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BREAKING: (6:14PM) COVINGTON POLICE RESPOND TO CITY HEIGHTS FOLLOWING REPORTS OF A MAN SHOT. WILL UPDATE WHEN NEW INFO IS ATTAINED.
15-YEAR OLD CHARGED WITH MURDER IN TUESDAY NIGHT SHOOTING
Covington Police tell The River City News that a 15-year old boy is in custody after being arrested late last night following questioning over the shooting death of 18-year old Brett Thornberry on Greenup Street. The 15-year old also faces a complicity to robbery charge, which implies at least one other individual may have been involved. Click the link for the latest.
SEE ALSO: The teen is the fifth juvenile to be charged in a murder case in Covington this year. An excellent report at the link.
UNEMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS LOWEST SINCE APRIL 2008
The job market is strengthening:
Unemployment applications are a measure of the pace of layoffs. Job cuts have fallen sharply since the recession, though many employers remain slow to start hiring. The declining number of applications suggests that the economy may finally be regaining strength, 2½ years after the Great Recession ended. The nation added at least 100,000 jobs every month from July through November, the first five-month streak since 2006.Associated Press via The Courier-Journal
SEE ALSO: Jobless rate falls in 114 of 120 Kentucky Counties. Press release.
MORE KENTUCKIANS GO TO COLLEGE THAN EVER BEFORE
Hopefully there will be jobs for these graduates too.
More than 63 percent of Kentucky’s public high school Class of 2010 has enrolled in college – the highest percentage on record, the Kentucky P-20 Data Collaborative announced today. The P-20 Data Collaborative used a more comprehensive set of data to calculate the rates, which revealed that of the more than 43,000 public high school graduates in 2010, 63.1 percent enrolled in some form of higher education.Commonwealth of Kentucky
"Your mom goes to college."
WE'RE SCREWED, AREN'T WE?
Ethics-plagued Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff will speak to Kentucky state lawmakers about... ethics?
The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission invited Abramoff to lead a 90-minute session scheduled for January 4 on how his corrupt actions led to his rise in Washington and eventual imprisonment. In 2006, Abramoff, who has been called the most “notorious and crooked lobbyist” in modern times, began a three and a half year prison sentence after pleading guilty to tax evasion, fraud and corrupting public officials.Anyone else thinking that these lawmakers will learn a lot? A whole lot.
5/3 WARNS ABOUT BAD EMAILS
They're probably being sent by Jack Abramoff:
“We understand that recent SMIshing (using text messages) and Vishing (using voice mail) attacks have occurred on banking customers, including Fifth Third Bank customers,” Fifth Third (Nasdaq: FITB) spokeswoman Debra DeCourcy said. “The goal of these attacks (much like their counterpart, phishing) is to obtain credit or debit card information. This event is one perpetrated by thieves on unsuspecting individuals.”The worst thing that could happen to a 5/3 customer is to become a 5/3 customer. (But, yes, be careful.)
FLORENCE Y'ALL IS GITTIN' NAUGHTY Y'ALL
Larry Flynt's brother Jimmy wants to open up a shop in the Boone County burg causing some people to get the vapors:
“We are reviewing the application to determine if the proposed business is a sexually oriented business,” said Richard Lunnemann, Florence city coordinator. “If we determine that it is, there is a sexually oriented business license process they would be required to go through.” If the store is determined to be a sexually oriented business, county officials say the current location would not comply with zoning regulations.If Florence doesn't take you, Larry, come on down to Covington.
Cincinnati Enquirer/Mark Hansel
KY STATE POLICE: DRIVE SAFELY
You know these guys will get you, otherwise:
The 2011 Christmas holiday period begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, and runs through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 26. Last year, during the Christmas holiday, there were 1,242 crashes resulting in 295 injuries and one death. "This is the time of year when many people are traveling to share the holiday with family and friends," KSP Spokesman Lt. David Jude said. "Our goal is for motorists to reach their destinations safely. We take this responsibility seriously throughout the year, and especially during holiday season."KY State Police
GIVE A LAST MINUTE GIFT TO SOMEONE ELSE'S KID
Kentucky Youth Advocates wouldn't mind a few holiday bucks sent their way:
With your help, Kentucky Youth Advocates can begin the New Year ready to lobby for our collective legislative agenda – the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children.Your gift today of $25, $50, $75, $100; your monthly gift of $10, $25, $50; or whatever you can share, will allow Kentucky’s children to have a voice at the Capitol. Any gifts made by December 31st will be tax-deductable for 2011 and will make Kentucky Youth Advocates’ vision a reality – “Kentucky, the best place in America to be young!”KYA
25 FACTS ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY MOVIES
(A Christmas Story)
13. For anyone keeping count, Ralphie says he wants the Red Ryder BB Gun 28 times throughout the course of the movie.You'll want to read the whole thing.
14. Jack Nicholson was very interested in playing Ralphie’s dad. But casting (and paying) Jack would have been too expensive. Director Bob Clark has said Darrin McGavin was the perfect choice.
15. Mythbusters tested whether it was possible to get your tongue truly stuck on a piece of cold metal. Guess what? It is. So don’t triple dog dare your best friend to try it.