3:51pm

Thu October 20, 2011
Animals

What Slew An Ancient Mastodon? DNA Tells Tale

Originally published on Fri October 21, 2011 9:14 pm

A museum employee stands beneath a mastodon skeleton on display at the U.S. National Museum, now the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, circa 1917. A new study revisits an old debate about the evidence for an early mastodon hunt in North America.

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More than 13,000 years ago, hairy elephant-like creatures with giant tusks roamed North America. These mastodons were hunted by some of the earliest people to live here, and scientists recently learned a bit more about those mysterious cultures by taking a new look at an old mastodon bone.

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3:30pm

Thu October 20, 2011
Mitt Romney

In Iowa, Mitt Romney Makes His Presence Known

Mitt Romney, shown here at the Iowa State Fair in August, was back in the state on Thursday — his first visit since summer. At one point during his town hall on Thursday, he was asked why he's spent so little time in the state.

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Mitt Romney's current run for the White House has not included a big presence in the first state that will actually vote: Iowa, which holds its caucuses on Jan. 3.

He failed to meet expectations at the Iowa caucuses in 2008. So for 2012, his campaign has focused instead on New Hampshire as the key to a series of primary victories that, they believe, will result in the former Massachusetts governor winning the GOP nomination.

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3:26pm

Thu October 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Gadhafi Was Killed In Crossfire, Interim Prime Minister Says

Moammar Gadhafi was killed in the crossfire of a battle between his supporters and fighters loyal to the opposition that topped the dictator's regime, Libya's interim prime minister told NPR this afternoon.

"Nobody can tell if the [fatal] shot was from the rebel fighters or from his own security guard," Interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril told All Things Considered host Robert Siegel.

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3:04pm

Thu October 20, 2011
The Commonwealth

Student Robbery Suspect Might Avoid Jail Time

An 18-year-old man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to pulling a gun on a fellow student in a boys’ bathroom at Christian County High School. In return, the commonwealth’s attorney is offering him a chance to avoid prison time and get the criminal charges cleared from his record. Kevon Burrus attended CCHS as of Oct. 1, 2010, according to court records. He was 17 at the time, and a detective said Burrus went by the nickname “K-Money.” Court records show he had several criminal charges as a juvenile.

2:55pm

Thu October 20, 2011
It's All Politics

Is Herman Cain In Trouble With Social Conservatives?

Part of Herman Cain's appeal to GOP presidential primary voters was that he seemed to have more street cred with social conservatives than the putative front runner, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Doubts about Romney have helped fuel Cain's recent rise in the polls, putting him in a virtual dead-heat with Romney.

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2:44pm

Thu October 20, 2011
The Commonwealth

Tribute to Former State Legislator

Whenever Eddie Ballard’s brown van rolled past, his friends knew he was likely doing community service work. Ballard’s passion for public service started long before he began his 24-year run as a state representative in 1987. More than 400 people gathered at the Ballard Convention Center on Tuesday night to pay tribute to the retired lawmaker, who died on May 31 at age 81. They came from all walks of life and represented both sides of the political aisle.

2:35pm

Thu October 20, 2011
Science/Health

Ovarian Cancer Screening Project Expands

Local officials and University of Kentucky representatives Thursday announced the expansion of an ovarian cancer screening program that will provide free services to women in northeastern Kentucky Appalachian counties. The UK Markey Cancer Center Ovarian Cancer Screening Project will establish a satellite facility for the program at the Greenup County Health Department.

2:32pm

Thu October 20, 2011
Religion

Controversy Erupts Over Sex-Segregated Brooklyn Bus

Originally published on Fri October 21, 2011 9:14 pm

It's been a few decades since Americans were engaged in a back-of-the-bus controversy. Now a popular bus route between two New York City neighborhoods is reviving the issue.

Last Wednesday, Melissa Franchy boarded the B110 from Williamsburg to Boro Park, two Hasidic Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn. She was accompanying her friend, Sasha Chavkin, a reporter for The New York World, a Columbia Journalism School publication. Their mission: Find out what would happen if Franchy sat at the front of the bus.

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2:31pm

Thu October 20, 2011
The Commonwealth

Fireworks Ordinance Advances

The Lexington Urban County Council's Public Safety Committee voted Tuesday to forward a fireworks ordinance to the full council. The ordinance would restrict the sale of fireworks to three weeks a year. Currently, they can be sold year-round. It would also limit the use of fireworks to the hours between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., with exceptions for New Year's Eve and Fourth of July celebrations, when people would be allowed to shoot off fireworks until midnight.

2:28pm

Thu October 20, 2011
The Commonwealth

Woman Receives Double Lung Transplant

A Bracken County woman is recovering after undergoing a double lung transplant Tuesday. Sarah Peed McCane, 29-year-old wife of Steven McCane, was born with cystic fibrosis. By 2007, she had only about 47 percent of the lung capacity of a person her age. On Tuesday, McCane received a double lung transplant at Cleveland Hospital, a family member said.

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