3:00pm

Mon July 4, 2011
NPR Story

Letters: Lorenzo Charles

Michele Norris reads letters from listeners.

2:50pm

Mon July 4, 2011
All Tech Considered

Geocaching: 21st-Century Treasure Hunting

There are more than 5 million geocachers worldwide, stalking more than a million hidden caches. Most caches are small- to medium-sized containers with a logbook inside, and sometimes little items that geocachers can take with them, as long as they leave something of equal or more value in its place.
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Brad Wing is speeding south in his four-door Jeep Wrangler. A few hours ago, he got a message on his phone. Someone had just hidden a new geocache near a stream a few miles south of Bangor, Maine. This treasure won't make anyone rich, but for geocachers like Wing, it's all about the hunt.

"I'm actually going to use my smartphone to get us down in the neighborhood, because I haven't even loaded it into my GPS. But we can do that along the way," Wing says.

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11:56am

Mon July 4, 2011
News

'Bambi Is A Boy' And Other Revelations

More than 4,000 of our Facebook friends responded when we posted a query last week asking people to "tell us about something you were embarrassed to learn as an adult that you should have learned much earlier. Examples: Realizing that New York City is not just Manhattan or that "character witnesses" are not witnesses who are "characters."
Excerpts from the amazing and educational full list of "absenteeisms":

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11:03am

Mon July 4, 2011
The Baby Project

Naming Trends And How Parents-To-Be Face 'Baby-Name Hostility'

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When people find out they're expecting, choosing a name for their baby can be one of their most stressful tasks.

Part of that stress is because there has been a "baby-naming revolution" over the last half-century, says Laura Wattenberg, who wrote The Baby Name Wizard: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby.

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11:02am

Mon July 4, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

New EPA Regulation Polices Pollution in KY

The Louisville area has had six Air Quality Alerts because of high ozone levels so far this year.But the Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to unveil a new rule this week that could eventually reduce those ozone levels. The Clean Air Transport Rule will affect states differently. Some will have to regulate both fine particle pollution and ozone, some will have to regulate one or the other, and some won’t be affected at all. Kentucky, as well as the entire Ohio River Valley, is among the 21 states that will have to reduce both types of pollution.

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10:56am

Mon July 4, 2011
The Commonwealth

North Kentucky Leads in "Detained" Youth

Kentucky detains the second highest number of youths in the nation for behavior that would not be considered illegal if committed by an adult. While national child advocates say Kentucky has been proactive in lowering the number of youths locked up for misbehaving - skipping school, running away or being out of control - the state's ranking is skewed by Northern Kentucky counties that jail an unusually high number of children.

10:52am

Mon July 4, 2011
The Commonwealth

Kentucky Guard Unit Prepares for War's End

Intense training occurs daily at this huge Indiana base as more than 1,300 Kentucky National Guard members from around the state prepare for a historic tour of duty in Iraq. They've been here about a month and will leave the United States in late July after their mobilization training is completed. The operation could make history in two ways. It will be the largest deployment by the Kentucky National Guard since World War II, and the troops probably will be the last Kentucky Guard members sent to Iraq. The U.S. military is on pace to end operations there and depart the country Dec. 31.

10:44am

Mon July 4, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lexington Man Allegedly Bites Officer

Lexington police say an officer was bitten Saturday after chasing down a man who had been pulled over for reckless driving. Glenn Curtis Whittenburg, 40, of Lexington was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief, fleeing and evading police, resisting arrest, reckless driving and no operators license, according to police records. Lexington police Lt. Chris Van Brackel said the incident began with a traffic stop for reckless driving, and then Whittenburg "jumped out of the car and fled on foot." When the officer caught up with Whittenburg, Whittenburg bit him.

10:39am

Mon July 4, 2011
Business and the Economy

Somerset Firm Sees Natural Gas as Electricity

If David Weddle's idea works, natural gas from unused wells will play a growing role in meeting Kentucky's electricity needs.Weddle is president and c hief executive of Wellhead Energy Systems, which has developed a way to convert natural gas to electricity at the well and feed it into the power grid. The Somerset company's plan involves tapping so-called "stranded" gas wells to generate electricity. Stranded wells have been drilled but aren't producing. Wells can end up stranded for various reasons. For instance, a company might drill a well to preserve a lease, but it isn't connected to a pipeline to transport the gas. The electrical grid is much more extensive than the network of pipelines to gather and transport natural gas, creating an opportunity to convert the gas to electricity and feed it into the grid through lines that pass the site, Weddle said.

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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