Fri November 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Russia Running Out Of Time, As Mars Mission Seems Destined To Fail

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 3:58 pm

The Zenit-2SB rocket with Phobos-Grunt (Phobos-Soil) craft blasts off from its launch pad at the Cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
Oleg Urusov AP

Russians are feeling pretty gloomy after spending days trying to contact a spacecraft aimlessly orbiting Earth.

The Phobos-Grunt spacecraft was destined for one of Mars' moons. As we reported earlier this week, it was supposed to scoop up some rocks and return home with its specimens, but one of its boosters failed to ignite and now it's stuck.

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Fri November 11, 2011
Movie Reviews

As The World Ends, A Certain 'Melancholia' Sets In

Kirsten Dunst's well-planned wedding takes place as a planet called Melancholia heads directly towards Earth.
Magnolia Pictures

Metaphors don't come balder than the one at the center of Lars von Trier's Melancholia. It's both the emotional state of the protagonist Justine, played by Kirsten Dunst, and also the name of a small planet on what might be a collision course with Earth. Actually, it does strike Earth in a lyrical, eight-minute, slow-motion prelude, but there's no way to know if that's real or a dream. Of course, the whole film can be taken as a dream, a bad but gorgeous one scored to the same few bars of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde.

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Fri November 11, 2011
The Impact of War

Treating Soldiers With Severe Combat Wounds

David Wood is the senior military correspondent for The Huffington Post. He was previously a staff correspondent for Time Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and The Baltimore Sun.

courtesy of David Wood

This interview was originally broadcast on October 13, 2011.

Improvements in medical care and equipment mean fewer troops are dying on the battlefield. But more troops are returning home severely wounded, with injuries that require lifelong care and cost millions of dollars in medical bills.

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Fri November 11, 2011
The Fresh Air Interview

Honoring Veterans With A Military Clarinet Quartet

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 12:26 pm

The Bay State Winds feature, from left to right, TSgt. Christy Bailes, SSgt. Matthew Ayala, MSgt. Jennifer Dashnaw and MSgt. Kevin Connors
TSgt Weidemann US Air Force Bands of Liberty

This interview was originally broadcast on September 9, 2011.

The Bay State Winds, the clarinet quartet of the Air Force Band of Liberty, plays music ranging from patriotic songs to Bach to Broadway. The three clarinetists and one bass clarinetist who make up the group routinely play for community members and troops both stateside and overseas.

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Fri November 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Rep. Giffords Speaks: Feels 'Pretty Good,' She Tells ABC

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 11:41 am

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) during her interview with ABC News.
ABC News

For the many Americans who have been following the story of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) as she recovers from being shot in the head last January, there's now a chance to briefly hear her voice.

She feels "pretty good," Giffords has told ABC News' Diane Sawyer, although things are still "difficult."

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Fri November 11, 2011
It's All Politics

Poll: Cain, Romney, Gingrich Tied; Most In GOP Unfazed By Harassment Charges

"Volatile" is one of the words that probably best describes the race for the Republican presidential nomination and a new CBS News poll captures that flux. The national poll indicates a three-way tie, showing Herman Cain at 18 percent and Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich at 15 percent each.

That's essentially a tie since the margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points.

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Fri November 11, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Museum to Honor Vets Planned for Georgetown

If a trio of men can realize their shared dream, Georgetown would be the home of a national museum to honor veterans from the Korean War and Vietnam to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. A Web site — Vmmky.org — was launched in late October to publicize and raise money for the National Veterans Memorial Museum. The museum would be "devoted to the history, service and memory of veterans of the United States armed forces," according to its incorporation papers. Its directors are Lexington resident Todd Strecker, Georgetown Mayor Everette Varney and Scott County Realtor Obey Wallen.


Fri November 11, 2011
Business and the Economy

Public Service Commission Announces Plan for Utility Co.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has released the detailed action plan outlining how Louisville Gas and Electric Co. (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities Co. (KU) will make needed improvements in customer service. The document is the companies’ response to an independent consultant’s study which found numerous shortcomings in customer service functions ranging from meter reading to call center operations. The study, known as a focused management and operations audit, made specific recommendations to correct the problems.

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Fri November 11, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Chew On This: Some Gum May Ward Off Ear Infections

Chewing gum containing the sugar substitute xylitol appears to reduce kids' risk for ear infections, but the protection doesn't come easily.
David Maixner iStockphoto.com

When young children get ear infections, parents face an unpleasant choice: dose them with antibiotics and pain relievers, or tough it out.

But certain kinds of chewing gum may help reduce the number of ear infections children get in the first place.

That's chewing gum with xylitol, a natural form of sugar sometimes used in gum and candies because it has fewer calories for its sweetness than table sugar, or sucrose.

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Fri November 11, 2011
All Politics are Local

2012 Hopefuls Filing for Next Election Cycle

Election Day 2011 is history though the official certification of results by the Kentucky State Board of Elections is scheduled for November 28. While most Kentuckians are moving into the advent of the holiday season and a new year, the election season rarely has a breather.

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