Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BLOOD MOON
Did you see the blood moon? The lunar eclipse that made it look like the moon was deep orange to red. Although most of us couldn't see it, here, because of clouds, there are some spectacular photos of it, online.

WEATHER: WHEN IS LAST FROST DATE?
We're about to get through the "Winter that would not die!"
Today's the 15th, and Nashville's last frost is usually no later than April 20th. After tonight's freeze, we should be able to just enjoy all the fun things that springtime brings.
If you have outdoor pets, PLEASE, remember to give them some way to keep warm overnight, and remember that their water bowl may freeze, if it's outside. 

WEATHER STUFF; COVER FLOWERING/BLOOMING PLANTS
There are people you know right now with piles of sheets by the door, ready to cover their flowering plants so they don't get damaged by this freeze we're expecting overnight. Rosalie Boyd Taylor, who worked for Huntsville Botanical Gardens, says if you don't have enough sheets, you can also use cardboard boxes, your recycling bin, a large empty flower pot, or anything that'll cover your plants completely so frost can't form on them. You wanna cover anything that has flowers on it, and then make sure and take OFF the cover as soon as the temperature gets back up above freezing tomorrow morning. The temperature usually hits the overnight low between 4 and 6 in the morning.

LOCAL NEWS: NASHVILLE RESCUE MISSION NEEDS DONATIONS FOR EASTER MEAL
If you're feeling generous this time of year, don't forget the Nashville Rescue Mission. They're asking for donations of hams and other food so they can feed the hungry and homeless.. they'll serve more than 4000 people between this Friday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday You can get the list of what they’re asking for on our mix news page or at www.nashvillerescuemission.org (Donations will be received Monday through Saturday, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Mission’s Donation Center, 616 7th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203.)

ANTIDEPRESSANT USE DURING PREGNANCY LINKED TO AUTISM RISK IN BOYS
A new study has found links to certain drugs that mothers take, and autism. Researchers say boys with autism are three times more likely to have been exposed to SSRI antidepressants in the womb (SSRIs include Paxil, Zoloft and Prozac) than children without autism. The risk was even higher if the mom took the drugs in her first trimester of pregnancy. This does NOT mean you should stop taking your antidepressants! It just means you should talk to your doctor about them.

TAX DAY: WHAT TO DO IF YOU OWE AND DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY
Today is the last day to file your federal tax return, if you owe, or to file an extension, without having to face paying IRS penalties. If you owe, but don't have the money, the IRS says file anyway, pay what you can, and contact them to work out a payment plan.
Most people have already filed, and a majority file online these days.  

LOCAL NEWS: GREEN HILLS RAPIST DENIED PAROLE
The man known as the Green Hills Rapist has been denied parole. From 1985 to 1987, John Peltier stalked, kidnapped and raped several women in Nashville and then was sentenced to five life sentences, with the possibility of parole. He was quickly denied parole in his first hearing six years ago.
Peltier’s two-year rape spree came to an end in Murfreesboro, when an officer who suspected Peltier of drunken driving found a duffel bag containing burglary tools, pornography, sexual devices and audio recordings of sex in his vehicle, as well as women’s underwear, which he had stuffed down his pants.
During his hearing last week, he blamed alcohol, drugs and pornography for his crimes, and said God had changed him.
His next chance at parole is in 2020. 

DISTRACTED DRIVING LEADING CAUSE OF FATAL CRASHES 
You've seen the bumper sticker that says, "Hang up and drive"? Well, maybe we need one that says, "Stop Daydreaming and Drive!" A new survey by Erie Insurance finds DAYDREAMING or being lost in thought causes 62% of all fatal car crashes. That's more than any other cause. Talking and texting is next, causing 12 percent of fatalities.

BEING HUNGRY MAKES YOU ANGRY AND MORE AGGRESSIVE. NEW WORD FOR IT: HANGRY
This MIGHT HELP explain those stupid people who go BERSERK over their fast food orders not being fast enough, or some little mistake at the drive though. A new study finds when you're hungry , and your blood sugar levels are lower, you're more likely to be angrier and more aggressive. There's even a word for being hungry and angry, it's HANGRY.

BOSTON BOMBINGS ANNIVERSARY
A year ago today, you and I were staring, stunned, at the photos and videos of the Boston Marathon Bombing scene. The two homemade bombs killed three people and injured more than 260. This year's marathon is next Monday. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect, is still in jail, awaiting trial in November.

NURSING HOME STAY CAN TOP QUARTER-MILLION DOLLARS
Someone's done the math and it's shocking and a little HORRIFYING to find out that it'll cost you about a quarter of a million dollars for a three year stay in a nursing home. That's usually about the longest most people stay. Research shows that at least 7 in 10 of us will NEED that nursing care once we get over 65.

PREDATORS LOOKING FOR NEW HEAD COACH
For the first time in 15-years, the Predators are looking for a new head coach. Team officials say they're NOT renewing head coach Barry Trotz's contract.. though he'll be offered a job within the organization. The Predators haven't made the playoffs in two years.

BRIAN WILLIAMS COMING TO HILLWOOD GRADUATION
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams is coming to town next month. He'll be speaking at Hillwood High School's graduation ceremony. The students said they wanted Williams because they were inspired by a commencement speech he gave at another University last year.

WHO WENT HOME ON LAST NIGHT'S DANCING WITH THE STARS?
Cody Simpson was sent home on last night's Dancing with the Stars.

SNOW WHITE AND PRINCE CHARMING GET MARRIED.
I love this story, and I SO want this to work out for them! Snow White and Prince Charming have gotten married.
The actors from TV show "Once Upon a Time" - Ginnifer Goodwin who plays Snow White, and Josh Dallas, who plays her Prince Charming -- got married this weekend!  They're also expecting a baby, and producers have worked the (very noticeable) pregnancy into the show.

WHO DOESN’T LIKE THE SOUND OF THE OCEAN? THIS GUY!
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has sold his Malibu oceanfront home for $28 million to CBS president Les Moonves because he didn't like the sound of the ocean. The property's on what's called, "Billionaires' Beach" because so many... ah, you get it.