12:01am

Mon June 27, 2011
Science

The Parkinson's Doctor Will Video Chat With You Now

Dr. Ray Dorsey asks after his patient, Victor Jarzombeck, from his office at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Dorsey has been treating Jarzombeck, who lives nearly 350 miles away in New Hartford, New York, for three years.
Maggie Starbard/NPR

People with chronic medical problems like Parkinson's disease can have a hard time finding a specialist who can help them manage the disease. Some patients are turning to doctors hundreds of miles away to get the care they need. But they're not driving to get to the doctor. They're doing the medical version of telecommuting, despite the fact that many insurers won't pay for it.

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12:01am

Mon June 27, 2011
News

Pro- And Anti-Gay Marriage Take Heart From NY Vote

Revelers celebrate during the Gay Pride parade in New York, two days after same-sex marriage was approved by the state legislature.
Mario Tama Getty Images

New York's annual Gay Pride Parade became a rolling victory party Sunday, two days after the state became the second largest in the country to legalize same-sex marriage.

One of those celebrating, Lindsey Katt, said she felt "a great sense of joy," although she added with a laugh, "there is a resounding feeling of 'we've won the battle, and now need to keep working to win the war.'"

In New York and around the country, activists on both sides are still fighting the war.

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12:01am

Mon June 27, 2011
Asia

Japanese Ask: What Kind Of Changes Do We Want?

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

A Japanese man, who had believed official statements that radiation was not being released, expresses shock as a radiation monitor goes off the scale in this March 13 photo taken not far from the damaged Fukushima power plant.
Courtesy of Ryuichi Hirokawa

At a hospital in northern Japan, two high school girls drag a muddy bed outside, puffing with exertion, before throwing it onto a huge trash heap. Other kids push wheelbarrows brimming with a brown sludge made of mud and seawater.

The whole high school class is cleaning up the waterlogged Minami-hama Chuo Hospital, near the northeastern city of Iwanuma. The tsunami three months ago left 10-foot-high brown tidemarks on the hospital's walls. Nearby, cars have been thrown into a newly created lake.

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4:36pm

Sun June 26, 2011
Pop Culture

What Story Would You Tell On Jeopardy?

Host Alex Trebek greets celebrity contestants on the set of Jeopardy! For non-celebrity contestants, fame means a 30-second personal anecdote after the first commercial break.
Amanda Edwards Getty Images

Maggie Speak and Robert James are a Jeopardy contestant's best friends: They're the show's main contestant coordinators.

Jeopardy is pretty vigilant about keeping contestants separate from production staff — there's no mingling with host Alex Trebek in the green room. So, the contestant coordinators are really your only friends.

"On the tape day, my biggest responsibility is getting them ready for their stories," James says.

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4:36pm

Sun June 26, 2011
News

Lawsuit Targets Celebrity Poker Game

Gabe Kaplan, star of Welcome Back Kotter, has been part of a long-standing, private poker game. He is now being sued for his winnings.
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Actor Tobey Maguire is one of a handful of celebrities being sued for allegedly winning cash that was stolen from investors in a Ponzi scheme.

Former hedge fund manager Bradley Ruderman reportedly confessed to losing $5.2 million of investors' money in a weekly poker game. Now, those investors want their money back.

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4:35pm

Sun June 26, 2011
Europe

Tipping Point For The European Union?

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When European Union leaders met in Brussels last week, they faced some difficult decisions. For the past year, the EU has continually bailed out its debt-ridden member countries to keep the bloc and its currency afloat. Despite this assistance, Greece may yet default on its obligations, plunging Europe and much of the world into another financial crisis.

This is just the latest challenge for the euro zone, the group of 17 countries that banded their financial destinies together since 1999.

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12:49pm

Sun June 26, 2011
Education

Educators Support State Guidelines

For the past decade, local schools have been judged based on federal requirements that some say are unfair and ineffective. Now, Gov. Steve Beshear has requested a waiver from those requirements under No Child Left Behind. His proposal would allow Kentucky schools to be tested under the state’s new system instead of the current federal system. It’s a move that local educators applaud.

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12:46pm

Sun June 26, 2011
Business and the Economy

Home Sales Sag in Scott

Despite record-low interest rates and a surplus of available homes for sale, the housing market in Scott County and the region has yet to see a sign of relief from sluggish sales. According to the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors, 606 sales were reported in the region in May, compared with 839 in May 2010. There were 53 sales in Scott, down from 62 a year earlier. For the first five months of the year, 191 homes have been sold in the county, down from 241 for the same period in 2010.

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12:43pm

Sun June 26, 2011
Business and the Economy

Speedway Race has Big Impact on N. KY

When the Kentucky Speedway was built in 1998, officials predicted it would dramatically change Gallatin County and have a huge economic impact on the state. A wave of development was expected to sweep through the area surrounding the speedway, transforming its rolling green hills. That never happened, chiefly because the speedway never received the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race for which it was built. That race will finally come on July 9 - and some are again predicting a tidal wave of economic activity, especially in Gallatin County.

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12:39pm

Sun June 26, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Danville/City Manager Settle

Danville City Commission approved a release agreement with Paul Stansbury at a Friday afternoon meeting that will pay the former city manager a year of salary and benefits worth a total of about $116,000.
Stansbury — who had been suspended pending a final resolution on his termination — will receive remaining sick time and vacation time, totalling about $11,000, and his $80,000 annual salary in two lump sum payments of $40,000. The first payment will come within 21 days and the second during January of 2012.

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