4:49pm

Thu November 17, 2011
Author Interviews

U.S. Behind The Curve In Drunk Driving, Author Finds

A new book called One for the Road explores the history of drunk driving and attitudes around it.
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When Barron Lerner was writing his book on the history of drunk driving in America — and efforts to control it — he carried out an experiment at home that involved a bottle of vodka, a shot glass and a Breathalyzer. He was the guinea pig.

"I was trying to figure out just how drunk you had to be in order to not drive safely," says Lerner, a professor of medicine and public health at Columbia University, who wrote One for the Road. He decided to drink and test his levels — but he didn't actually get into a car.

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4:47pm

Thu November 17, 2011
The Commonwealth

Police Patrol Highways for Thanksgiving

State and local law enforcement will be out on Kentucky's highways in force through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. While seat belt use is at a record high of 85 percent nationwide, Kentucky lags behind with an 82 percent usage rate. There were 760 total highway fatalities in Kentucky in 2010, with 598 killed in motor vehicles. Of those 598 fatalities, 62.5 percent were not wearing a seat belt.

4:39pm

Thu November 17, 2011
Lexington/Richmond

Public Meeting For Distillery District

The city's Division of Engineering has been discussing possible development plans for Lexington's Distillery District; specifically the area of town that encompasses Manchester Street from Forbes Road to Oliver Lewis Way. Project director Bob Bayert says they'll be seeking citizen input on infrastructure and other ideas that will also affect the plans of the Rupp Arena Arts and Entertainment District Task Force.

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4:15pm

Thu November 17, 2011
Business and the Economy

Economic Recovery "Years Away"

One expert who helps develop America’s Monetary policy believes full economic recovery is still ‘years away.’  Sandra Pianalto brought her message today to Lexington Rotarians.  Pianalto, who’s President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, admits the economic recovery has been ‘frustratingly slow.’  She says nine million jobs were lost with only one million back restored.  Pianalto says some economists fear ‘structural un-employment’ is here to stay.

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4:09pm

Thu November 17, 2011
Europe

Discovery Of Neo-Nazi Crime Spree Roils Germany

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 4:30 am

Germany has been rocked by allegations that a small, underground neo-Nazi group calling itself the Nationalist Socialist Underground carried out a 13-year-long crime spree that included murder, robbery and bombing. Here, a screen shot from a promotional DVD reportedly made by neo-Nazis Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Boenhardt. The two men committed suicide earlier this month.
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Germany is reeling from revelations this week that a small neo-Nazi group carried out a deadly, decade-long crime wave. Authorities blame the underground cell for the murders of nine immigrants and a policewoman, a string of bank robberies and a bombing. Two suspects are dead and two others are in custody.

The identity of the suspects came as a shock to many in a country that has worked hard to overcome the stain of Nazism. Now, the focus is on the apparent shortcomings of Germany's domestic security services.

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4:00pm

Thu November 17, 2011
The Record

A Televised Singing Competition With A Mission

Pia Maria Holmgren (Sámi in Sweden) performs at last year's Liet International minority song contest.
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Auditions are now underway for next May's Eurovision Song Contest — that often-ridiculed television spectacle that has drawn millions of viewers around the world every year since 1956. In 2012 the host country will be Azerbaijan, since that country fielded last year's winner.

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3:32pm

Thu November 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Alleged White House Shooter Charged With Attempted Assassination

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez has been charged with attempting to assassinate the president for allegedly firing at least two shots at the White House last Friday evening.

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3:24pm

Thu November 17, 2011
Pop Culture

The Hipsterfication Of America

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 5:00 pm

Concertgoers move in a spray of cooling mist as they dance amid the heat of the desert at the hipster Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., in April.
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The hotel lobby in Franklin, Tenn., has an ultra-urban loft-esque feel — exposed air ducts, austere furniture and fixtures, music videos projected onto a flat panel. Everywhere there is lava-lampish aqua and amber lighting.

Sale racks near the front desk display chargers for iPods and BlackBerrys and a variety of snacks, including Cocoa Puffs and Red Bulls. Every room features a media box for digital video and music.

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3:17pm

Thu November 17, 2011
World

Fewer Babies Available For Adoption By U.S. Parents

Brian and Regan Franklin adopted their son, Sammi, from Ethiopia in 2009. The family is ready to adopt another child from the African nation — but is finding it increasingly difficult. Here, the family celebrates Halloween this year.
Courtesy of the Franklin family

Sammi Franklin might not be getting any siblings.

Three years ago, when he was only a few days old, Sammi was left in an abandoned building in Ethiopia, where police found him. In 2009, he was adopted and brought to his new home in Arlington, Va., by Brian and Regan Franklin.

Now that the Franklins are ready to adopt another child, Ethiopia — which has been one of the few African countries to allow adoptions by foreigners — is making it tougher.

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3:16pm

Thu November 17, 2011
Lexington/Richmond

Outdoor Skating Rink in Downtown Lexington

Lexington is getting a taste of New York's Rockefeller Plaza. This Saturday an outdoor ice skating rink will open at Triangle Park. Renee Jackson with the Downtown Lexington Corporation says it's an idea that community leaders have talked about for years. "You know we've been exploring places to put one and costs associated with it, and all different things. But this was one of the things that when the Triangle Foundation decided to completely overhaul the park, they were going to make it happen."

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