Most of Kesennuma's large fishing boats either survived the tsunami or have been repaired. But many do not move from the dock, because most of the city's fish-processing factories still lie in ruins.
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At first glance, the Japanese fishing port of Kesennuma looks like it's making a comeback from last March's devastating tsunami. A half-dozen fishing boats arrive one morning in this city of 70,000 and unload tons of bonito onto a partially rebuilt port.
The fish roll down a conveyor, beneath a fresh-water shower, and splash into plastic bins filled with ice water. Mitsuo Iwabuchi, a wholesaler bidding on the catch, says the port is improving, but the infrastructure that drives it, including scores of fish-processing and ice-making factories, still lies in ruins.
Kermit and the other Muppets get the all-star treatment on the newly released tribute <em>Muppets: The Green Album</em>.
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Muppets: The Green Album is an all-star tribute to the titular characters, featuring 12 classic Muppet songs reinterpreted by contemporary artists. One of them is Andrew Bird, who contributes a cover of Kermit the Frog's signature song, "Bein' Green." Bird says the meaning of the lyrics has evolved for him as he has grown older.
On his 56-year quest, Dick Wessels visited all the stadiums of all the Division One college football teams.
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All right, so the University of Miami's been caught in a humongous football scandal following Ohio State, North Carolina, Tennessee, Oregon, and, as the King of Siam used to say: "Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera."
What's more to add? The sport is totally out of control, and neither the college presidents nor the NCAA can do anything but make dopey, empty promises. So why bother? Let me, instead, tell you a nice college football story.
Contractors continue work on the street scape outside city hall in Lexington.
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It takes a bit more effort to get inside Lexington’s city hall these days. Work crews are moving ahead with the final phase of cosmetic improvements along Main Street. For possibly another week, most workers and visitors to city hall must use a side door. Project manager George Milligan says their excavation uncovered some surprises.
“We found basements that came all the way out under the sidewalk. We found coal chutes that had just been concreted over that required some additional work to clear those types of problems,” said Milligan.
For all those who say there's nothing in the Affordable Care Act that could reduce health care spending, this one's for you.
Medicare officials have unveiled the latest initiative to spring from last year's overhaul, and it's one some health economists have been lusting after for years: Bundling payments so that hospitals, doctors, and even post-hospital caregivers all have the same financial incentive to both work together and provide cost-effective care.
Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson on stage in New York around 1978.
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Nick Ashford's songs are so ingrained in American culture they almost seem to have written themselves — songs such as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "You're All I Need to Get By." Ashford was married to his songwriting partner, Valerie Simpson, for over 30 years. Ashford died Monday at the age of 70.
Ashford and Simpson wrote "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" for Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell, "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" for Diana Ross and "Solid as a Rock" for themselves.