Monday, June 24, 2013

MUSEUM'S EGYPTIAN STATUE MOVING BY ITSELF
Whoa! This is so weird, and so cool! There's an Egyptian statue at a Museum in Manchester, England, in a glass-enclosed case, that's been caught on time-lapse video, moving by itself!

WILDFIRE IN COLORADO
They're still fighting wildfires in Colorado. The West Fork Fire has burned more than 70 THOUSAND acres and threatens the town of South Fork. 

DID YOU SEE THE SUPER MOON?
Did you see the super moon this weekend? There are already photos online. And if you're POSTING photos on Facebook, remember to put the hashtag ( # ) in front of it. Then, when we search for supermoon, all the photos will come up on one page.

‘NASHVILLE’ TO KEEP FILMING IN NASHVILLE. SEASON TWO AT LEAST  We knew the TV series Nashville had been renewed for a second season, but it wasn't clear that the filming would be done here in Nashville. Especially after the producer who was key in getting the series done here, was fired. But, we now have word that production will stay here. There will be some changes, though. The second season will be split up, with 12 episodes in the Fall and another 12 in the Spring.

NO SCHERMERHORN AUCTION THIS WEEK: INGRAM HELPS SAVE CENTER
The deal is supposed to be closed today to keep the Schermerhorn Symphony Center off the auction block. Local businesswoman and philanthropist Martha Ingram has reportedly stepped in with a contribution that's helping. The challenge, however, will be paying off the multi-million-dollar debt, and getting paying customers in. So, the questions being asked are whether, in a struggling economy, Nashvillians want a world-class symphony enough to pay the price. The symphony musicians' contracts are up for renegotiation next month.

ABERCROMBIE PULLS TAYLOR SWIFT SHIRT
Abercrombie and Fitch is pulling its controversial Taylor Swift t-shirts.  Printed on the shirt was, "# more boyfriends than t.s."  The clothing store says it didn't mean to offend Taylor's fans and has pulled the shirts.

NASHVILLE NATIVE ACCUSED OF HIGH PROFILE CRIME
A Nashville native and former football standout at Brentwood Academy is one of the men charged with raping a female classmate at the U.S. Naval Academy last year. Josh Tate has been suspended from the Navy football team while the investigation is underway.

CANADA FLOODING
The flooding continues in Canada. Thousands of people who are without power, could be without electricity for MONTHS because of the massive flooding. Now the flooding is threatening smaller communities all along the waterways.

ZIMMERMAN TRIAL STARTS TODAY
Opening statements are set for this morning in the trial of George Zimmerman. The 29-year-old former Florida neighborhood watch volunteer is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin. 

SNOWDEN LOOKS FOR ASYLUM
The former U.S. spy agency contractor who blew the lid off the NSA's surveillance of Americans is expected to fly to Cuba today.  Edward Snowden is waiting to find out if Ecuador will grant him asylum.  Snowden made the first leg of his trip Sunday, flying from Hong Kong to Moscow.

WIMBLEDON UNDERWAY
Today marks the start of the third major of the tennis season.  First-round play begins at Wimbledon on the famed grass courts of the All England Club.  American Serena Williams is the defending women's champion and is seeking her 17th Grand Slam singles championship.  On the men's side, the top seeds are Novak Djokovic [[ JOKE-oh-vitch ]], Andy Murray and Roger Federer.

AIRLINES RANK LOW IN CUSTOMER SERVICE
Have you ever gone on vacation and come home completely happy with your flight? Not a lot of other people have, either. A new customer satisfaction survey found the only thing we're less happy with than airline service, is the service we get from subscription TV and Internet Service Companies.
(The American Customer Satisfaction Index, an independent benchmarking business developed at the University of Michigan, says airline travelers were most turned off by crowded seating, extra passenger fees and poor customer service.)

HEALTH: TWO LARGE MEALS A DAY TOPS SIX MINI-MEALS FOR WEIGHT LOSS
That old advice to eat six small meals a day to lose more weight: out the window. A new study finds you lose more weight and keep your sugar levels better with two large meals a day. No snacks. (The data, in a small study involving 54 patients, were presented today at the American Diabetes Association meeting in Chicago.) 

FOOD NETWORK NIXES CONTRACT WITH DEEN, QVC NEXT?
Celebrity Chef Paula Deen has been let go from the Food Network, and her show's been cancelled. Now QVC is considering whether to stop sales of Paula's products on the cable shopping channel. 

NATION'S OLDEST CAVE ART FOUND HERE IN TENNESSEE
Charcoal drawings found in Tennessee caves have some big historical value. They've been found to be 6,000 years old... making them the oldest Cave art in America. ( The findings of a research team led by UT professor Jan Simek were published in this month's issue of the journal Antiquity. Simek's team says prehistoric Tennesseans made ceremonial drawings as early as the Middle Archaic Period, which began in 3788 BC. Art has been found both inside caves and on stone bluffs throughout the Cumberland Plateau and Tennessee River Valley. Some of it is etched into rock or mud that was spread on cave walls, while others were drawn on with pigments made from charcoal or iron oxide. There are images of birds with wings spread wide, wild turkeys and dogs, abstract shapes believed to have religious significance, and even clear depictions of ceremonial tools found in burial mounds. )

IMMIGRATION REFORM STANCE
The Senate is set to vote this week on a comprehensive immigration reform bill. A new "USA Today"/Pew Research Center poll found three in four people surveyed think deporting illegal immigrants is unrealistic and granting them legal status would help the economy.

WALLENDA CROSSES RIVER GORGE
Nik Wallenda walked a tightrope across the Colorado River Gorge in Northern Arizona last night. The first 20 minutes or so, thanking Jesus, the last few minutes thanking his sponsors and the TV channel that aired the walk.

NEW HOME TREND? 2 HOMES ON ONE LOT
What's the new trend for homebuilding in Nashville? Cramming them together as closely as possible. Even in nicer neighborhoods. Two homes on one lot. The older, unwanted home is torn down and upscale duplexes go up. Although some residents have concerns, developers say that's the only way they can make a profit: selling two smaller homes instead of one larger one. Due to codes, some of the homes are connected by breezeways or walkways while others are set a certain distance apart.

NELSON MANDELA HOSPITALIZED
Former South African President Nelson Mandela is hospitalized in critical condition. He's been hospitalized several times in the past year  with lung problems.

WAS IT A JEDI MIND TRICK? "YOU DON'T WANT TO DO THIS." "OKAY, BYE."
Man, this was like a jedi mind trick! In Lithia Springs, Georgia, investigators are looking for a man who tried to rob a Dollar General store at gunpoint, but had a change of heart and then just walked away. They credit manager Chris Salzer for staying calm and as the gunman tried to hustle them into the store, Salzer looked the gunman in the eyes and said, "You don't want to do this." He said it three times. The suspect finally paused, said, "All right, I got you," turned and walked away.

ANOTHER BOEING 787 DIVERTED FOR PROBLEMS
A mechanical problem has forced another Boeing 787 Dreamliner to be diverted.  United Airlines Flight 94 left Houston en route to Denver on Sunday only to be forced to turn around because of a problem with the brake indicator.  Another Dreamliner experienced a problem with an oil filter a few days ago and had to be diverted as well.

SUPREME COURT RULINGS TODAY
Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court may issue some big rulings today on cases involving same-sex marriage, affirmative action and voting rights.  The court has been mulling over the constitutionality of the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA [[ DOE-mah ]] as well as California's Proposition-8, a voter-approved measure banning same-sex marriage.  Another big case involves a challenge to a key part of the landmark Voting Rights Act.  And a ruling on an affirmative action case is also pending.

"MONSTERS UNIVERSITY" BEATS ZOMBIES AT BOX OFFICE
Monsters are scaring off zombies at movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada.  "Monsters University," the prequel to the animated blockbuster "Monsters, Inc.," made 82-million dollars over the weekend.  Pixar's "Monsters" stars the voice talents of Billy Crystal and John Goodman.  "World War Z" came in second with a take of 66-million dollars.  The debut of the big-budget zombie-apocalypse thriller starring Brad Pitt exceeded industry expectations.  "Man of Steel" was third, raking in 41-point-two-million dollars.