6:29pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Controversial Cholesterol Pill Vytorin Shows Promise For Kidney Patients

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 12:03 pm

Merck

Remember Grandpa Frank?

Way back in 2008, the ad above ran in heavy rotation on TV during the heyday of Vytorin, a cholesterol-lowering pill that claimed to fight both genetics and bad habits.

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5:40pm

Mon October 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Reinstates Conviction Of Grandmother In Shaken Baby Case

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 7:05 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has once again rebuked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in California. This time, the court, by a 6-to-3 vote, reinstated the conviction of a California grandmother for shaking her baby grandson to death. The court's unsigned opinion, provoked a strong dissent from three of the justices, who accused the court majority of using a "tragic case" to "teach the Ninth Circut a lesson."

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5:36pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Music Reviews

Jeffrey Lewis: Cosmic And Tongue-In-Cheek 'Dream-Songs'

Originally published on Wed November 9, 2011 9:38 pm

Prolific singer-songwriter Jeffrey Lewis has a new album, called A Turn in the Dream-Songs.

Courtesy of Beggars Group

Jeffrey Lewis is my homeboy. The prolific anti-folk singer-songwriter has lived less than a mile from where I live on the Lower East Side since he was born in 1975. Difference is, I moved to Avenue B as an adult, while he's a native — his dad is a Brooklyn-born motorcycle mechanic who hung with local politicos and musicians.

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5:31pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Law

Supreme Court Hears Plea Bargain Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in two cases testing whether a lawyer's mishandling of a plea bargain offer should be sufficient reason for a defendant to get a second chance to accept the offer.

Both cases involve defendants who got prison terms much longer than they would have under plea bargains offered by the prosecutor. In one case, the defendant's lawyer never told his client about the offer. In the other, the defense lawyer advised against taking the offer based on a clearly erroneous understanding of state law.

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5:27pm

Mon October 31, 2011
The Two-Way

High Court Lets Stand Ruling Ordering Removal Of Crosses In Utah

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 8:40 am

The United States Supreme Court has let stand a lower court ruling that ordered the removal of 12-foot high crosses placed along highways in Utah to commemorate state troopers killed in the line of duty.

The court acted without comment, but Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a 19-page dissent.

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5:18pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Monkey See

For Halloween, Please Enjoy This Story In Which NPH Freaks Out Ever So Gently

Delusion sold 25,000 tickets — at $40 a head — in less than a week. Creator Jon Braver hopes the attraction's success might be enough to launch a franchise.

Haunted Play

It's Halloween. Want to hear Neil Patrick Harris get freaked out?

Thought so. You'll want to click on that play button above, and check out Neda Ulaby's All Things Considered piece on an L.A. haunted house — more of an interactive play, really — called Delusion.

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5:12pm

Mon October 31, 2011
The Two-Way

'Ghost Stories': FBI Releases Documents, Videos Of Russian Spy Operation

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 1:16 pm

Christopher Metsos in Queens, N.Y.

FBI

4:55pm

Mon October 31, 2011
All Politics are Local

Fayette Clerk's Office Busy Beyond Election Demands

Officials in the Fayette County Clerk’s office are gearing up for next Tuesday’s election.  But,  even after the vote is counted, the work there will continue.  Many voters casting a ballot November eighth may find themselves in a different precinct in the next election.  Local and state officials are redrawing district boundaries for city councils, school boards and the state legislature.  When it comes to representation in the state legislature, Fayette County Clerk Don Blevin already knows some people will find themselves represented by someone new.

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4:29pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Around the Nation

In L.A., Interactive Play Draws Scares

The buzz in Los Angeles for Halloween includes enthusiasm for the interactive play, called Delusion. In the words of the blurb, "This inclusive scare-down has audiences as participants in an interactive play by creator and professional stuntman Jon Braver, who uses his Hollywood background to pack punches in a twisted story of a mad asylum genius gone bad."

4:16pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Politics

Facing Stiffened Opposition, Obama Goes It Alone

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 8:30 pm

President Obama signed an executive order Monday directing the Food and Drug Administration to take steps to reduce drug shortages. The order is one of several similar actions the president has taken in recent weeks.

Charles Dharapak AP

President Obama, faced with what he described as an "increasingly dysfunctional" Congress, has turned repeatedly in recent weeks to the time-honored, but often controversial executive order to unilaterally make policy.

On Monday, Obama signed an executive order designed to require drug companies to report anticipated manufacturing shortages in advance. Last week, he said he would issue an executive order designed to help ease home-refinancing rules. And earlier in the same week, the president issued a directive to cap student loan payments.

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