In the same month that President Obama's Supercommittee failed to rise above partisanship for the sake of America's economy, a hyper-partisan House of Representatives managed a landslide victory.
The vote was 407 to 18 in favor of the Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act. If passed, it would allow entrepreneurs to crowdfund. That means they could raise money over the Internet through relatively small donations from people they don't know. The bill removes barriers to doing business – but this time for the little guy.
Writer-director Paddy Considine's debut film, Tyrannosaur, is a favorite of critics this year. It's generating Oscar buzz and has earned Sundance Festival awards for Considine's directing and the film's lead actors. the film tackles dark themes like death and spousal abuse, but a message of hope manages to shine through. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rachel Martin talks to Paddy Considine about writing and directing the film, which is in theaters now.
Catholics across the country are celebrating the start of their annual Advent season in an unfamiliar way. For the first time in four decades, the wording of the official Catholic liturgy has changed. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rachel Martin talks with Father Carmen D'Amico of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church in Meadow Lands, Penn., after he performs his first mass with the new translation.
This month, Phillip Bailey has been talking with immigrant entrepreneurs about the struggles, sacrifices and successes of starting a business in a new country. So far, he has interviewed four entrepreneurs, who each have their own reasons for immigrating and who have had varying levels of success.
Winchester director Jason Epperson is seeking community support for his latest project. A friendship with Carrollton bus crash survivor Harold Dennis led to Epperson’s involvement in a documentary about what remains the worst drunk driving accident in United States history. Twenty-seven Hardin County residents died in a fatal church bus wreck on I-71 in 1988.With more than a month remaining in 2011, Lexington is having the eighth-wettest year on record (tied with 1950), with 58.67 inches of precipitation as of Friday. Central Kentucky probably can expect another inch or two of rain as storms move through the area between late Saturday and Tuesday, meteorologist Chris Bailey said. After that, temperatures will drop, and precipitation for the rest of the year is likely to come in the form of snow or a wintry mix, which holds less moisture than rain, Bailey said.
"'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free." Even people who know little about the Shakers are probably familiar with the words of Simple Gifts, the opening lines of the religious movement's most famous hymn. Fifty years ago, an enterprising and determined group of Kentuckians, many in Lexington, set out to save Shakertown, the Mercer County village founded more than 200 years ago by a group of Shakers in search of an earthly utopia. But the restoration was a project that proved to be anything but simple or free.
Hundreds drive past it everyday, perhaps taking for granted the stately old brick house that once welcomed visitors like Henry Clay, Andrew Jackson and Theodore Roosevelt. Sitting on the corner of downtown Frankfort's High and Clinton streets, Kentucky’s original Governor’s Mansion appears as just another historic structure relegated to another day and time. But many consider it one of Kentucky’s most beloved treasures. There are even those who cherish the commonwealth’s first governor’s mansion. They have given time and money to ensure it is still accessible for lovers of Kentucky history.
For the past four years, folks eating out in Harrodsburg have paid an extra 3 cents for every dollar they dropped in local restaurants, with that additional money going to help fund tourism activities in Mercer County. On Tuesday evening, the Harrodsburg City Commission is hosting a forum to let residents and restaurant owners air out their feelings about the 3 percent restaurant tax created by the commission in 2007.