10:00am

Wed July 13, 2011
The Two-Way

China Says It Closed 1.4 Million Websites In 2010

The Internet, as you may have noticed, just seems to keep on growing. But not in China — in fact, Chinese officials said that the country had 41 percent fewer sites at the end of 2010 than existed one year earlier — mostly the result of government restrictions.

Worldwide, there were a reported 255 million websites at the end of 2010. That number, drawn from research conducted by Royal Pingdom, reflects a yearly gain of 21.4 million sites.

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9:42am

Wed July 13, 2011
Statehouse News

Bringing Breathitt County to Frankfort

With a little less than a month to go, organizers of “Breathitt County Day” in Frankfort are making final preparations to make this year's event – the seventh annual one – to exceed last year's record turnout. They hope to tie into this November's elections for state offices, by inviting Democratic and Republican candidates for governor to the festivities, which will be held on Friday, Aug. 5, starting at 10 a.m. at VFW Post # 4075, located at the corner of East Second Street and Capital Avenue in Frankfort, just five blocks away from the Kentucky State Capitol.

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9:42am

Wed July 13, 2011
Asia

China Seeks To Carve Out A Space Of Its Own

A visitor stands near the Shenzhou 5 re-entry capsule that was used in China's first human spaceflight mission, and the space suit worn by crew member Yang Liwei at an exhibition in Beijing on July 6.
Alexander F. Yuan AP

As the U.S. winds up its space shuttle program, Beijing is shooting for the moon.

Chairman Mao once said China would never be a great nation if it couldn't even shoot a potato into space. But in 2003, it became only the third country to send a man into orbit, and since then it's launched five more astronauts — or "taikonauts" as they've been christened here, showing how China's even trying to leave its own mark on space vocabulary.

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9:32am

Wed July 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Need A Lift? Check Out Michigan Retirement Home Residents' 'LipDub'

Care for a prune juice cocktail? That's one of the jokes in the seniors' production.
Grand Valley State University

Trust us on this one, if you have a few minutes you're going to enjoy watching the Clark Retirement Community LipDub video that's been posted online by students at Michigan's Grand Valley State University.

It may be, as the school says, "the nation's first LipDub performed solely by residents of a retirement community." Here's how Grand Valley describes the video:

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9:17am

Wed July 13, 2011
Opinion

The Nation: Semicolon, Hyphen And No Serial Comma

The serial comma is a contentious topic.
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Maria Kari is a freelance writer and journalist currently based in Vancouver, BC.

"Who gives a [insert expletive] about an Oxford comma," asked the Vampire Weekend boys in 2008, shocking many an English teacher and publishing industry professional. Now, three years later, the usefulness of the oxford comma (also known as the serial comma) has come into question again. Let me preface this article by assuaging your worried souls: despite rumors to the contrary, the Oxford comma is not dead.

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9:13am

Wed July 13, 2011
The Commonwealth

I-69 Backers Lobbying for Funds

Completing Interstate 69 from Indiana to Texas is edging closer to reality, but advocates of the project want to keep it on the forefront in order to secure financing. Several speakers representing agencies and legislators championing the I-69 project talked about the importance of the roadway during a Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce After Hours-Hot Topic event held at the Eddie Ballard Convention Center on Tuesday night.

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9:11am

Wed July 13, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: Multiple Wives Is So Five Minutes Ago

A man kisses his bride during a mass wedding in Jakarta, Indonesia in April.
Irwin Fedriansyah AP

Robert Zeliger is an editor for Foreign Policy.

Polygamy has become passe — at least for young people in Indonesia and Malaysia.

86.5 percent of Indonesians between the ages of 15 and 25, and 72.7 percent of young Malaysians, disagree with the practice, according to a new survey. Of course, in and of itself that isn't earth-shattering news, but given that the countries are overwhelmingly Muslim and generally quite conservative, the number is interesting.

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9:11am

Wed July 13, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: McConnell Speaks For 'He' Not 'We'

Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, Utah, looks on as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill about balancing the budget.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard.

Shortly after Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell unveiled his "contingency" plan for a debt limit increase, the Associated Press bulletin read: "GOP Leader McConnell proposes giving Obama new power for automatic debt limit increase."

It's surely not the headline McConnell wanted, but unlike much of the media coverage of the debt fight, it's accurate. And that's a problem.

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9:10am

Wed July 13, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: McConnell Waves White Flag For GOP

Republicans and Democrats are locked in a debate over the nation's deficit but some believe the GOP is ready to surrender.
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Jonathan Chait is a senior editor at The New Republic. He writes the magazine's TRB column. He is also the author of The Big Con: Crackpot Economics and the Fleecing of America. He has worked at The New Republic since 1995.

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9:00am

Wed July 13, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Last of the ‘Country Correspondents’

Clarice Floyd, a weekly correspondent with The Casey County News since the late 1950s, enjoys a moment in the home that she has shared for 71 years with her husband, Aaron, in the Mt. Olive community of Casey County.
Larry Rowell Casey County News

A once-loved tradition where community news and events appeared weekly in the local newspaper is being kept alive, at least on a part-time basis. Up until about 20 years ago, nearly every small community in Casey County had a resident who collected local news and sent it each week to The Casey County News. Clarice Floyd was one of about 20 correspondents who did this, but as the years progressed, the correspondents faded away. Floyd, a spry and lively 92, is the last correspondent who still periodically gathers the news of her friends and neighbors in the Mt. Olive community. She became a correspondent in the late 1950s.

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