Tuesday March 26, 2013
SEALT BELT FINE
Tennessee lawmakers will consider raising the fine for not wearing a seat belt today. The Senate Finance Committee will discuss it today; the House later on. Currently the penalty for not wearing a seat belt is a whopping $10--not much of an incentive. Bill sponsors want to raise that to $50.
SUPREME COURT MARRIAGE
The Supreme Court begins hearing the first of two cases involving same-sex marriage starting today. Arguments will , and the free seats are the hottest in the country.
Even Martians have computer troubles, it seems. The Mars Rover Curiosity is back up and running after being shut down for a while with some glitches in its brain. But it won't be working for long. NASA shuts it down in a week when the sun block communications between Earth and Mars.
LESS SODAS, MORE ENERGY
Our love of fizzy, carbonated soft drinks is starting to wane. Last year, the fell to the lowest level since 1996 according to "Beverage Digest", a soft drink newsletter. Taking up the slack with increasing sales are bottled water, tea, and energy drinks. The fastest-growing brands by volume were Monster, up 19 percent and Red Bull, up 17 percent.
A new sinkhole has opened up in Seffner, Florida, the same central Florida town where a man was swallowed and killed in February. An 8-foot-wide, 10-foot-deep hole was discovered between two other houses this weekend. So far this year, three sinkholes have been reported in Seffner alone. A state geologist predicted that many more could be on the way, since what is unofficially known as "sinkhole season" has just begun in Florida.
ANNE FRANK TREE LIVES ON
The chestnut tree that inspired Anne Frank while her family hid from the Nazis will live on in the form of 11 saplings being planted around the United States. Saplings grown from seeds from the tree, which toppled in 2010, will be planted starting in April. The 11 U.S. locations, which also include a park memorializing Sept. 11 victims in New York City, were chosen by The Anne Frank Center USA from many applicants.
EASTER CANDY RECALL
With Easter practically here, Nestle is recalling four variations on Kit Kat Chunky candies and an Easter egg after seven people reported finding some plastic in the products. The types are Kit Kat Chunky Collection Giant Egg and 48g bars of Kit Kat Chunky Peanut Butter, Hazelnut, Choc Fudge and Caramel flavours.
The winner of the $338 million Powerball jackpot. Pedro Quezada, 44, entered Eagle Liquors store in Passaic, New Jersey, where the ticket was sold, late Monday afternoon. The store owner ran Quezada's ticket through the lottery machine to validate that it was a winner. Quezada, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, told reporters that he was "very happy" and that he intends to help his family.