Wednesday, January 15, 2013

SCHOOL SHOOTING IN NEW MEXICO
Police say the suspect in a New Mexico school shooting may have warned some students not to go to school before the attack.
The revelation is part of the many angles police are looking into after Tuesday's shooting that left two students wounded, a New Mexico community stunned and a nation again wondering about the safety of its schoolchildren.
Witnesses say a 12-year-old boy at a Roswell, New Mexico middle school walked into the school gym and started shooting with a 20-gauge shotgun. Two students and a school staff member were injured. A 13-year-old girl is in stable condition after surgery on her right shoulder, an 11-year-old boy is in critical condition after two surgeries for injuries on his face and neck. 

NEW POLICE PRECINCT, CRIME LAB OPEN
Nashville's first full-service crime lab is officially open. The state-of-the-art facility is inside the brand new Madison Police Precinct... and looks like something you'd see on your favorite crime show... with equipment for DNA testing, firearms and ammunition exams, fingerprint and drug id, and toxicology testing.  Mayor Karl Dean says the new crime lab is a "turning point" in the city's fight against crime and says it'll help Nashville become an even safer city.

VANDY RESEARCHERS FIND KIDS WITH AUTISM SEE AND HEAR OUT OF SYNCH
Researchers at Vanderbilt University have found that what children with autism see and hear is out of sync. They say that's apparently part of the reason children with autism often have problems with communication and social skills. They're trying to put sight and sound together and there's TWICE the lag time for them, between the two, as for someone without autism. Vanderbilt is one of just a few labs in the country pursuing the research.

ACETAMINOPHEN WARNING
The Food and Drug Administration asked manufacturers a couple of years ago, to limit the amount of acetaminophen... or Tylenol...  in so-called combination drugs, things like Nyquil or other over-the-counter cold and pain meds.
          And now, the FDA has asked doctors to stop prescribing any combination drug with more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen per tablet. 
Accidental overdoses of acetaminophen in combination drugs can damage or DESTROY your liver, and people do it all the TIME, not realizing just how many painkillers have the drug in them.

FLORIDA SHOOTING
The retired police captain accused of shooting a man in a Florida movie theater on Monday will have to stay in jail, without bond. A judge yesterday refused to release 71-year-old Curtis Reeves, saying there's enough evidence for a second-degree murder charge.

WHISENHUNT INTRODUCED AS NEW TITANS COACH
New Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt [[ Wiz-en-hunt ]] was officially introduced to fans yesterday ... with a press conference at St. Thomas Sports Park. He says he's excited to be back in Nashville and is ready to get to work.

METRO POLICE DEPARTMENT HIRING CROSSING GUARDS 
Men and women who would like to work part-time as Metro school crossing guards are invited to a job fair Thursday, January 16th, from 9 a.m. till noon in the Green Hills Room of the Metro Southeast complex at 1417 Murfreesboro Pike.
          The police department will be taking crossing guard applications for the current and upcoming school year.  Applicants must be at least 18, have a valid government-issued ID and social security card, have reliable transportation, and be able to pass a criminal background check and pre-employment drug screen. 
          Starting pay is $9.79 per hour.  Benefits include furnished uniforms and equipment, holiday pay and a bonus at the end of the school year that recognizes guards’ dedication.
          The police department employs nearly 200 crossing guards who work public school zones in the mornings and afternoons throughout Davidson County.

FEWER AMERICANS SEEING MOVIES IN THEATERS
In spite of best efforts of theater owners, including adding larger seats, and offering options such as food and beer service during the movies, more people are watching movies at HOME these days. A new Harris Poll finds just one in five of us want to see a movie at the theater. 3 in 5 would rather watch at home. The others say they go to the movies because the sound is better and it gives them a break from their everyday life. A majority of those who still go still complain that the prices of concession items are too high, and say other movie goers are rude.

MLK BIRTH ANNIVERSARY
Today, some people are remembering the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   Today would have been his 85th birthday. His work for civil rights helped force the world to rethink how we treated each other, and led to huge changes. Doctor King, when he was 35, became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

CAFFEINE MAY BOOST LONG-TERM MEMORY
Next time you need to learn something new, you may want to have a cup of coffee as you cram all that information into your little head.  New research suggests a dose of caffeine can boost your long-term memory. 

HENDERSONVILLE TEEN GOING TO TRIAL FOR KILLING MOTHER
Hendersonville teenager Zachary Davis... accused of killing his mother... has been ruled competent to stand trial. 

JUDGE REJECTS MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR NFL SETTLEMENT OFFER
A judge has REJECTED a $760 million dollar settlement between the National Football League and thousands of former players, who contend the league downplayed the risk of concussions. The judge rejected it, not because he thought the NFL shouldn't pay, but because he doesn't think that's ENOUGH money to pay all the affected players. There's a growing body of research that shows repeated hits to the head can lead to a condition known as chronic traumatic enceFALopathy, which can lead to aggression and dementia, and even early death. The NFL is believed to , generate total annual revenue of $9 billion or $10 billion.

ARE YOU LETTING YOUR KID PLAY FOOTBALL?
Are you letting your child play football? Some parents say now that we KNOW concussions are a 'thing'... and can cause lifelong damage, dementia and early death…they've found plenty of other things for his kids to do.

NO ONE INJURED BY FALLING  BOULDER ON I-24 E TUESDAY MORNING
Have you seen the photos, yet, of that HUGE boulder that fell onto I-24 East yesterday, just before the Briley Parkway ramp? Wow! Six feet high, 12 feet wide. Fortunately there were no cars there, and nobody was hurt, but it completely blocked an entire lane of I-24 until after 10 yesterday morning... when crews were able to get the heavy machinery there and push it off the road. TDOT says the freezing and thawing of ice probably caused it to fall. 

CANADIAN COUPLE TURNS TO INTERNET TO NAME DAUGHTER
www.namemydaughter.com
A Canadian couple is having some fun naming their baby who's expected to arrive April 2nd. 
 The dad-to-be, Stephen, created a website called namemydaughter.com and is taking ideas, and letting people vote on them. So far top names include cthulhu…Amelia, Charlotte, and.. in 4th place, Megatron.
Some of the middle names proposed include Streetlamp, Slagathor and Not-Zelda. Lol.
He says he and his wife reserve the right to make the final call.  

KELLY CLARKSON, ADAM LAMBERT AMONG TOP EARNING 'IDOL' ALUMS
"Forbes" has released its annual list of the top-earning former "American Idol" contestants: "Idol's" first-ever champion Kelly Clarkson had been number one, but fell to second place behind Carrie Underwood. Season eight runner-up and season eleven winner, Adam Lambert and Phillip Phillips, are tied for third place. Chris Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson and Katherine McPhee are also on the list.

AMERICAN IDOL BACK ON FOX TONIGHT
"American Idol" is back on Fox tonight -- and tomorrow night -- for a two-night premiere. Judges this year are Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr.

SETTLEMENT IN BLURRED LINES LAWSUIT
Sony is now off the hook in the Marvin Gaye-Robin Thicke legal dispute over the song "Blurred Lines."  While the battle rages on over the similarities between Thicke's hit and Gaye's 1977 hit "Got To Give It Up," "The Hollywood Reporter" says the Gaye family has agreed to settle with Sony after it accused the music giant of failing to protect the late singer's catalog.

AMERICA'S FAVORITE MOVIE STARS
Before you read the list, guess what hot, young, female star has blasted to the top? Yeah. J-Law.
      America's favorite movie star is Tom Hanks, who is reclaiming a title he held in 2002, 2004 and 2005, according to an annual Harris Poll.
Hanks toppled Denzel Washington from the number 1 spot, who drops down to number 2 in 2014.
The top 10 favorite movie stars of 2014 are:
Tom Hanks
Denzel Washington
Jennifer Lawrence
Julia Roberts
Sandra Bullock
Johnny Depp
John Wayne
Clint Eastwood
Brad Pitt
Meryl Streep

CELEBRITY TIDBITS
"The Rum Diary" co-stars, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, are now apparently a couple.

Jonah Hill snorted so much fake cocaine on the set of "The Wolf Of Wall Street," he came down with bronchitis.

Kiefer Sutherland returns as Jack Bauer in "24: Live Another Day" on May 5th. He's saying that a "24" movie is still possible and that there's even talk of re-launching the series.

Olivia Wilde says that she and fiancee Jason Sudeikis are expecting a boy.

Causing a bit of a controversy, from Iceland: whale meat beer.

RENOIR BOUGHT FOR $7 AT W. VIRGINIA FLEA MARKET ORDERED RETURNED TO MUSEUM
A federal judge has ordered that a napkin-sized Renoir painting bought for $7 at a flea market but valued at up to $100,000 has to be given back to the museum it was stolen from in 1951. Martha Fuqua tried to claim she paid for it, and claim posession.. but a judge said a property title can't be transferred if it's from a theft. Fuqua picked ujp the painting because she liked the frame, and stored it in a trash bag until her mother, an art teacher, told her she should have it appraised.