Punk has been experiencing an existential crisis for quite some time now. Is it a musical genre, a fashion, an ideology, all three? A debate even rages as to whether it's dead or alive. No matter where you stand on the question of what punk is (or if, indeed, it still has a heartbeat), its inarguable that there have been dozens of books published about its scenes, sounds and socio-political impact since the late 70s, when the music of bands like The Ramones, The Sex Pistols and The Clash hammered its way into the public consciousness.
Home prices continued to slide. Manufacturing growth clocked in at the slowest rate in almost two years. Consumers cut back on discretionary spending.
And Friday's anemic job numbers — just 54,000 jobs added in May, far below forecasts — told perhaps the most powerful story of economic pain that continues to wrack Americans, and holds the potential to complicate President Obama's 2012 reelection aims.
The Labor Department on Friday reported the nation's unemployment rate rose slightly to 9.1 percent in May, evidence that the American economy is slowing, as employers added only 54,000 jobs. The jobless rate was 9 percent in April. For analysis on the latest economic data, Mary Louise Kelly talks to NPR's Yuki Noguchi.
It's not hard to hear why "Basing Street" missed the cut for the original lineup of Labour of Lust. Nick Lowe's 1979 sophomore set — home of "Cruel to Be Kind," Lowe's one and only visit to the Top 40 — is raucous, funny and carnally minded, and "Basing Street," a B-side tacked onto the end of the recent reissue, is the opposite of all those things.
Environmental activist and president of the Waterkeeper Alliance Robert Kennedy Jr. was on The Colbert Report on Wednesday to discuss mountaintop removal (or, as Colbert calls it, ‘flatland enhancement’) and his new movie The Last Mountain. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is coming to Louisville on Sunday June 12 for the Flyover Film Festival. It focuses on Coal Mountain, in the Coal River Valley of West Virginia, and the attempts of citizens to stop mining on the mountain and replace it with a wind farm.
The presidential palace in Yemen reportedly was hit by shelling Friday as government troops battled with opposition tribesmen in the capital city.
A government official told The Associated Press that President Ali Abdullah Saleh and four top officials — the prime minister, the deputy prime minister, the parliament chief and a presidential aide — were wounded when rockets hit the building.
Yemeni television later said the president was fine.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has signed a new law that aims to boost revenue and beautify neighborhoods. When a property is vacant and falls into a state of disrepair, city governments often cut grass and board up windows, then fine the owner for the work. In Louisville, Metro Government has spent millions keeping up empty houses, but only $800,000 has been repaid. That’s because the city couldn’t collect from property owners until banks and other creditors got their share.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is pushing for criminals serving jail time or possession of crack cocaine to have their sentences reduced, but his efforts are unlikely to affect one of the most famous local cases involving crack cocaine. Holder’s recommendation is related to the Fair Sentencing Act. Previously, possession of the more expensive powder form of cocaine carried a lighter penalty than possession of crack. Holder argues that anyone sentenced under the harsher guidelines should have the chance to serve less time.