The Two-Way
11:32 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Afghanistan: More Troubles, But U.S. Ambassador Sees Path Forward

Officials and mourners prepare to place the coffin of Afghanistan High Peace Council and former Taliban leader Arsala Rahmani in a grave earlier today, in Kabul.
Massoud Hossaini AFP/Getty Images

While U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker says there is a path toward relative stability in Afghanistan and away from a return to the kind of civil war that devastated the country in the early 1990s, the difficulties still facing that nation have been underscored by more violence:

-- CNN.com reports that "a bomb exploded inside a shop in the northern Afghanistan province of Faryab on Monday, killing nine people, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry."

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Local News
11:05 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Cincinnati Offers Free Landlord Training Class

This Friday, May 18, the city of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Police Department will offer a free, landlord-training class. There might not be much public awareness about the class, but it's offered once every quarter.  WNKU's Steve Hirschberg asked Police Officer Katie Werner how people can sign up for the course.  

The Two-Way
10:25 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Dozens More Murdered In Mexico; Count Of Headless Bodies May Near 70

Morgue employees take in some of the bodies that were found Sunday.
Moises Castillo AP

Few headlines are more horrific than this:

"49 Headless Bodies Dumped In Mexican Town."

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The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers
10:23 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Science And The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 2:27 pm

A technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has kicked off an energy boom in the United States. Fracking lets drillers unlock vast reservoirs of natural gas that were previously inaccessible. Over the past decade, about 200,000 gas wells have been drilled across the country.

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BusinessWise
10:01 am
Mon May 14, 2012

May 7 to 11

BusinessWise for the week of May 7 to 11 has Theresa Singleton & Jill Meyer on the YWCA, Tom Cooney & Crystal Faulkner on using your tax refund wisely, Janet Harrah & Karen Finan on the Northern Ky.Economic Impact Report, Dr. Huges & DR. Goodwin on business education and Paul Fox with tips on business communication.

Earth Calendar
10:00 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Earth Calendar for May 14th and 15th

When do two wheels become six? When you bike and ride on Metro. Every Cincinnati Metro bus is equipped with a front-mounted bike rack that's easy to use. Best of all, when you pay your fare your bike rides free! To celebrate Bike to Work Day, bicycle commuters can ride for free an Metro, Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky buses, and Clermont Transportation Connection buses on Thursday, May 17th, when they transport their bike on the bus bike rack. Bike racks are on the front of all Metro, TANK and CTC buses and can be used at any bus stop including Government Square.

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The Two-Way
9:55 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Baby Names: The Latest Partisan Divide?

The percentage of newborns given the trendiest names is much smaller than it was a generation ago.
Andre Panneton iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 10:27 am

Evan, Elizabeth, Rachel, Abigail and John all have something in common. They were born this spring at Fletcher Allen hospital in Burlington, Vt.

Around the same time, a group of babies named Paislee, Liberty, Rykan and Scottlynn were all born in and around North Platte, Neb.

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The Two-Way
9:47 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Sophia Is No. 1 Among Girls' Names; Mason Soars To Near Top Among Boys

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 12:53 pm

Sophia has pushed Isabella off the No. 1 spot among most popular names for girls born in the U.S., the Social Security Administration says.

Meanwhile, Jacob remained atop the list of boys' names, where it's been since 1999.

But Mason "rocketed to number two" last year from the No. 12 spot in 2010.

Here are the top 10 for each gender, from the agency's website:

Boys

1. Jacob
2. Mason
3. William
4. Jayden
5. Noah

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Local News
9:39 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Bank's Grants are Helping Tornado Victims

By Greg Kocher
Lexington Herald-Leader

     WEST LIBERTY — Banks typically don't give money away, but one lender is doing just that to help Kentucky tornado victims. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati has a program in which homeowners and renters who were displaced or who suffered damage to their primary homes might be eligible for grants of as much as $20,000 toward the purchase, construction or repair of a home. Because these are grants, the money doesn't have to be repaid.

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