Archives for March 2016

Trial date set for pair charged with assault and robbery.

During a pre-trial conference Tuesday morning a Sept. 28 trial date was set for 21 year old Devon Preyer and 23 year old Davonta Rozier on charges of second-degree assault and first-degree robbery. The pair are accused of assaulting and robbing a University of the Cumberlands’ student late last year. Rozier and Preyer allegedly individually and/or in complicity with another beat victim Zane Parker causing him serious physical injury, and used physical force on Parker while in the course of committing a theft. Both Rozier and the victim were students at Cumberlands at the time of the assault. Preyer is a former student, who was permanently barred from campus after being dismissed from the school in the fall of 2014. University of the Cumberlands spokesperson Leslie Ryser confirmed in January that Rozier is no longer a student at the university.

Sinatra Jr Dead

Frank Sinatra Jr. is dead at the age of 72. The singer died of a heart attack in Daytona Beach, Florida yesterday. He was in town to perform his father’s famous songs as a part of a centennial celebration of his life and music, called “Sinatra Sings Sinatra.” Peabody Auditorium officials say the singer canceled his concert after falling ill.

Type 2 Diabetes

Almost 28-million Americans have type 2 diabetes and another 86 are at risk for developing it. A well-known television personality who has lived with type 2 diabetes for more than 25 years is now speaking out about dealing with the disease. Dr. Phil McGraw has a plan he lives by to manage his diabetes. He says his plan consists of a healthy diet, exercise and medication. Dr. Phil also says it’s important to have a solid support team in place to help people manage their treatment plan and stick to it. He also advises people to educate themselves, know their habits in order to change them, develop a plan and stick with it. The website onitmovement.com is offering patient education materials provided by AstraZeneca and video content from Dr. Phil himself.

King Tut’s Tomb

Archaeologists say new radar scans of King Tut’s tomb site could be “the discovery of the century.” Egypt’s antiquities ministry confirms the scans reveal two hidden rooms in the Pharaoh’s mausoleum that contain metal and organic masses. That has experts speculating that the rooms could contain the remains of King Tutankhamen’s mother, Queen Nefertiti and other priceless artifacts. Further analysis on the radar scans will completed soon.

Miami Zika Virus

Miami tops the list of major cities at risk for a Zika virus outbreak this summer. A new report calculates the risk in 50 U.S. cities where summertime temperatures could create ideal conditions for the type of mosquito that spreads the disease. Federal researchers used computer modeling to factor in weather conditions and travel patterns along the Gulf Coast and Eastern seaboard. Miami, Houston and Orlando all made the list. Other cities at high risk include Jacksonville, Savannah, Charleston, Mobile and New Orleans.

Seaworld

SeaWorld is putting a stop to its killer whale breeding program. The aquatic theme park has come under fire for its orca breeding program, especially since the 2013 documentary “Blackfish.” SeaWorld announced today that the current generation of the big mammals at their parks will be the last. Park officials say they are also phasing out the Shamu show starting in San Diego next year and in San Antonio and Orlando in 2019.

Supreme court Judge

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid is putting more pressure on Republicans to consider Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court. After meeting with Garland, Reid asked why Republicans are afraid to consider President Obama’s pick. Garland is a veteran federal appeals court judge in Washington. Republicans have vowed to ignore the nomination. Republicans want to let the next President choose a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Reid called it an untenable position.

Graham behind Cruz

Lindsey Graham is rallying behind Senator Ted Cruz for president. Graham dropped out of the Republican race and endorsed Jeb Bush, who later dropped out himself. Graham has been harshly critical of Cruz and once joked that choosing between Cruz and Donald Trump would be like being shot or poisoned. Graham recently started softening his tone on Cruz. He suggested that rallying behind Cruz might be the only way to stop frontrunner Trump from getting the GOP nomination.

Trump

Leading conservatives want Republicans to come together in opposition to GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. A statement from one the organizers of this morning’s meeting asked all the former GOP candidates who aren’t supporting Trump to stand together in opposition to him. The group also called for a “unity ticket” that could win the Republican nomination at a possible contested convention. The group said such a process was used to elect Abraham Lincoln and that it, quote, “should be good enough for all the candidates without threats of riots.”

NCAA

Yale is serving up an upset to dash Baylor’s dreams of an NCAA men’s basketball championship. The fifth seeded Bears were stunned by 12th seeded Yale 79-75 this afternoon in Providence. Baylor’s defense was unable to stop the Bulldogs, while Baylor’s offense shot only 44-percent from the field. They also had the chance to tie it but Lester Medford slipped while trying to get by a Yale defender. It was Yale’s first NCAA tournament win.