10:07am

Thu July 28, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Heat Affecting High School Activities

This week's steamy weather is making outside activity tough, whether you're doing construction work or practicing to march in a high school band. Lexington's five public high schools are starting their band camps this week, and band directors say they're taking precautions to keep students safe as heat indices climb above 100.

10:02am

Thu July 28, 2011
Statehouse News

Lawsuit Filed Against Daymar College

Attorney General Jack Conway Wednesday filed suit in Daviess County against the owners and operators of Daymar College over allegations the for-profit college violated Kentucky's Consumer Protection Act. The lawsuit alleges that Daymar Learning, Inc., Daymar Learning of Paducah, Inc., Draughons Junior College, Inc., Daymar Colleges Group LLC, Daymar Holdings, Inc. and the president of these companies, Mark Gabis, violated the Consumer Protection Act by engaging in unfair, false, misleading, and deceptive trade practices.

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9:46am

Thu July 28, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Overhaul Law To Boost Health Spending, Barely

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A fresh analysis of the nation's health spending suggests that over the next 10 years, the Democrats' Affordable Care Act will boost the number of people with health insurance by about 30 million, while health costs overall will rise by only one-tenth of a percentage point more than they would have if the law hadn't passed.

Let me repeat: one-tenth of a percentage point!

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9:39am

Thu July 28, 2011
The Two-Way

A Tweet May Have Caused Chaos At L.A. Film Premiere

Police estimated that about 2,000 extra people showed up to the Hollywood premiere of Electric Daisy Carnival Experience, a documentary about a rave. What was supposed to be an invite-only event quickly overflowed Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the crowd spilled onto the streets.

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8:54am

Thu July 28, 2011
Opinion

Green and Blue, But Not Bright

Fluorescent light bulbs are set to be banned in favor of more energy efficient CFL lights. However, in July alone, there have been three light-related votes.
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Joseph Bottum is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and the author of The Second Spring: Words into Music, Music into Words.

In the beginning, there was a glade. A green and foresty place, a meadowy clearing in the great big woods. The robins called from branch to branch. A laughing stream wove gently through the dell. A rabbit hopped through the long grass, bright with morning dew. All was well, and all manner of things were well — until, one day, the evil came.

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8:53am

Thu July 28, 2011
Opinion

The Evolution of Global Energy

This Sunday May 15, 2011, photo shows wind farms of China Power International New Energy Holding Ltd. in Guazhou County of Jiuquan city, northwest China's Gansu Province.
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Steve LeVine covers foreign affairs and energy topics for Foreign Policy.

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8:38am

Thu July 28, 2011
The Two-Way

One GOP Voting 'No' on Boehner Plan

Yesterday was a dramatic day for House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who lobbied hard and told his fellow Republican in no uncertain terms that they had to get behind his deficit plan. Boehner will put it to a vote today.

The Tea Party caucus in particular wasn't thrilled with Boehner's plan. Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah was at that meeting, where the speaker used some choice words to get his caucus in line and when the speaker turned his way to see where he stood, Chaffetz said he was still voting no.

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8:09am

Thu July 28, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: Methinks this Confuses

The classic words of William Shakespeare can be difficult to understand in a modern society.
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John McWhorter is a contributing editor for The New Republic.

"Iconoclastic" as I am thought to be on race, I have been struck by how equally unexpected one view of mine has been considered: that much of Shakespeare's language is impossible to comprehend meaningfully in real time, so much so that most first-time viewers of a Shakespeare play are understanding grievously less of the meaning than they are aware.

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6:56am

Thu July 28, 2011
Strange News

Artsy Would-Be Prison Escapees Foiled By Guard

Two inmates at Exeter prison in England nearly managed to tunnel their way to freedom. They hacked through a 4-foot-thick wall and disguised the hole with fake bricks made from papier-mache. The plot unraveled when a guard spotted dust on the ground.

6:54am

Thu July 28, 2011
Strange News

Teacher Suspended For Blogging About Kids Reinstated

A Pennsylvania teacher was suspended over her blog. School officials discovered she was writing about her students, calling them "frightfully dim" and "disengaged, lazy whiners." Now the Intelligencer of Doylestown says she's been reinstated — but with a kind of poetic justice. Her lawyer says she'd rather work at a different school, but she was sent back to Central Bucks East High School, teaching the same classes she apparently disliked.

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