College of Arts & Sciences

11:15am

Thu June 30, 2011
The Two-Way

'Not A Close Call' Says Editor Who Kept 'Undocumented' Reporter's Secret

Buried a bit in the stories about journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and his decision last week to reveal that he has been in the U.S. illegally since he came here from the Philippines as a young boy, was the fact that in 2004 he told an editor at The Washington Post about his situation.

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10:32am

Thu June 30, 2011
The Two-Way

Senate Will Stay In Session Next Week To Work On Debt And Deficit

"The Senate has abandoned plans for a July 4 break and instead will work next week as lawmakers race the clock in an attempt to strike a compromise on avoiding a government default and reducing mammoth federal deficits," The Associated Press writes.

The office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) released a statement a short time ago in which Reid says:

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10:24am

Thu June 30, 2011
Science/Health

Report on KY Drinking Water Released

 FRANKFORT – Kentuckians have an opportunity to check if their public water system is in compliance with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The Division of Water has prepared its annual compliance report that summarizes violations incurred by public water systems across the state. The federal Environmental Protection Agency will summarize and evaluate all state reports in a national report that also must make recommendations concerning the resources needed to improve compliance with the federal act.

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10:22am

Thu June 30, 2011
Statehouse News

"Grandparent's Scam" Alert Issued

Attorney General Jack Conway is alerting Kentucky consumers to a resurgence of the "grandparent's scam" targeting senior citizens. The Office of Consumer Protection has received nearly a dozen complaints this year related to the "grandparent's scam" with victims reporting losses of nearly $40,000. Four of the complaints were received within the last month.

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10:19am

Thu June 30, 2011
Middle East

Syria's Minorities Fear Sectarian Split Amid Protests

Father Gabriel Daoud is a Syriac Orthodox priest in Damascus. He says his parish is nervous about the growing protest movement and believes it's anti-Christian.
Deborah Amos NPR

In Syria, a four-month protest movement and a government crackdown have strained the country's ethnic and sectarian mix.

The government and military command are dominated by Alawites, a minority sect that is an offshoot of Shia Islam. The protesters are mostly Sunnis and ethnic Kurds.

Syrian officials have warned of sectarian war if the protests continue. That message has spread fear among Syria's minority communities — in particular, Syrian Christians.

Concern About 'The Morning After'

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10:18am

Thu June 30, 2011
The Commonwealth

Residents Fight to Keep Post Office

Members of Mason County's Minerva community came out in full force Wednesday night to protest of the possible closing of the post office. From the owner of the building leased by the post office to a representative from U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis' office, opinions and a message of community pride was voiced to USPS Cincinnati District Representative Bob Redden.

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10:13am

Thu June 30, 2011
Statehouse News

Nunn Still Eligible for Pension

Former state lawmaker and convicted murderer Steve Nunn is eligible to get about $28,210 a year in state retirement benefits, plus cost-of-living increases, once he turns 62. Kentucky law does not allow the pension benefits of state lawmakers to be withheld unless they commit a crime while in office in their capacity as a legislator.

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10:09am

Thu June 30, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Awaiting Verdict of Doneghy Trial

A 12-member jury deliberated late into Wednesday night whether Glenn Doneghy should be convicted of murder in the hit-and-run death of Lexington police officer Bryan Durman last year. Jurors had heard 60 witnesses — many with wildly conflicting recollections and interpretations of events — testify during the past 2½ weeks. After closing arguments from defense attorney Kate Dunn and Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson on Wednesday, the case was handed to the jury about 1 p.m.

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9:52am

Thu June 30, 2011
The Two-Way

China Opens World's Longest Bridge: Would You Cross If You Came To It?

It looks like they're going to have to change some promotional materials down in Louisiana, where the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway has long claimed to be the world's longest bridge over open water.

At nearly 24 miles, the causeway is plenty long.

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