Thu June 16, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

The Kentucky Bucket List

Most people have at least a notion of the things they want to see, do and experience before they die, aka their "bucket list": Climb a mountain, fall in love, see the Grand Canyon. But how should that list be tailored to Kentuckians?  The Weekender/LexGo Central, has come up with "Kentucky's Bucket List," inspired by Parade magazine's recent cover story on "America's Bucket List."  What are the things every Kentuckian should do, see or experience while living in our beautiful, often misunderstood state? What are the cultural touchstones that make Kentucky what it is and that would be a shame not to experience? What things go deep into the Kentucky experience? And how many of them can you accomplish this summer, which officially starts Tuesday? Here's our list of 50 experiences, in no particular order, compiled from suggestions offered by readers and staff members.

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Thu June 16, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Lextran Unveils 'Green' Buses

LexTran unveiled seven energy-efficient new buses Wednesday. Two operate on hybrid electric technology, and the five others run on diesel-powered engines that adhere to the 2010 Clean Air Act, featuring an additional air scrubber that produces cleaner exhaust emissons.
Jill Barnett, spokeswoman for Lexington's public transportation agency, said the new buses were part of LexTran's efforts to "go green," coupled with the agency's need for new buses. There are more than 70 buses in the fleet. A bus lasts about 12 years, Barnett said.
The money for the buses came from a $2.94 million 2009 earmark from U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.


Thu June 16, 2011

Beach Closed Due to High E. Coli Level

The beach at Lake Barkley State Resort Park continues to be closed because of the presence of too much e. coli bacteria in the water, said Park Manager John Jordan. As required by health codes, the Health Department checks the water for bacteria every Wednesday, with the results published every Friday, and last week they found at least 240 percent of the threshold to close the beaches, Jordan said.


Thu June 16, 2011
The Commonwealth

Former Director Charged with Embezzlement

The former executive director of the Kentucky Pharmacists Association has been indicted by the Franklin County Grand Jury on charges of embezzling $78,000 from the agency. Gary Hall, 39 of Lexington, was indicted Wednesday on three counts of theft by deception over $500 and three counts of theft by deception over $10,000.


Thu June 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Live-Blog: Rep. Weiner's News Conference

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) during a news conference earlier this month.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), who has seen his political career crater over the past two weeks due to an extramarital sexting scandal and his lies about he did, is expected to announce his resignation within the next hour.

Weiner is due to meet with reporters at 2 p.m. ET, in Brooklyn. We will use this post to live-blog as he speaks. Be sure to hit your "refresh" button to get our latest updates.

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Thu June 16, 2011
Conflict In Libya

A West Bank Democracy Push May Be 'Game Changer'

Robert Malley is a lawyer and conflict resolution specialist. From 1998 to 2001, he was the Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton for Arab-Israeli Affairs. During that time, he helped organize the 2000 Camp David Summit.
International Crisis Group

Democracy movements sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa have sparked dramatic changes in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.

The West Bank has yet to see a movement on this level. If and when that does occur, it could be a "game changer" for Israel and the United States, says Robert Malley, an expert in conflict resolution and the program director for the Middle East and North Africa at the International Crisis Group.

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Thu June 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Nigeria Rattled By Two Explosions In Separate Cities

Two separate blasts have killed at least nine people in Nigeria today. The first happened when a bomb exploded outside police headquarters in the capital of Abuja. And the other one happened in country's northeast city of Damboa, where an explosion in a house killed three children who were playing nearby.

In both cases, the AP reports, Nigerian police are blaming Boko Haram, a radical muslim sect.

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Thu June 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Eight Months In Jail For Juror Who Used Web To Contact Defendant

Joanne Fraill, who has been sentenced to eight months in jail for contempt of court. She contacted a defendant on the Web.
Ben Stansall AFP/Getty Images

She used Facebook to exchange messages with one of the defendants. Now, juror Joanne Fraill has been sentenced to eight months in jail by a court in London.

The Guardian believes it's the first case in the U.K. of someone being tried, convicted and sentenced for contempt of court for using the Web while sitting on a jury.

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Thu June 16, 2011

Republican Group Targets Its Own Party

It wasn't long ago that the conservative, free-market Club for Growth was viewed by a swath of Republicans as a furtive, well-heeled enemy whose efforts to purge moderates from the GOP had to be thwarted.

The club and its agenda are "not representative of the Republican Party," the director of the Republican Main Street Partnership, a group of moderate GOP congressional members once said, adding: "We raise money on a daily basis to defeat them."

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Thu June 16, 2011

Embattled Rep. Weiner Plans To Resign

Embattled Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner has told friends and House leaders that he plans to resign from Congress. The reports Thursday follow a sexting scandal in which Weiner sent lewd emails and tweets to several young women. NPR's David Welna talks to Steve Inskeep.