All along the swollen Mississippi River, hundreds of thousands of lives depend on a small army of engineers, deputies and even prison inmates keeping round-the-clock watch at the many flood walls and earthen levees holding the water back.
They are looking for any droplets that seep through the barriers and any cracks that threaten to turn small leaks into big problems. The work is hot and sometimes tedious, but without it, the flooding that has caused weeks of misery from Illinois to the Mississippi Delta could get much worse.
For some time now, the Transportation Security Administration has said its full-body X-ray scanners are safe. But a group of scientists with expertise in imaging and cancer say the evidence provided by the maker and the government is unconvincing. The scientists sent a letter to John Holdren, the White House's science adviser, that also questions why the machines haven't been made available for independent analysis.
Baseball fans are mourning a legend Tuesday — Minnesota Twins Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew has died, ending his battle with esophageal cancer. Killebrew was a top power hitter in the 1960s. And he helped the fledgling Twins put down roots in a place that until 1961 had never had a major-league team.
Back in the summer of 1954, word had spread that a 17-year-old in a semipro league was hitting baseballs out of the park in tiny Payette, Idaho. Ossie Bluege, ascout for the old Washington Senators, came to check it out. But it was pouring rain.
Seventy-five miles north of Las Vegas sits a land parcel in the middle of the desert. Called Area 51, the parcel is just outside of the abandoned Nevada Test and Training Range, where more than 100 atmospheric bomb tests were conducted in the 1950s. Officially, the U.S. government has never acknowledged the existence of Area 51. Unofficially, it has become a place associated with conspiracy theories, alien landings and tiny spaceships.
Character — what Webster's defines as "the complex of mental and ethical traits often individualizing a person" — has long been almost universally agreed to be a stable fixture. People believe that it is formed at an early age through learning and experience, and that it becomes internalized and solidified into a deep-seated disposition that guides their actions over the course of their lives. In fact, the word character itself comes from an ancient Greek term referring to the marks impressed indelibly upon coins to tell them apart.
The latest student numbers at Eastern Kentucky come with an interesting twist. Since 2006, summer school enrollment at EKU has increased by more than 4 percent. At the same time, there are fewer faces on campus. School officials cite the growing popularity of online classes. President Doug Whitlock says Eastern is competing with institutions like Phoenix University to provide quality online classes.
Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda, the duo behind the quirky, hip-hop and pop group Cibo Matto, announced today that they're getting back together for a new album and tour. The first leg of the tour, which they're calling "Yeah Basically Cibo Matto," launches June 21 in Seattle, Wash., with later dates on the east coast in July. Hatori and Honda also say they're working on a batch of new songs for an as yet untitled album, due out early next year. It'll be the band's first release since the 1999 album Stereo * Type A.
Pakistan says its intelligence agency has arrested Muhammed Ali Qasim Yaqub, a senior al-Qaida official. The statement says he's from Yemen and has been working closely with al-Qaida militants along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Voter turnout in Madison County today is expected in the eight to nine percent range. With 52-thousand registered voters, those are anemic numbers. They come as no surprise to County Clerk Kenny Barger, who is more concerned about cost.
Holy Ghost! wears its influences proudly: Look no further than the duo's video for "I Will Come Back," a shot-for-shot remake of the music video for New Order's 1983 single, "Confusion." The band's debut album could be labeled as unadulterated nostalgia, but the obsession with the past is a healthy one, as the crisp recording quality gives classic sounds a modern punch.