Jeff Bezos, Chairman and CEO of Amazon.com, introduces the Kindle Fire at a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.
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Today, Amazon announced the debut of its 7-inch tablet, the Kindle Fire. Available for $199, the Kindle Fire is being positioned as a device that will deliver Amazon's e-books, MP3s, magazines, web browsing, and streaming video for less than half the price of full-featured tablets like the Apple iPad. The Fire is available for preorder starting today, and will ship November 15.
There's much breathless live-blogging going on in the tech world as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveils his company's latest gadgets, including what Bloomberg News first reported will be a $199 tablet computer called Kindle Fire — Amazon's much-anticipated competitor to the iPad.
Lexington's Urban County Council members are reviewing a redistricting plan that will mean changes for thousands of constituents. The city undergoes redistricting every ten years based on data from the U.S. Census. Uneven population growth over the past ten years means that 33,104 Lexington citizens will soon be represented by a new council member.
Curtis Tate works out in the Oak Grove Community Center gym on Sept. 21. Tate was one of about 20 players hoping to make the team.
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The Oak Grove Outlaws is developing into a real, live team, now that it has adopted a name and has begun to bring in players to work out in the off-season. The team will be a member of the Gridiron Developmental Football League. Thus far, the roster consists of 15 to 20 players from the area — some soldiers, some former players — willing to participate in semi-pro ball. The season begins in June 2012.
Primate Rescue Center director April Truitt fed a marmoset in June 2010. Truitt was part of a letter campaign by the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance urging Hollywood director Cameron Crowe to stop using primates in movies.
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April Truitt’s message to Hollywood heavyweight Cameron Crowe was succinct: Quit monkeying around with primates in movies. Truitt, who is the executive director of the Nicholasville-based Primate Rescue Center, teamed up with the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance and sent a letter to the Hollywood director asking him not to use monkeys or any other primate in movies. Crowe’s movie “We Bought a Zoo” is scheduled to hit theaters Dec. 23.
Murray-Calloway County Hospital was one of only two hospitals in Kentucky that received a visit from a mobile operating room, as part the Covidien Innovation Tour showcasing the minimally invasive SILS procedure. The tour is stopping in 80 cities nationwide. The technique leads to faster recovery times for patients, and less scarring, according to Covidien surgical device representative Jamie Smith.
State Rep. Ben Waide won’t provide legislative sponsorship to allocate coal severance tax funds to pay off a proposed $3 million loan for the Hopkins County Sports Complex. The decision likely will delay development of the complex, which Fiscal Court hoped to open for use in 2013. “It was tough because I think the project would be a very nice addition to our community,” Waide said, “but in the end I had to look at the economic impact and make a decision.” The freshman lawmaker casts doubt on estimates that peg the project’s annual economic impact at $1.5 million and discounts its potential to create jobs.
The approval of a state grant for $150,000 for the animal shelter proposed jointly by the fiscal courts of both Trimble and Henry counties has put the project on the fast track toward completion within three months. Trimble and Henry counties were recently awarded a $150,000 grant through the Animal Control Advisory Board, a division of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
Attorney General Jack Conway Tuesday announced that his office has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against National College of Kentucky, Inc. over allegations that the for-profit school misrepresented job placement numbers.
Dozens of rare animals and plants in Kentucky will be considered for protection as endangered species under federal law, though the process for many won't start for years. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week that it would study whether 374 species in 12 southeastern states should be protected under the Endangered Species Act. That list included 36 species in Kentucky, according to the Center for Biological Diversity, which filed the petition that led to the review.