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COVINGTON MURDER VICTIM'S BROTHER LASHES OUT IN COURT
The brother of Shawn Davis was escorted out of Kenton County Court this morning as convicted killer Tiffany Mayse was being sentenced. Given an opportunity to address the killer, the brother told her, "I hope you die in prison and rot in hell, you fat whore." Video at the link.
COVINGTON WHITE COLLAR CRIMINALS CONTINUE PUSH TO BUY RIVAL
Despite shelling out a hundred million dollars for Medicare fraud allegations and despite needing taxpayer money to pay its rent in Covington and at its new headquarters in Downtown Cincinnati (to which they'll move starting this month), Omnicare continues its effort today to buy Louisville-based Pharmerica. Luckily,
the ever-trustworthy Goldman-Sachs is acting as financial adviser in the transaction. #HeadDesk
POST OFFICE CUTS MEAN SLOWER MAIL DELIVERY
Congress doesn't seem too concerned about the demise of the US Postal Service, but Senator Bernie Sanders is:
Sanders contends that while technological changes and the recession hit the Postal Service hard, the more significant problem is a requirement, imposed in 2006 by Congress, that Postal Service pre-fund its pension system with billions of dollars annually over a 10-year period. Yesterday, Sanders called the pension requirement "onerous," and noted that funding requirements have created liquidity problems for the Postal Service the past two years. Sanders and others in Congress have introduced legislation that would eliminate or modify the pension requirement for the next five years, but given the timeline Postal Service officials have set for consolidation plans, lawmakers would need to act quickly, something Sanders acknowledged was an uncertainty.
SEE ALSO: Cincinnati's Dalton Street processing center also on chopping block FOX 19
CONTRACT AWARDED TO BETTER ROADWAYS AROUND KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY
This will hopefully help avoid the traffic nightmare that happened during the track's first hosting of a Sprint Cup Series event earlier this year. The winning bid was offered by a West Chester, OH company:
Sunesis Construction Co., of West Chester, Ohio, submitted the low bid of $3,708,082 – $220,183 below the cabinet’s estimate. Four other companies also submitted bids. The project will result in added capacity to sections of I-71 and KY 35 so traffic can flow more quickly and safely into the Speedway’s parking areas, which owner Speedway Motorsports Inc. is greatly enlarging. In addition, a pedestrian tunnel will be built.
NEW KY MARKETING CAMPAIGN FEATURES COVINGTON'S BASILICA
"There's Only One" is a new initiative by the Commonwealth to compel people to get on down here for a visit, y'all:
Kentucky’s wealth of unique attractions forms the basis of the state’s 2012 travel and tourism marketing campaign. The new campaign, called “There’s Only One,” will differentiate Kentucky from other destinations by emphasizing places and things travelers to and within the Commonwealth can experience that cannot be replicated anywhere else.Among the first thirty-one places highlighted in the effort is the Saint Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption on Madison Avenue. I think we could easily rattle off thirty-one "only ones" in Covington alone over one cup of coffee at the Anchor Grill, but we'll bide our time and wait this one out. The State plans to add more following a certification process. For the full list, click the link.
Commonwealth of Kentucky
SHOPPING LOCAL IS A BOON TO LOCAL ECONOMIES
Shopping locally has a distinct impact on the livelihoods of people who live and work in a given neighborhood.
A 2007 study by David Neumark, an economist teaching at the University of California, Irvine, and his colleagues found that the arrival of big box stores hurts local economies. He found that when Wal-Mart stores come in to a community, there is a net loss of approximately 150 retail jobs, with each Wal-Mart employee taking the place of 1.4 employees that would have otherwise found jobs at local businesses.
They also found that total earnings for employees of Wal-Mart were 1.5 percent lower than earnings for comparable workers at local retail stores.
RNN via FOX 19
WOAH, BOEHNER IS A KENTUCKY FAN?
Maybe it's the cigarettes he likes...
Turns out, the House Speaker was at the UK-UNC game with coal executive and UK Booster, Joe Craft. In other news at the link, President Bill Clinton gave money to Alison Lundergan Grimes's campaign for Secretary of State, a first for a former president and Kentucky politics.
KIDS HELP MAINTAIN THE LICKING RIVER GREENWAY
Good for them:
Youth Build Northern Kentucky (part of the Northern Kentucky Community Action Agency) helped out over the weekend during Vision 2015's volunteer effort at the Licking River Trails project.
DON'T FORGET: Covington's riverfront is the topic of an important meeting tonight at 6:00PM inside commission chambers at City Hall.
ELAINE WALKER NAMED STATE PARKS COMMISSONER
Outgoing Secretary of State Elaine Walker, who's battling breast cancer and who lost in the primary for the SoS office to Grimes, has been named by Governor Beshear to head the Commonwealth's treasure chest of state parks. Good for her.
Commonwealth of Kentucky
LATE NKU PROFESSOR TO BE REMEMBERED IN COVINGTON
Longtime NKU educator Frank Stallings passed away at the age of 83. He was a popular figure on the Highland Heights campus:
While Stallings was a man of short height, his enthusiasm for what he taught gave him a large and engrossing presence, according to Steve McCafferty, a professor at The College of Mount Saint Joseph and a student of Stallings during the ‘70s.
“His stature and manner in contrast to the intensity of his teaching, that kind of captures it for me. Good teachers are like that. They kind of sneak up on you, they draw you in, and all of a sudden, you’re exposed to the light. It’s not something you can put your finger on; it’s light. Your light is illuminated,” McCafferty said.
Stallings's memorial services is this weekend at Trinity Episcopal Church in Downtown Covington. For more details, click the link for a great story from The Northerner.
HOLY CROSS FOOTBALL ALMOST MISSED OUT ON THEIR COACH
The man who led the Latonia school to its first ever state football title was almost lured away by the University of Cincinnati before a football program was even completely established. Lucky for the Indians, Bruce Kozerski is a man of his word:
"Bob Wylie (who is currently the offensive line coach with the Oakland Raiders) was coaching offensive line at UC at the time and he took the tight end job with Bengals (in 1997) and called and asked if I was interested in the line job at UC, but I had just committed to Holy Cross and couldn't do it to them," said Kozerski, who has been head coach at Holy Cross since 2004. "I had always thought about doing that or coaching in the NFL, but when I got out of the league there weren't any opportunities right away and Holy Cross came along. I got to know the people, fell in love with the place and several years went by and before I know it I'm teaching (math) in the building and I just can't leave."Great story by Richard Skinner at the link.
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IS DR. PEPPER'S NEW BRAND SEXIST?
The new "Dr. Pepper 10" is targeting men and local alt-weekly, CityBeat finds that distasteful:
In the excruciating commercial spots, a buff, cliché action hero type (sorta Bruce Willis with hair) spouts lunkheaded, pseudo-macho catch phrases amidst some cheesy action movie chaos exploding around him. It is a way-too-blatant attempt at ironic humor that’s cringingly clumsy and off-target, but it all seems designed to soften the blow of its bottom-line message — Dr. Pepper Ten: It’s Not For Women. It’s a boldly stupid motto, but because of the hyper-self-aware campiness of the marketing campaign, we are all supposed to know that it’s all just in good fun. “You know us, guys, we’re just jerkin’ your chains, ladies!” And then we all head to the kitchenette and pop open an icy cold Ten. Or TEN, as us dudes (and the marketing decision-makers) like to call it.CityBeat
DID YOU MISS THIS MORNING'S NEWS?
Important meeting tonight on the future of Covington's riverfront; Proposed daytime curfew up for vote this week; a Kentucky prison will produce an all-inmate version of Romeo & Juliet (Seriously); Plus, a new name for the corner of 36th & Church Streets and why more KY priests are tweeting. Those stories and more at the link. Happy Monday, Covington.