Tue November 15, 2011
Middle East

Syria Faces Growing Pressure As Bloodshed Spikes

Originally published on Tue November 15, 2011 7:19 pm

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Syrian President Bashar Assad that his brutal crackdown on opponents threatens to place him on a list of leaders who "feed on blood."
Adem Altan AFP/Getty Images


Tue November 15, 2011
It's All Politics

'Obamacare' Will Rank Among The Longest Supreme Court Arguments Ever

The US Supreme Court announced this week that it will hear arguments over President Obama's health care reform law.

When the United States Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a challenge to the health care reform law, the Court also announced that the parties would have more than the usual one hour to argue the case before the justices. That is not unheard of in particularly important cases — Bush v. Gore was allotted ninety minutes. But at five and a half hours, the length of time given for the health care case is nearly unprecedented in the modern Court.

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Tue November 15, 2011

From Crushing Poverty To South Korea's Presidency

Originally published on Wed December 28, 2011 4:29 pm

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (shown here as a young accountant, working for Hyundai's office in Thailand in the early 1960s) overcame a poverty-stricken childhood to become a student activist, successful business executive and, ultimately, leader of his country.
Courtesy of Lee Myung-bak

When Lee Myung-bak was inaugurated as the 10th president of South Korea in February 2008, it was an astonishing outcome for a poor boy from Pohang, whose No. 1 dream had been simply to get a job.

Lee's life journey is a literal rags-to-riches story. He has made a political journey, too, from a student radical imprisoned for his activism to a conservative head of state.

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Tue November 15, 2011

Debate on Noise at Lexington City Hall

A large group of people came to city hall to learn more about a proposed 'noise' ordinance.
Stu Johnson Weku

Getting an earful, members of a Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council Committee today debated a new noise ordinance.  Three years in the making, it was the proposal’s first public review.   During that same time, resident Carl Leonard says his neighborhood been harmed by a noisy automotive business.  “I’ve been there for 30 years and suddenly in my neighborhood my life, my home is threatened by this noise that we went through the process to try to solve and it failed, the process failed,” said Leonard.

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Tue November 15, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Fluoride In Drinking Water? No Thanks, Says Florida County

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 10:15 am

Public health officials say the evidence is solid that fluoridated drinking water helps protect teeth.
Jim Cole AP

The federal Centers for Disease Control calls fluoridated water one of the top 10 public health achievements of the 20th century. But many people still aren't convinced.

In Florida, opponents recently persuaded Pinellas County commissioners to stop adding fluoride to the water supply — a practice the county began in 2003. By the end of the year, Pinellas will once again be the largest county in Florida without fluoridated water.

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Tue November 15, 2011

Filmmaker Woody Allen Gets The 'Masters' Treatment

Woody Allen's career goes under the American Masters microscope on Sunday and Monday.
MGM/Brian Hamill PBS

Woody Allen: A Documentary is the result, though not the culmination, of three very long and distinguished careers.

First, there's Robert Weide, the writer-director whose examination of Allen's life and art follows similar — and similarly impressive — documentaries on the Marx Brothers, Mort Sahl and Lenny Bruce.

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Tue November 15, 2011
Around the Nation

As Occupy Camps Close, What's Next For Movement?

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 11:09 am

Occupy Wall Street protesters regroup in Foley Square after New York City police in riot gear removed the protesters from Zuccotti Park early Tuesday. The evacuation followed similar moves in Oakland, Calif., and Portland, Ore.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

As pressure mounts in cities across the country to evict Occupy protesters from parks and squares, the movement's supporters face a decision about what to do next.

After months-long sit-ins that have brought international attention to the movement's demand for greater economic equality, as well as occasional clashes between demonstrators and police, cities in recent days have moved in force to end the protests.

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Tue November 15, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

The Pill: Not Just For Pregnancy Prevention


Well, here's another twist in the debate over whether birth control is an essential health benefit. More than 1.5 million American women use birth control pills for reasons other than preventing pregnancy, a new analysis finds.

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Tue November 15, 2011

NYC Taxi Medallions Fetch 'Unbelievable' Returns

Originally published on Tue November 15, 2011 6:50 pm

A New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission medallion adorns the hood of a taxi. The value of a medallion has increased 1,000 percent since 1980.
Chip East Bloomberg via Getty Images

It's been a bumpy ride these past few years for investors looking for easy ways to make money. Stocks, bonds and real estate have all seen wild swings or simply delivered disappointing results.

But a taxi medallion is one investment that keeps going up in value: Two of them recently sold for a record $1 million each.

A taxi medallion gives the bearer the right to pick up rides for hire. It turns out it's also a great investment vehicle. When New York cab driver Sushil Maggoo bought his in 2003, for example, he paid around $215,000.

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Tue November 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Is Lying On The Internet Illegal?

Originally published on Tue November 15, 2011 3:52 pm

A screen shot of Facebook's terms of service.

Today, a subcommittee of the Committee On The Judiciary heard some fascinating testimony about the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). (We know what that sounds like, but bear with us.)

The hearing, titled "Cyber Security: Protecting America's New Frontier," really focused on big cyber threats to the country's infrastructure, but there was another juicier question that came out of the hearing: The way the Justice Department wants to interpret a current law, lying on the Internet would amount to a crime.

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