Mon September 26, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Pakistan Polio Spreading To China

The first confirmed reports of polio in China since 1999 have cropped up in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (in red).
Wikimedia Commons

There's word from the World Health Organization that wild poliovirus type 1 has appeared in 10 children in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region of China this month.

The viral strains isolated from these children were genetically linked to virus currently circulating in Pakistan, the WHO says.

They're the first confirmed cases of polio identified in China since 1999, according to WHO.

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Mon September 26, 2011

Lexington Health Clinics Consolidate

The Lexington Fayette County Health Department is consolidating its clinic services to one location.  Beginning next Monday, October 3, the Public Health Clinic South on Regency Road will no longer provide clinical services such as immunizations, cancer screenings, and pregnancy tests. Those will still be offered at the Public Health Clinic North at 805 Newtown Circle.

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Mon September 26, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Harrodsburg Man Captures Veteran's Stories

Rick Lee of Harrodsburg displays a picture of veterans he has interviewed.
Ben Kleppinger The Advocate-Messenger

From a very young age, Rick Lee always had an eye and an ear for history, especially history surrounding the Greatest Generation and World War II. Lee, now in the middle of his life and himself a veteran of the first Gulf War, still remembers when he was a child, seeing photos of and hearing stories about his father’s time in the military. Lee said watching the History Channel became a habit for him. Then one day, Lee had a revelatory moment. “A light bulb went off,” he said. “I thought, ‘instead of watching history on TV, you’ve got living history right in front of you.’”


Mon September 26, 2011
It's All Politics

Obama' 'Stop Complaining' Order To Black Caucus Causes Stir

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 2:25 pm

President Obama addresses a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner, Sept. 24, 2011.

President Obama may have fired up some of the most loyal voters in his political base, African Americans, through a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus, though not in the way he intended.

After running down a list of his administration's accomplishments on behalf of middle and lower income Americans and calling for passage of his jobs bill, Obama concluded his speech by saying:

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Mon September 26, 2011

The Greedy Battle For Iraq's 'Hearts And Minds'

Peter Van Buren has contributed to The Nation, American Conservative Magazine, and The Huffington Post.
Torie Partridge courtesy of the author

For years federal auditors have reported that millions of American dollars have been wasted or are unaccounted for in the effort to rebuild and stabilize Iraq.

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Mon September 26, 2011
All Tech Considered

Few Consumers Are Cracking The QR Code

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 12:14 pm

Manuel Martinez, the manager of a popular salad restaurant in Washington, D.C., called Sweetgreen, assists a customer. Martinez says customers use the QR code on the wall to learn about promotions and to get discounts.
Mallory Benedict NPR

If you drive by billboards or flip through magazines from time to time, you may have noticed pixelated squares popping up all over the place. These aren't scrambled checkerboards or alien landing pads, but QR codes, short for quick response codes.

The codes are scanned with a smartphone camera, kind of like one might scan a bar code, and marketing departments all over the country are coming up with clever ways to use them.

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Mon September 26, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Growth Of Children's Hospitals Raises Adult-Size Questions

Construction at the new Nemours Children's Hospital, at the medical city at Lake Nona, Fla., in late 2010.
Joe Burbank Orlando Sentinel

Many children's hospitals started out humbly, like Children's Hospital Boston, which began with 20 beds in a row house shortly after the Civil War.

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Mon September 26, 2011
The Two-Way

More People Than Ever Are Unhappy With The Government, Poll Shows

Gallup's latest polling on how Americans feel about the way they're being governed.

In some ways this news just states the obvious. But it's still worth noting that according to the pollsters at Gallup:

"A record-high 81 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed, adding to negativity that has been building over the past 10 years."

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Mon September 26, 2011
Around the Nation

Living People To Appear On Stamps For First Time

The Postal Service rule had been that a person had to have been dead for at least five years before being eligible to appear on a stamp.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

For the first time, living people will be eligible to be honored on U.S. postage stamps.

The U.S. Postal Service announced Monday that it is ending its longstanding rule that people cannot be featured on stamps while they're still living. It's inviting suggestions from the public on who should get the first stamp.

"This change will enable us to pay tribute to individuals for their achievements while they are still alive to enjoy the honor," Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in a statement.

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Mon September 26, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Switch to Natural Gas May Not Slow Climate Change

As federal policies make burning coal more expensive, many utilities—including Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities—are transitioning their older coal plants to natural gas. But a new study cautions that natural gas may not be a panacea to stop the effects of climate change.

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