A heartfelt first meeting took place Tuesday at the Harlan County Courthouse, but the connection that brought the two together goes back over 65 years. Henry Lee Burkhart was one of many young men from Harlan County who fought in World War II. He was killed on Feb. 5, 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge and was buried nearby. But Burkhart's family never knew where he was buried until they were contacted by a Belgian woman who told them she had been caring for Burkhart's grave. Now, the two families have met face to face.
Dave Zirin was named one of UTNE Reader's "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World," and is the sports editor for The Nation magazine.
It's fitting that Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel resigned in disgrace on Memorial Day. This is, perhaps, the most misunderstood holiday on the books: a day used by politicians to celebrate war, which was first organized by freed slaves to honor Union soldiers buried in a Charleston, South Carolina, mass grave. The connection lies in the deception.
Public radio station WEKU-88.9 FM has signed a three-year deal to launch its long-discussed classical music station in Central Kentucky. Beginning July 1, WKYL-102.1 FM in Lawrenceburg will be home to the genre that defined WEKU before the Richmond-based station's switch last year to news and talk, which irked some longtime listeners.
Scores of people died in fierce overnight fighting Wednesday as Yemeni government forces battled tribesmen for control of the capital city of Sanaa.
Republican Guard shelling and pre-dawn street battles reportedly lasted until 5 a.m. and left at least 41 people dead. The tank shelling and gun battles broke out after tribal fighters seized control of northern parts of Sanaa. Forces loyal to Saleh remain in control of the southern part of the city, protecting key facilities.
Enforcement of new regulations included in Madison County’s smoking ban begins next week. The local Clean Indoor Air Regulations now officially cover Hookahs and electric cigarettes. The Clean Indoor Air policy currently prohibits smoking in public places in Madison County. The smoking ban broadens Monday to include hookahs and electronic cigarettes and eliminates the exemption for retail tobacco stores. Christie Green with the Madison County Health Department says six inspectors will be monitoring the community.
FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday recognized the sacrifice of six Fort Campbell soldiers who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. According to the Department of Defense, the soldiers died May 26 of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. They were assigned to the 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell.
The frontpage news this week about the World Health Organization saying that cellphones could possibly cause brain cancer, which our friends at the Shots blog have been covering, has generated a lot of discussion about how it might be smart to use headphones and Bluetooth devices rather than putting your cellphone up to your ear.
The idea is that doing so would keep any radiation away from your brain.
Daniel Callahan is president emeritus of the Hastings Center and the author of Taming the Beloved Beast: How Medical Technology Costs Are Destroying Our Health Care System. Sherwin B. Nuland is a fellow of the Hastings Center and a retired clinical professor of surgery at Yale University. He is the author of How We Die and The Art of Aging.