Thu October 27, 2011
The Commonwealth

Thriller Parade in Lexington

Lexington's Thriller Parade LFUCG Department of Parks and Recreation

This Sunday, more than a thousand zombies are expected to fill the streets as the 10th anniversary Thriller Parade dances through downtown. The recreation of Michael Jackson's classic video has become more elaborate every year. Though Thriller may have turned 25 a few years back, for many fans in Lexington, the dance never gets old.

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Thu October 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Nintendo Predicts Its First Annual Loss In 30 Years

Originally published on Thu October 27, 2011 4:28 pm

Based on a strong Yen and lower-than-expected sales of its 3DS system, Nintendo predicted it would post a yearly loss for the first time in its 30-year history.

Bloomberg reports:

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Thu October 27, 2011
Music Interviews

Chris Isaak Pays Tribute To Sun Studio's Golden Years

For Beyond the Sun, Chris Isaak picked classic songs that he'd been singing his whole life.

Courtesy of the artist

What if you could time-travel back to Memphis' Sun Studios in the 1950s? Behind the console would be none other than producer Sam Phillips. You might hear such classic songs as "My Happiness," "Crazy Arms" or "Walk the Line," originally recorded at Sun Studio by Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, respectively.

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Thu October 27, 2011

Muslim Activist Challenges Fla. Republican's Views

There's no member of the Republican freshman class in Congress more outspoken than Florida Rep. Allen West.

Since he was elected last year, West has become a strong voice on Capitol Hill for fiscal restraint, socially conservative values — and responding to the threat posed by Islamic extremists.

On the topic of Islam, West has been particularly controversial. He calls it not a religion but a "theocratic political ideology" that's a threat to America.

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Thu October 27, 2011
The Commonwealth

Complaint Filed Against Livestock Commission

The Humane Society of the United States has filed a formal complaint against the Kentucky Livestock Commission. Under state law, meetings of state agencies, boards and commissions need to be open to the public. But the Humane Society says the Livestock Care Standards Commission has been meeting secretly to draft new rules for managing farm animals.

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Thu October 27, 2011
All Politics are Local

Rand Paul Endorses Kemper

In the race for Kentucky’s chief financial watchdog, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., endorsed Republican John Kemper, calling the Lexington developer a “constant thorn in the side” of the political establishment. Kemper is running against Democrat Adam Edelen in a race to succeed Crit Luallen, who cannot seek a third term. Edelen is the former chief of staff for Governor Steve Beshear, who released an blistering ad against the GOP contender this week for having personal financial woes.

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Thu October 27, 2011

Intelligent Design: McCarthy, Myself And AI

Originally published on Thu November 3, 2011 8:24 pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands with "SpaceJustin," a humanoid space robot, at last year's International Aerospace Exhibition (ILA) at the Schoenefeld airport in Berlin.

Johannes Eisele AFP/Getty Images

Adam Frank is an astrophysicist at the University of Rochester. He is a regular contributor to the NPR blog 13.7: Cosmos and Culture.

What is going to happen when our machines wake up? What will happen when all these computers that run our lives suddenly become intelligent and self-aware? It's a question that makes sense to ask today, as the world marks the recent passage of John McCarthy.

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Thu October 27, 2011
Statehouse News

Lawmakers Consider Pension Loophole

For the third year in a row, Kentucky lawmakers will consider the repeal of loophole that has resulted in some lawmakers receiving lifelong annual pensions of more than $100,000. The measure approved six years ago allows state representatives and senators to calculate their legislative pension based on their highest three years of salary, even if that salary came from another state job.

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Thu October 27, 2011
Living Large: Obesity In America

Workplaces Feel The Impact of Obesity

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 7:03 pm

This office chair was custom-built by a company called ErgoGenesis for a client who exceeded the 600-pound limit of its other chairs. It cost $1,800.

Courtesy of ErgoGenesis

Part of an ongoing series on obesity in America

From cubicle farms to auto factories, accommodating larger and heavier employees has become a fact of life. One in three U.S. adults is obese, and researchers say the impact on business can be boiled down to a number: $1,000 to $6,000 in added cost per year for each obese employee, the figure rising along with a worker's body mass index.

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Thu October 27, 2011

Consumers Remain Numb Even As Economy Grows

Originally published on Fri October 28, 2011 9:40 am

Although consumer spending is up, consumer confidence is at its worst since March 2009, at the height of the recession.

David McNew Getty Images

Consumer spending is up, and the economy is growing a bit. Unemployment is high, but at least it looks like it's not going higher. Even Wall Street likes the Greek debt deal.

But to say that the American consumer remains skeptical would be an understatement. Just ask Kim Brown, a 34-year-old kindergarten teacher from Caroline County, Md.

"Everything is going up but our pay," Brown tells NPR. "I'm not confident at all. I think things are going to get worse before they come back."

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