Praise is pouring in for former Kentucky Rep. Eddie Ballard of Madisonville, who died Tuesday at age 81. The Hopkins County Democrat, who retired from the legislature last year, had served in the Kentucky House since 1987. He was chairman of the Tourism, Development and Energy Committee and vice-chair of the State Government committee.
Two Iraqi men living in Bowling Green are facing charges that they tried to send stinger missiles, sniper rifles, and money to Al-Qaida in their home country. A 23-count federal indictment was unsealed Tuesday against 30-year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan and 23-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi. Both have lived in Warren County since 2009. Authorities say their weapons and money didn’t make it to Iraq because of a tightly controlled undercover investigation. David Hale is the U-S attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. He says the men are not accused of any terrorist plot in the U.S.
I have a few friends who are more than a little fond of New Age philosophies. From alien visitations to the healing power of eskimo rituals, there isn't a far-out idea they haven't met and loved. We can get into pretty heated arguments sometimes about these beliefs. What is most frustrating for me is that, ultimately, it costs them nothing to hold fast to these crazy (in my opinion) ideas.
An artist's depiction of NASA's Spirit rover on the surface of Mars. Spirit became unresponsive in March 2010. NASA announced it had ended attempts to communicate with the rover on May 24, 2011.
NASA has pulled the plug on one of its two Mars rovers. Spirit hasn't been heard from in more than a year, and now the space agency says it's abandoning hope that it will hear from the rover again.
Any disappointment that Spirit's mission has come to an end has to be tempered by the fantastic success of the robotic explorer. Intended to last 90 days, Spirit operated in Gusev Crater on Mars for more than six Earth years.
Indeed, just landing safely on Mars has to be considered a success, since the red planet has a way of devouring space missions.
Stefanie Schatte belongs to the team that organizes the Carnival of Cultures. For the past 15 years, Berliners from all walks of life and different ethnic backgrounds take part in the Carnival.
50 decorated floats participated in the first street parade through Kreuzberg. The public was thrilled and the Carnival of Cultures became an annual highlight. The idea to celebrate Berlin's cultural richness on the streets of the city originated in the mid 90's, says Schatte:
FIFA president Sepp Blatter arrives for the opening ceremony of the 61st FIFA Congress at the Zurich Hallenstadion in Oerlikon.
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The English Football Association and the Scottish FA called on FIFA to postpone a vote for president scheduled for tomorrow.
If you haven't been keeping up, recently FIFA has been hit by a barrage of ethics scandals. By its count, Major League Soccer Talk reports that 10 of the 32 members of the sport's governing body are under investigation.