Fri August 19, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

East Jessamine Removes E.Coli

A section of the East Jessamine soccer field between the stands and the field was surrounded by orange fence last week after high levels of E. coli were found in standing water.
Jonathan Kleppinger Jessamine Journal

Remediation work is being completed on the soccer field that was closed last week due to E. coli contamination, and the field could be ready for play as soon as Tuesday. A test sample of standing water at the East Jessamine soccer complex off Wilmore Road revealed a concentration of E. coli nine times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency’s acceptable risk criteria. The field was closed Aug. 10 after an engineering firm advised school officials skin contact with water was the only danger present.


Fri August 19, 2011
Statehouse News

Former Sturgis Man Charged with Fraud

A former Sturgis resident appeared in federal court on Thursday morning to face charges of scheming to defraud investors of more than $1.7 million, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Cory B. George, 27, of Owensboro is accused of defrauding investors of more than $1,749,590 by running advertisements in newspapers and offering short-term certificates of deposit paying 3 to 5 percent interest through his company, G3 Capital Management. However, G3 Capital wasn’t a licensed and insured bank, and wasn’t authorized to issue certificates of deposit, according to the office of U.S. Attorney David J. Hale.


Fri August 19, 2011
Business and the Economy

Central KY Home Sales Rise

July's increase in residential home sales in Central Kentucky was the first for the housing market in more than a yea
Charles Bertram Lexington Herald-Leader

For the first time in more than a year, monthly residential home sales rose in Central Kentucky. The 11.1 percent July increase also was notable because the effects of the federal homebuyer tax credit, which primarily ended in June 2010, were not a factor. "We do have good comparisons now year over year, which we did not have before this month," said Barb Curtis, president of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors.


Fri August 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Stocks Open Lower

In the first 15 minutes or so of trading on Wall Street, the stock market — as expected — headed south. But the decline was not precipitous. After initially falling about 100 points (around 1 percent), the Dow Jones industrial average recovered some and was off only around 50 points.

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Fri August 19, 2011
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Third Haboob Of Summer Covers Phoenix In Sand And Dust

The area around Phoenix was hit by its third "haboob" of the summer last evening, as strong winds sent a huge cloud of sand and dust rolling over the area.

The Arizona Republic says that "blowing dust blanketed much of the Valley ... reducing visibility to less than a quarter-mile."

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Fri August 19, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Buzz Kill: Marijuana Genome Sequenced For Health, Not Highs

Originally published on Tue August 23, 2011 11:42 am

The scientists who sequenced the marijuana plant say they hope the next generation of pot will have stronger therapeutic compounds.

Stoners and scientists alike may be stoked to learn that a startup biotech company has completed the DNA sequence of Cannabis sativa, or marijuana. But here's something that could ruin a high: The company hopes the data will help scientists breed pot plants without much THC, the mind-altering chemical in the plant. The goal is instead to maximize other compounds that may have therapeutic benefits.

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Fri August 19, 2011

The Evangelicals Engaged In Spiritual Warfare

Texas Gov. Rick Perry prays at The Response, his call to prayer for a nation in crisis on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, in Houston. The event was organized, in part, by members of the New Apostolic Reformation.
David J. Phillip AP Photo

An emerging Christian movement, that seeks to take dominion over politics, business and culture, in preparation for the end times and the return of Jesus, is becoming more of a presence in American politics. The leaders are considered apostles and prophets, gifted by God for this role.

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Fri August 19, 2011
The Two-Way

'West Memphis Three' Are Set Free

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 2:28 pm

Eighteen years after the brutal murders of three 8-year-old boys in West Memphis, Ark., the three men convicted of the killings have been set free.

Though today they pleaded guilty to the murders, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley are being released because of questions that new DNA evidence has raised and because prosecutors believe that the time that has expired since the crimes makes it too difficult to prevail in a new trial.

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Fri August 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Yabba Dabba 'Doh! Truck Driver Tries To Use His Feet As Brakes

This option would not have occurred to us:

Wednesday evening in Roseville, Mich., a 24-year-old man who apparently knew his pickup truck's brakes weren't working got behind the wheel anyway and tried to drive home.

He attempted, Fred Flintstone-style, to use his feet as brakes.

As you can imagine, things didn't work out very well. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Vehicles were damaged, however. And the police got much of the mayhem on video.

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Fri August 19, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Summer Arts Climax in Lexington

Lexington Art League

The summer arts season climaxes this weekend in central Kentucky.  The annual Chamber Music Festival of Lexington takes place at the Fasig-Tipton Pavillion.  Outdoor concerts are staged at Keeneland and Whitehall State Park.  And, artists and crafts people gather at Lexington’s Woodland Park for its annual fair.  Offering a look ahead is arts and culture reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader newspaper.