Angelina Jolie was just 16 when the war in Bosnia began, and she acknowledges now that she paid little heed to it at the time. But as her awareness of international issues later took shape, her attention was drawn back to that Balkan conflict.
"I wanted to understand," she says. "I was so young, and I felt that this was my generation; how do I not know more?" Now, that war is the subject of In the Land of Blood and Honey, her debut film as a writer and director.
The U.S. housing market may be singing the blues, but there are pockets where home sales are rising. James Witt, a homebuilder in California's Silicon Valley is surviving and thriving thanks to his luck, location, and knowledge of the local market.
Witt is a tall lanky man whose graying long hair suggests an actor in a Western movie. He's standing on his 3-acre property in Palo Alto, which includes an updated old farmhouse and a yard with a pair of donkeys. One, named Perry, has an interesting pedigree.
There's a solar trade war going on inside the U.S., sparked by an invasion of inexpensive imports from China.
The U.S. solar industry is divided over these imports: Panel-makers say their business is suffering and want a tariff slapped on the imports. But other parts of the industry say these cheap panels are driving a solar boom in the U.S.
In September 1991, Aseel Albanna was about to finish her last year of architecture school in Baghdad. Wanting a break from the years of war and hardship, she took a trip to the U.S. But a planned four-week visit turned into a 20-year stay.
Family members in Kentucky arranged for her to complete her architecture degree at the University of Kentucky. She then lived and worked in Louisville until she moved to Washington, D.C., in 2005.
The bone-thinning disease called osteoporosis is a big problem for women past menopause. It causes painful spine fractures and broken hips that plunge many women into a final downward spiral.
So it seemed to make sense to monitor older women's bones on a regular basis to see when they need to start taking drugs that prevent bone loss and fractures. Since Medicare will pay for a bone-density scan every two years, that's what many women have been getting.
This week, reports have started to filter out of the remote northern mountains of Mexico that the Tarahumara indians are facing hunger. The indians were immortalized by the book Born To Run, in which writer Christopher McDougall paints a portrait of a proud tribe that thrives on long distance running — a tribe that with little in their stomachs and even less on their feet, puts to shame even the best American ultra-marathoners.
A national safety award has gone to more than 300 workers who are constructing the chemical–agent disposal facility at the Bluegrass Army Depot. Work on the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant is expected to reach the halfway point later this year. Disposal of nerve and mustard agents is scheduled to begin in 2017 and take two to three years to complete. Michelle Sotak with the U.S Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA presented officials and workers at the plant the Voluntary Protection Program Star Status plaque. “They have a good program in place..the employees feel comfortable reporting injuries…they also feel comfortable in doing it the right way..not taking the short cut and that plays a big part in the injury rate,” said Sotak.
Kentucky lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle admit crafting a state budget this session will certainly include spending cuts. Governor Beshear is suggesting an eight point four percent cut for most departments. House Speaker Greg Stumbo doesn’t anticipate a great deal of change when the document emerges from the legislature. Madison County G-O-P Senator Jared Carpenter agrees in an equal cut philosopy. “There’s gonna be some sacrifices that everybody is gonna have to make..and I glad to see the governor is basically making those cuts across the board..I think everybody is gonna have to share in that sacrifice,” said Carpenter.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich is most in his element when he's fighting against social injustice.
Wherever he sees an outrage against the little guy, you'll find the Ohio Democrat railing against it — like at a recent public meeting about a new trash-to-energy facility Cleveland wants to install in a west side neighborhood.