<p>Pollan founded the Ladies in White after her husband, Cuban dissident Hector Maseda, was jailed. He was released in February this year. In this photo from March, Maseda kisses Pollan before a meeting with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in Havana, Cuba. </p>
Credit Javier Galeano / AP
In Cuba, the leader of the island's most prominent dissident group has died. Laura Pollan was a founder of the Ladies in White, but her death at age 63 Friday after a brief illness comes at an especially difficult time for Cuba's small opposition movement.
The only officially tolerated act of public protest in Cuba occurs on Sundays, after the Ladies in White gather for mass at the Santa Rita church in Havana.
<p>Faizeh al-Maslamani (left) with her sister and a portrait of her husband, Ali, due to be released with more than 470 Palestinian prisoners Tuesday. Ali spent most of the past three decades in an Israeli jail. Faizeh says he has 10 grandchildren he's never seen. She hopes he'll accept "a life sentence in the house."</p>
By a strong majority, Israelis support the decision to swap more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for one Israeli soldier. Still, it has provoked a painful debate, one that played out Monday, as it has several times before when Israel made similar lopsided trades in the past.
Walmart announced today that its chief executive in China was resigning for personal reasons. Ed Chan's resignation, however, comes about a week after China arrested Walmart employees and forced the retail giant to close 13 stores over allegations it was selling regular pork but labeling it as organic.
Bids for the repairs to the Sherman Minton Bridge will be turned in tomorrow. The Indiana Department of Transportation is managing the bid process. INDOT has pre-qualified six contractors who could install new steel on the span.
Current and former members of the nation’s military services can take advantage of discount rates with the Kentucky State Parks “USA Military Pass” program from Nov. 1 of this year through March 31, 2012. The program is available to those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists. Proof of military service is required at check-in.
It’s the busiest time of year for retail workers. They’re stocking shelves, creating Black Friday plans and, at Target in Bowling Green, managers are hiring 65 additional employees to get the store through the Christmas rush. While local retailers remain optimistic as the holidays approach, experts warn that a lack of confidence in the economy could create a poor sales season.
Attorney General Jack Conway Monday announced the arraignment in Fayette Circuit Court of a former provider in the Kentucky Medicaid Supports for Community Living (SCL) program following an investigation by the Attorney General's Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control.