Nothing is more basic and simple than food. Yet it comes to us courtesy of a long, complicated supply chain that spans the globe.
That chain delivers food cheaply — but it can break. Four years ago, it blew up in most spectacular fashion, affecting hundreds of millions of people who rely on rice for sustenance. That crash — the great rice crisis of 2008 — was a true disaster for some of the poorest people in Asia and West Africa.
Indian Border Security Force soldiers (in khakhi) and Pakistani Rangers (in black) perform the daily retreat ceremony at the India-Pakistan border in Wagah. It's hoped that freer trade will reduce tensions between their two nations.
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The news today that Pakistan's cabinet has moved to normalize trade with India — giving its neighbor "Most Favored Nation" status — is being viewed as a positive first step toward the possible normalization of diplomatic relations between the two nuclear rivals.
Former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama is in favor of voter ID laws. He says that over the years there have been numerous allegations of absentee voter fraud — and even a handful of convictions — in Alabama.
The debate over requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls has been a heated one. Democrats accuse Republicans, who support such laws, of wanting to suppress the votes of minorities, the elderly and the poor. Republicans accuse Democrats, who oppose ID rules, of condoning voter fraud.
It's a sharp partisan divide. But a few people have gone against the tide — and they're getting some political heat for doing so.
This interview was originally broadcast on January 24, 2011. The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws Of the Cosmos is now available in paperback. Greene is also hosting a NOVA series based on his book The Fabric of the Cosmos.
Our universe might be really, really big — but finite. Or it might be infinitely big.
The coalfields of Appalachia are running out of coal, and there’s not a large-scale effort to diversify the region’s economy. But there are lessons to be learned from a similar transition in an unlikely place: the small United Kingdom country of Wales. Now, a documentary filmmaker is exploring parallels between 1980s Wales and modern-day Appalachia.
Railey Bostick ran as fast as her little legs would carry her when she spotted her father outside her school Tuesday afternoon. “Daddy!” the 3-year-old cried as she jumped into Pfc. Chase Bostwick’s awaiting arms. “I was so worried about you, Daddy,” the little girl said as she patted the back of his head underneath his Army cap. Chase told her he was worried about her, too, as he hugged her tighter. Aside from a brief emergency leave, Chase has not seen his daughter in about a year. He just returned from military duty in Afghanistan last month.
Gov. Steve Beshear will push to put on the 2012 ballot a constitutional amendment to expand gambling if he's re-elected this November. Beshear, a Democrat, faces Republican challenger and state Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, and independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith in the Nov. 8 election. The state needs to expand gambling so the horse industry can compete with surrounding states, Beshear said during an interview with The Enquirer's editorial board Tuesday.
Jim Beam Brands Company plans to build about 17 new warehouses, and some of them may in the Boston area. Nelson Fiscal Court approved a resolution to offer the company a 30-year property tax exemption if it chooses to build any of those warehouses in Nelson County. Because Jim Beam’s parent company acquired the Maker’s Mark Distillery several years ago, the company is likely to locate its new warehouses in the Boston area and in Loretto, where Maker’s Mark has its distillery. Warehouses are used to store the oak barrels in which bourbon ages.
Richard Crosby prepared to eat his usual order of a double cheeseburger, fish nibblers, and small coffee at the Richmond White Castle on Oct. 24. He's such a regular, the restaurant begins preparing it when he enters the parking lot
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Eastern Kentucky University music professor Richard Crosby does not fear the steam-grilled patty, fragrant with onions, marbleized with cheese. In fact, he eats from the White Castle menu 300 days a year. Crosby's essay about his unusual dietary preference recently earned him induction — along with nine other slider enthusiasts — into the White Castle Cravers Hall of Fame. The company established the hall of fame in 2001. Since then, 8,810 people have applied, and 80 have been given the thumbs-up of slider distinction.