Monday, December 20, 2010

FIVE days until Christmas…
Your WBFJ Family Station Forecast : Sunny skies…High 43
Winter officially begins tomorrow (Dec 21) at 6:38pm

THE FIRST TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE IN TWO YEARS WILL OCCUR OVERNIGHT TONIGHT.  The eclipse will begin around 1:30am and end around 5am. (Eastern Time).
During the course of the eclipse, the moon will appear to go through a wide range of color changes. FYI: The winter solstice, which takes place on Tuesday, marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. www.infoplease.com/spot/wintersolstice1.html#ixzz18er1HNGL
Lunar eclipse = when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon so that all or part of the sun's light is blocked from the moon.  www.examiner.com/us-headlines-in-national/sky-gazers-prepare-for-2010-lunar-eclipse-to-coincide-with-winter-solstice

"Tron: Legacy" (starring Jeff Bridges) leaped to the top of the box-office this past weekend. FYI: The Disney release reboots the story line started in 1982 in the first "Tron" in which Bridges’ character is hurtled into a deadly virtual reality known as the Grid.
#2…"Yogi Bear" (featuring the voices of Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake)
#3…"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"

It’s a GIRL. Natalie Grant and husband Bernie have an early Christmas gift. “Sadie Rose” was born last Friday morning…weighing in at seven pounds, six ounces and 19 inches long. She's the third daughter of Natalie Grant and her husband, songwriter/producer Bernie. Sadie Rose was due on Christmas Day, but arrived a week early. The couple welcomed twin girls -- Isabella and Grace -- in February of 2007.  FYI: Natalie hits the road this Spring with MercyMe and Brandon Heath. (RnR)

We need YOU to make some homemade cookies.  Calling all bakers in the Triad!!! Christmas for the City needs plenty of homemade cookies for the ‘party room’ at the Millennium Center next week. Bake some cookies and bring them wrapped on disposable serving trays to the drop off locations listed below. (You can also bring canisters of hot chocolate for the party to the same locations).

Monday + Tuesday (Dec. 20 & 21) between 10am and 6pm…
     -Pinedale Christian Church gym, 3395 Peters Creek Pkwy, W-S
Monday + Tuesday (Dec. 20 & 21) between 9am and 9pm…

     -Braided Cord Coffee and Book, 1483 River Ridge Rd, Clemmons, NC 27012
Tuesday – Thursday (Dec 21-23) between 4pm and 8pm…
     -Millennium Center, 101 W. 5th St., Winston Salem, NC 27101

Come celebrate Christmas for the City this week on Tuesday –Thursday (Dec 21 -23) at the Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem.  Totally family friendly…and it’s a FREE gift to the community. WBFJ will broadcasting ‘LIVE’ all three nights… Details on our website http://www.wbfj.fm/

Hundreds of thousands of travelers were stranded over the weekend in Europe by an early winter storm that dumped tons of snow on England, France and Germany. Heathrow Airport, Europe's busiest hub for air passengers, stopped accepting arrivals on Sunday. England has experienced the heaviest snow falls in December in decades and is on course for record low temperatures. http://apnews.myway.com/article/20101219/D9K753PO2.html

Rain, snow and wind pounding the West Coast. A winter storm warning remains in effect through Monday afternoon for California's Sierra Nevada mountains. Parts of California could get another 9 to 10 feet of snow before the storm is over. (CNN)

The funeral for Teddy Davis, a seventh-grader at Walkertown Middle School, who collapsed and died during an intramural basketball game last Wednesday, will be held today. WXII reporting that Teddy died of a heart problem. The family is fulfilling Teddy's wishes by donating his organs.  Location: Stephen's Missionary Baptist Church. www.wxii12.com/news/26160960/detail.html

AN AMERICAN TOURIST HAS BEEN KILLED IN ISRAEL. Authorities say they are investigating whether militants could be responsible for the attack on Christine Logan and her Israeli tour guide. The two were stabbed while hiking in a forest near Jerusalem. The tour guide escaped.

THE MILITARY'S DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL POLICY IS JUST ONE STEP AWAY FROM BEING REPEALED. On Saturday, the Senate approved a bill calling for the repeal of the policy just days after the House passed the same measure. The Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy was introduced back in 1993, during the Clinton administration.

The FDA reporting now that the world’s best selling cancer drug is NOT safe and effective. Avastin is a drug used to treat breast cancer. The FDA says that after four clinical studies it does not believe Avastin's benefits are significant enough to outweigh the risks including high blood pressure, heart attack, and hemorrhage. However the FDA says that it does not plan to remove Avastin from the market. RnR

Former President George W. Bush and Laura will greet the public during a book-signing appearance at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte today. Wristbands guaranteeing a book and a spot in line for today’s event sold out within a couple of hours on Saturday. Only those with wristbands will be admitted to the library grounds for the event. (WXII 12)

Third Day is coming to the Triad this Spring. The ‘Make Your Move Tour’ with Third Day will make a stop in Greensboro on May 13, 2011. Joining Third Day on some of the tour dates…will be Tenth Avenue North and Revive. Third Day's eleventh studio album "Move" is in stores now.
Tour details: www.thirdday.com/touring/upcoming-shows

From now until January 3rd, Modern Chevrolet of Winston-Salem will donate $10 dollars to the area Salvation Army for every test drive you take! Call 723-6366 for more details… www.salvationarmycarolinas.org/commands/winston-salem

-The Eagles stun the Giants on last play of the game with a punt return…38-31
-The Carolina Panthers beat the Arizona Cardinals…19-12…in what many are saying was the final game with head coach John Fox.
-UConn women win 88th straight on Sunday, matching UCLA men