Monday, February 24, 2014

WEATHER
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Don't let this beautiful weather this weekend fool you: it's not time to put your warm winter stuff away, yet. It's cold this morning with even colder weather on the way, some snow in the forecast by tomorrow night, and temperatures down into the teens by Wednesday night.

WINTER OLYMPICS ARE OVER
The city of Sochi [[ SO-chee ]], Russia is celebrating a successful Winter Olympics.  Even with all the concerns over unfinished accomodations and a backlash over Russia's anti-gay laws, the 18 days of the 22nd Winter Olympiad are done, and it's being called a success. 

DO YOU KNOW THIS COUPLE WANTED IN HENDERSONVILLE WALMART ROBBERY? 
Hendersonville police are trying to identify and locate two people who reportedly stole merchandise from Walmart on Valentine's Day. They've put out surveillance photos and are hoping you can help identify the man and woman, who left in a black SUV, loaded down with more than 1000 dollars in stolen merchandise. The couple stole from the Walmart on North Anderson Lane.

HEALTH: POLIO-LIKE ILLNESS SEEN IN CALIFORNIA KIDS
Doctors and public health officials are still baffled by what's causing paralysis and other polio-like symptoms in a small number of children in California.  The patients suffer rapid-onset weakness or paralysis and their spinal cords show damage similar to that found in people with polio.  All the children had been vaccinated against polio, so they're saying it's not that... but they're not sure WHAT it is, and whether it's spreading. 

HEALTH: GOOD EMPLOYEES DON'T COME TO WORK SICK
If you want to be a good employee, and a more healthy person overall, make it your MISSION to just stay home if you're sick. A study of more than 6,000 workers found that employees who repeatedly went to work sick, not only get their co-workers sick, which ends up costing EVERYONE, but they're 50% more likely to miss a bunch of days the NEXT year for a more serious illness. Researchers think staying home when you're sick makes you healthier overall.

TV TONIGHT: LATE NIGHT AND PRIVATE LIVES OF NASHVILLE WIVES STARTS TONIGHT (MONDAY).
On your TV tonight: The Blacklist is back, now that the Olympics are over, former Saturday Night Live cast member Seth Meyers hosts his first Late Night show with Amy Poehler as his first guest, and tonight's the premiere of the reality show "Private Lives of Nashville Wives," on TNT. (9, 8 central). There's also a two-hour episode of The Bachelor.

NETFLIX PAYING COMCAST FOR SMOOTHER VID STREAMING
Netflix is planning to pay Comcast for smoother online video streaming.  They announced the deal yesterday, which is supposed to clear up pauses and hiccups that have been reported by Netflix users in the past few months.

DALE EARNHARDT, JR. WINS DAYTONA 500
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won the Daytona 500.  He led 54 of the 200 laps to earn his second career Daytona 500 win and 20th career Sprint Cup Series victory.  

NEVER-ENDING SPELLING BEE
We may have just had the longest final round of a spelling bee ever... and... it's not over yet!  Fifth grader Sophia Hoffman and seventh-grader Kush Sharma matched each other, difficult word for difficult word for 60 rounds before judges at the Kansas City Public Library called the competition because they'd run out of words. They'll have to get more from the Scripps officials and try again.

LOCAL: FRIENDS OF INJURED GOOD SAMARITAN ASKING US TO SUPPORT HER BUSINESS. SAYS SHE'D DO IT AGAIN
The local woman who was hurt trying to help a motorist who was having a seizure is recovering. On February 15th, Ruth Woods had stopped to help a 19 year old who had seized and crashed, when he had another seizure and stomped the gas pedal...which slammed his truck into a semi, and crushed Ruth's leg. Somebody asked Ruth if being injured had changed her mind about stopping to help someone on the road, she said, nope. She'd do it again if she saw someone in trouble.

OREGON TEENS ACCUSED OF TORTURING CLASSMATE, CARVING SWASTIKA INTO FOREHEAD
You may hear more about this case in the next few months. It's a good springboard for a conversation about bullying. Four teenagers in Portland, Oregon are charged with kidnapping and assault for allegedly torturing a 16 year-old classmate, luring him into a shed, shooting him at close range with a bb gun, and carving a swastika into his forehead with a box cutter. When police asked the kids, who range in age from 14 to 17... why they did it, they said their victim had been a bully, and they were making him stop.

NASHVILLE AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TO BUILD, RENOVATE 50 HOMES
Habitat for Humanity is about to get more people into homes of their own. The Greater Nashville Habitat says it's planning to build or renovate about 50 homes this year, and says they just started construction on three homes in Antioch.... in a subdivision that was left incomplete by a developer. Habitat for Humanity has been filling the vacant lots with new homes.

MOST OF US HAVE NOT SEEN ANY OF THE MOVIES NOMINATED FOR BEST PICTURE OSCAR
Have you seen any of the movies nominated for Best Picture at the upcoming Academy Awards? You're not alone. A new poll finds a MAJORITY of us haven't seen EVEN one . The l conducted by Reuters and IPSOS, 67 percent of the respondents said they have yet to watch any of the eleven films up for the top honor.  "Captain Phillips," the real-life story about Somali pirates starring Tom Hanks, was the most-watched among the nominees.  Fifteen percent said they'd seen it, followed by 14 percent who seen the Sandra Bullock space drama "Gravity."  Martin Scorsese's "Wolf of Wall Street" and David O. Russell's "American Hustle" are among the top five most-watched as well.
          The majority of respondents were also unsure about which film would end up winning.  Sixty percent didn't have a guess, but "12 Years A Slave" had the most support at nine percent.

HIGH-WAISTED JEANS ARE THE NEXT BIG THING
Guess what fashion experts say is about to be the next big fashion thing? High-waisted jeans, sometimes called Mom jeans.  The last trend that took off as big as High-waisted jeans are being predicted to, was skinny jeans, in the early 2000s. They've reigned supreme for over a decade.