2:19pm

Wed July 25, 2012
All Politics are Local

Governor Sends Proxy to Fancy Farm

Governor Steve Beshear is on his way to Germany and France today (Wednesday) trip to help economic development in Kentucky. In May, the governor spent time in Taiwan and Japan for an economic development trip.

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2:14pm

Wed July 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports Finds 'Widespread Human Rights Violations' In Policing Of Occupy Protests

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 4:21 pm

An Occupy Wall Street protestor is arrested in Zuccotti Park July 11, 2012, in New York.
Frank Franklin II AP

The New York Police Department has shown "a pattern of abusive and unaccountable protest policing" during the Occupy protests, a wide consortium of legal experts detail in a report (PDF) issued today.

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1:58pm

Wed July 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Reporter's Notebook: In Afghanistan, Facts Are Difficult To Pin Down

  • Sean Carberry, in his second report on the defections
  • Sean Carberry in his first report on the defections

(Sean Carberry is a producer on NPR's foreign desk. From Kabul, he sent us this glimpse into the challenge of reporting on events in places such as Afghanistan.)

A story broke Tuesday that an Afghan police commander had defected to the Taliban along with a number of officers under his command. Early statements from the governor's office in Farah province said that "Mirwais," the commander of a police checkpoint, had poisoned seven of his men who refused to go along with the defection, and then he and 13 others disappeared with weapons and police vehicles.

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1:24pm

Wed July 25, 2012
Health and Welfare

Health Reforms Insure Another Million Kentuckians

A new report from the national health organization Families USA is praising the ability of almost 1 million Kentuckians to buy insurance in the coming years despite their pre-existing conditions. The report  says almost 1 million Kentuckians who have previously been denied insurance coverage may get it when that part of the Affordable Care Act takes effect in 2014.

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1:17pm

Wed July 25, 2012
The Two-Way

AP: 911 Tape Shows NYPD Operating Far Outside Its Jurisdiction

This July 13, 2011, photo shows the apartment complex in New Brunswick, N.J., where an apartment was rented by an undercover NYPD officer.
Matt Apuzzo AP

The Associated Press has a blockbuster of story today. After a Freedom of Information court battle with the New Brunswick, N.J. police, a court ordered the department to release audio tapes the AP had reported on earlier.

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1:15pm

Wed July 25, 2012
The Torch

Olympic Athletes' Names: Endurance (Track), Moist (Swimming), And A Leeper

Nathan Leeper of the United States jumps during the IAAF World Championships in this photo from 2001. A high jumper, Leeper is one of several athletes whose name suited their sport.
Andy Lyons Allsport/Getty

"What's in a name?" a British writer named Shakespeare once asked in Romeo and Juliet, long before the Olympics ever came to London.

Well, it turns out that some Olympic names herald the greatness athletes seek, and the events they enter, while some bear monikers better suited for others.

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1:10pm

Wed July 25, 2012
Religion

Bishop Explains Vatican's Criticism Of U.S. Nuns

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 7:32 pm

Leonard Blair of Toledo, Ohio is the bishop who assessed the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. You can hear Blair discuss the nuns' organization here.
Courtesy Catholic Diocese of Toledo

Four years ago, a Vatican group called "The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith" began an assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, a member organization founded in 1956 that represents 80 percent of Catholic nuns in the United States. The assessment was designed to take a careful look at whether the nuns were acting in accordance with the teachings of the church.

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12:51pm

Wed July 25, 2012
The Two-Way

As Details Emerge On Difficulty Getting Help To Victims, Colorado Funerals Begin

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 12:53 pm

An ambulance and police cars outside the Century 16 movie theater complex in Aurora, Colo, during the early hours of July 20, 2012. A gunman attacked an audience there — killing 12 people and wounding 58.
Bob Pearson EPA /Landov
  • Aurora, Colo., police dispatch recordings

There's an account in today's Denver Post of the huge problems first responders faced early Friday when they got to the scene of the shooting rampage at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater where 12 people were killed and 58 others wounded.

According to the Post:

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12:50pm

Wed July 25, 2012
The Salt

How Many Calories Do Olympic Athletes Need? It Depends

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 1:06 pm

Endurance athletes like Michael Phelps, here at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials in Omaha, can easily burn off stacks of pancakes.
Jamie Squire Getty Images

Food, as we so often note on this blog, means a lot of different things to different people. To Olympic athletes, food is fuel for exceptional athletic performance. But there's a surprising amount of variety in just how much fuel elite athletes need.

Anyone who followed Michael Phelps' astonishing performance in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games surely will remember one of the secrets of his success: Consuming as many as 12,000 calories in a day.

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12:47pm

Wed July 25, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Second Chinese School in Lexington

To meet growing demand, a second school for students interested in Chinese language and culture will be established in Lexington.   Beginning in mid-August, three hours of class will be held each Saturday at Beaumont Middle School.  The classes are designed for children and adults…both Chinese and American-born.  Wei  Luo  is president of the Kentucky Chinese American Association.  “One reason is cultural interest.  Another reason is some people will travel to China and also they want to do some business in China.  They really want to know Chinese,” said Luo.

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