Wednesday, January 23, 2013

In Today's News, below: get a bargain in Metro's Online Surplus Auction site, why you should NEVER look in the mirror at 3:30 on a Wednesday, why car crashes are more dangerous for obese people, and what was our coldest temperature ever recorded in Nashville?

NASHVILLE'S ONLINE AUCTION SITE (Very interesting stuff!)
Welcome to Metro Nashville's online surplus property auction website. Things like a hotpoint refrigerator/freezer, on sale for 12 dollars, so far. Dozens of items on sale, ending, and coming up for bids soon.

ARE WE CLOSE TO OUR COLDEST TEMPERATURE EVER?
Admit it, did you post a screen shot of the forecast in the past few days? It's been pretty extreme. But even though temperatures are cold this week, they're nowhere NEAR the all-time coldest temperature in Nashville. That may have been within your lifetime. The weather service says we hit 17 below zero after a 6-inch snowfall in Nashville on Jan. 21, 1985. 17 BELOW! And the highest temperature ever recorded in Nashville, by the way, was just this last June 29th: we hit 109 degrees that day. (June 29, 2012.) Don't you wish we had just a little of that heat back? It's not just Nashville getting the coldest weather of the year. It's hitting the whole northern U.S. as well. Chicago is getting its first zero temperature for the first time in two years, and bitterly cold temperatures are stretching from the Dakotas to New England.

WOMEN LOOK OLDEST AT 3:30 PM WEDNESDAYS
No matter what you do, DON'T look in the mirror at 3:30 this afternoon! A new survey finds women look their oldest on Wednesdays at 3:30. Has to do with how tired they're getting,  how their week's going and the fact that many have skipped their regular hair or makeup routine by Wednesday. They start to bounce back, and feel and look better by Thursday, as the weekend approaches.

EXTENSION OF DEBT CEILING
The House is set to propose a three-month extension of the federal debt ceiling today. A Republican House bill would essentially extend the government's borrowing authority for three months, with conditions. The legislation would threaten to withhold congressional paychecks unless the Senate approves a federal budget, something it has not done in about four years.  

METRO POLICE ARREST MAN FOR SELLING FAKE DRUGS DURING DEAL
A drug deal didn't go as 34 year-old local man Wade Cosby intended. He was allegedly trying to cheat someone by selling them fake crack cocaine. After he made the sale, the buyer, an undercover Metro Police officer, arrested him. Even though the cocaine wasn't real, it's still a felony.

NEANDERTHAL BABY CLONE?
And guess what Jurassic Park-type project one scientist is working on? A genetics professor says with recent advances in science he thinks he can clone a Neanderthal baby. George Church says the genome has already been mapped, he just needs someone willing to be a surrogate mother to carry the little caveman baby.

WHAT HAPPENS TO RESCUE MISSION WITH SOUTH BROADWAY RENOVATION?
With the Music City Center leading the way, downtown south of Broadway is becoming prime real estate. But that now raises the question of what will happen to some of the older buildings and businesses including the Nashville Rescue Mission two blocks away. By the end of the month, the Convention Center Authority will release a new economic study that will show potential growth for the area, including the Rescue Mission.       

IN CAR CRASHERS, OBESE PEOPLE MORE LIKELY TO DIE THAN NORMAL WEIGHT PEOPLE
Obesity carries ANOTHER surprising risk. Obese drivers are more likely than normal weight drivers to die in a car crash.  The reasons for the association are unclear, but they probably involve both vehicle design and the poorer health of obese people. And the car design is probably not changing anytime soon, since crash-test dummies are typically normal size adults and children. They're not designed to account for our nation's expanding body types.

KATIE COURIC SCORES FIRST SIT-DOWN INTERVIEW WITH MANTYE TAYO
Katie Couric has scored the first sit-down interview with Manti Te'o since the scandal about his 'fake dead girlfriend.' They'll talk on Thursday about the situation in which the Notre Dame linebacker says he was the victim of a hoax, not part of a con to get publicity.

FRANKLIN ROAD STREETSCAPE COULD COST 9.7 MILLION DOLLARS
The new Franklin Road Streetscape project is under debate right now, after finding that the 552 thousand dollar estimate to add a sidewalk, has turned into a possible 9.7 million dollar job. The debate is over whether to just add the sidewalk, or spend the extra money to add decorative street lamps, sidewalks and improve drainage along the road. Franklin City Aldermen are discussing the issue.
(Franklin has spent about $8 million on previous downtown streetscape upgrades, which include decorative brick pavers and infrastructure improvements. Mayor Ken Moore doesn’t want to rush into the project, though he advocates greater connectivity.)

BRAIN DAMAGE IN LIVING FOOTBALL PLAYERS
Until now, we've had to wait till football players died to test their brains to see if the hits they've taken during the games have damaged them. Now, new technology used on living players has found evidence of potential brain damage in them as well. 

PARENTS' LIES TO THEIR CHILDREN
Do you lie to your kid to get him or her to behave? A new survey finds most parents say they do. And the fibs range from a threat to leave children in public if they didn't stop throwing trantrums, to promising a delivery by the tooth fairy or telling children they would go blind if they didn't eat their vegetables. 

GRADE SCHOOL DRUG RING BUSTED
Police have busted a drug ring in Provo, Utah, and find the crooks are 11 year-olds (sixth-graders), led by a 14 year-old eighth grader. They had a marijuana ring all set up, with the 8th grader making the deals, then the 11 year-olds picking up the pot to distribute it. 

CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS MAY BAN SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS
A California lawmaker is introducing a bill to ban all single-use plastic bags in the state's grocery stores starting in 2015. After that, they'll just be able to offer paper bags if you don't bring your re-usable one.

FRANKLIN MILITARY RETIREE WHO ORGANIZED HONOR FLIGHTS NAMED HOMETOWN HERO
Retired Army Col. Paul Fleenor of Franklin, who spearheaded efforts to bring the World War II Honor Flight program to Middle Tennessee, was selected last week as the Darrell Waltrip Automotive Hometown Hero for the month of January.
Fleenor said he saw a spot about the Honor Flight Network on television that described its work to transport war veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.
Fleenor, who spent more than 40 years in uniform, worked day and night for several months to develop the program, set up the communications, and raise the 60 grand needed to rent an airliner for a day to take the vets and volunteers to Washington, D.C. and back.
As a part of Fleenor's award, his charity of choice, the Tennessee Fisher House, which accommodates the families of patients receiving medical care at the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center and/or the Nashville VA Hospital, will receive a $500 donation. ( Darrell Waltrip Automotive's Hometown Heroes is a monthly event honoring Middle Tennessee residents who have made a positive impact on their community. Nominate your hero at www.darrellwaltrip.com

OREGON RESIDENTS ATTRIBUTE SPOOKY SOUNDS TO BIGFOOT
Some people living on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon say Bigfoot has been very noisy lately! An employee at the tribal housing authority tells "The Oregonian" they started getting reports about loud cries coming from a swamp on the reservation back in December. Many think the spooky cries are the legendary ape-like humanoid, who is part of the locals' tribal traditions and spiritual beliefs. A Wildlife Program Manager however, says it's more likely a fox or cougar.

LINDSAY LOHAN TURNS DOWN DANCING MONEY
Lindsay Lohan has reportedly turned down an offer of $550-thousand dollars to be a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars." She says she doesn't want to be on reality TV no matter what the pricetag.

MALE TV HOSTS EXPERIENCE "LABOR PAINS"
I don't know if you knew this, but men are supposed to be able to handle pain better than women. So two male TV hosts got all cocky, and said if MEN had babies, they'd handle it a lot better than women do. There wouldn't be all that screaming and crying. Dennis Storm and Valerio Zeno -- the hosts of a goofy TV show in Holland called Guinea Pigs -- allowed nurses to strap electrode emitting machines to their abdomens for their show. The shocks from the electrodes causes stomach cramps which simulate the excruciating contractions felt during childbirth. The boys endured two hours of the shocks before saying they'd had enough!
They compared the experience to torture.

NEW KIDS, BOYZ II MEN, 98 DEGREES ALL TOGETHER THIS SUMMER
New Kids on The Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men are doing a summer tour this year, all together! The shows kick off in May. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Feb 2nd, and American Express presale tickets go on sale Friday, 10am local time. www.ticketmaster.com
The Nashville show will be June 18th, at the Bridgestone Arena.