Tue December 6, 2011
The Commonwealth

Kids Urge Citizens to Buy American

Some of Deedy Whittamore's fourth and fifth-grade class members at Holy Trinity Lutheran School hold up some Made in America items Friday that they found as part of their recent discussions about the farming out of manufacturing and packaging jobs.
Miranda Pederson/The Daily News

If you’re thinking of joining the call to “Buy American” in an effort to save jobs, there are plenty of interesting items available for purchase that are made in southcentral Kentucky. Take a look around - you can buy a Corvette, art, artisan cheese at Kenny’s Country Cheese, Sun Products detergents and many other items that are produced locally. But the challenge wasn’t so easy for a group of fourth- and fifth-graders at Holy Trinity Lutheran School, whose tastes run more toward electronics. The group set out looking for items made in America after they found so few of them on a fall trip to Mammoth Cave National Park.

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Tue December 6, 2011
The Commonwealth

Toy Collection Reflects History

Charles Stewart stands by his toy soldier collection of Elizabeth II's wedding day that is on display on the third floor at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville.
Tricia Spaulding/The State-Journal

Charles Stewart used to store 3,200 years of military history on the shelves in his Frankfort bedroom, attic and garage. His collection of 10,000 toy soldiers represents battles from ancient Egypt to the Gulf War, and it will soon become a permanent fixture at the Frasier History Museum in Louisville.

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Tue December 6, 2011
It's All Politics

Judicial Wars Flare As Senate Blocks Obama Nominee

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 6:23 pm

Caitlin J. Halligan, then a lawyer for New York State, and attorney David Boies spoke in the Court of Appeals in Albany in 2005. On Tuesday, Senate Republicans blocked Halligan's nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Jim McKnight AP

Senate Republicans have blocked the nomination of Caitlin Halligan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. A Senate majority of 54 voted to break the filibuster, but that number falls short of the 60 votes needed under Senate rules.

Although Halligan won bipartisan praise from legal and law enforcement groups, Republicans portrayed her as a left-wing activist for positions she took while representing the state of New York as its chief appellate lawyer.

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Tue December 6, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Says It Will Use Foreign Aid To Promote Gay Rights

How a country treats its gay and lesbian citizens may now play a role in the foreign aid it receives from the United States.

The New York Times reports that the Obama administration issued a memo telling agencies to find ways to deter countries from criminalizing homosexuality.

The Times adds:

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Tue December 6, 2011

The Magic Of Music And A Little Room To Groove


Alan Heathcock is the author of the collection Volt.

Last week, my wife suggested we have a dance floor installed in our family room. She was smiling ear-to-ear, wiping sweat from her eyes. Behind her, our three kids took turns showing off their moves as Michael Jackson's P.Y.T. blared over the speakers.

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Tue December 6, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Feds Say HCG Diet Remedies Are 'Illegal'

Lay off the HCG diet, says the FDA.

If you thought those HCG diet ads sounded too good to be true, the Food and Drug Administration agrees with you.

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Tue December 6, 2011

Afghan Attacks Kill 60; Signs Of A Sectarian Shift?

Originally published on Wed December 7, 2011 5:02 pm

Relatives comfort an Afghan man outside a Kabul hospital where victims of Tuesday's suicide bombing were taken. A suicide bomber struck a crowd of Shiite worshippers marking a holy day in the Afghan capital.
Ahmad Jamshid AP

Deadly suicide attacks in Afghanistan aimed at minority Shiite Muslims have experts wondering whether the war there could be taking a dangerous new sectarian turn.

Tuesday's twin attacks, in the capital of Kabul and the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, killed at least 60 Shiite worshippers as they celebrated Ashura, one of their sect's holiest days. It was the first such large-scale attack against Shiites in Afghanistan in more than a decade.

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Tue December 6, 2011

The Roots: A Song Cycle For A Life Cycle

The Roots' 10th studio album, undun, is a concept record chronicling the downfall of its narrator.
Courtesy of the artist

The hip-hop band The Roots might currently be the hardest-working band in show business. Five nights a week, it's the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and is constantly collaborating with other artists. And this week, the band issued its 10th studio album.

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Tue December 6, 2011
Monkey See

DVD Picks: 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 7:36 pm

Acorn Media

Time now for a home-viewing recommendation from our film critic, Bob Mondello. With a new movie version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy opening this week, Bob's suggesting the TV original.

At some point in my youth, I must have known the nursery rhyme "Tinker, tailor/ soldier, sailor/ rich man, poor man/beggar man, thief," but since 1979, the instant someone says "Tinker Tailor," the next two words that occur to me are "Alec Guinness."

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