Monday, September 9, 2013

CONGRESS BACK IN SESSION
Congress returns to work today amid a raging debate over what, if anything, to do about the situation in Syria. Lawmakers are expected to take up a resolution this week that would allow the President to move forward with strikes in Syria, but support for that move is divided. 

OBAMA MAKING PUSH FOR MILITARY ACTION AGAINST SYRIA
A new survey finds 6 in 10 Americans do NOT want the United States to make a military strike against Syria. President Obama, meanwhile, is making a media push to change our minds. The President is doing a slew of TV interviews and will address the country tomorrow night. Meanwhile, a TV interview with the Syrian President airs tonight on PBS. 

JOHN KERRY SAYS POLITICAL SOLUTION MUST BE FOUND
Secretary of State John Kerry says we've GOT to find a political solution to end the bloody civil war in Syria. Kerry says the world needs to focus on the situation in Syria or else it gives license to other dictators and groups to do the same.

FAIR RIDE INJURES KIDS AND ADULTS
A dozen children and six adults are injured after a power outage to a carnival-style swing ride in Connecticut.  When the power went off the ride dropped them to the ground, leaving one of the children seriously injured.

HEALTH: DANGERS OF WORKING LONG HOURS
Working long hours may get you more money, but it's dangerous to your health. Researchers at Kansas State University found workaholics may tend to focus more on wealth than relationships, exercising and eating well. Those who worked more than 50 hours a week were also more likely to skip meals and be depressed.  (The study can be found in the journal "Financial Services Review.")

MARCH OF DIMES' FUNDRAISER TONIGHT, ANNA MARIE EMCEES 
The March of Dimes has helped make great advances in preventing birth defects and premature births. Tonight, they ask for your help at their annual Signature Chefs Auction. It's at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, 700 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin, TN 37067. You get to sample food from the city's top Chefs, bid on auction items and help save babies' lives!

"BIG BANG THEORY," "NCIS" TOPS LIST OF FAVORITE TV SHOWS
Some TV series get lots of buzz because of their bizarre or outrageous characters. But when we're asked, what's America's favorite TV show? A Harris poll says more of us between 18 and 48 chose "The Big Bang Theory" than any other. Women over 48 chose the Navy-based crime drama "NCIS," which put that show at second most popular in the country, overall. More crime dramas round out the top five, with "Criminal Minds" taking third place, then "CSI" and "Law & Order: SVU" at number five. 

MUSICIAN FROM TENNESSEE SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR CHILD ENTICEMENT
A Nashville musician has been sentenced to 17 years in federal prison for trying to entice minors into having sex with him in Texas. 31 year old banjo player Abraham Spear was caught after making the deal for the two little girls, with someone he thought was the mom of the victims. Turns out he was dealing with an undercover agent.. and busted. 

TITANS BEAT STEELERS 16-9
Last year, the Tennessee Titans gave up more points than any team in the NFL last season and brought in Gregg Williams as an assistant. Williams has built a career out of turning defenses around; and it seems to be working. The Titans opened their season this weekend by sacking Ben Roethlisberger five times, forcing two turnovers and holding Pittsburgh to just 32 yards rushing. They beat the Steelers 16 to 9 with that good work. The Titans play the Houston Texans next Sunday in Texas. 

GIANTS FELL TO COWBOYS
New York Giants as they fell to the Cowboys 36-31 at AT&T Stadium to close out the first Sunday of NFL action.

NASHVILLE FIREFIGHTERS HOST 4TH ANNUAL '9/11 MEMORIAL STAIR CLIMB'
Tennessee firefighters hosted their fourth annual "9/11 Memorial Stair Climb" in Nashville yesterday... in honor of the New York firefighters who died on September 11th, 2001. Fire departments across Tennessee, as well as six other states climbed 28 flights of stairs four times at the Tennessee Tower in downtown Nashville to fulfill the 110-floor climb. That's to represent the stairs the New York firefighters climbed in the Twin Towers.
Some traveled from across the country to participate. Firefighter Ken Boudreau of Connecticut told News 2, "The most emotional part is getting to the plaza level, having your team announced, and then walking out and reading the name of the person that you climbed for and ringing the bell." 

VOLUNTEER NOW FOR HANDS ON NASHVILLE DAY, SEPT 21ST
If you want to really support Metro Schools, here's your chance: volunteer agency Hands On Nashville is lining up workers for Hands On Nashville Day, September 21st. It's the largest one-day event for Nashville Schools. You can get more information at the Hands On Nashville website: www.hon.org

OBESE BUDDHA CAT MAKING PROGRESS, STORE HOLDING FUNDRAISER TO HELP PAY FOR HIS REHAB
For you pet lovers, here's an update on a little cat who was in serious trouble when his owner died and he was turned over to animal control.
Buddha was morbidly obese and could hardly move. He's been going to cat rehab and getting exercise on an underwater treadmill, and has dropped five pounds already. Once Buddha kitty gets down to 20 pounds, volunteers hope to find him a good home. The Cat Shoppe has a fundraiser planned Saturday for Buddha, to help pay his rehab bills and get him healthy again. You're invited to come and have photos taken with him. Get the info HERE www.facebook.com/CatShoppe

NASHVILLE THIEF RETURNS MONEY TO NOLENSVILLE BUSINESS AND APOLOGIZES
And did you hear about the guy who robbed the Interasian Market on Nolensville Road 12 years ago, got away with 300 dollars. This past Friday, the guy went back to the store, walked in and dropped off an envelope with 400 dollars and an apology note. He said he was hooked on drugs back then, he's sorry for the theft, and asked for forgiveness. The store owner was stunned. He said he only wished the repentant man had stuck around so he could tell him, "Yes, I forgive you, and thank you for the apology."

NEW ARSENIO HALL SHOW LAUNCHES TONIGHT
Actor and comedian Arsenio Hall is relaunching the talk show that made him a late night star 24 years ago.  The new "Arsenio Hall Show" premieres tonight in syndication, almost 20 years after the last episode of Hall's first talk show aired in 1994. Fellow comedian Chris Tucker will be Arsenio's first guest.

SPEEDY DRIVER WHO POSTED YOUTUBE VIDEO ARRESTED
That idiot who not only sped around Manhattan at an illegal, and highly dangerous speed, but also posted it online to brag, has been arrested, and his BMW he was so proud of was confiscated.

GROUNDBREAKING ON FLIGHT 93 MEMORIAL IN PENNSYLVANIA
There are lots of 9-11 memorial ceremonies planned for this week, including groundbreaking for the final phase of the Flight 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania. This will be the 12th anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks on the U.S.

DYESS AFB COMMANDER HAS ZOMBIE PLAN
 A wing commander at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas is drawing a lot of attention on social media for his detailed answer to what most would think was a fairly silly question.  The "Air Force Times" reports that then-Colonel Glen VanHerck of the Seventh Bomb Wing at Dyess was taking online questions on Facebook when he was asked what he would do if zombies ever attacked the base.  VanHerck gave a detailed answer, including how he would level a "debilitating airstrike" on the zombies to wipe them out.  Being prepared for such questions has apparently worked for VanHerck.  At the end of August, VanHerck was promoted to Brigadier General.

CELEBRITY TIDBITS:
ALEC BALDWIN GETS HIS OWN SHOW
Alec Baldwin's gets his own Friday night show on MSNBC, "Up Late with Alec Baldwin" at 10pm, starting in October.

HIGHEST PAID TV ACTRESS IS:
Sofia Vergara is the highest-paid actress on TV, earning over $30 million during the past year.

GLEE'S SALUTE TO CORY MONTEITH SEPT 26TH
Jane Lynch says that "Glee's" salute to Corey Monteith episode on September 26th is one of "the most beautiful episodes ever."

PRINCESS DIANA MOVIE NOT GETTING GOOD REVIEWS
Just hours after its premiere, critics are trashing the Princess Diana biopic, "Diana," starring Naomi Watts.

ASHTON AND MILA SAY THEY'RE NOT ENGAGED
The rumor was picking up speed, but now, here come the denials that Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are engaged.

LAMAR ODOM QUITS REHAB
Lamar Odom lasted just one day in rehab.