Originally published on Fri August 5, 2011 5:06 pm
The nations belonging to the euro currency zone have been struggling with a debt crisis for more than a year. The wealthier nations — notably, Germany — have helped bail out the troubled nations, including Greece, Ireland and Portugal.
Yet these smaller countries have not solved their financial problems, and there is now a growing fear that the debt problems are spreading to the much larger economies of Spain and Italy.
An injured person is carried from a helicopter in Longyearbyen after a polar bear killed one person and left four other members of a British group seriously injured.
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An adventure trip to the arctic ended in tragedy for a group of British students, when a starving polar bear attacked the expedition, killing one person and injuring four. The group then shot the bear dead.
Spugnardi left his home in Lexington Thursday morning and plans on meeting up with his family in Virginia.
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A Lexington man, en route to Virginia, is using a unique mode of transportation and along the way drawing lots of attention and making drivers and other passersby take a second glance. Michael Spugnardi is riding in style. However, that style isn't found in the same categories as Mercedes, BMW, or anything else motorized. Spugnardi is riding his three-wheeled, recumbent tricycle all the way from his home to his in-laws residence in Madison, Va.
Voters in three Hardin County cities will go to the polls in less than two months to decide whether or not to expand alcohol sales. Hardin County Judge-Executive Harry Berry signed an executive order Thursday directing local option elections Oct. 4 in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove for expanded alcohol sales.
The arrest and guilty plea by Covington City Commissioner Steve Frank for driving under the influence highlighted a detail of Kentucky's DUI law that distinguishes it from other states - the public doesn't have a right to view the police cruiser camera video of an arrest. Frank and his attorney asked that the video of his arrest in Covington early Saturday for drunken driving not be released. Kenton County District Judge Douglas Grothaus cited the Kentucky law that prohibits the release of any video of an arrest related to drunken driving. First Amendment experts say they don't know of any other state with an exemption for DUI videos.
The director of Kentucky's Office of Highway Safety has been fired after an investigation found improper acceptance of gifts, timesheet violations and racial harassment in the agency. The termination letter obtained by The State Journal Thursday under the Kentucky Open Records Act, did not give a reason for the firing of Director Boyd Sigler on July 22. But a report from the Transportation Cabinet's Office of Inspector General states that Sigler "accepted free passes to events at the Kentucky Motor Speedway, an organization under contract with (the cabinet) with specific oversight provided by" his office.
By Bill Estep, Lexington Herald-Leader and Cheryl Truman, Lexington Herald-Leader
Police arrested the wife of Union College's president this week after she allegedly came to the home of an accused drug dealer to buy a pain pill while officers were there for a raid. Lou Ann de Rosset, 40, was charged with operating her 2006 Toyota under the influence of alcohol or drugs and with endangering the welfare of a minor. Police filed the endangerment charge because de Rosset had her 5-year-old daughter with her, according to the citation.