Mon June 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Rodney King: 'What I Had To Do Was Make It Better'

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 10:38 am

Rodney King. (April 13, 2012 file photo.)
Matt Sayles AP

The death Sunday of Rodney King, the victim of a 1991 police beating in Los Angeles who became a "reluctant symbol of race relations," as the Los Angeles Times says, is prompting many looks back at what happened to him and the Los Angeles riots that followed the 1992 acquittal of the officers involved.

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Mon June 18, 2012
Health and Welfare

Medicaid Regulations No Match for Rural Roads

The dispute between an Eastern Kentucky hospital chain and private Medicaid operators has lawyers arguing distance versus drive time. Under state regulations, a private Medicaid operator cannot sign up a patient unless it has a doctor or hospital within 60 miles of that patient's home. But that distance is measured as the crow flies and the state doesn't take into account narrow and winding Appalachian roads. For many patients, it may be faster to visit a doctor that's 70 miles away than it is to visit one that's 50 miles away.

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Mon June 18, 2012
Health and Welfare

Lex Health Department Stocks Vending Machines with Healthy Snacks

Melissa Smith, a registered dietitian with vending machines at Lexington-Fayette Co. Health Department, in Lexington, Ky., on June 13, 2012.
Pablo Alacala/Lexington Herald-Leader

If you're looking for a sugary candy energy rush, look somewhere other than the vending machines at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. The organization has changed the dozen or so vending machines around its area campuses to sell only food and drink that meet strict nutritional guidelines. And it's encouraging and willing to assist area businesses in doing the same.


Mon June 18, 2012


Mon June 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Reminder: Supreme Court's Decision On Health Care Law Due

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 10:19 am

Update at 10:20 a.m. ET. No Decision Yet:

The court just finished issuing its opinions and other orders for the day. Neither the health care nor campaign finance cases were among them.

So we'll repeat this process on Thursday.

Our original post; "Reminder: Supreme Court's Decision On Health Care Law Due":

What we said last Monday applies again today:

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Mon June 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Webb Simpson Wins U.S. Open; Miami Heat Takes 2-1 Lead In NBA Finals

LeBron James of the Miami Heat as he went to the basket against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Sunday in Miami.
Don Emmert AFP/Getty Images

The two sports stories that matter the most this morning:

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Mon June 18, 2012

In Greece, The Election May Have Been The Easy Part

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 8:38 am

Two men read newspaper headlines in Athens on Monday as conservative Greek lawmakers raced to form a government a day after parliamentary elections.
Andreas Solaro AFP/Getty Images

European leaders and global markets expressed relief after Greek conservatives' narrow parliamentary election victory over leftists who had vowed to ditch the tough austerity terms of an international bailout.

But the next government will have to deal with a polarized society and with widespread anger at wage and job cutbacks that have targeted the middle class and spared an entrenched political and business elite.

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Mon June 18, 2012
The Two-Way

In Egypt, Generals Will Be In Control 'Until October, At Least'

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 8:26 am

Supporters of Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi (in portrait) celebrated today in Cairo's Tahrir Square.
Patrick Baz AFP/Getty Images
  • NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson on 'Morning Edition'

In Egypt, "it's quite confusing at the moment," as NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson said earlier on Morning Edition.

But she says one things seems clear: Based on the decree they issued this weekend the generals who have effectively been running things since Hosni Mubarak's regime was toppled in early 2011 will be "around and in charge until October, at least."

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Mon June 18, 2012
Middle East

Main Syrian Opposition Group Tries To Unify Factions

The main opposition group in Syria is making a renewed push to unify various strands of the anti-regime movement. The new head of the Syrian National Council wants to broaden the group's appeal, and combat fears that it is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood.


Mon June 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Market Rally Fades As Investors Turn Attention From Greece To Spain

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 1:19 pm

Frankfurt: A German flag hung today in front of a board displaying the DAX stock index.
Daniel Roland AFP/Getty Images

At midday in New York, Bloomberg News' headline pretty much sums up the story for the markets so far today and their reaction to the news about Sunday's vote in Greece:

"U.S. Stocks Swing Between Gains, Losses Amid Europe Woes."

And this paragraph from Bloomberg's account seems to capture what traders are thinking:

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