While the NFL owners and players continue to work on a labor agreement, Georgetown College was preparing as if the football season will go on as scheduled. Developments Thursday indicated an agreement could be reached soon that would allow the Cincinnati Bengals to hold its training camp at Georgetown College, just as the team has for the past 15 years. The camp is an important money-maker for the college, and the owners' lockout of the players has put that in jeopardy.
Doctors on Thursday debated the amount of training needed for optometrists to perform some minor eye surgeries allowed under legislation approved in February by the Kentucky General Assembly. Senate Bill 110 raised eyebrows for the short time it took both chambers to pass the bill - 10 days - and the Kentucky Optometric Association's political action committee giving more than $400,000 in campaign contributions to lawmakers and the gubernatorial campaigns of Gov. Steve Beshear and Senate President David Williams in the past two years.
Federal regulators have finalized surface-mining guidelines that have caused controversy in Appalachian coal country, including Eastern Kentucky. The guidelines include a new standard for judging the effect of mining on water quality. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said use of the guidelines will better protect water quality and aquatic life in streams below mountaintop strip mines. Runoff from mining operations contains substances such as chlorides and sulfates that can damage water quality.
Howard Brody, MD, PhD, is Director of the Institute for the Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and the author of books on health care ethics, most recently The Future of Bioethics.
It's so hot, air conditioners are melting. Or, more accurately, they are being overtaxed by the heat and humidity that has engulfed much of the nation and caused the National Weather Service in Louisville to issue an excessive heat warning for Kentucky. The warning is in effect until Saturday.
Two tragic stories are playing out in Norway, where a large explosion today — or possibly more than one blast — caused deaths, injuries and extensive damage to government buildings in Oslo.
At the same time, there are reports that an individual dressed as a police officer opened fire at a youth Labor Party camp on an island in a fjord about 45 minutes from Oslo. News media in Norway say there were fatalities.
The search for who was responsible for the severe beating of a San Francisco Giants fan earlier this year after a game in Los Angeles against the Dodgers took a surprising turn Thursday.
As the Los Angeles Times reports, police "arrested two men in connection with the brutal [March 31] beating ... and have concluded that the suspect they took into custody in May was not involved in the attack, law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation said."
The latest key development in the U.K.'s "hacking scandal" centers on News Corp. executive James Murdoch (son of Rupert) and "claims he misled lawmakers" earlier this week, The Associated Press writes.
The wire service adds that "a [British] lawmaker called for a police investigation and Prime Minister David Cameron insisted the media scion had 'questions to answer' about what he knew and when he knew it."