For Libyans living in Lexington, it’s not another August day but more like the 4th of July. With rebel victory over dictator Moammar Gaddafi seemingly at hand, emotions are running high. A Libyan expatriate in Lexington has no words to describe his feelings amid rebel gains in his homeland. Ibrahim El Bakoush has been waiting for the Gadhafi regime to fall for decades.
Rebel fighters swept into Tripoli over the weekend and said Monday that they control much of the capital. But parts of the city remain in the hands of Moammar Gadhafi's regime, including the streets around the Rixos Hotel, where western journalists have been camped out for weeks, covering the story. Reuters correspondent Missy Ryan, who is at the hotel, talks with David Greene.
Arnie LeMay, director of engineering at Frankfort Regional Medical Center, stands beside a 16 million BTU boiler.
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When Arnie heard that a woman was trapped alone in an elevator, he was off to the rescue. He climbed down the elevator shaft, crawled through the roof and kept her company until she was freed. The next day, he sent flowers. In his official capacity, Arnie LeMay, 58, is director of engineering at Frankfort Regional Medical Center. Unofficially, he’s “the engineer with a big heart.” Hospital CEO Chip Peal calls him Frankfort’s MacGyver. Arnie can fix, build or rig anything, which makes him a lifesaver at home, at work and across the globe.
Thousands of incoming Western Kentucky University freshmen attended the M.A.S.T.E.R Plan Convocation at Houchens-L.T. Smith Stadium Sunday.
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As students begin moving onto Western Kentucky University’s campus, President Gary Ransdell wants to get them in, get them through, keep them around and get them out. A major hurdle for faculty and staff this academic year will be student retention, which has dwindled over the years. More than 1,000 students are lost from each new class, Ransdell said during WKU’s opening convocation. “This is tough to accept,” he said.
Protesters burn a portrait of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and copies of his Green Book outside the Libyan Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, on Monday.
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The nearly 42-year rule of Moammar Gadhafi seems to be at a tenuous spot. Rebels claim they control most of Tripoli and claim three of Gadhafi's sons have been captured, including Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who was considered Libya's heir apparent.
The focus of the fiercest fighting, today, is occurring just outside the Gadhafi compound in Tripoli. According to the AP, Rebels were trying to storm the Bab al-Aziziya command center when tanks opened fire, which led to the big question: Where is Moammar Gadhafi? Is he in Bab al-Aziziya or is he even in Libya?
Protesters burn a portrait of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and copies of his Green Book outside the Libyan Embassy in Ankara. Turkey, on Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. Libyan rebels taken many parts of the Libyan capital Tripoli as they try to oust Gadhafi.
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Libyan rebels have claimed control of parts of the capital Tripoli, but big questions remain about the future of the country and the fate its longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi.
The whereabouts of Gadhafi, as of Monday, remained unknown.
David Mack is a former U.S. diplomat who served throughout the Middle East, including a posting in Libya. He says he believes Gadhafi could very well seek asylum for himself and his family in a country like Russia.
<strong>$14.4 trillion and counting: </strong>The National Debt Clock, a billboard-size digital display showing the increasing U.S. debt, is seen in New York City on Aug. 1.
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The news this summer is teeming with trillions. The national debt is more than $14 trillion. In a recent report, the credit rating agency Moody's says the 1,600-plus U.S.-based companies it rates harbored some $1.2 trillion in cash at the end of 2010. The newly minted congressional supercommittee is charged with finding ways to pare the federal deficit by at least $1.2 trillion in the next decade.
President Bill Clinton signed a historic overhaul of the nation's welfare system into law on Aug. 22, 1996. Now, some states are seeing drops in welfare cases even as the the U.S.' unemployment rate spiked. That's according to a new Urban Institute report. Host Michel Martin explores the past and present state of welfare with activist Barbara Ehrenreich and former RNC Chairman Michael Steele.