Thurs, February 2, 2012
FRIDAY IS NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY
The American Heart Association says Nashville is one of the least heart-healthy cities for women in the U.S. To stimulate heart disease awareness and help women make life-saving choices, Go Red For Women and the Nashville branch of the American Heart Association are again hosting "National Wear Red Day," an opportunity to reflect on the need to become aware of the health precautions that when observed, may lead to a long and healthy life. Heart disease is a serious condition that may strike active women in their forties. Nashville Area Facebook link, Go Red Day
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Includes Women's Signs of a Heart Attack, and info about how you can send a free Valentime Heart to someone to raise money to fight heart disease.Also, for every free Valentine heart sent from Macy's Facebook page through Feb. 14, Macy's will donate $2 - up to $250,000 - to help us fight heart disease in women.
FARMER'S MARKET MARRED WITH MONEY WORRIES
Metro officials were hoping 2014 would be the year the Nashville Farmers’ Market could stand on its own two feet financially without a government subsidy, but amid concerns about the facility’s management, the market’s operations are heading in the other direction. It's reportedly facing a budget gap of 381-thousand dollars, with some major vendors hanging on month-by-month.
JOB FAIR AT SAM'S
The Sam's Club in Madison is hosting a job fair today to hire people for their new Hendersonville Store that'll open in late March. The job fair is 9 to 1 today at the Tennessee Career Center in Gallatin, but they want you to apply online FIRST. www.samsclub.com/careers
POLICE ARREST WALMART FRAUD SUSPECTS
Police have rounded up five Nashville residents suspected of scamming Nashville area Walmart stores out of nearly 700-thousand dollars using bad checks. The thieves used checks that had been stolen or written on closed accounts... to buy prepaid debit cards which could then be used for anything.
TACO BELL LINKED TO SALMONELLA OUTBREAK
Yum Brand Inc's Taco Bell chain has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that sickened 68 people in 10 states late last year. Taco Bell said in a statement on Wednesday that investigators found that some of the people who became ill ate at Taco Bell, while others did not. "They believe that the problem likely occurred at the supplier level before it was delivered to any restaurant or food outlet. We take food quality and safety very seriously," Taco Bell said, echoing information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Jan. 19 final report on the outbreak. The cluster of illness from salmonella enteritidis infections is believed to have begun in mid-October and ended by the time CDC issued its final report. Illnesses were reported in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio and Tennessee. CDC said 31 percent of patients were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.
GROUNDHOG DAY: MORE WINTER OR EARLY SPRING?
Today is Groundhog day, and Punxatawny Phil saw his shadow, so folklore has it that we're supposed to get six more weeks of winter. However, according to the Weather Almanac, Phil only predicts the right forecast about 39 percent of the time.
LAWMAKERS PUSH BILL REMOVING OCCUPIERS
State lawmakers are on the verge of telling Occupy Nashville protesters... after four months, "it's time to go." A subcommittee in the state House has approved a bill that would prohibit camping on state property. That means the four dozen tents on the War Memorial Plaza could be gone within a few weeks. ( Bill sponsors say the now four-month encampment fosters crime and unsanitary conditions.)
HEALTH; BIRTH CONTROL PILL RECALL
This is NOT something you want to hear:that your birth control pills have been recalled. But Pfizer Incorporated says a manufacturing mix-up led to some packets of their Lo/Ovral pills and the generic version of Lo/Ovral.... being distributed with the pills out of order. And taking the pills OUT of order could be like skipping a dose, and risking pregnancy. Pfizer has recalled about 1 million packets of the pills.
MEN'S HEALTH; MISTAKES THAT MAKE YOU FAT
And Men's health has come up with three things that make you fat. They include drinking diet soda like it's water. The artificial sweetener makes you eat more desserts and bread than a water drinker. You play online or watch TV till 2am. Lack of sleep can make you overeat fatty foods. And... it can make you fat if you're just too optimistic.... about your workout. Most people WILDLY overestimate the number of calories they burn during exercise.
LISA MARIE UNVEILS NEW GRACELAND EXHIBIT
Now when you have company you have a new exhibit at Graceland to take them to. Lisa Marie Presley celebrated her 44th birthday yesterday in Memphis as she opened the two-year run of "Elvis...Through His Daughter's Eyes" that will be part of the 70-dollar VIP tour of Graceland. (The exhibit has over 200 items with shared themes between her and her father like a recreation of her childhood nursery.)
DON CORNELIUS TV MARATHON
The late Don Cornelius is receiving a TV tribute. This weekend's "Bounce TV Remembers Don Cornelius" salute will include seven-hours of "Soul Train." ... the music and dance show that Cornelius founded. It'll air Saturday night. Cornelius was found at his home in Sherman Oaks, California Wednesday, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The record and TV producer was 75.
SCIENTISTS WANT SUGAR AGE RESTRICTIONS, TAXES
Scientists from the University of California San Francisco want strict regulations on SUGAR. They're claiming it's as addictive as alcohol and tobacco and should be taxed, and even come under age-restricted sales. the scientists claim increased consumption of sugar has caused a range of chronic diseases that are reaching epidemic levels.
FORMER VANDY EMPLOYEE PLEADS NOT GUILTY
A former Vanderbilt Law School employee who's charged with stealing over 600-thousand dollars from the university... has pleaded not guilty. Jason Hunt also requested a court-appointed lawyer. Prosecutors say he is lying about his financial status and owns a nightclub in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The former law school administrative services manager was arrested in Arkansas last month and extradited to Nashville.
GRANT BOOSTS NASHVILLE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
An 800-thousand dollar grant is helping low-income Metro middle school students get into afterschool programs. City officials say the grant from the Wallace Foundation will expand Nashville's After Zone Alliance programs to help 750 more students and launch new programs in Whites Creek, Pearl-Cohn, Cane Ridge and Antioch in the next two years. Program sponsors say they help kids stay on track and ultimately improves their success through high school.
MAINE CHILD HOME AFTER RECORD MULTIPLE TRANSPLANT
A nine-year-old girl is home in Maine after an amazing life-saving surgery at Boston's Children's Hospital. Alannah Shevenell underwent the first known esophageal transplant in the world, plus the largest number of organs transplanted into a person in one time in New England. The fourteen-and-a-half hours of surgery replaced her stomach, spleen, pancreas, liver, small bowel and esophagus. A rare and massive tumor had wrapped around the organs, leaving doctors no choice but surgery.
FIRST LADY DOES PUSH-UPS ON TODAY'S 'ELLEN' SHOW
First Lady Michelle Obama demonstrates how physically fit she is by doing 25 push-ups in front of a TV audience. She accepted a push-up challenge from TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres in a show set to air later on today. Mrs. Obama has been pushing her "Let's Move" campaign in Los Angeles. On the push-up challenge, DeGeneres said, quote, "I thought it wouldn't be good to show off the First Lady so I stopped."
HONDA LOSES LAWSUIT OVER MILEAGE
The owner of a Honda Civic hybrid won an unusual Small Claims Court lawsuit Wednesday against the auto giant that some legal experts believe could change strategies for both Small Claims Court and class-action litigation. A Los Angeles County court commissioner ruled that American Honda Motor Co. negligently misled Civic owner Heather Peters when it claimed the hybrid could achieve as much as 50 miles per gallon. Court Commissioner Douglas Carnahan, who mailed his 26-page decision to Peters and Honda, awarded her $9,867.19 in damages. That is close to the maximum $10,000 allowed in Small Claims Court that the Los Angeles resident was seeking.
LEGENDARY BOXING TRAINER DIES
Legendary boxing trainer Angelo Dundee has died. The "Miami Herald" reports Dundee died of a heart attack last night in Clearwater, Florida. Dundee is best remembered for working with Muhammad Ali. The 90-year-old Hall of Fame trainer also worked with Sugar Ray Leonard and George Foreman.
IMMIGRATION BILL PUT ON HOLD
Tennessee State lawmakers are putting on hold a bill allowing law enforcement to check someone's immigration status if pulled over or taken into custody. "The Tennessean" reports a House finance subcommittee put the bill behind the budget until there are enough funds to finance it. The Republican sponsor of the bill, Representative Joe Carr, says the move basically just slows the bill's progress.