Thursday, September 16, 2010

Increased ‘Fire Danger’ for central North Carolina (including the Triad)
Your WBFJ Family Station Forecast: Mostly sunny and breezy…High 90
First Day of Autumn is next Thursday, September 23rd.

Looking for a job? ‘BIG’ Job Fair in Burlington TODAY for stores at the new Tanger Outlet shopping center scheduled to open in early November. The JOB FAIR happens TODAY from 11 to 7pm at the Mebane Arts Center. A list of job openings: www.tangeroutlet.com/mebane/careers (919) 304-1520

RECALL: Burlington Coat Factory is voluntarily recalling hooded jackets and sweatshirts with drawstrings due to a strangulation hazard. The recalled items were sold nationwide from January 1995 to September 2009 for between $7 and $30. www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10347.html

The Parkland High School community is mourning the death of head basketball coach Rosco Turner. Turner passed away Wednesday morning during a routine procedure at an area hospital. He was 48 years old. Turner had been a Parkland coach for the past three years. Before moving to Parkland, Turner coached at several schools in the Piedmont including North Davidson, Lexington City and Asheboro. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Big plans for High Point University. The University plans to raise and spend $2.1 billion dollars over the next 10 years. www.news-record.com/content/2010/09/15/article/high_point_university_expands_growth_plan_to_21_billion
Violation of school policy or violation of Religious freedom? A 14-year-old's nose piercing has landed her a suspension from school and in the middle of a ‘First Amendment’ fight for religious rights. Ariana Iacono was suspended since last week because her nose ring violates the Johnston County school system's dress code. She attends Clayton High School, about 15 miles southeast of Raleigh. The ACLU has stepped in to help the family. FYI: According to their website, Church of Body Modification “represents a collection of members practicing ancient and modern body modification rites. (We) believe that practicing body modification and engaging in body manipulation rituals strengthen the bond between mind, body, and soul.”
Some images on this website are disturbing: http://uscobm.com/questions/
More on the story: www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/09/16/1696031/nc-teen-nose-ring-more-than-fashion.html#ixzz0zhFgNzCN

Police on the campus of Winston-Salem State University are investigating a hit-and-run accident that injured a 28 year old male student early yesterday morning. -A 15-year-old teenager is in critical condition after being struck by a minivan at the intersection of Lawndale Drive and Independence Road on last night in Greensboro. (Fox 8)

It’s the peak of Hurricane Season, and lots of activity. In the Atlantic, Hurricane Igor is still a Category 4 storm that will likely cause dangerous rip currents along the East Coast over the weekend. Tropical Storm Karl is gaining strength as it makes its way into the Gulf.
Karl could become a hurricane by Friday. (http://www.weather.com/)

Surprise ending last night on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”. Mississippi Blues singer Michael Grimm won the million dollars and the chance to headline a show in Vegas. Grimm beating out the 10 year old singing sensation Jackie Evancho and the guys from Virginia Tech, Fighting Gravity. www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent/
Story: www.nj.com/entertainment/tv/index.ssf/2010/09/americas_got_talent_winner_mic.html

The first ‘online auditions’ for “American Idol” are open. You can submit an audition video at MySpace through October 6th. The entries must be no longer than 40 seconds and chosen from a list of songs posted online, along with other audition guidelines. Contestants for the show must be between the ages of 15 and 28. A “select number” of people will move on to a tryout in Los Angeles. http://www.americanidol.com/
FYI: In “American Idol’s” first online songwriting competition back in 2007… CCM artist /songwriter Scott Krippayne along with co-writer Pastor Jeff Peabody wrote “This Is My Now.” The song, selected from 25,000 entries, was performed by Idol winner Jordin Sparks.

Pancake restaurant I-HOP has filed a lawsuit against a church group called the International House of Prayer claiming that the group is illegally using the restaurant’s famous acronym. The legal ‘flap’ started earlier this month. The church group IHOP-KC started back in 1999 in Missouri…billing itself as 24/7 place for people to come and pray, according to the group's website. www.ihop.org/ The restaurant's website: www.ihop.com
Story: www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/09/16/ihop.lawsuit/index.html?iref=NS1