Wednesday, April 10, 2013

ANOTHER JOB FAIR AT GOODWILL CAREER CENTER TODAY (THURSDAY)
There's another job fair today at a Goodwill Career Center. Today, Thursday, at the Career Solutions Center at 3538 Murfreesboro Pike from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Ajilon Professional Staffing. 
The staffing agency is looking to fill dozens of positions for companies across Middle Tennessee. Openings include office managers, human resources, inside and outside sales, customer service representatives and non-clinical health care, administrative assistants and receptionists.
Representatives from each of the companies will be on site during each of the job fairs.
On-site interviews are a possibility. Attendees are encouraged to dress professionally, bring updated copies of their resumes, a photo ID and their social security card or birth certificate.

NORTH KOREA WARNS IT'S ON THE BRINK OF NUCLEAR WAR. AMERICA MAY GET INVOLVED
Today may be the day North Korea test fires a ballistic missile. North Korean officials have been warning that they would not be able to ensure the safety of diplomatic embassies in Pyongyang after today's date. (April 10th.)
The American commander in the Pacific expressed worries that the North’s young leader, Kim Jong-un, might not have left himself an easy exit to reduce tensions. “His father and his grandfather, as far as I can see, always figured into their provocation cycle an ‘off ramp,’ ” the commander, Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, said during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. “And it’s not clear to me that he has thought through how to get out of it. And so that’s what makes this scenario, I think, particularly challenging.”
   The administration has settled on a strategy of refusing to make concessions to the North and has adopted a new plan to deter any hostilities by promising a proportionate response. In doing so, it hopes to reverse what it considers a long-term pattern in which the West offers aid to calm tensions and then North Korea breaks its promises to halt its nuclear program. But Obama administration officials acknowledge that the new strategy will work only if Mr. Kim either backs down or satisfies himself with a token show of force, like a missile test into the open ocean.

U.S. HEALTH OFFICIALS AT HIGH ALERT OVER BIRD FLU
At least nine people have now died from a new strain of bird flu in China, 31 people are infected, and the number of cases is growing every day. Health officials have taken steps toward developing a vaccine in case it becomes needed.

LOCAL HEALTH EXPERT DR. SCHAFFNER COMMENTS
Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University, and the past president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, says this Bird Flu strain is a potentially HUGE problem, because it could mutate and start spreading person-to-person.

CHINESE POLICE DETAIN PEOLE FOR FAKE INFORMATION ABOUT FLU
Chinese police have detained at least 10 people for posting what they called "fake information" online about new cases of the virus in their areas. Apparently the fear is that it could start a panic.

STUDY: BIRTH MONTH MAY AFFECT M.S. RISK
New research suggests that your birth month may affect your risk of having Multiple Sclerosis. A study in London found that babies born in May have significantly lower levels of vitamin D, and a potentially higher risk for developing the disease. Scientists say what that means is that we need to look closer at the benefits of prenatal supplements. (The report is published in the journal "JAMA Neurology.")

NEW SECURITY PRACTICES BEGINNING AT NASHVILLE HOCKEY GAMES
You'll see some changes at your next Nashville Predators game. The National Hockey League has mandated new safety rules for FANS, so security guards will use hand-held metal detectors to randomly check people for weapons. 

AIR POLLUTION FROM TRAFFIC LINKED WITH CHILDHOOD CANCER
Researchers in California say they've found a link between a woman's exposure to traffic pollution during pregnancy and the risk of her baby developing childhood cancer. (Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles.) 
 
"NASHVILLE" LOOKING FOR EXTRAS
If you have some time tomorrow, the TV show Nashville is looking for some extras for another concert scene. You have to be 18 or older and you'll need to pre-register at www.NashvilleExtras.com. This is NOT a paying gig. (Volunteers must be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

GOVERNMENT FINDS PEOPLE SKIPPING PRESCRIPTIONS TO SAVE MONEY 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds more people are skipping their prescription meds... to save money. The CDC study, however, did not look at whether people are making cable, expensive phones or eating out a priority over paying for their prescriptions. (Uninsured people and those with low incomes are most likely to forego needed prescription drugs to save money.)
 
TEXAS KNIFE ATTACK FOLLOW
Students are back in class today at Lone Star Community College in Cypress, Texas, a day after a knife attack that left 14 people hurt. 20 year old student Dylan Quick reportedly told police he'd been planning the attack for a while and had often fantasized about stabbing people to death. 

OBAMA BUDGET OUT TODAY
President Obama has released his proposed budget this morning. It's supposed to cut the U.S. budget deficit nearly in half by 2016 through a combination of tax increases and a cap on deductions for people who earn more than a million dollars a year. 

RICK WARREN DEALS WITH "HATERS" AFTER SON'S DEATH
Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life, says he and his wife have been helped by an outpouring of positive messages from people around the world, after his 27 year old son committed suicide this weekend. But, Warren says he's also having to deal with people posting horrible messages about the death, because they don't share his religious beliefs. Warren posted online, "Grieving is hard. Grieving as public figures, harder. Grieving while haters celebrate your pain, hardest."

UCONN WINS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, TIES TENNESSEE RECORD
The University of Connecticut women have beaten Louisville to become the national champions in women's college basketball. It's the eighth title for the Huskies, which means they tie Tennessee for most all-time championship wins.

DANCING WITH THE STARS: J-LO, ANDREA BOCELLI, PAISLEY PERFORM, WHO GOES HOME?
Last night, on Dancing with the Stars, the contestants danced to mark the best year of their lives (including such events like the birth of their children, winning gold at the Olympics, achieving sobriety, and seeing Beyoncé in concert). They marked their magical moments with sambas, tumbles, more than a few tears, and enough men without shirts to remind you why you watch this show in the first place. Lisa and her partner went home.

87 YEAR-OLD COMPLETES RUN FOR CANCER IN HONOR OF HER SON
This story is going to inspire you. 87-year-old Texas woman Lena Mae Beasley just completed a Cancer Relay walk in honor of her son who has cancer. The amazing thing is not that she's 87. It's that she walked in spite of her real challenges. Lena Mae has dementia, and she's on a walker. She wanted so badly to do the cancer walk for her son that local police gave her an escort, and her doctor followed along in a golf cart, as Lena got her coat, and pushed her walker out the door of the nursing home and to the end of the course.  One comment beneath the story read,"That's what mothers do." 

FDA APPROVES MORNING SICKNESS PILL
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new morning sickness pill... a combination of an antihistamine and vitamin B-6. It's the first FDA-approved treatment for morning sickness in decades. 

SUPERSTARS FEATURED AT THE WHITE HOUSE
Justin Timberlake, The Alabama Shakes and Cyndi Lauper brought a little Memphis Soul to the White House on Tuesday night.  The evening's performers represented some of Memphis Soul's best and brightest - of the past, present, and future.  The genre helped bridge a gap during some of the city's most turbulent times in the 60s and 70s, by "creating a little harmony with harmony," - as the President put it in his opening remarks. 

SHATNER'S PHASER RIFLE SELLS FOR 231 THOUSAND
A one-of-a-kind phaser rifle used by William Shatner in the second pilot made for the original Star Trek series sold for $231,000 at an auction conducted by Julien's. The price is the second-highest paid at auction for a prop from the 1960s edition of Star Trek, surpassed only by the $304,750 a collector laid out for the captain's chair in 2008. The rifle was seen in "Where No Man Has Gone Before," which was filmed as the series pilot but was the third episode of the series broadcast, airing on Sept. 22, 1966.
The story revolves around a Lt. Commander who gains telepathic and telekinetic powers that threaten the crew. Captain Kirk (Shatner) kills the officer with the phaser rifle when he threatens the whole crew. After the pilot was completed, the phaser rifle was replaced with the now familiar handgun-style phaser. The rifle never appeared in another episode, though it was seen in publicity photos of Shatner as Kirk and on an early lunchbox. The prop is made of wood with an aluminum barrel and is painted with a metallic blue-green paint.

THE TALK CO-HOST SARA GILBERT ANNOUNCES SHE'S ENGAGED
The Talk co-host and executive producer Sara Gilbert announced on Monday's show that she is engaged to her girlfriend, singer-songwriter Linda Perry. The former Roseanne star, 38, described how Perry, 47, recently surprised her with a proposal during a romantic picnic in the park.