Wednesday, July 17, 2013

MONTEITH DIED FROM OVERDOSE                                                                                                    Toxicology results are in, and they show Glee actor Cory Monteith died from an overdose of heroin and alcohol. The 31 year old's body was found in a hotel room Saturday. Doctors say he may have been more susceptible to an overdose, because when patients leave detox, their bodies are no longer able to tolerate high doses of drugs. Monteith had just gotten out of rehab the end of April. Experts also say, typically, the younger a person is when they get hooked, the more likely they are to relapse. Monteith said his drug use was out of control already by the time he was 16.

GAS PRICES UP
It doesn't make it any easier knowing the jump in gas prices was coming. The national average has gone up nearly 15 cents in the past week, to $3.63 for a gallon of regular. Analysts say you can expect more increases in the next two weeks as pump prices catch up with crude oil and wholesale gasoline prices.

HEAT UP
No relief in sight for the heat, either. Heat indexes in much of the country are up above 100, and 48 states have expected high temperatures above 90 today.

NORTHEAST HEAT WAVE COULD BE DEADLY
The Weather Channel is describing the threatening forecast as a large dome of high pressure, which likely is to result in "hazy, hot and humid" temperatures throughout the week. Heat waves can be killers, just like the 1980 heat wave that took more than 10,000 lives in the central and eastern United States and cost an estimated $20 billion in damages and costs to agriculture.
    Temperatures will rise up to 10 degrees above average, and because it's only the middle of July, meteorologists predict there will be many more dangerously hot weeks ahead. Evening and overnight temperatures will offer little relief with the sun gone away. Relief will also arrive late in the week when a cold front could trigger numerous thunderstorms Thursday through Saturday.

INJURIES FROM SMART PHONE
The number of pedestrian injuries related to smartphone use has doubled in the past eight years. In fact, just in 2010, 15-hundred people have ended up in emergency rooms because they were looking at their phones and walked into the path of vehicles, fell, tripped over something or walked into a wall or door.

VANDERBILT'S MASS LAYOFFS UNDER INVESTIGATION
A longtime civil rights lawyer and a former U.S. Attorney are looking into the recent layoffs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  The mass terminations were part of the hospital's plan to trim 100-million-dollars from its budget. The lawyers say they have concerns that the terminations were based on factors other than performance and could be in violation of federal wage laws. 

JENNY MCCARTHY'S VIEW SEAT CAUSING CONTROVERSY
Monday morning, Jenny McCarthy was officially named the new co-host of "The View." By Monday afternoon, she was well on the way to being the most controversial addition to the show. She's been a parody film star, playboy playmate, parenting book author and is one of the biggest public opponents of childhood vaccines. It's that last thing that's making people angry. Health officials are afraid her broader audience may result in more parents not getting their kids vaccinated, and spread disease and death that's completely preventable. 

OPRAH PAYING LINDSAY LOHAN $2-MILLION FOR INTERVIEW
How many times recently have you seen Lindsay Lohan do something completely unexplainable and wanted to ask her, "Girl, what is going on with you?"  Well, Oprah Winfrey's going to ask those questions for you. TMZ reports Oprah is paying Lindsay two million dollars for an exclusive interview, that'll air in a multi-part documentary. Lohan signed the deal while she was a patient at the Betty Ford substance abuse recovery center earlier this year. The 2-million is double what Lohan charged to pose topless for a porn magazine.

NASHVILLE 32 STORY TOWER MOVING FORWARD
Plans are moving forward for what will become one of Nashville's tallest buildings. The developers have sealed the deal on a 32-story tower called SoBro that will be built just south of Broadway. The building will include more than 300 apartments, nearly 20-thousand-square-feet of restaurant and retail space, and more than 500 parking spaces. 

WOMAN STRUCK BY LIGHTNING INSIDE GROCERY STORE
Did you hear about the 33-year-old woman who was standing in the checkout line at a grocery store, and was hit by lightning?! Happened in Louisiana. Lakeisha was just standing there, waiting to pay for her groceries, when lightning hit the roof of the store, traveled through the sprinkler system and hit the metal plate Lakeisha was standing on. Her leg and foot were blackened from the hit, but she's okay, and says what made it worse was the fact that she'd gone into the store to get out of the bad weather.

BOSTON BOMBER ON COVER OF ROLLING STONE
There are a lot of upset people over "Rolling Stone" magazine's decision to feature the Boston Bombing suspect on the cover of the magazine.
The issue, which hits newsstands Friday, depicts an unsmiling Tsarnaev, 19, above a boldface headline, "The Bomber." The story, which features interviews from childhood friends, teachers and law enforcement agents, promises to reveal how a “popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam, and became a monster."

HEALTH: SLEEP BETTER WITH A COOL PILLOW
If you have a hard time falling asleep, this could be the tip you've waited years to hear! The Doctor who wrote the book "Sound Asleep" says try putting your pillow in the fridge to cool it down before bedtime. He says you sleep best when your body is cooled down, and since your body releases heat through your head and face, hands and feet, a cool pillow can speed up that process and help you get to sleep faster. READ MORE

GOOGLE TV
It looks like you're a step closer to being able to watch regular TV, live, online. Google has already contacted some media companies about licensing the content to stream TV online.

POLLUTION CAUSING MILLIONS OF EARLY DEATHS
A new study claims the effects of air pollution are responsible for more than two million deaths annually.  East Asia is the worst affected area, with an estimated one million people that die prematurely each year.

OUR FAVORITE BALLTEAM
A new poll shows America's favorite baseball team is: the New York Yankees. Favorites in the Harris interactive poll for the tenth straight year.  The Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves rank second and third.  The Los Angeles Dodgers are fourth, with the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers tied for fifth place.

CHENEY DAUGHTER TO RUN FOR SENATE
The oldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney is considering a seat in the U.S. Senate.  Liz Cheney has announced she will run against three-term incumbent and fellow Republican Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi next year. 

SHARPTON REACTS TO ZIMMERMAN ACQUITTAL WITH 100 CITY RALLY
The Reverend Al Sharpton, meanwhile, is pushing for a "National Justice for Trayvon Day," a 100-city rally on Saturday.
         
STEVIE WONDER BOYCOTTS STAND YOUR GROUND STATES

And Music legend Stevie Wonder says he won't perform in any state where the Stand Your Ground law is in effect. The law allows people to meet "force with force" if they believe they or someone else is in danger of being seriously harmed by an assailant. It does not require the person being met with force to try and get away and avoid the confrontation.

FLORIDA WOMAN'S CONVICTION GETTING A SECOND LOOK AFTER ZIMMERMAN VERDICT
A Florida mother's conviction is getting renewed interest following the controversial acquittal of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.  Marissa Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison last year for firing, what she says was a warning shot into the air, to scare off her abusive husband.  No one was injured.  Alexander was prosecuted by Angela Corey, the same prosecutor in the Zimmerman case. 

WEBSITE WEDNESDAY IDEA: FUN, SHORT VIDEOS EVERY DAY
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GROUPS SUING NSA OVER PHONE SURVEILLANCE
Nineteen organizations, from across the political spectrum, are suing the National Security Agency.  The lawsuit filed yesterday in San Francisco federal court argues that the NSA violated the groups' rights by collecting their phone records.  The organizations include a number of political advocacy groups and gun rights advocates.  They claim the phone surveillance program violates their First Amendment right to freedom of association and their Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.   

PARENTS LOWERING AGE OF CONSENT FOR TATTOOS
How old would your kid have to be to get a tattoo? A recent survey found that parents are lowering the age that they consider tattoos appropriate. The average age which parents say is okay for some ink is now 16!   A Pew Research study found that 40% of those 18-29 have tattoos, and of those who do -- half have 2-5 tattoos. Right after we talked about this story earlier this morning... someone called and said he had a friend with a tattoo of a Monkey on his stomach. The monkey is looking over his shoulder and the man's belly button is the monkey's butt...