Fri December 9, 2011

At The High Court, A Tribute To A 'Chef Supreme'

Originally published on Mon December 12, 2011 2:13 pm

Frozen Lime Souffle is Justice Ginsburg's favorite dessert.
Occasions Caterers

Walk into the Supreme Court gift shop, and there, among all the books on the history of the court, is a cookbook — yes, a cookbook. Put together by the spouses of the Supreme Court justices, it is a tribute to a master chef, the late Martin Ginsburg, husband of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

By day, Marty Ginsburg was one of the nation's premier tax law professors and practitioners. By night, he was one of the nation's most innovative and accomplished amateur chefs.

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Fri December 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Total Lunar Eclipse On Saturday, Western States Get Rare View

The reddish hue during the December 2010 total lunar eclipse.
Chris Hondros Getty Images

The last total lunar eclipse of 2011 — and the last one until April 15, 2014 — occurs Saturday morning.

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Fri December 9, 2011
Arts & Life

Bolo Tie Goes High-Brow At Arizona Art Exhibit

Originally published on Fri December 9, 2011 7:42 pm

This silver Navajo bolo tie features coral, jade, shell and other stones. It is on display at the Heard Museum in Phoenix as part of the bolo tie exhibit.
Courtesy of the Heard Museum

Arizona celebrates its centennial next year, and to help get folks spruced up for the occasion, the Heard Museum in Phoenix recently opened an exhibition featuring the state's official neckwear — the bolo tie.

The roots of the bolo tie aren't known for sure. But the story goes like this: Back in the 1930s and '40s, when Western swing was in full swing, a cowboy and silversmith in Wickenburg, Ariz., named Vic Cedarstaff was out riding his horse. The wind picked up, and to keep his silver hatband safe, Cedarstaff looped it around his neck.

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Fri December 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Malawi Will Review Its Ban On Homosexuality

The government of Malawi announced, yesterday, that it would review its ban on homosexuality. The announcement comes just days after the United States said it would use its foreign aid to advance gay rights. President Obama also directed his agencies to "to find ways to deter countries from criminalizing homosexuality."

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Fri December 9, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

A Deadly Fire That Changed How Hospitals Are Built

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:12 am

Rescue workers carry a hospital bed through a flooded corridor at Hartford Hospital in 1961.
The Hamilton Archives at Hartford Hospital

Fifty years ago it was still OK to smoke in hospitals.

And on Friday, Dec. 8, 1961, someone, nobody knows who, dumped smoldering cigarette ashes down a trash chute at Hartford Hospital, igniting a ferocious fire that killed 16 people.

The fire began at 2:38 p.m. Within minutes a ball of flame zoomed from the basement to the ninth floor, blowing out a rickety trash chute door and engulfing much of the floor in flame and smoke.

An investigation into the fire and how it spread led to changes in fire codes for hospitals across the country.

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Fri December 9, 2011
The Picture Show

Russia By Rail: Getting Into Hot Water

The hot water boiler on the Trans-Siberian Railway is a social gathering place, as well as a convenient way to prepare tea, coffee, oatmeal or instant meals.
Laura Krantz NPR

In American offices, it's the water cooler.

On Russian trains? The boiler.

It's where passengers gather to make tea, coffee, oatmeal, soup, instant pasta or instant anything whose preparation demands hot water.

The boiler – standing proud and tall near the train attendant's compartment in each rail car – is a metal canister keeping water scalding and available at any hour.

Occasional passengers - including myself - refer at times to the appliance as a "samovar."

But this risks offending traditionalists.

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Fri December 9, 2011
State Capitol

Ordinance Permits Liquor Sales on Sunday

Fiscal Court has passed an ordinance 5-2 that permits Buffalo Trace and other local distilleries to hand out samples and sell packaged liquor on Sundays.It passed after a heated discussion at Thursday’s work session, which the court was forced to move to the courtroom after nearly 30 showed up in support or opposition. Jason Underwood, a lobbyist for Buffalo Trace, said the ordinance was proposed to help Buffalo Trace “level the playing field” with other nearby distilleries.


Fri December 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Japan's Prime Minister Says Crippled Nuke Plant Will Be Stable By Year's End

Originally published on Fri December 9, 2011 3:54 pm

This file handout picture shows workers spraying water to cool down the spent nuclear fuel in the fourth reactor building at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
TEPCO via AFP/Getty Images

Japan's prime minister said that the Fukushima nuclear power plant crippled by an earthquake and tsunami in March is on schedule to be stabilized by the end of the year.

The AP reports:

"Temperatures of the three melted reactor cores have fallen below the boiling point and radiation leaks have significantly subsided, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said.

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Fri December 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

United Way Recieves Huge Donation

For the second year in a row, Chuck and Sarah Jones have made the biggest donation to the Murray-Calloway County United Way in the organization’s history – only this time, the amount is close to triple last year’s amount. The Joneses set the previous record for the United Way’s largest individual donation last December when they contributed $50,000 to the fundraising campaign. This week, they topped that considerably with a donation of $140,000 – half of the overall goal of $280,000 for the 2011 campaign.


Fri December 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

Eagle Watch Weekends Begin in January

Nature lovers should be making plans for a unique Kentucky State Park tradition – Eagle Watch Weekends in January and February 2012. The park system will sponsor this wildlife-watching opportunity as bald eagles gather around the major lakes of western Kentucky looking for food. The park tours allow you to observe and learn about these beautiful birds of prey. For four decades, the Kentucky State Parks have offered Eagle Watch Weekends, a chance to view the eagles from land and water and learn about the national symbol and other wildlife.