Thursday, June 20, 2013

NASHVILLE DANCIN' IS TONIGHT
Free, live concerts at Riverfront Park. Parking is free, shuttle to Riverfront is free, and shows are free!
Get all the info HERE.

ACTOR JAMES GANDOLFINI DIES
Actor James Gandolfini is being remembered today by some people as one of the best actors to ever enter the business. The 51-year-old star of HBO's wildly popular mob drama "The Sopranos" was on vacation in Italy with his teenaged son when he had a heart attack and died. THIS LINK has a great, detailed story about him, a lot of photos, and comments from friends and fellow actors.

OSU DOCTORS MAKE CANCER BREAKTHROUGH
Researchers at Ohio State University say they're making a breakthrough in the treatment of leukemia.  They've found that a drug- Ibrutinib - sent the cancer into remission in every test subject in a clinical trial. With results like that, it'll be on the fast track for FDA approval. There were 900 people in the trial, and every one of them went into remission. And for most of them the cancer did not come back. One man had stage four leukemia and had been given 6 months to live. He's been alive 10 more years, now.
READ MORE ABOUT THIS BREAKTHROUGH

DO YOU KNOW THIS SERIAL ROBBER? GUY KEEPS HITTING SAME NASHVILLE WALGREENS STORE 
Metro Police are asking you to take a look at surveillance photos of a while male who’s been REPEATEDLY robbing the Walgreens on Highway 70 South in Nashville and see if you can identify the guy. Of course, the photos are not great, but if you know him you can probably recognize him. He’s robbed the store about once a month four times now for pain meds. And, he’s armed, so hopefully someone will identify him before he hurts someone to feed his addiction. You can see the photos at the link above. And if you can identify him, please call Crimestoppers at 615-74-CRIME

DRIVER THROWN 40 FEET IN VIETNAM VETS BLVD. CRASH 
A woman was thrown from her car after a crash Tuesday night on Vietnam Veterans Boulevard.  Authorities said the driver hit wire restraints in the median, overcorrected and veered off the road into a ravine.  She was thrown about 40 feet from the vehicle and flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center in critical condition.  Witnesses told police that the woman was speeding. Officers are trying to figure out if alcohol was involved.

NASHVILLE GROUP THAT HELPS WITH COOLING BILLS NEEDS HELP
Imagine trying to get through the summer without air conditioning. For some people, especially those on a fixed income, or those out of work or disabled, it's a reality. And now, the Metro Action Commission, that helps people pay their cooling bills or get fans or AC, needs help to keep going. They had more requests for help this year and could use a cash infusion. READ MORE 

FOUR IN TEN ADULTS ARE CARETAKERS
You've heard that saying about not knowing what burden others are carrying? Well here's a little insight: a new survey finds 4 in 10 adults here in the U.S. are caregivers for an adult or a child with a significant health issue. 4 in 10 people you know. Reasons include the aging of Baby Boomers, as well as the high cost of having a professional, paid, caregiver come in to help.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY COACHES INDICTED AFTER SPECTATOR STRUCK WITH BALL 
Two high school basketball coaches in Williamson County have been charged with assault and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, after an incident during a game earlier this year. Angela Muir worked as head coach for Summit High School, while Chloe Mayo was an assistant coach.  During a game against Spring Hill in January, one of their players threw a basketball at the bleachers, striking another Summit student. 

FACEBOOK ANNOUNCES CHANGE TODAY
David Cohen on June 20, 2013 10:30 AM
Facebook page administrators who have enabled the replies feature for comments on their pages now have the choice between viewing those comments via Facebook’s ranked comments (the most engaging comments to the top of comment threads), which moves the most engaging comments to the top of comment threads, OR... you can now choose to see the comments in chronological order. That would let you see the replies to the actual comments, instead of the replies always showing up at the bottom of the page.
     Replies are shown below the comments, so it’s clear who’s responding to which comment. The most active conversations are shown at the top, and comments marked as spam are moved to the bottom. 
     Smith reminded page admins who have not yet enabled replies on their pages how to do so: Go to “edit page,” “edit settings,” and check the box for “allow replies to comments on my page,” at the bottom of the list.   Will the ability to view comments in chronological order be helpful for you?

CHILD HOSPITALIZED AFTER BEING HIT BY CAR IN BELLEVUE
A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a car Wednesday night has been upgraded to stable condition this morning, police confirmed.
The girl was believed to have been crossing Old Hickory Boulevard near Sonya Drive around 9 p.m. last night when she was struck by a car, said Capt. Karl Roller, with Metro police. The girl was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she was initially in critical condition.
Roller said the driver, a 78-year-old man, did not appear to have been impaired. Police say the intersection where the girl crossed was poorly lit.
Police say the girl may have been with an older girl. They continued into the night trying to identify her and find her family.

PEACE TALKS COULD LEAD TO FREEDOM FOR CAPTURED SOLDIER
There are reports that peace talks between U.S. negotiators and the Taliban could lead to freedom for a captured American soldier.... who's been held for nearly four years. The Taliban is offering to release him, in exchange for Taliban militants taken prisoner by coalition forces.  

NAVAL ACADEMY PLAYERS FACING RAPE CHARGES
Three U.S. Naval Academy football players are now facing rape charges.... for allegedly attacking a female midshipman during a party last April, then lying about the incident.

HEALTH: AMA WANTS SUGARY DRINKS REMOVED FROM FOOD AID PROGRAMS
The American Medical Association wants taxpayers to stop paying for sugary drinks to be on the U.S. government's food aid programs. The nation's largest group of doctors says getting sugary beverages off of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program- or SNAP program - will reduce weight-related health problems.
          It might also be argued that since beverages are not nutritionally necessary, the money would be better spent on more healthful foods. SNAP is the program that used to be called food stamps. Now users get a loaded debit card to use, instead of the stamps.

SUNDAY THE TOUGHEST NIGHT TO FALL ASLEEP, THURSDAY EASIEST NIGHT
If you're tired, you should be able to get some sleep tonight. A new survey finds we say Thursday is the easiest night to fall asleep. Apparently we've worn ourselves out by then. And the HARDEST night of the week to fall asleep: Sunday night. Nearly half of us say it takes 30 minutes longer to fall asleep Sunday nights, because we're thinking of all the things we have to do in the week ahead, and we've gotten used to staying up late Friday and Saturday nights.  

GEORGE JONES MOVIE IN THE WORKS
Plans are moving forward for a movie about the late country legend George Jones. Jones' widow, Nancy, says she and George, and a writer, started working on the project six years ago. No word yet on who would play The 'Possum, or when it'll be finished. Jones died in April at the age of 81.
 
RIHANNA OVERTAKES THE BIEBS TO RULE YOUTUBE
Justin Bieber, Step Aside: Rihanna's No. 1 YouTuber Now! Just this week,  Rihanna edged out the Biebs as the most viewed artist on YouTube.
Rihanna's 77 videos on her VEVO channel now have a combined total of 3.784 BILLION views, roughly 2 million more than the 79 Justin Bieber clips on his channel.
She's got 8.7 MILLION subscribers, compared to Justin's 3.7.
But Bieber is still number one on Twitter. With his 40.6 million followers, he's the most popular person in the Twitterverse. Lady Gaga is next. 

NBA TITLE GAME TONIGHT
The NBA title is on the line tonight in Miami. The Heat host the San Antonio Spurs in the deciding game of the best-of-seven series.

BABY CHICKS SMARTER THAN BABY HUMANS
A new study has found baby chickens posses many skills baby humans don't.  93% of chicks are able to exhibit self-control; humans usually don't have this skill until age four... and I'm sure some will argue it comes much later than that. ( Research also shows that chickens have the capacity to master skills and develop abilities that a human child can take months and years to accomplish)