2:26pm

Tue December 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Citing Competition, Honda Announces Civic Overhaul

Honda hopes a Civic revamp will boost sales.
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Here's some interesting news about the car market in the United States: Citing increased competition, Honda said it is taking the unusual step of redesigning its Civic sedan months after a unveiling its 2012 model this summer.

Here's what Tetsuo Iwamura, chief executive for American Honda Motor Co., told The Detroit News:

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2:15pm

Tue December 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: Ohio State Football Team 'Banned From Postseason Play Next Year'

"The NCAA today stunned Ohio State University's football program by banning it from postseason play after the 2012 season," multiple sources tell The Columbus Dispatch.

It adds that:

"The penalty means Ohio State automatically is out of the running for any bowl, or a Big Ten or national championship next year, just as newly appointed head coach Urban Meyer is wooing recruits to the Buckeyes."

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2:03pm

Tue December 20, 2011
Book Reviews

The Story Of The Chitlin' Circuit's Great Performers

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During the years before the Civil Rights movement got underway, segregated American cities helped give birth to a touring circuit that provided employment for hundreds of black musicians and eventually brought about the birth of rock 'n' roll. Today, rock historian Ed Ward looks at two books, Preston Lauterbach's The Chitlin' Circuit and the Road to Rock 'n' Roll and Fever, Susan Whitall's biography of Little Willie John, one of the Chitlin' Circuit's last stars.

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1:30pm

Tue December 20, 2011
The Two-Way

'Ultimate Dog Tease' Is No. 2 On YouTube's List, No. 1 In Some Hearts

How can you not love that face?
Talking Animals

YouTube is out with its most-viewed video list for the year and if you didn't know that Rebecca Black's Friday would be on top, than you're among the (dare we say?) lucky few who didn't get her song stuck in their head this year.

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12:56pm

Tue December 20, 2011
All Politics are Local

Yarmuth Introduces Constitutional Amendment

Seeking to overturn the Citizens United case, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., filed a bill Tuesday that would amend the U.S. Constitution to get money out of politics by toppling key provisions of the Supreme Court’s controversial decision. The bipartisan legislation was introduced alongside U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-Nc., and establishes that financial expenditures and in-kind contributions do not qualify as protected free speech under the First Amendment. It also makes Election Day a legal holiday and enables Congress to establish a public financing system that would serve as the sole source of funding for federal elections.

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12:52pm

Tue December 20, 2011
State Capitol

New Garbage Ordinance in Frankfort

Education – for both residents and city staff – will be the next step for Frankfort and the pay-as-you-throw garbage ordinance, says Public Works Director Jeff Hackbart. During Monday’s City Commission meeting, the new garbage ordinance amendment was approved by a 3-2 vote. After the nearly yearlong discussion, Commissioners Sellus Wilder, Katie Hedden and Michael Turner voted for the system, while Commissioner Bill May and Mayor Gippy Graham opposed it.

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12:47pm

Tue December 20, 2011
The Commonwealth

Lancaster Hires New Police Chief

After nearly a year of turmoil within its police department, Lancaster City Council brought in a veteran outside lawman to help restore order.  Rodney Kidd, a retired sergeant who worked 18 years for Louisville Metro Police, was hired Monday to become Lancaster’s first official police chief since Mayor Brenda Powers dismissed longtime chief Ronald Lamb in January. 

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12:45pm

Tue December 20, 2011
The Two-Way

CNN's Piers Morgan Testifies Before British Parliament About Phone Hacking

CNN's Piers Morgan has been testifying today before the British Parliament about the country's phone hacking scandal. Morgan, who was the editor of two British tabloids, became a figure in the scandal when a British politician said Morgan had "boasted" about hacking into phones.

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12:42pm

Tue December 20, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Mercury Spill Cleanup Continues

Officials from local, state, and federal agencies are watching over the cleanup of a mercury spill at Eastern Kentucky University.  Last Thursday, mercury leaked from a broken barometer inside the Moore Science building.    The incident occurred as equipment was moved into E-K-U’s new science facility.  Some contamination was detected in both structures.  E-K-U spokesman Marc Whitt says the all clear could come this week at the new science building.

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12:23pm

Tue December 20, 2011
Business and the Economy

Last Minute Mailers

It’s pretty much crunch time for those mailing holiday greetings and the delivery men and women who move parcels from spot to spot.  The overall volume of mail is down slightly in Lexington.  Postal officials in Lexington project overall mail volume will be down almost two percent, as compared to last year.   Post office spokeswoman Susan Wright says seasons greetings delivered via the internet continue to eat into the traditional holiday mailings.

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