12:01pm

Mon February 20, 2012
Author Interviews

'New Yorker' Cartoonist Imagines Washington At 7

Through his many New Yorker covers, Barry Blitt has become one of the pre-eminent satirical cartoonists of America's recent presidents. He is probably best known for his controversial 2008 cover of Michelle and Barack Obama, dressed as a Muslim and a militant with an AK-47, fist-bumping in the Oval Office.

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11:19am

Mon February 20, 2012
State Capitol

Legislative Term Limits Up for Discussion

A first term lawmaker from Louisville would like to see term limits set for each house of the legislature.  The measure, offered by Representative Mike Nemes , calls for a constitutional amendment.  If approved, it would require lawmakers to leave their chamber after 12 years. “It will somewhat rotate leadership so you won’t have leaders that possibly could be in charge for 20- 30 years and kind of run everything and the rank and file is kind of non-existent if that happens,” said Nemes.

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11:07am

Mon February 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Baseball's Spring Training Begins; Opening Day Is April 4

Catcher Buster Posey, seen here during a spring training workout Sunday, has been told by the San Francisco Giants that he should avoid blocking home plate. Posey broke his leg on a scoring play at the plate last season.
Darron Cummings AP

Major League Baseball's spring training has begun, as catchers and pitchers have made their way to Florida and Arizona to prepare for the 2012 season. Games in the Grapefruit League and Cactus League won't begin until early March, when all players will report to camp.

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9:50am

Mon February 20, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

Thousands Without Power After Storm

Central Kentucky missed out on a winter storm that slammed parts of southern and Eastern Kentucky, knocking out power for more than 20,000 customers. Meteorologist Chris Bailey said there were ­reports of 4 to 6 inches of snow, and totals ­probably would reach 8 inches in many areas. State police warned motorists in parts of southern Kentucky to limit travel because roads were covered with snow and ice.

9:46am

Mon February 20, 2012
All Politics are Local

Lawmaker Pushes for Charter Schools

State Rep. Brad Montell says he doesn't know where his charter-school bill is headed in this session after a hearing in the House Education Committee last week, but he said he isn't giving up. The education committee heard two hours of testimony from charter-school proponents and opponents Tuesday but did not vote to send House Bill 77 to the House floor. Montell, a Shelbyville Republican, has been pushing charter legislation for at least three years, but Tuesday was the first time his proposal had gotten an actual committee hearing.

9:43am

Mon February 20, 2012
Health and Welfare

Smile Kentucky Provides Dental Care

Dr. Eric Abang prepares Friday to treat a student's cavity, aided by dental assistant Lisa Compton at Elizabethtown Dentistry for Children. The child was receiving treatment for free as part of the Smile Kentucky program.
Jill Pickett/The News-Enterprise

Dr. Marianne Sheroan eased her patient’s fears of a cavity treatment by telling her that she was receiving “princess fillings.” And they were indeed pretty special, because for the patient, they were free. More than 60 children received free dental work in the past few weeks as part of the Smile Kentucky program. The program in Hardin County screens every third grader and relays the assessments of dental needs to parents. But for about 70 students, the needed treatment is provided free by dental professionals who volunteer with the program.

9:19am

Mon February 20, 2012
Mountain Kentucky

The Dividing Line of Snow

Although much of central Kentucky was spared this past weekend, that certainly wasn’t the case in eastern Kentucky where snowfall was moderate to heavy.  David Shellenberger is with the national weather service in Jackson.  “Looking at our snow totals..the highest total we’ve gotten so far is at Shelby Gap and that’s in Pike County,” said Schellenberger.

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8:53am

Mon February 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Stephen Colbert Set To Return Tonight, After A Delay In Taping

Originally published on Mon February 20, 2012 11:17 am

Stephen Colbert, seen here in a file photo from November 2011, postponed production of his Colbert Report due to concerns about his mother's health, according to reports. The show will resume taping Monday, according to Comedy Central.
Fernando Leon Getty Images

The Colbert Report is set to resume production Monday, after a hiatus last week brought on by concerns over the health of Stephen Colbert's mother, according to reports. Lorna Colbert, 91, lives in Charleston, S.C., where the Comedy Central star grew up.

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8:00am

Mon February 20, 2012
The Salt

George Washington's Ice Cream Recipe: First, Cut Ice From River

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:01 am

Actress portraying Martha Washington
John Rose

This year would not be a good year for ice cream. In fact, there would be none at all if we relied on the technique George Washington used at Mount Vernon, his Virginia estate that's perched on the banks of the Potomac River.

His source of ice was the frozen river. Given the warm winter we've had here in D.C. , there's no chance. Seems the weather is nothing like it was on Jan. 26, 1786, when Washington wrote in his journal:

"Renewed my Ice operation to day, employing as many hands as I conveniently could in getting it from the Maryland shore, carting and pounding it."

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7:34am

Mon February 20, 2012
Asia

S. Korea Conducts Drill, Flouting N. Korean Threat

South Korean Navy ships dock at a floating base near Yeonpyong Island, close to its contested ocean border with North Korea Monday. South Korea conducted live-fire military drills from five islands, ignoring Pyongyang's threat to attack.
Bae Jung-hyun AP

South Korea conducted live-fire military drills near its disputed sea boundary with North Korea Monday, despite Pyongyang's threat to respond with a "merciless" attack.

North Korea did not carry out the threat as it focuses on internal stability two months after the death of longtime leader Kim Jong Il and prepares for nuclear disarmament talks with the United States later this week. But with American forces scheduled to conduct additional military exercises with ally South Korea over the next few months, tensions are expected to remain high in the region.

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