Thursday, January 31, 2013

In Today's News, below: read about the 8 tornadoes that hit Tennessee Wednesday morning, how does the tornado rating scale work, what cancer screenings you should skip, what the Governor says about having armed teachers in schools and dieting myths you've probably believed your whole life!

AMBER ALERT FROM MEMPHIS: CANCELLED
http://www.wbbjtv.com/news/local/AMBER-ALERT-Adrian-Delk-Jr-189180061.html
First, an update: that amber alert out of Memphis for an abducted child has been cancelled. Police say Adrian Delk stabbed the boy's mother multiple times then took the child, his biological son, and fled. Delk was taken to jail, the little 2 month-old boy is okay.

EIGHT TORNADOES CONFIRMED IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE
http://www.waff.com/story/20755602/severe-storms-tornado-middle-tennessee
In case you hadn't heard, we did have 8 confirmed tornadoes here in Middle Tennessee early Wednesday morning. We were just lucky that they weren't more severe; some were EF-0 tornadoes. The Red Cross and Salvation Army both have crews helping dozens of families across at least seven counties.

See where the tornadoes hit and what strength they were HERE
http://www.waff.com/story/20755602/severe-storms-tornado-middle-tennessee

HOW FAST ARE WINDS IN EF-0 TORNADOES?
http://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/climate-weather/storms/tornado3.htm

HOW TO HELP TORNADO VICTIMS: SALVATION ARMY
http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/media/?ID=aff35026e8e7da1c152f931aea2cc59c

HOW TO HELP TORNADO VICTIMS: RED CROSS
http://www.redcross.org/tn/nashville/volunteer

WHICH CANCER SCREENINGS SHOULD YOU SKIP?
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/consumer-reports-tackles-cancer-screening-tests/story?id=18359910
A new report is rating eleven cancer screenings and finds eight that most people should bypass. In its upcoming March issue, "Consumer Reports" says its ratings are for people who are not at high risk and without signs or symptoms of cancer. It indicates the screening tests for cervical, colon and breast cancers are the most effective tests. It also says the screenings people can rule out are for lung, oral, bladder, ovarian, skin, prostate, pancreatic and testicular cancers. Dr. John Santa of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center adds that the report also identifies some high-risk factors that may make screening a reasonable choice. You should always talk to your doctor before deciding which tests to have done, and which to skip.

DIETING MYTHS YOU'VE HEARD ALL YOUR LIFE, AND PROBABLY BELIEVE
http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nightly-news/50645976/
A report in the New England Journal of Medicine looks at dieting myths and finds some you and I have believed for years, but which just are not true. For example there's no evidence that school gym classes make a difference in kids' weight, eating breakfast doesn't insure you'll stay slim and snacking doesn't always lead to weight gain (it's still the calories and fat and your activity level that matter). They also say that losing lots of weight quickly does not mean you'll gain all of it back. It's enough change from the conventional widsom, that I think you'll want to check it out HERE.
http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nightly-news/50645976/

GUNMAN STILL IN STANDOFF IN ALABAMA, HOLDING CHILD HOSTAGE
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/standoff-ala-gunman-kills-bus-driver-seizes-boy-18360753
The gunman who killed a school bus driver and took a boy hostage on Tuesday was still in a standoff with authorities in Alabama as of this morning. The gunman and the boy have been holed up in an underground bunker. The suspect has been identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes. His neighbor says Dykes has long thought that the government is out to get him.

SCHOOL SAFETY MEETING IN TN
http://www.fox17.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wztv_haslam-doesnt-support-arming-teachers-16180.shtml?wap=0
More than 400 school leaders and law enforcement officers from across Tennessee have been meeting this week in Franklin to focus on school safety, hearing some of the "best practices" in school security from around the country, and, supposedly, getting ideas about how to make our local schools safer.

TN GOVERNOR HASLAM DOES NOT SUPPORT ARMING TEACHERS
There's money in Governor Bill Haslam's budget to improve school security measures, though when asked about proposed legislation that would arm teachers or other school personnel… the Governor says he questions the practicality of such plans, and just personally doesn't see the effectiveness in doing so.

SHOULD GUN SAFETY CLASSES FOR KIDS BE MANDATORY?
Gun safety classes for first graders will become mandatory if Missouri Republican lawmaker Dan Brown gets his way. Brown has proposed a bill that would require schools to teach the NRA's kids gun safety program. Brown also wants teachers to be trained to deal with armed intruders.

THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY STUDIES MASS KILLINGS
The department of Homeland Security is doing a study, and is shedding some light on mass killings in the U.S. So far they say they've found that mass shootings in recent years involved a lone gunman between 17 and 49 years old. The weapon used was most often a semi-automatic handgun.

OBAMAS SAY THEY'RE PRAYING FOR FAMILY OF GIRL SHOT TO DEATH IN CHICAGO
The family of a 15-year-old girl who was shot to death Tuesday in Chicago is in the prayers of President Obama and the First Lady. Hadiya Pendleton had performed at Obama's inauguration. Chicago Police Chief Garry McCarthy is vowing to find her killer.

WOMEN CHANTING, "JESUS" FORCE ARMED ROBBER OUT OF HOUSE
http://www.wuft.org/news/2013/01/29/man-arrested-as-suspect-for-armed-ro...
Jacquie Hagler and a group of women chanting 'Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,' forced a gunman out during a home invasion in Lake City, Fla. on Friday. Police said Derek Lee, 24, entered the home of Jacquie Hagler who had a group of women over for a jewelry party. Police said Lee showed a gun to the women and demanded money and cell phones.
Jacquie Hagler, who owns the home, said she then put her faith into action: "When I realized what was going on, I stood up and said, 'In the name of Jesus, get out of my house now.' The other women started shouting, "Jesus" at him, and the man fled.
"He stood there for a couple of seconds looking around the room, kind of dumbfounded and shocked, and then took off running out of the residence," said Officer Craig Strickland. He did not harm anybody or take anything from the home. During the confrontation, the bandana covering the man's face flipped off, revealing his features to the women, so they were able to pick him out in a lineup later. Turns out he'd been involved in a string of other crimes.

MACWORLD/IWORLD UNDERWAY
Fans of all things Apple will be heading to Macworld/iWorld over the next few days. Formerly Macworld Expo, the event brings together the people behind Mac software and hardware with those who want to find out about new products and how to effectively use what they already have.

MEDICINAL MARIJUANA BILL ON AGENDA IN ALABAMA
Alabama's House Health Committee has agreed to consider a bill on medical marijuana next Wednesday. Representative Patricia Todd, the sponsor of the legislation, says pot could ease the suffering of AIDS and cancer patients. Lawmakers say passage of the measure is not likely.

TONIGHT SERIES FINALE FOR 30 ROCK
http://www2.tbo.com/entertainment/breaking-news/2013/jan/30/30-rock-endi...
30 Rock Fans get one final dose of craziness: after seven seasons, the series finale is tonight. Blerg!
They will reportedly have some special celebrity guests. In case you're wondering what's next for Tina Fey, she says she has a deal with NBC to develop another show in the next year or so. Meanwhile, you can still see 30 Rock on www.Netflix.com, www.hulu.com, and in re-runs on TV. The series finale of 30 Rock airs at 8 Eastern, on NBC.

BILL GATES ON HOW TO IMPROVE EDUCATION IN AMERICA
It's a controversial topic, but Bill Gates has weighed-in. He says to improve education in the U.S., we need to measure how effective teachers are in the classroom. In his annual letter, Gates says teachers need to receive feedback on the skills and techniques that can help them excel in their careers.

SENATE VOTES ON DEBT CEILING
The Senate will vote today on a bill to delay the limit on the debt ceiling until May. The delay is aimed at giving Congress more time to deal with issues including deep spending cuts scheduled to hit on March 1st and a bill to keep government running through the end of the fiscal year.

MORE AMERICANS WORKING INTO 60S
More Americans are working into their late 60s and beyond. The Urban Institute's Program on Retirement Policy calls it one of the most important changes in the labor force over the last generation. A big reason is most employers' move from pension plans to 401(k) plans. Another is that most of us just don't put enough into those plans to retire well.