Last Friday evening, Carol and Darryl Denham could not comprehend why their 13-year-old son, Sam, took his own life earlier that day. On Saturday, about 150 people held a vigil on the Denham's front lawn. "That's when we got our answer to the question 'Why?'" Carol said. The Denhams say Sam, an eighth grade student at Woodland Middle School, was bullied to the point where he could not take it anymore. They said several students told them that at the vigil, and even named the bullies.
The weather was not the best to be outdoors last Thursday, but to the students who came to the University of Kentucky Wood Utilization Center in Quicksand for their annual “Win With Wood” day, none of that mattered at all.
Zhou Youguang should be a Chinese hero after making what some call the world's most important linguistic innovation: He invented Pinyin, a system of romanizing Chinese characters using the Western alphabet.
But instead, this 105-year-old has become a thorn in the government's side. Zhou has published an amazing 10 books since he turned 100, some of which have been banned in China. These, along with outspoken views on the Communist Party and the need for democracy in China, have made him a "sensitive person" — a euphemism for a political dissident.
A political group whose TV commercials were banned when a Franklin circuit judge issued a restraining order has now asked the Kentucky Court of Appeals to hear the case. The group, Restoring America, was airing TV spots critical of Gov. Steve Beshear and urging people to vote for his GOP opponent, state Sen. David Williams. But Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled Restoring America was violating Kentucky campaign finance law by not revealing the names of its monetary contributors.
More than half of all employed people worldwide work off the books. And that number is expected to climb over the next decade.
"Estimates are that the informal economy around the world is [worth] about $10 trillion a year," says journalist Robert Neuwirth. "That's an astounding figure because what it means, basically, is that if the informal economy was combined in one country, it would be the second-largest economy on Earth, rivaling the United States economy."
Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Knox soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. According to the Department of Defense, Spc. Michael D. Elm, 25, of Phoenix, Ariz., died Oct. 14 in Khowst, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox.
An anesthesiologist from Louisa, who is also the former owner of two Eastern Kentucky pain clinics, is among five persons indicted by a Lawrence County Grand Jury. Attorney General Jack Conway said Dr. Lee Adam Balaklaw, 56, was indicted on 20 counts of Medicaid fraud following an investigation into his billing practices at Anesthesia Associates of Louisa.
Educators from the Corbin Independent, Jefferson County and Boone County public school districts are Kentucky's teachers of the year for 2012. The winners were announced Tuesday in Frankfort by the Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc., which co-sponsor the awards.
A few years after her younger brother John died from AIDS-related complications in 1989, poet Marie Howe wrote him a poem in the form of a letter. Called "What the Living Do," the poem is an elegiac description of loss, and of living beyond loss.
"When he died, it was a terrible loss to all of us," she tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "As you know, as everybody knows, you think 'My life is changed so utterly I don't know how to live it anymore. And then you find a way.'"
Let's face it, vegetables are the goody-two-shoes of the food world. We eat them because we know they're good for us. They're like station wagons, treadmills, and sensible shoes. They are practical and healthy but they're not much fun. And they're definitely not what most of us would call sexy.