WorldNetDaily: Son of top Hamas leader converts to Christianity
AP: Israeli opposition wants election with Olmert exit
Dayton Daily News: Ken Griffey, Jr. received death threats while at Cincy
Thursday, July 31, 2008
From The Courier-Journal: University of Kentucky quarterback Curtis Pulley will face a loss of playing time stemming from multiple charges of marijuana possession and traffic violations this summer, coach Rich Brooks said today.
Quarterback Will Fidler, who was arrested last week and charged with disorderly conduct, will be disciplined in-house and will not face a suspension or loss of playing time, Brooks said. Brooks said Pulley "could miss games or a game or parts of games." A final determination on Pulley's punishment will be made sometime in the next 2-3 weeks, Brooks said. Pulley still will have an opportunity to compete with Mike Hartline for the starting quarterback spot. "That decision on who will start will be (made) on the field, not off the field,'' Brooks said.
Bristol Herald-Courier: Environmental Groups Sue To Halt Logging At Future Wise County, VA Mine Site
AP: Marathon Oil second-quarter profit falls by half, may split into 2
AP: Scrabble knockoff returns to Facebook with changes
This is a shocker to me...your thoughts????
FOX Sports on MSN - MLB - Reds, ChiSox agree on Griffey trade, await approval
UPDATE at 11:57am: FOXSports.com is reporting that Griffey has approved the trade. Click here for more.
L.A. Times: Federal judge says cross can remain on San Diego's Mt. Soledad
Wall Street Journal: Media-Shield Bill Is Put Aside, for Now
Sports Network: Griffey's HR highlights Cincy's win at Houston
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
CBN's The Brody File political blog posted a YouTube video (below) of Barack Obama.
From the blog:
"The Brody File has a 2004 YouTube video in its possession where Barack Obama talks about how his three year old daughter (at the time) loves to listen and dance to the rap song, "Drop it like its Hot." Obama said that his daughter thought the song was "Drop it like a Sock." "
More from the blog:
"The original version of that song may not make the "family value" playlist, but the radio version of that song is much tamer. Still, the tamer version talks about pimps and sex." How will this affect the values voters that Obama is trying to court? Post your comments.
It has been one busy Wednesday in the wold of news and weather. The big news: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will resign in September. The Jerusalem Post has more here. It will be interesting to see who will replace Olmert and the repercussions of today's news on the so-called "road map to peace."
Here in the mountains of Kentucky, the big weather news is severe weather. SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS have been issued for portions of Eastern Kentucky. In addition, an Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory has been issued for Letcher, Knott, and Perry counties until 4:30pm. Click here to see the latest warnings from the National Weather Service.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
US Geological Survey: BREAKING: 5.4 quake shakes Southern California
Robert (Mike) Duncan: The Energy to Lead
CNSNews.com: British Poll Shows Extremism Among Muslim Students
Hasbro, the makers of Scrabble, recently sued the makers of Scrabulous for copyright infringement. Even though I am on Facebook, I have never played Scrabulous. However, if you played it, I would like your thoughts on the following article:
BBC NEWS Technology Facebook shuts down Scrabulous
Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, has been indicted on seven "charges related to (his) holding of public office," two federal government sources told FOX News on Tuesday. The Justice Department has announced a 1:20 p.m. ET press conference that a release says is "regarding a criminal matter." Nearly one year ago to the day, federal investigators raided Stevens' Alaska home as part of a probe of his relationship to an oil field services contractor convicted last year in a state corruption case. The contractor, Bill Allen, in 2000 also oversaw construction for a major renovation of Stevens' house in the ski community of Girdwood. Stevens has claimed he paid for all the construction.
Newsmax: Pope Benedict to Visit Arabia?
CNSNews.com: Registered Sex Offenders Are Beneficiaries of Medicare Fraud
Wall Street Journal Law Blog: Future of For-Profit Kentucky Law School Hangs on Library Plans
Monday, July 28, 2008
This is BIG news....it is of importance to me because in 1995 I was diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy. By the grace of God, I overcame it.
CitizenLink: Cord-Blood Stem Cells Help Toddler with Cerebral Palsy
Troubled 24-year old singer admitted to a hospital again this evening...not sure why.
BBC NEWS Entertainment Singer Amy Winehouse in hospital
Kentucky Power: 1,559 customers without power due to storms (as of 4:42pm)
Voice of America: US Budget Deficit Expected to Hit Record
FOXSports.com: Trying to make sense of the Favre fiasco
A line of severe thunderstorms is moving through parts of south-central and southeastern Kentucky. SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS are in effect for Owsley, northern Jackson, and southern Lee counties until 2:15 and for Laurel, Pulaski, southern Rockcastle, NW Clay, and southern Jackson counties until 2:30. I will post updates if needed.
UPDATE at 2:24pm: SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for NW Breathitt, Lee, north-central Owsley, and SW Wolfe counties until 2:45pm ET.
UPDATE at 3:27pm ET: SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for northern Bell, SE Clay, western Harlan, eastern Knox, and southern Leslie counties until 4pm ET.
Robert Novak was admitted yesterday to a Boston hospital where he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. In a written statement given to his publisher, Novak said: “On Sunday, July 27, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I have been admitted to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where doctors will soon begin appropriate treatment. I will be suspending my journalistic work for an indefinite but, God willing, not too lengthy period.” Novak is the long-time editor of the influential newsletter, Evans-Novak Political Report, published by Human Events’ parent company, Eagle Publishing. Novak is also a well-known columnist for the Chicago Sun Times and more recently a Fox News Channel contributor. The 77-year-old Novak recently celebrated his 50th year as a Washington-based journalist.
My friends, regardless of what political party you belong to, PRAY for Robert Novak.
CBN News: PA Court Strikes Down Hate Crimes Law
Charleston (WV) Gazette: CONSOL announces plans for coal gasification plant
NewsBusters.org: NBC's Talking to Rosie...About A Variety Show?
Sunday, July 27, 2008
WBIR-TV: One dead in Knoxville church shooting
Sunday Times of London: MPs campaign to make Jack Straw British prime minister
Courier-Journal: Fancy Farm looks to be first big showdown for McConnell, Lunsford
NewsBusters has more on a blasphemous, stupid special that calls the Bible "full of fables."
PBS: Be More...Suspicious of the Bible NewsBusters.org
This time, it's Will Fidler:
WKYT: Second Wildcat quarterback arrested this week
UPDATE at 7:46am: I had the wrong first name earlier. My bad.
L.A. Times: John McCain slams Barack Obama for canceling on the troops
BBC: Jet probe turns to oxygen bottles
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Jewish families found niche amid coal boon
Saturday, July 26, 2008
From tomorrow's Sunday Times of London (UK):
From the mayhem of the past year, if Amy Winehouse has learnt anything it might be the terrible truth contained in the saying “be careful what you wish for, you might just get it”. Since giving up her whimsical teenage plan to become a roller-skating waitress, the 24-year-old Winehouse has reached a summit that few pop stars even dream of; and, as it appears, promptly thrown herself off it.
To recap: her hit Rehab has soundtracked the past 22 months; her second album, Back to Black, was the biggest seller in the UK in 2007 –the album has now sold 9m copies worldwide, making it one of the biggest sellers of the 21st century; at the 2008 Grammys ceremony Winehouse received five awards, including the so-called “big 3” for song, record and pop-vocal album of the year, and she also became the first Brit to win best new artist since the jazz and soul singer Sade in 1986.
She’s been hailed “a style icon” by the fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel, who called her beehive hairdo “an inspiration”. She was compared to Edith Piaf, Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. Her doting pop peers include George Michael, who has saluted her as the best singer and songwriter of her generation. In a poll of British under-25-year-old girls – who know her simply as “Amy” the way they know Kate Moss as “Kate” – she was voted “ultimate heroine”. On the home front, in May 2007 she married Blake Fielder-Civil, the love of her life, “my Blake – the handsomest man you will ever meet”, as she called him during a recent performance.
And what has all this brought her? A severe drug habit that may have permanently damaged her lungs. (The picture of Amy sucking on a crack pipe that appeared on the front page of a tabloid in January confirmed, in lurid detail, precisely the nature of a problem that those close to her had been aware of for some time.)
And a drink problem, allied to a proneness to get punchy in public. “If I have 20 units I can get violent, particularly if I am unhappy,” Winehouse said in 2006, and went on to prove it outside a couple of pubs in Camden.
Click here to read the rest. This proves that fame has huge consequences.
Friday, July 25, 2008
"Louisville police confirm that Kentucky quarterback Curtis Pulley was cited for possession of marijuana in June. Pulley entered a guilty plea and agreed to enter a diversion program. Kentucky State Police also confirmed to 27 SportsFirst that Pulley was stopped in July for speeding and was booked in the Hardin Co. Detention Center for suspended license, expired plates and expired registration. Coach Rich Brooks says Pulley will be disciplined, which could include a loss of playing time."
How will this affect the football Cats? Post your comments.
"An Eastern Kentucky man is in the hospital after police say his brother shot him in the stomach. It happened this morning outside the Fisty Post Office in Knott County. Police say Larry Fugate was in his car outside the post office when Curtis Fugate shot him. Curtis Fugate then barricaded himself inside of a camper behind the post office before surrendering to police just before 11 this morning. Larry Fugate was flown to to a Tennessee hospital. Police have not released a motive for the shooting."
Christian Post: Hagee Vows to 'Never Again' Endorse a Candidate
Dayton Daily News: Brawl erupts at Dayton Dragons game, fan struck by ball
BBC: Scrabble's owners sue Scrabulous
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Former University of Kentucky QB Jared Lorenzen, recently cut by the NY Giants, has signed with the Indianapolis Colts.
With quarterback Peyton Manning out of the early portion of 2008 Training Camp with a knee injury, Colts President Bill Polian on Tuesday announced the signing of veteran quarterbacks Jaren Lorenzen and Quinn Gray, each of whom has NFL playing experience. “Our thought process is not knowing how this whole thing (with Manning) is going to unfold, ‘Let’s get the best players that we can get,’’’ Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy said while addressing reporters on the first day of camp Thursday at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. “Those are guys who have played in the NFL. Our thought process is that (backup quarterback) Jim (Sorgi) is our quarterback if Peyton can’t go and if Peyton can go, Peyton’s the quarterback. “We want those guys to come in and develop.”
Click here to read the full article. Comments???
From WSAZ: "Firefighters from at least eight departments are battling a massive junkyard fire Thursday night in Pike County near Belfry High School. The fire was described as "out of control" by county dispatchers."
More details as soon as I get them.
UPDATE at 10pm ET: EKB News is reporting that the fire is at K&W Metals at Belfry. There is a thick layer of smoke in the area.
UPDATE at 10:30pm ET: WKYT & WYMT are reporting that there are evacuations around Belfry High School. One firefighter has been injured and there have been numerous explosions.
UPDATE on Friday at 7:57am: WSAZ is reporting that the fire was extinguished at 3:50am.
Christian Post: Gay Bishop Dismisses Call to Resign
Wall Street Journal: Ford Details Overhaul Plans As Losses Continue to Grow
BBC: Iraq banned from Beijing Olympics
Courier-Journal: BREAKING: Ford confirms SUVs, small cars for Louisville plants
AP: New policy lowers flags only for Ky. soldiers
BBC: Moscow tops list of pricey cities
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Baptist Press: Faith healer Todd Bentley called a fraud, false teacher
MarketWatch: Crude falls for second day as hurricane worries ease
WKYT: Southeastern Conference close to making decision on conference network
I just received in my snail mail the official invitation for the Whitesburg High Class of 1998 reunion. It will take place on Saturday, September 13. Here is the official schedule for the reunion:
11am-1pm: Kids Day at the Whitesburg City Park (located in West Whitesburg between the swimming pool and Whitesburg Middle School)
7-8pm: Social at the Highland Winery at Seco
8-11:30pm: Dinner and Dancing at the Winery
Personally, I have not made any final plans, but I hope to go to at least one of the events. The contact info for the reunion may be seen in the "Reunions" section of this week's Mountain Eagle or you can email me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and I will give you the contact and other info.
Highway 15 in Letcher County is shut down near the intersection of Highway 160 about 5 miles NW of Whitesburg due to a tanker truck overturning, causing a diesel spill. Hazmat crews are at the scene at this time. Those traveling to or from Whitesburg on Highway 15 must take an alternate route. Expect the road to be blocked for an extended period of time. I will update as needed.
The Olympian (Olympia, WA): Other religions accepted while Christianity scoffed at
AP: Dolly becomes hurricane, set to hit Tex-Mex border
Voice of America: Rice Holds First Face-to-Face Meeting with North Korean Counterpart
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
It has been a very interesting day for your humble blogger. First there was a cable TV and Internet outage that affected my hometown of Isom. It was fully restored around 4:15 or so. Then came the storms. While we did not get damage from the line of storms,that tore through Eastern Kentucky, 10,387 customers of Kentucky Power do not have electricity still do not have power at the time of this blog posting. There are reports of trees down across the region. All watches and warnings for Kentucky have expired or cancelled.
Couple of random thoughts: I believe McCain will name a running mate soon. While I believe it could be this week, I would not be surprised that he puts the announcement off until next week. I also predict that the readership and viewership of traditional national news organizations will go down further as they continue their love affair with Barack Obama. I recently heard someone saying that Obama has three new press secretaries: Brian Williams, Charles Gibson, and Katie Couric.
Those are my thoughts...what are your thoughts???
Due to an cable TV and Internet outage earlier, I need to catch up on a few things. There is severe weather in parts of Eastern Kentucky at this hour. Instead of the usual three news stories I post here around this time, here are three sites for more info on today's severe weather:
Warnings and advisories for Kentucky from the National Weather Service
Chris Bailey's Kentucky Weather Center
TG Shuck's WKYT Weather Blog
I hope to have a regular post soon. Stay safe.
UPDATE at 6:28pm ET: We had a ton of rain and wind here in Letcher County. No damage here at my house...But 10,516 AEP customers without power right now in Eastern Kentucky...numerous trees down in the region. Stay safe.
Monday, July 21, 2008
I hope the situation is resolved soon:
EKB News: Tripped Breakers Have Several Thousand Pike Countians Without Power.
All of the watches and warnings that were posted earlier today for Kentucky have been cancelled or allowed to expire. However, the Storm Prediction Center has placed virtually all of Kentucky under a slight risk for severe thunderstorms for tomorrow. I will post any updates on severe weather if needed.
Another reason to vote for John McCain:
WorldNetDaily: American flag disappears from Obama campaign jet
From the Evans-Novak Political Report:
"Sources close to Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign are suggesting he will reveal the name of his vice presidential selection this week while Sen. Barack Obama is getting the headlines on his foreign trip. The name of McCain's running mate has not been disclosed, but Mitt Romney has led the speculation recently."
Jerusalem Post: Israel reaches out to evangelical Christians in Asia
UPI: Sides agree on Zimbabwe talks framework
MarketWatch.com: Can Yang and Icahn leave the bad blood behind?
From Matt Drudge:
"An editorial written by Republican presidential hopeful McCain has been rejected by the NEW YORK TIMES -- less than a week after the paper published an essay written by Obama, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. The paper's decision to refuse McCain's direct rebuttal to Obama's 'My Plan for Iraq' has ignited explosive charges of media bias in top Republican circles. 'It would be terrific to have an article from Senator McCain that mirrors Senator Obama's piece,' NYT Op-Ed editor David Shipley explained in an email late Friday to McCain's staff. 'I'm not going to be able to accept this piece as currently written.' "
Click here to find out more about the Times' lack of respect for McCain. Comments???
Chuck Colson: What's the Matter With Canada?
PC Magazine: Facebook Releases Revamped Site
Fox News: Jessica Simpson Booed at Debut Country Performance
Sunday, July 20, 2008
A powerful line of storms is moving through Kentucky tonight. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING has been issued for all or parts of Elliott, Rowan, Johnson, Breathitt, Jackson, Lee, Magoffin, Owsley, Morgan and Wolfe counties until 10:15pm. This line has a history of wind damage. Stay safe and I will post updates as needed.
ATTENTION: If you want to wait until the season premiere of "The Price is Right" to know these changes, stop here and come back after the show airs on September 22.
For the rest of you, our good friends at Golden-Road.net posted the confirmed changes to the show. Contrary to some predictions, there were none of the "changes" that would tamper with tradition. There are changes to the set, including the turntable and the doors. But the BIG news has to be the following: the top prize for those who get $1 on the Bonus Spin in the Showcase Showdown will be $25,000, an increase from the original $10K. If one lands on the green sections of the wheel, he/she will get $10,000 instead of $5,000..
Golden-road.net has more info on the changes. Click here to read through them.
This could swing the pendulum toward McCain big-time:
The Associated Press: Dobson shifts positions, may endorse McCain
UPDATE at 10:27pm ET: Drudge is reporting that McCain and Obama have agreed to attend a "megachurch forum" on August 16. More soon...
DEBKAfile: Source: US to attack Iran between November and January if talks fail
Lexington Herald-Leader: Appalachian English: Speaking the stereotype
AP: Harrington wins 2nd straight British Open
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Your tax $$$ at work: $7,000 to fly three planes from Frankfort to Pike County for a town meeting.
Pol Watchers: Beshear, aides fly three planes to town hall meeting
Jerusalem Post: Six Israeli Arabs planned al-Qaida cell, one of them plotted to kill President Bush
Baptist Press: Builder helps churches enlarge passion
WYMT: Another Whitewater Rafting Course Could Come To The Mountains
Newsmax.com: Dan Rather Lawsuit Heats Up
Voice of America: South Africa Celebrates Nelson Mandela's 90th Birthday
ABC News: Satellite Radio Saga Takes Unexpected Turn
Thursday, July 17, 2008
From WHAS-TV's Mark Hebert:
"WHAS-11 News has learned that Kentucky’s #2 Nursing Home Regulator has been fired, because of an improper relationship with a nursing home operator. The FBI and State Attorney General are now investigating allegations that Moses Young lives, perhaps rent free, in a house owned by a nursing home owner and may have influenced state investigations of the facility.
Moses Young was a high ranking official in the State Inspector General’s office. The Assistant Director of Nursing Home Regulation, he has now been fired. And now, criminal investigators are trying to figure out if Young was on-the-take and jeopardizing the care and safety of some of Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens. The Garrard convalescent Home in Northern Kentucky has been the target of 23 complaints since 2004, alleging everything from abuse and neglect of residents to a bedbug problem. But according to state records, every one of those complaints has been unsubstantiated, and dismissed by state regulators."
Click here to read more on this scandal.
Courier-Journal: Overflow crowd in Louisville for controvesial evangelist Todd Bentley
L.A. Times: Bush leads mourners at Tony Snow's funeral
Sports Network: Mets try to extend winning streak in Cincinnati
"[Coach Billy Gillispie] announced that forward Mark Coury has asked for and been granted a release to pursue a scholarship at another school. Gillispie said Coury was free to return if the player is unable to land a scholarship."
Read more from today's UK press conference here. How will this and Derrick Jasper's transfer affect the Cats this season? Post your comments.
WKYT: BREAKING: Major fire in Downtown Lexington
Voice of America: Thousands Greet Pope in Sydney
Philadelphia Enquirer: Former UK Batcat Joe Blanton acquisition 'realistic'
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
From the Drudge Report:
"Michelle Obama IS NOT going on Obama's trips to Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, and Europe. Nor would she have a policy role in the Obama administration; she would be raising their daughters. But SHE WILL have a primetime speaking role at the Democratic National Convention. NEW YORK TIMES reporter Patrick 'The Biographer' Healy will be first out with the full details in the coming days, newsrooms sources tell DRUDGE." (emphasis in original)
From the Lexington Herald-Leader:
"After nearly two days of deliberations, a jury has found James H. “Jamie” Barnett guilty of wanton murder in the shooting death of Clay City police chief Randy Lacy.
The eight men and four women had the option of finding Barnett not guilty or guilty of intentional murder, second-degree manslaughter or, if they thought he was drunk and high at the time of Lacy's killing, wanton murder."
Click here for more. Comments???
This is a shocker to all of you 'CSI' fans:
William Petersen's `CSI' life of crime to end - NYTimes.com
Click on the above link for more. Comments???
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Baptist Press: Christian & religious families happier, less likely to divorce
MarketWatch.com: Fed uneasy about inflation, growth, Bernanke says
NY Times' TV Decoder blog: Fox’s Brit Hume to Stop Anchoring ‘Special Report’ After Election
Monday, July 14, 2008
Lexington liberal Ernesto Scorsone (D), the only openly-gay member of Kentucky's State Senate, is withdrawing his Senate candidacy and running for a Fayette County circuit judgeship. Click on the following for more:
Pol Watchers: Scorsone will not seek re-election to Senate
UNLV has officially announced that former UK Wildcat Derrick Jasper is a Runnin' Rebel. Here is a portion of the press release:
"Derrick Jasper has enrolled in classes at UNLV and has become a member of the men's basketball program, head coach Lon Kruger announced Monday. Jasper, a 6-foot-6 inch, 210-pound guard, transferred to UNLV from the University of Kentucky, where he played for two seasons. He will have to sit out the 2008-09 season at UNLV because of NCAA transfer rules and will be eligible to play for the Runnin' Rebels as a junior during the 2009-10 season."
Click here to read more from the UNLV press release. How will this transfer affect UK next season? Post your comments.
Voice of America: Human Rights Groups Applaud Charges Against Sudanese Leader
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Kentucky hub is where UPS keeps its wings
L.A. Times: Where'd Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie get those baby names?
DEBKAfile: High military tension over Iranian presence on strategic Lebanese peak
MarketWatch: Icahn blasts Yahoo for rejecting latest Microsoft offer
TriCities.com: Remote Area Medical to hold free clinic in Wise, VA on July 25-27
AP via Breitbart.com: Bush to lift executive ban on offshore drilling
Let's hope and pray that Congress gets off their collective butt and lift the gosh-awful legislative ban on offshore drilling. We need, as Newt Gingrich has said time and again, to drill here, drill now, and pay less for gas.
From the Miami Herald:
"College basketball commentator Billy Packer, who has announced 34 consecutive Final Fours on network television and created a few controversies along the way, will not be returning to CBS for a 28th season, The Miami Herald has learned. CBS has decided to replace Packer, 68, with studio analyst Clark Kellogg on its lead announcing team. An announcement is expected Monday, but CBS representative Leslie Anne Wade confirmed the story Sunday night. CBS believed the time was right for a change and that Kellogg deserved a chance to work with Jim Nantz on the lead team. Packer, who had been going year to year with his contract, confirmed through a CBS official Sunday that he no longer will broadcast for the network but is pursuing other projects in basketball. Packer declined to comment further."
Click here to read the rest of the article. For those of us who are UK fans, this is good news because Billy Packer had a bias toward ACC teams---especially Duke and North Carolina. Where will he go next? Post your comments.
AP: Mediterranean union wants to rid Mideast of WMD (Editor's note: Could this be the Revived Roman Empire that Bible prophecy experts talked about for years? I believe it could be.)
AP: Search for adventurer Fossett to resume in Nevada
WSAZ: New Sex Crimes Law Starts in Kentucky Tuesday
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Matt Drudge is reporting that Connecticut US Senator Joe Lieberman (I) may break off from the Senate's Democratic caucus and may speak at the upcoming GOP convention in St. Paul. If this report is confirmed, then this may help John McCain gain some ground among moderate voters.
Voice of America: Heavy Fighting in Afghanistan Kills 9 Americans, Many Insurgents
NY Times: Rangel Calls Rent Bargain Legal and Fair
USA Today: Reds' Hairston strains hamstring running to first (The Reds eventually lost to the Brewers 3-2.)
The Lexington Herald-Leader states that American Founders is losing money due to fraud. Click on the following for more:
Borrowers say fraud fueled rise of banker
I would not be surprised that American Founders, which has several prominent Kentucky Democrats on its board, could be the next bank to go belly-up.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Christian Post: Apologist Debunks 'All Religions are Fundamentally the Same' Claim
NY Times: McCain’s Conservative Model? Roosevelt (Theodore, That Is)
Sporting News: Possible destinations for Brett Favre
"A fast food restaurant in southeastern Kentucky is closed, after several workers and a customer were rushed to the hospital. Emergency crews were called to the Long John Silvers in Letcher County Friday night. We're told six workers and one customer were taken to the Whitesburg Hospital for treatment. Officials say they suspect carbon monoxide may have caused the people to get sick. All of them are expected to recover. Firefighters are still at the restaurant trying to figure out what caused the incident."
UPDATE at 6:05pm on Saturday: WYMT is reporting tonight that tests are showing that it was NOT carbon monoxide as some have thought. More details as soon as they are available.
UPDATE at 7:22pm ET: WYMT has an in-depth update here.
ABC News: Thousands Flock to Revival in Search of Miracles (This is a story about the controversial Lakeland Revival and its leader, Todd Bentley, who has been criticized --even within Christianity--for his tactics.)
AP: Famous cardiovascular surgeon DeBakey dead at 99
Forbes.com: Ohio coal industry wary of Obama energy plan
Friday, July 11, 2008
TriCities.com: The difference between Christianity and Islam
Wall Street Journal: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Face More Pressure as Stocks Swoon
Country Weekly: Kathy Mattea to Board Santa Train
The Lexington Herald-Leader's Pol Watchers blog is reporting that ten people were arrested and one was cited in an undercover probe of illegal sales of poisonous and venomous snakes and reptiles. According to the blog, several snakes were seized, including illegal western diamondback rattlesnakes, timber rattlesnakes, cottonmouth water moccasins, northern and southern copperheads, cobras, great basin rattlesnakes, a gaboon viper, a puff adder and an alligator. More arrests and charges are pending.
Click here to find out more about this ongoing investigation.
AP: Bodies of 2 missing US soldiers are found in Iraq
Times of London (UK): Backlash fears as Sudanese president faces genocide indictment
Appalachian News-Express: Pike County chop shop ring busted
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Jim Caldwell, chief meteorologist at WYMT in Hazard, said on his blog that WYMT will begin a 4pm newscast beginning in September. Read here for more. More details soon there and here.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
MarketWatch: Air Force reopens $35 billion tanker contract
Tampa Tribune: Bertha Bulks Up But Still Unlikely To Threaten U.S. Coast
Courier-Journal: Kentucky releases 900 inmates early to cut costs
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
"We're hearing reports of a fire at an apartment building on Hambley Drive in Downtown Pikeville. Firefighters from several departments are on scene fighting the flames. We're being told that at least one person is on their way to the hospital for injuries."
More details as soon as I get them.
UPDATE at 10:03pm ET: Fox 56 is reporting that two people have died in the fire...one was a woman, the other a teenage boy. PRAY for the victims and their families.
Hey guys...hope all is well with you. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for reading my blog the past few months. Each one of you is special to me.
I have yet to find out more info about the Whitesburg High School Class of '98 reunion. I know that it will be on September 13 and will include a lunch at the River Park in Whitesburg, a tour of the new Letcher County Central High School, and a dinner at the Highland Winery at Seco. That info is from January...if there are any updates, let me know ASAP.
Also, the annual Appalachia Day Homecoming will be held on the second Saturday in October (October 11) on the campus of my alma mater, Alice Lloyd College. The schedule includes, as always, the Alumni Association Meeting, music, food (the soupbean dinner is a tradition), alumni basketball games, and more. If there are any changes or new events, let me know.
As always, your comments and messages are always welcome.
See ya and God Bless,
William King :)
Whitesburg High School Class of 1998
Alice Lloyd College Class of 2002
Kentucky Power: Thousands in Eastern Kentucky without power after storms...click here for latest outage map
Voice of America: US Presidential Candidates Address Hispanic Conference
Courier-Journal: Horsemen say deals with Keeneland, Turfway not finished
Monday, July 7, 2008
From the BBC:
"The Church of England's ruling body, the General Synod, has voted to confirm the ordination of women as bishops. But a national code to accommodate traditionalists was approved by the Synod, which was meeting in York. Some 1,300 clergy have threatened to leave the Church if safeguards are not agreed to reassure traditionalists. They made the threat in a letter to the archbishops of Canterbury and York, but critics say many of the signatories are retired rather than serving clergy."
Baptist Standard (Texas): What’s happening to the Western church?
Voice of America: G8 Leaders Examine Goals, Shortcomings on Emergency Africa Aid
WYMT: East Kentucky Fair Kicks Off July 31st
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Dallas Morning News: McCain steps up efforts to woo religious voters
PR Newswire via Breitbart.com: NBC Universal and partners to acquire The Weather Channel
BBC: Nadal wins epic Wimbledon final
AFP: Israel successfully tests missile interceptor: report
Memphis Commercial Appeal: Christianity sweeping China
AP: Busch nips Edwards to win under caution at Daytona
Saturday, July 5, 2008
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING just issued for SE Magoffin County until 6:15pm. There are several Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisories for portions of Eastern Kentucky. Click here for the latest Kentucky warnings from the National Weather Service. Also, Chris Bailey has his brand-new blog up and running at kyweathercenter.com. His current blog on wkyt.com will be up and running through tomorrow. TG Shuck will do the blogging on WKYT starting Monday.
Sunday Telegraph (UK): Anglican bishops in secret Vatican summit
Palm Beach Post: Forecasters say Bertha expected to become hurricane
Sports Network: Lexington native Tyson Gay injured in 200m quarters
From The Courier-Journal:
"The Rev. Louis Coleman, a civil rights activist and head of the Justice Resource Center, has died, according to longtime friend Mattie Jones. Coleman was inducted into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame in 2000. He was honored as being instrumental in winning a lawsuit that challenged the lack of black coaches in Kentucky high school sports."
My prayers go out to his family and friends.
From The Courier-Journal:
Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky. will reopen next week after owner Ron Geary and horsemen reached an agreement that gives the horsemen the larger share of account wagering revenues they wanted. "We've got the deal done and we're delighted," said Rick Hiles, president of the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.
Geary could not be reached for comment immediately, but outlined the terms of the deal in a telephone interview and cut the call short because he said horsemen were calling him to inform them of their decision. Geary said the deal would open the track on Friday. Hiles said Thursday was a possibility.
Wall Street Journal: How Jesse Helms Made a Difference
Religious Intelligence: Bishops accuse British government of ignoring Christianity
AP: Champ retains NYC hot-dog eating title in overtime
Friday, July 4, 2008
If you have visited my MySpace page or Facebook profile, you would notice that my favorite game show is The Price is Right. If you watch Price, you usually see Drew Carey and the models and hear the voice of Rich Fields announcing the prizes. However, there are people behind the scenes that also make Price tick.
One of those was Roger Dobkowitz. According to the fan site golden-road.net, Dobkowitz was fired by Fremantle Media, the company that essentially runs Price (as well as ratings king American Idol). According to golden-road.net site administrator Marc, "The show that I have spent nearly my entire life watching and enjoying isn't as enjoyable to me these days, and my fear is that this "new direction" will only put the show in an unrecognizable state. I grew up watching Bob Barker -- he's gone. John (a site moderator) and I developed a great friendship with the man behind so much of the show's success and creativity -- now he's gone. The pillars supporting the reasons why I decided to build & continue maintaining this site are no longer in place."
In my view, this is beyond shocking. I do not know the real reason why Roger was fired, but this will be the beginning of a new chapter for Price. Your thoughts???
UPDATE on Sunday at 6:02pm ET: I sent an email yesterday (Saturday) to powerhouse CBS affiliate WKYT in Lexington asking if they had heard about the rumored changes. I will post quotes from their response when I get one. In addition, Carrie Grosvenor stated today on her game show blog that she doesn't "see any drastic changes forthcoming, and...it's important to understand that, while we have no concrete information on what's to come, there's no reason to freak out and assume the worst." We have yet to hear the last of this developing story.
UPDATE on Sunday at 6:32pm ET: Golden-road.net moderator John posted the latest news on the saga. Here are the most significant developments since the firing:
"What we know: Kathy Greco has assumed the role of Producer, with Stan Blits, Sue MacIntye, and Adam Sandler assisting for the time being with the tasks assigned to Roger. We do know that a number of changes have been discussed, several of which have appeared in discussions on [golden-road.net] this weekend. The fact is, honestly, that we have no facts at this time. (emphasis mine) The comments on other various websites and on previous threads here about "calming down" are to be recognized, but also understand that changes are forthcoming. We can also confirm that a new pricing game is scheduled to premiere in the first week of the new Season, we know that the show is going to be broadcast in High Definition, and we know that the show will be integrating a video wall as needed. This new pricing game will be the final game created by our friend Roger in his 36 year term with the show."
UPDATE on Tuesday at 8:49am: TVgameshows.net has more info about the departure of Dobkowitz:
"Roger Dobkowitz, veteran executive producer of The Price Is Right, will not return to the series next season amid reports of possible format changes ahead...The change comes amid mixed performances during Drew Carey's first year as host of Price. The 36-year-old game has lost 18 percent of its audience in daytime year-to-year over Bob Barker's final season. However, the nighttime Price Is Right Million $ Spectacular won its time slot every week during its Friday night airings in the late winter and early spring. Price has been holding its own in weekly repeats of the evening specials in a Wednesday-at-8 time slot. The vulnerability for Price now comes from ratings reports of the last two months. TPIR is now losing not just 18-49 age demos but overall total viewers to The View on ABC on an average of two days per week. A number of media analysts are chalking up the audience slippage to a combination of Barker's retirement, Carey's below par performance as host and the show's age.
"One source close to the show has told TVgameshows.net a replacement for Dobkowitz may not come from within the existing staff. The general perception inside the show is that major changes to Price may be in the offing that could resemble international versions of the game. The source said FremantleMedia is expected to seek a producer who can both "contemporize the show and make it more compatible with Drew's talents." While reviews of Carey's performance have been decidedly mixed, no indication exists that CBS would consider buying up the remaining two years on the comedian's contract. Though overall ratings are slipping, Price still maintains a strong lead-in for CBS affiliate local midday newscasts along the Eastern Seaboard."
I will say this: WKYT's 27 NewsFirst at Noon has been the number one noon news for about three decades or so. If "Price" continues its ratings slide, NewsFirst would lose more viewers to LEX 18 News and Action News 36. We will see come this fall when the new season of "Price" begins.
Voice of America: Analysts: African Union Weakened by Summit Inaction on Zimbabwe
L.A. Times: Charlie Crist, potential John McCain running mate, to marry
Lexington Herald-Leader: Former UK football star Burton signs with Rams
OneNewsNow.com: Another Evangelical questions Obama's 'Christianity'
CNSNews.com: Group Asks for Divine Intervention to Ease Oil Prices
L.A. Times: The Brett Favre story sure seems familiar
Thursday, July 3, 2008
"A major retail chain with Eastern Kentucky roots is going out of business, leaving hundreds of people about to lose their jobs. Dawahare's is closing all of its 22 remaining stores. The retail chain is going out of business because it can not raise the money it needs to continue operating.
"Bankruptcy court documents filed Thursday in Lexington show the 101 year old family business that started in Eastern Kentucky expects to run out of money by October. More than 100 Dawahare's employees already lost their jobs after seven stores closed. Now all of Dawahare's 400 remaining employees are set to lose their jobs by the end of September."
Dawahare's started in Letcher County in 1906. This is an end of an grand era in Kentucky's business history. Comments???
Baptist Press: Christian conservative leaders unify behind McCain, adopt statement with common goals
Times of London (UK): Israel Right demands wall to keep Palestinians out of Jerusalem
Broadcasting & Cable: Wheel of Fortune Adds $1M Twist
From the Lexington Herald-Leader:
After more than eight days of deliberation and eight weeks of testimony, a federal judge on Thursday declared a mistrial in the case of two Lexington lawyers accused of bilking their former clients of millions of dollars in a diet-drug settlement. That means Shirley Cunningham Jr. and William Gallion will face a second criminal trial, a date for which has not been set. The two men are to remain in the Boone County jail until the trial. U.S. District Court Judge William Bertelsman denied the two men's request for bail. They have been charged with one count each of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Click here to read the rest of the article. Comments???
Voice of America: Trial Ordered for US Airline France Blames for Concorde Crash
Williamson Daily News: New drug rehab facility opening in Pike Co.
Courier-Journal: Jordan Crawford to ... not UK
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Henderson's Ellis Park racetrack is closing down. From The Courier-Journal:
"Ellis Park owner Ron Geary said tonight he’s closing the Henderson, Ky., racetrack, which was scheduled to open its summer thoroughbred meeting on Friday. Geary said he made the decision after a federal judge denied his request for an injunction against Kentucky horsemen that would have allowed him to offer the track’s races to national account wagering outlets."
Click here to read more.
Acton Institute: Christianity and the History of Freedom
Wall Street Journal: Microsoft Seeks Partners For a New Run at Yahoo
ESPN: Kentucky basketball museum closes in face of financial woes
The Radio Equalizer blog is reporting that radio king Rush Limbaugh has signed a renewal megadeal with Premiere Radio Networks and its parent firm Clear Channel that includes a nine-figure signing bonus. You read it right--a signing bonus worth at least $100 million. The deal runs through 2016. Leftists will be "infuriated" according to the blog. Left-wing talk radio has been struggling while conservative talk radio has been booming.
UPDATE at 9:25am: Matt Drudge is reporting that "the total package [of Limbaugh's deal] is valued north of $400 million, according to media insiders."
Jerusalem Post: Bulldozer driver shot dead after going on rampage in Jerusalem
Virginian-Pilot: Judge denies Christian group's request to display cross
BBC: Lost Beatles interview found
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
EKB News: Jenkins nullifies football coach's contract
Public Protection Cabinet: Harlan County woman sentenced in charitable gaming case
AP: Venus, Serena Williams reach Wimbledon semifinals
Editor's Note: This edition of the Afternoon Trio is a little late...I was away earlier. But here it is:
Richard Land: What does ‘God Bless America’ really mean?
BBC: African call for Zimbabwe unity
WYMT: Letcher County's Cumberland River FD suspends ambulance runs