Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013

FEDERAL SHUTDOWN
Congress has put the country into a partial government shutdown... after being unable to agree on a temporary funding bill.  It's ironic that today is the 123rd anniversary of Yosemite National Park, (there's a Google Doodle about it today) but you can't go. National parks are closed. NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency are closed, though people classified as essential government employees are still on the job.  President Obama signed legislation to make sure the military is paid, but paychecks for other federal workers will be withheld until the impasse is broken.
Social security, Medicare and Medicaid are still running, and the postal Service is self-funded, so you'll still get your mail. 

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT ENROLLMENT BEGINS
www.healthcare.gov
Open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act begins today, despite the shutdown of the federal government.  That means if you're uninsured, you can start shopping for healthcare at HealthCare.gov.  If you are already covered through your employer or have Medicare or Medicaid, you don't HAVE to do anything, though you can check it out and see if you can get a better deal.  

AMAZON.COM ADDING 70K SEASONAL POSITIONS
Last year Amazon.com added 50-thousand seasonal workers. This year, they're adding 70-thousand, to work at fulfillment centers around the country, including locally. We'll let you know when they're hiring. The company says last year they converted 7,000 seasonal positions into full-time jobs.

ON YOUR TV: GREAT LINEUP ON IHEART RADIO CONCERT TONIGHT
Tonight on the CW, don't miss Justin Timberlake, Drake, Miguel and Bruno Mars performing on the second night of highlights of the iHeartRadio Music Festival. See more highlights HERE

THIEVES PULL OFF SMASH AND GRAB IN M'BORO, GETAWAY WITH 50 GRAND
Murfreesboro police are looking for two thieves who did a smash and grab on a jewelry store and got away with about 50-thousand dollars worth of jewelry in 2 minutes. Platinum and Gold Jewelry on Thompson Lane says it'll reopen soon, but with more security. We've got a link for you to see if you know the thieves.

IPOSTURE? TECHNOLOGY CREATING A GENERATION OF HUNCHBACKS
Hey, how are you sitting right now? Are you sitting up straight, or are you hunkered down looking into a phone or tablet?
Apparently technology is creating a generation of hunchbacks! There's a new epidemic of back pain, and missed workdays because of it, and doctors say it comes from people hunching over their iPads, tablets and smartphones. They're calling it iPosture. Young people, 18 to 24 are missing more work days a year because of back pain, than their parents' do.

VANDY COACH FRANKLIN NOT ADDRESSING USC RUMORS
Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin is keeping quiet about rumors that he may be heading to USC.  The school fired Lane Kiffin over the weekend, and Franklin is rumored to be a frontrunner. In case Kiffin's name sounds familiar, he's the one who left Tennessee in 2010 after just one season for what he thought was his dream job at USC. Franklin, meanwhile, closed his weekly press conference by telling reporters that he just wants to keep Vandy players and coaches focused on Missouri, the Commodores’ next opponent.

NASHVILLE NEIGHBORS THROW URINE, ROAST AT EACH OTHER
We may have found the two classiest women in Nashville. Tamaria Sterling and Johnesha Benford allegedly got into a fight with another woman at a club Saturday night, then showed up at her home Sunday, knocked on the door and attacked her. Police say they threw a cup of URINE at the resident, she threw a roast back at them, and then the brawl started. Sterling and Benford said they were defending themselves, but since they were at the victim's house, and witnesses had SEEN them attacking the woman, they were taken to jail.

PRINCIPAL MAKES STUDENTS KNEEL TO HIM
So, your kid gets a new principal at school, and the first thing you hear is that he has a policy of making kids kneel on one knee when addressing him. Principal Dana Carter has been told by California's San Bernardino County school officials that he can NOT make kids kneel, even though he claimed it was for safety reasons. He'd make them kneel when addressing him, until he raised his arms above his head, and let them stand.

BREAKING BAD: LAST EP MOST-WATCHED BASIC CABLE FINALE IN HISTORY
You knew Breaking Bad was popular, but just HOW popular? The ratings are in, and show that Breaking Bad's final episode was the most watched cable finale in history. 10.3 million viewers tuned in to see what happened to walter white.

YOUTUBE MUSIC AWARDS SHOW IN NOVEMBER
The first-ever YouTube Music Awards will be handed out next month in New York. The 90-minute show will star Eminem, Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire, celebrating the people and acts who've gotten the most Youtube views in the past year. The awards will air on www.youtube.com

WOMAN QUITS JOB WITH SONG AND DANCE
Did you see the woman who quit her job with a song and dance?   She wrote, "I work for an awesome company that makes news videos. I have put my entire life into this job, but my boss only cares about quantity, how fast we write and how many views each video gets. I believe it's more important to focus on the quality of the content. I made this video explaining my feelings." In the video she danced, quit her job and walked out. It's gotten more than 5 million views, so far.

DESTROYING SYRIA'S CHEMICAL ARSENAL POSES GRAVE DANGER
A team of experts heading to Syria to destroy its chemical weapons arsenal is facing a highly dangerous mission.  The team will be doing its work in the midst of a bloody civil war that has claimed the lives of more than 110-thousand people over nearly three years.  It's believed Syria has more than two-point-two million pounds of banned chemicals stored at about 45 sites.  Meanwhile, United Nations investigators are wrapping up their probe today of seven alleged chemical attacks in Syria.  They hope to present their final report by late October.

DWTS RESULTS THIS WEEK
Bill Nye the Science Guy is going home. Last week he tore a quad tendon during his routine and was advised by his doctor not to dance this week. Instead he had his professional dancer choreograph around him, so he could stand with one leg nearly immobilized, and just used his arms a lot.
All three judges praised Bill's enthusiasm and drive, but it wasn't enough to keep him there.
Meantime, actor Brant Daugherty and his partner got the night's highest score.

MILEY CYRUS PREDICTED TO BE HALLOWEEN'S HOTTEST COSTUME.. IN SOME AREAS
Some stores are already getting requests for the hot pants, the bras, and they're ordering the foam fingers. If you want to go all the way, most costume shops will also be offering bear suits like her dancers wore at the VMAs, as well as the black-and-white Beetlejuice-type suit that Robin Thicke wore. That way, you and your crew can look 100 percent authentic as you twerk the night away on October 31st.

FRIDAY MORNING, WHAT'S HOTTEST IN NASHVILLE
 
JAPANESE INVENTORS LOOKING FOR WAY TO USE MICROWAVE TO CHARGE PHONE
Inventors in Japan are working on a way for you to harness the power your microwave oven wastes and use that to help charge your cell phone.

BIRTHDAYS TODAY:
Former President Jimmy Carter is 89.  (Born 1924)  He was America's 39th President.
Oscar-winning actress Julie Andrews is 78.  (Born 1935)  She won her Oscar for "Mary Poppins."  Her other credits include the films "Victor/Victoria," "The Sound Of Music," and "The Princess Diaries" movies.  She also provided the voice for the Queen in "Shrek 2," "Shrek the Third," and "Shrek Forever After."
Actor Stephen Collins is 66.  (Born 1947)   His credits include the TV series "No Ordinary Family," "Seventh Heaven" and "Tattingers" and the movies "The Three Stooges," "The Commission," "First Wives Club," and  "All the President's Men."
Actor Randy Quaid is 63.  (Born 1950)  His credits include the Chevy Chase "Vacation" movies, the films "Brokeback Mountain," "Independence Day," "Frank McKlusky CI," and "The Adventures of Pluto Nash," the TV miniseries "Elvis," and the TV series "Saturday Night Live."  He's also the brother of Dennis Quaid. 
Actor Esai Morales is 51.  (Born 1962)  His credits include the movies "How to Go Out on a Date in Queens," "Fast Food Nation," "Once Upon a Wedding," "Paid in Full" and "La Bamba" and the TV series "Jericho," "Vanished," "NYPD Blue," and "American Family."
Former baseball star Mark McGwire is 50.  (Born 1963)  He set a baseball record in 1998 for the most home runs in a single season with 70.