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.
Forget the Brooklyn Bridge or the Statue of Liberty. One researcher found that the Apple store on Fifth Avenue is the most photographed tourist attraction in Manhattan. Eric Fischer mapped and analyzed millions of pictures taken throughout New York City, then uploaded to the photo sharing website Flickr. The Apple store is open 24 hours a day with a glass entrance reminiscent of the Louvre in Paris. Times Square came in at number four.
For a nesting duck in Maine, a Home Depot store has become just "home." According to the Bangor Daily News, the female mallard built her nest amid fowers and fertilizers. Protected by a "do not disturb" sign, she's laid seven eggs.
The Fayette County School Board has narrowed its search for a new superintendent to three individuals. The decision was made Tuesday night following a two hour closed door session. Names of the three finalists are expected to be announced today after they agree to interview for the position. The three were chosen from among 14 applicants coming from ten states including Kentucky.
Some Native American tribes in Washington state are bailing out financially troubled local governments. Most native tribes are still among the poorest communities in the U.S. But in Washington, casino revenue has allowed tribes to make big donations to school districts and even to fund local government positions.
Osama bin Laden's death could create an opportunity for a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan. There were reports last week that a European official met with a representative of Mullah Omar, a powerful Taliban leader with close ties to bin Laden. On Wednesday's "All Things Considered," host Robert Siegel will ask Defense Secretary Robert Gates whether the U.S. would be open to those talks.