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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Tue September 20, 2011

Wildcat-Cards Game Attracts ABC Agents

FRANKFORT – Enforcement officials from Kentucky’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) conducted a concentrated enforcement effort in areas adjacent to the campus of University of Kentucky on Saturday during the University of Kentucky vs. University of Louisville football game.

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Tue September 20, 2011
The Commonwealth

Obama, LOU Mayor to Talk Bridges

LOUISVILLE — Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will have an opportunity to discuss the Sherman Minton Bridge situation with President Obama Thursday when the president visits the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati. The invitation for Fischer to join Obama came Tuesday from the White House, according to a press release from the mayor's office.

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Tue September 20, 2011
Statehouse News

Grant Funds Fight Against Jobless Benefits Fraud

FRANKFORT - Kentucky has been awarded nearly $1.7 million in federal funding to improve program integrity and technology in the state’s unemployment insurance system. The funding will help Kentucky develop new or enhanced systems to reduce unemployment insurance fraud.

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Tue September 20, 2011
Conflict In Libya

President Obama Praises Libya's Political Transition

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

President Obama meets with Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, chairman of the Libyan Transitional National Council, at the United Nations in New York on Tuesday.
Allan Tannenbaum-Pool Getty Images

President Obama met Libya's interim leader Tuesday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly and held up the country as a model of what the U.N. can do to protect civilians from atrocities.

Obama also pledged continued support and encouraged Libya's new leaders to keep their promises to forge a just, democratic society.

Libyan rebels have yet to find ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi and fighting continues in the country. Still, Obama went to the meeting with a hopeful message.

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Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Is Another Shutdown Showdown Looming In Washington?

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 3:49 pm

The Capitol building.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Less than two months after nearly shutting down the federal government as they argued over the best way to reduce the budget deficit, there's word that Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are again at odds and that another shutdown showdown is possible.

Politico reports that:

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Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Oops, Or How A $1.5M Ferrari Ends Up In The Ocean

A Ferrari goes for a swim.
screenshot thepatrickweir

Today, the Canadian press picked up on a video that seems to have been making the rounds on car sites for a few days. Here's how the Toronto Sun introduces it:

Zahir Rana wanted to give spectators at the Targa Newfoundland rally a show they'd never forget — he did just that after putting a $1.5 million Ferrari into the Atlantic Ocean.

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Tue September 20, 2011
Monkey See

DVD Picks: 'Prime Suspect'

In the beginning, there were lapels: Helen Mirren's DI Jane Tennison, circa 1991.
Acorn Media

Time again for film critic Bob Mondello's recommendation for your home-viewing queue. This week, to prepare for the start of NBC's new TV series Prime Suspect, he suggests you look back at the original PBS series, starring Helen Mirren.

The year was 1991, and a new British police procedural had what then counted as a gimmick: Its star — smart, forceful, and assertive — was a woman, which was a big deal.

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Tue September 20, 2011
Middle East

The Palestinian Bid And The Possible Outcomes

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 5:10 pm

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (left) meets U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the U.N. on Monday. Abbas says he will apply for Palestinian statehood after he addresses the General Assembly on Friday.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says he will submit his formal request for Palestinian statehood and U.N. membership on Friday, immediately after addressing the General Assembly.

This has already touched off intense diplomatic wrangling, and even more is expected in the weeks and months that follow.

"I don't remember any event in the last 25 to 30 years where it was so difficult to predict what will happen," says Yoram Peri, director of the University of Maryland Institute for Israel Studies.

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Tue September 20, 2011
NPR Story

Air Force Lt. Talks About Coming Out To Colleagues

Air Force Lt. Josh Seefried was one of an untold number of American service members forced to conceal his sexual orientation under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Seefried talks with Lynn Neary about coming out to his colleagues Tuesday — following the policy's repeal — without fear of official repercussion.