"President's Speech to Kids Opens Political Pandora's Box"
*Hendersonville, Tenn. - A leader from the Sumner County democratic party is demanding the school board produce a policy regarding politicians' access to public schools. This, after the Sumner County Schools director decided to send home parent consent forms, allowing students to 'opt out' of President Barack Obama's September 8, live televised address to America's school children.
"If you're going to have the 'opt out' letter going out for our Commander in Chief, it should be the same thing for any local politician, or anyone else," said Tony Jackson, Hendersonville vice chairperson for the Sumner County Democratic Party. "That is patently fair!"
Jackson plans to address school board members Tuesday, after learning of a late September school appearance by State Representative Debra Maggart, a Republican from the 45th district; and State Senator Diane Black, also a Republican, from Sumner County. The two women were invited to Walton Ferry Elementary school to lead students, grades K thru 5, through a patriotic assembly. No take-home permissions slips were required, though Maggart insists her convocation was non partisan.
"It was politically neutral, it was actually the birthday of the Star Spangled Banner, Maggart said, from her Hendersonville home. "And we were there to talk to children about the Star Spangled Banner, and the War of 1812. And we celebrated the birthday."
Maggart has no regrets, and admits she'd make a school appearance again in the interest of educating the children of middle Tennessee on the inner workings of the state capitol. Maggart, for now, has the backing of school system leaders. A Sumner County Schools spokesman says, so far, the schools system stands by its decision to regulate the president's appearance.
Tony Jackson, meanwhile, will address school board members at their 6:00 p.m. regular meeting Tuesday, at central office. He promises to bring other supporters from the democratic party. Board members are under no obligation to respond to Jackson's questions, comments, or accusations.
"Two Juveniles Attempt To Rob Hermitage Cafe"
*NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Police have been searching Monday morning for two suspects who tried to hold up a Hermitage restaurant at knife point overnight.
According to police, two juvenile males tried to rob the Hermitage Cafe shortly after midnight Monday. The two suspects took off on foot empty handed.
The juveniles left behind the knife they used to threaten the employees and a pair of sunglasses. Police said they hope these items could be used to identify the suspects.
*CLARSKVILLE, Tenn.- A Fort Campbell soldier is behind bars this weekend charged with burglary. Clarksville Police say Joseph Armstrong, 21, broke into at least three homes, and stole things each time.
Several of the stolen items were found on-post, at his home. The break-ins happened in September and October. Armstrong is an Army supply specialist.
Investigators say he admitted to the burglaries.
TOP LEFT: TOP RIGHT: Kenneth Hatch Samuel Majors
BOTTOM LEFT: BOTTOM RIGHT:
Montez Hall Frank Beasley
*CLARKSVILLE - Four Nashville men are charged in the death of a Fort Campbell soldier who was killed early this morning after a fight at a nightclub on Riverside Drive.
Bryan Christopher Hastye, 25, was killed, according to Clarksville Police spokesman Officer Jim Knoll.
Around 2:10 a.m. today, after a fight inside the 808 Club, Hastye and another person left the club in a vehicle, with Hastye in the back seat.
The four men followed in a black Dodge Charger, and one of them fired a shot into the car, Knoll said. The bullet went through the trunk of the vehicle and struck Hastye.
Hastye was taken by ambulance to Gateway Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Officers stopped the suspects' vehicle and found a pistol inside. All four men denied being the shooter, so all four were charged with homicide, Knoll said.
The following suspects, all of Nashville, were charged in the incident:
• Frank James Beasley, 19.
• Montez Deshawn Hall, 20.
• Kenneth Deshawn Hatch, 21.
• Samuel Dewayne Majors, 21.
*The body of 17-year-old Esaela Hariri was found Saturday morning by the Office of Emergency Management from Percy Priest Lake at the Hobson Pike Bridge, according to a release sent by Metro Police.
Hariri’s death is being investigated as a suicide, police said. She was reported to have health issues.
Hariri, of Waldron Road in LaVergne, was reported missing to LaVergne Police by her parents Friday morning after discovering she left home during the night.
Her car was located Friday near Long Hunter State Park.
Obama was on his first trip to China and eager to continue a dialogue with a country so crucial to the United States' efforts on a range of issues from climate change to Iran to economic matters. Trade between the U.S. and China amounts to over $400 billion a year.
For President Obama, speaking openly about the Chinese government's human rights record during a town hall meeting on its own soil was an exercise in moderation.
"We do not seek to impose any system of government on any other nation, but we also don't believe that the principles that we stand for are unique to our nation," Obama told a crowd of several hundred gathered at the Museum of Science and Technology in Shanghai Monday.
"These freedoms of expression and worship; of access to information and political participation, we believe are universal rights," he said. "They should be available to all people, including ethnic and religious minorities; whether they are in the United States, China, or any nation."
The President was on his first trip to China and eager to continue a dialogue with a country so crucial to the United States' efforts on a range of issues from climate change to Iran to economic matters. Trade between the U.S. and China amounts to over $400 billion a year.
Like his predecessor George W. Bush, Obama was obliged to speak openly about China's spotty human rights record during his visit, analysts say. The President did so -- invoking Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King and even his own historic rise to the presidency.
He left out, however, the festering conflict between China and Tibet.
Even before Obama left for Asia, he appeared to be wary of stoking the Chinese when he chose not to meet with Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, when he was in the U.S. in October. Obama is the first President to have made such a move since 1991.
The decision "was part of an overall approach that the administration had to convince China to re-engage with the Dalai Lama's representatives to be more forthcoming and more sincere in that dialogue," says Bonnie Glaser, a China expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
But it's a strategy that Glaser claims has back-fired. "I think China's position has hardened, and this was outside the expectations of the administration," she said.
Nonetheless, the President has formulated his own approach to the Communist regime. "[T]he United States insists we do not seek to contain China's rise," he said. "We know that more is to be gained when great powers cooperate than when they collide."
-A POSITIVE MOMENT:
"60-Year-Old Solar Mystery Finally Solved"
*The search for planets beyond our solar system may be a little easier, thanks to a new comparison of sun-like stars that has revealed a key difference in the chemistry of stars that have planets and their barren cousins and solved a long-standing mystery about our own sun's chemistry.The solar mystery revolves around the abundance of the element lithium in the sun.
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*We eat way too much protein, even if we are trying to build strong muscles, new research has discovered.
Bodybuilders can eat up to 20 pounds of protein every day – and yet only the first few ounces, or 30 grams, actually goes towards muscle building.
Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch made the discovery when they tested protein-rich diets on a group of young and elderly volunteers. They were tested after eating four ounces of lean beef, and then 12 ounces of beef. There were no improvements in muscle quality after eating the four-ounce portion. "This suggests that at around 30 grams of protein per meal, maybe a little less, muscle protein synthesis hits an upper ceiling,” said Douglas Paddon-Jones, the lead researcher.
Here are the top dating mistakes that can have you wondering what you were thinking when a relationship dissolves down the road. Read and use the dating tips and advice for better long term relationships and a happier life.
Six dating mistakes you will want to avoid.
1-"I don’t want to be alone.” Loneliness or even the thought of being alone holds relationships together for a while. It is, however, insufficient foundation for a healthy long term relationship.
2-"They complete me.” Strong relationships are built every day with couples providing each other with something that they are missing as an individual. On the other hand, low self esteem or a feeling of insufficiency can cause people to think that they are only whole and valuable with someone else. This can be unstable in the long term.
3-"I can’t say ‘no.’” If you find yourself in a position where your dating partner is controlling your life, it may be time to reconsider. Over-control can be a type of abuse.
4-"This is convenient.” All too many relationships arise out of convenience. Yes, it is difficult to meet people but just because you are together and available to one another does not make it a great relationship.
5-"They have ulterior motives.” People need relationships for reasons other than love. The desperation to have someone to share the rent, take care of children, provide entertainment or fill some other role can bring people together for reasons other than that of seeking long term love. People have even been known to marry or get pregnant to create a future income stream from child-support or alimony.
6-"This is fun.” The excitement of being together and feeling good can sometimes overshadow an underlying understanding that you just aren’t compatible.
1-Don’t waste your time on relationships that don’t have a future. Use your head to avoid these dating mistakes.
2-Work on your own self esteem and be the best individual you can be to then attract and create better relationships.
3-Remember that recreational relationships should be with friends and not "lovers.”
4-Acknowledge that if your relationship seems like a fairy tale, maybe it truly is.
5-Accept that what first brought you together is probably insufficient on its own and you need to do the work to create a better basis for a truly committed relationship.
6-Focus on the principles and values that are important to you. Surround yourself with good people who share your positive attitude. You will attract those who think like you.
7-The best relationships are built on mutual respect, understanding and compatibility in all key aspects of personality and life goals. Think about yourself, them and your partner and, above all, talk honestly with your dating partner about the important things. That way you can avoid becoming trapped in a relationship that you later regret.
Deborah Messy...I mean Messing...
Debra MESSing arrives in a one-size-fits-all (and we do mean ALL) "dress” (it’s called a caftan) at LAX airport on Sunday with son Roman, 3 1/2.
To top it off, the 39-year-old Starter Wife actress wore a Pucci-like head scarf with her muumuu-like mess. Yuck!
Floyd Mayweather and a hundred thousand of his closest friends -- plus Diddy, Ray-J, Mario Lopez and Jermaine Dupri -- hung out at XS in the Encore hotel after the Manny Pacquiao fight last night.
Common sense eventually prevailed -- Floyd put the money away rather than "make it rain."