Wednesday, June 27, 2012
AIR QUALITY ALERT
There's an air quality alert again today...We're in the Orange Range... for a high amount of ground level ozone in the air. That makes the air unhealthy to breathe if you have lung disease, or if you're breathing a lot of it, as children do, or adults who are exerting themselves outside. The rest of us are asked to reduce our toxic emissions... by turning off the car at drive-throughs, driving less, and holding off on using gas-powered lawn equipment... until the ozone clears some.
VANDERBILT PREPARING FOR INCREASE IN HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES
Every year people hear about how dangerous the heat is, then they go outside, get active, they DON'T drink water, and end up hospitalized for heat exhaustion or they die from heat stroke. Vanderbilt University Medical Center says it's getting ready for that increase in heat-related patients. High temperatures are expected to cross the hundred-degree mark tomorrow and stay there through the weekend. Health officials remind you to check on your elderly friends, whose bodies don't cool as efficiently, and to also make sure your pets have shelter with shade and plenty of water.
RESCUE MISSION'S HOT PATROL HELPS BEAT THE HEAT
The Nashville Rescue Mission is starting it's "Hot Patrol," handing out water to people outside, around town, including the homeless.
COLORADO FIRE HAS 32-THOUSAND OUT OF THEIR HOMES
Colorado's Waldo Canyon Fire is keeping about 32-thousand people away from their homes in Colorado Springs. Evacuations last night included part of the US Air Force Academy. The fire burned at least 40 homes as it spread last night.
IPAD RENEWAL STATIONS CUT DOWN WAIT TIME AT DMV
You can already renew your driver license online or through the mail, but now the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security has come up with a new app, so you can use your smartphone at the testing and renewal centers.
You can find out where, at TN.gov.
FACEBOOK OFFERS NEW EMAIL FOR USERS
There's another Facebook change. You may like this oneL: it's for safety. The social networking site has assigned you a Facebook e-mail address, so you can communicate with people outside Facebook with that one, instead of giving out your personal e-mail address that you were required to use to sign up. You can decide which one to display on your FB page.
BRENTWOOD APARTMENT FIRE PUTS 18 FAMILIES OUT OF THEIR HOMES
Eighteen apartment units were destroyed by fire at the Brentwood Oaks Apartments in south Nashville last night. The American Red Cross has been called to help the families burned out of their homes.
MORE THAN A THIRD OF AMERICANS BELIEVE IN UFOS
More than a third of Americans believe in UFOs. A new National Geographic Channel study indicates 80-million Americans are certain UFOs exist and that one-in-ten believe they've seen one. (In addition, a majority think the government has kept information a secret from the public. Most people also believe President Obama would handle an alien invasion better than Mitt Romney.)
FRANKLIN MOM FACES DUI AFTER WRECKS WITH KID IN CAR
A Franklin mother has been arrested for causing two car crashes Monday afternoon with her five-year-old daughter in the car. Police say the first crash happened around 12:30 on Mallory Lane, and that Mary Neal then fled the scene ... and rear-ended a stopped semi near Galleria Boulevard. No one was hurt, but Neal was arrested and faces DUI and other charges. Cops found two empty vodka bottles in her car, and one more than half empty.
LOW-CARB DIET BURNS THE MOST CALORIES IN SMALL STUDY
A new study has found that all calories are not created equal when it comes to dieting. Researchers found dieters who were trying to maintain weight loss burned significantly more calories on a low-carb diet than they did eating low-fat foods. The plan that burned the next most calories was the low-glycemic index diet... which is similar to the Mediterranean diet. Experts say the findings are preliminary and need more long-term study.
SINGLE TICKETS FOR TITANS HOME GAMES ON SALE AUGUST 3RD
The date has been set for the sale of single Titans' home game tickets. You can get 'em Friday, August 3rd, at 10am. You can buy at www.ticketmaster.com , the LP Field box officer, or by phone. 800-745-3000.
Since last season, LP Field has gone under a multi-million dollar renovation, which includes the installation of state of the art video boards and elevators to the upper deck. www.TitansOnline.com.
STUDY: NOISY COFFEE SHOPS GOOD FOR CREATIVITY
If you need to come up with some ideas for something, instead of going someplace quiet, try a noisy coffee shop or restaurant. Scientists say the noise and distractions can boost your ability to think abstractly, or 'out of the box.'
TODAY IS NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY
Today is "National HIV Testing Day," to encourage you to get tested for the virus that causes Aids. The Centers For Disease Control ESTIMATES that more than a million Americans are infected, but one in five of them don't know it. You can go to HIVtest.org for more information about it.
LARGEST EVER AMERICAN CITY TO DECLARE BANKRUPTCY
Stockton, California is about to achieve a dubious distinction. It will become the largest American city ever to declare bankruptcy.
MAN WANTS APOLOGY FROM TSA
An Indianapolis man wants an apology from the TSA. John Gross says when he was trying to board a flight in Orlando, Florida for New Jersey with his grandfather's ashes, some of them got spilled, and a TSA worker laughed about it. Gross says he tried not to cause a scene when the worker put on a glove and ran her finger inside the jar with the ashes, which he says was clearly marked.
NORA EPHRON DIES
Filmmaker and writer Nora Ephron has died. She was nominated for screenwriting Oscars for "Silkwood," "When Harry Met Sally," and "Sleepless in Seattle." Ephron was 71.
REACTION TO EPHRON'S DEATH: TOM HANKS, BILLY CRYSTAL
Billy Crystal, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman and other stars who worked with Nora Ephron over the years are mourning the loss of the writer, director and producer behind some of Hollywood's most popular romantic comedies. E! News reports Crystal, who starred in Ephron's "When Harry Met Sally," said he was "very lucky to get to say her words." Crystal added that "being her Harry" will always have a special place in his heart. Likewise, "Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail" star Tom Hanks said in a joint statement with his wife Rita Wilson that they are "so very sad" to lose a friend "who brought so much joy to all who were lucky enough to know her." Kidman called Ephron a "joy to be around," while Meryl Streep told "The New York Times" she was "an expert in all the departments of living well."
Other stars took to Twitter to mourn Ephron's passing, including Alan Cumming, Sarah Silverman, Kerry Washington, Kelly Ripa, Elijah Wood, Ron Howard, Justin Timberlake, Bette Middler and many more. Ephron died Tuesday at the age of 71.
One of her great comments, "You should eat delicious things while you can still eat them, go to wonderful places while you still can ... and not have evenings where you say to yourself, 'What am I doing here? Why am I here? I am bored witless!'" she told Reuters.
TROPICAL STORM DEBBY LATEST
The weather disturbance that was Tropical Storm Debby is now just a depression as it arrives on Florida's east coast. The storm is still dumping rain on already swollen rivers and packing 35-mile-an-hour winds. Debby's rains are blamed for reports of sinkholes all across Central Florida.
SAMSUNG TABLET BLOCKED AS APPLE GETS 27 MORE PATENTS
A court is tossing out Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer. A federal judge ruled yesterday to block all U.S. sales of the computer during an ongoing patent dispute between Samsung and the popular iPad maker Apple. Apple filed for a preliminary injunction against the tablet last year, claiming patent infringement.