakers are looking at ways to deal with a rising shortage of prescription medicines..including cancer drugs. A bill being proposed would require drug companies to give the Federal Drug Administration six months notice before a potential shortage.
DELEGATES IN CHICAGO FOR NATO SUMMIT
Delegates in Chicago for Day Two of the NATO summit are expected to finalize an agreement pulling all troops out of Afghanistan by 2014. They also are going to talk about a potential missile defense shield and how to strengthen alliances with non-NATO countries. Today's talks come after protests turned violent yesterday, leading to dozens of arrests.
NEW JERSEY MOVES TO MAKE POT LESS CRIMINAL
New Jersey lawmakers take up a bill today that would make possessing small amounts of marijuana similar to a parking violation. The bill would reduce the penalty for being caught with a half-ounce or less to a fine. The current penalty for marijuana possession is up to six months in jail and a thousand-dollar fine.
MS. CHEAP'S TIP ABOUT 6 DOLLAR SALE THIS WEEK
$6 Sales - still time to shop them
The spring selling season for the "HCI Everything $6 Sales"at area hospitals and office buildings is winding down. But there's still one more sale: featuring $6 jewelry, watches, accessories and gifts. It'll be at the AT&T Center, 333 Commerce St. in downtown Nashville. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. May 22 and 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. May 23. There'll be more sales in August.
OBAMA TIES WITH ROMNEY IN POLL
A new poll from Vanderbilt University found, if the presidential election were held today, about the same amount of people would vote for President Barack Obama as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. 42% for Obama, 41% for Romney. Tennessee is traditionally a conservative state.
LAW ALLOWS SOME CONS TO CLEAR RECORD
A bill expected to become law July 1st will allow Tennesseans convicted of some nonviolent crimes to have their criminal records expunged for a 350-dollar fee.They must be crime free for the past five years and have paid all restitution and penalties.
RED CROSS PET FIRST AID AND SAFETY COURSES MAY 23RD: RESERVATION REQUIRED
The Red Cross is offering Dog and Cat First Aid classes this week, where you can learn basics, such as how to give medications to your pet, perform CPR, how to recognize if your pet is sick and getting ready for disasters. You have to pre-register to attend, the class is Wednesday at the Nashville Red Cross (22nd and Charlotte). Cost: $50. Contact Nashville K-9 at (615) 438-2602
MOST TENNESSEANS COOL TO HEALTH CARE LAW
A Vanderbilt poll finds about 50% of Tennesseans say they'd like the court to throw out the Affordable Care Act... which goes into effect in 2014. ... though most of them LIKE the part about letting children stay on their parents' plan until age 26. (The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on its constitutionality in June.)
"The Avengers" sank "Battleship" at the box office this weekend. "The Avengers" was most watched, then "Battleship," and "The Dictator" in third place.
ON YOUR TV: HOUSE ENDS TONIGHT
And on your TV, after eight seasons of patients, drama and Vicodin, "House" airs it's SERIES finale tonight on FOX.
During a night packed with tributes, Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina, was visibly moved by the tribute to her late mother at 2012 Billboard Music Awards. Bobbi Kristina took the stage at the ceremony to accept Billboard's Millennium Award on her late mother's behalf.
Before accepting the award, Bobbi Kristina was seen weeping in the audience, alongside her aunt Pat Houston, as Jordin Sparks performed Houston's "I Will Always Love You." Singer John Legend also participated in the Houston tribute segment, singing "The Greatest Love Of All." Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards also included tributes to Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb, who died earlier in the day; to singer Donna Summer who died last Thursday; and to Beastie Boys rapper Adam "MCA" Yauch who passed away earlier this month. ABC aired the 2012 Billboard Music Awards live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
KRISTIN WIIG LEAVING SNL
It looks like funny girl Kristen Wiig said her good-bye over the weekend after seven years as a cast member on "Saturday Night Live."
Wiig, in the last sketch during Saturday's season finale, donned a cap and gown alongside guest host Mick Jagger, who acted up as the principal during the high school graduation bit.
After Wiig's character was singled out as the "one particular student who is leaving this summer," the versatile comic actress danced with Jagger, cast members and executive producer Lorne Michaels to the Rolling Stones' "She's a Rainbow."
Then things seemed to get more emotional when Wiig, holding back tears, was joined by the show's full ensemble, including former "SNL" castmate Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") and Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), as they sang on stage another Stones' classic, "Ruby Tuesday," with its line "Still I'm gonna miss you."
NBC hasn't made any official announcement about Wiig's departure. Cast members Jason Sudeikis and Andy Samberg also are rumored to be leaving the show as regulars.
Wiig is a comedy writer as well as actress. She scored big in Bridesmaids, and has at least 6 more movies in the works through 2014.
This could be another rough week on Wall Street because of growing concerns about the euro zone debt crisis. Investors are getting more worried that Greece may exit the euro zone and cause a domino effect in Europe that court hurt the U.S. economy. Facebook's highly anticipated market debut on Friday was marred by technical glitches due to a huge volume of orders.
MID-TN DRIVER GEARS UP FOR INDY
May 27th is the big day for Hendersonville Indy car driver, Josef Newgarden. The 21-year-old will be the first Middle Tennessee-born driver to race the Indianapolis 500. "The Tennessean" reports Newgarden finished with the fastest speed at Saturday's opening practice and again on Monday at 222-point-five-miles-per-hour.
JOHN EDWARDS TRIAL: JURORS DELIBERATING
Jurors go back to work today, to determine the fate of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards. He's accused of breaking federal campaign finance laws by spending contributions to hide an extramarital affair during his 2008 White House bid. Defense attorneys insist the money was a gift, not a compaign contribution.
Arizona wildfires continue to chew up the landscape north of Phoenix and now heat and low humidity are a big concern for crews on the scene. The Gladiator Fire in the area of Crown King has expanded to almost 14-thousand acres. It continues to be a threat to homes in Crown King as well as historic sites and communications equipment.
FIRST COMMERCIAL ROCKET GLITCHES
A glitch may have stopped the planned weekend launch of the first commercial rocket to the International Space Station, but Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, will try again tomorrow. The California company was to have launched its unmanned Dragon capsule on a test flight to the ISS Saturday from Cape Canaveral, but a technical problem scrubbed the pre-dawn launch just moments before liftoff.