Thu May 3, 2012
The Salt

How To Tip-Toe Into The Hot Sauce Craze

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:43 am

Tami Franklin tries a variety of hot sauces on her barbecue ribs at Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company in Arlington, Va.
John Rose NPR

If you listen to my story above, you'll know that hot sauce production is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States.

And you'll learn that research finds chili-heads — people who love the burn of spicy food — tend to have a penchant for sensation-seeking. Think rollercoasters and action flicks.

So you wanna jump in, but you're new to the hot sauce world?

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Thu May 3, 2012

UK Championship Trophy Makes the Rounds

It may not be the most stunning trophy in the sports world, but the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team isn’t shy about showing off its national championship trophy. Over the past month the wood and gold-plated trophy has been kissed by the players, sat in the Cincinnati Reds dugout, and this week a Lexington baker even made a cake that looks like the trophy. It's made stops across the state from Ashland to Paducah.

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Thu May 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Reports: Facebook Will Set IPO Pricing After Markets Close

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 4:45 pm

Update at 4:39 p.m. ET. $28 To $35:

The AP reports that Facebook has set a price range for its initial public offering between $28 and $35.

The AP adds:

"At the high end, this could raise as much as $11.8 billion. That's much higher than any other Internet IPO in the past, even Google Inc. in 2004."

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Thu May 3, 2012
Movie Reviews

'The Avengers': Superheroic Popcorn Fun At Its Best

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:43 am

Walt Disney Pictures

That crashing sound you'll hear emanating from cineplexes this weekend will be the sound of comic-book superheroes smashing box-office records.

Actually, the smashing started last weekend, when Marvel's The Avengers opened in 39 territories around the world, scooping up a cool $178 million in three days. And with legions of fans having already bought advance tickets in the U.S., it's a pretty sure bet the box-office bonanza will continue as the film opens in more than 4,000 North American theaters.

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Thu May 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Democrats Keep Getting Dinged For Hitting GOP On Women's Health, Loans

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 3:00 pm


Democrats keep getting dinged by media fact checkers for attacking Republicans for allegedly wanting to strip money from preventive health programs to pay for to keep the interest rates on some student loans from doubling this summer.

But that hasn't stopped progressives from continuing to make the claim. The latest comes in a new full-page MoveOn.org ad in Politico. The ad reads in part:

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Thu May 3, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Prep for The Governor's Derby Celebration Underway

Derby Day Celebration Tables

The annual Governor’s Derby Celebration is a long-running tradition and this year organizers say they anticipate ideal weather and a large turnout. It’s a tradition that goes back to 1936. Groups large and small have gathered at Kentucky’s capitol to celebrate Derby Day. Spokesperson for Governor Steve Beshear Kerri Richardson says a change in location has added some new flavor to the event.

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Thu May 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Finish This Sentence: 'Before I Die, I Want To ...'

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 2:47 pm

From the Before I Die wall in New Orleans.
Candy Chang

Artist Candy Chang turned the wall of an abandoned house in New Orleans into "a giant chalkboard where residents can write on the wall and remember what is important to them."

And since putting up that public art project in February 2011, "Before I Die" walls have spread to at least 19 cities around the world. Friday, a wall goes up in Denver.

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Thu May 3, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Lioness Tries To 'Eat' Baby Dressed In Zebra Hoodie

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 2:21 pm

A lioness tries to "eat" a baby.

Maybe she thought the baby — dressed in a black-and-white, stripped hoodie — was a small zebra and an easy snack. In any case, this video showing a lioness going after a baby through a glass has been making the rounds today, so we thought we'd share it:

Here's how the person who uploaded on YouTube described it:

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Thu May 3, 2012
Health and Welfare

Rabies Vaccination Clinic in Lexington

The Fayette County Health Department is teaming up with the Lexington Humane Society and the city’s department of animal care and control for an annual rabies vaccination clinic. Health Department spokesman Kevin Hall says it’s a low-cost way for pet owners to make sure their animals are properly immunized and in compliance with the law. “This is just a chance for pet owners to come out and get a very low cost shot.  It’s three dollars to get the pet vaccinated and normally these cost up to around twenty dollars.”

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Thu May 3, 2012
The Commonwealth

Governors Break Ground on Ironton-Russell Bridge

Gov. Steve Beshear and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, along with other state and local officials, broke ground Thursday morning on a long-awaited Ohio River bridge replacement linking the communities of Ironton, Ohio and Russell, Ky. “Few things promote regional growth, development and cooperation like safe, modern highways and bridges,” Beshear said in statement issued by his office. “Ironton, Ohio, and Russell, Ky., are separated by a great river.

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