12:20pm

Thu October 13, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Dorm Fire Investigated at EKU

Police are conducting an arson investigation at Eastern Kentucky University.  Authorities say at about 4:13 am Thursday, hallway bulletin boards were set on fire on two floors of the 20-story Commonwealth Hall. The fires caused minor damage to the walls, but a sprinkler system was activated and the building was evacuated. The dorm houses 422 students. A major event on campus just two weeks ago stressed fire safety. Richmond Fire Department spokesman Corey Lewis thinks some people didn’t get the message.

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12:10pm

Thu October 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Dennis Ritchie, C Programmer And Unix Co-Creator, Has Died

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 3:49 pm

Dennis Ritchie at the 1999 ceremony when he received the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton.

Bell Labs.

Dennis Ritchie is being remembered today as a pioneering computer scientist, the "father of [the] C programming language," co-creator of the Unix operating system and "a 'titan' of the [computer] industry whose influence was largely unknown."

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11:43am

Thu October 13, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Boston Pops Celebrates Keeneland's 75th

Music fans don't have much longer to wait for a special benefit performance by the Boston Pops and the UK Symphony Orchestra. The Post Time with the Pops concert, celebrating the 75th anniversary of Keeneland takes place Saturday night at Rupp Arena. Kentucky Public Radio's Alan Lytle spoke with Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart about the trip to Lexington.

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11:37am

Thu October 13, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

New Equine Trail Announced in Southeast Kentucky

HARLAN – A new equestrian trail in Harlan County in southeastern Kentucky will connect to Cumberland Gap National Park, first lady Jane Beshear announced Thursday. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, Kentucky Division of Water, the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and the Harlan County Fiscal Court reached an agreement that will allow officials in Harlan County to develop the state’s latest adventure tourism opportunity, which will be called the Brush Mountain Trail.

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11:31am

Thu October 13, 2011
The Two-Way

11-Year Sentence For Hedge Fund Boss Rajaratnam

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 1:10 pm

Raj Rajaratnam, billionaire co-founder of Galleon Group, entering Manhattan federal court in May.

Louis Lanzano AP

Raj Rajaratnam, the hedge-fund billionaire convicted of insider trading, has just been given what's said to be the longest-ever prison sentence in the U.S. for that crime.

He's due to spend 11 years behind bars, The New York Times' DealBook blog and other news outlets are reporting. And he's been fined $10 million.

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11:30am

Thu October 13, 2011
The Salt

'Better For You' Foods May Be Better For Company Profits

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 4:28 pm

We are choosing among a dizzying array of low-fat, low-salt, and low-calorie products

iStockphoto.com

Processed foods that are low in calories, salt, fat or sugar are too expensive. And we won't buy them if we think they won't taste good — or so the conventional wisdom goes.

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11:17am

Thu October 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Slovak Parliament OKs Eurozone Bailout Fund

As expected, "Slovakia's Parliament has approved expanding the powers of the European Union bailout fund," The Associated Press reports from Bratislava.

The wire service adds that:

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11:06am

Thu October 13, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

State, Locals Disagree over Wet-Dry Precincts

An up-to-date Clark County map broken down by voting precincts.

Confusion about which Clark County precincts are wet or dry surfaced recently when special permission was given by the parks board for alcohol to be sold in a park during the John Michael Montgomery Country-Fest. The Winchester Sun began researching which precincts are wet or dry after a resident raised questions about the Ecton precinct, which includes Lykins Park, and offered evidence that suggested the precinct might be dry. That is not the case, but The Sun found inconsistent record-keeping between the state office of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the county.

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11:02am

Thu October 13, 2011
The Commonwealth

Road Rage Kills

The driver of this Ford Explorer was left dead at the scene after his SUV flipped several times, ejecting him from the vehicle. Police have reason to believe a red truck or box truck could have cut the driver off, causing the accident.
Todd Martin The Sentinel-News

An accident just before 9 a.m. Wednesday in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 at mile marker 33.5 has left a Waddy man dead. Matthew Hensley, 34, was killed when his 1998 Ford Explorer ran off the road and, according to witnesses, flipped several times, ejecting Hensley and leaving him dead at the scene. Shelby County Sheriff’s Detective Jason Rice, who handled the reconstruction, said from witness statements it appears that Hensley was involved in a road rage altercation with a driver in a red pickup truck. According to statements, the two cars were driving very aggressively with each other, changing lanes quickly and tailgating when the mishap occurred.

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10:59am

Thu October 13, 2011
Business and the Economy

Group Focuses on Ohio River as Freight Route

Community and business leaders are studying the Ohio River's future potential as a freight corridor, as they prepare for the waterway to play an increasingly important role in the region's economy with the coming expansion of the Panama Canal. The canal expansion is expected to dramatically increase the amount of freight coming through Greater Cincinnati over the next three decades, especially via road and rail. While its impact on the Ohio River is still unclear, community leaders and river businesses want to be prepared for new business opportunities that could come with an increase in river freight.

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