Wednesday, February 6, 2013

In Today's News, below: the postal service looks to be finally ending Saturday delivery, the Boy Scouts may rule on whether to lift the gay ban, the Robins-- a sign of spring-- are back, baby boomers are unhealthier than their parents, and a couple wins the lottery twice, in one day!

POSTAL SERVICE TO END SATURDAY DELIVERY?
The Postal Service is supposed to make the official announcement today that Saturday delivery is going away. They HAD been waiting on Congress to approve it, but may have found a way around it, and will stop Saturday delivery. The USPS will continue to deliver packages six days a week, along with mail-order medicine and priority and express mail. It's expected the USPS will announce that mail will still be delivered to post office boxes on Saturdays, and offices now open on Saturdays will remain open.
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TN. DCS COMMISSIONER RESIGNS
The commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services has resigned. Kate O'Day quit, as DCS is being investigated for how it handled and reported child abuse and neglect cases, and the deaths of children in DCS custody. Governor Bill Haslam said O'Day was concerned that she had become the focus of attention rather than the children the agency is meant to serve.

BOY SCOUTS MAY RULE TODAY
The Boy Scouts of America could decide today whether to end a long-standing ban on gay Scouts and leaders. The BSA says it may just leave the issue up to local chapters.

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DEFENDS USE OF DRONES
The Obama administration is defending the use of drone aircraft to hunt and kill suspected terrorists, including U.S. citizens.  White House spokesman Jay Carney calls the practice legal, ethical and wise.  
 
MUSIC CITY CENTER OPEN HOUSE IN MAY
Save the date! You finally get to see inside that new Music City Center. unveiling is May 19th and 20th, with a free open house and live music. Construction on the 585-million-dollar facility started in January 2010 and will be finished April 30th.

SALVATION ARMY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
The Salvation Army says it needs some volunteers. They usually get some help at Christmastime for their Angel Tree program, but they need help now, too. They need helpers with their programs that include the women and children's shelter, the food pantry and they need someone who can do data entry. You can call the Nashville Salvation Army to find out more, 615-252-0411 (ask for Misty). www.salarmy-nashville.com

BABY BOOMERS UNHEALTHIER THAN PARENTS' GENERATION 
Who's healthier, Baby Boomers or their parents' generation? Baby Boomers are NOT as healthy as their parents, even though we've made major improvements in health care. A new study finds Baby Boomers live longer, but they're not living better. Boomers have higher rates of chronic disease and more disability. (The study is published in this week's edition of "JAMA Internal Medicine.")

THE ROBINS ARE BACK!
Have you noticed? The Robins are back! Giant flocks of the red-breasted birds hit Nashville this week on their yearly migration, and swarmed bird feeders all over Middle Tennessee. Robins are considered a sign of spring. 
 
FINAL DEAL OFFERED TO KEEP STATE FAIR IN NASHVILLE
The Tennessee State Fair Association has until February 13th to respond to an offer that would keep the annual event at the fairgrounds. The association is being asked to pay the city $2.25 per ticket for the first 50-thousand tickets sold and $3.75 per ticket after that. If they don't, and a deal can't be reached with the non-profit group chosen to run the event this year, Nashville could lose the Fair...(after holding it here for more than 100-years. )

2-YEAR-OLD DIES AFTER DRINKING CLEANING SOLUTION
This is just a heartbreaking reminder to the rest of us, to NEVER put dangerous chemicals into any bottle that originally had something to drink in it. A grandmother in California reached for a bottle on the floorboard of the pickup, she thought it was water and gave it to her two year old grandson to drink. It was cleaning fluid. The child was rushed to the hospital, but died. (Police aren't filing any charges. They say it was just a tragic accident.) 

REPORT: MENTALLY ILL ADULTS SMOKE MORE
A new report links smoking with mental illness. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds mentally ill adults in the U.S. smoke cigarettes at a 70% higher rate than people without mental illness, and they smoke more heavily. The CDC says it's become a serious health issue, that mentally ill people don't really need on top of all the other things they're dealing with. The group wants health facilities to ban smoking at their buildings. 

RECENTLY-FREED ALABAMA BOY CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY TODAY
And, isn't this just so good to hear? That Alabama boy, Ethan, who was held hostage in an underground bunker for nearly a week, is back home, and today is is his sixth birthday. He'll get to celebrate, safe and sound, with his family. The boy’s mother issued a statement through the FBI, thanking law enforcement, friends and residents of Midland City. "For the first time in almost a week, I woke up this morning to the most beautiful sight ... my sweet boy," the mother said. "I can’t describe how incredible it is to hold him again."
   The mother, whose name was not released, added: "Ethan is safe and back in my arms — and I owe it all to some of the most compassionate people on Earth."

ARKANSAS COUPLE WINS LOTTERY TWICE IN ONE DAY!
And did you hear about the Arkansas couple who won the lottery TWICE, on the same day? Stephen and Terri Weaver stopped by the convenience store on the way to, and back from, fishing. BOTH times the scratch-offs they bought won. The first; a million dolllars, the afternoon scratchy was worth 50 thousand. They say they're going to just pay bills and invest in their retirement. And fish more.

MCDONALDS ADDS FISH MCBITES TO MENU
Speaking of fish, McDonald's is rolling out a new fish item: Fish McBites. Think chicken McNuggets, but fish. McDonald's is already one of the largest buyers of fish in the United States, with its original seafood meal: the Filet-O-Fish, that was added back in 1965.

OFFICER INVESTIGATED FOR EXCESSIVE FORCE
A Metro police officer is accused of using excessive force with a woman he was trying to arrest.  Natasha Holland was pulled over on I-40 last month for driving under the influence... and claims officer Phillip Shuler slammed her head into his police car... sending her to the hospital for stitches behind her ear. An investigation is underway.

SUPPOSEDLY DEAD WOMAN IN CHINA WAKES UP ON WAY TO COFFIN
And it's happened again: an elderly woman is sick, her family thinks she's died, they get ready to bury her and she wakes up. The 101 year-old Chinese lady says she's not freaked out though, she's happy about it. She claims she's doubly BLESSED by the experience: first, because she woke up and got to see how many of her friends would come to her funeral, and she says she's REALLY happy that she woke up BEFORE they took her to the crematorium! Now, that's a good attitude!

IT'S COMPLIMENT DAY
And today is Compliment day. Studies have found that if you compliment a woman about ANYTHING, she'll feel better about herself the rest of the day! And the MEN in your life may enjoy sincere compliments about how nice they look, because they don't tend to get them as much as women do. So give someone a heart-felt compliment today, and watch how their whole demeanor changes.

MOST DISLIKED ATHLETES
Just so you'll know, disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and hoaxed Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o [[ MAN-tye TAY-o ]] lead a new list of America's most disliked athletes. (Armstrong admitted he'd used performance-enhancing drugs in winning seven Tour de France titles.  Te'o's stock plummeted after he revealed he was the victim of a hoax about the girlfriend he loved online and on the phone, and who "died" of leukemia.)

TONIGHT ON YOUR TV
Tonight on CBS, revisit an episode of "Person of Interest" starring Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson and Taraji P. Henson.  Then catch all new episodes of "Criminal Minds" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."  Later Joel McHale and Amy Sedaris appear on an all new episode of the "Late Show With David Letterman" with musical guest Justin Shandor.  On an all new "Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson," Emmy Rossum and Jon Ronson appear. 
Fox's "American Idol" heads to Hollywood tonight with the male contestants vying to win a spot in the semi-finals.
On NBC catch all new episodes of "Whitney" and "Guys With Kids."  Then check out Ice-T, Mariska Hargitay and Richard Belzer on an all new "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit."  There is also a new episode of "Chicago Fire."  Singer Tim McGraw and model Bar Refaeli appear on an all new "Tonight Show With Jay Leno."  Later on an all new "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," Whoopi Goldberg, actress Tavi Gevinson, Tommy Mottola and Kurt Metzger appear. 

ABC has a night of laughs beginning with an all new episode of "The Middle" starring Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn and Charlie McDermott.  Then catch all new episodes of "The Neighbors," "Modern Family" and "Suburgatory."  Then Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere and Clare Bowen star in the drama series "Nashville."  In late night, check out Ewan McGregor and Julianne Hough on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" with musical guest guest Gary Clarke Jr.

HOUSE OF REPS CONSIDERS EASING UP ON POT BILLS
The House of Representatives will consider two bills that would dramatically soften federal marijuana laws.  One bill introduced yesterday would tax weed in the same way the federal government now taxes alcohol and tobacco while another would end federal regulation altogether.  

AUSTRIAN DAREDEVIL WENT FASTER THAN THOUGHT IN BREAKING SOUND BARRIER
There was an error made when Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner jumped from a balloon nearly 128-thousand feet in the air to fly faster than the speed of sound.  His speed was originally reported as more than 843 miles per hour. That is one-and-a-quarter times the speed of sound.  New data says he was actually going ten miles per hour faster than that.

CHRIS BROWN IN COURT TODAY FOR PROBATION VIOLATION
Singer Chris Brown is due in court Wednesday as he faces allegations of running afoul of authorities in Los Angeles once again.  L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey says Brown has given no "credible, competent or verifiable" evidence that he completed any of his court-ordered community service linked to the R&B star's 2009 sentence for assaulting his girlfriend, singer Rihanna.