Wednesday, June 19 2013 4:28 PM EDT2013-06-19 20:28:45 GMT
Witnesses at Kekahakai State Park's Mahaiula Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii say someone was bitten by a shark Tuesday afternoon. A spokesperson for the Department of Land and Natural Resources confirmsFull Story >
A man was bitten by a 14-foot long shark while swimming at Kekahakai State Park's Mahaiula Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii Tuesday afternoon. Full Story >
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Wednesday, June 19 2013 4:10 PM EDT2013-06-19 20:10:31 GMT
University of Kentucky Men's Basketball Head Coach John Calipari will be the honorary Ford Fusion pace car driver for Kentucky Speedway's June 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400. Coach Cal willFull Story >
University of Kentucky Men's Basketball Head Coach John Calipari will be the honorary Ford Fusion pace car driver for Kentucky Speedway's June 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400.Full Story >
MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -
An independent short film made by a Middle Tennessee State University professor is raising some eyebrows - not because of the villain in the story, but because of the controversial topic children are portraying.
MTSU Associate Professor of Mass Communication Dr. Bob Pondillo's 23-minute short film, The Miracles on Honey Bee Hill, has a story line that touches on one of the most sensitive issues: gay marriage.
"This movie is not about being mean, it's being tolerant, loving, kind and forgiving," Pondillo said.
It's also touching a few nerves, but Pondillo said that wasn't the intent. He said it's a fairy tale about a budding relationship between Mille and Ed, which happens to be two girls, showing an innocent perspective to a controversial issue.
"I thought that maybe this movie would ruffle some feathers and cause people to think," Pondillo said.
There was an anonymous MTSU student that expressed some concerns about the short film, and that got the attention of the Tennessee Board of Regents and Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro.
Ketron hasn't seen the film but wanted to get answers from the university for the concerned student. The student took issue with the gay storyline and the use of students, faculty and money to make the short film. School officials see this as a non-issue, saying it's a learning experience for students who will get to share their work with others.
Lori Turner's soon-to-be 11-year-old daughter Lucy got the lead role as Millie. Turner says her daughter would not have taken part if she thought the kids would be exploited.
"You have to see the film to know it is in no way sexual, or dirty or exploitative at all," Turner said. "It's very sweet."
The only adult in the film plays the role of God, who wants to know what the entire ruckus is about and sets everyone straight.
"I think that's what I tried to do in this movie is to love each other, that's what it is all about," Pondillo said.
The Miracles on Honey Bee Hill was filmed on the MTSU campus and premiered back in March. MT/Lambda, a gay-straight alliance group on campus, invited people to view the film.
Some students of Pondillo's American Media and Social Institutions courses got 10 points extra credit for attending.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 9:29 AM EDT2013-06-19 13:29:19 GMT
NEW WEST MINISTER, CANADA (WAVE) - A second grader with a disability was seemingly shunned during a class picture. For Anne Belanger, the photo was completely unacceptable. Her son, Miles, was pushedFull Story >
A second grader with a disability was seemingly shunned during a photo shoot at his elementary school.Full Story >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:44:03 GMT
The "Prescription Product" line will be discontinued from national retail company, Urban Outfitters, following a plea from 24 Attorney Generals last month, including Ohio's Attorney General, Mike DeWineFull Story >
The "Prescription Product" line will be discontinued from national retail company, Urban Outfitters, following a plea from 24 Attorney Generals last month, including Ohio's Attorney General, Mike DeWine and Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 1:47 PM EDT2013-06-19 17:47:57 GMT
DENVER (KUSA/CNN) - A military widow wants to know why another woman's name is engraved on her husband's headstone. She discovered the mistake while visiting his grave at Fort Logan Cemetery in Denver. "IFull Story >
A military widow wants to know why another woman's name is engraved on her husband's headstone.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:23 AM EDT2013-06-19 14:23:12 GMT
(CNN) – More than 23,000 pounds of ground beef products are being recalled on fears they may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The recalled cases come from the National Beef Packing Company, basedFull Story >
More than 23,000 pounds of ground beef products are being recalled on fears they may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:15 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:15:45 GMT
Police are trying to identify two victims following an assault in Clifton. Authorities say that two men assaulted a victim, took the victim's wallet and used the victim's bank card. The assault occurredFull Story >
Police have arrested two teenagers following an assault in Clifton. Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 3:39 PM EDT2013-06-19 19:39:28 GMT
Police are in the 2400 block of Canterbury Avenue in Golf Manor investigating the report of two people shot. Few details are available at this time but canine units and an ambulance are on the scene. FOX19Full Story >
Golf Manor police officer Michael Forrest says an unknown individual went to the rear of the home and from the back patio shot several rounds into the bedroom. Full Story >
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