Wednesday, November 27, 2013

ANNUAL TOY REPORT OUT
If you'll be shopping for children this weekend, make sure you check out the annual "Trouble in Toyland" report that lists toy dangers to watch out for. The info from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group says some of the things parents forget to watch out for include MAGNETS on little toys, and tiny parts like eyes on plush toys that can come off and cause choking. 
 

HOLIDAY TRAVEL
When you get on the road today, be thankful you don't have ICE to deal with. All the precipitation we've gotten in the past couple of days had time to dry up before the temperatures dropped.
That major storm that blew through left us with very cold and windy conditions, though. That wind could blow your vehicle around on the road, so be ready for that.

STORM MOVES TO EAST COAST
That storm is still causing flight delays along the east coast, so you'll want to check your airline online before you head out, to make sure your flight hasn't been affected. That storm now stretches from South Florida to the Mid-Atlantic, unloading heavy rain on West Virginia, Virginia and the Carolinas.

EMERGENCY SHELTERS OPENING FOR HOMELESS IN NASHVILLE
With our overnight lows down into the teens and 20s, emergency shelters are opening for people who live on the streets of Nashville. Beds are being set up at a local church, and volunteers drive around the city, looking for people who want to come in for the night. As many as one in four homeless people have severe mental illness, and many of them are former veterans, who served their country, then came back with problems they couldn't overcome. That group helping them this time is the non-profit Open Table Nashville.

ADOPTIVE PARENTS OF NINE YEAR OLD BOY INDICTED
The adoptive parents of a nine-year-old Ohio boy are being indicted for abandoning him.  Forty-nine-year-old Cleveland Cox and his 52-year-old wife Lisa had raised the boy since he was three-months old.  They're due in court today.

NASHVILLE STORE ACCUSED OF SELLING BEER TO MINORS, ON PURPOSE
Sometimes convenience store clerks sell beer to underage buyers because they're careless, they forget to check ID, or maybe the kid has a fake ID. But the Stop and Shop on White Bridge Road is in trouble for allegedly selling beer to kids on purpose. They got busted by some alert parents who asked their teenaged son where he got beer. He told 'em Stop and Shop was where high school kids go to get beer. Police say one of the clerks had a 40-dollar special for minors: 40 bucks, you get some beer. The parents called police.

WOMAN FIGHTS TO GET LESS OFFENSIVE LICENSE PLATES
A Missouri woman is thankful today to get new license plates. She had to argue for weeks with the state because they sent her new car tags that read WHOR-X 8. The dmv said, "That spells WHO- ARE." She said, WHOR would NOT be read as, "who are" on her license plate. The DMV finally gave in and is giving her a new one, for free.

WIND AND MACY'S BALLOONS
That storm may also affect part of your Thanksgiving Tradition... the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The folks who fly those giant helium balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, won't be able to fly those balloons if it's too windy. Balloons have been grounded only once in the parade's 87-year history. 

PROCESS OF CHOOSING FAIR OPERATOR CALLED UNFAIR
The process of choosing a group to run the Tennessee State Fair is under fire.  A grassroots organization called "Save Our Fairgrounds" says the process is tailored so that the group that operated this year's event will be the only qualified applicant. (They say other groups didn't have time to file the paperwork needed. )

DISMISSED VANDY PLAYER ENTERING NFL DRAFT
A former Vanderbilt player accused of covering up an alleged rape is entering the NFL draft.  Chris Boyd was dismissed from the team in September after pleading guilty, but he's still enrolled at Vandy and wants to turn pro while he's still eligible.

DANCING WITH THE STARS
Dancing with the Stars has a new winner: it's Amber Riley from "Glee." (Corbin Bleu took second place, and Jack Osbourne, who finished third.)

MALCOLM STAR MINI STROKE
Former child star Frankie Muniz has suffered another "mini-stroke" almost exactly a YEAR after he was hospitalized for a similar health crisis. He's okay, but the 27 year old says he sure hopes this is the last one. He says he feels miserable. 27

MANY AMERICANS OPTING AGAINST BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING
Not EVERYBODY will be shopping on Black Friday. A Consumer Reports poll finds 44% of us say we will, 56% say they WON'T shop on Friday!
Most say they don't like the crowds. The other reasons people sit out Black Friday shopping: they say the "deals are not that great," some would rather - gasp - spend time with their families, and many say, "I just don't want to get up that early!"

THANKSGIVING MEAL CALORIES AND FAT
On Thanksgiving, the average person consumes 4500 calories and 229 grams of fat.
 
TERMINALLY ILL KATY PERRY FAN DIES
A terminally ill teen whose cover of Katy Perry's "Roar" caught the singer's attention last month has died.  In a statement to CNN Olivia Wise's family says the 16-year-old died peacefully at her home Monday "surrounded by the extraordinary love of her family."  Perry who told Olivia she was moved by her recording in a response video on YouTube tweeted this message after learning of the teen's death: "Olivia Wise, I can hear you singing with the angels now. Your spirit and strength has inspired me & so many others... May you rest in peace."
 Wise was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer in January 2012 after suffering a seizure.  Her mother tells CNN her Olivia doesn't want people crying at her funeral but says they should celebrate her life.

REDSKINS
The Washington Redskins are taking more heat, this time for honoring the Navajo Code Talkers during their Monday Night Football game.  The Code Talkers created an unbreakable code during World War Two based on their complex Navajo language.  Some observers felt it was part of a campaign to avoid changing the team's name.