5:03pm

Wed July 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Governor's Report Details Widespread, Organized Cheating In Atlanta Schools

A report released, yesterday, by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal puts Atlanta Public Schools in the harshest of light. The report details a school system fraught with unethical behavior that included teachers and principals changing wrong answers on students' answer sheets and an environment where cheating for better test scores was encouraged and whistle blowers were punished.

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4:24pm

Wed July 6, 2011
Law

To Prevent False IDs, Police Lineups Get Revamped

Using revamped photo lineup procedures, a Dallas police officer shows a victim of a robbery a single photo of a suspect in an interview room at police headquarters in 2009. Dallas officially adopted lineup reforms two years ago.
LM Otero AP

In a small room at police headquarters in Dallas, Texas, a police officer and the eyewitness to a minor crime recently sat down together to consider six photographs in a photo lineup.

Eyewitness identifications like this happen every day in America, and on the surface, it is a straight-forward transaction. The witness looks at the pictures. The witness picks a person from the photos. Or the witness doesn't.

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4:22pm

Wed July 6, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

To Friend Or Not: The Facebook Challenge For Doctors

The wrong click might hurt a little bit.
Yanik Chauvin iStockphoto.com

Even before Facebook said it would add Skype video and group chats, it was challenging enough for doctors to navigate the brave new world of social networking.

Two years ago, Dr. Gabriel Bosslet received two friend requests from patients on his Facebook page. "I was kind of taken aback by it. I wasn't sure how to respond to it," he says.

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4:14pm

Wed July 6, 2011
The Commonwealth

Mayor Speaks Out About Terror Trials

The mayor of Bowling Green, Kentucky believes the two Iraqi nationals being held in his city on terrorism charges are secure and American courts can handle terror suspects. On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in a letter that the decision to treat Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi as civilian defendants in federal court was “ill-advised.” However, the city commissioners disagreed and voted by a three-to-two margin against a resolution asking Holder to move the trial.

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4:12pm

Wed July 6, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Stolen Altarpiece Given to US Government

After spending 40 years at Louisville’s Speed Art Museum, a stolen 14th century work is going home. The Speed Art Museum bought the piece from a New York Gallery in 1973 for 38 thousand dollars, not realizing the Italian art was stolen from a home in Italy two years earlier.

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4:07pm

Wed July 6, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Fireworks Light Up Pollution Monitors

Some parts of Louisville sounded like a war zone last weekend as fireworks laws were relaxed and residents celebrated the Fourth of July holiday. But all of those fireworks contributed to some of the area’s air quality problems. There are two main kinds of air pollution: fine particle and ozone. Louisville has been having a number of problems with ozone lately, but this weekend there was also a higher amount of particle pollution in the air from fireworks. Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District spokesman Matt Stull says the high level isn’t necessarily caused by the city’s official fireworks, but it seems the sheer number of people lighting explosives over the weekend helped push the reading over the threshold.

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4:05pm

Wed July 6, 2011
The Commonwealth

Deadly Weekend on Kentucky Roads

The initial state-wide numbers are in on highway fatalities over the Fourth of July weekend. Six people died in six separate crashes between Friday afternoon and midnight Monday. Alcohol is a suspected factor in one crash. Four fatalities involved motorists not wearing their seatbelts. Lieutenant David Jude with the Kentucky State Police says to date, 321 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways.

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4:01pm

Wed July 6, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

New Marker at Goddard Bridge

A new marker commemorating the Goddard Covered Bridge installed July 1, denotes a rich history and Fleming County tradition.
Maysville Ledger Independent

A sign marking a Fleming County historic landmark has been replaced after a long absence. A historic marker sign at the Goddard Covered Bridge was installed Friday, July 1, in replacement of one stolen several years ago. The sign is located on Kentucky 32 where the covered bridge crosses Sand Lick Creek. The Goddard Bridge is one of three standing covered bridges in Fleming County and one of only 13 in Kentucky, which at one time was host to more than 400 covered bridges.

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3:56pm

Wed July 6, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Tobacco Warehouse to be Demolished

If the walls of the soon-to-be toppled Farmers Tobacco Warehouse No. 1 in Danville could talk, their stories would fill volumes. Owner Jerry Rankin has heard most of them over the years. “This has just been a special place,” Rankin said. Rankin confirmed Tuesday that a deal with Centre College is being finalized that will sell the landmark that has stood on the corner of Russell and Hope streets since 1927. He declined to discuss the specifics of the sale until it is finalized, only saying Centre paid a fair price for the property. Demolition is set to begin early next week.

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3:54pm

Wed July 6, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Police See Increase in Fireworks Complaints

Law enforcement officers attended more Fourth of July gatherings this weekend than in the past, but they weren’t there to celebrate. Fireworks complaints more than doubled this year, say Frankfort Police and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. “We were swamped,” said Frankfort Police Maj. Fred Deaton.

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