Thursday, December 12,2013

SALVATION ARMY ANGEL TREE TELETHON TONIGHT
If you wanted to adopt an Angel on the Air, or from the Salvation Army's Angel tree, but couldn't get out, here's your chance to help out! There are forgotten angels at Dailys and Twice Dailys stores, and there's an Angel Tree Telethon tonight, from 4 to 7, on Channel 4 www.wsmv.com You can make a donation by calling in. They'll be giving you the number on the air. 
 

LAMAR ALEXANDER'S CHIEF OF STAFF BEING INVESTIGATED
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's chief of staff Ryan Loskarn is being investigated for allegations of child pornography, and has been put on unpaid leave. One report said he'd been fired. The 35-year-old has been Alexander's chief of staff since last January. 

FAMILY HOMELESSNESS UP 25-PERCENT IN NASHVILLE
The number of homeless families in Nashville is up 25-percent. Officials say part of the problem is that people are moving to Nashville because of its economic success, but can't find housing they can afford.

ARIZONA STATE POLICE DETECTIVE FINDS OUT SHE'S AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT
An Arizona state police detective has resigned after finding out she's been in the U.S. illegally nearly all her life.  Carmen Figueroa says she thought she was born here, but found out that she was actually born in Mexico and was brought to the U.S. when she was very young. So she left.

PHOTOGRAPHER EXAMINES OUR OBSESSION WITH BEAUTY/PHOTOSHOPPING
A young Photography major is causing a stir with her latest class project, an expose on what's being done with photoshopping in ads and magazines. The 24-year-old did a series of self portraits that compares her, real life, side by side with pictures she photoshopped the heck out of. There's even one app that she says most women don't know about that makes your torso, arms and legs look longer and more model-like. She calls the project, "Beauty Is Only Pixel Deep," and posted it to Reddit this week. She says the response has been overwhelming, from women saying it helps them remember that we're not really as far from model-like as those magazines make us feel.

POTHOLES
You may have noticed -- as you're bumping along to work this morning -- this winter weather has caused a bunch of new potholes in our roads. So you'll see road crews out everywhere the next few days trying to get those filled. Today, there's one lane of 40 East in Wilson county that's closed for road repair. Workers are fixing interstate potholes first, then moving on to secondary roads. If you have one you want to report, you can call 862-8750, or report it online. http://www.nashville.gov/Public-Works/Customer-Service-and-311/Services-Index-Contacts.aspx
Keep in mind they'll ask you what address or intersection the pothole is near, so have that information ready when you report it.

NEWTOWN VIGIL TODAY
A vigil for the Newtown school victims and all other victims of gun violence will be held today at the National Cathedral in Washington DC.  The vigil comes two days before the first anniversary of the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School by Adam Lanza that killed 20 first graders and six educators.

FAKE SIGN LANGUAGE GUY?
The sign language interpreter accused of signing gibberish at the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela says he suffered a schizophrenic attack while on stage in Johannesburg.  The man says he started hearing voices in his head and began hallucinating. The whole thing is still under investigation.

MOST POPULAR KITTEN NAMES OF 2013
The list of the top kitty names of the year is out... number one for girl kittens is bella, boys: oliver. But this shows HOW LAZY we are: for both male and female kitties last year, one of the top 10 names is kitty!

NASHVILLE FOOD ON NATIONAL TV
And Nashville's food scene is going to be back in the national spotlight. Guy Fieri and his “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” crew filmed at Phat Bites Deli and the Grilled Cheeserie in October and The Cooking Channel’s “Eat Street” filmed at Crepe A Diem, Biscuit Love Truck and Delta Bound in November.  And now... The Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods America” filmed at Silly Goose and Martin’s BBQ Joint on Nolensville Road this week. The Show host, Andrew Zimmern, won't say  exactly what dish was featured, but they say we can be sure it’s hog-related.  Whee doggies. lol.

FDA AIMS TO CUT USE OF ANTIBIOTICS IN LIVESTOCK
The Food and Drug Administration is pushing new guidelines to phase out the use of certain antibiotics in animals used for food. The FDA says using less antibiotics in livestock should slow a surge in HUMAN resistance to the drugs.

MIDDLE AGED WOMEN REPORT SLEEP PROBLEMS
You've seen little kids sleep -- anywhere, anytime they're worn out: upside down, sleeping standing up or face in the spaghetti. But a new study says as we get older, good sleep gets harder to come by. In fact, nearly one in four women, by the time they reach middle age, say they're not sleeping well.  Researchers found the poor sleep is usually linked to poor quality of life (things we can change), chronic illness and medication use. 

STRESSORS FOR PETS AT THE HOLIDAYS...
And if your dog or cat has been acting up... sleep could be a factor there, as well! Studies have found tired pets are more likely to misbehave, and the things that keep them awake and stressed get worse at the holidays. Things like smells (PERFUME is a big one. It can smell a thousand times stronger to a dog), sound (they can hear even light bulbs), and lights including TV screens, which keep pets, and people, from sleeping soundly.

UT STUDENT'S ENGAGEMENT PHOTO GOES VIRAL
A photo that's gone viral turns out to be from Tennessee. You've probably seen it: it's a bunch of college girls at a Christmas party, three of them showing off engagement rings, and one NOT smiling, and holding her hand to her head as if to say, "Just shoot me!" lol. Those are UT girls, and they took the photo a few days ago. The one with the Grumpy cat face is Megan Jones. She says she was just kidding.. she's not a LOVE hater... and they're all still laughing about it. 

JINGLE BELL ROCK LEADS LIST OF FAVORITE HOLIDAY KARAOKE SONGS
It's less than two weeks till Christmas, so there'll be a flurry of Christmas parties in the next few days. And at any one of those, it's pretty likely someone will be belting out what's become the most popular Chrismas Karaoke song in America.
Next is "Winter Wonderland."  And I can tell you from our office Christmas party, one of the most popular nom-Christmas karaoke songs is Blurred Lines. Complete with the little dance. It's enough to put you off Christmas parties.