12:06pm

Wed October 12, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Clark Co. Park and Rec. React to Legal Threats

The Winchester-Clark County Parks and Recreation Board said it received several specific legal threats about allowing alcohol sales in Lykins Park, which justified a closed discussion of the matter during a meeting, according to a letter sent to the Kentucky Attorney General’s office. The letter was the board’s response to The Winchester Sun’s question of the closed meeting’s legality.

12:06pm

Wed October 12, 2011
The Two-Way

Family Lost In Corn Maze Dials 911 For Help

The family got lost in this corn maze on Connors Farm in Danvers, Mass., but were eventually found close to the exit. The maze was shaped in the theme of the "Headless Horseman."

Courtesy of Connors Farm

Maybe they'd recently read or watched Children of the Corn:

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12:01pm

Wed October 12, 2011
Book Reviews

'Lost Memory Of Skin' Goes Where Most Fiction Won't

You've got to hand it to Russell Banks: He's certainly not writing with an eye to please readers or to be taken up by book clubs across the land. Lost Memory of Skin is not aiming to be a "crossover" literary stealth hit. If you're going to read it, you're the one who will have to "cross over" to Banks' world, and it ain't very pretty on his side of the social divide.

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12:00pm

Wed October 12, 2011
Business and the Economy

Coca-Cola Dispenser Increases Business

Firehouse Subs is one of two restaurants in Lexington that has the Coca-Cola Freestyle machines that allow people to blend flavors to create hundreds of drink combinations.
Mark Cornelison Lexington Herald-Leader

The next step in the evolution of the soda fountain is here, and it brings with it a computer. The Coca-Cola Freestyle machine, with its 100-plus choices of Coca-Cola brand beverages, has been bubbling up business for restaurants nationally, including Firehouse Subs and Moe's Southwest Grill in Lexington.

12:00pm

Wed October 12, 2011
Remembrances

Gay Rights Leader Dies On National Coming Out Day

Frank Kameny sued the government in 1957 for firing him as a government astronomer because he was gay. His case is believed to be the first civil rights claim based on sexual orientation that reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Kameny then became a vocal gay rights advocate. He died Tuesday at age 86. Michel Martin looks at his legacy.

11:55am

Wed October 12, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Financial Conflicts 'Pervasive' On Key Medical Panels

Financial conflicts abound on medical panels that set practice guidelines.

Ricardo Reitmeyer iStockphoto.com

Like it or not, there's a seeming inexorable movement in medicine toward guidelines to help the average doctor deliver care that's in line with the latest evidence.

Somebody has to come up with those guidelines. Somebodies, actually, and they usually are experts who sit on panels charged with the task of boiling down the evidence.

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11:54am

Wed October 12, 2011
Country

Breathing New Life Into Hank Williams' Lyrics

It's hard not to feel ambivalent about The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams. Yes, it does give us an opportunity to hear previously unreleased lyrics by one of the greatest songwriters country music has produced. But Williams didn't write the music that accompanies his words, and as sincere as these performers are, none of the words are framed the way Williams would have, had he completed the songwriting process.

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11:43am

Wed October 12, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Sugar Beets Could Lead to Biofuel Jobs

Patriot BioEnergy partner Roger Ford speaks to local leaders about the possibility of a facility in Whitley County that would turn bioengineered sugar beets into fuel.

Sugar beets could very easily be putting people to work in Whitley County in the not too distant future if Roger Ford has his way, but these aren't the beets that your grandpa grew in his garden. Ford, a partner with Patriot BioEnergy LLC, wants to grow industrial beets that will be turned into fuel.

11:39am

Wed October 12, 2011
The Commonwealth

Rescued Boy Wins Project Lifesaver Bracelet

A project that rolled out in late March is finally reaching its intended audience. Project Lifesaver, which helps caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients and autistic children, has been available for Washington County residents since then. Randall Chesser, the seven-year-old autistic boy that went missing for nearly two days last month, is the first person to benefit from the program.

11:36am

Wed October 12, 2011
Around the Nation

Out And Proud After 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal

1st Lt. Josh Seefried is the author and editor of a new anthology, Our Time: Breaking The Silence of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a collection of stories from other gay military members.

Courtesy of Josh Seefried

The "Don't ask, don't tell" policy was still in effect when Air Force 1st Lt. Josh Seefried helped start secret Facebook groups to connect active-duty gay and lesbian soldiers with each other online. Lieutenant Seefried also wrote for many publications — under the pseudonym J.D. Smith — about what it was like to be gay and an active-duty member of the military.

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