Old School, Schools Out! - 12/10/13

  I live in Sumner County and got up at 5:00a.m. to see if my oldest had to go to school today because of the snow.  I turned the tv on to Fox 17 and there scrolling at the bottom of the screen were the school closings.  Being impatient before it got to Sumner County, I already had the I-Pad opened and had the full list at my fingertips at fox17.com.

  After I walked upstairs to tell my teenager she could turn her alarm off and relax, school had been cancelled, I turned on the radio to help me get back to sleep.  As I listened, I remember when I was a child growing up in Kentucky.  The radio was how we found out whether we had school.  There are 120 counties in Kentucky and a big snow event meant a long list of counties provided by the Associated Press.  The radio stations read them county after county.  Sometimes it would take several minutes to get through them all.

  I couldn't help but smile as I thought about that.  If you tuned in late, you'd have to wait for the next school closing list to be read at the bottom of the hour.  The old days certainly stand out in my memory but it sure is convenient to go to the web and get the information you're looking for in seconds.  You can be back under the covers and back to sleep which is exactly what I did this morning. 

 

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FRANCE-FROZEN PROPOSAL

PARIS (AP) -- It's a frozen proposal -- at one of the most romantic spots in Paris. An AP photographer happened to be snapping tourists at the Eiffel Tower's Christmas ice-rink, when Jon McAchran of Virginia Beach, Virginia, popped the question. He got down on one knee on the ice -- and presented some ice to girlfriend Ashley Marie Kimberl. It was a sparkling diamond engagement ring. Kimberl tells the AP, "We're getting married!" The bride-to-be notes their first date was at an ice-rink in Virginia.

ANGRY BIRDS LAWSUIT

SEATTLE (AP) -- A Seattle artist is angry -- over Angry Birds. Juli Adams designed her Angry Birds pet toys in 2006 for The Hartz Mountain Corporation. She claims she was cheated out of millions when the company licensed Angry Birds to the makers of the insanely popular video game. Now, Adams has won a round in federal court. A judge has refused to toss the lawsuit, as requested by the company. Adams says she came up with Angry Birds based on the idea of a plush toy that wouldn't be pleased about being attacked by her cats.

PENGUIN CAM

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Cybersurfers are checking out some cute chicks. They're baby penguins at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. A webcam at the aviary captured the first of two African penguins hatching. A second egg is expected to hatch this week. Papa penguin is named Sidney, after Sidney Crosby, the star of the Pittsburgh Penguins NHL team. Aviary officials say Sidney and penguin partner Bette have successfully bred two previous sets of chicks.

MAN IN CEILING

DENVER (AP) -- Just dropping-in has landed a man in legal trouble. Prosecutors in Denver are charging Stephen Graves with burglary and criminal mischief. Authorities say he crashed through the ceiling of a restaurant, triggering a flood, then got trapped in a wall and had to be rescued. Prosecutors say Graves was living secretly in the rafters above the Yard House restaurant.

 
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