Shopping for the holidays is moving right along , and Kentuckians are again being urged to buy local. Such purchases are good for the local economy and the environment. December has been designated by the state as ‘Give a Gift in Kentucky Month.” Many of those gifts are bought at the Kentucky Artisan Center, just off I-75 near Berea. Since its opening eight years ago, center executive director Victoria Faoro says the diversity of gifts has grown.
The acclaimed, eccentric, and very polarizing British film director Ken Russell has died, after a series of strokes at the age of 84.
The director of Tommy, Women In Love and Altered States, Russell was known for a florid style and fascination with sadomasochism that earned him condemnations and a cult following. His adaptations of classic literature and over-the-top biopics ranged from perverse to merely provocative — and an indelible nickname: "Kinky Ken Russell."
The U.S. military has spent more than $42 million to test every service member's brain to find out who suffered a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But an investigation by NPR and ProPublica has found that military leaders are refusing to carry out the testing program as Congress ordered. Partly as a result, the program that was supposed to fix things has hardly helped any of the troops.
With property owners in Lexington paying the bills, city officials are fighting to keep the cost of a half-billion dollars in sanitary sewer improvements under control. Lexington residents first saw fees levied on their sanitary sewers in the mid 1980’s. They’ve increased over the years,..most recently, in 2009 and again in 2010. Division of Water Quality Director Charlie Martin suspects it’s just a beginning and more rate increases are likely over the dozen years it will take to upgrade Lexington’s sanitary sewers.
The first big shopping weekend of the holiday season has come and gone. It’s also a busy season for thieves. Police remind shoppers there are steps they can take to protect themselves. Lexington police spokesman Bige Towery says social networks are fun, but they can also provide useful information to criminals. “Checking in on Facebook…we let everyone know where we are…and we’ve got to be very careful about that because as soon as you check in somewhere, you’re letting everyone know that your friend or perhaps based on your privacy settings everyone know that your not at home,” said Towery.
Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 2:39 pm
Soybean farmers in Xiangfan, in central China's Hubei province.
Credit Reuters /Landov
It's funny how the birthplace of one little bean can stir up a world of passions. But when it's the soybean, maybe it's not such a shocker.
Soy plays an outsized role in human history, serving as the primary source of protein in Asia for millennia. That can slip by people in the United States, where — until very recently — the super-nutritious bean was relegated to animal feed.
At point today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 2.9 percent to 11,554. The rally comes after news that European leaders had made progress on a solution to the sovereign debt crisis and record sales this past Friday.
It also comes after a 4.8 percent downturn last week, the worst Thanksgiving week since the markets started observing the holiday in 1942.
Anxious parents sometimes ask the pediatrician if they can postpone vaccines for young children. And a new survey suggests quite a few doctors go along with the requests, despite standing recommendations they stick to a strict schedule.
Before he was cast in the Broadway revival of Follies, actor Danny Burstein had never seen Stephen Sondheim's famous musical, which first hit the Broadway stage in 1971. And he didn't know much about the show, except that everyone in the theater world seemingly had an opinion about it.