Thursday January 10, 2013
NASHVILLE IS "IT"
In case you haven't noticed, Nashville is the place to be. An article this week in the New York Times this week called us the "It" city and compared us to cities like Dallas Austin and Portland. We're on a roll! A Gallup poll ranked Nashville in the top five regions for job growth. A national entrepreneurs' group called the city one of the best places to begin a technology start-up, plus critics have been praising our food scene.
WASTING LOTS OF FOOD
A new report is detailing that as much as half of the food produced in the world ends up being tossed out. That's two-billion tons worth of food each year. The study says part of the problem is over-strict sell-by dates, "get-one-free" offers and consumer fussiness.
GUN TASK FORCE
Vice President Joe Biden and his gun violence task force meets today with a representative from Walmart, the nation's top gun retailer, and gun rights activists, including a member of the National Rifle Association. Biden met yesterday with members of shooting victims groups and gun control organizations. He's make recommendations to President Obama by the end of this month on ways to stem gun violence.
THEY'RE WATCHING YOU
Before you storm down to the State Capitol building to give your legislators a piece of our mind, you need to know they're watching you. As part of a big renovation, they've added armed guards at all entrances and new security cameras including face recognition software. Some there are complaing about the added security, saying it's as bad as a trip to the airport.
"The Hunger Games" was the big winner at last night's People's Choice Awards, picking up five trophies. Voted on by the public, Katy Perry won three awards in the music categories, Robert Downey, Jr. was chosen best movie actor, Jennifer Lawrence best movie actress.
BEWARE! THE FLU!
The flu outbreak continues to spread. At least three more states are now reporting widespread flu., joining 41 other states with an early outbreak. The CDC points out that the percentage of people heading to a hospital to be treated has doubled in the past month. Doctors in Chicago say they're running out of testing supplies.
New mortgage rules kick in today, designed to protect us from the sketchy banking practices that led to the 2008 housing mess. With the new rules, lenders have to make sure would-be borrowers can can actually afford the mortgage debt they take on. That includes verifying the person has a job! Critics say if the rules could make it harder for people with less-than-perfect credit to get home loans.
James Holmes, the accused shooter at the Aurora, Colorado movie theater could be arraigned at a hearing tomorrow. His preliminary hearing wrapped up yesterday with prosecutors showing self-portraits of Holmes posing with booby-trapped explosives he's accused of placing inside his apartment before the shooting.
Fifty Shades of Grey, the exotic trilogy that has sold 35 million copies in the US, is now being published in hardback--and just in time for Valentines Day. What a coinsidence! The set will be going for about $80 bucks and will be labeled with the warning "EROTIC ROMANCE: Mature Audience."
EARLY BASEBALL CARD
Baseball card collectors, heads up. A 148-year-old card found at a yard sale in rural Maine, is going up for sale. It's a photo from the 1865 Brooklyn Atlantics baseball club, showing players and the manager. The only other card like it is at the Library of Congress. The auction house expect it to bring in at least $100,000.