Tuesday, February 18, 2014

CREWS GET READY TO REMOVE CARS FROM SINKHOLE AT CORVETTE MUSEUM Crews are getting things into place so they can start pulling out those cars that fell into a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky. extra support is being added to the structure and side panels are being taken out of the wall to make for a crane to pull the cars from the hole.
Geologists from Western Kentucky University have been on the scene since the collapse... and say "It now looks pretty stable."
The sinkhole, estimated at 40 feet wide and 30 feet deep, opened up last Wednesday and swallowed eight Corvettes.The entire recovery process is expected to take two weeks.

HEALTH: BLOOD TEST COULD SHOW DEPRESSION RISK
Scientists have developed the first biological test for clinical depression. It's a blood test. Researchers say it's a breakthrough that will help identify and treat depression at an earlier stage.

CHINA OPENS 'HATCHES' FOR ABANDONED BABY DROPOFFS
Despite criticism that it only encourages more mothers to give up their babies, Chinese authorities have opened 25 "baby hatches" across the country where parents can safely abandon their unwanted children. There are plans to open even more in the coming months. The hatches, which consist of an incubator and a delayed alarm, increase the chances of a baby surviving. Most of those abandoned have disabilities or serious illnesses. According to reports, one baby hatch located in Guangzhou received 79 babies in its first 15 days. Basically parents place a child in the hatch, press an alarm button and then leave, remaining anonymous. A worker retrieves the baby five to 10 minutes later. (BBC)

MORE WOMEN MARRYING DOWN THAN EVER
A new survey by the Pew Research Center points out a milestone of sorts: For the first time, the percentage of women marrying a man with a lesser education is greater than the percentage of men marrying a woman with a lesser education. It's close, 21% vs. 20%, but expect the gap to widen—among newlyweds alone, the figures are 27% vs. 15%. 
Pew emphasizes that the phrase “marrying down” is only in regards to education. Because when it comes to money, most women (58%) who had more education than their husbands in 2012 actually earned less money.

OLYMPICS : RECORD-BREAKING DAVIS, WHITE, DANCE TO GOLD FOR USA
The United States has its first ever Olympic gold medal in ice dancing.  The American team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White turned in a brilliant free skate to beat out the defending champs from Canada for the gold.  Russia finished third to win the bronze.

SEVERE WEATHER TIME OF YEAR
This time of year severe weather is a real possibility. 
Mac Purdy, the Director of Williamson County Emergency Management, says let's not wait till AFTER the storm to figure out what we SHOULD have done. First, where might you be stranded if you're hit by flooding or a tornado?
Your home, your car or your work place. Purdy says after you have your basic first aid kits at home, in your car and at work, you want to plan where you would meet with members of your family if your home were damaged, whether you'll check in on Facebook or Twitter, or by calling a relative who's out of town and can relay everybody's message.
And, because Purdy says staying positive is important, include things to help you pass the time if you're stranded somewhere, or without electricity. Items like a deck of cards, a book, writing supplies.

SEVERE WEATHER EXPECTED THURSDAY
The National Weather Service says we could see some severe weather on Thursday, with high winds and rain, and possibly even tornadoes by Thursday evening.

OBAMA ENVIRONMENT ISSUES TODAY
President Obama takes on environmental issues today. He's expected to order new fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks which make up four-percent of vehicles on the road, but account for about 25% of fuel use.

UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT HITS SEVERE TURBULENCE
Several passengers and crew members are recovering from injuries after a United Airlines flight hit severe turbulence on approach to the airport in Billings, Montana. Three crew members and several passengers were hurt.  

FALLON GETS RAVE REVIEWS FOR NEW TONIGHT SHOW
Jimmy Fallon is getting great reviews for his very first Tonight Show. One of his gags started a stream of guest stars. 
That's Robert De Niro walking out and putting cash on Fallon's desk. Then, Tina Fey, Joe Namath, Rudy Guiliani, Mariah Carey, Tracy Morgan, Lady Gaga and Stephen Colbert [[ Kohl-bear ]], who paid Jimmy with a bucket of change.

PRESIDENT OBAMA TALKS ABOUT TRADING PRISONERS FOR SOLDIER
The Obama administration is reportedly ready to resume talks with the Taliban to free a captured American soldier.  The "Washington Post" reported last night that the effort to free U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe [[ Bo ]] Bergdahl will involve exchanging five Taliban prisoners currently being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  

HEALTH: FOOTBALL HELMETS MAY NOT OFFER ENOUGH PROTECTION
A new study raises questions about whether football helmets provide enough protection from blows to the side of the head and neck... that can cause concussions, and longterm injury. The research by the American Academy of Neurology also found football helmets cut the risk of traumatic brain injury by only 20 percent.

FACEBOOK KNOWS ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP BEFORE YOU DO
Facebook can tell when you're going to start a relationship even before you do.  A study by Facebook Data Science found an increase in the number of things people posted on each other's timeline... starting at about 100 days before they changed their statuses from "Single" to "In a relationship."   

TICKETS TO CMA MUSIC FEST SOLD OUT
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Wow! The artist lineup hasn't even been announced, yet, but the CMA says tickets for the nightly LP Field shows at this year's CMA Music Fest are sold out, a record-setting 15 weeks ahead of the event. There are lots of other shows and events still available for the June 5th through 8th CMA Music Fest, just not those at LP Field.