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SHOCK: KY IS AMONG UNHEALTHIEST STATES
This news almost made me drop my cigarette and spit out my Mountain Dew all over my plate of fried chicken! There's just no way Kentucky is unhealthy! Oh, wait:
Kentucky ranks #43 in United Healthcare's annual tally of who's fattest and who's fittest. Worst of all, we're #2 in smoking. Who's puffing more than we do? Let me wave away this cloud of smoke and check... ... ... ah, West Virginia. Thank goodness for them and Mississippi.
Kentucky's results here.
DEAR LORD THERE ARE A LOT OF SURVEYS FOR COVINGTONIANS THESE DAYS
DEAR LORD THERE ARE A LOT OF SURVEYS FOR COVINGTONIANS THESE DAYS
1) Hurry up and take the important survey for the Center City Action Plan, Covington's effort to revitalize its urban core. Click here.
2) Direction 2030, a project of the NKY Area Planning Commission to help plot Kenton County's future, is also asking questions. Click here.
Tonight, Direction 2030 hosts its final meeting of Phase One where there will undoubtedly be a survey! But you have to haul it out to Piner for this one. Pack a lunch.
DAYTIME CURFEW PART OF PACKED COMMISSION AGENDA FOR TONIGHT
If you missed last night's update, the agenda for tonight's Covington Commission meeting includes a final vote on the daytime curfew in the city as well as some other items of note. For the full breakdown (as well as: An update on the proposed methadone clinic for Latonia; An endangered species lands extra protection from industry on the Ohio River; Plus, what's the most shoplifted item this season?), click the link.
NKCAC TALKS WEATHERIZATION ON WCPO
Some good work on helping NKY families stay warm while paying less this winter.
FREE FLU SHOTS FROM NKY HEALTH DEPT.
You'll probably want to take advantage of this because the needle is smaller!
The Health Department is offering the intradermal flu vaccine free of charge for residents age 18 to 64 by appointment at its four county health centers. The intradermal vaccine is a new option this year that uses a needle that is 90 percent smaller than the traditional flu shot, while still providing the same protection. It is injected into the top layer of the skin rather than the muscle, eliminating the soreness often associated with the traditional flu shot. The intradermal vaccine is safe for residents with chronic illnesses and women who are pregnant. Learn more about the intradermal flu vaccine.
URBAN PARTNERSHIP PREPARES FOR COLD WINTER
Just because the temperatures are dropping, don't think that the good people keeping Downtown Covington trash and graffiti-free will slow down. “We have winterized the power washing equipment so you won’t see any of that activity for the next five months," said Executive Director Pat Frew. But,"We do plan to shovel sidewalks at street corners at crosswalks. And during the precipitation-free periods, you will see us continuing litter pickup and graffiti removal.” Check out the new clothes:
MAKE THIS PART OF YOUR FAMILY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS
It's fun -- and cheap!
MEET THE PENGUINS
CityBeat profiles the Aquarium's unique experience:
It’s understandable why so many people love penguins. They’re easy to anthropomorphize with their short legs, waddling bodies, tuxedo-like plumage and appendages that resemble arms more than wings. “It’s hard not to like a penguin, you can’t not smile when you see one,” says Ric Urban, the Newport Aquarium’s curator of birds and mammals. “Once we grab people’s attention with how cute they are, we throw in the conservation education. If you walk in here and meet these penguins, you’ll walk out asking, ‘What can I do?’ ”
KENTUCKY WILL ALWAYS GET COAL IN ITS STOCKING
And deservedly so:
Early last week, the Beshear Administration fired — without cause or explanation — one of the state’s leading mining regulators.(Snip)By the end of the week, that voice of reason had seen enough. Tom FitzGerald, head of the Kentucky Resources Council, sent Governor Beshear a letter resigning from his position on two state boards, the Kentucky Environmental Education Council and the Center for Renewable Energy Research and Environmental Stewardship.
NKY FAVORITE MOVING INTO LOUISVILLE/LEXINGTON MARKETS
The same franchisees that brought local favorites Skyline and LaRosa's to our larger Kentucky sisters is seting up to feed them breakfast too:
The locally franchised First Watch restaurants will be operated by the Holland Rosen Group. Business partners Gary Holland and Ron Rosen, founders of Holland Rosen Group, LLC, are the largest franchisees of Skyline Chili, with 12 restaurants in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, and three La Rosa's Pizza restaurants.
"We are excited about taking this wonderful restaurant concept to Lexington and Louisville, and our friends who eat at First Watch in Northern Kentucky are thrilled that we are coming to their town," Holland said.
First Watch is based in Florida.
LOOK THIS GIFT HORSE IN THE MOUTH!
A uniquely Kentucky gift in Lexington:
Give a tour of "The Horse" to the horse lover in your family for Christmas! This 140-piece exhibition is the largest traveling equine exhibition ever assembled and will be on display at the Ky Horse Park until April 6, 2012. See how nature's most majestic creature has shaped our world.
FROM EARLIER AT THE RIVER CITY NEWS
A federal judge wants more information before making a final ruling on the proposed methadone clinic in Latonia. The owners of the business are suing the City for the right to open.
Last night's riverfront development presentation: unfocused, uninspired; Take an online survey about the plan to revitalize Downtown Covington; Asst Police Chief Spike Jones teaches kids to play drums (video); Plus, does the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special promote bullying? (video). Those stories and more at the link.
CRUEL IRONIC TWIST FOR CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
The classic animated holiday tale about the search for the true reason for the season and its anti-commercialization message, was cut short last night to make room for more commercials. God bless America.
IN MAJOR GAFFE, OBAMA FORGETS TO DUMB IT DOWN
"Instead of saying, 'There are many global variables at work here, and unless they all fall into place, we could find ourselves back in a recession,' he should have just said, 'Times are hard. We gotta be strong,'" said Washington Post political correspondent Brian Meltzer, noting that Obama's statement during a speech on job creation was met with dumbfounded looks and audible gasps from the crowd.
The best part is that this one is datelined Cincinnati.