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.

2:20pm

Thu October 20, 2011
The Two-Way

France's First Family Welcomes Baby Girl

Originally published on Thu October 20, 2011 4:07 pm

A file photo of France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

Michel Euler AP

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, the chanteuse Carla Bruni-Sarkozy welcomed a baby girl yesterday.

France's first family has been very secretive about the pregnancy, so the AFP reports Elysee Palace released few details.

The AFP says government sources did say that Sarkozy was able to see his baby girl in between "talks on the eurozone sovereign debt crisis."

And Sarkozy said both mom and baby are "doing very well."

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2:16pm

Thu October 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama: Libya's 'Dark Shadow Of Tyranny Has Been Lifted'

A year ago, President Obama just said, "the notion of a free Libya" seemed far-fetched.

But today, with the death of ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi, the "dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted" in that North African nation, the president added.

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1:56pm

Thu October 20, 2011
The Salt

A Coconut Cake From Emily Dickinson: Reclusive Poet, Passionate Baker

A daguerreotype of Emily Dickinson, taken in 1846.

William C. North University of Illinois at at Urbana-Champaign

Nelly Lambert is a PhD student in English at Catholic University. She's writing her dissertation on Emily Dickinson's poetry.

Poet Emily Dickinson withdrew from society for most of her adult life. And yet, she was known to lower a basket full of cakes from the window of the home she rarely left to crowds of expectant children on the street below. Dickinson probably never met these children, yet she connected with them through her baking.

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1:49pm

Thu October 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Gadhafi's Death: The View From The Arab World

Libyan children waving National Transitional Council (NTC) flags celebrate in the streets of Tripoli following news of Moammar Gadhafi's death.

Marco Longari AFP/Getty Images

The killing of Col. Moammar Gadhafi will most certainly go down as one of the important chapters of what's come to be known as the Arab Spring, or the popular uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East that have deposed three dictators.

In the region, one big question that will be answered in the coming weeks is how Gadhafi's killing will affect the opposition movements firmly in place in Syria and Yemen.

NPR's Ahmed Al-Omran, a production assistant on NPR's social media desk, has been sifting through social networks to gauge reaction from the region.

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1:09pm

Thu October 20, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Advice For The Golden Years: 'Don't Ever Retire Mentally'

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Retirement can be an endless golf game or constant trips to the doctor, depending on a whole host of factors, including luck. But either way, it's a stage of life that's usually more difficult and expensive than people expect.

Tell Me More's series on end-of-life issues continues today, with a roundtable discussion at a retirement home in Washington, D.C.

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