Wednesday, February 20, 2013
In Today's News, below: a day-long weather info event for weather-lovers, the Tennessee Fair Association has been outbid for a chance to run the state fair this year, so now what? Reader's Digest files for bankruptcy, the Bonnaroo lineup has been announced, Kelly Clarkson says Clive Davis lied in his memoirs, Lance Armstrong has to testify, or stay banned, and your best after-workout drink is...
BIG WEATHER AWARENESS DAY ON SATURDAY, FREE SEMINARS
If you're a weather buff, you won't want to miss this! Severe Weather Awareness Day is Saturday, with a free, day-long event at Trevecca Nazarene conference Center! It's weather spotter classes from the National Weather Service, sessions on severe weather and more, to make your little weather-loving heart beat faster. There IS limited seating at the weather event though, so you need to pre-register. GET INFO HERE
EXPLOSION IN KANSAS CITY
A massive fire triggered by a natural gas explosion tore through a landmark Kansas City, Mo. restaurant Tuesday night, injuring at least fourteen people with one still missing Wednesday morning, according to authorities.
WEST TENNESSEE COMPANY BIDS FOR STATE FAIR
We may have a new company running the state fair. A West Tennessee company, Universal Fairs, has bid 500-thousand dollars to run the fair this September. The company ran the Delta Fair in Shelby County.
The amount offered is 10 times what the Tennessee State Fair Association bid. The issue will be decided at the next fair board meeting on Feb. 26.
READER'S DIGEST FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY, AGAIN
Readers Digest is the 5th most popular magazine in the U.S., but its parent company filed for bankruptcy protection. A consultant who once worked for the magazine says 15 years ago, most of the Digest's readers were 70 and older, and he's not sure they've picked up younger readers as the older ones die off. This week's filing is the latest effort by the 91-year-old publisher, whose magazine once resided on many American coffee tables, to fix itself in a difficult economic environment.
BONNAROO LINEUP ANNOUNCED
The preliminary lineup has been announced for Bonnaroo music and arts festival in June. Musical acts will include Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty, the Lumineers, ZZ Top, Bjork, R. Kelly, Wilco and Weird Al Yankovic. They'll announce more music and comedy acts in the next few weeks. Tickets go on sale Saturday, and the event is June 13th through June 16th in Manchester, Tennessee.
KELLY CLARKSON WRITES SCATHING LETTER TO CLIVE DAVBIS
Kelly Clarkson has fired back at legendary music producer Clive Davis, over comments in his new book. "First, he says I burst into 'hysterical sobbing' in his office when he demanded Since U Been Gone be on my album. Not true at all. His stories and songs are mixed up. I did want more guitars added to the original demo and Clive did not. Max, Luke and I still fought for the bigger sound and we prevailed and I couldn't be more proud of the life of that song. I resent him dampening that song in any way," writes Clarkson.
But there's more. Yes, she did cry in his office, she admits, after letting him listen to another future hit, Because Of You. "I cried because he hated it. ...This was devastating coming from a man who I, as a young girl, considered a musical hero and was so honored to work with. But I continued to fight for the song and the label relented. And it became a worldwide hit. He didn't include that in the book."
But there's even more. "Anyway, I love my job. I love my music. I love my fans. I love my label and all of my professional relationships. … now. And I am grateful for Clive for teaching me to know the difference."
ARMSTRONG DECISION DUE TODAY
Cyclist Lance Armstrong has a big deadline today. He has to make a decision on whether to cooperate with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. He'll have to testify under oath about doping in cycling before the agency will consider reducing his ban from triathlons and other competitive sports. Armstrong previously denied using performance-enhancing drugs, but in January admitted doping to win the Tour de France seven times.
CHOCOLATE MILK GOOD DRINK FOR AFTER WORKOUTS
And I think you'll like this: A study on nutrition suggests chocolate milk is a good choice for you to drink after a workout, or to give the kids after they've played hard, rather than an energy drink. It has just the right amount of protein, fat and sugar. But, remember, the key is that chocolate milks is great for after a workout, not instead of one. (The study is published in the "International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Metabolism.")
ROBIN ROBERTS BACK ON GMA TODAY (WED, (FEB 20TH)
Robin Roberts is back on Good Morning America this week, though there was a time, right after her bone marrow transplant, when she says she thought she was not going to make it.
She said Wednesday morning, "I have been waiting 174 days to say this: 'Good Morning America.' "
Roberts' return was billed as a very special edition of GMA, and it included a welcome back message from President Obama and wife Michelle, whom Roberts is scheduled to interview in the next few days:
MAN POSES AS FIRE INSPECTOR, SCAMS GREEN HILLS STORE
Metro police are looking for a thief who scammed money from a cashier at Auntie Anne's Pretzel store at the Mall at Green Hills. Police say the guy posed as a fire inspector, and convinced a clerk at the Pretzel store he was there to do an inspection and there was a fee. He got the money and left. Officials say the real fire inspectors will have identification and be dressed in a Nashville Fire Department uniform. Fees will not be collected at the business.
You can see a photo of the suspect HERE..... http://www.wkrn.com/story/21253551/man-wanted-for-impersonating-fire-inspector-at-green-hills-mall
and if you have any information about him, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME or the Nashville Fire Marshall's Office at 615-862-5230.
SOCIAL MEDIA-NOT ADULTS- INSPIRING EMPATHY IN TEENS
A new poll finds we adults are not setting such a good example for teenagers when it comes to helping others. More than half the teens asked said they learn about empathy for others... through social media, not from example... from the adults in their lives.
CHINA DENIES MILITARY INVOLVED IN HACKING
China is adamantly denying its military has had a hand in a series of hacking attacks in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain. American computer security company Mandiant says it believes a secretive Chinese military unit launched the cyber-attacks on a wide range of industries.
GUYS BEING WARND NOT TO GET NAKED FOR STRANGE WOMEN
And good GRIEF! Do we really have to have warnings about this? Police in Singapore are having to warn men, "Do not send nude photos of yourself just because some attractive woman -- who you don't know -- asks for it online. She really ISN'T that into you, she's going to use the naked photo and blackmail you!"
FOXX, DOUGLAS, ANISTON JOIN LIST OF OSCAR PRESENTERS
Past Oscar winners Jamie Foxx and Michael Douglas have been added to the list of presenters for next Sunday's Academy Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have also named Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd to the list of stars on presenter duty. That list also includes Melissa McCarthy, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Downey, Jr. The winners of last year's acting prizes - Jean Dujardin, Meryl Streep, Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer -- are also on board to present. Musical performers at this year's ceremony will include Barbra Streisand and Adele. "Ted" star Seth MacFarlane will host. ABC will televise the 85th Annual Academy Awards live this Sunday, February 24th.
SEE THE NOMINEES http://oscar.go.com/nominees
NOTE: We'll tell you more about the Oscars, Thursday and Friday on the Mix Morning Show. And if you miss it, we'll recap on Monday morning, so you'll know the highlights.