Thursday, March 13, 2014

EXPLOSION IN NEW YORK
At least seven people are now confirmed dead, and 60 others injured after a massive explosion leveled two buildings in New York yesterday. Crews are still searching through the rubble for six missing people. The blast happened about 15 minutes after someone reported a gas leak to utility company Con Edison. They say they had a team on the way when the buildings exploded.
 
MISSING AIRLINER LATEST
There's still a lot of information coming out about the missing Malaysian airliner, but it's confusing information. First, some tidbit is release, then it's contradicted. Among the latest, Malaysian officials say, "No," the debris reported on satellite images was not plane wreckage; and, "No," they claim the plane didn't keep flying for a couple of hours after they lost communications.. The U.S. aviation investigators and national security officials were basing their belief that the missing plane kept flying ... on data they say was automatically transmitted to the ground from the passenger jet's engines. So, really, nothing. The plane's still missing. 

SHOULD LEARNING CURSIVE BE A REQUIREMENT FOR TN STUDENTS? 
Okay, here's the controversy this week: see what you think. Should Tennessee school kids be required to learn to write cursive? One of our State Representatives has filed a bill that would require Tennessee students to learn to read and write in cursive, probably by the third grade. The issue TENDS to be divided the most between older people who say, "YES," and younger people who say, "NO." The House has put off a vote on it, till next week. 

2 IN 100 HAVE REPLACED KNEES,HIPS
Is this a peek at your future? Hip or knee replacement. New stats show 2 in every 100 Americans have had a hip or knee replacement, and the numbers are growing. Most are over 45, and arthritis is the number one reason, followed by obesity. If you DON'T want that surgery, the downtime, and the expense in your future, remind yourself about this story that every time you feel like skipping your exercise.

MONORAIL TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN NASHVILLE AND MURFREESBORO BEING STUDIED 
What would you think about riding a MONORAIL... an elevated, train-type transport, that'd take you between Nashville and Murfreesboro? Ther'es a feasibility study underway. They're looking at what it would cost and how it'd be financed. We'll get the findings next February. 

BIG BANG THEORY SIGNS ON FOR THREE MORE SEASONS
Bazinga! Sheldon, Leonard, Penny and the gang on the Big Bang Theory have some celebrating to do! The Big Bang Theory has been renewed with CBS for at least three more seasons. That means more Soft Kitty sing-along time with Sheldon and Penny.  

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Yeah, you're gonna be singing that for awhile, right?
The Geeky comedy is pulling in it’s biggest audiences ever, nearly 20 million viewers each week. That's great for the stars, since several of them are negotiating contracts and pay right now.

HOCKEY FANS SUING FOR MISLEADING BEER ADS
Don't you just HATE it when: it's a hot summer day, you order a refreshing soda, and you get THREE DRINKS and the rest is ice?!
Well THIS is even worse.
Some hockey fans in Idaho have sued the arena in Boise, saying they were cheated into thinking a $7 beer contains more beer than than a $4 beer. Especially since the 7 dollar beer is sold as a LARGE and the 4 dollar one is sold as a SMALL. Turns out, it's the same amount of beer, in a taller, more narrow cup. The hockey fans say that's false advertising and they're suing to make sure it stops. 

HUME-FOGG GETTING A NEW GYMNASIUM
They had to wait a LOOONG time for it, but Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School is finally getting a new gymnasium! They've been using the old one since it was built, in 1913. Construction on the new one, and a new 40-space underground parking garage, start next month. For you,  driving downtown, that means construction in the historic downtown district, starting next month. 

JEOPARDY WINNING STREAK OVER FOR ARTHUR CHU
The ChuChuTrain has ended its run! Arthur Chu's winning streak on Jeopardy is over. He's the one who had an actual strategy, like TRYING to find the daily double even if he didn't know the answer, just so his opponents couldn't get it, and surge ahead. Chu is the third largest cash winner in Jeopardy history, taking home a cool 300-thousand-dollars. (who were Top two winners?)  (According to www.wikipedia.com: Jeopardy!  phenom Ken Jennings in November 2004 took the top spot with $2.5 million from 75 games. Then in 2005, Brad Rutter overtook Jennings with a total of $3.2 million.)

NEW JERSEY TEEN BACK HOME WITH PARENTS SHE'S BEEN SUING
That New Jersey teenager who was suing her parents to make them pay her living expenses, her private school tuition and future college costs... is back home with her parents. SHE says she sued because they kicked her out and should keep supporting her, THEY said she left because she didn't want to follow house rules. The lawsuit is still pending, but at least they're back together. For now.

10-THOUSAND STEPS-A-DAY: FACT OR FICTION?
You know how you've always heard you should walk 10 thousand steps a day? Well, that's true, but it's not some official gold-standard that doctors set up for good health. Turns out that phrase started with the name of a pedometer sold in Japan back in the 60s. The name tranlated to "10,000 steps meter," and it stuck. Doctors say, really, ANYTHING more than what you're doing right now, is better than nothing. 

SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST DEATHS
And at the music festival South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, a car driven by someone running from police, slammed through barricades and ran down a line of people waiting outside in line... killed at least two of them.