Tue May 1, 2012
Crisis In The Housing Market

Time To Trade The Lease For A Mortgage?

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:44 am

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, homeownership rates got even closer to pre-housing boom numbers in the first quarter of 2012.
Steven Senne AP

This week, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that in the first quarter of 2012, the American homeownership rate hit its lowest level in 15 years. During the housing boom, millions more Americans bought homes, bumping the rate to nearly 70 percent. Now, that buying spree has been replaced with millions of foreclosures, and most of those gains have been lost.

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Tue May 1, 2012
Station News

This American Life - Live in Kentucky Theatres

On Thursday, May 10th, 2012, This American Life will perform a special "live" show on stage in New York City and beam it live to more than 500 movie theatres across the US and Canada.

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Tue May 1, 2012

George Papandreou: Greece Had To Make Changes

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:44 am

Former Prime Minister George Papandreou stands by the tough austerity measures that ultimately brought down his government — and ended his family's leading role in Greek politics. Here, the then-leader addresses the Socialist party parliamentary group at the Greek Parliament in Athens in November.
Louisa Gouliamaki AFP/Getty Images

Europe's economic crisis has been driving leaders from power, one after another. Among those toppled was George Papandreou, who stepped down as the prime minister of Greece last November, just two years into his government's four-year term.

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Tue May 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Facing Criticism, Gay Romney Aide Resigns

Richard Grenell.
Mark Lennihan AP

Richard Grenell, a long time Republican hired by Mitt Romney's campaign as a foreign policy spokesman, resigned today. Grenell's hiring made news less than two weeks ago, because Grenell is openly gay.

The New York Times reports Grenell's abrupt resignation comes after he came "under attack by antigay activists in the party."

The Romney campaign cofirmed his resignation saying they were "disappointed" Grenell had resigned for "personal reasons."

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Tue May 1, 2012
It's All Politics

Politics Not Far From Obama, Romney On Bin Laden Anniversary

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 7:20 am

President Obama gets a chance to showcase his national security credentials during a surprise visit to Afghanistan on the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death at the hands of the U.S. military.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

On the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. Navy SEALs, there were two contrasting scenes to consider.

One was of President Obama in Afghanistan on a surprise visit, speaking to U.S. troops as their commander in chief in the nation whence the SEALs departed for their successful raid into Abbottabad in neighboring Pakistan.

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Tue May 1, 2012

News Corp. Contrite In Wake Of Scathing Report

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 5:04 pm

An influential group of British lawmakers says Rupert Murdoch, shown above with his son James (left) last July, is unfit to lead his global media empire. The scathing report also says his company misled Parliament about the scale of phone hacking at one of its tabloids.
Sang Tan AP

News Corp. executives Rupert and James Murdoch can give a small sigh of relief, perhaps, that U.K. lawmakers investigating the tabloid hacking and bribery scandal did not conclude they misled Parliament in earlier testimony.

But that may be just about the only relief the Murdochs receive.

The scathing report accuses the company and several of its former top British executives of lying to Parliament and of seeking to cover up widespread phone hacking, computer hacking and bribing of government employees.

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Tue May 1, 2012

Georgetown College Applying to Join NCAA

Georgetown College will formally apply to become a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II member following unanimous approval by the Board of Trustees Saturday. The decision is another step in an 18-month process and includes a 100-page report compiled by Collegiate Consulting that explored Georgetown College’s options of staying in the National Athletic Intercollegiate Association (NAIA), moving to NCAA Division 3 or NCAA Division 2.


Tue May 1, 2012
Author Interviews

'Blown Covers': Not Ready For The Newsstand

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:50 am

Abrams Books

This week's cover of the New Yorker magazine is a witty drawing by artist Chris Ware of a playground full of young children and their watchful parents. One woman wheels her son in a stroller, only to see that all the other parents are men. The image is called "Mother's Day."

But for all the memorable New Yorker covers out there, an equally large number of covers didn't make it to the newsstand. They were not quite on the money — or were sometimes a little too coarsely on the money.

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Tue May 1, 2012

Food Trucks Hotly Debated in Lexington

One of the organizers of last weekend’s Bluegrass Food Blast, which featured several mobile food vendors taking over a downtown parking lot, says the event demonstrated what would happen if the city relaxed restrictions on the food carts.  Amanda Tibbetts, with the Bluegrass Food Truck Association, told members of a task force working on an ordinance for so-called itinerant merchants in Lexington, that support for the mobile businesses is growing.

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Tue May 1, 2012
The Commonwealth

KSP Collects 644 Pounds of Unwanted Rx Drugs

KSP reports that the National "Take Back" Initiative netted the agency 644 pounds of prescription drugs from those who wished to discard unwanted medications. Each of the 16 KSP post locations collected the drugs from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. on Saturday. The program, organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration, is intended to give people a safe and convenient way to part with unneeded medications. KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer said he was pleased with the turnout at post locations across the state.

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