Mon November 14, 2011
The Commonwealth

Prison Farm Aids Caldwell Co. Animal Shelter

WKCC's Gene Reaney (from left), Animal Control Officer Abigail Tucker and Tonka, WKCC's Carolyn Crisp, and CCAR's Sarita Holt and Hank display the items created at WKCC for the local shelter.
Jared Nelson The Times Leader

A needle, thread, and time are being put to good use by inmates and staff at the Western Kentucky Correctional Complex in Fredonia. Through the efforts of inmate Darla Dishman and helpers, under the supervision of Property Officer Carolyn Crisp, scrapped prison materials destined for the trash pile have been rescued and converted into creature comforts for the Caldwell County Animal Shelter.


Mon November 14, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Students Take Part in Occupy Lexington

University of Kentucky students Alexander Southard, left, and Cheyenne Hohman, who regularly demonstrate with the Occupy Lexington group at Main Street and Esplanade, were there on Friday.
Pablo Alcala Lexington Herald-Leader

At dusk on Main Street on Friday night, 11 participants in the protests called Occupy Lexington gathered beside a tent outside Lexington's Chase Bank to discuss strategy for their 24-hours-a-day demonstration against major banks and corporations. At least six in the group had to consider class schedules before they could commit to taking a shift at the protest site. College students from the University of Kentucky and Bluegrass Community and Technical College are taking a large role in the demonstrations in Lexington, which is among at least 100 U.S. cities where demonstrations have sprung up in the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in September in New York City's Financial District.


Mon November 14, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Forest Fires Reported in Harlan County

Portions of the forest fire at Dressen can be seen here.
Harlan Daily Enterprise

The Kentucky Division of Forestry has reportedly been battling forest fires in Harlan County since Friday. A good size forest fire became a problem Sunday night in the Dressen area. The Sunshine Volunteer Fire Department and Harlan County Sheriff’s Office deputies were sent to the scene to assist after houses were reportedly in danger. The firefighters secured the safety of the houses on the ground and foresters were busy containing the flames on the mountainside.


Mon November 14, 2011
The Commonwealth

Severe Weather Threatens Kentucky

There is a threat for severe weather Monday – heavy showers and high, possibly damaging, winds that could produce isolated tornados – as a cold front arrives from the west, according to the National Weather Service. Up to 2 inches of rain could fall between Monday afternoon and Wednesday night, said meteorologist Brian Coniglio.


Mon November 14, 2011
Music Reviews

Two South-American Jazz Fusions (No, Not That Kind)

Sao Paulo Underground.
Paulo Borgia

Jazz has always drawn on the syncopated rhythms of Cuban music, and occasionally draws on other new world strains, like Brazilian bossa nova in the 1960s. But that interaction between North and South is ongoing.

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Mon November 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Downing Street Defends Larry The Cat After Mouse Sighting

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 10:02 am

Hey Larry! Wake up!
Mark Large AP

Calls for Larry the cat to resign from his position as No. 10 Downing Street's semi-official mouser have been "rebuffed," the BBC reports.

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Mon November 14, 2011
Business and the Economy

Barbourville Plant Closes Next Summer

After more than 37 years in Barbourville, a manufacturing plant is set to close, leaving around 200 area workers without jobs. Employees at TruSeal Technologies learned that the plant will be closed August 2012. The company is moving its manufacturing operations to a facility in Cambridge, Ohio.


Mon November 14, 2011

Exploring Supernovas Leads To Physics Nobel Prize

Astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter analyzed the brightness coming from supernovas, like the one pictured above, to measure how fast the universe is expanding.

Last month, the Nobel Prize for physics was awarded to three scientists who discovered that, since the Big Bang, the universe has been expanding at an accelerating rate. Before the discovery, scientists assumed that gravity slowed down the expansion of the universe. But the data collected by one team led by astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter and another team led by physicist Brian Schmidt indicated otherwise.

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Mon November 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Occupy Oakland Camp Deserted As Police Move In

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 11:40 am

In Oakland early today, police officers formed a line before entering the Occupy Oakland protest site.
Paul Sakuma AP

"Hundreds of police officers raided the Occupy Oakland tent city" early this morning, the Oakland Tribune reports, but there were few if any people there:

"There's no one in the tents, it seems empty. ... It seems about 30-40 tents were taken down in anticipation of the raid."

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Mon November 14, 2011
Crisis In The Housing Market

After Banks' Mistakes, Homeowners Pick Up Pieces

Attorney Gary Klein in Boston is suing the largest U.S. banks on behalf of thousands of homeowners who he says the banks wrongfully pushed into foreclosure.
Chris Arnold NPR

Federal regulators have announced the start of a nationwide review of foreclosures by the nation's largest banks. The goal is to reach homeowners who've been treated unfairly or who lost their house when they shouldn't have.

Banks have started mailing out letters to upwards of 4 million homeowners. The regulators have ordered the banks to find people who have suffered financial harm due to the banks' mistakes, and to offer "remediation."

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