Jefferson County job hunt: At a time when the local unemployment rate is at a staggering 10.6 percent, about 10,000 job seekers have applied for a mere 90 factory positions at General Electric. The jobs, which entail building washing machines, pay about $27,000 a year plus benefits. Currently, there an estimated 38,000 people looking for work in the Louisville area.
Psych exam on hold: A Fayette County judge has ordered accused murderer Steve Nunn be removed from the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center in La Grange and returned to jail in Lexington, saying it’s too soon to evaluate his competency because he has not officially been indicted. The former state lawmaker is charged with murder in connection with the death of former fiancee Amanda Ross, who was found shot to death outside her downtown Lexington townhouse on Sept. 11.
Prize-winning prez: President Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize today for his work doing a variety of, you know, good stuff, like improving international diplomacy and working to rid the world of nukes. It was a decision that stunned most observers, including Obama, who was virtually unknown in the world before launching his campaign for the presidency. Not surprisingly, some people — particularly conservatives — are scoffing at the choice, with GOP Chairman Michael Steele saying, ”(It’s) unfortunate that the president’s star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights.”
The first lady’s family roots: The New York Times reveals Michelle Obama’s family tree, looking back five generations and shedding light on a path from slavery to the White House. The NYT reports: “While President Obama’s biracial background has drawn considerable attention, his wife’s pedigree, which includes American Indian strands, highlights the complicated history of racial intermingling, sometimes born of violence or coercion, that lingers in the bloodlines of many African-Americans.”