Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

AT LEAST LAWMAKERS ARE TALKING
At least they're talking. Nearly 20 House Republicans will talk today with President Obama about the partial shutdown of the federal government.  The President hosted a similar White House meeting with House Democrats yesterday.
Economic leaders around the world are stressing. The International Economic Organization OECD is warning Washington that we need to resolve this issue and move on to the next one, because the group say sfailing to raise or eliminate the debt ceiling could plunge all 34 OECD member nations into recession.  

CHINESE TOURISTS SPEND HOW MUCH HERE?
Too bad we can't find something that really makes Chinese tourists want to come here, suddenly. Someone did the math and found that the average Chinese tourist spends around $7,000 when they visit the U.S.

DEFENSE DEPARTMENT TURNS OVER BENEFITS TO PRIVATE FOUNDATION
The Defense Department has signed a deal with a private foundation to restore death benefits to families of fallen military members. Benefits were suspended because of the shutdown... but now a private foundation will make the payments and then be reimbursed when all this is over. 

VOTERS POLL: COCKROACHES MORE POPULAR THAN POLITICIANS
Meanwhile, voters are "over it." A new poll asked WHAT DO YOU LIKE MORE than politicians? Americans say they're so fed up with the shutdown that they have a higher opinion of roaches, dog poop, and zombies than of politicians.

BBB WARNS: SCAMMERS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF AFFORDABLE CARE ACT CONFUSION
Oh, and please do NOT reply to all those scam emails going out that tell you, "Your health benefits have changed... " and you need to click and find out what to do about your health insurance. The government is not sending those out... those are scammers. The Better Business Bureau has issued a warning for you to KNOW that there will be people trying to take advantage of the confusion over the Affordable Care Act, which some people call Obamacare.

COOKEVILLE LISTED AS 6TH POOREST PLACE IN AMERICA
Cookeville, Tennessee, about an hour-and-a-half drive east of Nashville, has been listed by Credit.com as the 6th poorest place in America with an average yearly income of just under 32-thousand dollars a year. Nearly all of the poor cities on the list are in the Southeast. Lumberton, North Carolina is ranked the poorest with an average income of $28 thousand a year. Cookeville's City Manager points out, however, that Cookeville is also one of the most economical or cheapest places to live, which means people there have a good quality of life, even if the paychecks don't seem that impressive.

BRET MICHAELS VISITS MT. JULIET PETSMART ON THURSDAY (Today)
There are women all over Middle Tennessee fluffing their hair right now, getting ready in clouds of hairspray, and looking for their push-up bras. Rocker Bret Michaels is coming to a Petstore in Mt. Juliet this afternoon to sign autographs for people who buy $10 or more worth of his new "Pets Rock" pet collection. It features toys, beds and apparel -- with a rock and roll vibe-- for dogs and cats. It starts at 4, but organizers say there are a lot of Bret Michaels fans, so you should get there early. 

DEAD HICKORY HOLLOW MALL COMING BACK TO LIFE: PREDATORS BREAK GROUND ON ICE RINK
It's pretty exciting to see this: a dead mall coming back to life. City officials and the Nashville Predators broke ground on a new recreation center and ice rink at the Global Mall at the Crossings in Antioch Wednesday. That's the former Hickory Hollow mall. The new 80,000 square foot facility will include two ice rinks open to the public, a community center, fitness center and library, and is expected to open during the fall of 2014. 

WALKING DEAD RETURNS THIS WEEKEND
Speaking of the dead coming back, "The Walking Dead" returns Sunday night for its 4th season.

SUZANNE SOMERS RESPONDS TO MILEY CYRUS 'OLD PEOPLE DON'T HAVE SEX" COMMENT 
66-year-old Suzanne Somers, responding to the Miley Cyrus comment that people stop having sex after age 40, informed the world that she and her husband have sex twice a day.
(Anna Marie: sigh. Okay, now I'm depressed. The young people are doin' it, the old people are doin' it, I… spend Saturday nights cutting the cats' toenails.  Oh, WAIT! The next story makes me feel better!)

HISTORIANS SAY SIR ISAAC NEWTON DIED AT AGE 84, A VIRGIN
Historians are now saying that Sir Isaac Newton, the man who developed the mathematical description of gravity and invented calculus, died a virgin... at age 84. I don't know how they found that out, or why, but that's what they're saying.

TIME LOST ON COMPUTERS AND SMART PHONES
How much time have you lost on your GADGETS!? A new study has found that the average computer and smartphone-using American has lost almost five days worth of time SO FAR in their lives... FIVE DAYS lost because of SLOW technology: desktop computers, laptops, and smartphones that leave you waiting, and waiting, and waiting....

AMERICANS ARE WAY BEHIND IN MATH, VOCABULARY AND TECHNOLOGY
The United States ranks lower than other developed countries in many key skills... like math, reading and technology-driven problem solving. The global report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development finds that Americans rank well below the worldwide average in just about every measure of skill.

VANDERBILT FRATERNITY SHUTDOWN OVER EMAIL
A Vanderbilt fraternity has been shut down, at least temporarily, because of a HORRIBLE email one of its members sent out to solicit new members. Vandy officials say the email sent by Alpha Tau Omega degraded women, contained obscenities and made light of the alleged on-campus rape involving four former football players.  The student accused of writing the email has been expelled from the fraternity.

WEEKEND EVENTS: OKTOBERFEST STARTS TOMORROW (FRIDAY)
Nashville's Oktoberfest starts tomorrow (Friday)! Runs October 11 & 12th, 7th Avenue & Monroe Street In Germantown. Admission is free. www.nashvilleoktoberfest.com

"NASHVILLE" ACTRESS HAYDEN PANETTIERE ENGAGED
Hayden Panettiere has finally confirmed what her fans suspected: she's engaged to boxer Wladimir Klitschko. The 24-year-old "Nashville" star made the announcement during an appearance on Wednesday's Live With Kelly & Michael.

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