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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Wed September 28, 2011
The Salt

Growing Listeria Outbreak In Cantaloupe Prompts Focus On Prevention

Originally published on Fri September 30, 2011 4:23 pm

Ed Andrieski AP

UPDATE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden said in a press conference today that officials "do anticipate a rising number of cases in days and weeks to come" in the cantaloupe-listeria outbreak, the deadliest in over a decade.

"There are suspect cases that are under investigation" in the state, says Sherri McGarry, a senior advisor in FDA's office of foods, who has been involved in the investigation.

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Wed September 28, 2011
It's All Politics

Florida GOP To Move Up Presidential Primary, Defying National Party

Republicans in the Sunshine State have long been expected to throw the 2012 GOP presidential primary-and-caucus season into its usual chaos.

Reports Wednesday that legislators will schedule the state's primary on Jan. 31, a week earlier than the tentative date for the usual first-in-the-nation Iowa presidential caucuses, would accomplish that.

Florida legislators are determined to have the state GOP primary go fifth in the contest order, behind only the national party-sanctioned early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada.

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Wed September 28, 2011
Statehouse News

Spencer County Clerk Owes Over $64,000

Judy Puckett

Spencer County Clerk Judy Puckett must pay back $64,717 for undeposited receipts, disallowed expenditures and personal non-sufficient fund checks, according to the 2010 audit report released by Crit Luallen, Kentucky’s auditor of public accounts, last week. “This is a serious issue,” Luallen told The Spencer Magnet. Luallen’s office has referred the report to Kentucky’s attorney general.


Wed September 28, 2011
Statehouse News

Forty-Five Hours of Despair, Then Joy

Randall Chesser was found on Monday afternoon after roughly 45 hours of being lost in the Willisburg area.

Hundreds of volunteer searchers played an instrumental role in locating a missing 7-year-old autistic child from Willisburg this week. The ordeal brought together an already closely knit community but not before so many endeared 45 hours of despair after little Randall Chesser disappeared from his home.


Wed September 28, 2011
Statehouse News

Shock Probation Has Freed Thousands

Shock probation cases in Kentucky from 2006 through 2010, as recorded by the Administrative Office of the Courts.
Steve Doyle Sentinel-News

Since 2006, the state of Kentucky has used shock probation, the program that last year allowed for the release of admitted killer Tonya Nicole Brown from state prison, to send 10,006 convicted criminals back into public life. She was freed by Senior Judge Steven Mershon after serving 15 months and 14 days, benefiting from this unusual, decades-old program that grants judges wide latitude in dealing with first-time offenders. A study of state records acquired by The Sentinel-News shows that Brown’s release is far from a rare occurrence and that many who have been released on the same terms as she frequently find themselves back before a judge for new or related offenses.


Wed September 28, 2011
The Picture Show

Massive Star Served Sunny Side Up

ESO/E. Lagadec

Researchers at the European Southern Observatory have spotted an enormous, sunny-side-up egg in space.

The fried egg — a massive star surrounded by a double, outer ring of gaseous dust — is the closest yellow hypergiant star found neighboring Earth to date. Yellow hypergiants are rare, massive stars living in a phase of a star's life cycle that generally only lasts a few hundred thousand years — a flash in the lifespan of the galaxy. They consume a lot of energy to burn so brightly.

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Wed September 28, 2011
Monkey See

Amazon Unveils Its Tablet, The Kindle Fire: Can It Compete?

Originally published on Wed September 28, 2011 4:41 pm

Jeff Bezos, Chairman and CEO of Amazon.com, introduces the Kindle Fire at a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.
Mark Lennihan AP

Today, Amazon announced the debut of its 7-inch tablet, the Kindle Fire. Available for $199, the Kindle Fire is being positioned as a device that will deliver Amazon's e-books, MP3s, magazines, web browsing, and streaming video for less than half the price of full-featured tablets like the Apple iPad. The Fire is available for preorder starting today, and will ship November 15.

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Wed September 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Amazon Unveils $199 'Fire' Tablet And New Kindle Readers

Originally published on Wed September 28, 2011 11:30 am

The Kindle Fire.

There's much breathless live-blogging going on in the tech world as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveils his company's latest gadgets, including what Bloomberg News first reported will be a $199 tablet computer called Kindle Fire — Amazon's much-anticipated competitor to the iPad.

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Wed September 28, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Thousands Affected by Lexington Redistricting

Lexington's Urban County Council members are reviewing a redistricting plan that will mean changes for thousands of constituents.  The city undergoes redistricting every ten years based on data from the U.S. Census. Uneven population growth over the past ten years means that 33,104 Lexington citizens will soon be represented by a new council member.

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