Monday December 17, 2012
MEMORIAL SERVICE IN CONNECTICUT
President Barack Obama offered words of hope when he spoke at an interfaith memorial service and prayer vigil last night in Newtown, CT for the 26 people who were killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Towards the end of his speech, Obama read the names of the children who died and said "God has called them all home." The president was one of numerous speakers which included religious leaders of numerous faiths.
CHECK YOUR MAILBOX
Sending Christmas cards is still a popular tradition. The U.S. Postal Service expects today to be its busiest day of the season. They're planning on processing an estimated 655-million cards, letters and packages today across the country.
NASHVILLE FOOD COMPETETION
Gov. Bill Haslam and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean are engaging in a food drive competition that is part of an effort to provide 10 million meals during the holiday season. The two will appear at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Nashville today to announce whose collected the most food.
SEC OF STATE
Hillary Clinton is recovering at home after passing out, bumping her noggin, and giving herself a concussion. She was light-headed after dealing with the stomach flu. By the way, Sen. John Kerry is said to be the White House's choice to replace her as Secretary of State.
STOP CHANGING MY TIME
Here's another reason to hate the daylight savings time change. According to a new study at two Michigan hospitals, there's a light increase in heart attacks the next day after setting the clock ahead. Researchers believe they're triggered by the loss of sleep that happens with resetting the clock.
THE END IS NEAR?
Forget the Mayan calendar--here's proof the world is ending soon. Justin Bieber is talking with ABC about starring in a sitcom based on his life. The family series is expected to center on Bieber's home life back before he bacame famous. We can only hope he includes Screech in the cast.
ROYALTIES INCREASE FOR SONGWRITERS
Songwriters everywere, especially here in Nashville are happy with a ruling by the Copyright Royalty Board. The royalty payments paid by companies who stream their music online will be increasing next year, and continue to creep up through 2017. The Nashville Songwriters Associationand other groups representing music copyright holders have been working recently to grow the money paid to their members whenever their work is streamed online and broadcast on satellite radio.
SANTA, I WANT...
In happier news, parents with young kids will not be surprised to learn that iPads, iPods, and iPhones are the most wanted Christmas gifts this year for kids ages 6-to-12. The survey by Nielsen also found that Santa is getting a lot of requests for gaming systems with the Wii U, and Nintendo DS leading the list .
Titans are playing the Jets tonight at LP Field. ESPN will be carrying the 7:30 game. Keep in mind various streets and bridges will be closed as we get closer to game time. The Woodland St. bridge will shut down to regular traffic at 4:30pm. The bridge will only be available to pedestrians and shuttle buses.