Mon January 30, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

A Bid To Replace Neglect For Tropical Diseases With Attention

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 2:31 pm

An artist on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach puts the final touches on a sand sculpture of the assassin bug, which spreads Chagas disease. The sculpture was part of an event in 2009 commemorating the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the disease.
Vanderlei Almeida AFP/Getty Images

Tropical diseases that have long been overlooked are getting their due.

An ambitious new push to eradicate, eliminate or control 17 scourges over the next eight years was just unveiled in London. The initiative brings together some of the world's largest drugmakers, health-oriented foundations and nongovernmental organizations. Governments from the developed world and the countries most affected by the diseases are also on board.

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Mon January 30, 2012

Invasive Pythons Put Squeeze On Everglades' Animals

Originally published on Tue January 31, 2012 12:02 am

Nonnative pythons, like this one, are invading the Florida Everglades. As a top predator, the snakes have crippled the populations of rabbits, raccoons and other animals.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Scientists are reporting that aliens are wiping out the animals in Florida's Everglades.

The aliens are Burmese pythons from Asia. They've been slithering around south Florida for decades. But scientists now say the constrictors are so bad, they're eating their way through the swamps. And the federal government has decided to take action to prevent their spread.

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Mon January 30, 2012

Reds Caravan Stops In Lexington

The home of the Big Blue was converted into a sea of red on Sunday as hundreds of Cincinnati Reds fans gathered at the Civic Center for the Lexington stop of the club's annual Winter Caravan. The event featured three time Gold Glove second baseman Brandon Phillips, former Reds great Lee May, and up and coming catcher Tucker Barnhart.

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Mon January 30, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

Kentucky Prepares for Earthquake Drill

February has been proclaimed as Earthquake Awareness month as Kentucky continues to prepare for the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, scheduled for Feb. 7. The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut in February 2012 will involve more than 1 million people through a broad‐based outreach program, partnerships with the media and public advocacy, according to a state press release.

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Mon January 30, 2012
Health and Welfare

Lexington's Urban Mountain Challenge

Lexington police Officer James Boyd, left, and Lexington firefighter Zach Ferguson celebrated their finishes in the 29-flight climb on Saturday. "I was seeing stars when I finished," said Boyd.
Jonathan Palmer

Dr. Jonathan Feddock of Lexington is a true stair master. The 30-year-old radiation oncologist climbed 29 stories of the Lexington Financial Center, the city's tallest building — 638 steps — in 2 minutes, 46 seconds to take first in the overall male division of Saturday's inaugural Urban Mountain Challenge, organizers said. And get this: He did it after breaking his right foot during an October run.


Mon January 30, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

An 18th Century Tavern at Fort Boonesborough

Fort Boonesborough opens an 18th century-style tavern this weekend.    The opening coincides with the state park’s long-running “Fireside Chats” on Kentucky history.  This February, the Saturday evening chats feature actors portraying pioneers like Daniel Boone, Simon Kenton, and Jenny Wiley.   Park Manager Todd Melton says audiences also ask questions.

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Mon January 30, 2012
The Commonwealth

Early-Release Prisoners Receive Violations

As Kentucky prepares to grant early parole to an estimated 204 additional prisoners in February, state correction officials say implementation of the controversial penal code reform is going smoothly. The prisoners will be paroled throughout February and are in addition to the 952 prisoners who were released in January. The monthly releases are being made under the Mandatory Re-Entry Supervision program, a legislative initiative to reduce prison costs and populations.


Mon January 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Intense Cold Kills 36 Across Eastern Europe

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 11:30 am

Bulgarian women walk during a snowfall in the village of Rakovski, northeast from capital Sofia.
Nikolay Doychinov AFP/Getty Images

While the United States has mostly escaped winter, the opposite has been true in Eastern Europe. The AP reports that an intense freeze has killed at least 36 people throughout eastern Europe. In some places, temperatures dropped to negative 4 degrees Fahrenheit.

The AP adds:

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Mon January 30, 2012
Book Reviews

'An Available Man': Love After Loss

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In my family, we referred to them as "the brisket brigade" — those single ladies of a certain age who began bombarding my brother-in-law with casseroles and commiseration soon after my sister-in-law died. It's a cruel fact of life that nobody plies widows with months of home-cooked meals and baked goods; as Jonathan Swift might have modestly proposed, widows might as well eat each other — there's a surplus supply of them, anyway. But, a new widower gets the Crock-Pots and the romantic fantasies all fired up.

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Mon January 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Megaupload Users May Lose Files Stored On Service

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 10:41 am

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom at a North Shore court in Auckland. Dotcom was denied bail in New Zealand with a judge saying he was concerned the Internet tycoon's vast wealth meant he could flee the country if released from custody.
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Many of the files stored by the millions of users of the cloud service Megaupload could begin losing their files on Thursday. The AP reports that federal prosecutors said Megaupload paid third parties to store data and now that authorities have freezed Megaupload's accounts, it can no longer pay those providers. The providers said they would begin deleting files as early as Thursday.

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