Wednesday, September 4, 2013

CASTRO FOUND DEAD IN CELL
53-year-old Ariel Castro is dead. The Ohio man sentenced last month to life in prison plus 1000 years for kidnapping and raping three girls ... and holding them hostage for a decade, apparently committed suicide. He was found hanging in his cell last night. 

OBAMA'S CALL FOR STRIKE AGAINST SYRIA CONSIDERED TODAY
President Obama's call for a U.S. missile strike against Syria will be considered today by a House panel.

JOB FAIR TODAY
There's ANOTHER big hiring event today. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Hatch Show Print are holding a job fair from 10 to 2, to fill more than 200 full and part time positions. The job fair will be at the Hall of Fame and Museum on 5th Avenue South in downtown Nashville. You can get info and fill out your app online at www.countrymusichalloffame.org

NISSAN PARTS SUPPLIER HIRING 1,200 PEOPLE
And they're not hiring yet, but there are 12 HUNDRED new jobs coming to Tennessee. (Calsonic Kansei) Nissan's largest parts supplier says it'll be adding on jobs at its plants in Lewisburg, Shelbyville and Smyrna. Just not yet.

ANONYMOUS DINER PAYING FAMILY’S BILL INSPIRES THOUSANDS
This story will remind you how that tiny, small, random act of kindness you do today can make a HUGE difference to someone else. A North Carolina family found out first hand. Ashley England says her family went to dinner last week, and her 8-year-old, non-verbal, special needs son, Riley, started getting ‘a ittle rowdy’ and banging the table. The waitress came up to her, and instead of the nasty message Ashley half expected, the waittress said, "I hope I can tell you this without crying, but someone's paid your family's tab, and sent this note." It said, "God only gives special children to special people." Mom started crying, the waitress started crying. Ashley says the family had been through so much lately, the little boy's surgeries for epilepsy, and all the stress, that it wasn't about someone paying their tab. It was just that someone cared enough and was kind enough to make the gesture. 

JEWISH NEW YEAR
The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, starts at sundown tonight. The celebration lasts two days, and kicks off a ten-day period of introspection among Jews which wraps up with the observance of Yom Kippur [[ yome-kee-PUEHR ]]. 

FLU SEASON APPROACHING
Flu season may be several months away, but doctors say it's not too early to get your shot. As soon as they're available locally. They'll vaccinate you against four different strains this year. And Dr. William Schaffner from Vanderbilt University says if you're over 60 you should ask, specifically, for the "high dose" version of the flu shot. They've found older people need that mega-dose for it to work well. (It can be up to 25-percent more effective. The flu season in Middle Tennessee usually peaks in February.)

FOX CONFIRMS AMERICAN IDOL JUDGES PANEL
And, it's official -- Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. will be the three judges for the next season of American Idol. (I think this will be the prettiest Idol Judges panel yet.)

FOOD: BURGER KING ADDS FRENCH FRY BURGER TO ITS MENU
Burger King has a new entry into the food wars: the BK French-Fry Burger. It’s their standard dollar burger with four french fries added. They’re trying to beef-up sales, after dropping last year into the number three fast food spot behind McDonald's and Wendy's. 

NEW SMARTWATCH ROLLS OUT TODAY
Could this bring watches back? Samsung is rolling out a new "smartwatch" today. The Galaxy Gear 'wearable technology' connects to your other Samsung devices to let you know about incoming emails and cellphone calls. 

DANCING WITH THE STARS CELEBRITY LIST RELEASED
The cast for the new season of ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" has been announced. This season's Celebrity Dancers include: Bill Nye the science guy; Valerie Harper; Leah Remini, King of Queens; Amber Riley, from Glee; Corbin Bleu from High School Musical; Snooki; and "Here's Your Sign" comedian Bill Engvall. See the whole list at the link above.