Wed August 3, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Timmy the Gorilla Dies at 52

Louisville Zoo

A Louisville Zoo gorilla has died at the age of 52. Timmy, the oldest male western lowland gorilla in North America, was euthanized today after experiencing several years of medical problems, including heart disease and arthritis. The zoo’s veterinarian says Timmy had responded well to treatment for several months but began to decline in recent weeks.

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Wed August 3, 2011

The Nation: A Heavy Hearted Deal

This video image provided by Senate Television shows the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, after the Senate has approved an emergency bill to avert a first-ever government default with just hours to spare.

John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Beat since 1999.

Following in uneasy but steady lockstep behind the Republican-controlled US House of Representatives, the Democrat-controlled US Senate voted 74-26 Tuesday to endorse the deal between President Obama and Congressional Republicans that will impose massive cuts in federal programs in return for a temporary hike in the debt ceiling.

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Wed August 3, 2011

Weekly Standard: Resilient Boehner Bounces Back

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, attends a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, to discuss the debt ceiling legislation.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard.

For House speaker John Boehner, Tea Party Republicans weren't the problem as he sought support for a package of spending cuts attached to an increase in the debt limit. The biggest impediment to a House majority was Republicans fearful a primary opponent would use a vote to boost the debt limit against them.

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Wed August 3, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

New Home for Bobwhite Quail

Louisville Public Media

Bernheim Forest staff released bobwhite quail chicks today for the third consecutive year in an effort to reintroduce them to the forest.  Fifty six-week old bobwhite quails waited in a crate, surrounded by a crowd of curious children and adults. The doors were opened, but the chicks needed some coaxing. Finally, they took their first flight.

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Wed August 3, 2011
Statehouse News

Beshear Unaware of Worker Allegations

During an interview with WHAS-11 on Tuesday, Democratic Governor Steve Beshear told the Louisville television station he hadn’t heard about an allegation that state employees were being threatened with termination if they did not contribute to his re-election campaign.

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Wed August 3, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

675 Mile Yard Sale Begins Thursday

Buyers and sellers alike are gearing up for what has become known nationwide as one of the best yard sales ever. The annual U.S. 127 Yard Sale — also known as the World’s Longest Yard Sale and/or the 127 Corridor Sale — officially gets under way Thursday and runs through Sunday. However, some vendors are already plying their wares beside the highway to serve eager buyers.


Wed August 3, 2011

Tear Gas Cause of Lynch Injuries

It was a tear gas grenade that detonated in Lynch on Monday sending 20 people to the hospital. Police are currently investigating whether to press charges against the man that obtained the device. Several additional details about the incident were released Tuesday. Police stated that children playing in their home apparently set off the grenade.


Wed August 3, 2011
The Commonwealth

Judge Makes Internet Sensation

Kenton Circuit Judge Martin Sheehan
Patrick Reddy Kentucky Enquirer

The quick wit of Kenton Circuit Judge Martin Sheehan has turned what would normally be a run-of-the-mill order concerning a forgettable civil suit into an Internet sensation. After the plaintiff and defendant told Sheehan they had reached a settlement and that there was no need for ruling on numerous remaining motions and a trial, the judge wrote he was “happier than a tick on a fat dog.” But that's not all. The judge also managed to mention one-legged cats, porcupines, topless bars and mosquitoes in his order.


Wed August 3, 2011

FAA Operations Up In The Air Amid Shutdown

Originally published on Wed August 3, 2011 1:42 pm

A fence secures the perimeter of a half-completed 236-foot FAA control tower at Oakland International Airport. Construction has been halted because of the FAA shutdown.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

A partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration, prompted by a political dispute, is adding to the country's debt. This month alone, that shutdown will cost the Treasury $1 billion in uncollected airline ticket taxes.

The shutdown is happening because of a labor dispute, a long-standing rivalry and a disagreement over subsidizing small airports. It's not clear when it will all be resolved now that members of Congress are leaving Washington, D.C., for their summer recess.

NPR's Renee Montagne talks to NPR's Brian Naylor about what's behind the standoff.

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Wed August 3, 2011
Krulwich Wonders...

Living Very, Very Narrowly

Courtesy of Jakub Szczesny Centrala

There are two apartment buildings in my Manhattan neighborhood that share a block. They sit very close. One is about nine inches from the other. In the small vertical space between them, a horde of finches have built themselves nest upon nest upon nest rising for nine human floors. It's a finch skyscraper. In March and April you can see finches busily flying in and out of this vertical crack, bearing twigs, grasses and nest-building material.

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