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KENTUCKY MAN GUILTY OF SENDING CHILD PORN DIRECTLY TO ATTY GEN
Woops. Looks like this guy was trying to make a political point by sending pornographic images of children directly to the office of Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway:
According to an affidavit in support of a Kentucky state search warrant by a DCI investigator, seven of the attached images included matter portraying children. Five of the images depicted adult pornography. The email contained the subject line, "Kentucky Freedom?" and the content was considered political rhetoric focusing on the "sovereignty of the Commonwealth of Kentucky."The man now faces up to five years in prison.
COVINGTON'S NEW DAYTIME CURFEW MAY HELP EDUCATION BUDGET
A new report indicates that truancy is a budget buster for schools in the Commonwealth:
An Administrative Office of the Courts survey compiled last year found that 56 percent of children ages 10 to 17 in Kentucky, or about 253,000, qualified as truant in 2010, meaning they had at least six unexcused absences. Truant children also tend to drop out, costing them as well as school systems, which receive state money based on attendance. Last year, Jefferson County Public Schools alone lost about $9 million from unexcused absences.Courier-Journal
BELLEVUE BILLBOARD BATTLE AT KENTUCKY SUPREME COURT
Should the schools be allowed to profit from a billboard placed on school property or is it a zoning violation? That's what the court is to decide.
REPORT URGES PRESIDENT TO CLOSE BOONE CO'S IMMIGRANT JAIL
Boone County's facility was highlighted along with two in Illinois:
According to the report, detainees at Boone County Jail said it was almost impossible to contact attorneys. One detainee said a doctor had told him that a growth on his neck required further testing and might be cancerous, but the detainee was repeatedly denied requests to see a doctor. Another HIV-positive detainee was not allowed to see a doctor for more than six weeks.Full story with links to the full report by the National Immigrant Justice Center at the link.
SHOULD KENTUCKY ALLOW CHARTER SCHOOLS?
One conservative organization wants to see the state legislature tackle the issue in the upcoming session. Video at the link.
COVINGTON ATTORNEY BOB SANDERS TO BE HONORED TONIGHT
From Linda Hornsby:
The Kenton County Democratic Club will hold its Annual Christmas Party on December 12, 2011, at Chez Nora, 530 Main St., Covington, KY. Cocktail Hour is 6:00PM thru 7:00PM. Dinner begins at 7:00PM-9:00PM. The cost per person is $30.00. This year the Kenton County Democratic Club will honor Bob Sanders with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Santa Claus will be making a special appearance. The Kenton Co......unty Democratic Club will install 2012 Officers: Steve Hoffman, President, Jerry Kitch, Vice President, Merrick Krey, Treasurer, Paul Witte, Sgt. of Arms, Linda Hornsby, Secretary. Limited tickets will be available at the door. Please bring canned goods or non-perishables for local food pantry.
'KEEP COVINGTON BEAUTIFUL' CELEBRATION TONIGHT
Chez Nora will be hopping tonight. In addition to the Sanders tribute by the Democrats, Keep Covington Beautiful hosts a party of its own at the Mainstrasse restaurant.
PARTNERSHIP INVOLVING COVINGTON SCHOOLS LAUDED IN OP-ED
A DC-based education think-tank leader pens an editorial in the Cincinnati Enquirer about the Strive Partnership which includes the Cincinnati, Covington and Newport school districts:
But, unlike many other communities, Cincinnati has not burdened its schools with the sole responsibility for addressing the problem. “We’re all in it together,” said Greg Landsman, the executive director of the Strive Partnership of Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky. “In other communities, reform movements have fallen short when they get into the finger pointing and divisiveness that doesn’t net any improvement in terms of academic achievement for kids.” Four years ago when local leaders became aware that educational attainment in the area had fallen behind similar cities nationally, they responded by forming the partnership, which now, in addition to the local school districts, includes more than 300 civic groups, philanthropies, colleges, public agencies, nonprofits and businesses. The partnership’s overarching purpose, says Landsman, is to focus its collective resources on “creating the most robust talent pipeline in the country, focusing on the urban core.”Cincinnati Enquirer
85% OF NKY TEACHERS RECEIVED AT LEAST SOME EDUCATION FROM NKU
That's according to an official tweet from NKU following the announcement that several of the school's programs received national accreditation:
REP. DAVIS WANTS YOU TO SUPPORT THE MILITARY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
From NKY's Republican Congressman's weekly column:
One of the ways you can brighten the day of a service member who is overseas is by sending a holiday care package. It takes longer to deliver mail to our troops in war zones, so your package may not make it by Christmas, but your thoughtfulness will certainly bring some holiday cheer to our troops who are far from home regardless of when it arrives.Geoff Davis
AWKWARD: MEMPHIS ANNOUNCER INTRODUCES COACH AS JOHN CALIPARI
Honest mistake. Calipari's only been at Kentucky for three seasons. Yikes:
Memphis, which was ranked until later today when new polls come out, then proceeded to lose at home to a surging Murray State team (which is 10-0 on the season! Go Racers!).
Hat tip: SBNation
FIREFIGHTER BATTLE GROWS MORE CONTENTIOUS IN LEXINGTON
The local union representing firefighters in Kentucky's second-largest city will move forward with plans to place protest signs on fire trucks despite the city's warning not to:
"I dare them to violate our First Amendment rights to speak out against a safety issue," said Chris Bartley, president of Lexington Professional Firefighters Local 526, a union representing about 500 firefighters. The signs — which read "Today, this Fire Truck will not be responding to your emergency. Want to know why? Call Mayor (Jim) Gray 258-3100" — are in response to a proposed plan to take pieces of equipment out of service temporarily, probably starting in the spring, to deal with staffing and budget shortages.Herald-Leader
Did you miss this morning's news?
Horse slaughter is very close to returning to Kentucky; Covington's new music venue is set to open this weekend; Governor Beshear's big party tomorrow will be done on the cheap; Occupy NKY will try again next week. Those stories and more at the link.
EACH APPLE STORE WORKER BRINGS IN $278 PER HOUR
Analysis by Horace Dediu at Asymco showed store revenue at Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) was about $320,000 in the first three quarters of this year. A company like J.C. Penney Co. (NYSE: JCP), on the other hand, brings in about $124,000 per employee per year.Cincinnati Business Courier
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MOERLEIN LAGER HOUSE CONSTRUCTION DELAYED
The highly anticipated opening of the Christian Moerlein Lager House is pushed back a few weeks. This particular business has been used as an example at Covington City Hall of public-private partnerships. Video at link.
CONGRESS CONTINUES DEBATE ON WHETHER NATION SHOULD BE RUINED
"It is a question that, I think, is worthy of serious consideration: Should we take steps to avoid a crippling, decades-long depression that would lead to disastrous consequences on a worldwide scale? Or should we not do that?" asked House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), adding that arguments could be made for both sides, and that the debate over ensuring America’s financial solvency versus allowing the nation to default on its debt—which would torpedo stock markets, cause mortgage and interests rates to skyrocket, and decimate the value of the U.S. dollar—is “certainly a conversation worth having.”The Onion
11 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT REINDEER
5. Santa’s reindeer may or may not be female. Since reindeer shed their antlers at different points of the year based on their sex and age, we know that Santa’s reindeer probably aren’t older males, because older male reindeer lose their antlers in December and Christmas reindeer are always depicted with their horns. That means Santa’s sled either has to be pulled by young reindeer, constantly replaced as they start to age, or Santa’s reindeer are female. Do you want to imagine a rotating crop of sleigh pullers or an all-female lineup? It’s up to you.
More at the link.