A Kentuckian who now lives in Joplin, Mo. survived Sunday's massive tornado along with his family. Eric Polley said the roof was ripped from his house; meanwhile, his neighbors began running around, checking on people, assessing the damage. "It was crazy," he said. "It was worse than anything I've ever seen in a movie ... I don't ever want to go through it again, that's for sure."
When the career-focused social networking site LinkedIn sold shares to the public and managed to more than double its share price and reach a market value of nearly $9 billion last week, many people thought: bubble.
A report released Monday by the Toyota North America Quality Advisory Panel criticized the company’s structure of operations, with all major decisions coming from Toyota Motor Corp. in Japan. “Toyota has erred too much on the side of global centralization and needs to shift the balance somewhat toward greater local authority and control,” the panel advises.
“Absolute, complete devastation” is how Georgetown firefighter David Raisor described the scene in Joplin, Mo., Wednesday morning. Raisor and three fellow firefighters, Capt. Revel Oliver and firefighters Matt Marshall and Wade Calvert, arrived in Joplin Monday night and got to work the next morning, assisting in search and rescue operations along with firefighters from about 50 other fire departments across the country.
Kentucky and eight other states may compete for $200 million in federal educational funds in a third round of the Race to the Top program, Obama administration officials announced Wednesday in Washington. All nine failed to win grants during two previous funding rounds. In addition to Kentucky, the eligible states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and South Carolina. They could receive grants ranging from $10 million to $50 million, according to the administration.
Although Lake Barkley is down almost to normal levels, in many places the clean-up and repair work has only really begun after recent flooding. John Jordan, administrator of Lake Barkley State Resort Park, said the park lost about $100,000 in sales as the result of cancellations because of flooding. Jordan said the financial impact of flooding was worse this year than last year.
Joel Hatfield’s first impression Monday as he drove into Joplin, Mo., a place he called home for nine years, was that the streets he used to drive — and the homes and businesses that once were familiar — now are scattered everywhere. Trees stand snapped, two-level homes are flattened and vehicles sit after being tossed around like rag dolls. “It was catastrophic,’’ said Hatfield, who lives in Summit. “There’s no way to describe, really, what it looked like. It was like a big lawnmower came down from the sky and ate up everything in its path.’’
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From Belgrade today comes word that Europe's most-wanted war crimes fugitive has been arrested. Serb General Ratko Mladic faces genocide charges. He's been on the run since the Bosnia war ended in 1995.
NPR's Sylvia Poggioli joins us now with more.
SYLVIA POGGIOLI: Hi, there.
KELLY: So, how did they get him, and are they sure it's him?
Oprah ended her final show yesterday by giving out her e-mail address: email@example.com. That may come as a relief to the Norwegian Web browser company Opera, which over the years had been receiving emails meant for Oprah. The company revealed in a blog that it's tried to answer each email personally. For example, it responded to a nine-year-old's request for Hannah Montana tickets by recommending the punk band NOFX instead.