12:00pm

Wed January 11, 2012
Holly-Wood

Ghost Stories from Kentucky

Kentucky will be well-represented today on national television for those who enjoy shows about paranormal activity. The Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters show will feature three Kentucky locations this evening.
At 6 p.m. EST, the episode called Voices of Pain will feature the old Waverly Hills Sanitarium in Louisville. Dubbed by some as one of the most haunted places in the eastern United States, the facility housed thousands of tuberculosis patients in Louisville over a span of nearly a half century.

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12:00pm

Wed January 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Natalie Wood's Death Still Looks Like An Accident, Investigators Say

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 12:01 pm

Natalie Wood in 1960.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Two months after announcing they were going to take another look at the circumstances surrounding the 1981 death of actress Natalie Wood, authorities in Los Angeles are saying there's "no evidence to suggest that the cause was anything but accidental," the Los Angeles Times reports.

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12:00pm

Wed January 11, 2012
Music Reviews

François Houle And Benoît Delbecq's Dream State

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 12:02 pm

Pianist Benoît Delbecq.
Roderick Packe

It's been more than a decade since clarinetist François Houle and pianist Benoît Delbecq's previous recording, but Because She Hoped proves that they can a strike a mood together quickly. That quiet, misterioso air is one specialty, conjuring a dream state: a slow-motion sleepwalk.

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11:57am

Wed January 11, 2012
Business and the Economy

Increases in Free Lunch Numbers

In the crowded lunchrooms of Marion County's schools, there's a quiet but telling sign that the economy is taking a toll on local families.  Sixty percent of students are signed up for free or reduced lunches, a record high for the district. That number is even higher for two of the district's elementary schools, Glasscock and Lebanon Elementary, which both have a 75 percent free and reduced lunch population.

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11:39am

Wed January 11, 2012
Book Reviews

'Hope': A Comic Novel About the Holocaust?

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 12:54 pm

Shalom Auslander is also the author of the short story collection Beware of God and a memoir, Foreskin's Lament. He is a frequent contributor to This American Life.
Franco Vogt Courtesy Riverhead Books

Years ago, when my daughter was a toddler, my husband and I were friendly with another couple who had a child the same age. The friendship came to an end when the wife of the couple let slip that her husband had dressed their daughter as JonBenet Ramsey for Halloween. "He has an offbeat sense of humor," the wife explained to me. That's one way to look at it. Or else, as I thought, maybe hubby's "humor" wasn't funny at all — just perversely detached from the horrific death of an actual 6-year-old.

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11:39am

Wed January 11, 2012
The Two-Way

8 Killed In Syria, Including A French Journalist

Eight people were killed in the city of Homs today. While the circumstances are not entirely clear, we do know that among the dead was Gilles Jacquier, a French journalist with France 2.

The AP reports that the television channel announced his death, saying he was in Syria on a government-authorized reporting trip. "News director Thierry Thullier of France Televisions, the parent station of France-2, told French TV BFM that Jacquier appeared to have been killed by a mortar or rocket as part of a series of attacks," the AP reports.

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11:30am

Wed January 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Suspect In Natalee Holloway Case Pleads Guilty To Murder In Peru

Dutch national Joran Van der Sloot as he arrived for a court hearing earlier today (Jan. 11, 2012) at the Lurigancho prison in Lima.
Ernesto Benavides AFP/Getty Images

Joran van der Sloot, the main suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba, this morning pleaded guilty to the 2010 murder of a 21-year-old Peruvian woman, Stephany Flores, in Lima.

The Associated Press reports that van der Sloot told a court in Lima that "yes, I want to plead guilty. I wanted from the first moment to confess sincerely. ... I truly am sorry for this act. I feel very bad."

The wire service adds that:

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11:10am

Wed January 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Beef Erupts Over Crossword Guru's Hip-Hop Slang Clue

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 11:26 am

A New York Times crossword puzzle clue asking for a 5-letter word that means "Wack, in hip-hop" led to an email and an argument over the real meaning of "illin'."
NPR

Under editor Will Shortz, The New York Times crossword puzzle has won fans for being in touch with the modern world — relying less on arcane words and more on a working knowledge of America's cultural landscape.

But according to some, Shortz took a false step with this past Saturday's puzzle, when he included a clue steeped in hip-hop slang. The clue asked for a 5-letter word that means "Wack, in hip-hop."

The answer was "Illin'".

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10:44am

Wed January 11, 2012
It's All Politics

Mitt Romney Raised $24 Million Last Quarter

During the last quarter of 2011, Mitt Romney raised $24 million, his campaign announced today. That means the former Massachusetts governor has $19 million in cash on hand to fund his primary battle.

The Washington Post reports that in a shift from his 2008 run, when he poured $40 million of his own money into the campaign, Romney has made no personal donations.

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10:31am

Wed January 11, 2012
Author Interviews

Why America's Spies Struggle To Keep Up

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 1:00 pm

Matthew Aid is an intelligence historian. His work has appeared in The New York Times, National Journal and The Financial Times.
courtesy of the author

Before Sept. 11, 2011, there were 16 intelligence agencies in the United States. But after the attacks, the 9/11 Commission recommended creating a 17th intelligence agency — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) — to coordinate intelligence operations.

The 16 already existing agencies didn't react well, says historian and former intelligence analyst Matthew Aid.

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