Tue September 20, 2011

The Dozen Richest Men And Women In Congress

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

2. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA): $238,812,296
J. Scott Applewhite AP

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) barely made our list at No. 13, but here are the richest dozen men and women in Congress who could be affected by the Buffett Rule. The rankings, by average net worth, were released on Tuesday by the Center for Responsive Politics.

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Tue September 20, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Food Industry Pitted Against Public Health At U.N. Summit

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 7:01 pm

A pizza from a Pizzomatic vending machine that bakes and sells pizzas in Germany. Public health advocates say the food industry needs to make concrete commitments to making healthier products to reduce chronic disease related to diet.

How do you come up with a plan to help millions of people around the world avoid a chronic disease? For starters, don't treat the food companies that sell the products that contribute to those diseases as partners in the process. At least, that's what public health advocates argue — even as the accused companies say they're committed to making healthier products for the masses.

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Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Al-Jazeera Director Announces Resignation

Wadah Khanfar, Al-Jazeera's director-general, is seen during a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the launching of the Arabic satellite news channel in Doha. This photo was taken in 2006.
Karim Jaafar AFP/Getty Images

Al-Jazeera's top executive, Wadah Khanfar announced he was resigning today. The network announced that it had appointed Sheikh Ahmad bin Jasem al-Thani, a member of the Qatari ruling family, which owns Al-Jazzeera, as its new director general.

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Tue September 20, 2011
Reporter's Notebook

A New Destination For Kayakers: The L.A. River?

The fifth graders from L.A.'s Pico Union neighborhood, who rarely get to spend time in nature, say it was the best field trip ever.
Mandalit del Barco NPR

The once-polluted and often ridiculed Los Angeles River is now open to kayak and canoe adventures. City officials and the Army Corps of Engineers are running a pilot program that allows people to explore the river.

In the South American rain forest, I once paddled in a dugout canoe through the lush Amazon River, filled with pink dolphins and flesh-eating piranhas. So the thought of navigating down the Los Angeles River at first seemed almost ridiculous.

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Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Maryland Man's Robocall Scam Nets Him $4 Million

From the annals of ingenious scams, comes this report from the AP:

A pay phone owner is being charged with using his Washington-area phones to ring in $4 million in fraudulent 50-cent calls.

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Tue September 20, 2011
Barack Obama

With Leadership Questioned, Obama Gets In The Fray

President Obama speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House on Monday. Obama laid out a plan for trillions in deficit cuts but warned Republicans he will veto any bill that makes structural changes to Medicare unless they agree to additional revenues.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

There's been a sea change at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It's almost as if the cerebral, detached president went into a phone booth and came out a fighting Democrat.

In the Rose Garden on Monday, as President Obama laid out his vision for how the congressional supercommittee could find trillions in savings, he was no longer above the fray. He was right in the fray. And he made it clear he has given up on his so far fruitless search for common ground with the Republicans.

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Tue September 20, 2011
Pop Culture

Hollywood Seen Through Paparazzi-Colored Glasses

The TMZ Tour promises "Secrets and Celebrity Hot Spots," all seen from the comfort of a bus that seats 24.
Ben Bergman NPR

Since its debut six years ago, TMZ has fed millions of fans a steady diet of celebrity news on its highly trafficked blog. There's also the TMZ TV show, syndicated on hundreds of stations. And now, for the truly TMZ obsessed, there's a TMZ Tour of Hollywood.

The traditional Hollywood tour has been around almost as long as Hollywood itself.

For decades, tourists have come here to catch a glimpse of their favorite stars — or at least a glimpse of where they eat.

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Tue September 20, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Fireworks Rules May Return to Lexington

Lexington’s Urban County Council is exploring the possibility of a local fireworks ordinance. This year state lawmakers passed legislation allowing for the sale of larger consumer fireworks such as bottle rockets and Roman candles. Council member Kevin Stinnett says his proposal would offer a solution to a major complaint he heard over the July 4th holiday.

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Tue September 20, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Green Building Adapts to Kentucky's Needs

Louisville Rain Garden.
Louisville Public Media

Green building is often seen as a luxury. A lot of projects are capital-intensive, and take years to make up for their costs in energy savings. But as energy prices rise, sustainable buildings are starting to make even more fiscal sense for all types of buildings.The corner of Seventh and Liberty streets in downtown Louisville is loud and busy. A bus stops, letting off passengers.

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Tue September 20, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Bluegrass Festival Honors Monroe's 100th

Gene Thompson & Crossroads perform at the 2010 Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival at Optimist Park.
Neal Cardin The News-Enterprise

The Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival honors a legend of the genre this week. The 12th annual festival, which runs from Thursday through Saturday, takes place the week after the 100th birthday of Bill Monroe. Monroe is credited with creating the style of music that came to be known as bluegrass after the band he was part of, “Blue Grass Boys.” He hails from Ohio County.

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