7:20pm

Mon January 30, 2012
All Politics are Local

Republicans File for Fourth District

Four Republicans will compete against each other in the Fourth Congressional District primary this spring. Republicans Alecia Webb-Edgington, Thomas Massie and Brian Oerther filed their paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office today. Republican Gary Moore filed his paperwork earlier this month. Massie is the Lewis County Judge-Executive and close friends with U.S. Senator Rand Paul. While many observers expect a close primary battle, Massie doesn’t.

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7:17pm

Mon January 30, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Task Force Studies Rupp Financing Options

Proposed interior of a renovated Rupp Arena. Courtesy Space Group.

After nearly a year of discussion, analysis, site visits and public forums, a committee appointed to make recommendations about the future of Lexington's Rupp Arena will have its final meeting Tuesday.
The Rupp Arena Arts and Entertainment District task force will receive a summary report from lead designer Gary Bates of the architecture firm Space Group.

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7:13pm

Mon January 30, 2012
All Politics are Local

Decline of the Death Penalty

Back in the early to mid 90’s, courts were imposing well over 300 death sentences every year, but for the past 15 years that number’s been going down, and last year there were only 78 cases that ended with a call for capital punishment.  David Bruck directs the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse at Washington and Lee University.    He says capital cases are far more complex, take much longer and cost at least ten times as much to prosecute:

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7:00pm

Mon January 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Report Prompts Calls To End Freddie Mac's Conflict Of Interest

A sign for Freddie Mac in front of its headquarters in McLean, Va.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Several U.S. lawmakers and prominent economists on Monday said Congress and the White House should end a financial conflict of interest at the taxpayer-owned mortgage company Freddie Mac.

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6:19pm

Mon January 30, 2012
The Salt

Here's A Pie In Your Eye: A Brief History Of Food Fights

Communist party lawmaker Liana Kanelli enters her car after protesters threw yogurt on her face as she tried to reach the Greek parliament during a 48-hour general strike in Athens in 2011.
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Last week, 500 tacos appeared at the mayor's office in East Haven, Conn. But they weren't intended for a casual luncheon.

Instead, this truckload of tacos was meant to be a symbol of discontent. An immigration reform group sent the fare in protest to what they said was an insensitive comment from Mayor Joseph Maturo in reference to Latinos and tacos.

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6:00pm

Mon January 30, 2012
The Two-Way

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Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 6:18 pm

Alyssa the backwards talker.
YouTube

"Talent, odd it is," Yoda might say.

In one of those quirks we've come to like about the Web, a video called "Alyssa talking backwards. Poteau Oklahoma" that was posted last July is just now beginning to get some viral-style attention. She seems to be quite good at quickly saying — backwards — any word she's given.

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5:45pm

Mon January 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Death Toll Rises As Syria's Crisis Heads To U.N. Security Council

Syrian soldiers who defected join protesters in the al-Khaldiya neighborhood of the restive city of Homs on January 26, 2012.
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At least 100 people were killed across Syria today by security forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, activists said. The Local Coordination Committees, which organize protests on the ground and document the killings, said 76 people were killed in the restive central region of Homs.

The past five days have been some of the bloodiest since the uprising began last March, with about 387 people killed since Thursday, activists said.

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5:24pm

Mon January 30, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Parents Cheat On Booster Seats, Despite Safety Risks

Booster seats reduce children's risk of injury by more than half.
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Grade-schoolers are supposed to be riding in booster seats. But anyone who's ever chauffeured a bunch of second-graders can tell you that the day will come when you don't have enough boosters to go around. Faced with this obvious safety risk, most parents (including this one) buckle up the kids without boosters, and pray.

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5:08pm

Mon January 30, 2012
Economy

Mortgage Giant Places Bets Against Homeowners

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Freddie Mac is a gatekeeper in the mortgage market. In many cases, the taxpayer-owned mortgage company controls who qualifies to refinance a mortgage and who doesn't. Well, NPR has learned that Freddie Mac has been making financial wagers, betting against American homeowners being able to refinance. And now some lawmakers want to put a stop to it. NPR's Chris Arnold has been reporting this story in partnership with ProPublica.org. He has this report.

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4:55pm

Mon January 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Japanese Auto Parts Companies To Pay $548M In Fines For Price-Fixing

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 5:21 pm

One of the biggest antitrust investigations in the nation's history has led to fines of $470 million against one Japanese auto parts manufacturer and $78 million against another, the U.S. Justice Department announced today.

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