Latest Forecast from ABC 13 meteorologist Matt Ferguson
A Bit about Larry
The Star City is my home. I began my broadcasting career in 1973 as a junior at JeffersonHigh School.
During those year's I worked at 1240 WROV, K92 from 1980 to 1992, and in Baltimore, Maryland.
I spent five and a half years at Your Hometown Station - WDBJ7 doing News 7 Mornin' before returning to my deep, deep "radio roots" in 1997.
In March 2008, I came in third place in City Magazine's "Best Radio Personalities." I've always said, I have the best listeners in the world. Thank-you so much for tuning in every day. It wouldn't be nearly as much fun without you.
I love doing mornings. However, the 3A alarm comes early. You know what they say, "early to bed, early to rise..." Well, I'm still waiting on the "wealthy" part to that one.
My wife, Glenna and I, were married in 1989. It was the "best thing" that ever happened to me. That was also our "first dance" song at our wedding.
We have four kids - Snuggles, Kisses, Tigger and Michael (all with four legs and tails.) They're the purrrr-fect kids.
Scattered patchy frost this A.M..Sunshine returns today. Hi 50. Mostly sunny tomorrow. Hi 53. Friday and Saturday, Mostly sunny. Hi 58. Sunday, Partly sunny. Hi 62. Monday and Tuesday with hit highs in the mid 60s. Lows at night in the 30s and 40s.
Feeling lucky? What to do with half a billion? Powerball Jackpot tonight is $500 million. **What are the odds you're going to win that? 1 175 million at winning the Jackpot. 1 in 5 million chance of winning a million if you Match 5.
Roanoke police are looking for a man who robbed a Dollar General store on Orange Avenue at gunpoint last night around 8P.
CNN's Peter Hamby reports sources tell him Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling will drop his bid to replace Gov. Bob McDonnell.
Apple has axed the manager of its highly criticized Maps application. People had expressed outrage across Twitter and Facebook about missing landmarks, streets, and incomplete directions. A lack of public transit information had many calling for people to avoid updating their software.
Story in USA Today about e-Readers, growing in demand as tech gifts. Hard to believe it started 5 years ago with the Kindle from Amazon. Today, Kindles starting today as low as $69, it's hard to remember that the then-brand new device commanded $399. On Cyber Monday, you could get the Kindle Fire HD for $129. Amazing.
Today is the 333rd day of the year with 33 left to go.
1963 President Johnson announces that Cape Canaveral would be renamed Cape Kennedy in honor of his assassinated predecessor. 1964 The United States launched the space probe Mariner 4 on a course to Mars. 1987 “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes peaks at No. 1. 1992 “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston peaks at No. 1. 1995 President Clinton signs a bill that ended the federal 55 mph speed limit. 2004 Julia Roberts gives birth to twins – Phinnaeus Walter Moder and Hazel Patricia Moder.
Berry Gordy Jr. (Motown founder)-83; Randy Newman-69; Paul Shaffer (Late Show orchestra leader)-63; Ed Harris (Apollo 13: Gene Kranz / Radio: Coach Jones)-62; Judd Nelson (Suddenly Susan: Jack Richmond)-53; Jon Stewart (The Daily Show)-50; Apl.de.Ap (Black Eyed Peas)-38
Joke of the Day
What Christmas carol is a parents favorite? ans - Silent Night
Smarter Than Question
Emergency room statistics indicate you’re most likely to crash into this in the late afternoon. What is it? Congrats to Carol, she got it. The answer is "a glass door". (Source: Safetyfirst.com)
It's victory at last for Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani.
The former star of ABC's Bachelor finally reached her quest to hoist the mirror ball trophy at the Dancing With the Stars All-Stars finale Tuesday night. She beat out runner-up Shawn Johnson -- whom she lost to in Season 8 -- and actress Kelly Monaco, Dancing's first winner in 2005.
On The Voice last night Cody Belew from Cee Lo's team and Dez from Team Christina were the two contestants sent home. That means Christina is done with the competition. Scottish rocker Terry McDermott and pop rocker Cassadee Pope made it to the Top 6 for Team Blake. Team's Adam and Cee Lo have two contestants as well.
Entertainment Weekly has named Ben Affleck as their Entertainer of the Year.
Actor Angus T. Jones, who stars as Jake on CBS' "Two and a Half Men" has apologized for calling the U.S. sitcom filth and asking people to stop watching it. **Publicity stunt or job security?
Lenny Kravitz has signed on for his first leading film role, playing singer Marvin Gaye in a biopic that will be shot next year.
Adele is rolling in the records. Her album '21' has sold more than 10 million copies.
Top TV Shows Last Week from Nielsen
1. NFL Football: Green Bay at N.Y. Giants, NBC, 20.85 million.
2. NFL Football: New England at N.Y. Jets, NBC, 19.21 million.
3. "NCIS," CBS, 16.48 million.
4. College Football: Notre Dame at USC, ABC, 16.06 million.
5. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 15.13 million.
"Prosecuting Casey Anthony" starring Rob Lowe is set to debut early next year on the Lifetime cable network.
A Christmas at Rockefeller Centerin NYC tonight with Rod Stewart, Trace Adkins, Mariah Carey, CeeLo Green, Scotty McCreery, Bette Midler, Billy Crystal and more. Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker will host it. Catch it at 8P on NBC.
Former NBCUniversal boss Jeff Zucker is in talks to succeed outgoing CNN President and Chief Executive Jim Walton
Wednesday Christmas Specials (11/28)
•Charlie Brown Christmas (8pm, ABC) •Christmas in Rockefeller Center (8pm, NBC) •Saturday Night Live - Christmas - funniest holiday sketches from 37 years. (9pm, NBC) •Three Days (Kristin Davis) (midnight, ABC Family)
abc: A Charlie Brown Christmas, Modern Family (NEW), Suburgatory (NEW), Nashville (NEW) cbs: Survivor: Phillippines (NEW), Criminal Minds (NEW), CSI (NEW) nbc: Christmas Rockefeller Center, SNL Christmas (NEW) fox: The X Factor (LIVE) cw: Arrow (NEW) and Supernatural (NEW)
News from Nashville
Trace Adkins heads to Japan this week performing at four military bases on his seventh USO tour in 11 years.
Taylor Swift admits she's never 'truly' been in love. More in the new issue of Parade.
Sad news for Little Big Town: One of the four lost an immediate family member, the group posted on Facebook. No further details are available at this time, but the band has canceled its appearance Tuesday on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
We're going to have to wait until January to see Carrie Underwood's video for "Two Black Cadillacs." But she's going it "juicy".
Blake Shelton tells Ladies' Home Journal his mom - Dorothy Shackleford - co-wrote a song with him called 'Time for Me to Come Home' about how it's not really Christmas if you're not home with your mom. You can hear it on his Cheers, It's Christmas album.
George Strait may be giving up touring, but he won't be giving up recording new music.
Lar's This & That
Surviving The Holidays
7 ways to escape the holidays debt free... Great tips from Today.com on how to keep your head above water through the holidays.
1.Prepare a spending plan 2.Search online for coupons and free shipping (try this app) 3.Get social (deals through Twitter and Facebook) 4.Use your rewards (the ones you've been racking up on your credit card 5.Start early (best bargains are earlier in the day) 6.Use cash (only shop with the cash you put in an envelope) 7.Shrink stress (wind down after a long shopping day with a bath...ahhhh)
We Need A Little Christmas
Most Americans still prefer signs in stores that say “Merry Christmas” rather than ones with “Happy Holidays.”
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 68% of American Adults prefer Merry Christmas. Just 23% like Happy Holidays instead.
The consumer toy watchdog group, World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) has issued its annual “10 Worst Toys” list naming toys with the potential to cause childhood injuries or even death. This year’s list:
Magnetic Fishing Game, $1.77, by Kole Imports (choking hazard) Inflatable Bongo Ball, $49.99, by Toys R Us (impact injuries) Dart Zone Quick Fire 12 dart gun, $19.32, by Prime Time Toys Ltd. (eye injuries) Spinner Shark 4-Wheel Kneeboard, $59.97, by FuzionNextsport (impact injuries) Explore & Learn Helicopter, $15.99, by V Tech (strangulation hazard) N-Force Vendetta Double Sword, $19.99, by Hasbro (impact injuries) Water Balloon Launcher, $21.99, by Water Sports LLC (choking hazard, facial injuries) Power Rangers Super Samurai Shogun Helmet, $29.99, by Bandai (puncture wound, impact injuries) Playful Xylophone, $29.99, by P’Kolino (choking hazard) The Avengers Gamma Green Smash Fists, $16.99, by Hasbro (impact injuries)
The Season's HOT Toy...The Holiday Hit, Again!
According to toy industry experts, one of the biggest toys this holiday season is . . . the FURBY. Yes, the little fella that kids loved in the late 90s. They start at $54, but apparently they're already sold out at Walmart, and almost gone from Amazon.
Christmas Has Been Named the Sexiest Time of the Year According to a new survey, women voted CHRISTMAS the sexiest time of the year. Valentine's Day came in second, and their husband or boyfriend's birthday came in third. And of all the lingerie or role playing costume choices for Christmas, women said they're most likely to dress up as a SEXY ELF. French maid came in second.
The 15 Things Men Don't Know About Their Wives A new survey has figured out the top 15 things men don't know about their wives. Her cell phone number is first, followed by her favorite song, her bra size, the date they met, and her favorite perfume.
World Series Payouts
The San Francisco Giants will get $377,002.64 for each full share of post-season payouts for winning the World Series, baseball officials said yesterday. The money paid for a full share in 2012 passes the record of about $362,000 collected by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006.
How To Tell He's Already In A Relationship
Think you've met Mr. Wonderful on an online dating site? There's a good chance he's already in a relationship, and here are three signs:
1.You don't hear from him on the weekends. If he only talks to you during the week, or while traveling, the guy's already hooked up. Avoid the men who will only talk to you during the daytime Monday through Friday.
2.Mixed messages. If he's cheating, he'll shower you with attention, and then pull away. Shower you with attention and then pull away. Wash, rinse, repeat. Not a good sign.
3.He's strange about explanations. If he blows you off, it'll either go two ways -- he'll come up with some crazy explanation that you'll bust him on later, or he answers with silence. Either way - not good.
Lose Your Car? Ask A Guy
A new study discovered that men have better spatial memory -- or the memory that is responsible for navigation. How did researchers discover this? They sat outside a mall with a large parking lot and asked shoppers as they were leaving to describe where they parked their car and to estimate the difference. Women used landmarks to describe where they parked, while men remembered by distance. It turns out men were more accurate, and of the 14% of shoppers who were totally lost, most of them were women.
Is This The Next Big Thing????
Weird, But True News
There's a guy who's got it in for high-end rides. A Utah car dealership reports a man kicked a Maserati, a Mercedes Benz and other luxury cars. Manager J.B. Lawrence of Specialties Automotive Group says the kicking vandal caused thousands of dollars in damage. Lawrence tells KTVX-TV the vandalism was caught on two surveillance cameras. Lawrence says insurance will help cover the damage. Police are investigating. **I think that's kick a tire or two, NOT an entire car.
Staying Healthy Today
Friending Your Way To Stress
The more social circles or Facebook friends a person has, the more likely social media can become a source of stress, Scottish researchers say. The more groups of people in someone’s Facebook friends, researchers at the University of Edinburgh Business School reported, the greater the potential to cause offense, particularly if employers or parents are included.
Stress rises when users present a version of themselves on Facebook that is unacceptable to some of their online “friends,” the researchers said.
Some 55% of parents follow their children on Facebook, while more than half of employers have admitted to not hiring someone based on the applicant’s Facebook page. The researchers surveyed more than 300 people on Facebook, mostly students, with an average age of 21.
Good News Story
A British man says it took him 1,426 days to complete his quest of visiting all of the world’s 201 countries without flying. Graham Hughes, 33, accomplished the feat when he arrived Monday in South Sudan, a country that did not yet exist when he began his quest January 1, 2009. Hughes said he had filled four full passports by the time he visited all 193 United Nations member states, as well as Taiwan, Vatican City, the Palestinian territory, Kosovo, Western Sahara and the four home nations of Britain. Guinness World Records said Hughes’ travels were a record because he did it without flying.
Lar's Thought of the Day
“In the right hands, everything that you give, you get back” — Amy Bloom