4:33pm

Mon February 6, 2012
Author Interviews

Is White, Working Class America 'Coming Apart'?

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 7:33 pm

According to the libertarian social scientist Charles Murray, America is "coming apart at the seams." Class strain has cleaved society into two groups, he argues in his new book Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010: an upper class, defined by educational attainment, and a new lower class, characterized by the lack of it. Murray also posits that the new "lower class" is less industrious, less likely to marry and raise children in a two-parent household, and more politically and socially disengaged

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4:26pm

Mon February 6, 2012
State Capitol

Judge Again Delays Decision on Filing Deadline

After a nearly three-hour hearing Monday on a legal challenge of Kentucky's new legislative district boundaries, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd said he hopes to rule within a day or two so an appeal can occur quickly. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd said if he does not rule by late Tuesday, he will extend a restraining order he issued last week that moved the election filing deadline for legislative candidates from Jan. 31 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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4:23pm

Mon February 6, 2012
State Capitol

Officials Urge Passage of Prescription Drug Legislation

Governor Steve Beshear and other state officials are touting a legislative proposal that focuses on fighting prescription drug abuse. House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed House Bill 4 last week calling for tougher restrictions on pain management clinics and better use of the state’s prescription monitoring system, and other lawmakers have filed similar bills.

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4:19pm

Mon February 6, 2012
All Tech Considered

Where Eye Care Is A Luxury, Technology Offers Access

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 7:33 pm

A man from Liberia uses a pump to adjust his liquid silicon lens. Liquid-lens glasses are part of an effort to make eyewear more accessible in the developing world.
Courtesy of Centre for Vision in the Developing World

For millions of people in the developing world, one thing stands between them and a job or an education: a good pair of glasses. Quality eye care is often a luxury in areas where health services are scarce. So researchers and entrepreneurs are looking for breakthrough technologies to bring the cost of glasses and eye exams way down.

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4:13pm

Mon February 6, 2012
Latin America

U.S. Travel To Cuba Grows As Restrictions Are Eased

The U.S. government has restricted travel to Cuba for a half-century. However, the Obama administration has gone back to a Clinton-era policy that eased some limitations, and some 400,000 Americans visited Cuba last year.
Grand Circle Foundation PRNewsFoto

Cuba is the only country in the world the U.S. government restricts its own citizens from visiting. Americans can go to Burma, Iran, even North Korea if those places give them a visa.

The Obama administration has now relaxed travel rules for Cuba, leading to a surge in U.S.-government approved tours to the island. But in the U.S., some lawmakers staunchly opposed to the Castro government say the travel programs are filled with heavy doses of propaganda.

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4:10pm

Mon February 6, 2012
Around the Nation

Helicopter Parents Hover In The Workplace

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 7:33 pm

As the millennial generation enters the workforce, employers report that parents are taking an increasingly active role advocating on behalf of their children.
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So-called helicopter parents first made headlines on college campuses a few years ago, when they began trying to direct everything from their children's course schedules to which roommate they were assigned.

With millennial children now in their 20s, more helicopter parents are showing up in the workplace, sometimes even phoning human resources managers to advocate on their child's behalf.

Megan Huffnagle, a former human resources manager at a Denver theme park, recalls being shocked several years ago when she received a call from a young job applicant's mother.

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4:00pm

Mon February 6, 2012
The Salt

In Indianapolis, Super Bowl Leftovers Are All Gone (To The Hungry)

A platter of wraps for a Super Bowl party.
JOHN BERRY The Post-Standard /Landov

The Super Bowl party is over, and that means refrigerators around the country today are jammed with uneaten Frito pies, fried chicken, and seven-layer dips – remnants of one of the most gluttonous days of the year.

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3:59pm

Mon February 6, 2012
The Two-Way

In New Book, Former White House Intern Details Her Alleged Affair With JFK

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 4:04 pm

Mimi Alford in an interview with Rock Center.
Screenshot NBC News

The New York Post has gotten their hands on a new memoir from a woman called Mimi Alford in which the now 68-year-old grandmother details an 18-month affair with President John F. Kennedy.

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3:54pm

Mon February 6, 2012
Mountain Kentucky

Warm Weather Cuts Demand for Mountain Coal

Alpha Natural Resources is idling or reducing production at 10 mines in Kentucky and West Virginia. The company is blaming poor market conditions for coal. Alpha is idling two underground mines in Harlan County. The company also plans on phasing out production on two surface mines—one in Harlan County and one in Knott County. Alpha was able to relocate 52 of the miners to other operations, but 168 are without jobs. Three of the four mines were originally owned by Massey Energy, which Alpha bought last year.

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3:34pm

Mon February 6, 2012
Deceptive Cadence

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers: From Playing In Knee Socks To Owning Two Strads

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers.
Lisa-Marie Mazzucco courtesy of the artist

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