Wednesday, September 18, 2013

CHRIS BOYD LET GO FROM VANDY TEAM
Vanderbilt University has kicked Wide Receiver Chris Boyd off the team, just days after he entered a conditional guilty plea for his role in trying to cover up the alleged rape of an unconscious student in late June. Boyd is still enrolled at Vandy as a student. As part of Boyd's deal, he will testify against Brandon Vandenburg and three other former teammates charged in the rape.  (They are scheduled to be in court Wednesday, October 16.)

MONTANA SUSPENDS FRAT MEMBERS FOR SEXUAL ASSAULTS
Montana State University has suspended two entire fraternities ... after two alleged sexual assaults this weekend... one at one fraternity on Friday, another rape at a different frat house on Sunday. 

SPRING HILL BOY FOUND
An Amber Alert issued for an 11-year-old boy in Spring Hill last night has been cancelled. Ben Tipton was reported missing yesterday afternoon, then his bike was found a few hours later, but he was nowhere near it, triggering fear of a possible kidnapping. The child was found, safe, around ten last night at a pizza place. 

POWERBALL JACKPOT UP TO 400 MILLION. 
Tonight could be a life-changer for someone. The Powerball Lottery jackpot is up to 400-million dollars. That's be a cash payout, before taxes, of 223 million.

WHERE'S NASHVILLE ON WORST FALL ALLERGY CITIES LIST?
http://allergycapitals.com
Ragweed pollen, outdoor mold, grass, trees all cause big problems for allergy sufferers this time of year. And the Asthma and Allergy Foundation  of America has put out its annual list of cities that are worst for fall allergies, and Wichita, Kansas is at the top. Many Tennessee cities made the list. Knoxville and Memphis, Tennessee; at the top, Nashville is 24th worst in the country for fall allergies. Also high for allergies, Louisville, Kentucky.  The foundation compiles the list of worst fall allergy cities based on pollen scores, number of allergy medications used per patient and number of board-certified allergists. Some of the weeds that are causing us trouble here in the Nashville area include Amaranth, Goosefoot, Marsh Elder, Plantain and Ragweed.

HOME HEALTH CARE WORKERS GET MINIMUM WAGE
Home health care workers are now entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay.  Yesterday, the Labor Department passed a new rule granting those protections to people who bathe, dress, and feed the elderly and disabled in the patients' homes. The new rules go into effect January 2015. 

FLOODING IN COLORADO HEADED TO NEBRASKA?
The deadly flooding that hit Colorado may now cause damage in neighboring Nebraska as runoff waters from Colorado push Nebraska streams out of their banks.

22-YEAR-OLD ARRESTED FOR IMPERSONATING POLICE OFFICER IN ANTIOCH 
Metro police have arrested a man who posed as a police officer and tried to arrest someone yesterday. Cops say 22 year old Pishoy Shehata waited outside a home on Luann Court in Antioch, and when the victim got there, Shehata told the man he was a cop, flashed a gold badge and a gun and handcuffed him. The victim was able to get away, and Shehata was caught. He'd taken his victim's car keys and phone, and is charged with kidnapping, aggravated robbery, and criminal impersonation of a law enforcement officer.

MORE PEOPLE BANKING FROM SMART PHONES
If you have a business, or work with a business that deals with payments of any kind, you need to pay attention to this: nearly HALF of all online banking is now being done from smartphones or tablets. The downside of that is that experts are warning there are some risks, including a huge market for malicious apps. They say you need to just do your research before you download an app that says it's associated with a bank. Make sure it really comes from your bank's site, or a reputable app store.

CROCODILE UNDER BED
This story is probably going to have you checking under the bed for monsters. A 40-year-old man was staying at a lodge in Zimbabwe. Slept all night, blissfully unaware there was an 8 foot crocodile under his bed. He says he even sat up that morning, dangling his bare feet off the bed within inches of the croc. He only found out about it when the maid went in later to clean the room and he heard her scream! The 330 pound critter was taken back to the river, more than a mile away.

PINK NAMED BILLBOARD'S WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Pink has been named Billboard's Woman of the Year... and will receive the award at Billboard's annual Women in Music event in December. Previous winners included Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry.

CHILI'S PLANS TO INCREASE IN-TABLE DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT
The Chili's restaurant chain has been trying out in-table touch screens to let customers place their own orders. They say it's working well, and orders for dessert and after dinner coffees are up, so they'll expand the screens to more stores across the country.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE'S AUNT ARRESTED FOR FORGERY
Justin Timberlake's step aunt is behind bars in Shelby County, Tennessee. The 53-year-old is charged with forging more than 100 bad checks. 

WALGREEN CHANGING HEALTH CARE PLAN
Pharmacy giant Walgreen Company is changing how its employees get health care. The company will pay employees more money so they can pay for their own healthcare.

U.S. MILITARY FACILITIES GET SECURITY REVIEW
U.S. military facilities around the globe will be getting a security review after the deadly Washington Navy Yard shootings. The review has been ordered by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. It echoes a similar call by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus [[ MAY-bus ]]. 

NASA RECRUITS PEOPLE TO GET PAID TO STAY IN BED
Nasa is currently recruiting a number of willing volunteers to spend 70 days doing very little at its Houston headquarters. The couch potatoes will get paid around 5-thousand dollars a month, as part of the US space agency's research into the effects of microgravity on the human body. 'Researchers and engineers are studying bed rest as an experimental analog for space flight because extended exposure to a head-down tilt position can duplicate the effects of a low-gravity environment.' 

VANDERBILT MEDICAL CENTER CUTTING MORE JOBS
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is cutting more jobs.  Officials say more than one-thousand positions will be eliminated by the end of the year because of the federal budget sequester, Medicare costs and declining research funding.  Nearly 300 employees were let go earlier this summer.

FORMER COP SAYS HE WAS FIRED OVER WHITNEY HOUSTON INCIDENT
A former Beverly Hills Police SWAT supervisor says he lost his job because he reported a fellow officer for potential misconduct involving singer Whitney Houston's death. Sergeant Brian Weir tells NBC News that Detective Sergeant Terry Nutall disturbed the scene after Houston was found drowned in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton in February of 2012. Weir claims Nutall had no reason to be on scene that night but showed up at the hotel room, removed a sheet covering Houston's naked body and made inappropriate comments about the singer-actress. Weir says he was removed from his position leading the SWAT team for reporting the misconduct, and he's planning a lawsuit over the incident.

STEPHEN HAWKING SUPPORTS ASSISTED SUICIDE FOR TERMINALLY ILL
Cosmologist Stephen Hawking, who has lived for years with the progressive and debilitating motor neuron condition known as Lou Gehrig's disease, tells the BBC that he favors assisted suicide for people with terminal illnesses. Hawking, 71, who uses a wheelchair and speaks through a computer speech synthesizer activated by his eye movements, said: "We don't let animals suffer, so why humans?"

SCHOOL HIRES SOCIAL MEDIA MONITORS
Officials at California's Glendale Unified School District are getting some flack for hiring a company that monitors social websites that students use. They say watching social habits can help them protect students by catching and stopping possible cyberbully attacks, suicides, drug use and other problems students are dealing with.

ANOTHER COMMERCIAL COMPANY SETS FLIGHTS TO ISS
A second commercial company will be launching a cargo ship to the International Space Station.  The scheduled lift off of Orbital Sciences' rocket is at 10:50 Wednesday morning, Eastern time.  If successful, Orbital Sciences will join privately owned Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, in bring supplies to the ISS.

LARGEST TERRORISM-RELATED SEIZURE IN HISTORY
It's being called the largest terrorism-related seizure in U.S. history:  Monday's court decision giving the government the go-ahead to take over a 36-story office building in New York City.  The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York says the office tower is a "front" for a major Iranian bank, and therefore, a front for the government of Iran.

SUPERBOWL PRICES SET TO DOUBLE?
It looks as if it'll cost more for fans to attend the next Super Bowl.  The NFL is expected to raise ticket prices for the next Super Bowl to be played at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium in February.  The "Wall Street Journal" reports that a committee of NFL owners is likely to approve the plan that would more than double the prices charged for the best seats.  

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS TODAY
Jason Sudeikis, SNL star (38)
James Marsden, X-Men actor (40)
Jada Pinkett Smith, actress (42)
Lance Armstrong, cyclist (42)
Aisha Tyler, actress (43)