Monday, September 23, 2013

METRO SCHOOL CHOICE FESTIVAL MONDAY AT FAIRGROUNDS
Leaders of Metro Nashville Public Schools learned their lesson about venues during the inaugural First Choice Festival. Last year, they tried to fit more than 5,000 people into McGavock High School's gym. They'd expected only 2,000 to show up at the event, which is geared toward putting parents and students together with representatives of nearly every public school in the district. For the second annual event, slated for Monday (tonight), district officials wanted to make sure parents and students would have enough room to speak with everyone they could to help them decide which school they'd like to attend during the next school year. So district leaders booked part of the Tennessee State Fairgrounds for the First Choice Festival and for the annual College Night on Tuesday.  It's the kickoff to the system's application process that begins in November.

MALL STANDOFF CONTINUES
That standoff is in day three at a mall in Nairobi... with reportedly ten to 15 heavily-armed militants inside the mall, holding hostages.

OPRAH SAYS SHE WAS CLOSE TO EMOTIONAL BREAKDOWN
You've heard a lot about how much money Oprah Winfrey has, but sometimes it's overlooked how much WORK she does to keep all those balls in the air. Oprah says she got so overwhelmed recently that she felt on the verge of an emotional breakdown. She was overseeing her OWN network, filming the intense movie The Butler, as well as other projects, whcn she says she was interviewing a director who had a running-naked in the streets meltdown, and she thought, "Umm... this sounds pretty familiar to me!" Oprah said she had to just retake control of her life, and back OFF of some projects.

ELECTRONICS ON A PLANE?
You may be able to keep using your personal electronics devices soon on the plane. An FAA panel meeting this week is expected to recommend loosening restrictions on devices like e-readers, MP3 players, and video players.  Regulators have never been able to show that electronic devices interfere with flight instruments. Restrictions on using wi-fi, making phone calls, and getting texts or emails will likely stay in place.

THIS YEAR’S VOLUNTEER DAY FOR METRO SCHOOLS SETS RECORD
Boy were Tennesseans living up to their volunteer nickname over the weekend! Hands on Nashville's Metro School cleanup day was the biggest ever, with about 23- hundred volunteers putting in more than 9,000 volunteer hours on Saturday to clean up, paint and spruce up 63 metro public schools. 

NASHVILLE DOG DAY FESTIVAL BIGGEST EVER
This year's Dog Day Festival was the biggest ever! More than 7,000 pet owners showed up and helped us raise money for the Nashville Humane Association.

GERMAN HACKING GROUP SAYS ITS CRACKED FINGERPRINT SCANNER ON APPLE
Has your new iPhone's fingerprint scanner program already been hacked? A prominent German hacking group says it's gotten in. The phone just hit stores last Friday.

SALVATION ARMY ANGEL TREE REGISTRATION NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
This cool weather this morning makes this a little easier to believe: we're already about two week away from the first day of Angel Tree Registration!!! The Salvation Army says it needs volunteers to help people sign up to get help from the Angel Tree program. You can find out what shifts are open at www.salarmy-nashville.com, or by calling 242-0411

VANDY WINS
Vanderbilt fans are happy. Vandy beat Massachusetts on Saturday, 24-7

TITANS WIN
And the Tennessee Titans beat San Diego 20-17 Sunday.

GAS PRICES DOWN
Gas prices are down! If you fill up today you'll pay six cents less than two weeks ago and 31 cents less than a year ago at this time.

EMMY AWARDS A NIGHT OF SURPRISES
 

TYPHOON USAGI STRIKES CHINA
At least 25 people have died as Typhoon Usagi slammed into the coast of southern China. Bringing strong winds and heavy rain, Usagi forced the relocation of hundreds of thousands of people, the cancellation of hundreds of flights and the closing of a major shipping lane.

VANDERBILT HOSPITAL SUED BY FORMER EMPLOYEES
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is being sued by hundreds of laid off workers.  The employees are asking for 60-days of back pay because they claim they were sent home the same day they were notified of the lay offs.  Under federal statute, companies laying off 500 workers or more must give them a 60-day notice.  Attorneys say while fewer than 500 were fired in July, they were part of a much larger reduction and therefore fall under that act. 

EXPIRATION DATES WASTE FOOD
Expiration dates do more to waste food than keep people safe according to a study from Harvard Law School and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Because "sell by" and "best before" dates aren't regulated and are often based on manufacturers guesses, the average American household throws away more than 400 dollars worth of good food annually.

ROAD CLOSURES IN FRANKLIN
Getting around Franklin could be a little tricky for the next few days.  Roads from Fifth Avenue to Independence Square will be closed while crews install a new stormwater sewer system.  The closure is scheduled to begin tonight and run through Wednesday morning.

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR BEATEN IN RACIAL ATTACK 
A Columbia University professor who wears a beard and turban was savagely beaten six blocks from the Ivy League campus on Sunday.  The two-dozen alleged attackers had reportedly called him a terrorist.  Prabhjot [[ prob-jot ]] Singh, who's a Sikh [[ seek ]] says his attackers mistook him for a Muslim.

OBAMA SPEAKS AT SHOOTING MEMORIAL SERVICE
President Obama spoke at Sunday's memorial service for the 12 people killed in last week's Washington Navy Yard shooting.  The President shared his concerns that the country may be viewing last week's massacre as "somehow the new normal." 

HEALTHCARE STARTS OCT. 1ST EVEN IF LAWMAKERS HAVEN'T AGREED ON BUDGET
Enrollment in President Obama's healthcare law will begin on October 1st, even if the government shuts down on that date.  Health policy experts say the law is funded by mandatory spending.  That means enrollment will begin on the first of October, whether or not Congress agrees on funding when the new fiscal year begins that day.