12:20pm

Thu December 22, 2011
The Two-Way

'Mind The Gap' Indeed: Woman's Fall Beneath Train Captured On Video

Originally published on Thu December 22, 2011 1:38 pm

A "mind the gap" reminder at the Acton Town Underground Station in London
carmen_seaby via Flickr

If you've been to Great Britain, you know that they're very persistent over there about the need to "mind the gap."

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12:03pm

Thu December 22, 2011
The Salt

Goat Is Good, Except, Perhaps, As A Pet

My colleague Allison Aubrey's story last week about giving an African a goat as an act of charity got me wondering: Why don't we see more goats here in the United States?

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11:55am

Thu December 22, 2011
Business and the Economy

Jobless Rates Down in 114 counties

FRANKFORT — Unemployment rates fell in 114 Kentucky counties between November 2010 and November 2011, while six county rates increased, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate at 6.3 percent. It was followed by Ohio County, 6.6 percent; Fayette County, 6.7 percent; Caldwell and Daviess counties, 7 percent each; Oldham and Warren counties, 7.1 percent each; and Calloway, Franklin, Hopkins and Madison counties, 7.2 percent each.

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11:47am

Thu December 22, 2011
Education

Murdered Student's Educators Call for More Communication

FRANKFORT — Todd County school officials appeared before Kentucky’s Joint Committee on Health and Welfare in Frankfort Monday to share their side of the Amy Dye story. Following the testimony of Patricia Wilson, who recently resigned as the commissioner of the Department for Community Based Services, Todd County Schools Superintendent Mike Kenner, Assistant Superintendent Vicki Myers and South Todd Elementary Principal Camille Dillingham addressed discrepancies in the cabinet’s previous statements to the same panel.

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Composer and author Tom Manoff has been the classical music critic for NPR's All Things Considered since 1985.

In addition to his work at NPR, Manoff has written for the New York Times and other newspapers. Manoff's compositions include music for the Oscar-winning documentary Down and Out in the USA and Honor is so Sublime Perfection, performed at Tanglewood.

Currently, Manoff is working on an opera "The Trials of Katherina Kepler" and Chase the White Horse, a political memoir about his family.

10:49am

Thu December 22, 2011
Music

Wenceslas: A Goodhearted King And His Popular Carol

Originally published on Thu December 22, 2011 7:36 pm

Circa 1300, King Wenceslas II of Bohemia.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Even heard in modern synthesizer arrangements, the melody of the carol "Good King Wenceslas" brings the words and images of the story into my head: "Good King Wenceslas looked out / on the Feast of Stephen / When the snow lay 'round about / deep and crisp and even.

Wenceslas was a real person: the Duke of Bohemia, a 10th-century Christian prince in a land where many practiced a more ancient religion. In one version of his legend, Wenceslas was murdered in a plot by his brother, who was under the sway of their so-called pagan mother.

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10:46am

Thu December 22, 2011
Economy

What's The Economic Impact If The Tax Break Dies?

Originally published on Thu December 22, 2011 3:28 pm

Mary Polocy (left) stands in line to enter a career fair in Independence, Ohio, in November. Congress has yet to agree on a measure that would extend unemployment benefits.
Tony Dejak AP

Most political analysts say that Congress and President Obama will eventually agree to extend the payroll tax cut into 2012 – even if it takes another month of arguing.

But what if Congress really can't get it done?

Economists are fairly unanimous in saying growth would be slowed — at least in the short term — if Congress were to fail to pass legislation to extend the tax holiday and include two other proposals to: 1) continue federal help for the long-term unemployed and 2) block a 27 percent Medicare pay cut for doctors.

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10:31am

Thu December 22, 2011
Holiday Music

Hugh Martin's 'Hidden Treasures' Explored

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 11:42 am

The late Hugh Martin wrote the Christmas standard, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
The Musical Theater Project

The late songwriter Hugh Martin wrote "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" for Judy Garland's 1944 movie Meet Me in St. Louis, along with dozens of other songs for MGM and Broadway musicals.

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10:00am

Thu December 22, 2011
The Two-Way

Swept Away By '04 Tsunami, Indonesian Girl Reportedly Finds Way Home

Originally published on Thu December 22, 2011 10:49 am

Jan. 4, 2005: Indonesians search for names of relatives on notice boards in Banda Aceh, one of the places devastated by the Dec. 26, 2004, tsunami.
Dimas Ardian Getty Images

Seven years ago, an estimated 230,000 people died after an earthquake triggered a massive tsunami that devastated South Asian coasts from Indonesia to Thailand, Sri Lanka and India.

Wednesday, one of those who was thought to be dead apparently "found her way back to her home," according to the Indonesian state news agency Antara.

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9:05am

Thu December 22, 2011

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