A new law took effect Wednesday, to deter the growing problem of metal theft in Kentucky. House Bill 242 directs recycling centers and scrap yards to require signed proof of ownership or authorization to sell any metals that have been smelted, burned or melted. According to Attorney General Jack Conway, metal thefts costs businesses nationally around $1 billion each year, including hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage. It can also affect public safety by compromising communications or emergency response capabilities, such as 911 service.
In his last community center job in Lexington, Jonathan Boyd was stabbed with a pocketknife trying to break up a fight involving about 50 people. He wasn’t seriously injured, but the experience scared him away from community centers for more than a decade – until South Frankfort beckoned. “I was trying to separate two groups, and I was one of two lucky individuals to get stabbed,” said Jonathan, who was assistant director of Lexington’s Kenwick Community Center at the time.
A.J. Daverede wheels a cart loaded with document boxes into his office at the National Archives.
"This is them," he says. "Eleven boxes constitute the entirety of the report of the Vietnam Task Force. You just start here: box one."
Forty years ago, on June 13, 1971, The New York Times published portions of these documents, better known as the Pentagon Papers. On Monday, for the first time, the government released all 7,000 pages of the report with no redactions.
Lust makes people do crazy things — as demonstrated by the almost weekly addition of yet another politician to our national walk of shame. But, bad as the marital infidelities and lewd twitterings of our elected officials may be, there's cold comfort to be found in the fact that none of them have gone completely over the edge.
When J.J. Abrams was 13, his grandfather gave him a Super 8 camera to shoot homemade movies. He started off making horror films — and killing off all of his relatives.
"I would take anyone who was available — my sister, my mother, any friends — and I would kill them in crazy ways," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "We would do makeup effects. ... I would make blood and ask my mom if I could borrow her makeup — which didn't trouble her because she knew I was going to basically just kill someone with it. It was all ridiculous."
And in hindsight, we're glad we haven't invested a lot of time in the thousands of emails from Sarah Palin's time as governor of Alaska (beyond a post that said the emails would be released and another on the day they were about the news media's rush to read them).
If the Kentucky Bar Association Board of Governors votes to disbar Stan Chesley on Tuesday in Lexington, it would be a professional death sentence for Cincinnati's most famous lawyer - known as the "Master of Disaster." The same trial commissioner who recommended disbarment also wants Chesley to return $7.6 million of the $20 million he was paid in fees from a Boone County settlement for people sickened by the diet drug fen-phen. Since Kentucky has a reciprocal agreement with Ohio, Chesley could lose his law license in Ohio if he is disbarred in Kentucky.
One of Northern Kentucky's top lobbyists is joining forces with one of the region's top law firms. Marc Wilson's Commonwealth Capitol Group will merge with Cincinnati-based Taft Stettinius & Hollister, they announced Friday. "It's exciting, and I think it'll be a good partnership," said Wilson, 43, of Florence. Wilson will contract with Taft's Focused Capitol Solutions, an affiliate that provides government relations services to the law firm's clients.