Mon, March 12, 2012
TITANS' OWNER WANTS MANNING
Titans owner Bud Adams says he wants Peyton Manning, and he's prepared to make a competetive offer for him. Adams says Manning is from Tennessee, so he should be playing here. The 89 year-old says he's contacted Manning's agent, believes Manning could play for two or three years and could, "...come in and turn this around for us." The Titans' General Manager, however, says the team is happy with its current quarterbacks.
DENVER SAYS IT'LL TRADE TEBOW
There are reports that if DENVER gets Manning, they'll trade quarterback Tim Tebow to someone else.
HEART MEDICATION BELIEVED TO REDUCE RACISM
Researchers in the United Kingdom say they've found a heart disease drug with a bizarre side effect: it lowers RACISM. People who took the medication Propranolol scored lower on a psychological test of racist attitudes. Scientists say racism is largely based on fear, and Propranolol not only lowers heart rate, but also works on the part of the brain involved in fear and emotional responses.
HEALTH: ODOR PROMPTS BABY FORMULA RECALL
Some baby formula is being recalled.... because of a weird odor. Gerber Products is recalling some Good Start Gentle powdered formula...and says it's not a health threat, though some parents have complained their infants had stomach upset.
DCS SOFTWARE GLITCHES MIS-SPENT MILLIONS
Some Tennessee foster care parents are getting twice the money they're supposed to while others aren't getting paid at all. Glitches in the Department of Children's Services new computer system have caused over two-and-a-half-million in duplicate or missed payments...though the 37-million-dollar software system was supposed to improve efficiency and better track services.
FORMER YOUTH MINISTER FACES SEX CHARGES
36 year old Jacqueline Taylor, a former Antioch church youth minister, is facing sex abuse charges involving a 17 year old boy who went to her church. She allegedly picked him up and parked with him outside empty houses, where the abuse happened. The 17 year-old told his parents, who filed charges.
STUDY: EXERCISE CHANGES DNA
A new study says working out for just 20 minutes a day... can actually CHANGE your DNA.... to make it more efficient. (The underlying genetic code stays the same. The study was conducted on 14 young men and women using an exercise bike. It was published in the journal Cell Metabolism. )
AIRPORT LOOKING FOR ARTISTS
If you're an artist trying to get a break, the Nashville Airport is looking for local artists to feature in its Flying Solo Exhibit at the airport. Your proposal is due by the end of the month and you can get info at www.flynashville.com
OREGON MAN MAILED THREATENING LETTERS TO CONGRESSIONAL OFFICES
Cops think they've caught the guy who mailed more than 100 threatening letters containing white powder to congressional offices. Christopher Carlson of Oregon was arrested at his home on Friday.
U.S. GAS PRICES STILL SOARING
You may have noticed U.S. gas prices are still skyrocketing. We're up to an average of 3.81 a gallon. (Los Angeles is at 4.35.)
MARYLAND MAN ARRESTED FOR SCHOOL SHOOTING THREAT
Police say they've arrested a student at the University of Maryland after he made an Internet threat to go on a shooting rampage at the campus. He allegedly threatened to kill, "...enough people to make it to national news."
HEALTH: WEIGHT LIFTING BEFORE CARDIO BETTER FOR BLOOD SUGAR
Research on diabetes has come up with something interesting... if you lift weights BEFORE doing cardio, it helps prevent a big drop in your blood sugar after you exercise. Blood sugar drops are not good for people with diabetes, OR the rest of us. (The study appears in the journal "Diabetes Care.")
TENNESSEE PARENTS CHALLENGED TO FIND DAYCARE
Many Tennessee parents say they're having to work to make ends meet, but they're working HARDER to find good daycare. There are about 295 thousand children 6 and younger in the state, and a hundred thousand fewer daycare spots available.
PIG INSPIRES CHURCH CONGREGATION TO SHED POUNDS
An entire Texas CHURCH has gone on a diet, and they're doing it by trying to eat like a pig. One of the members had a pot bellied pig that got TOO fat and had to lose weight... lost 100 pounds. Members of the St. Nicholas Episcopal Church said, "If a PIG can do it, so can we!" They're asking other churches to do the same.
OVERHEARD: FLIGHT ATTENDANT ON PLANE RANTS ABOUT CRASHING
There was a scare aboard an American Airlines flight at Dallas, Fort Worth, when a female flight attendant went on a tirade about crashing over the p.a. system. She was subdued by passengers, the plane taxied back to the gate, and the woman was taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
The 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament field is set, all 68 teams' worth. The four regional number-one seeds are Kentucky, Syracuse, North Carolina and Michigan State. The tournament starts tomorrow, the final four will be March 31st.
NASHVILLE HOTELS NOTICE MORE GRANDPARENTS PAYING FOR VACATIONS
As economic frustrations continue, many parents are seeing a little relief when it comes to family vacations. The grandparents often pick up the tab. Either because the kids and grandkids are already living with them, or so they can go along and spend family time. Opryland Hotel in Nashville is one of the hotels noticing the trend. "We've seen much more multi-generational travel and part of that is the economy over the last several years."
JOHN MAYER TO TAKE HIATUS
John Mayer is canceling his upcoming U.S. tour and will take an indefinite hiatus from live performing. The Grammy winner, who was diagnosed with a granuloma on his vocal cord last fall, writes on his blog that he found out on Wednesday that the granuloma "had grown back." He writes, "This is bad news." Mayer went on to explain the condition, writing a "granuloma forms and continues to snowball because it's in a spot where the vocal cords hit together and there's no way to really give it a chance to heal without a good stretch of time and some pretty intensive treatment." Mayer, 34, blogs that he knows he'll face "another surgery and a very long chemically-imposed period of silence, so I hope you'll understand that I have to really pick that date carefully."
TACO BELL MARKS 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW ENTREE
Food critics might gnash their teeth, but customers seem to love the new "Doritos Locos Tacos" at Taco Bell. The new entree is just what it sounds like: ground beef, lettuce, tomato and cheddar cheese with a sour cream topping inside a hard shell that's essentially a tortilla-sized Doritos chip. The taco is served inside a paper sleeve, giving diners a 50-50 chance of not getting orange powder all over their fingers. Taco Bell prepared 50-million Doritos taco shells ahead of Thursday's rollout. Based in Irvine, California, Taco Bell has 35-hundred restaurants nationwide. Coming this summer: Cool Ranch tacos.
NASHVILLE RESIDENTS PROTEST CENTRAL PARKING
West Linden Street residents today are leaving their cars parked in protest. The parking protest is over curbside parking by employees at the corporate headquarters of Central Parking Systems. Residents say the business takes up curbside parking and sometimes blocks driveways and trash cans.
SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST
The 2012 edition of South by Southwest is officially underway in Austin, Texas. The interactive and film portions of the event got going Friday with the music festival set to start tomorrow. This year's fest runs through the 18th, and includes performances from Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen, Train, Fiona Apple and many, many more. Fans can find the full schedule at SXSW.com.
WOMAN DIES AFTER SUFFOCATING IN DONATION BOX
A New York City woman who tried to crawl into a donation box to steal the clothes inside died for her efforts. 51-year-old Melissa Mazzeo crawled into the big metal box on Staten Island around noon on Saturday, and got caught in the door of the box when she tried to climb back out. She was found with her head sticking out of the box, her body inside.
TAYLOR SWIFT NAMED TOP MUSICAL MONEY MAKER IN 2011
Taylor Swift has become the biggest wage-earner among people in the music business. "Billboard" magazine says the 22-year-old singer earned over 35-million dollars last year. Irish rockers U2, country music star Kenny Chesney, pop star Lady Gaga and rapper Lil Wayne complete the top five on Billboard's annual list of top-40 money makers in the music business.