Thursday, March 7, 2013

BEWARE OF BANK PHONE SCAM! SOME ARE FALLING FOR IT!
There's a new bank scam underway that you need to know about, and need to tell your friends and family members about so they don't fall for it. Thieves may call you, claiming to be from your bank, telling you that your debit card is frozen or has been compromised, and asking you for your account information so they can 'fix' the problem. The bank says NEVER, EVER give that information out. The bank has your information, they will never call you to ask for it. If you have fallen for the fraud already, you're asked to call your bank immediately so they really can fix the problem.

SNOWSTORM ALONG EAST COAST
Our friends and family members along the east coast are getting hit this morning with another storm. Heavy snow and really strong winds, maybe coastal flooding from Delaware to Massachusetts, and officials in Boston saying this storm may do more damage than last month's massive blizzard.

15 VEHICLES BROKEN INTO IN BRENTWOOD
Don't let a false sense of security leave you vulnerable. Even though Brentwood was recently ranked one of the nation's safest cities, there's still crime. In fact, police are investigating after someone broke into 15 cars between Sunday night and Monday morning. Some were parked at the curb, other's right next to people's houses, but many were left unlocked, and many more with valuables in plain sight. Thieves took cash, electronics, lottery tickets, even a birth certificate. Police say no matter where you live, you should put valuables out of sight and lock your car. 

SPRING ARRIVING EARLIER
Does it seem like spring is coming earlier this year? Researchers say over the past several decades, with the exception of couple of states--Florida and West Virginia -- spring weather HAS been arriving earlier in the U.S. They measure the arrival of spring by the earlier flowering, animal migration and spring births, and earlier shedding of winter coats.
    Here in Tennessee, according to those signs, spring has been arriving about a week earlier the past 10 years... than it did just 30 years ago. ( And for the rest of the country, on AVERAGE, the shift is about 3 days, moving the 'first leaf' from March 20th to about March 17th. )

FYI: WHAT DOES EARLY SPRING MATTER?
The change that makes is HUGE: when snows melt ealier, forests dry out faster, and die off in the summer. When flowers bloom earlier, they're more susceptible to frost, they produce fewer flowers and support fewer bees and butterflies, which pollinate fewer crops, and if warmer temperatures trigger birds to start their migration earlier, they're more likely to encounter difficult weather as they travel north to their breeding grounds. A new report claims the biological onset of spring could arrive up to five weeks earlier by 2100 in the northern U.S. than it does today, and more than a week earlier in the South. (paper published in Geophysical Research Letters.)

SUSPECT IN CUSTODY IN CRASH THAT KILLED PARENTS/BABY
Police have caught a man they think was the hit and run driver who killed a pregnant woman and her husband, and the child who was delivered at the scene of the crash, but died later. Pennsylvania cops say 44 year-old Julio Acevedo is already a convicted felon.... he served ten years in prison for shooting a man to death, and just last month, was arrested for Drunk Driving. That case is pending.

GIANT MOSQUITOS IN CENTRAL FLORIDA
All the flooding we've had this year is setting up Florida for some giant problems, in the form of giant mosquitos! The quarter-sized Gallinippers are about 20 times the size of a regular mosquito, and could be abundant in Florida this summer. YIKES! The only bright side is that they're not known to carry disease as much as the smaller mosquitos do.

LADIES' HANDGUN CLASS NIGHTS AT NASHVILLE ARMORY BECOMING POPULAR
You know what's becoming crazy popular with the ladies? Ladies' Night handgun classes at the Nashville National Guard Armory! It's the first Tuesday of each month, and costs 40 bucks. You don't even have to own a handgun to attend, they'll provide one for you.

WILL NEW APPLIANCE FINISH BE THE END OF STAINLESS STEEL?
You know what ELSE may become crazy popular with the ladies? A new finish on appliances... called WHITE ICE. Whirlpool just brought it to the table... and it's turning heads. In fact, if it's as popular as it looks like it might be, this will be the first time in ten YEARS that the top-end appliances in any line aren't stainless steel.

FACEBOOK NEWS FEED CHANGES REVEALED TODAY
Amid chatter of "Facebook fatigue," real or imagined, the world's biggest social networking company is getting ready to unveil a new version of News Feed, the flow of status updates, photos and advertisements its users see on the site.
Facebook Inc. is hosting an event at its Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters today (Thursday) to show off "a new look for News Feed." The company offered no other details on what the changes will be in an invitation sent to journalists and bloggers. It will be Facebook's second staged event at its headquarters since the company's May initial public offering. The company unveiled a search feature at the first one in January. 
If past site changes are any indication, the News Feed tweaks may take some getting used to and will likely lead to user grumbles. Facebook users often complain about changes to the site, whether it's cosmetic tweaks or the overhaul of privacy settings.

CONCLAVE CLOSER
The conclave that will choose a successor to Pope Benedict the 16th is another day closer. The final Cardinal has arrived, so now they can set a date.

LONG ISLAND MAN ISSUED SUMMONS FOR LAUGHING TOO LOUDLY
And a noise ordinance took a weird turn for a Long Island man. He just got slapped with tickets for breaking the noise ordinance because he laughed too loudly. His neighbor complained because he could hear Robert Schiavelli laughing from across the driveway.

ARRESTS MADE AFTER FIRE OFF BROADWAY IN NASHVILLE
You may have seen that fire downtown and wondered what on earth was going on. It was a fire at a vacant building at 13th and Broadway. No injuries were reported, but police did arrest three homeless men, and charged them with reckless burning and public intoxication.

FIRST VOTE TODAY ON GUN CONTROL PACKAGE
A gun-control package is expected to go to its first vote today. The Democrat-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to approve the four bills that make up the package.

VALERIE HARPER TERMINAL BRAIN CANCER
Valerie Harper, the star of the old Mary Tyler Moore spinoff, Rhoda, says she has brain cancer and has been told she has 3 months to live. People Magazine quotes Harper as saying, "I don't think about dying, I think about being here, now."

GUN LAWS LINKED TO LOWER GUN FATALITIES
As gun laws are being debated in Washington, a new study links gun laws with lower mortality rates. Boston researchers claim that states with the most laws have a 42-percent decreased rate of gun fatalities. (The study is published online in the journal "JAMA Internal Medicine.")

SAL-ARMY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
We think of the Salvation Army at Christmastime, when they have their Angel Tree program, helping families. But the volunteer coordinator for Salvation Army says they could use help year-round. They have housing for women and children, a food pantry, they feed the homeless downtown every week, and they help when disaster strikes, with food, water, cleaning supplies and moral support. If you'd like to volunteer with the Salvation Army, ANY time of year, call 242-0411

MORE SEATS AVAILABLE FOR GEORGE JONES' FINALE
More tickets are available for George Jones' sold out finale at Bridgestone Arena.  The tickets are for seats located behind and beside the stage, and will go on sale Friday morning at 10 a.m.  Jones said he was asked to do a second concert, but said no because "there can only be one final show."