Wed November 2, 2011

Ex-Officer Gets 4 Years In Katrina Shooting Cover-Up

A former New Orleans police lieutenant has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for his role in a cover-up of deadly police shootings after Hurricane Katrina.

Michael Lohman faced a maximum of five years in prison after pleading guilty last year to conspiring to obstruct justice. Noting that Lohman cooperated in their case, prosecutors urged U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle to limit his prison time to two years.

Lemelle rejected that recommendation, ordering Lohman to begin a four-year sentence on Jan. 2.

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Wed November 2, 2011
Author Interviews

Punk Rock Grows Up, And Grays, In 'Other F Word'

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 6:40 pm

Punk rockers like Lars Frederiksen of Rancid, shown with his son, struggle to reconcile their rebellious identities with their roles as devoted dads.
Oscilloscope Laboratories

Punk rock bands like Blink-182 and Rancid are no strangers to obscenity — it's an integral part of their anti-establishment vernacular. But as the figureheads of raucous teenage rebellion age, they've had to encounter a different kind of "F-word"-- fatherhood. A new documentary film explores this paradox, as serious punk-rock performers make the transition from rebels to responsible family men.

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Wed November 2, 2011
The Two-Way

With Italy On Verge Of Crisis, Opposition Calls For Berlusconi to Step Down

We've been focusing on Greece, today, but Italy is facing its own crisis: President Silvio Berlusconi called for an emergency meeting to enact a series of reforms meant to keep his country from spiraling into a debt crisis.

The AFP reports:

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Wed November 2, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Religious Groups Want Relief From Birth Control Mandate

Faith-based health providers got a chance to vent about new federal rules that require them to offer prescription contraceptives as part of their health insurance plans at a House subcommittee hearing today. They also proposed some changes.

But backers of the rules say the revisions sought by opponents would render the requirement meaningless.

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Wed November 2, 2011
It's All Politics

Third Woman Accuses Herman Cain Of Harassment; Witness Goes Public

Herman Cain's sexual harassment crisis worsened Wednesday with a third woman telling a news organization that he sexually harassed her when they both worked at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.

Meanwhile, in another stunning turn, a male Republican pollster went on the record with a news organization to say he actually witnessed Cain's alleged harassment of one of the former trade association employees and indicated that the Republican presidential candidate's behavior wasn't exactly a secret at the time.

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Wed November 2, 2011
Around the Nation

Climate Change Has Calif. Vintners Rethinking Grapes

At the University of California, Davis test vineyard, researchers grow familiar grapes like chardonnay and pinot noir, and some unfamiliar ones like Nero d'Avola and Negroamaro.
Lauren Sommer for NPR

Prime California wine country areas like the Napa Valley could soon be facing rising temperatures, according to climate change studies. So some wineries are thinking of switching to grapes that are better suited to a warmer climate. But when vineyards have staked their reputations on certain wines, adapting to climate change is a tough sell.

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Wed November 2, 2011
The Commonwealth

Deer v Kentucky Motorists

FRANKFORT – With fall’s arrival and deer hunting season pending, motorists will see more wildlife on the move through the state. November is traditionally the heart of deer migration and mating season creating greater potential for deer-car crashes. KSP spokesman Lt. David Jude said motorists need to take extra precautions when driving in the fall.

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Wed November 2, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Ft. Campbell Soldier Killed in Ambush

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. According to the Department of Defense, Sgt. James M. Darrough, 38, of Austin, Texas, died Oct. 29, in Kabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 101st Finance Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell.

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Wed November 2, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Seeking Cleaner Coal Tech in China

In recent years, China has surpassed the United States in how much coal it burns for electricity. But China is also investing a lot of money in technology to burn the coal more cleanly. That’s the conclusions from a Kentucky trade delegation that just returned from a 10-day trip to Shanghai, Beijing and Inner Mongolia. Kentucky’s trade delegation included representatives from the University of Kentucky, the state Chamber of Commerce and coal companies.

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Wed November 2, 2011
Faith and Values

Hindu Leader Demands Apology from Williams

A religious leader is calling on Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams to apologize for his recent controversial remarks criticizing Democratic Governor Steve Beshear for participating in a Hindu ceremony.Earlier this week, Williams said Beshear, who is a Christian, committed idolatry and was whorshipping “false gods” for joining community leaders in a ground blessing for an Indian-owned company.

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