Last weekend marked a milestone for Afghanistan's Parliament that should have been cause for celebration: It's been a year since Afghans braved the threat of insurgent violence to go to the polls to pick a new legislature.
But a dispute over election results has smoldered between President Hamid Karzai and lawmakers ever since. And the resulting gridlock has prevented the new parliament from passing a single notable law, confirming any of the president's ministers, or giving any oversight to the president or his cabinet.
Small deeds after a loss — a garage painted and a lawn mowed for a grieving mother. They were jobs Lou Ann Abbott’s late son, Tim, a basketball coach and educational aide, might have done, but they were finished Wednesday by his players. On the afternoon of Aug. 2, Burgin Independent School's first day of classes, Tim Abbott, 45, died of an apparent heart attack while walking his dogs at Millennium Park in Danville. The weeks that followed have brought sorrow and attempts at healing for those who loved him.
The Judicial Conduct Commission, a state panel that disciplines judges, has found Harlan Circuit Court Judge Russell Alred guilty on nine charges of misconduct and concluded that removal from office was warranted in the case. The decision was unanimous with the judges voting 6-0. In the commission’s ruling, which was released Monday morning, the judges stated that the actions of Alred “show a blatant and persistent failure to uphold the impartiality and integrity of the judiciary.” Several of the counts that Alred was found guilty of involve his failure to recuse himself from cases
On Saturday, Charlotte Oller toured this year’s St. Jude Dream Home, playfully picking out rooms for her grandchildren. She was simply looking at the home while it was still open for viewing - the Bowling Green woman never dreamed it would soon belong to her. On Sunday, announcers called out on live TV the winner of the $325,000 two-story house: Oller, a lifelong Bowling Green resident who bought one ticket solely for the grocery coupons that came with it. “I was totally blown away,” she said through tears. “There were all these waves of different feelings.”
The Child Nutrition Director for Fayette County Public Schools says nearly half of the district's 38,000 students could qualify for free or reduced meals. Michelle Coker oversees applications for the program, which has added students each school year.
Bird watchers, and other nature lovers, take note:
"Scientists in Norway say they have conclusive genetic evidence that sparrows recently evolved a third species," the BBC reports. "The Italian sparrow, they argue, is a cross between the ubiquitous house sparrow and the Spanish sparrow."
The Swiss bank UBS announced last night that a rogue trader lost more money than it originally announced. UBS said the total loss is $2.3 billion. In a statement, the bank also gave some detail about the alleged actions of Kwaku Adoboli, who was arrested and charged in London on Friday.