Fri November 18, 2011

The Pool Future in Lexington

The swimming season is long gone but the debate about future pool use in Lexington is anything but over.  City officials are again considering closing Berry Hill and Constitution pools because of low swimmer numbers.  Urban County Council member Jay McChord wants to know if one of the pools might be suited for lap swimming.“Here sits a lap pool that people will pay us to use…if it’s underutilized why can we just have more lanes marked and just charge them..the schools will pay ya and those athletes will pay ya to do it,” said McChord.

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Fri November 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Columbia University Will Let Band Play At Lion's Home Finale

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 2:17 pm

The Columbia University Lions are 0-9 this season. So after the team's ninth loss of the season against Cornell, the marching band decided to poke a little fun. The Columbia Spectator explains:

"'Every time every game ends, we play 'Roar," said José Delgado, CC '12 and the band's manager. 'There's music, there's a part in between when we sing lyrics, and there's music again—that's where it happened.'

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Fri November 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Balanced Budget Amendment Falls Short In House

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 2:02 pm

A balanced budget amendment to the Constitution just failed to get the two-thirds majority vote in the House that's needed to move such a measure forward.

It was approved by a simple majority: 261 to 165. But for a two-thirds majority, at least 290 votes would be needed.

There are currently 434 House members (one seat is vacant). Of those, 242 are Republicans and 192 are Democrats.

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Fri November 18, 2011
The Salt

From Wall Street To Big Food, Occupiers Are Hungry For Change

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 5:49 pm

Butterball frozen turkeys on display in a supermarket in Ohio.
Amy Sancetta AP

Not all the people who have been protesting in New York's Zuccotti Park are trying to Occupy Wall Street. Some are trying to Occupy Big Food, and are ready to march. That includes boycotting that Thanksgiving icon, the Butterball turkey.

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Fri November 18, 2011
Business and the Economy

Occupy Wall Street March Hits Two Months

Ruby Layson, right, and Dawn Hale stand by the road and hold up signs on the Singing Bridge.
Tricia Spaulding Frankfort State Journal

Some honked in support. Others waved. A few simply drove across Frankfort's Singing Bridge as about 15 demonstrators held signs in support of Occupy Wall Street and the 99 percent movement.


Fri November 18, 2011
Mitt Romney

Where's Mitt Romney? 'Running Out The Clock'

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 8:02 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives with his wife, Ann, for a rally at the American Polish Cultural Center earlier this month in Troy, Mich. The former Massachusetts governor is in effect the front-runner in the race for the GOP nomination, despite holding fewer rallies, town hall meetings or media appearances than other candidates.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Through the ups and downs of the Republican presidential campaign, Mitt Romney has remained in effect the front-runner.

He has done so even without holding as many rallies, town hall meetings or meet-and-greet events as some of the other candidates. He's also done fewer media appearances.

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Fri November 18, 2011

Buyer of Mercer Farm Hardly an Aloof Billionaire

Jim Justice II

In the back of the Lexington Convention Center ballroom, the buzz early Wednesday afternoon was that a group of Amish farmers from Indiana were the ones bidding to buy all 5,529 acres of Anderson Circle Farm. The Amish contingent did indeed make a serious play to buy several parcels of the farm, but the one really driving the price was the giant of a man with white hair sitting at a bidder’s table in the center of the room. A young woman two tables away identified him as Jim Justice II and pulled up a Forbes profile of him on her iPad showing he was a West Virginia coal king, one of the 400 richest Americans with a net worth estimated at $1.1 billion. Justice finally scared off everybody else with back-to-back $500,000 raises that sealed the deal at $25 million. It was all his.


Fri November 18, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

FDA Pulls Approval Of Avastin For Breast Cancer

Originally published on Sun November 20, 2011 11:22 am

Richard Morgenstein Genentech

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg has spoken.

After more than a year of deliberations and an unprecedented public hearing in June, the agency has revoked approval of the biotech blockbuster Avastin, a medicine that chokes off the blood supply to various cancer cells, as a treatment for metastatic breast cancer.

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Fri November 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Detroit Mayor Plans To Lay Off 1,000 City Employees

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 12:09 pm

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

"Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, who outlined an emergency plan two days ago, isn't wasting any time taking action" in tackling his city's financial crisis, our colleague Micki Maynard at the Changing Gears project reports. "Today, Bing said the city will lay off 1,000 employees, or about 9 percent of the city's payroll, by Feb. 25."

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Fri November 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Hotter Hot Days, And More Of Them, 'Virtually Certain'

"It is virtually certain that on a global scale hot days [will] become even hotter and occur more often" in coming decades, according to a report released today from a group of more than 100 scientists convened by the United Nations.

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