1:45pm

Fri June 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Brilliant News: Light Bulb That's Been Burning Since 1901 Is Still On

The Centennial Bulb. Click the link to be taken to the "BulbCam."
CentennialBulb.org

We trust no one is going to hit the switch between now and next Saturday (June 18) at Fire Station 6 in Livermore, Calif.

Not with the city's Centennial Bulb set to mark its 110th year in (almost) continuous use that day.

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1:37pm

Fri June 10, 2011
Education

PT Program Introduced at WKU

Harvey Wallmann had never heard of physical therapy when he injured himself while playing sports in the late 1970s. Decades later, he’s bringing to life Western Kentucky University’s new physical therapy program. Wallmann recently was named director of the doctorate program, which many community members have wanted for a long time. Officials plan to accept the program’s first group of students in the fall of 2012.

1:32pm

Fri June 10, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Great American Brass Band Festival Begins

While there’s no doubt that Saturday is the star of the Great American Brass Band Festival, Friday has developed into more than simply a warm-up act for the main event. Beginning with the history conference at 9 a.m. and wrapping up with a concert more than 12 hours later, Friday features a full slate of opportunities for festival-goers to get the party started, both in Danville and at venues outside the city.

1:26pm

Fri June 10, 2011
It's All Politics

Newt Gingrich Cites 'Strategic Differences' With Ex-Aides

To hear Newt Gingrich tell it Friday, the campaign aides who headed for the exits the day before left not because he was doing anything wrong as a presidential candidate.

It was merely a case of having sharply different notions of what a presidential campaign should look like.

Those ex-aides were locked into the old way of doing politics, the former speaker told reporters. He, on the other hand, had a transformational vision of a different kind of presidential campaign. He said:

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1:25pm

Fri June 10, 2011
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, June 9, 2011

Andrew Burton Getty Images

Remember the Democrats' momentum of a couple of weeks ago? Gone, baby, gone. This week: All Weiner, all the time. Also: The John Edwards indictment. The May employment numbers give further pause to Obama's path to reelection. Plus: Does Ed Rollins joining Michele Bachmann help or hurt?

1:21pm

Fri June 10, 2011
Planet Money

Phone Number As Relic: "Nothing But Laziness And Hostility To Consumers"

An entertaining rant against the phone number, via This is my next:

I hate phone numbers. They're a relic of an outmoded system that both wireless and wireline carriers use to keep people trapped on their services — a false technological prison built of nothing but laziness and hostility to consumers.

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1:21pm

Fri June 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Palin Emails Released; Now The Rush Is On To Read And Post Them

There's no news from them yet because the more than 24,000 pages of paper were just handed to reporters. But here's the latest:

"JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska officials have released thousands of pages of emails sent and received by Sarah Palin [R] during her first 21 months as governor." (The Associated Press)

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12:59pm

Fri June 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Washington Judge Revokes Subpoenas In Huge BitTorrent Piracy Lawsuit

Over the past few months, a group that calls itself the U.S. Copyright Group has setup two operations to nab people who downloaded illegal copies of Hollywood movies.

First, in February, they brought suit against about 23,000 people who had downloaded the movie The Expendables using the peer-to-peer software BitTorrent. Then, in April, they filed a lawsuit against about 25,000 people who they say downloaded illegal copies of the Academy Award winning film, The Hurt Locker.

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12:46pm

Fri June 10, 2011
Krulwich Wonders…

Gut Bacteria Know Secrets About Your Future

Barcroft/Fame Pictures

You have a hundred trillion of these guys in you right now. Before you were born, you had hardly any.

Back then, you were floating in amniotic fluid, protected, sanitized. Bacteria kept their distance. Until you slipped down that birth canal, you were pretty much spic-and-span.

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12:46pm

Fri June 10, 2011
Afghanistan

Can The U.S. Find Success In Afghanistan?

Marine Lt. Jeffrey Smith with Golf Company of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Regiment, on a patrol with Afghan forces through a harvested poppy field in northern Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan.
David Gilkey NPR

Although several circumstances surrounding the war in Afghanistan are changing, it doesn't appear that overall U.S. strategy will change anytime soon.

The July 2011 target President Obama set back in 2009 for beginning to draw down U.S. forces is fast approaching, and he is in the process of changing the top civilian and military leadership prosecuting the war, both in country and at the Pentagon.

Meanwhile, last month's killing in Pakistan of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden satisfied one of America's initial aims when it began its campaign in Afghanistan in 2001.

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