Thursday, January 24, 2013
NASHVILLE'S 27 MOST-DANGEROUS INTERSECTIONS
Metro public works has put together a list of the most dangerous intersections in Nashville.. and now they're asking for your input on how to make them better. There are public meetings tonight and next Tuesday. Some of the most dangerous intersections, according to the number of wrecks at each one, include Elm Hill Pike and Royal Parkway, 21st Avenue and Acklen, Lebanon Pike at Andrew Jackson, Charlotte and White Bridge Pikes, and Nolensville at Thompson Lane. The public hearings will be held Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Madison Library, 610 Gallatin Pike South from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. A second informational meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 29 at Edmonson Pike Library, 5501 Edmondson Pike. SEE THE MAP
In Today's News, below, there's a Veterans' Job Fair, a new map of the worst intersections in Metro Nashville, you'll hear why Facebook can leave you depressed and what to do about it, a possible shortage of a popular Superbowl food and more!
SHORT TERM EXTENSION OF FEDERAL DEBT LIMIT
A short-term extension of the federal debt limit is on its way to the Senate after passage by the House. The Republican bill extends the government's borrowing authority until mid-May, with conditions. The legislation would withhold congressional paychecks unless the Senate approves a federal budget, something it has not done in nearly four years.
STUDY SAYS LONELINESS BAD FOR IMMUNE SYSTEM
A new study suggests you can stay healthier if you find ways to interact with other people. Lonely people's bodies aren't as immune to viruses, and are more likely to produce inflammatory compounds in response to stress... and it's the inflammation that's linked to heart disease, arthritis and other chronic illnesses. Your solution could be as simple as getting out and volunteering once in awhile. (Study was presented this past Saturday at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.)
JOB FAIR FOR VETERANS AND SPOUSES TODAY
There's a job fair today for military veterans and their spouses. It's called "Hiring Our Heroes," and it's 28 companies at LP Field from 11am to 3pm, looking for new hires..
FACEBOOK CAN BE DEPRESSING
Before you log on to Facebook today, brace yourself. German researchers say one in three of us feel worse after going online, because we see how good everyone else's lives look, we see their vacation potos, hear about their love lives and successes, and it just makes us feel bad. One in three of us.
But, researchers say just remember that the rest of us are not going to post our unflattering photos and most of us won't share when we've had a sucky day. You're usually seeing the best stuff online, so don't let it make you feel dissatisfied with your own life. In fact, Clint Redwine saw something posted on Facebook just today that I think will make you feel BETTER about your own life. That comment, Clint? "Pinkeye! What am I, six!?"
COMBAT JOBS FOR WOMEN
The U.S. military is ending its policy of excluding women from combat and will open combat jobs and direct combat units to female troops, multiple officials told CNN on Wednesday.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will make the announcement Thursday and notify Congress of the planned change in policy, the officials said.
"We will eliminate the policy of 'no women in units that are tasked with direct combat,'" a senior defense official said.
The officials cautioned, however, that "not every position will open all at once on Thursday." Once the policy is changed, the Department of Defense will enter what is being called an "assessment phase," in which each branch of service will examine all its jobs and units not currently integrated and then produce a timetable for integrating them.
JUDGE ORDERS DCS TO RELEASE CHILD DEATH INFO
The Tennessee Department of Children's Services has been ordered to release more information in the cases of child deaths. A Davidson County Chancellor ruled on Wednesday that DCS must release copies of the forms its employees fill out when a child dies. The 27-page order was in response to a lawsuit filed against DCS by news organizations who said the agency was refusing to provide the records.
METRO NASHVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS REORGANIZING
The central office at Metro Nashville Public Schools is shrinking. At least 100 people are being reassigned, some going to work directly in schools. And Dr. Jesse Register says they've also created nine new "lead principals" that will have the final say on key decisions, such as hiring and firing teachers and how to spend money.
REPORT; CHARTER SCHOOLS OUT-PERFORM METRO SCHOOLS
Meanwhile, a new report shows charter schools are out-performing Metro Schools in all subject areas....and says it's because charter schools have high expectations of students and hold them accountable to those expectations. Three new Metro Charter schools open next year.
NASA'S MARS ROVER STILL ROLLING
NASA's Mars rover Opportunity landed a year ago today, and was supposed to last for three months. But, NASA says it's still working a year later, sending back information. (Opportunity landed on Mars on January 24, 2004 and was intended to work for three months in determining if the environment had ever been wet. It's been driven 22 miles after it was intended to go about two-thousand feet.)
GILDA'S CLUB NASHVILLE KEEPING NAME
A popular non-profit cancer support organization says it's not changing its name. Officials with Gilda's Club Nashville say they will keep the name even though several locations across the country are now going by Cancer Support Community. Gilda's Club was named for Saturday Night Live comedian Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989.
GREEN HILLS SHOPLIFTERS CAUGHT
Close cooperation between security staff at the Mall of Green Hills and West Precinct Flex officers resulted in Tuesday night's arrest of three persons who are accused of shoplifting thousands of dollars in merchandise from several stores, including Victoria's Secret, Burberry, Kate Spade and J. Crew.
Officers stopped a blue Chevrolet Malibu with a temp tag on Hillsboro Pike near I-440 after seeing the driver, Charmette Pitts, texting while behind the wheel, and after noting that the car matched the description of one reported by mall security to contain alleged shoplifters. A consent search of the Malibu revealed a variety of merchandise with price tags and security sensors still attached, as well as tools used to remove sensors. Pitts, 41, and passengers Audrieanna Johnson, 22, and Rico Brown, 18, admitted to stealing, and all are either fugitives wanted for shoplifting, or have felony theft convictions.
CHARLIE BROWN ACTOR PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO STALKING, THREATS CHARGES
The actor who provided the voice of Charlie Brown in several "Peanuts" specials as a child is pleading not guilty to making criminal threats and stalking. Peter Robbins entered his plea to 12 felony counts in court in San Diego Wednesday. The 56-year-old actor is accused of threatening a former girlfriend and a plastic surgeon, apparently angry over the results of his girlfriend's breast enhancement procedure. According to Fox-5 San Diego, prosecutors allege that Robbins began hitting his girlfriend's dog when she refused to help him get his money back from the plastic surgeon. The surgeon has reportedly obtained a restraining order to keep Robbins away from her and her family. Robbins is due back in court on February 22nd for a readiness hearing and on March 22nd for a preliminary hearing.
As a child actor, Robbins provided the voice of Charlie Brown in "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" and other "Peanuts" specials. He also appeared in the TV shows "F Troop," "Get Smart" and "Rawhide." According to the "Los Angeles Times," Robbins lives in Oceanside, California with his dog Snoopy.
LATE FOOTBALL PLAYER'S FAMILY SUES NFL
The family of former San Diego Chargers star linebacker Junior Seau [[ SAY-ow ]] is suing the NFL. Seau died at the age of 43 last year from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The wrongful death suit contends the NFL concealed evidence of the risks of repeated traumatic head injuries incurred by professional football players.
STRICKEN DOLPHIN 'ASKED' HAWAII DIVER FOR HELP
A dolphin tangled in fishing line sought help from a diver in the waters of Hawaii.
The amazing encounter on January 11 was captured on video and the diver, Keller Laros, spent the better part of eight minutes tending to the needy mammal who readily accepted the help.
Mr Laros was leading a group of snorkelers for a manta ray dive experience off the Big Island's Kona International Airport when the dolphin squealed out.
The diver explained, 'The way he came right up and pushed himself into me there was no question this dolphin was there for help.'
COUNTRY TO WIPE OUT CATS?
There's a businessman who's proposing eradicating domestic cats from the entire country of New Zealand. He says the cat is a natural born killer that's wiping out native birds and wildlife. Gareth Morgan has set up the "Cats to Go" campaign, urging people to neuter their cats, get them microchipped and not replace them when they die. His slogan is "make this cat your last." So far, about 25% of people on an online poll agree with him.
ELEVATED CORN PRICES LEAD TO SLASHED SUPER BOWL CHICKEN WING SUPPLY
For many, chicken wings are a necessary staple of a Super Bowl Sunday diet. But getting one's hands on the bite-sized bits may be easier said than done thanks to a spike in corn prices.
According to a press release posted Tuesday on the official website of the National Chicken Council in Washington, D.C., the increase in the cost of corn, in tandem with other factors, has resulted in fewer birds produced overall.
WOMAN CALLED 'CLEANING FAIRY' STRIKES AGAIN
The so-called "Cleaning Fairy" has struck again! The Ohio woman who was arrested last year for breaking into a stranger's home and cleaning it, was arrested this week for shoveling snow out of people's driveways without permission. The 53 year-old wasn't charged with anything illegal for shoveling the snow, but for violating her probation, and being on someone's property without permission.
Fewer people are members of unions these days than any time in the past 75 years. Union membership fell to 11 percent last year.
ANGELINA JOLIE EXPECTING ANOTHER BABY
The baby rumors are swirling again: word is that actress Angelina Jolie is pregnant again... which would make her 7th child with her fiance', actor Brad Pitt.
ADELE ON OSCARS WITH SPECIAL SONG
Grammy winner Adele has a special spot on the Oscars next month... She'll sing the theme song to the James Bond movie "Skyfall." The especially cool thing about it is that this is supposed to be the first time Adele has performed that song live anywhere. The 85th Academy Awards will be handed out Sunday, February 24th ( in Hollywood).