While Lexington is still feeling the effects of the housing downturn, a new report issued by the Fayette County Property Valuation Administrator's office shows the city weathering the storm better than many. The report compiled by Fayette County PVA David O'Neill shows Lexington property values remaining relatively stable, despite a steady decline in home sales for the past five years. O'Neill says, while not immune to the downturn, the city's housing market hasn't seen the kind of fluctuations other cities have.
No statistic in education is more damning than the nation's dropout rate. Almost 4 million students start ninth grade every year. One in four won't graduate.
About half of those who drop out every year are black. Most will end up unemployed, and by their mid-30s, six out of 10 will have spent time in prison. In Chicago, one young man dropped out, spent time in jail and is now getting a second chance.
For many couples, having a baby is a spiritual experience. For Jews, there's another, religious, element that is intrinsic to the Jewish identity. Nearly all Jewish parents have their baby boys circumcised, as commanded by God in the Bible. And yet, for some Jewish couples, whether to circumcise or not is becoming an agonizing decision.
Two teenagers are in an Anchorage hospital after a bear attack in the Alaska wilderness over the weekend. Joshua Berg, 17, of New City, N.Y., and Samuel Gottsegen, 17, of Denver were part of a group of seven teenagers who came upon a grizzly bear and her cub near the end of a 30-day backcountry training course.
Everett Ruess could have been one of this country's greatest wilderness writers, a poet and author on a par with John Muir or Edward Abbey.
But we'll never know for sure, because Ruess disappeared without a trace in November 1934. With two burros trailing behind him, he left the remote southern Utah town of Escalante, heading down the desolate Hole-in-the-Rock Trail towards the Colorado River in search of his favorite things: beauty and solitude.
About a week down the trail, Ruess ran into two sheepherders and camped with them for a couple of nights.
It was the only European Union member without divorce legislation, but starting in October disenchanted couples will no longer have to leave Malta to get divorced. Today's vote in parliament follows a referendum vote in May in which 53 percent of Maltese voted in favor of legalizing divorce.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is determined to stay in office for years to come despite treatment for a cancerous tumor in Cuba. In an interview published by the government newspaper Correo del Orinoco, Chavez said he would run for re-election in 2012 and suggested he hoped to remain in office until 2031.
The AP reports that Chavez, despite a personal illness and a struggling economy, is still popular with many Venezuelans:
Beginning in 2007, full-body scanners were installed at the nation's airports to address concerns that terrorists could smuggle explosives hidden in their clothing — or, in one infamous case, their underwear — that wouldn't be picked up by standard metal detectors.
The scanners produced a fairly detailed image of a traveler's body, which was viewed on monitors by TSA screeners in a separate room.
The Chinese government has launched an investigation into fake Apple stores that have popped up around the southwestern city of Kunming. As Mark reported, last week, an American expat blogger who goes by BirdAboard spotted what she called "the best ripoff store we had ever seen (and we see them everyday.)"