We arrived nearly an hour late, our taxi drivers lost in the potholed, half-flooded streets of Tripoli. Our Libyan host, who would never have fathomed an on-time start anyway, invited us upstairs, where he had managed to arrange an impressive array of hors d'oeuvres and beverages on such short notice.
People arrived in groups of three or four at a time. Everyone knew almost everyone else. They hugged each other as if it could be their last time, struggled to hold back the tears, occasionally finding a way to evince a smile from each other.
Kentucky lawmakers were reminded today of a 96 dog rescue in western Kentucky. The animals were retrieved in the community of Wingo through the efforts of Animal Rescue Corps. Corps President Scotlund Haisley was at the state capitol today for ‘Humane Lobby Day.’
A United Nations panel says it has evidence that top Syrian officials "bear responsibility for crimes against humanity and other gross human rights violations" during the nearly year-long crackdown on dissent that has left thousands of civilians dead.
Maintaining sufficient police patrols in Lexington can require some creative scheduling. Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin says his department has just over 500 officers with 25 more joining the force this fall. Still, the chief is shorthanded because he’s struggling to replace retirees. He lost about a dozen officers last December and expects to lose another 24 this year. Bastin has coped by putting some officers, who’ve worked with specialized units, back on patrol. He says it’s important to maintain consistency on the streets.
Americans have learned to carefully craft their Facebook postings, and edit and spell-check e-mails. But apparently we don't give text messages much thought, and they're providing abundant and effective fodder for divorce attorneys.
James Bopp is the lawyer who first represented Citizens United in the case that ended up in the Supreme Court, which ruled that corporations and unions could give money to political committees active in election campaigns. That decision and subsequent lower court decisions have led to SuperPACs, which allow corporations, unions and individuals to make unlimited contributions, pool them together, and use the money for political campaigns.
This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. SuperPACs have led to what was described in the New York Times yesterday as a new breed of super-donor. About two dozen individuals, couples or corporations have given a million dollars or more this year to Republican superPACs that have poured that money directly into this year's presidential campaign.