Fri April 27, 2012
Middle East

In A Change, Turkey Tightens Its Border With Syria

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 6:05 pm

Turkish army personnel patrol near the border with Syria in Kilis earlier this month. Activists and smugglers say it's getting harder to get medical and communications equipment into Syria across the Turkish border.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

The spring sun is warming the fields and orchards along the Turkey-Syria border, and new refugee camps are sprouting as well.

Smugglers who have long worked these mountain border trails are now busy moving civilians out of Syria to the safety of Turkish camps. They're also moving medical and communications equipment and people into opposition-held neighborhoods in Syria. But recently, some say that's getting harder.

A smuggler known as Abu Ayham says Turkish guards, who used to permit nonlethal aid to pass freely, have suddenly grown much tougher on the smugglers.

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Fri April 27, 2012
Book Reviews

Reivew: 'That Deadman Dance'

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 6:05 pm



Our book reviewer, Alan Cheuse, has been visiting the early days of British settlements in Australia. His means of transport is an award-winning novel called "That Dead Man Dance." It's by Australian writer Kim Scott.

ALAN CHEUSE, BYLINE: Cygnet River, the coast of southwestern Australia, early in the 19th century, first contact between the aboriginal Noongar people and the crew of settlers from England led by a well-meaning medical man named Dr. Cross. The Noongars are represented by young Bobby Wabalanginy.

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Fri April 27, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Nonprofit Hospitals Faulted For Stinginess With Charity Care

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 6:05 pm

Lori Duff with her baby, Henry, and other son, Logan, at home in Columbus, Ohio.
Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News

Even before the hospital bills started coming, Lori Duff and her family were living paycheck to paycheck. So when the debt collector called the Columbus, Ohio, mother and demanded $1,800 for the prenatal visits she'd had while pregnant with her third son, she panicked.

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Fri April 27, 2012
It's All Politics

FCC Requires Top Market TV Stations To Post Political Ad Data Online

The Federal Communications Commission on Friday approved a rule requiring TV stations to post details online about the amount of advertising time political candidates and campaigns buy, as well as how much the stations charge for those ads.

TV stations already are required to keep such public records. But in most cases, the information has been accessible only to those who visit a TV station and physically look through paper files, NPR's Brian Naylor reported.

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Fri April 27, 2012

Food Blast Hopes to Gain Local Support

Bluegrass Food Blast
Josh James

Vendors eager to bring the mobile food truck trend to Lexington are taking over one downtown parking lot this weekend to show off their menus and gather support for their businesses. But a number of regulatory roadblocks need to be cleared before the trucks become a common sight downtown. It’s nearing lunch hour and business is starting to pick up at the Bluegrass Food Blast as passersby and employees at nearby businesses wander toward the trucks. Carol Ludwick, who made the drive from her house, is just finishing up her chicken wings.

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Fri April 27, 2012
Piano Jazz

Clare Fischer On Piano Jazz

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 10:25 am

Clare Fischer.
Courtesy of the artist

Keyboardist, composer, arranger and bandleader Clare Fischer was known for his versatile and deft touch with everything from classical to jazz to Latin and Brazilian music. He began his career after earning his Master's degree in composition from Michigan State University, where he worked as a pianist and conductor for the vocal group The Hi-Lo's. After working with The Hi-Lo's for five years, he went on to work with Dizzy Gillespie and Donald Byrd.

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Fri April 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Lehman Was Set To Pay 50 Execs $700 Million Just A Year Before Collapse

Sept. 15, 2008, in London: The news of Lehman's bankruptcy hits.
Cate Gillon Getty Images

Lehman Bros., the Wall Street giant, collapsed in September 2008 in the nation's largest bankruptcy and arguably kicked off a financial meltdown that helped drag the economy into the Great Recession.

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Fri April 27, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Equestrians Compete for Olympic Spots at Rolex Kentucky

Olympic hopeful Boyd Martin and Remington XXV
(Photo by Shannon Brinkman courtesy USEF)

$250,000 in prize money, a Rolex watch, and pride aren't the only things at stake during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event underway at the Kentucky Horse Park this weekend.  Equestrians will also be trying to earn a spot on their country’s Olympic team. Thousands of spectators are at the horse park to take in some world-class dressage, cross-country, and show jumping at Rolex Kentucky.

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Fri April 27, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Choose Health Coverage Like An Economist

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 2:40 pm

Picking an insurance plan can be a little like this.
ryasick iStockphoto.com

If you want to eat well, find out where the chefs go after they clock out.

If you're wondering how to deal with a health problem, ask your doctor what she'd do for her mom.

And if you're puzzling over which insurance plan to pick, take a look at how some health economists size them up.

Clever journalist Dinah Wisenberg Brin got some big names in the world of health economics to reveal details about their insurance status. And you might learn a thing or two from their thinking.

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Fri April 27, 2012

For Baseball Fans, May the Force Be With You

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 6:05 pm

Baseball's 10th player: you, on your couch, willing a win.

Hart Seely is the author of The Juju Rules: Or, How to Win Ballgames from Your Couch: A Memoir of a Fan Obsessed.

Remember that pod on the Death Star, where Darth Vader would go to be alone? Did you ever wonder what he was doing in there?

Well, I have a theory: I think he was watching ballgames.

The new baseball season is here. For me, it means reclaiming the war pod, the living room — or, as I prefer to call it: my personal corporate luxury skybox.

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