Monday, November 5, 2012
TODDLER KILLED BY WILD DOGS AT ZOO
A toddler boy visiting the Pittsburgh zoo somehow managed to fall into the wild dog exhibit and was ripped to shreds as his mother watched from above. The horrific tragedy happened on Sunday and within minutes people were asking how that could have happened.
Wild "painted" African dogs are about the size of Labrador retrievers (we have some at the Nashville Zoo), and are most dangerous in a pack. In this case, 11 dogs attacked the boy, though it is not clear whether he died from the fall or from the attack.
One thing is clear: None of this should have been possible. A woman trying to "give her child a better view" should not have been able to drop him into the exhibit.
HURRICANE SANDY-HIT AREAS GETTING ANOTHER STORM
Hurricane Sandy hit just a week ago, and now all those people who are trying to recover from that, are about to get hit again with a nor'easter that could bring winds up to 50 miles an hour, and flooding. The North Carolina and Virginia coasts could be hit as early as Wednesday, the Sandy-hit areas could be hit by Thursday.
GAS PRICES DOWN HERE
Analysts told us gas prices would go back up because of Sandy, but so far they've just gone down. In fact, they've made the biggest drop in four years, down to $3.54 a gallon nationwide. If you looked for it, you could've found it as low as $3.09 to $3.15 this weekend here in Nashville.
SANDY VICTIMS UNDER GAS RATIONING
In storm-hit areas, however, they're under gas rationing, and are standing in line for hours just to get gas for their generators, IF they have generators.
THREE PEOPLE SHOT AT ALONG I-40
Metro Police are investigating a drive-by shooting on Interstate 40. Three people were driving near Elm Hill Pike early Sunday when a car pulled up beside them and started shooting. The driver was hit, but wasn't seriously hurt.
TIME TO CHANGE BATTERIES IN SMOKE ALARMS
We were talking about candles this morning on Mix 92.9, and how we love those holiday-scented ones. Well those candles are one of the reasons this is the deadliest time of the year for fires. Firefighters say if you haven't changed the batteries in your smoke alarms lately, go ahead and do it now. You're supposed to change them out once a year. And don't forget the smoke alarms that are hardwired into your electrical system, they have backup batteries for when you have power outages and those batteries need to be changed, too.
TOPS AT BOX OFFICE
"Wreck-It Ralph" was the top movie at the box office. Denzel Washington's latest film "Flight" was second, Ben Affleck's Iran hostage thriller "Argo" was third.
TWO STUDENTS ROBBED INSIDE DORM
Two people have been arrested for robbing a pair of Tennessee State University Students this weekend. The suspects knocked on a dorm room door, asked to use the phone, then pulled a gun, tied their victims up with duct tape, robbed them and left. Police caught them later, and arrested them.
PUBLIC MEETING ON FLOOD DAMAGE
If you had flood damage in the Nashville flood, that hit in May of 2010.... you may want to give your input at a public meeting this week. Metro is asking for ideas from the public, about how to limit flood damage in Nashville. The first meeting is tonight at McGavock High, the next one is at Thursday at the Bellevue Y. (In May 2010, Nashville sustained nearly two-billion dollars in damage from a flood that killed eleven people.)
SANDY TELETHON RAISES $23 MILLION FOR HURRICANE RELIEF
Friday's Hurricane Sandy telethon raised 23 million dollars for victims of the storm. Hopefully they'll get that money quickly, and can recover.
SALVATION ARMY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO WORK ANGEL TREES AT THE MALLS.
And speaking of helping people, the Salvation Army says it's in desperate need of volunteers to help them at the Angel Trees at the malls, which go up this weekend! There are more than 10-thousand angels to be adopted this year, and someone has to sit at the trees, help people adopt angels, then accept the gifts when they bring them back.(Call the Salvation Army, at 242-0411, or www.salarmy-nashville.org)
OBAMA AND ROMNEY ON THE ROAD
President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are criss-crossing the country, doing some last-minute campaigning as the race to Election Day, tomorrow, winds down.
TIME TO CHANGE BATTERIES IN SMOKE ALARMS
Make sure you pick up some batteries on your way home... if you don't have them, already. Firefighters say we're heading into the deadliest time of the year for home fires... and that you should use daylight saving time weekends as a reminder to change the batteries in your smoke alarms.
TITANS LOSE TO CHICAGO BEARS
The Tennessee Titans lost again this weekend.... 51-20 to the Bears at LP field. That means our home team now has 3 wins, 6 losses. They play again Sunday (Nov 11th) at Miami.
WOMAN MAKES TYPO AND PAYS 18K TOWARD GAS BILL
Be careful when you're paying bills. An Arizona woman was typing in the amount to pay her gas bill. Instead of 18 dollars, she sent 18 thousand. And they don't give refunds. They just give credits. They'll take that 18 dollars a month out, till the 18 thousand is gone. She's asked them to change their policy, but so far they haven't budged.
IDAHO SCIENTIST SAYS HE CAN PROVE OR DISPROVE BIGFOOT
An Idaho scientist says he can solve a mystery that's been unsolved for generations. He has a plan to find bigfoot, or sasquatch. The scientist says he just needs 300-thousand dollars, and will build a remote-controlled blimp, that he'll float over the mountains where Bigfoot has been reported. He claims the thermal-imaging camera is the secret weapon.