Tuesday, 16, 2013

WE OUTNUMBER YOU: MESSAGES OF HOPE GO VIRAL

BOSTON ON ALERT AFTER ATTACK
It's hard to look away, isn't it? We're all mesmerized when we see images from the Boston Marathon bombings. At least 3 were killed, 144 injured when two bombs went off near the finish line. Nashville Psychologist Kathryn Sherrod spoke with us after 9-11, and said one thing to remember is that you -- and your kids -- can be traumatized more than you have to by basically force-feeding your brain those images. Health experts suggest, instead, finding a way to get the kids involved in doing something positive, something helpful, like donating to a non-profit that's helping the blast victims. 

OFFICIALS LOOK FOR BOMBERS
Meanwhile, federal agents are looking for the terrorists. They've raided an apartment in a Boston suburb, and have issued an alert for a rental van and a hooded man who left the area before the blasts.

President Barack Obama says we will get to the bottom of the attack.

LOCAL MARATHON SECURITY QUESTIONS
Nashville has its own Marathon coming up in less than two weeks. Nashville police chief Steve Anderson says he and other local safety officials will keep the explosions in Boston in mind, as they make security plans for the April 27th Country Music Marathon.

WHAT THE LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW HOSTS SAID ABOUT THE BOMBINGS: VERY TOUCHING
All of the late-night shows went on as regularly scheduled Monday night, just hours after the terror attack. But it was far from business as usual.
"Tonight's show is a little bit different. Obviously, the news of today is so horrendous that it would seem insensitive at best to say 'It's a great day for America,' so I won't be starting the show with that tonight," Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson said in his monologue Monday. "Is anyone else sick of this s---? I seem to have to say that too often. People say to me, 'Craig, your job is to make people laugh at the end of the day.' And I think, yes, that's true, but I've never professed to be any d--- good at that."
   Ferguson also touched on his personal connection to the city of Boston and the family he has there. "My first stand-up special in America, I shot it in Boston. I like that town. I'm appalled by this thing and when I watch it on these streets that I know, it's horrifying," he said. "If I have all this inside of me, if I have all this rage and anger and distress and upset inside of me, I'm not a good enough comedian to hide all that from you."

SEE ELLEN DEGENERES' HEARTFELT MESSAGE TO BOSTON

COMEDIAN PATTON OSWALT'S UPLIFTING MESSAGE
Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt penned a widely shared Facebook message speaking about hope for humanity. "This is a giant planet and we're lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in a while, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they're pointed towards darkness," he wrote. "But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We'd have eaten ourselves alive long ago.
"So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, 'The good outnumber you, and we always will."

MR. ROGERS QUOTES HELP GET US THROUGH
One of the most quoted comments on social media yesterday came from late children's show host Mr. Rogers, reminding us to look for the helpers in any bad situation, to keep perspective.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”  ― Fred Rogers 
See Mr. Rogers tell you how to talk to children when bad things happen. It'll make you feel a little better, too.   

SECURITY BEEFED UP IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
Security in the nation's capital is higher following yesterday's bombings in Boston. Secret Service and Washington, DC police are out in full force, with bomb sniffing dogs and extra patrols.  

EARTHQUAKE HITS IRAN: MAY BE HUNDREDS DEAD
A powerful earthquake has struck Iran, near the border with Pakistan.  . An Iranian official says hundreds of deaths are expected.  Forty people are confirmed dead from the The 7.8-magnitude quake.

GOLD PRICES DOWN, THEN BACK UP A LITTLE
Gold prices are coming back a little after their biggest drop in 30 years....

TN DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN'S SERVICES UNDERGOING REORGANIZATION
What else is going on? The Tennessee Department of Children Services is being reorganized. Officials have announced that there'll be two new positions... that'll be solely responsible for the safety and health of the kids in the state's foster care system. DSC investigators will also get more training.

OPPONENTS TO NEW SCHOOL LOCATION TO ATTEND SCHOOL BOARD MEETING TONIGHT
Tonight's Metro Council meeting could be a heated one.  Those unhappy with a plan to build two new schools on Smith Springs Road gathered signatures on a petition Monday night and plan to deliver it to the council members tonight.  Metro wants to build an elementary school and middle school side-by-side on the road, but opponents say the site is on a two-lane, curvy road with no sidewalks and little shoulder. 

POLICE LOOKING FOR MISSING MURFREESBORO GIRL
Murfreesboro police are looking for a teenager missing since April 8th.  Officials say 16-year-old Zahnaee Chaney was last seen walking away from her house.  Police believe she is in the Middle Tennessee area, and are encouraging people to call 615-849-2670 if they know where she is.