Mon August 1, 2011

Radon: Ignorance Kills

Alan New and Joey Weller of Sapper6 Inc. drill a hole for a radon mitigation system in a home in the Fox Fire subdivision in Elizabethtown.
Gina Clear The News-Enterprise

As the adage goes, “What we don’t know can’t hurt us.” According to local, state and national authorities on radon, lack of knowledge on the subject could, in fact, be killing us. “It’s astonishing, frankly,” said Professional Learning Institute Dean Steve Keeney, “but there’s nobody out there explaining the risk to the public.” According to the Environmental Protection Agency, exposure to radon in homes is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year, second only to lung cancer caused by smoking. More people die from radon-related lung cancer each year than from gunshots.

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Mon August 1, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Nicholas Sheriff on Trial

Nicholas County Sheriff Leonard Garrett.
Lexington Herald-Leader

In a trial that is likely to be watched closely by local residents, Nicholas County Sheriff Leonard "Dick" Garrett is scheduled to be tried this week on felony charges of theft and abuse of public trust. If convicted of the latter charge, Garrett, 48, could forfeit office and go to prison for five to 10 years. He is free on bond but has remained sheriff since he was indicted in October.

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Mon August 1, 2011

Congress To Move Quickly On Debt, Spending Deal

Vice President Biden walks through the Senate Subway on his way to meetings at the U.S. Capitol on Monday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

House and Senate leaders prepared for possible votes Monday on the tentative deal to raise the government's debt ceiling and prevent a U.S. default.

Both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and the office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said the votes could come as early as Monday evening, depending on the outcome of meetings with members. Cantor's office said the House would go first.

The agreement gained momentum in the Senate on Monday after months of partisan rancor.

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Mon August 1, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Drive-ins Find New Popularity

On July 15, opening night of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, moviegoers arrived early at Winchester's Sky-Vue Twin Drive-In. First-run movies are the norm now at drive-ins.
Mark Cornelison Lexington Herald-Leader

While 3-D technology increasingly becomes the norm in mainstream films, theaters boast the latest and loudest speakers, and moviegoing has become a predominantly indoor pastime, some people still seem to prefer the simplicity of the past: the drive-in. It's a past that dates back almost 80 years, and it allows people to be essentially in their own private movie theaters, free to create their own experience. That nostalgia and experience are what have kept people coming back to drive-in theaters, even when there was a time it looked as if they could die out, fans say. "People don't go to the drive-in or a normal theater for just the movie. It's the experience," said Chris Erwin, manager of Judy Drive-In in Mount Sterling. "The drive-in experience is one that can't be duplicated no matter what's on screen. Its charm is that it's simple."

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Mon August 1, 2011
The Two-Way

FBI Says It Has 'A New Suspect' In D.B. Cooper Skyjacking

Originally published on Tue August 2, 2011 12:41 pm

A 1971 artist's sketch released by the FBI shows the skyjacker known as 'Dan Cooper' and 'D.B. Cooper'. The sketch was made from the recollections of passengers and crew of a Northwest Orient Airlines jet he hijacked between Portland and Seattle.
Anonymous AP

Forty years after parachuting into folklore, the mysterious skyjacker identified as D.B. Cooper may soon be identified.

"We do actually have a new suspect we're looking at," says FBI spokeswoman Ayn Sandolo Dietrich in a story in the British newspaper, The Telegraph. "And it comes from a credible lead who came to our attention recently via a law enforcement colleague."

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Mon August 1, 2011
NPR Story

Market Relief Maybe Temporary Despite Debt Relief

Some analysts say the U.S. and its debt is still likely to be downgraded by credit rating agencies, because of the state of the economy.


Mon August 1, 2011
Statehouse News

Coal Counties Split over $600,000

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Monday announced that fiscal courts in 31 counties will receive refunds totaling $612,450 from mining permit and acreage fees. “Every effort is being made by my administration to help the mining industry extract coal in a manner that is safe, efficient and protective of our environment,” Beshear said. “Our coal-producing counties are our partners, and these funds provide a direct benefit for their efforts.”

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Mon August 1, 2011
The Two-Way

142 People Are Dead, As Government Crackdown Continues In Syria

A makeshift gallows with a poster shows the pictures of former Syrian president Hafez Assad, and his sons, including current President Bashar Assad.
Patrick Baz AFP/Getty Images

The government of Syrian President Bashar Assad continued its bloody offensive against protesters today. On Sunday, government forces shelled the city of Hama and human rights groups said there were as many as 142 people dead.

Al Jazeera reports that the people of Deir ex-Zor, who were protesting the attack on Hama, found themselves under fire this morning:

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Mon August 1, 2011
Middle East

Syrian Opposition Echoes Cry For Liberty Or Death

In a photo provided to AFP by a third party, Syrians demonstrate against the government after Friday prayers in Hama on July 29. The Syrian government has banned most foreign media from entering the country, making it difficult to independently confirm events.
- AFP/Getty Images

The holy month of Ramadan begins Monday in many parts of the Muslim world — 30 days of fasting from dawn to dusk, when large crowds gather for an additional nighttime prayer.

Ramadan could also be a decisive time for the protest movement in Syria. The government has stepped up mass arrests as activists vow to shift from weekly rallies to nightly ones outside mosques that have become centers of protest.

"I am not going to stop," said Mohammed Ali, a 24-year-old architect, and one of many activists who say they will be on the streets every night during Ramadan.

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Mon August 1, 2011
The Two-Way

China Curbs Negative Coverage Of Rail Crash

Family members lighting and leaving sticks of incense as they mourn victims who died in the July 23 high-speed train crash at the accident scene in Shuangyu, near Wenzhou.
AFP/Getty Images

After allowing unusually open criticism, on Friday, Chinese authorities ordered that the country's media outlets only report positive stories or information about last month's high-speed rail crash.

The New York Times reports:

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