Mon October 31, 2011

Three-Year-Old Fights Cancer, Family Copes

Bradlee Aguilar-Moreno, 3, of Perryville is at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis being tested for an aggressive form of cancer called anapestic ependynoma.

A cancer diagnosis can be devastating for the most world-weary adult. When it is a young child, it can be downright seismic for a family and an entire community. "You're going along and things seem perfectly fine and then something like this comes and tears your whole life up," said Vicki Ruiz. Her 3-year-old grandson, Bradlee Aguilar-Moreno of Perryville, has been at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis since Aug. 30 being treated for an aggressive form of cancer called anapestic ependymoma


Mon October 31, 2011
All Politics are Local

Candidate Looks to Rewrite BG Smoking Ban

Bill Goodwin is a candidate for Bowling Green city commission. If elected on Nov. 8, he wants to revisit the city's smoking ban. Not to repeal it but to fine tune it, he said.


Mon October 31, 2011
Business and the Economy

KY Farmworker Programs Inc. Opens Georgetown Office

Evelyn Martinez
Greg Kocher Lexington Herald-Leader

After 29 years of helping farm workers elsewhere in the state find steadier employment, a federally funded program is now available in 17 counties in Central and Eastern Kentucky. Kentucky Farmworker Programs Inc., a non-profit organization, opened an office in Georgetown in August. Its goal is to help migrant and seasonal farm workers secure full-time employment through job training and other services. Counties in the territory are Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Powell, Scott and Woodford.


Mon October 31, 2011
The Salt

Chefs Say Variety Meats, Or Offal, Aren't Just For Halloween

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 2:02 pm

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Chef Daniel O'Brien slices the pig ear terrine he made for the "Scary Bits" dinner at his Season Pantry supper club in Washington, D.C.

Melissa Forsyth for NPR

On the surface, it's easy to dismiss this menu as a mere Halloween stunt: duck hearts, cow tongues, lamb kidneys, pig ears and even testicles.

But chef Daniel O'Brien, who runs the Seasonal Pantry supper club in Washington, D.C., and hosted a "Scary Bits" dinner this weekend, is one of a growing number of innovative American chefs who are incorporating "variety meats," or offal, into everyday menus.

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Mon October 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Looks Like Thieves Used Fighting To Cover Theft Of Libyan Treasures

During the fighting last spring in Benghazi, Libya, between forces loyal to then-dictator Moammar Gadhafi and the opposition, there was a fire at one of the city's banks.

The blaze was blamed on the fighting.

Now, as the BBC and other news outlets are reporting, there's word that "more than 7,000 priceless coins and other precious artifacts were taken" in what's now thought to have been a robbery planned by thieves who took advantage of the chaos in the city to hit the bank.

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Mon October 31, 2011
It's All Politics

Herman Cain's Long Odds Get Lengthier After Sex Harassment Report

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 11:48 am

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Herman Cain on CBS' "Face the Nation" in Washington Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011.

Chris Usher AP

It should have been another good weekend for Herman Cain. It wasn't.

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Mon October 31, 2011
Planet Money

Is Europe's Bailout 'A Gigantic Con Game'?

Italy needs the backing of Europe's bailout fund. But Italy's a huge economy — much, much bigger than Greece, Portugal, and Ireland combined. And the Europeans don't want to put enough money into their bailout fund to back Italy.

So they're getting creative.

The rest of Europe is likely offer investors insurance that will pay back the first 20 percent of any losses on new Italian bonds.

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Mon October 31, 2011
The Two-Way

7 Billion People? Yes, Give Or Take 56 Million

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 8:44 am

Several babies born today have been deemed the symbolic 7 billionth person — including a little girl named Nargis in Lucknow, India. Here she is with her mother, Vinita.

Rajesh Kumar Singh AP

As NPR and just about every other news outlet report about the milestone that United Nations experts estimate the world passed today — a population of 7 billion people — there's this from the BBC:

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Mon October 31, 2011


Mon October 31, 2011
The Two-Way

No Treat: About Two Million Still Without Power In Northeast

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 2:05 pm

This tree split in two due to heavy snow on its branches in Belmont, Mass.

Michael Dwyer AP

That unusually early winter storm that struck the Northeast over the weekend, dumping up to 30 inches of wet heavy snow in some places, has left a couple million customers without electricity because snapped limbs and falling trees brought down power lines across New England.

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