Wed November 30, 2011
The Commonwealth

President Pardons Loretto Man

A Loretto man with links to Johnny Boone — a fugitive known as the “Godfather of Grass and the “King of Pot” — has received a Presidential pardon. Lesley Claywood Berry Jr. received his pardon from President Barack Obama Nov. 21. Berry had been convicted of conspiracy to manufacture, possession with intent to distribute marijuana in 1988 in U.S. District Court in Minnesota.

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Wed November 30, 2011
State Capitol

Judge Orders State to Release Child-Death Records

State officials have 10 days to produce 90 internal reviews of social workers' files on children who have been killed or nearly killed as a result of abuse and neglect, a judge ordered Wednesday. Attorneys for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services told Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd on Wednesday that they were hiring temporary staff to redact more than 180 case files involving children who died or nearly died of abuse and neglect. Once redacted, those records will be made available, said Christina Heavrin, general counsel for the cabinet, which oversees child protection.

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Wed November 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Despite Warnings From Inspector, One Iowa Town Still Battles Toxic Air

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 1:35 pm

The Grain Processing Corp. plant in Muscatine, Iowa.
Chris Hamby Center for Public Integrity


Wed November 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Prosecutors Say John Hinckley Is Still A Threat

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 1:15 pm

The Justice Department says the man who shot and wounded President Ronald Reagan in 1981 still poses a threat to public safety.

Prosecutors are fighting an effort by John Hinckley to win more freedom from a mental hospital where he's been confined for decades.

During a hearing in Washington, the prosecutors said the government has been watching Hinckley.

Secret Service agents followed Hinckley last summer, when he said he was going to the movies during visits to his mother's home in Williamsburg, Va.

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Wed November 30, 2011
The Two-Way

First 'Penn State Scandal' Civil Suit Filed

The first civil lawsuit brought by an alleged victim of Jerry Sandusky is from a man who says he was sexually abused as a young boy more than 100 times by the former Penn State assistant football coach.

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Wed November 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Deputies, Movers Refuse To Evict 103-Year-Old Georgia Woman

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 12:39 pm

Vita Lee, 103, lives in northwest Atlanta.
screenshot WSBTV

Vita Lee has lived in her Northwest Atlanta home for 53 years. But after a second mortgage was taken out on her home, she faced foreclosure and police planned to evict her yesterday.

But as Atlanta's WSB-TV reports, once Fulton County sheriff's deputies and the movers looked at the 103-year-old Lee, they declined to move forward with the eviction.

WSBTV reports:

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Wed November 30, 2011
Digital Life

Interpreting The Constitution In The Digital Era

GPS monitors can track your every movement. Brain scans can now see lies forming in your brain. And advancements in genetic engineering may soon allow parents to engineer what their children will look and be like.

These new technologies are "challenging our Constitutional categories in really dramatic ways," says George Washington University law professor Jeffrey Rosen. "And what's so striking is that none of the existing amendments give clear answers to the most basic questions we're having today."

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Wed November 30, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

HIV Treatment Lags In U.S., Guaranteeing More Infections

The latest numbers from CDC show that only 28 percent of the nation's 1.2 million HIV-infected people are getting effective antiviral treatment; effective treatment rates are lowest among African-American men.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

The United States is doing a pretty miserable job of treating people with HIV.

The latest numbers show that only 28 percent of the nation's 1.2 million HIV-infected people are getting effective treatment — that is, antiviral medications to keep the virus in check.

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Wed November 30, 2011
Music Reviews

Buck Owens: Finding His Voice In 'Bakersfield'

Courtesy of the artist

I'm not much for collections of alternate takes and the early music of people who went on to have hits. There's usually a reason a song doesn't become a hit, just as there's usually a reason to record another take — it's because the music is usually lousy. But I'm a little bit obsessed with a new collection of Buck Owens performances from the years before he became a star.

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Wed November 30, 2011
The Salt

Is Fair Trade Coffee Still Fair If It Comes From A Big Farm?

A coffee grower picks coffee fruits in a plantation near Montenegro in Quindio province, Colombia. Fair Trade USA wants to allow coffee from big estates like this one under its fair trade label.
Jose Miguel Gomez Reuters /Landov

When you buy food that is labeled fair trade, you do so to support farmers who meet certain social and environmental standards. But some companies now disagree about whether a new take on fair trade can really be called "fair."

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