Thursday, May 2, 2013

SCHOOL DAYS LENGTHENED BY 2-AND-A-HALF HOURS IN NEW YORK CITY
Would you be okay with it if your child's school day got lengthened by 2-and-a-half hours? That's happening for about 2,000 students in New York City so they can get an extra hour of literacy study, and 90 minutes of community-inspired events like gardening. Schools there started the program two years ago and saw better test scores, kids developing more confidence as their skills and social skills grew, and fewer kids getting into trouble during those un-supervised after school hours, so they're expanding it. If it works there on a large scale, you can expect other states, including Tennessee, to take a look at it.  (We already have expanded pre and after-school online help for some schools.)

NEWS:  THE NASHVILLE FLOOD WAS 3 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
The Nashville Flood was three years ago this week. May 1st and 2nd.
Mix listener Rodney Jarvis wrote on Facebook, "We stood together and we've moved ahead. Nashville is an amazing city and I'm glad to call it home. WE ARE NASHVILLE!!!" I love it, Rodney. Please feel free to leave your comments on the mix929 Facebook Page.

FLOOD CHANGES
And something else positive that came about after the flood: Metro Emergency officials say we're now better prepared for large scale emergencies. They have better plans in place, they're putting up new signs starting today reminding you to be aware of where the water levels reach when the rains come, and there's a new online or mobile app called NERVE, or Nashville Emergency Response Viewing Engine.   You access it online or with a mobile app, and it shows which roads are closed, where emergency shelters are open, how to map out a route to safety, and where you can get food and water. GET IT HERE or get the NERVE mobile app.

GEORGE JONES' FUNERAL IS TODAY
George Jones' funeral is this morning at 10 at the Grand Ole Opry House. Jones was not only known and loved by country music fans, but by local people, since he was our neighbor for so many years. Many remembered going to his and Nancy's home at Christmas to see the lights and display. Celebrities expected to attend include former first lady Laura Bush, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Kenny Chesney, Wynonna Judd, Vince Gill and Brad Paisley. (Jones was 81 when he passed away April 26th. )

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
Today is the National Day of Prayer. Every first Thursday in May. We're encouraged to come together to pray for peace and good will, for those who've suffered this past year, and for those who serve and their families. This year's presidential proclamation includes the following, "... let us remember in our thoughts and prayers all those affected by recent events, such as the Boston Marathon bombings, the Newtown, Connecticut shootings, and the explosion in West, Texas. Let us pray for the police officers, firefighters, and other first responders who put themselves in harm's way to protect their fellow Americans. Let us also pray for the safety of our brave men and women in uniform and their families who serve and sacrifice for our country."

DOVE REAL BEAUTY "SKETCHES" This will make you feel good!
If you're not feeling great about how you look, I have something that's going to turn your day AROUND! I LOVE this! It's a new video from Dove that shows a sketch artist drawing women as THEY describe themselves, and then, as OTHER people describe them. Believe me, other people see you as more lovely than you think.
This video will make you tell your inner voice to sit down and shut UP! LOL. You can see it HERE.
It'll stick with you and you'll want to share it with someone. It went on www.youtube.com April 14th and already has more than 35 MILLION views.

GROSS, BUT TRUE: PROFESSOR SAYS BOOGER EATING MAY BE HEALTHY
A University of Saskatchewan professor says being a dad has helped him come up with a medical hypothesis. Scott Napper, a biochemistry professor, says he has two small daughters, who -- as small kids sometimes do -- spend an amazing amount of time with their fingers in their noses. THEN, as every parent probably has experienced, those fingers sometimes go into the kids' mouths. The professor says he thinks it may be part of how nature works: to get those pathogens that are trapped into our systems, and improve our immune responses.
So far, it's just a theory. He's not getting many volunteers for a study. It's not clear how he might take that to the next step of getting those pathogens into us some other way than how a 2 year old does it.

HOW ABOUT A ONE-WAY TRIP TO MARS?
You wanna get away? I mean, REALLY get away? There's a Dutch non-profit called the Mars One Foundation that's taking applications for volunteers willing to take a one-way trip to Mars. That means you go there, and you stay. They haven't quite figured out how to bring people back. The foundation wants to send the first group to the Red Planet in 2022. Thaat's 9 years from now, to establish a human settlement. If you're 18 or over you can pay the 38 dollar application fee and submit an entry video.

THREE NEW SUSPECTS IN BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING
There are three new suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing ... teenagers who are being accused of trying to get rid of a laptop and backpack that belonged to Dzhokar Tsarnaev [[ jo-HAR sar-NYE-ev ]]. The teens' attorneys claim they didn't know anything about plans for the attack.

DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON'S BIRTHDAY TODAY
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson turns 41 today. He starred in the movie, "The Scorpion King," and "Tooth Fairy."

WORST. ACUPUNCTURIST. EVER.
And Vivi Ziegler is still a little nervous about going to her acupuncturist again, after her tech stuck needles in her, turned off the lights, then FORGOT Vivi was there, and went home for the night. Vivi, who had fallen asleep, woke up hours later, cold, in the dark, and half-dressed. She managed to find her mobile phone and police rescued her through a window.

NFL PLAYER CHAD JOHNSON, SPENDS 48 HOURS WITH HOMELESS MAN
Chad Johnson, the former Miami Dolphins wide receiver once known as Chad Ochocinco, spent his weekend doing a 48-hour-long good deed. Johnson devoted all Saturday and Sunday to a homeless man named Robert, or "Pork Chop," and documenting their adventures on Twitter. Johnson's Twitter feed had photos of the two eating, having a beer together, shopping at Urban Outfitters and then, as the homeless guy felt more confident in his new outfit and Air Jordan shoes, they went to a night club, where Johnson posted a photo of Pork Chop chatting up a female customer.

MOUNTAIN DEW AD PULLED FOR BEING OFFENSIVE
An online ad for Mountain Dew has been pulled by Pepsico after it was criticized for portraying racial stereotypes and making light of violence toward women. In the 60-second spot developed by African-American rapper Tyler, the Creator, a battered white woman on crutches is urged by an officer to identify a suspect out of a lineup of black men. A goat character known as Felicia is included in the lineup. The goat makes threatening remarks to the woman such as "Ya better not snitch on a player" and "Keep ya mouth shut." She eventually screams "I can't do this, no no no!" and runs away. What any of this has with drinking Mountain Dew we don't know, but PepsiCo apologized in a statement and said it understood how the ad could be offensive. A publicist for Tyler, the Creator did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. His raps have been criticized for being misogynistic and homophobic at times.