Sun September 25, 2011

'Biblical Womanhood': A Year Of Living By The Book

In deference to Titus 2:3-5 and 1 Timothy 5:14, Rachel Held Evans tried to stay "busy in the home," honing her cooking, cleaning and hospitality skills. She is seen here with homemade matzah toffee for Passover.
Dan Evans

As an evangelical Christian, Rachel Held Evans often heard about the importance of practicing "biblical womanhood," but she didn't quite know what that meant. Everyone she asked seemed to have a different definition.

Evans decided to embark on a quest to figure out how to be a woman by the Bible's standards. For one year, she has followed every rule in the Old and New Testaments. Her project will end next Saturday.

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Sun September 25, 2011

New Boom Reshapes Oil World, Rocks North Dakota

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 11:57 am

Ben Shaw hangs from an oil derrick outside Williston, ND, in July 2011. Williston's mayor, Ward Koeser, estimates that the town has between 2,000 and 3,000 job openings for oil workers.
Gregory Bull AP

A couple months ago, Jake Featheringill and his wife got robbed.

It wasn't serious. No one was home at the time, and no one got hurt. But for Featheringill, it was just the latest in a string of bad luck.

"We made a decision," he says. "We decided to pick up and move in about three days. Packed all our stuff up in storage. Drove 24 straight hours on I-29, and made it to Williston with no place to live."

That's Williston, ND. Population — until just a few years ago — 12,000. Jake was born there, but moved away when he was a kid. He hadn't been back since.

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Sun September 25, 2011

Launch Logistics: Speedy Rocket, Slow Electronics

NASA's GRAIL mission to study the moon launches aboard a Delta II rocket at Kennedy Space Center on Sept. 10.
Sandra Joseph and Don Kight NASA

Weird things jump out at me in press releases.

Take the press kit NASA prepared for the GRAIL mission. GRAIL consists of two nearly identical spacecraft that are on their way to the moon. Once there, they will make a precise map of the moon's gravitational field. Such a map will help scientists refine their theories about how the moon formed and what the interior is made of.

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Sun September 25, 2011

Haiti's Martelly: From Pop Star To President

Six months ago, Michel Martelly was "Sweet Mickey" — a pop star known for his bald head and big parties. Now, he's the president of Haiti. He spent the last week in New York, mingling with world leaders and wooing new investors. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz speaks with President Martelly about his new job, and where billions of relief dollars have gone in the earthquake-stricken nation.


Sun September 25, 2011
Author Interviews

'Awesome Man' Is Super, And Maybe You Are, Too

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 9:50 am

Awesome Man, the creation of author Michael Chabon and illustrator Jake Parker, can shoot positronic rays out of his eyeballs. Click here to read an excerpt of The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man.
Balzer Bray

Michael Chabon won a Pulitzer Prize for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay back in 2001. Ten years later, he has a new book out, called The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man.

This one may sound like a sequel, but Chabon isn't after another Pulitzer. He's looking for ohhhs and ahhhs, hearty giggles and gleeful faces as kids from coast to coast bed down for the night.

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Sun September 25, 2011

Scott County Faces School Crowding

Scott County Schools administrators know they need a second high school. They just can’t afford it. Superintendent Patricia Putty said in an interview that the district has to look at what the immediate need is based on student capacity and the cost. A new high school will cost the district about $50 million. The new elementary school will cost the district roughly $13 million — at a time when the district’s state funding has declined more than $750,000 in the last four years.


Sun September 25, 2011
All Politics are Local

Scott Magistrate's Dual Role is No Conflict

There is no conflict of interest between Scott County Magistrate Bill Parker’s position on fiscal court and his job with Georgetown-Scott County Parks and Recreation, said the state attorney general’s office. In an informal opinion written by Assistant Attorney General Aaron S. Ament, the attorney general’s office determined that because parks and recreation is a joint agency of the Georgetown and Scott County governments, Parker’s position on fiscal court and in parks and recreation did not violate the Kentucky Constitution.


Sun September 25, 2011
The Commonwealth

Harlan County to Suffer Highest Population Decline

The Kentucky State Data Center recently released population projections for every county in the state. The future that is painted for Harlan County is remarkably grim. The demographers project that the county will lose more than 3,000 people over the next 10 years, which would mean that the population decreases by one percent every year. By 2050, they forecast that 16,216 individuals will reside in the county, down from 33,202 in 2000. That would be a dramatic decrease in population by more than 50 percent, in fact, the projected decline in Harlan is greater than in any other county in the state.


Sun September 25, 2011

Fayette Co. Schools Cope with Growth

Third-grade teacher Kelly Morris gave her class a morning work test in her portable classroom at Liberty Elementary last week. The rapid growth in Fayette schools, has forced many schools, to add portable classrooms.
Charles Bertram Lexington Herald-Leader

Enrollment in Fayette County Public Schools continues to grow by several hundred students or more annually — roughly the equivalent of a whole new school every year — seemingly with no end in sight. Fayette County had 33,481 students in the 2005-06 school year. By last year, enrollment had jumped 10 percent, to 36,775. This year, it's up 2 percent, to 37,365. If you include children in the district's Early Start program, enrollment exceeds 38,000. The rapid expansion has left school administrators weighing how best to serve students — whether to spend money on buildings or on services — and has left students with crowded conditions at several schools.


Sun September 25, 2011

Herbal Potpourri Can Deliver Disastrous Results

Joshua Walkup of Richardsville poses Sept. 15 for a portrait at the Daily News. Walkup had recently been released from the hospital after spending almost a month recovering from injuries he suffered Aug. 10 in a car accident.
Pete Rodman Bowling Green Daily News

If Joshua Walkup wants to say the Pledge of Allegiance, he will have to put his hand under his armpit. That’s where his heart sits, barely beneath the surface. When Walkup, 26, lifts his shirt, his heartbeat is visible through his skin. The patchwork of scars all over Walkup’s torso looks like a railroad map to nowhere. But the scars tell the story of a man who journeyed to hell and is making his way back to redemption. Walkup is another casualty of 7H, a product that is marketed and sold as herbal potpourri in hookah lounges and convenience markets. However, many people such as Walkup are smoking the product as a cheap, legal alternative to marijuana, but with disastrous results.