The Salt
1:20 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

No Innocent Spice: The Secret Story Of Nutmeg, Life And Death

This copper engraving from approximately 1700 depicts the condition of the English prisoners at the hands of the Dutch. In the 1660s, Cornell University's Eric Tagliacozzo says, the conflict and competition for the spice trade came to a head. "The Dutch decapitated a number of English merchants who were also in the Spice Islands trying to profit from the trade."
WikiCommons

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 2:42 pm

Ah, nutmeg! Whether it's sprinkled on eggnog, baked into spice cake or blended into a latte, this pungent spice can evoke memories of holidays past. We tend to link it to celebratory times.

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Local News
1:16 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Understanding Hallucinations: A Conversation with Oliver Sacks

Through books like “The Mind's Eye,”  “Awakenings” and “The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat,” Oliver Sacks has achieved world-wide recognition for his work as a neurologist.

In his latest book, he examines one of the greatest mysteries of the mind: Hallucinations.

He explores this topic from medical, historical and cultural perspectives. But, as I found out, his interest in hallucinations comes from a very personal place. Throughout his life, Sacks suffered from hallucinations from the result of migraine headaches.

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Politics
12:49 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Yarmuth: No Time for Entitlement Reform Before 'Fiscal Cliff'

Credit U.S. Congress

Kentucky Third District Congressman John Yarmuth told MSNBC Monday that Democrats are willing to extend the Bush-era tax cut to help avoid the "fiscal cliff" but that Republicans are "dreaming" if they push for entitlement reforms before the new year.

President Obama and congressional leaders are in the midst of negotiating a new budget deal to avoid the $607 billion combination of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes set to take effect in January.

Mr. Obama has proposed an immediate extension of the Bush-era tax rates for incomes at $250,000 or less, but GOP lawmakers want the cuts to remain across-the-board. If a deal cannot be reached then all Americans will see their taxes go up, but the president has stressed that Congress can help 98 percent of Americans avoid an increase while his economic team forecasts going over the cliff would hurt the recovery overall.

Yarmuth says Congress can avoid the burden on middle-class Americans if a small number of the House GOP caucus vote with Democrats and accept a tax increase on wealthier Americans.

"That’s a real easy one if Speaker Boehner can deliver maybe 30 or 35 votes. I’d think we’d be happy to pass that and we’d avert that huge tax increase at the beginning of next year," he says. "And then we can extend the spending limits and delay the across the board cuts until a more comprehensive, balanced approach is negotiated."

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Business
12:22 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Kentucky Ranks in Top 10 for Charitable Gaming

Credit Wikipedia Commons

 Charitable gaming in Kentucky last year was a $394 million industry, ranking the state among the top 10 for not-for-profit games such as bingo and raffles, said commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Charitable Gaming. Marty Hammonds shared the figures last week with the interim joint committee on licensing and occupation.

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Environment
12:20 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Using Trash to Create Energy

An operating landfill in Australia.
Ashley Felton Wikimedia Commons

When it comes to trash, you can stick it in a landfill. But using it to create energy is an increasingly popular option.

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Local News
11:30 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Lexington Herald-Leader Erecting Paywall for Kentucky.com

Kentucky's second largest newspaper is following the lead of Kentucky's largest, moving to a subscription model for its website.

In other words, you'll get a 15 free stories on the Lexington Herald-Leader's website -- Kentucky.com -- per month; after that, you'll have to pay, according to an announcement published today.

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Arts and Humanities
11:10 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Actors Theatre Apprentices Stage Poetic Investigation of Milliennials

The Actors Theatre of Louisville acting apprentices take the stage tonight and tomorrow evening with a free workshop performance of "Run Like Children," an original play created by the members of the company.

Directed by Kate Eminger, "Run Like Children" features seven acting apprentices: Noelia Antweiler, Ethan Dubin, Chalia La Tour, Andy Reinhardt, Madison Welterlet, Christa Wroblewski and Michael Zuccola.

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Politics
10:23 am
Mon November 26, 2012

State Spending $3 Million on Tax Amnesty Initiative

The state government of Kentucky is spending $3 million on a tax amnesty program that officials hope will bring $55 million in revenue.

In 2002, Kentucky launched an amnesty initiative that garnered $40 million. Governor Steve Beshear announced this effort in October to help balance the two-year budget that will allow citizens and businesses to make restitution.

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U.S.
9:27 am
Mon November 26, 2012

'Giving Tuesday': The Start Of A Holiday Tradition?

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 4:50 pm

First, there was the post-Thanksgiving sales spectacle Black Friday and then the online version, Cyber Monday. Now, charitable groups want to start a new holiday tradition — it's called Giving Tuesday and the first one is tomorrow.

It may seem a little surprising that no one came up with the idea before of designating a specific day to help launch the holiday charitable giving season.

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Local News
8:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Kentucky Awards Committee to Review Walsh Construction's Bridges Proposal

An engineering committee will review the proposal from a Chicago-based contractor group Monday that was conditionally chosen for Kentucky’s portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Walsh Construction is composed of four independent contractor companies. Its bid this month was the least expensive of three proposals to design and build a new I-65 bridge and rework Spaghetti Junction at $971 million.

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