Melissa Block talks with soul singer Ben E. King about the passing of two legendary songwriters, Nick Ashford and Jerry Leiber, this week. Nick Ashford of Ashford and Simpson co-wrote some of Motown's biggest hits including "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." He died at Monday at age 70. Jerry Leiber penned the lyrics for songs such as "Jailhouse Rock" for Elvis — and one of Ben E. King's signature tunes "Spanish Harlem." Lieber also died on Monday. He was 78.
Libyan government forces fired a Scud missile Monday near Sirte. It's at least the second time the Scud has been used in the conflict. Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak also had Scuds in his arsenal. Brian Palmer gives Robert Siegel a brief history of the Soviet-made missile and tells us why Middle Eastern dictators love the Scud. Palmer writes the Explainer column for Slate.com.
Libyan rebels stormed Moammar Gadhafi's Tripoli compound Tuesday, after loyalist troops relented. NPR correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro entered the compound after them and tells Robert Siegel about scenes of jubilant anti-Gadhafi fighters ransacking the barracks.
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9, according to CNN, struck Washington, D.C. shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday. There were no injuries and only minor damage has been reported. The quake was felt in Eastern Kentucky, a Lee County resident said. The quake's epicenter was in Northern Virginia and it was felt up and down the East Coast, CNN reported.
The management and musicians of the Louisville Orchestra have been in talks for the next season’s contract for about a year, but as deadlines approach, no agreement is in place. The first concert is scheduled for September 10, and rehearsals are supposed to start the week prior. But unless a contract is in place, the musicians can’t play. That’s because the Louisville Orchestra has joined Wayne Newtown and the Richardson Symphony in Texas on the America Federation of Musicians “unfair list.”
The Medical Center at Franklin unveiled its completed $4 million surgery expansion project to the public Monday. The 9,700-square-foot renovation and new construction includes two operating suites, an endoscopy suite, a six-bed recovery unit and other surgical support services. With the new addition, surgeons have more room to do more complicated surgeries.
A gas leak at a construction site briefly shut down a Danville street Monday morning, forcing the evacuation of a nearby Centre College building and putting glass-blowing equipment in jeopardy. The street was shut down for about an hour, and the few people in the arts building, including Professor Stephen Rolfe Powell and one of his assistants, were evacuated.
Danville has another interim city manager. After almost two hours in executive session Monday, the City Commission unanimously approved hiring Ron Scott to take over the position left vacant when John W.D. Bowling resigned last week. Scott, who moved from Frankfort to a farm on U.S. 127 in 1993, worked for the Kentucky League of Cities for 26 years, including 15 years as the assistant executive director and director of insurance and risk management. Since retiring from KLC in 2001, he has worked as a contract lobbyist for Preservation Kentucky.