10:00am

Mon December 5, 2011
Lexington/Richmond

Task Force Looks to Reopen Lex. Community Center

A city-appointed task force is looking to resurrect the Charles Young Community Center on Lexington's east end. The group is recommending that the city retain ownership of the building but partner with local organizations to provide activities and programs.

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9:58am

Mon December 5, 2011
The Commonwealth

Clark Co. Board of Health Protects Smoking Ban

The Clark County Board of Health is moving forward with plans to assist in a challenge to a Bullitt County court’s decision to overturn a smoking ban. Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress overturned the ban passed on March 23 after the Bullitt County Fiscal Court and the county’s eight cities challenged the health board’s authority to enact the ban. The Bullitt County Board of Health is appealing that decision, and the Woodford, Clark and Madison boards of health plan to file an amicus brief, as well, because the court’s decision would impact smoking bans in those counties.

9:56am

Mon December 5, 2011
Faith and Values

Pike Co. Church Reverses Vote on Membership

A tiny Pike County church voted Sunday to affirm that it welcomes people of all races, a week after some members touched off a storm of controversy by voting against accepting interracial couples. Members of the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church voted 16-0 Sunday to make clear that everyone is welcome, "regardless of race, creed or color," and that the church wants to move forward in unity, pastor Stacy Stepp said.

9:55am

Mon December 5, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Memories of Pearl Harbor Still Fresh 70 Years Later

On Wednesday, America will observe the 70th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, which shocked the nation, crippled the U.S. fleet and thrust Americans into the middle of the biggest war in history. It remains a defining moment in history that affects us to this day. Meanwhile, the Kentucky Chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association now lists just 15 attack survivors alive in the state, according to chapter president Jon Toy of Mount Sterling.

8:53am

Mon December 5, 2011

8:45am

Mon December 5, 2011
Business

White Rock Beverages Still Thirsty After 140 Years

This image of Psyche is used on all of White Rock's beverages. In the late 1800s when White Rock started up, the image wasn't considered lewd or suggestive, the company's president says.
Courtesy of White Rock Products Corp.

White Rock Beverages may not be a household name today, but it used to be. And so was the girl on its bottle.

The Greek goddess Psyche has appeared on millions of bottles and cans of White Rock sparkling water, tonic water and ginger ale. And on every one, she is topless, gazing at her own reflection in a crystal-clear pool of water.

White Rock President Larry Bodkin says there was nothing lewd or suggestive about that Psyche logo when it debuted around the turn of the 20th century.

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8:25am

Mon December 5, 2011
The Two-Way

All Eyes On 'Merkozy' As Leaders Try To Save Euro

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris today (Dec. 5, 2011).
Lionel Bonaventure AFP/Getty Images

While The New York Times says German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are working on a deal to save the euro that has "several moving parts," The Financial Times cautions that "officials on both sides have cautioned against expectations of an announcement of a detailed plan by the two."

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7:48am

Mon December 5, 2011
Strange News

Hacker Turns Purple-And-Gold LSU Website Crimson

Originally published on Mon December 5, 2011 8:46 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. We're more than a month away from college football's title game, LSU versus Alabama. But they've already had the first play, featuring a head-fake by Alabama.

Louisiana State sells merchandise online in the school colors, purple and gold. But LSU fans received a surprise last night. Somebody hacked the site so that for a few hours, it displayed jerseys and other accessories in crimson and white - the colors of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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7:45am

Mon December 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: Cain To Endorse Gingrich

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (right) and Herman Cain during a Republican presidential debate Nov. 22, 2011, in Washington, D.C.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Update at 12:35 p.m. ET. Not Today:

Newt Gingrich's campaign just told Reuters that there are no plans for former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain to endorse his fellow Georgian's quest for the Republican nomination today — which, of course, does not rule out it happening at another time.

Our original post and an earlier update:

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7:44am

Mon December 5, 2011
Strange News

Showy Cars Out For A Spin Get Crunched

Some fans of luxury sports cars in Japan took their pricey babies out Sunday — a fantastic fleet of eight Ferraris, two Mercedes and one Lamborghini. The road was wet, the cars were fast — one Ferrari pulled out to pass, skidded into a barrier and spun out. The result was a costly pileup.

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