Wed February 15, 2012
Author Interviews

Nathan Englander: Assimilating Thoughts Into Stories

Nathan Englander grew up in an Orthodox Jewish family. He now splits his time between New York and Madison, Wis.
Juliana Sohn

The stories in Nathan Englander's new collection are based largely on his experiences growing up as a modern Orthodox Jew with an overprotective mother.

In What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, Englander writes about his own faith — and what it means to be Jewish — in stories that explore religious tension, Israeli-American relations and the Holocaust.

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Wed February 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Administration Proposes $5 Billion Competition To Improve Teacher Quality

Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 11:26 am

Using its Race to the Top program as a model, the Obama administration is expected to announce a $5 billion competition designed to improve teacher quality.

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Wed February 15, 2012
All Politics are Local

Corbin Votes Yes to Expanded Alcohol

Corbin has gone from moist to wet. In Tuesday’s special election, voters narrowly approved a measure to allow package alcohol sales within the city limits by a combined total of 887-789 — just 98 votes separating the two sides. The contentious referendum was no surprise to organizers who proposed the ballot initiative in December. Barbourville voted down a similar proposal last week. Anti-alcohol forces, emboldened by the victory, had hoped to parlay that success in Corbin.


Wed February 15, 2012
All Politics are Local

Bill Introduced to Combat Road Damage

A bill recently introduced in the Kentucky legislature aims to keep steel, iron and wooden tires — typically found on Amish and Mennonite vehicles — off the roads unless they are covered by a rubber strip. The measure would combat rising road maintenance costs for local and state government, said sponsor Sen. Joey Pendleton, D-Hopkinsville. “We have a hard time keeping our roads up as it is,” Pendleton said.


Wed February 15, 2012
The Commonwealth

Beshear to Announce Bridge Repair

Sen. Joey Pendleton expects Gov. Steve Beshear will announce plans today to repair, not replace, a Kentucky bridge damaged by a cargo ship recently. The Hopkinsville Democrat said Tuesday he spoke with the governor recently about the plan for the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge and it appears engineers are suggesting fixing the nearly 80-year-old bridge.


Wed February 15, 2012
The Picture Show

'Flying Mop' And Other Canine Glam Shots

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:01 am

A Puli leaps toward the camera
Tim Flach

Here's English photographer Tim Flach's take on the breed that just won best in show at the Westminster Dog Show, i.e., the Pekingese:

Taken for his 2010 book Dogs, this portrait is quite different from photos you might have seen of the award-winning Malachy.

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Wed February 15, 2012
Book Reviews

More Than Melancholy: 'In-Flight' Stories Soar

Random House

The Brits: You've got to hand it to them. The Empire may be long gone, but they still reign supreme when it comes to effortlessly exuding mordant wit. For anyone who savors the acerbic literary likes of Evelyn Waugh or the Amises, father and son, Helen Simpson is just the ticket.

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Wed February 15, 2012

Lexington's Hotel-Motel Tax Under Study

A major source of revenue in Lexington will undergo a review.  And, there could be changes in the city’s hotel and motel tax. Veteran Council member Kevin Stinnett wants a re-examination of Lexington’s six-percent transient room tax.   The levy, which is paid by anyone staying in Lexington hotels and motels, generates over six million dollars annually.  It doesn’t go directly to the city, but instead, goes to the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Lexington Center Corporation.  It’s the Lexington Center which oversees the convention center and Rupp Arena.  Stinnett says a review doesn’t necessarily imply a tax increase.

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Wed February 15, 2012
All Politics are Local

McConnell Mum Over Payroll Tax Cut Plan

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., declined to endorse a plan by the House GOP to extend the payroll-tax holiday for the remain of the year without paying for it. After months of partisan gridlock that resulted in a short-term extension set to expire February 29, GOP leaders in the House have yielded by offering to vote on the 2 percent tax relief as a stand alone bill.

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Wed February 15, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Consumer Groups Want Lead Out Of Lipstick

Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 10:44 am

Time to get the lead out?

Valentine's Day brought new attention to an old issue. Is the amount of lead found in lipstick a health hazard?

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a consortium of consumer and environmental groups, thinks so. They've argued that there's no safe level for lead in lipsticks — especially for pregnant women and kids — and want the agency to do something to bring the amount of the metal down.

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