Fri October 28, 2011

A Musical Style That Unites Mexican-Americans

Originally published on Sun October 30, 2011 1:10 pm

Mono Blanco, a veteran Son Jarocho band from Veracruz, performs in Los Angeles.

Betto Arcos

Amy Dickinson is a syndicated advice columnist, penning the "Ask Amy" column, which appears in over 100 newspapers. She is a panelist on NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Her commentaries and radio stories also have been featured on All Things Considered.

She grew up on a small dairy farm in the Finger Lakes district of New York. Her father wanted his three daughters to be farmers but gave up on them when they refused to compete in the local Dairy Princess pageant. Her large family has lived in and around her hometown (pop. 450) continuously since the Revolutionary War. She has described them as "hilarious, short-waisted Methodists."


Fri October 28, 2011
The Commonwealth

Calendar Salesman Cons Police

When looking for marks, sheriff’s offices and police departments would not seem like the smartest choices for a con man. Yet calendar salesman Richard L. Clements Jr. allegedly has targeted a handful of law enforcement agencies around the state and now he’s on the run. Clements, 45, of 111 Magnolia Way, Apt. A, Nicholasville, was indicted last week by a Mercer County grand jury for theft more than $500.


Fri October 28, 2011

For Witty, Warm, Wonderful Advice, We Asked Beth


Amy Dickinson writes the Ask Amy advice column for the Chicago Tribune. Her column appears in 150 newspapers across the country.

I think the best advice is simply good advice.

It's helpful, useful and delivered with respect.

Ask Beth's specialty was advising young people about relationships, sexuality, and sexual behavior. This is a tricky business because kids and teens are often misinformed — or simply uninformed.

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Fri October 28, 2011
The Commonwealth

Rescue Attempts for Two Trapped Men

Rescue attempts are underway in Ohio County where preliminary information indicates that two men from a blasting crew are trapped inside a truck after being covered by rock and material from a highwall collapse. Officials with the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing are on site.

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Fri October 28, 2011
It's All Politics

Mitt Romney Criticized For Slow Motion, Climate-Change 'Flip Flop'

Originally published on Fri October 28, 2011 4:00 pm

Mitt Romney.


Mitt Romney drew barbs Friday for his continued shift to the ideological right on the climate change issue.

Actually, the criticism for Romney that blew in from both the political right and left came as critics accused him of a full flip flop on global warming.

Romney's political foes jumped on comments he made in Pittsburgh Thursday at a campaign appearance.

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Fri October 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Bin Laden Capture Earns Leon Panetta A $10,000 Bottle Of Wine

Originally published on Fri October 28, 2011 4:23 pm

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

Susan Walsh AP

It was a bet made as a joke. Last New Year's eve, California restaurateur Ted Balestreri had then-CIA director Leon Panetta and about 28 others over for a dinner party. He was talking to his guests about his wine collection, when the 141-year-old bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild came up.

It was the oldest wine in his possession and Balesteri said he wouldn't serve it, but if Panetta captured Osama bin Laden he would uncork the $10,000 legendary bottle of wine.

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Fri October 28, 2011
Newt Gingrich

Could Gingrich Be Next GOP Challenger To Surge?

Originally published on Fri October 28, 2011 9:36 pm

Newt Gingrich is introduced before the start of a Republican presidential debate earlier this month in Las Vegas.The former House speaker is hoping for a surge after a highly anticipated Iowa caucus poll is released this weekend.

Ethan Miller Getty Images

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich remains a long shot for the Republican presidential nomination.

He's been polling a distant fourth in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, as well as in pivotal, winner-take-all Florida — all contests that will play out in January.

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Fri October 28, 2011
Statehouse News

Overhaul of Kentucky Medicaid Program

An overhaul of the state's Medicaid program is set to go live on Nov. 1, state officials said this week. Earlier this year, the state entered into contracts with three managed care companies and continued a contract with Passport Health Plan to serve more than 560,000 people on the state-federal health plan for the poor, aged and disabled. The move, expected to save $375 million over the next three years, was initiated to keep costs down in the more than $6 billion program.


Fri October 28, 2011
The Commonwealth

Security Law Requires Reliance on 'Almighty God'

The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has the right to publicly declare "dependence on Almighty God as being vital to the security of the Commonwealth," the state Court of Appeals ruled Friday. State law requires the Office of Homeland Security to publicize God's benevolent protective powers in its official reports and on a plaque posted outside the entrance to the state Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort. State Rep. Tom Riner, D-Louisville, a Southern Baptist minister, placed the "Almighty God" language into a 2006 homeland security bill without much notice at the time.