Thursday, September 12, 2013

COOLER WEATHER AND ALLERGIES THIS WEEKEND!
Even though we have cooler temperatures on the way -- temperatures are supposed to get down into the 50s this weekend, yay! -- we're not past the allergy stuff, yet!  In fact, allergies and asthma may be even worse than usual right about now. This time of year there's high pollen count, everything's going to seed, there's mowing and blowing, harvesting, mold and fungus spores all in the air, so allergists say you should remember your preventive measures.

KEEP ALLERGENS OUT OF THE HOUSE WITH THESE TIPS:
Keep allergens out of the house by doing things like wiping down the dog with a damp cloth when he comes in from outside. That'll keep the pollen from his fur from tranferring to every piece of furniture in the house. Take off your shoes when you come in and leave them at the door instead of tracking pollen and allergens into the carpet, and stay indoors as much as you can.
Allergy specialists say there are some things you can do to breathe easier and keep allergies from turning into asthma attacks, including making sure everybody's taking their meds. Kids often forget about or go off their asthma medicines over the summer.

NO POWERBALL WINNER, JACKPOT $317 MILLION
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There was No Powerball winner last night, so the jackpot for Saturday night's drawing goes to an estimated 317-million dollars.

FINAL WEEKEND FOR FAIR, SHAKESPEARE Couple of local events wrapping up this weekend: the Tennessee State Fair, and Shakespeare in the Park both wrap up on Sunday, so if you wanna see them this year, this is it. 

"NASHVILLE" GETS INCENTIVE PACKAGE
And the Metro City Council has decided to spend money to make money and give the TV show "Nashville" another 500-thousand-dollars as incentive to keep filming here in Music City. The grant is the city's contribution to a 13-million-dollar, overall, incentive package for the show. It's expected to payoff with more than 40-million-dollars in spending here in Nashville. THAT'S a good return on an investment.

METRO SCHOOLS OVERHAULING BUS SYSTEM
Metro Nashville Public Schools is overhauling its school bus system... to make it more efficient. They're doing an internal audit right now to tweak everything from safety to customer service to bus arrival times... and figure out how to get all the changes implemented by December. 

MORE SYRIA TALKS UNDERWAY 
Secretary of State John Kerry is in Geneva for talks on Syria. The U.S. is assessing Russia's proposal for Syria to put its chemical weapons stockpiles under international control. President Obama has asked Congress to hold off on the votes over missile strikes, while the possible diplomatic solution plays out. 

WASHINGTON POST STORY SAYS U.S. IS ARMING REBEL FORCES IN SYRIA
The United States is arming rebel forces in Syria, at the same time it's holding off on a military strike.  The "Washington Post" says according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures,  the CIA has started delivering weapons to the opposition over the past couple of weeks.  The "Post" says the arms shipments "mark a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria's civil war."  

FLOODING AND STORMS IN COLORADO AND MICHIGAN
Some of our neighbors in Colorado and Michigan are having a hard morning today: severe flooding swept through Boulder County, Colorado, and in Michigan more than 70-thousand people were knocked out of power by storms that hit there. 

LOCAL: BRIDGE OVER CHARLOTTE FALLING APART. AGAIN.
And we have more problems on that birdge over Charlotte Avenue.  TDOT says concrete fell from the bridge last night. This is about the third time that's happened in just the past month or so, and it closed down part of I-40 while crews did emergency repair work on the bridge. They're blaming wear and tear from traffic and recent rain.

VANDY RAPE CASE PUSHED BACK
The case against four former Vanderbilt football players accused of raping an unconscious female student in a dorm in June (23rd) is being pushed back a month. The court date has been moved from September 19th to October 16th...
 
NEW TRAFFIC SIGN CUTS ACCIDENTS
It's AMAZING how just LITTLE reminders can bring our attention back to where it should be. In Arlington, Virginia... they have a LOT of car accidents along  a certain stretch of road, so they put up on their electronic signs the words, "don't hit the car in front of you." That's it. "Don't hit the car in front of you." Traffic accidents dropped instantly.

PASTOR TERRY JONES ARRESTED
Controversial Florida Pastor Terry Jones is under arrest. Sheriff's deputies stopped Jones while he was towing nearly three-thousand kerosene-soaked copies of the Muslim holy book the Kuran.... inside a large barbecue smoker ... and arrested him for unlawfully transporting fuel and unlawfully carrying a firearm. Jones says he was on his way to burn the books to make a statement.  

BREAKING BAD SPINOFF
A spinoff of the critically acclaimed AMC series "Breaking Bad" is moving forward.  The network announced on Wednesday that it has inked a deal with Sony Pictures Television to create another show centered on the character of Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk. The series' working title is, "Better Call Saul."

ELVIS VOCALS TO BE FEATURED ON SUSAN BOYLE ALBUM (O Come, All Ye Faithful)
Susan Boyle says she "dreamed a dream" about singing with Elvis and now it's coming true on the Britain's Got Talent star's upcoming Christmas album.  According to U.K.'s "Daily Mail," Boyle was granted permission from Elvis' Graceland estate to use his recording of the song, so they can 'duet' on "O Come, All Ye Faithful."  The 52-year-old Scottish singer is an Elvis fanatic, and apparently it was her heartfelt speech about what Elvis meant to her and her family that led Elvis' ex-wife Priscilla, to okay the use. Susan reportedly also says the song will be dedicated to her father.

SPIELBERG'S NEXT DINOSAUR MOVIE IN 2015
Steven Spielberg has announced a release date for his next installment in the "Jurassic Park" series: June 12th, 2015.
Universal Pictures says it'll be called "Jurassic World," and it'll be shot in 3-D. The first three Jurassic films have grossed one-point-nine-billion dollars.

FLABBY MEN MAY NEED ESTROGEN
Men of America, are you feeling less than maximally macho?  Don't blame testosterone.  Your real problem may be lack of estrogen.  That's right, estrogen - the so-called "female" hormone that produces women's secondary sexual characteristics, such as curvy hips and breasts.
           Doctors have known for years that testosterone declines as men age - a process that diminishes everything from upper-body strength and muscle mass to sex drive.  But at least some of the bodily changes seen in aging men - flabbier physique, low libido - come from falling estrogen levels, according to a new study in The New England Journal of Medicine.
      All men have some estrogen, just as all women have some testosterone. A small portion of the testosterone in a man's body is routinely converted to estrogen.