Roll up your windows and lock your doors: things are about to get loud, distorted and nasty. This week on Alt.Latino we're making a ruckus with garage rock bands like Mexico's Los Romanticos De Zacatecas, Spain's Guadalupe Plata and Puerto Rico's Davila 666. We also check out heavy industrial beats from Argentine group Mueran Humanos that have us dusting off our black mesh tank tops and goth boots. These bands revel in rough, abrasive sounds that hurt so good.
Massey Energy is no more. A vote today by shareholders approved the coal company’s acquisition by Alpha Natural Resources. The $7.1 billion merger means Alpha now controls the second-largest coal reserves in the country. The company will also control more reserves of metallurgical coal, which is in demand overseas to make steel. The new Alpha Natural Resources will operate more than 180 coal mines and processing plants throughout Appalachia and Wyoming.
The two finalists for the superintendent’s job at Jefferson County Public Schools will visit Louisville next week. The school board selected them today from a field of five semifinalists. They are: Dr. Donna Hargens, Chief Academic Officer for Wake County Public Schools in North Carolina, which has more than 143,000 students; and Dr. Christine Johns-Haines, who’s superintendent of Utica Public Schools in Michigan. It has an enrollment of more than 29,000 students. JCPS board Chairman Steve Imhoff says both candidates have impressive credentials.
Two high-profile attacks on hotel maids are leading to a change in security at two Manhattan hotels: The Wall Street Journal reports that according to union officials, the Pierre Hotel and the Sofitel New York will equip their room attendants with panic buttons in case they are attacked.
The Louisville Orchestra’s contract with its musicians expired at midnight Wednesday. That means the players are not being paid, they do not have insurance and do not have any guarantee they’ll have jobs when the next season starts. There’s hope for a new contract, but amid contentious negotiations and ongoing bankruptcy proceedings, that hope is diminishing.
Six Kentucky counties have been chosen at random for mandatory, post-primary election audits. Attorney General Jack Conway conducted the drawing, and the counties chosen at random to be audited are Wolfe, Boyd, Muhlenberg, Nelson, Estill and Clark. Pendleton County was drawn before Clark, but disqualified, because it was audited in the previous election. Conway says investigators will now be dispatched to the six counties drawn.
U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell knows which side he's on in the "war on coal." Speaking before the Kentucky Coal Association in Lexington Wednesday, McConnell said the Environmental Protection Agency has defied logic and operated outside the scope of its authority with a permitting process that leaves coal operators in limbo.
At the small southern college where I taught in the 1970s, one of the grad students had flown a chopper in Vietnam. Instead of living on campus, he rented a cottage in the woods. He slept there alone, with a Colt .45 under his pillow.
He played me tapes of fire-fights in which friends had died. Out of the jabber and roar of bad recording, he teased monologues that were poisoned with the essence of terror and despair.
Here's a measure of how difficult a marketing job congressional Republicans have ahead of them on the Medicare issue - nearly six out of ten Americans oppose their proposal, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research poll.
Fifty eight percent of those surveyed opposed the Republican Medicare proposal to privatize the program while only 35 percent supported it, CNN said. The plan is contained in the House Republicans' proposed budget for fiscal year 2012.
If you're not a romantic, look away now. But we just couldn't resist passing along this video of a pretty elaborate marriage proposal that's making its way across YouTube and making many coo a long, "Aweeee."
28-year-old Jeff Gurwin had a mural painted in New York's East Village. His girlfriend Caitlin Fitzsimons, 27, was on her way to dinner with Gurwin when she saw, "Will you marry me Caitlin?" written in wooden block letters. In the video you can see her run across the street, and deliver a happy yes: