Ratko Mladic, during his appearance at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, earlier today (June 3, 2011).
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"Former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic told a United Nations war crimes court Friday he is 'a gravely ill man' and refused to enter pleas to 'obnoxious charges' alleging he orchestrated the worst atrocities of a war that claimed 100,000 lives," The Associated Press reports from The Hague.
The memoir had a boom in the past couple of decades; now it's facing a backlash. Whatever happened to the "lost art of shutting up," Neil Genzlinger lamented in a recent piece in the New York Times Book Review. It's a fair question: the genre that was once reserved for exceptional lives and exceptional writers (think presidents, prime ministers, Mary Karr and Joan Didion) now draws too many ho-hum accounts by people who don't seem to have lived much at all.
Power rates will rise. That’s the bottom line of testimony in Frankfort on the costs of meeting new federal environmental standards for coal-fired utilities in Kentucky. Representatives of several coal-fired utilities in Kentucky say meeting federal clean air standards already in the pipeline will require investments of billions of dollars. John Voyles of LG&E and KU says their capital costs could rise by four billion dollars over the next ten years
Hundreds of Lexington citizens took the opportunity to view and discuss new plans for a large grass field in the middle of downtown. More than three hundred people crowded into the old courthouse inside the Lexington History Center for a public meeting on the long-delayed CentrePointe project. Chicago Architect Jeanne Gang and her firm, Studio Gang, presented their re-imagined ideas for the lot which has been vacant for nearly three years.
The Dallas Mavericks staged a late comeback to take Game 2 of the NBA Finals over the Miami Heat Thursday night. Dirk Nowitski scored the Maverick's last nine points, including a lay-up to give them the lead with three seconds left.
Fans of the movies "Shakespeare in Love" and "Pulp Fiction" now have a new way to watch those and other Miramax films. As NPR's Nina Gregory reports, the company has just signed a deal with Hulu, the online video service to distribute the Miramax library of movies.
NINA GREGORY: The deal with Hulu is not Miramax's first move into digital distribution. Just two weeks ago, Miramax signed with Netflix to distribute its library, expanding access to Oscar-winners and cult favorites like "Reservoir Dogs."
The Pentagon Papers that were leaked four decades ago by Daniel Ellsberg have been formally declassified. They will be released in their entirety this month — except for 11 words. Mary Louise Kelly speaks with John Prados of the National Security Archive about what is still a secret.
This weekend, the people of Portugal vote in an election to choose a new government to replace the one that collapsed over its unpopular austerity program. Portugal is deeply in debt, and has promised to make unpopular changes in welfare and labor policies in return for a massive bailout by the IMF and the European Union.
Bahrain officially ended a period of martial law this week after mass uprisings nearly shut down the country in February and March. But armored vehicles still patrol the streets, military courts are still in place, and hundreds of people remain in detention. Among the detainees are elected officials, opposition members and even doctors who are accused of treating protesters. NPR's Kelly McEvers reports on how the detention of the upper-middle class is broadening the opposition, not suppressing it.