Thu December 1, 2011

In South Korea, Old Law Leads To New Crackdown

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 8:24 pm

Park Jong-kun's Twitter profile picture — which shows him against a backdrop of the North Korean flag — may violate South Korea's strict National Security Law. The 24-year-old South Korean is also under investigation for retweeting North Korean propaganda.
Courtesy Park Jong-kun

Park Jong-kun's Twitter profile picture shows him inspecting a bottle of Johnnie Walker whisky against a backdrop of the North Korean flag.

The 24-year-old South Korean photographer thought it would be funny, a visual parody of North Korea's news programs. But it turns out this profile picture could violate South Korea's strict six-decade-old National Security Law, which punishes those who "praise, disseminate or cooperate with anti-state groups" if such acts endanger democracy and national security.

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Thu December 1, 2011
The Commonwealth

Two Spooky Kentucky Locations Featured

Two of Central Kentucky's spookiest locations are about to find themselves in the national spotlight. The house at Rocky Point in Harrodsburg and Perryville Battlefield are the subject of the Travel Channel show “Ghost Adventures,” which will air the episode featuring the landmarks at 9 p.m. EST Friday.

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Thu December 1, 2011
The Commonwealth

Educator Named Superintendent of the Year

Jessamine County Schools superintendent Lu Young
Jim Gaddis

The chief of Jessamine County schools walked into Jessamine Career and Technology Center on Wednesday afternoon and was baffled when she was greeted by applause from dozens of district administrators, school officials, friends and family. “I thought maybe I had missed something on my calendar — what are they doing?” superintendent Lu Young said. “I knew it wasn’t my birthday.” Then she saw Wayne Young, executive director of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA), and figured it out — she was KASA’s 2012 superintendent of the year.

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Thu December 1, 2011

Consultant Unveils Reinvention of Rupp

This is a view from Oliver Lewis Way Bridge looking toward Rupp Arena. This rendering of the area around Rupp Arena was presented at a public meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

At a public meeting Wednesday, a consultant unveiled ambitious preliminary ideas for reinventing Rupp Arena and the surrounding area in downtown Lexington. Architect and urban planner Gary Bates, hired by the city's Arena, Arts & Entertainment Task Force, proposed a route tying the University of Kentucky campus more closely to downtown, and a continuous commons area — a central park connecting public spaces from Cox Street to the East End.

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Thu December 1, 2011

Not Quite Norman: Living Up To A Literary Legacy

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 7:02 pm

American novelist and journalist Norman Mailer poses for a photo on Oct. 1, 1970.
Victor Drees Getty Images

Alex Gilvarry is the author of the forthcoming novel From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant.

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Thu December 1, 2011
Planet Money

A European Solution Germany Can Feel Good About

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 1:15 pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, on the second day of the G20 Summit in France.
Chris Ratcliffe Getty Images

There are basically two solutions to the European debt crisis. One, someone can show up with really deep pockets and bail out all the countries. Or, two, the European Central Bank can create a bunch of money and loan it to the countries who need it. The problem is there's a barrier blocking both these potential solutions — a certain European country known for its beer and brats: Germany.

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Thu December 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Dog Shoots Man: Butt, And Pride, Injured

It's best to keep this out of Rover's paws.
Sandra Mu Getty Images

We're a day late, but some stories just beg to be passed along:

"Utah Duck Hunter Shot In Buttocks By His Dog." (The Salt Lake Tribune)

It seems two guys and a dog were out hunting on Sunday. One man was in their boat with the canine. A loaded shotgun was lying across the bow pointed toward the other guy, who was in the water. Fido got excited, stepped on the gun and ... a little while later doctors were plucking 27 pieces of birdshot out of a butt.

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Thu December 1, 2011
The Two-Way

U.N. Says Death Toll In Syria Has Surpassed 4,000

Despite international condemnation and tough sanctions from the Arab League, the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad has continued clashing with protesters.

The United Nation's top human rights official said today that the death toll during the eight-month conflict has reached at least 4,000 and he characterized the conflict as a civil war.

The AP reports:

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Thu December 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Afghan Rape Victim Pardoned After Agreeing To Marry Her Attacker

For many women in Afghanistan, life has not changed significantly in the 10 years since the fall of the Taliban.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

An Afghan woman who was sentenced to prison after being raped by a relative — because in the eyes of authorities she had committed adultery — has been pardoned by President Hamid Karzai.

But her freedom comes with a price, according to news reports: She must become the second wife of the man who attacked her. Karzai's office says the woman and her attacker both have agreed to the marriage.

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Thu December 1, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

MRIs More Likely To Be Negative When The Doctor Profits

Do you really need that MRI, or is your doctor just trying to make a buck?

If your doctor says you need an MRI, your health may not be the only thing on his mind. Doctors who have a financial interest in the imaging equipment are more likely to send patients for scans when they don't have anything wrong with them. That's the conclusion of a researcher who combed through hundreds of patient records to examine MRI referral patterns.

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