Tuesday, May 15, 2012
DUMPED BOYFRIEND TO GIVE AWAY VACATION HE'D PLANNED FOR HIS GIRLFRIEND. (link has video)
A guy in Nottingham, England says since his girlfriend broke up with him, he doesn't feel like going on the dream vacation he'd already planned, and paid for, so he's giving away the trip to Malta, and first class accomodations. He wants people to send him a video or e-mail, telling him why they deserve it. So far he says many of the entries are people trying to win the trip for someone else. You would have to pay to have the tickets and reservations changed into your name. Get the info at the link above. Here's his e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
ABC TV PICKS UP "NASHVILLE"
You may want to be ready to record the new TV show "Nashville," because it'll be filmed here in Music City and you may see people you know. "Nashville" has been picked up by ABC, and will star Connie Britton, formerly of "Friday Night Lights," and Hayden Panettierre from "Heroes."
HEALTH: KIDS OF MOMS WHO SMOKE DURING PREGNANCY HAVE PROBLEMS CONTROLLING ASTHMA
Moms who smoke during pregnancy may be putting their kids at risk for another set of problems. A recent study finds that children of mothers who smoked not only have increased chances of developing asthma, but will also have a hard time controlling the symptoms of the disease. Researchers at the University of California San Francisco say smoking during pregnancy is also tied to other risks including low birth weight, some birth defects and an increased danger of miscarriage. Results of the study are published in the "Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology."
WEST GEORGIA STUDENT FIGHTING FLESH EATING DISEASE
Aimee Copeland, the 24 year old Georgia student who contracted a rare flesh-eating disease after a zip line injury, is awake and alert, still in critical condition, but doesn't remember how she got to the hospital.... or know that she's had her leg and part of her abdomen removed. Doctors hope to save the palms of her hands, so she can operate prosthetics, and her parents have learned to read lips so they can understand what she's mouthing around the breathing tube. Dad says Aimee wants ice cream when she's able to eat on her own. Doctors, meanwhile, are just trying to keep her alive, and stop the flesh-eating bacteria from spreading further.
"MODERN FAMILY" ACTRESS DISCUSSES RECENT KIDNEY TRANSPLANT
"Modern Family" actress Sarah Hyland is thanking her dad for a second chance at life. Hyland, who plays self-absorbed teen Haley Dunphy on the hit ABC sitcom, tells "Seventeen" magazine she underwent a life-saving kidney transplant surgery in April and her father, Edward James Hyland, was her kidney donor. While recovering from her surgery, Sarah says she's grateful to have the added support from her family and boyfriend, actor Matt Prokop. The 21-year-old actress says he's been helping her with her medication and taking her to her doctor's appointments.
Meantime, Hyland and her TV "Modern Family" are winding down the show's third season. A new episode airs this Wednesday followed by the season finale on May 23rd. ABC just announced plans to renew "Modern Family" for a fourth season beginning next fall.
FINAL THREE REVEALED TONIGHT ON "DWTS"
The competition is fierce as "Dancing With the Stars" moves closer to the finale. Singer Katherine Jenkins, who's been a stand-out all season, lost crucial points with the judges and sparked concern in the ballroom with a misstep at the end of her second dance. As a precaution, Katherine agreed to have her back checked out by a doctor after the show. The injury also left her in an unfamiliar place -- at the bottom of the judges' leaderboard, but still just four points behind the leader.
TV personality Maria Menounos is heading into the results show with a near-perfect score of 59, earning 30 points for her Argentine Tango and 29 points for her Jive. Actor William Levy also captured a 30 with his Tango, and is in second place with a total of 58 points. Football star Donald Driver has a score of 57. The top three will be revealed on Tuesday's results show. The episode will also feature special guest appearances from Carrie Underwood and Alanis Morissette. In addition, former "Dancing With the Stars" professional dancer Julianne Hough will return to the ballroom for a performance promoting her new movie, "Rock Of Ages." "Dancing With the Stars" will air on ABC at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.
HEALTH: WE THINK WE'RE EATING BETTER THAN WE ARE
This could be one reason so many of us are overweight. We think we're doing better than we are. A ShopSmart Poll found nearly 90 percent of women ADMIT they make excuses for their poor eating habits... and half of those polled said they don't think their eating habits are that bad, anyway.
COUNCIL BEGINS TAX HIKE DEBATE
Groups for and against the proposed Metro property tax hike are gearing up for debate. Metro Council takes up the issue tonight. The Nashville Chamber of commerce supports the increase, while Tea Party groups say they're planning a massive campaign against it with yard signs, phone calls and petitions.
COUNCILMAN BRADY CLEARED OF PATRONIZING PROSTITUTION
The charge of patronizing prostitution is dropped against Metro Councilman Brady Banks. He was arrested last February during an undercover sting operation at a MetroCenter hotel. Prosecutors agreed to drop the charge if he attends a class for first-time offenders.
FLORIDA NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MURDER TRIAL VIDEO SURFACES
Prosecutors in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial in Florida say they have video evidence from the night Trayvon Martin was killed. Zimmerman is charged with fatally shooting the unarmed 17-year-old high school student in an Orlando suburb in late February. Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch volunteer and insists he shot Martin in self-defense.
FAMILIES' FOOD SPENDING PROJECTED TO GO UP DRASTICALLY
Food prices are predicted to see only moderate inflation in 2012, except when it comes to food. The Food Marketing Institute, a grocery trade organization, has released projected household grocery spending numbers for the year that show a spike in food spending .
HEALTH; ALZHEIMER'S PREVENTION OR TREATMENT BY 2025?
The federal government is launching a huge push to develop an effective way to prevent or treat Alzheimer's by 2025.
TN. EIGHTH-GRADERS' SCIENCE ACHIEVEMENT SLIGHTLY UP
Tennessee eighth-graders are making slight progress in science achievement. The annual National Assessment of Educational Progress says Tennessee ranks 32nd in the U.S....for kids who rank above proficiency.
ROGER CLEMENS' FORMER TRAINER TESTIFIES AGAINST HIM AGAIN
Roger Clemens' former trainer is expected back on the stand today one day after he testified that the seven-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher asked for help while giving himself a shot of anabolic steroids. Brian McNamee is the government's key witness in Clemens' federal perjury trial in Washington, DC. Clemens is being retried on charges he lied to Congress when he said he never used steroids or human growth hormones.
MTSU STUDENT FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER
The 19-year-old Memphis native and former Middle Tennessee State student charged with killing her roommate last year has been found guilty of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence. Shanterrica Madden will be sentenced July 16th. (in the death of MTSU women's basketball player, Tina Stewart.)
ANEURYSM KILLS WINNING STEEPLECHASE HORSE
It's official: the winning horse in last weekend's Iroquois Steeplechase died from an aneurysm of the pulmonary artery. The artery that carries blood to the heart. An aneurysm is caused when the wall of an artery has a weak spot, that bulges out -- kind of like a balloon -- and can burst. (Pathologists say 8 year-old Arcadius was in excellent health otherwise. )
ANOTHER REPUBLICAN PRIMARY TODAY
Republican primary voters in Oregon and Nebraska cast ballots today.... that are expected to put frontrunner Mitt Romney closer to becoming the GOP nominee for President. Ron Paul, meanwhile, says he'll stop active campaigning.
MISSISSIPPI SERIAL KILLER
Mississippi Bureau of Investigations officers may have a serial killer on their hands. They think someone's posing as a law enforcement officer, pulling people over, then shooting them. Two people have died in separate incidents so far.
ACTUAL BOOKS STILL POPULAR, HAVE A PLACE IN ELECTRONIC WORLD
Books aren't completely extinct, yet. Although e-book readers like the Kindle and the Nook are getting more popular, 86% of people in a recent poll say they PREFER actual books, especially when they're reading to a child. (It's just that e-books are easier to travel with, because you can take several, and not add a lot of weight. )
BRITNEY AND DEMI ON XFACTOR
There are some new faces on "The X Factor" judges' panel: Britney Spears and former Disney star Demi Lovato... who'll replace outgoing judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.
FB GOING ON SALE TO PUBLIC
Facebook is expected to raise the price on its initial public offering. It's a move that could make it the first American company worth 100 billion at IPO. A source told the "Mercury News" that Facebook will increase the range of possible prices for the California company's initial shares, increasing the maximum price to 38 dollars.
KLAN MEMBER RUNNING FOR SHERIFF IN IDAHO
An active member of the Ku Klux Klan is running for Bonner County, Idaho sheriff in today's Republican primary. While campaigning for sheriff, Shaun Winkler has invited the media to cross burnings at his home and called for convicted sex offenders to be punished by hanging.
COLLEGE SWEETHEARTS MARRY 60 YEARS LATER
Two residents of a Dyersburg assisted living center got married this weekend, more than 60 years after they first met. Peggy and Reverend Henry were college sweethearts in the early 1950s, but went their separate ways, and married other people. In 2001, Reverend henry found out Peggy had been widowed, and since his wife had also died, he wrote to offer sympathy. TEN YEARS later, LAST YEAR... Peggy and Henry started emailing each other, and say the spark that had survived more than 60 years, burst into flames. They're both in their 80s.