Tuesday, May 14, 2013

"I HOPE HE ROTS," SAYS BROTHER OF OHIO KIDNAP SUSPECT
 The two brothers of Ohio kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro say they want the world to know they had no idea their brother had kidnapped three girls, and was holding them hostage. In an interview with CNN.... Pedro Castro said his brother is a monster and he hope Ariel rots in jail. Onil Castro said he feels like a walking corpse right now because of the shame Ariel has brought onto the family.

ANGELINA JOLIE HAS DOUBLE MASTECTOMY
Actress Angelina Jolie has had a double mastectomy, after learning she carries a gene that increases her risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Jolie says the decision ultimately came down to her kids. She said, "I can tell my children that they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer."
Jolie credits her partner Brad Pitt for his support in her decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. Jolie decided to have the surgery after finding out she is a carrier of the BRCA1 cancer gene. Her mom died of ovarian cancer.

FATTEST, LEAST FAT STATES IN THE COUNTRY
The latest Gallup-Healthways poll finds that, for the third year in a row, people in Colorado are the least obese in the country. West Virginia is still the fattest. And, for a change, Tennessee is not even in the top 5, though we're not much better. That poll found us ranked 7th fattest in the country. One in three of us are overweight or obese. We're right behind Alabama and Kentucky.

WE HAD A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE MONDAY MORNING IN NASHVILLE
We set a new Nashville record yesterday morning. The National Weather Service Office in Nashville said the temperature dipped to 39 degrees at dawn, breaking the 1997 record of 41 degrees for the date.

MIX LISTENER EXPERIENCES RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS
And we've been told about a possibly-life-saving random act of kindness here in Nashville this morning. It happened to our Mix 92.9 listener, "Bruce the Mattress King." Our Traffic reporter Bob August gave him that nickname because Bruce is faithful to call in traffic information, and Bruce had a run for awhile of reporting mattresses in the road.
   But this morning Bruce, who is an emergency first responder, was on the scene of an accident on Vietnam Vets Bypass, in his wife's car, which meant he didn't have his emergency gear with him. Bruce tells us a man driving by stopped long enough to toss out his neon yellow vest to Bruce, to keep him safe, then drove away.
YAY! THAT'S MY Nashville: all of us looking out for each other! Thank you Bruce, for letting us know about it.

WOMAN SUES U-HAUL FOR NEGLIGENCE
A Nashville woman is suing U-Haul for negligence after the moving van she rented from them turned into a giant fireball. The 31 year old says she was moving from Knoxville to Nashville for a job as a teacher, when it happened. Katharine Hepburn says the UHaul employees told her not to worry about the check engine light that was on ... so she didn't. The truck then caught fire along I-40 headed into Nashville, and destroyed everything she owned. She's suing the company for not taking her concerns more seriously.

HASLAM VETOES AG GAG BILL
There are lots of animal rights activists very happy this week, since Governor Bill Haslam has VETOED the so-called Ag-Gag bill that would have required images documenting animal abuse to be turned over to law enforcement within 48 hours. Governor Haslam says the legislation would make it more difficult to prosecute animal cruelty cases and would repeal part of the state law that lets journalists protect confidential sources.

WEST NILE CONFIRMED IN BORDEAUX
The West Nile virus has shown up already in Bordeaux. Mosquitos from there have tested positive for the disease, though no human cases, yet. In the past ten years, Nashville has had only one case of West Nile virus.

DR. JOYCE BROTHERS DIES
Long before Dr. Phil, there was Dr. Joyce Brothers. At one time the most famous psychologist, and the only psychologist handing out advice to such large audiences, was Dr. Joyce. She died Monday at her home in New Jersey. She was 85.

DA VINCI CODE SEQUEL OUT
The new novel from "Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown hits stores today.  It's called "Inferno" ... and again features the protagonist Robert Langdon, the character played by Tom Hanks in the movie based on the best-selling novel. 

IRS KEPT SHIFTING TARGETS IN TAX-EXEMPT GROUPS SCRUTINY
Top IRS officials apparently were aware of audits aimed at conservative groups much earlier than they told Congress last year. New information shows the current acting IRS Commissioner knew last May. Lois Lerner with the IRS says the screening practice was confined to an IRS office in Cincinnati; that it was "absolutely not" influenced by the Obama administration; and that none of the targeted groups was denied tax-free status. 
          President Obama, meanwhile, says the IRS HAS to operate in a non-political way, and that anyone who did subject conservative groups to additional scrutiny must be held accountable.

IN SPITE OF POPULARITY OF TATTOOS, THOSE WITH THEM ARE STILL NEGATIVELY STEREOTYPED
People who don't have tattoos look down on those who do, saying they are not only less attractive, less sexy, but also perceived as less intelligent and less healthy. 85% of people on a debate.org opinion poll, including many who have tattoos... say they believe tattoos still have a negative stereotype.

OJ SIMPSON ASKS FOR NEW TRIAL
O.J. Simpson was back in court yesterday, asking for a new trial for the 2008 robbery-kidnapping conviction that landed him in prison. The 65-year-old football star and TV pitchman said his defense failed him in the trial. 

SOFTBALL COACH ACCUSED OF HAVING CHILD PORN
A Donelson softball coach is facing child porn charges after sexual images of young girls were found on his computer. Police however say there's no evidence that any of the girls Marvin Peek was coaching in Donelson had been victimized.

HOW PRICES HAVE RISEN IN THE PAST 20 YEARS
The Wall Street Journal reports that food prices have gone up 82% in the past twenty years. In comparison, clothing prices have gone up 10% in that time.

ON YOUR TV TONIGHT
On your TV, tonight is the season finale for "NCIS" as well as "NCIS: Los Angeles." Contestants face elimination on The Voice, and someone goes home on Dancing with the Stars.

JADEN SMITH WANTS EMANCIPATION
Actor Will Smith's son Jaden wants freedom from his parents for his birthday. Jaden, who will turn 15 in July, says he wants to be emancipated, so he can have his own place. So far, no word on whether Will and Jada plan to make that happen. Jaden and Will star together in the sci-fi film "After Earth" that comes out the end of this month.

REAL-LIFE "TOMB-RAIDER" STRIKES IN FLORIDA
Police in St. Cloud, Florida have arrested a 57-year-old woman for one of the weirder crimes of this year: she stole nearly 150 items from the nearby cemetery. Things like statues, lights, planters, and other trinkets - and used them to decorate her home and yard. (Classy!) The tacky thief is charged with Grand Theft.