Thursday, January 16, 2013

KNOXVILLE FATHER OF TWO IN CRITICAL CONDITION WITH FLU
H1N1 is still sweeping through the country. A Knoxville father of two, John Monday, is still in the hospital this morning, on a ventilator, with H1N1 and double pneumonia, which is a complication from the flu. He's been there for ten days and has been unconscious for a week. His family is praying his lungs will get well enough for him to recover. Monday's wife says they didn't get flu shots this year, and the whole family got sick. They recovered, John kept getting worse. They've started a Facebook Page if you'd like to send them a message of encouragement. It's PrayersforJohnMonday on Facebook.
 
SHOOTING AT INDIANA SUPERMARKET
A store worker, a shopper, and a gunman are dead after a shooting at an Indiana supermarket.  State police say they got calls late last night that there was a man with a gun at the Martin's supermarket in Elkhart, about 110 miles east of Chicago.  Two officers found the gunman pointing a handgun at someone's head.  Authorities say the officers opened fire and killed the shooter, a man in his early 20s.  The two victims were found about 15 aisles apart. 

APPLE REFUNDS
You may be in for a refund from Apple. Apparently the way they had things set up ... once parents entered their password to let kids buy something online, the password stayed active for fifteen minutes and the kids apparently racked up hundreds to -- in some cases -- thousands of dollars worth of app and music purchases. And mommy and daddy didn't know about it till they got the bill. Now, Apple has agreed to a settlement, and has set aside more than 32 million dollars to refunds consumers for the so-called 'unauthorized' purchases. 

WORST MOVIE OF THE YEAR?
As the Oscars celebrate the best of the best movies, the Razzies, celebrate the worst of the worst.
"Grown Ups 2," the silly comedy sequel about four childhood friends starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade, got eight Razzie nominations yesterday -- the most of any movie-- including Worst Picture. The Oscar nominations were announced this morning.

OSCAR NOMINATIONS
www.go.oscar.com/nominees

NEW MEXICO KIDS BACK IN SCHOOL
Kids are going back to school today at the middle school in Roswell, New Mexico where a 12-year-old boy allegedly opened fire on Tuesday, sending two children and a school worker to the hospital. One of the victims, an 11 year old boy, is still in critical condition. Counselors will be at the school today to talk to kids who may be feeling pretty scared and confused right now.

AMP MEETINGS CONTINUE THIS WEEK, ANOTHER FRIDAY NIGHT
The AMP meetings in Nashville are sure having good attendance. AMP isn't an acronym for anything... it's basically about amping up our traffic system, and decreasing traffic congestion, by adding a rapid transit bus line that would run from Five Points in east Nashville, to the St. Thomas area in west Nashville. It was standing room only at last night's public meeting. Right now city residents are giving their input and helping develop the plan, as the Mayor and city leaders focus on trying to get a federal grant to make it all happen. There's another AMP meeting tomorrow night (Friday night) at West End Middle School.

WALMART CHARGES
Federal authorities are charging Walmart with labor violations. The National Labor Relations Board says the world's largest retailer threatened to take steps against workers who took part in a nationwide protest against working conditions in 2012. The NLRB also says stores in 14 states also fired or disciplined participating workers. 

SEAWORLD AND BUSCH GARDENS GET BACKLASH OVER DOCUMENTARY
The bad press SeaWorld is getting because of the "Blackfish" documentary on the treatment of the killer whales at the park, is spilling over to its sister theme park, Busch Gardens.  The Beach Boys and Pat Benatar are cancelling their upcoming shows at the Tampa park.

IS THE MAGIC BACK ON "AMERICAN IDOL" ?
http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/01/15/american-idol-season-premiere-tv-recap-2/
Did you see the Harry Connick Jr. show…err, "American Idol", last night?
Some of the many highlights of the show included Harry Connick, Jr. picking up a young man and holding him like a baby, as the guy sang. It was an hysterically funny moment.  There was  21 year old Savion Wright who says he waited 8 years to come try out, to make sure he was ready, and then NAILED it.
And there was the crying guy who loved JLo. He saw her and burst into tears. So she hugged him as he babbled a little bit. Very sweet and a nice touch.
"American Idol" is back on Fox for a second night, tonight, with more auditions.

HARRY CONNICK, JR. GREAT ON AMERICAN IDOL
http://tvline.com/2014/01/15/american-idol-season-13-premiere-recap-harry-connick-jr/

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER LOCKS CHILD IN CLOSET
A kindergarten teacher in Memphis is accused of punishing a student by locking the little five year old in the closet, and then forgetting about her and going home sick. A substitute teacher found the child about an hour later and let her out. The mom wants the teacher fired. The Department of Child Services has been notified, but no charges have been filed.

TRACE ADKINS ENTERS REHAB
Country singer Trace Adkins has gone to rehab for alcohol abuse, after an alleged fight with a "Trace Adkins" impersonator aboard a cruise ship. Adkins' rep says he'd been sober for 12 years, but had a setback, and is getting some help for it.  

MAN CHARGED NEARLY $1,700 AT WAFFLE HOUSE
Whoa, check your receipts! A South Carolina man says he paid his bill at a Waffle House there, and instead of ringing up 16 dollars, the clerk rang up 16 HUNDRED dollars! He claims the clerk then actually argued with him about the charge, and that he was only able to get it reversed when he called the Waffle House corporate office.

POPE TO AUCTION HIS HARLEY FOR CHARITY
Pope Francis is going to auction off his Harley for charity.

PAUL AND RINGO TO PERFORM AT GRAMMYS, NOT NECESSARILY TOGETHER