Wednesday, September 25, 2013

WHAT DAY IS IT? 3 MONTHS TILL CHRISTMAS!
Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, what day is it? You just said, "HumpDAAAAY!" didn't you? 
Well it is Wednesday. But today is also THREE MONTHS till Christmas Day. If you're under 12 that'll seem like forever, if you're over 12, it's going to feel like it gets here TOMORROW!

GOV BUDGET/HEALTHCARE
The first procedural vote on the Continuing Resolution on government funding is set for today in the Senate. Texas Senator Ted Cruz meanwhile, has been doing a marathon anti-Healthcare reform speech.

MALL ATTACK FOLO
In Nairobi, Kenya, that Mall hostage situation is over. The attack by an Islamist terror group left more than 60 people dead, more than 100 wounded, and ended with five of the attackers dead and eleven others arrested.

FORMER POPE DENIES COVERING UP SEXUAL ABUSE
Former Pope Benedict is denying that he attempted to cover up sexual abuse of children by priests within the Roman Catholic church. The ex-pontiff made his comments in an eleven-page letter to an Italian author and excerpts are being published in a newspaper in Rome. 

CRASH ON I-65: DRIVER IGNORES 'MOVE OVER' LAW, CRASHES INTO POLICE CAR
Here locally, yet another driver ignored the Move Over law and smashed into a police officer's patrol car while cops were conducting a DUI stop on I-65 near Moore's lane around 4 yesterday morning. Fortunately the officer was out of the car at the time, so no one was hurt. The driver was ticketed. Violating the Move Over law is punishable by a fine of up to $500 and 30 days in jail. This is the 34th time this year in which someone ignored the Move Over law, and hit an emergency vehicle.

HEALTH: ANTI-DEPRESSANTS MAY BOOST RISK OF DIABETES
Researchers in Britain suggest anti-depressants may boost your risk of type 2 diabetes. The University of Southampton team studied medical records and found a possible link. They have no proof that the drugs caused the diabetes, just that many people taking them also had it. It also could end up being related to people being obese, and not exercising enough. Exercise has been shown to reduce depression and lower diabetes cases.

MAPCO FUEL TANKER BEING PUT UPRIGHT
It may take awhile to get an overturned Mapco fuel tanker turned back upright... they have to empty the 8400 gallons of fuel first, then right it. The driver was apparently trying to back up the truck at the intersection of Glenrose and Old Glenrose late last night, when he backed off the road and overturned. The driver was pinned in, had to be extricated by the Nashville Fire Department, and was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical center with non-life threatening injuries. 

VANDERBILT ACCUSED OF PATIENT DUMPING
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is being accused of patient dumping. That means discharging patients that don't have insurance before they're really well. Patrick Miller is suing, saying Vandy released him too soon after his motorcycle crash in 2010, and he had to have his leg amputated just two-days after he was sent home. Vanderbilt denies it "dumps" patients and is asking for the case to be dismissed.

HEALTH: LOSE WEIGHT TO EASE ARTHRITIS PAIN
A new study is suggesting that people who have knee pain from arthritis need to just lose weight, to get some relief. Many just take pain pills, some add excercise, but not many actually lose weight. Scientists say that's the way you'll get the most pain relief. Researchers at Wake Forest University in North Carolina found that the people who had the most knee pain relief were those who lost the most weight. Those were the ones who combined diet and exercise. 

BILL NYE INJURED ON DANCING
One of the Celebrities on "Dancing with the Stars" may be forced out of the competition because of knee pain. Bill Nye "The Science Guy" fell during his dance routine on Monday night, and you could see he was hurting. Now doctors say he may need surgery to repair that injured knee.

OMNI HOTEL TO OPEN MONDAY
It's hard to believe it's done already, but the Omni Hotel is getting ready for its grand opening on Monday.  With 800 guest rooms, it is the second largest hotel in Tennessee, it employs nearly 700 people and is the headquarters hotel for the Music City Center.

TEXT STOPS: GOOD OR BAD IDEA?
You know those highway rest stops? Well, what about text stops? Signs are going up in New York and other places, directing drivers to "text stops," to keep people from texting WHILE driving. If it works, we could see that idea spread to Tennessee. We asked listeners on Facebook what they think of the idea ... many say it's a waste of money since people know they can stop at any gas station or business and text, anyway. Post your answer on the mix facebook page.

COLO FLOODING FOLLOW
All of the people missing from the massive floods in Colorado are accounted for after six survivors notified authorities they were alive and well.  Only one woman is left unaccounted for now, and is presumed dead.

DISABLED GUESTS NO LONGER GET FRONT OF THE LINE TREATMENT
People with disabilities will no longer get to go straight to the front of lines at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. So many people were faking it, lying and abusing the front of the line system, that park officials are changing the policy to make special needs people get a ticket with a return time appointment, which will me a supposedand a shorter wait. (It's similar to the FastPass system that's offered to every park visitor. )

CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE UNDERWAY
The Clinton Global Initiative is being held in New York City this week. It's world leaders, business leaders and philanthropists meeting to share ideas and best practices. At the opening session, former President Clinton spoke about a young Harvard graduate who had been killed in the Nairobi Mall attack, and who had also dedicated much of her life working with the Clinton Foundation. He called 33-year-old Dutch nurse Elif Yahvuz a remarkable young woman.

PRES. OBAMA ASKS UN FOR BAN ON CHEMICAL WEAPONS
The UN is being challenged by President Obama to enforce a global ban on chemical weapons.  In his address to the UN General Assembly, Obama cited clear evidence that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons in a recent, deadly attack. 

PENN STATE FOOTBALL RECOVERING
The Penn State football program is beginning the long road to recovery following the Jerry Sandusky scandal.  The NCAA announced the program will be restored to 85 scholarships ...gradually....  by the 2016-2017 school year.   The scholarships were stripped away for what the NCAA called a "football first" culture.... which the NC-double A said led to enabling the sexual abuse carried out by the former assistant coach.

JOHN HAMM TO HAVE SURGERY
42 year old Actor John Hamm of Madmen is set to have surgery on his throat next week... to have a polyp removed. It's not THOUGHT that it's anything serious, just a little growth that's making his voice raspy. 

MAN PLEADS GUILTY AFTER LEAVING CAT FOOD ON OFFICIALS' PROPERTY 
A New Jersey man is out a couple hundred dollars to make a point. Harry Heck had been complaining about the feral cats roaming around, starving, breeding, getting hit, and says the city just wouldn't do anything about it.
So Heck bought a bunch of cat food and put it on the proprty of city council members to lure the stray cats there, and let them see how it felt to the rest of the neighborhood. He was fined 250 bucks for littering.  

NETFLIX LAUNCHES "BREAKING BAD" SPOILER FOILER
Netflix has launched the "Spoiler Foiler" at www.spoilerfoiler.com, designed to block out any tweet that could spoil "Breaking Bad," just in time for its big series finale this Sunday. So far it only works to prevent spoilers for the Emmy-winning AMC drama. Netflix has rights to the "Breaking Bad" library prior to the current final season. "Bad" fans can log into the website through Twitter and view a relatively normal version of their timeline, the only change being that tweets that could contain spoilers are blacked out with a spoiler warning. They have the option of clicking on the tweet to view it, if they so dare.The app blocks any tweet with the words "breaking" or "bad," even if they may have nothing to do with the show, or are merely innocent comments on the show's Emmy win.

THE VOICE COMES BACK STRONG, WINS THE NIGHT. BLACKLIST WINS TIMESLOT
NBC executives are probably feeling pretty good about themselves this morning. The Voice kicked off its new season Monday night, 14.7 million viewers made it the most watched show of the evning. NBC gave "The Blacklist," the FBI drama starring James Spader, that lead in audience, and they held onto 12.6 million people, which won that time slot as well.