Monday, May 5, 2014

CINCO DE MEOW: ADOPT A CAT FREE, TODAY!
You've heard this is Cinco de Mayo, a day we've mostly turned into a drinking celebration here in the U.S.
But the Nashville Humane Association is doing something else with it. They're calling it Cinco de Meow, and all cats CINCO months or older (five months or older), can be adopted for FREE from NHA today! www.nashvillehumane.org

GOODWILL WEEK JOB FAIRS THROUGH THURSDAY
Goodwill is hosting some huge job fairs this week. There's one today at the career center on Berry Road.... from 9 to noon. (780 Berry Road) Employers include Verizon, UPS, Metro Police, Elmwood Staffing, Homecare positions, cleaning jobs and more.
This is also GOODWILL WEEK, and they're hoping you'll remember them, not only for jobs, but to help provide jobs by donating your gently used household items or cash.

CIRCUS ACCIDENT
Nine performers were injured in a circus accident at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus’ in Providence, Rhode Island on Sunday. The accident happened during the show’s hair-hanging act; where several acrobats were suspended 35 feet in the air when a platform collapsed, and they fell. Some people on the ground were also hurt. Investigators are still trying to figure out what happened.

WOMAN FLIPS CAR INTO CREEK, DIES
A 20 year old Franklin woman died this weekend after driving off the road and flipping her car into a Williamson County creek Saturday near Lieper's Fork. Lavane Ray was found dead inside her car. It's still not clear why she drove off the embankment.

HEALTH; NEW DISCOVERY TO FIGHT AGING
A dramatic discovery could open a way to reverse the effects of aging.  Three studies published over the weekend show that blood from young mice can restore the muscles and brains of older mice. 

SPIDER MAN TOPS AT THE MOVIES
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is the new most watched movie at theaters. Next ... in distant second... The Other Woman. 

METEOR SHOWER TONIGHT
There's a meteor shower tonight, if you're where you can see it. It's debris from Halley's Comet. We can see the debris when the orbit of the comet comes near the earth, as it will overnight. If you're watching late tonight or early in the morning, you may be able to see as many as 60 meteors an hour streaking through the sky. 

V.A. CLINIC CLERKS ACCUSED OF FALSIFYING REPORTS TO COVER LAG TIME IN SEEING PATIENTS
As we see more military members than ever surviving war and coming back home to VA hospitals, we're also seeing more problems at the hospitals. Clerks at a Colorado Veterans Affairs clinic are being accused of falsifying appointment records to make it look like doctors were seeing patients promptly. By promptly that means within two weeks.

V.A. DIRECTOR IN PHOENIX ON LEAVE
And the director of the Phoenix VA hospital ... and two of her employees, have been put on administrative leave after claims that veterans DIED waiting to get health care in Phoenix. The Inspector General's Office is investigating. The report says veterans treated at the outpatient clinic waited months for appointments, and that staff members were punished when they didn't manipulate records to hide delays.  

LAWMAKERS REJECT PTSD AS CONDITION FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA TREATMENT
In Colorado, lawmakers have rejected a proposal to add post traumatic stress disorder be added to the list of medical ailments that doctors can prescribe marijuana to treat. Veterans over 21 can buy recreational post but they could lose their government benefits if they do.  

AMERICAN IDOL CONTESTANT USES SLUR, SORT OF APOLOGIZES.
American Idol contestant Caleb Johnson has issued an apology for calling people who suggested a song for him to sing on American Idol "retards". Johnson said, "Social media gives access to a bunch of retards to talk to me. And I don’t really, uh, enjoy having to see somebody tell me what song I need to sing." The Ashville, North Carolina native posted an apology online on Saturday. But, it didn't really get much better. He basically said he didn't mean to call his FANS retards, he just meant the slur for the, "...wackos that send hundreds of hate messages a day to me." He and the other remaining contestants perform live on Wednesday night's American Idol.

COFFEE KEEPS YOU HONEST?
A new study finds coffee, or something else with caffeine, can help keep you more honest. Researchers say if you're tired, you may make worse decisions, take shortcuts and fib about what you've done to get that cleared from your desk. They say either caffeine, or a nap, makes you mentally stronger. 

BABY BOOMERS BECOMING THE ROOMATE GENERATION
http://gma.yahoo.com/aging-baby-boomers-becoming-roommate-generation-164125441.html
As baby boomers get older, and live longer, there's a whole new living arrangement that's taking shape: boomer/roommates. Nationwide there are at least 130 thousand households ... and the number is rising.... where roomies are over 50 and not related or in a romantic relationship. It just makes financial sense. 

MAY IS BICYCLE SAFETY MONTH
May is Bicycle Safety Month. More people, especially kids, are OUT riding around on their bikes, and we have to start looking out for them.

16-YEAR-OLD HIT WHILE RIDING BIKE
A 16-year-old boy on his bike was hit by a car this weekend in East Nashville, and is in critical condition. Police say the teenager ran a stop sign and was hit near the intersection of Hancock Street and Joseph Avenue.

MAN RESCUES BABY RACCOON IN HIS WALL
http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/man-rescues-baby-raccoon-trapped-wall-164625363--abc-news-topstories.html
For hours, he and his wife listened to the animal's cries for help. Then, armed with a knife, hammer and a flashlight, William Levin got to work.
"The noises suddenly sounded different - they were louder, more stressed, and coming from inside the wall," he said.
Levin rescued a baby raccoon that had fallen from its nest and was stuck in the wall behind the oven in his Brooklyn apartment Monday. He told ABC News that raccoons had nested two years ago in the soff1t and had recently returned.
Levin cut his way through the wall, then reached in to pull out the raccoon.
"We rinsed the dust and debris off her fur with warm water. The baby raccoon was too stressed to drink the saline-sugar water we offered, and slept through the night, seemingly exhausted from the traumatic ordeal," Levin said.
Levin said they called NJB Pest Control Tuesday morning and that the raccoon cried and slept most of the day. A wildlife operator picked up the raccoon later that day so it could be rehabilitated before its release into the wild.
"Now we have two traps in our ceiling with the hopes of catching the mother and reuniting her with the baby," Levin said.

How could it get worse for L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling? Now he's been banned from the Bunny Ranch Brothel in Nevada.

Stephen Baldwin was arrested for driving on a suspended licence, according to a report. Police sources tells editors at New York Post gossip column "Page Six" that Baldwin was stopped early on Friday morning in Manhattan, NY.