Among all the foreign policy decisions President Obama has made, the most surprising may be the one to go to war in Libya without either requesting a declaration of war from Congress, as required by the Constitution, or obtaining legislative authorization, as required by the War Powers Resolution of 1973. Some have suggested that authorization could have been easily obtained at the time the war was launched, when public sentiment against the murderous Qaddafi regime was running high. In that case, the decision not to ask for it seems an especially gratuitous insult to Congress.
"Iraqi officials have raised the toll from a combined car bomb and roadside bombing north of Baghdad to 35 people killed," The Associated Press reports from Baghdad. Around 50 other people are said to have been wounded, according to the wire service.
Retired Marine Mike Merola flew an American flag on a 20-foot pole in Houston. The Lakeland Village Community Association sued, saying the pole violated community design rules. The case inspired Texas to pass legislation protecting the flag.
A driver in Valencia, Spain. thought he would beat the system. Suspecting the presence of speed cameras, he slowed way down. A few months later, he was shocked to get a ticket in the mail for driving too slowly.
Dozens of treasures are hidden in the archives of the Kentucky Historical Society, including Soviet anti-aircraft guns, gilded shoulder decorations from a Mexican general and phony Paul Sawyier paintings. With limited space for exhibits and displays, tens of thousands of artifacts and documents are kept in storage in the second floor of the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. The State Journal recently got a behind-the-scenes tour of the archives.
A Bellepoint man who told sheriff’s deputies he made $2,000 a week selling out-of-state prescription painkillers has been sentenced to eight years in prison. John Shramm, 38, sold 30mg Percocet pills to a confidential witness Feb. 24 and March 6, court records show. He was immediately taken into custody.
Frankfort area school officials may host forums this fall to explain the state’s new testing system to the public. Members of the Franklin County and Frankfort Independent school boards discussed that possibility Friday during a joint meeting to discuss possible collaboration and attend training on the new system.