Tuesday, February 4, 2014

FACEBOOK TURNS TEN TODAY
57% all adults in the U.S. have Facebook accounts, and 73% of 12-17-year-olds do.
Users say they especially appreciate photos and videos from friends (47% say that’s a major reason they use the site), the ability to share with many people at once (46% cite that as a major reason), updates from others (39% cite that), and humorous content (39%).

MORE WINTER WEATHER ON THE WAY, FLIGHTS CANCELLED
Another helping of ice and snow is moving through the northern tier of the U.S.  The cold system will race into the Midwest and Northeast before the day is over.  Just over 500 flights were reported cancelled at U.S. airports today, with another 400 delayed.

FDA CHANGES ITS METHODS TO BETTER REACH TEENS
In its latest battle against under-aged tobacco use, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is banking on two things that are important to teens - having control of their lives and looking good. The FDA is unveiling a national campaign today intended to reduce the number of teens - in particular, those between the ages of 12 and 17. 
"We really tried to develop messages that would mean something to kids," FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told ABC News.
"We did a lot of research with public health experts and marketing experts," Hamburg said. With kids in the targeted age group, "we found that these messages about their appearance - wrinkling skin, premature damaged gums, tooth loss - and also messages about losing control resonated the most with kids."
The $115 million TV, radio and print ad campaign begins nationwide Feb. 11 on media frequented by teens, including MTV and Teen Vogue, and will continue for at least the next year, officials said.
More than 3,200 teens in the United States try their first cigarette each day and more than 700 kids under 18 become daily smokers, according to the FDA.
In one commercial, a teen girl who doesn't have enough money to buy a pack of cigarettes peels off a piece of her cheek as payment. The tag line says: "What do cigarettes cost? Your smooth skin. Smoking causes wrinkles and aging prematurely."
Another commercial shows a young boy being bullied by a miniature man, who drags him outside - and then turns into a cigarette. The ad, according to the FDA, represents a loss of control in a teen's life, many of whom think smoking is innocent and that they would be able to quit at any point.

FATAL PLANE CRASH NEAR BELLEVUE Y
The Bellevue YMCA is closed until further notice after a plane crashed near the facility's pool, on Highway 100 in Bellevue.
All four people on the plane were killed. Officials think the passengers were a family headed to the John C Tune airport in West Nashville, then to a Beef Association Trade show at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville.  The Nashville Fire Department says the plane's pilot saved lives by making a hard right-hand turn, avoiding the YMCA and a nearby retirement home.  Surveillance video from the "Y" has been turned over to investigators. Several cars were damaged. The FAA is on the scene and National Transportation Safety Board officials get there today.

COLDEST JANUARY SINCE 1985
Here's why your electric bill last month was sky high: because the temperatures were at a record low! The National Weather service says the average temperature last month was 32 degrees, the coldest average in just under 30 years. Since 1985. The coldest January on record was in 1977 when the average temperature was 24.

GOVERNOR UNVEILS BUDGET AT STATE OF STATE ADDRESS: INCLUDES MORE FUNDING FOR EDUCATION
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has given his State of the State address, and laid out some of his plans for our state. They included more money for education.... including what Haslam calls the "Tennessee Promise"... where all high school students get two years of free tuition at a public community college or technology center. Those credits could then be transferred to a four-year institution. The governor also laid out increases for spending in K through 12 education, and in TennCare. 

COPS FIND HEROIN STASH IN PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN'S ROOM
Police are sifting through evidence after reportedly finding a large stash of heroin in the apartment of late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. The 46-year-old  was found dead in his Manhattan apartment Sunday. An autopsy is underway. 

HOMEMADE SOUP DAY
And, here in the dead of winter, what could be better: Today is Homemade Soup Day. Celebrate with a bowl of your favorite.

METRO SCHOOLS HAVE TWO SNOW DAYS LEFT THIS YEAR
Some people are getting a little concerned that Metro-Nashville Public Schools only has two snow days left for the year, and we're just heading into February.... after classes were canceled yesterday, because forecasts called for snow and ice accumulation overnight. Turns out, that stuff missed us. MNPS Chief Operating Officer Fred Carr, says the decision came Sunday after a conference call with the National Weather Service. Carr said their job is to keep students and employees safe, and added, "You're not standing here asking me about a bus accident or a bus in a ditch, and I'm very comfortable with that."

MEHARY OFFERING FREE DENTAL SERVICES
Meharry Medical College's School of Dentistry is offering free dental screenings, cleanings and fluoride treatment for kids up to 18, all this month. (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) Appointments can be made by calling 615-327-6669 or 615-327-6900

HOUSTON FURNITURE STORE LOSES 7 MILLION TO CUSTOMERS IN SUPERBOWL BET
Did you hear about the Houston furniture store owner who lost SEVEN MILLION dollars in a superbowl bet, to his customers?
And, he's FINE with it and says it's great. He flipped a coin, and the 'customers' got Seattle, the store got Denver, and customers who'd bought a certain amount of furniture the past few weeks got their money back. The furniture store owner says he's learned in his many years of doing business that he can make the money back... but you can't get happy customers back, and he's got a lot of really happy customers right now.

ONLINE GIANTS SAY THEY'VE BEEN GIVING GOVERNMENT DATA ON USER'S ACCOUNTS
Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Yahoo have been giving the U.S. government data on tens of thousands of users' accounts.  The tech giants announced Monday that they've turned over information every six months under secret court orders.

SOCHI GETTING READY FOR THE OLYMPICS WITH MASS KILLING OF STRAY DOGS
As part of Sochi's preparations for the Olympics... the government has ordered the mass killing of all stray dogs.  So the city will look all pretty for Thursday's first competition and Friday's Opening Ceremony.

MAN ACCIDENTALLY SHOOTS HIMSELF AFTER GUN SAFETY CLASS
And a guy in Florida just proves the need for handgun safety class. And, the need to follow what you've just been taught in class. Erick Morkert left his handgun safety class, made a pitstop to examine his new Glock handgun, and while playing with it, shot himself in the leg. Rule number one: never point a handgun at ANYONE or anything you're not intending to shoot.

MORE THAN 50 BAGS OF HEROIN FOUND IN PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN ROOM
Police investigating the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman have found close to 50 envelopes of what they believe is heroin in his Manhattan apartment.   They also found used syringes, empty heroin bags and prescription drugs. The 46 was found dead Sunday of an apparent drug overdose on the bathroom floor with a syringe in his left arm. The New York medical examiner's office is conducting an autopsy.

62 PERCENT AGREE WITH J.K. ROWLING'S ALTERNATE 'HARRY POTTER' ENDING 
It looks like many "Harry Potter" fans would have preferred an alternate romantic ending for its main character.  Author J.K. Rowling recently told the "Sunday Times" that looking back, she feels the character Hermione [[ her-MY-nee ]] Grainger should have ended up married to Harry instead of Ron Weasley.  A poll on OnTheRedCarpet.com reveals that 62 percent of readers agree with her.  Only 23 percent said they believe Ron and Hermione, whose romance went back and forth throughout all seven books and movies, belonged together.  Fourteen percent said that if it were up to them Hermione shouldn't have ended up with either of them.
 
BIEBER TURNED AWAY FROM SUPERBOWL PARTIES
For the record, Justin Bieber was turned away from three Super Bowl gatherings in New York, but was allowed to sneak into the Maxim party.