Friday, January 31, 2014

PRESIDENT SAYS WINTER OLYMPICS SAFE
President Obama says the Sochi Winter Olympics will be safe.  The President spoke with CNN as American athletes arrived in the Russian city to begin preparations for the Games.  The Opening Ceremony is scheduled for one week from today.  Obama said Americans who want to attend the Olympics should go.  

NEW HELP FOR LONGTERM JOBLESS
President Obama and business leaders are launching a program today to help long-term unemployed people find jobs.  Obama is also ordering federal agencies to end hiring practices that make it hard for people who have been out of work for a long time to get hired.  The President will announce commitments today from more than 300 companies.  

FREE SAFETY COURSE FOR TEENAGE DRIVERS OFFERED
You got a teenager who's about to become a legal driver? Well, this may make things a lot safer for them. There's a Metro Police Department Safety class you can put your kid through, that's absolutely FREE! It'll be February 15th, at the Metro Southeast complex, the class is open to kids between 14 and 18, and will focus on the effects of impaired and distracted driving. 

YOU MAY WANNA RESET YOUR YAHOO PASSWORD, SOME PASSWORDS COMPROMISED
You probably wanna change your yahoo password. Federal authorities and Yahoo are working to find out who attacked Yahoo Mail accounts.  Apparently crooks hacked into a different website and got password information from people who had logged in with their yahoo email accounts, and then went back to yahoo to log on... and search for financial info.

NASA'S THREE BIGGEST TRAGEDIES ALL THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
NASA is observing a Day of Remembrance today, commemorating three of NASA's worst tragedies. Monday was the 47th anniversary of the launch pad fire that killed the crew of Apollo One. Tuesday, was the 28th anniversary of the day Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after its launch, and tomorrow (Sat) will be eleven years since Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart during reentry into the earth's atmosphere.

MOST PARENTS WANT KIDS TO PLAY SOMETHING OTHER THAN FOOTBALL
We may like to watch it on TV, but a new poll finds 40 percent of Americans say they would encourage their kids to play any sport OTHER than football... now that we know the health issues concussions can cause.

WHY YOU'LL SEE COACHES AT THE GAME COVERING MOUTHS WHEN THEY SPEAK
Okay, I'm gonna tell you something cool to look for if you're watching the big game this weekend. In the Seattle huddle, quarterback Russell Wilson will probably be talking to the players WITHOUT his mouthpiece, so deaf teammate Derrick Coleman can read his lips and get the plays. Coleman can hear with his hearing aids, but not well, and he says he really relies a lot on his lip-reading. Coleman laughs and says that's ALSO why you'll see opposing coaches during the games speaking with their hands over their mouths… so he can't see what they're saying.

FIRST EVER KITTEN BOWL ON HALLMARK FEATURES KITTENS FROM SHELTERS
And if you want some other options this Sunday there's also the Kitten Bowl, on the Hallmark Channel. 

PUPPY BOWL IS BACK ... THIS YEAR IS PUPPY BOWL X

FISHBOWL ON, TOO
and on NatGeoWild... there's the FishBowl...

IF YOU'RE GONNA WATCH ANYWAY, WANNA BECOME AN OFFICIAL VOTER FOR BEST COMMERCIAL?
And, if you're going to watch all the commercials, anyway, you may want to register as an official voter for best commercial.
http://admeter.usatoday.com/ad-meter/registration

MORE INSTANT KARMA FOR IDIOT CROOK
Here's some more of that instant karma. In Portland, Oregon, a guy suspected shooting his neighbor during an attempted robbery…. Was taken to the hospital with a pretty serious injury… because as he tried to run away from the crime scene, he put his handgun in the waistband of his pants, and shot himself… in the … man parts. He's in more serious condition than his victim. Plus, he has some jailtime to look forward to.

WHAT NOT TO DO AT SUPERBOWL PARTIES. DON'T BE THAT GUY
"During the commercials, shut your face… "

GEORGIA EMERGENCY OFFICIAL SAYS HE MESSED UP!
A Georgia emergency official says he made "a terrible error in judgement" regarding preparations for this week's winter storm that paralyzed the Atlanta metro area.  Charley English, who heads the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, says he waited too long Tuesday to start storm preparations. 

GEORGIA GOV SAYS, 'SORRY!'
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal  is apologizing for the state's response to the winter storm that paralyzed the Atlanta area.  Deal said at a press conference Thursday the state did not make preparations early enough to avoid thousands of traffic accidents on icy roads and abandoned vehicles choking highways in and around Atlanta.  

GOVERNMENT HEALTH OFFICIALS WILL PAY YOU TO GET THE FLU
The federal government is paying people three-thousand dollars to get the flu.  The National Institutes of Health announced this week that it's paying people between the ages of 18 and 50 who volunteer for a flu study.  Research directors say studying how younger bodies fight the flu could provide important clues toward producing a more effective flu vaccine.

UTAH LAWMAKERS LOOKING AT POLICY AFTER LUNCHES TAKEN FROM KIDS AND THROWN AWAY
Utah lawmakers are taking a hard look at state school lunch policies after lunches were taken from almost 40 students at an elementary school in Salt Lake City.  The Salt Lake City School District apologized to parents after the students' meals were thrown away Thursday due to low or negative balances on their lunch accounts.

NATIONAL SHOWS IN TOWN FOR OPEN AUDITIONS THIS WEEKEND
JAN 31ST INK MASTER AUDITION,
http://www.inkmastercasting.com/open-call-information.html

PRODUCERS FROM THE VOICE, HOLDING AUDITIONS THIS WEEKEND IN NASHVILLE
http://www.nbcthevoice.com

SUPERBOWL COMMERCIALS RELEASED EARLY… BUDWEISER STILL TOPS, KIA IS AWESOME, DANNON IS A LITTLE CREEPY
http://blog.spotbowl.com
You can play along and weigh in on the superbowl commercials. Those already running include, of course, the Budweiser commercial, but also the oddball Muppets spot, the kinda creepy Yogurt ad, the Jaguar ad that'll make you wanna be a super-villain, and the Matrix-inspired Kia spot with a twist at the end.