Wed September 28, 2011

EKU Begins New Diversity Effort

Thirty-five percent of college students from Eastern Kentucky come from backgrounds where there’s little diversity of race, religion, and culture. At a diversity breakfast Wednesday, Eastern Kentucky University President Doug Whitlock asked those students a blunt question. “If you’re not exposed to people who look different from you, have a faith that is different from yours, might have sexual orientation than you do, have different political thought than you do, how are you going to be able to think critically if everybody you meet looks like you, thinks like you and believes like you?”, asked Whitlock.

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Wed September 28, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Examining Reasons Behind Appalachian Coal Decline

The Associated Press had a story out yesterday about declining Appalachian coal reserves, and whether those are more to blame for cuts in the coal industry than federal regulations. The story starts with Jerry Howard, an eastern Kentucky mine owner who closed his mine two years ago.

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Wed September 28, 2011

Pre-Madness Madness

Tents have already sprung up outside UK's Memorial Coliseum for the annual Big Blue Madness ticket distribution which doesn't start until Saturday morning.

Dozens of diehard Kentucky Wildcat fans have already taken up temporary residence outside Memorial Coliseum for Big Blue Madness tickets.  Glen Mathis of Northern Kentucky is one of the many perennial campers.  "We've got tents and sleeping bags, a cooler with some drinks, cornhole boards and cornhole bags. We just plan to have a good time", he said.

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Wed September 28, 2011

KSU Sees Slight Dip in Undergraduate Enrollment

Kentucky State University had a slight decline in undergraduate enrollment this fall after implementing a tougher admission policy and ramping up efforts to collect outstanding tuition bills. KSU enrolled 121 fewer undergraduates this fall for a 5 percent drop, according to documents provided by the Council on Postsecondary Education. Undergraduate numbers stayed relatively steady for other Kentucky universities.


Wed September 28, 2011
Statehouse News

Northpoint Prison Scores 100 on Re-Accredidation

Northpoint Training Center received a perfect score during its re-accreditation audit with the American Correctional Association. The 100-percent score is the highest the medium-security prison in Boyle County has ever received.


Wed September 28, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Saw Palmetto No Better Than Sugar Pill For Prostate Problems

Originally published on Wed September 28, 2011 12:59 pm

Field of dreams: saw palmetto thriving in Florida's Osceola National Forest.
Geoff Gallice Flickr


Wed September 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Reebok Agrees To Refund $25M To Those Who Purchased 'Toning Shoes'

Reebok EasyTone shoes.

Reebok International Ltd. came to an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission over what the government said were "over-hyped advertising claims" by Reebok that a pair of its specialty shoes could tone leg and butt muscles better than regular shoes.

One TV ad, cited by the FTC, claimed that Reebok's EasyTone shoes tone "your butt up to 28 percent more than regular sneakers, just by walking."

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Wed September 28, 2011
Around the Nation

Going Round In Circles Over Traffic Fix

A traffic circle in the heart of Amman, Jordan.
Mauricio Lima AFP/Getty Images

Over the past decade, the number of roundabouts in the U.S. has increased dramatically, from the low hundreds up to the thousands. Modern traffic circles can cut down on commute time and pollution. Studies have shown that they even reduce accidents. And many American cities are planning to put in more. But there are still a few roadblocks in the way of a true roundabout revolution.

Near a traffic circle in West Los Angeles, a nexus of car culture, NPR put up a handwritten sign that said, "Talk to a reporter about roundabouts."

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Wed September 28, 2011

America's Love Affair With Nationalism

Fans of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrate during the singing of God Bless America during the game against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field on Sept. 11 in St. Petersburg, Fl.
J. Meric Getty Images

Picture this: An alternate-reality, suspended-in-space American metropolis where steampunk contraptions –- like propeller-driven dirigibles, squeaky trolley wires and clunky robotic creatures –- operate against a backdrop of clanging liberty bells, red, white and blue powder kegs and jingoistic posters warning: "Patriots! Arm Thyself Against the Foreigners and Anarchists!"

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Wed September 28, 2011

More Trouble In Greece Ahead Of Debt Inspections

A Greek pensioner burns his emergency tax bill during a protest Wednesday outside the Ministry of Finance in the center of Athens.
Louisa Gouliamaki AFP/Getty Images

Greece's capital city was gridlocked Wednesday as mass-transit workers walked off the job for the third day this week over fresh austerity measures imposed by the government in hopes of securing crucial bailout funds.

The 24-hour strike left Athens without buses, subway trains, taxis or trams. Workers in customs and tax offices also walked off the job, and scores of retirees picketed outside the Finance Ministry to protest pension cuts.

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