Monday, February 17, 2014

TODAY IS PRESIDENTS' DAY
Today is Presidents' Day! It's one of those holidays where only some offices are closed, including Federal offices, banks and post offices.
Some state and city offices are open, however, so if you have official bidness to take care of today, you may want to call ahead and make sure the office is open. Presidents Day not only honors the birthday and life of President George Washington, but also commemorates all past American presidents. 

SHOULD WE STAY IN DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME?
When we spring forward into daylight-saving time next month, the SECOND SUNDAY in March....  if a Tennessee lawmaker has his way, we'll never fall back into standard time again. Representative Curry Todd is proposing that Tennessee drop out of changing clocks twice a year, and just STAY in Daylight Saving Time.  
Todd said federal law allows states to make such moves as long as the state covers two time zones, as Tennessee does. Arizona, Hawaii and Indiana have already done it. The bill is scheduled for a vote this week in the full House State Government Committee, which Haynes chairs. The Senate companion bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Janice Bowling of Tullahoma, has not yet been scheduled for a vote.
(second Sunday in March, then the first Sunday in November.)

EMPLOYEE STEALS THOUSANDS FROM WALMART
A former Walmart employee was arrested on Valentine's Day after she was caught replacing real money from store deposits with counterfeit bills, and keeping the real cash. Mary Turney had already been charged with stealing more than 3 thousand dollars from Target last December, so it's not clear how she hid that and got hired at Walmart. Before she got caught, she had managed to take close to three grand from two Walmart Stores, including the one on Powell Avenue.
 
KENTUCKY SNAKE HANDLING REALITY STAR DEAD FROM SNAKE BITE
http://www.wkrn.com/story/24737348/kentucky-snake-handling-preacher-dead-from-snake-bite
Jamie Coots, that Kentucky snake handling preacher who had his own reality show, died this weekend.... from a snakebite. Emergency crews got a report of someone being bitten, showed up at his house, but he turned away the help. They later went back, and found him dead.

OLYMPICS
Heavy fog is creating problems for some outdoor Olympic events in the mountains outside Sochi.  Today's men's 15-kilometer biathlon mass start and men's snowboard cross have been postponed until Tuesday.   

THE NEW TONIGHT SHOW WITH JIMMY FALLON STARTS TONIGHT   (Monday night)
The new Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon starts tonight... special guests will be Will Smith and U2. 11pm central, on NBC.

MORE SNOW IN PARTS OF THE U.S.
More snow is falling on parts of the U.S. that really didn't need anymore. A fast-moving storm is expected to dump up to 6 inches of snow in Wisconsin, Michigan, and northern Illinois.  

CRAIGSLIST KILLER SAYS SHE'S KILLED 22 OTHERS
When you hear the term Craigslist killer, you may imagine some guy. This time, the Craigslist Killer is a woman. And apparently not just one murder. Police arrested NINETEEN YEAR OLD Pennsylvania woman Miranda Barbour, and she admitted she and her new husband just wanted to kill someone, so they did. But then, she confessed, saying she's killed at least 22 others, before she got tired and just stopped counting. Barbour claims she wants to stay in jail, or she'll kill again. She does say, she only killed bad people. The FBI is investigating.
 
ZIMMERMAN FOLO
George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who killed an unarmed teenager in Florida two years ago, says he's homeless and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Zimmerman wouldn't say much else about the incident, because he says a federal civil rights action is still pending. 

BOB COSTAS BACK ON MONDAY, MEREDITH VIERA FIRST WOMAN HOST
Girl Power! Meredith Viera became the first woman to host prime time Olympics coverage on Friday night, and she did a stellar job... as Bob Costas tried to get over his eye infection. Costas says his eye is better, though, and he'll be back on primetime tonight.

MAN TAKES OUT HIS LOVE FRUSTRATIONS ON STRANGERS ON VALENTINE'S DAY
And a guy in Shanghai was so upset over his breakup that to celebrate, he bought out all the odd numbered seats at a movie theater so people watching a popular romance movie, couldn't sit next to each other.  (Aww. What a sweetheart. Wonder why some girl dumped him? )

GOOGLE BUYS SLICKLOGIN
Google is buying a technology that lets websites verify a user's identity using sound waves.  SlickLogin can be used by companies as a password replacement or an additional layer of security to protect against data theft.  SlickLogin works by playing a nearly silent sound that's picked up by an app on the user's smartphone and analyzed before sending a signal back to confirm the person's identity.  

MAN CHARGED WITH PACKAGE BOMB DEATHS OF IN-LAWS, HAS PRIOR ARSON CONVICTION
The Mt. Juliet man facing murder charges in the package bomb deaths of his in-laws has a prior arson conviction. Richard Parker,  who was arrested Thursday in the deaths of Jon and Marion Setzer, had been convicted of arson in 1993 in Giles County and sentenced to four months of probation. 

HIJACKED PLANE LANDS SAFELY
A co-pilot suspected of hijacking an airliner is in custody after the plane landed safely overnight in Geneva, Switzerland.  Swiss aviation officials say the co-pilot of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 702 took control of the plane while the pilot was out of the cockpit.  The passengers and crew are reported safe and the Ethiopian-born suspect has reportedly asked to be granted asylum.  

The 3-D animated film "The Lego Movie" is number one at theaters in the U.S. and Canada for a second week.