9:32am

Mon July 4, 2011
Pop Culture

I Was Absent That Day

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:42 am

Malaka Faye Gharib

Perhaps you know that pickles come from cucumbers. That the Washington Redskins are in Washington, D.C., and not Washington state. And that Roy Orbison was not blind.

But all around you are intelligent, upstanding citizens who do not know these — and other — things.

Trust us.

Part of being an adult is finding out stuff you should have known for years but somehow didn't.

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8:16am

Mon July 4, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Invasive Beetle Nears Kentucky

An invasive insect could be set to enter Kentucky. The Asian Longhorn Beetle was spotted in trees southeast of Cincinnati within a few miles of the Ohio River. If it makes it to Kentucky it may be difficult to eradicate. The beetle has been in the United States since the 1990s, when it stowed away in shipping containers from Asia. Now, it’s living in many forests, where it bores into trees and eventually severs all the vascular tissue and kills the plant.

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6:49am

Mon July 4, 2011
Around the Nation

Maine Lobster: Not Just For Melted Butter Anymore

The lobster catch is at an all-time high this season so the industry wants to reach a wider market. If you don't want to spend time cracking the shell, you can now try lobster pot pie and lobster pizza. There's lobster macaroni and cheese.

6:35am

Mon July 4, 2011
Around the Nation

NYPD Sets Off Confiscated Fireworks Stash

New York City's police department started its Independence Day celebration a few days early. At a firing range in the Bronx, the NYPD detonated more than 5,000 lbs. of confiscated illegal fireworks.

6:00am

Mon July 4, 2011
Sports

Reds Mark Milestone in Latino Baseball

This July Fourth marks the 100th anniversary of a baseball milestone.  In 1911, Cubans Armando Marsans and Rafael Almeida became the first Latino players for the Cincinnati Reds. The two are sometimes called the first Latino players in the major leagues, but that depends on the definition of major league baseball.

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5:58am

Mon July 4, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Fund For the Arts Considers Changes

The Fund for the Arts’ annual campaign has ended and the organization’s energy will now turn inward, toward revising its mission and policies. The shakeup at the fund started earlier this year, when CEO Allan Cowen retired amid a flurry of criticism over his brusque interactions with artists and arts groups. Much of the dissent came from visual artists, who say the fund doesn’t give them the money or attention they deserve compared to performing arts.

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5:55am

Mon July 4, 2011
Sports

Churchill Meet Ends Today

The spring meet at Churchill Downs comes to an end today. It’s a spring meet that won’t soon be forgotten. Just under two weeks ago, a tornado ripped through the Churchill Downs backside, causing extensive barn damage but no injuries to people or the hundreds of horses stabled there.

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4:00am

Mon July 4, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

KFC is trying to get a new image — a healthier one. To do that, it's pushing its grilled chicken again — this time focusing on bigger sizes and better flavors. KFC needs to drum up all the business it can get because its U.S. sales have been sliding.

4:00am

Mon July 4, 2011
Business

Business News

Steve Inskeep has business news.

4:00am

Mon July 4, 2011
Africa

Southern Sudan Set To Become Newest Nation

Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, who is in southern Sudan, which becomes the world's newest nation on July ninth. It comes six years after a peace deal that ended a two-decade civil war between Sudan's north and south.

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