The trial of the Nigerian man who authorities say tried to set off a bomb hidden in his underwear as a jetliner prepared to land in Detroit on Christmas Day 2009 began with some drama today in Detroit.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab declared as jury selection got underway that "Anwar is alive" — a reference to American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed on Friday by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen.
After searching for more than five hours, police officers and sheriff’s deputies were unable to find two escaped inmates who had been spotted at a Scott County rest area Monday morning. “We put a good hard day into it,” said Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton. “We did a pretty extensive search in the air and on foot.”
A New York-based private investment firm announced Monday it has bought public safety equipment provider Galls with an eye toward acquiring smaller firms in its industry and folding them into the Lexington-based company's operations. CI Capital Partners acquired Galls for an undisclosed sum from food service and uniform company Aramark.
Despite having near record rains this year, farmers say crops are showing signs of stress typically seen during droughts. "This has been a bizarre season," said Joe Boggs, with Ohio State University's Hamilton County Extension office. "We had a lot of wetness in spring and then mid-season the faucet shut off and then we had extreme hot temperatures with wind, which is like a hairdryer."
Dozens of people gathered in a little park near Transylvania University on Monday night to dedicate a memorial to fallen Lexington police officer Bryan Durman. Seth Brewer, president of the Northside Neighborhood Association, which owns the park, said the group decided to honor Durman because "he was our guy." "He was our officer, and he died here, so it seemed right," he said. Durman, 27, was hit by a sport-utility vehicle on North Limestone while investigating a noise complaint on the night of April 29, 2010. He was the first Lexington police offer to die in the line of duty in about 25 years.
As voters head to the polls today in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove, city leaders say their governments are ready for change should it come. Local mayors in the three cities said Monday their cities have researched the issues and are equipped to modify local alcohol laws and bulk up enforcement if needed. Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker said he has been surprised by the quiet nature of the issue. While “yes” and “no” signs adorn front lawns and a few businesses, Walker said he expected a louder battle.
There's a poignant moment right at the top of Sesame Street's new prime-time special, "Growing Hope Against Hunger." Everybody's gathered for a food drive near Hooper's store when, Lily, a new Muppet developed specifically for the show, reveals to Elmo that "sometimes I go with my family to the food pantry." Elmo is clearly jolted by the news. "Elmo never even has to think about where his next meal is coming from," he says.
Tinkering with success can be a dangerous thing. A redesigned version of the Toyota Camry, America's best-selling car for the past nine years, is going on sale in the U.S.
Toyota recently lost market share and has suffered through bad PR due to recalls, in addition to dealing with the continuing aftereffects of the Japan earthquake. Toyota executives are betting on the new Camry to jump-start the company's future.