Thursday, October 31, 2013

SEVERE WEATHER THREAT TODAY
We have the possibility of heavy rain, severe weather and a wind advisory in effect with winds gusting up to 35 miles an hour.
 
TRICK OR TREATING POSTPONED
Officials in some communities including Wilson and Rutherford County are urging  parents to postpone trick-or-treating until tomorrow night. Other communities say it's not their call. YOU are the decider!  There are still a lot of indoor activities, including events at many local malls. See what's going on, and what's been cancelled or postponed, at the link above. 

MS. CHEAP'S IDEAS FOR FUN, CHEAP, AND FREE THINGS TO DO
http://blogs.tennessean.com/cheap/

PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS NO EXCUSE FOR HEALTHCARE.GOV GLITCHES
President Obama says there's "no excuse" for the glitches that have nearly paralyzed the website for his healthcare program... and says he's ordered a "tech surge" to fix the HealthCare.gov website.  

FOOD STAMP ASSISTANCE GOES BACK TO NORMAL TOMORROW
Starting tomorrow, millions of Americans will receive less in food stamp assistance than they have been for awhile.They had basically gotten a RAISE in their federal food assistance during the economic crisis, but that increase expires tomorrow. It wasn't a lot, a family of four had been getting up to an extra 36 dollars a month through the federal government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. 

LADYBUG LOOKALIKES INVADE MIDDLE TENNESSEE
The Halloween Beetles are here! Asian Lady beetles that show up every year about this time, are swarming by the tens of thousands and INFESTING homes right now. They look a lot like ladybugs, they're not harmful, though they can pinch or bite if you pick them up, and they can emit a yellowish substance and a smell, so be careful about squishing them indoors. The good news, they're mostly a beneficial bug, eating aphids and other pests, and they'll be gone the next time we have a cold snap.

SYRIA DESTROYS CHEMICAL WEAPONS PLANTS
Syria has met a crucial deadline in its plan to rid itself of chemical weapons.  Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirmed today that all 23 of the country's chemical weapons production and mixing plants have been destroyed. 

SECOND NASHVILLE-BASED SERIES TO DEBUT
The date, the cast, and a trailer have been released for another Nashville-based series on TV. This one is “Private Lives of Nashville Wives,” an unscripted series that'll start February 24th. Cast members include Cassie Chapman (the third wife of Christian singer-songwriter Gary Chapman),  Betty Malo (married to Mavericks lead singer Raul Malo), and Erika Page White (former soap opera star on “One Life to Live” and wife of country singer Bryan White).

TODAY (HALLOWEEN) IS CANDY DAY!  NOT JUST FOR KIDS!
Who's eating the candy today? A group that does market research on eating trends, found that almost every child (9 in 10) in the USA will have candy on Halloween, and about half of the adults will eat some. On a typical day, it's about 1 in 4 of us.  Adults prefer chocolate candy over anything else. Kids will eat hard or chewy candies, and consume four pieces for every one that an adult eats.

GOOGLE DOODLE FOR HALLOWEEN
www.google.com
When you try to google something today.. make sure you take a few seconds to play today's Google Doodle... It lets you mix ingredients to play various mini games. Just don't look for an ending.

TEENS GETTING BORED WITH FACEBOOK?
Despite repeated assertions to the contrary, Facebook finally admitted Wednesday that its youngest users really are losing interest in the social network. Facebook,  doesn't have an entirely accurate way to measure teen activity since kids are known to lie about birth dates... but the company says it's tracking shows a decrease in daily teenaged users. Other surveys had already found that teenagers, for the first time, said Twitter was their most important social media site.

NASHVILLE APARTMENT RENTS HIGHEST EVER
Average apartment rents in the Nashville area rose to $892 in the third quarter, the highest ever recorded by the Greater Nashville Apartment Association. That seems to be a good sign for the Nashville economy.

TITANS TO WEAR 'BUD' PATCH ON JERSEYS
The Tennessee Titans are adding a patch to their jerseys to honor late owner Bud Adams.

RED SOX
The Boston Red Sox have won the World Series. 

THIEVES PEPPER SPRAY PARTY CITY EMPLOYEES
Police are trying to identify the woman who allegedly shoplifted merchandise from Party City and then squirted pepper spray in the face of an assistant store manager as she fled.  The theft happened Sunday afternoon at Party City on Gallatin Pike in Madison.  According to store employees, two women and a man, all in their 20's, were spotted hiding items they picked up in the shop.   "When they walked past me I really saw they were concealing merchandise in their clothes," the assistant manager told Nashville's News 2.  She asked one of the women to hand over the goods. Instead, the woman pepper sprayed her and then fled the scene.

MARVIN GAYE'S KIDS SUE ROBIN THICKE
It's official. Marvin Gaye's kids are suing Robin Thicke over "Blurred Lines" because of the similarity with Marvin's "Got to Give it Up."  Two of Marvin Gaye's children have sued Robin Thicke and his collaborators on the hit song "Blurred Lines," accusing them of copyright infringement and alleging music company EMI failed to protect their father's legacy.
Thicke has denied copying Gaye's song for "Blurred Lines," which has the longest streak this year atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has sold more than 6 million tracks so far. 

URBAN DICTIONARY WORDS EVERY COLLEGE STUDENT SHOULD KNOW
http://www.urbandictionary.com/
Rendebooze: designated time and place to drink with friends
Chipmunking: to cram for final by listening to recorded lectures at double speed. 
Dweet: to tweet while drunk. 
Peegret: remorse for leaving the bar without relieving oneself
College Morning: the afternoon, as in, "See you first thing in the college morning," which means, like, one p.m.
 
DELL EXPLAINS WHY LAPTOPS SMELL LIKE CAT PEE
Back in June, customers started complaining that their new Dell 6430u laptops smelled like cat pee.
For months, people took to support forums to list their complaints.
    Finally, this month, Dell released a statement. The cat pee smell was apparently caused by a now-discontinued manufacturing process. The exact source of the smell has not been officially released, but a support tech from Dell said that it wasn't harmful, or biological in origin.

MAN USES DOLPHIN TO PROPOSE TO GIRLFRIEND
A British man says he got a quick "yes" when he proposed to his girlfriend via dolphin.  According to Orange News, Alex Rigby planned the romantic gesture when he and his now-fiancee Debbie Preston were recently in Florida for a family wedding.  Alex fulfilled one of Debbie's dreams by taking her swimming with dolphins, and then made her even happier when he had one of the marine animals swim toward her with a buoy that said "Debbie, will you marry me?"  However, the dolphin wasn't responsible for the engagement ring.  Alex planted it back on the beach for Debbie to get when they returned to dry land.

DAYS OF A SRIRACHA BLACK MARKET MAY BE COMING
Something NEW to hoard! Hot sauce! The spicy red chili sauce with the green squeeze top and the rooster on the bottle, may be in short supply if the factory, and the California town where it's made, can't come to some sort of an agreement.

LADY GAGA SETTLES OUT OF COURT
Lady Gaga reached an out-of-court settlement with her former assistant who sued for unpaid overtime. No figure was mentioned, but she had asked for $350,000.

SET CLOCKS BACK, BUY BATTERIES
Oh, and  you may want to make a note to buy batteries next time you're at the store. This is the weekend that Daylight Saving time ends, and when firefighters hope you'll change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Tennessee has the second highest fire death rate in the country, and most of those deaths are in homes where there are no working smoke detectors.