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4TH LATONIA CHURCH HIT BY BURGLARS
This time it was the Latonia Baptist Church:
Church pastor Dan Francis tells 9 News, "The tragedy is that they were already in the building somehow because we have so much traffic in our building. None of our outside windows or doors were ajar, so our sense is they probably came in and hid somewhere."Video at the link.
(snip)Chief Russo says, "Obviously, since this has been going on, we have been directing some more police resources toward the area paying particular attention to the churches which can have the effect of displacing the activity, moving it about."
SEE ALSO: Latonia Churches Targeted by Thieves
CHURCH STREET AS A ONE-WAY IS HEADED TO THE COMMISSION
A public meeting at Holy Cross Wednesday night included a presentation by the assistant city engineer explaining that since Church Street has been changed to a one-way, Holy Cross students are safer and speed has been reduced by five miles per hour. However, the plans to make the one-way permanent after the current 90-day trial was met by some resistance. The River City News was at the meeting and will have a full report later today.
|Temporary infrastructure would be replace by|
new permanent landscaping on Church St.
NEW YOUTUBE VIDEOS PAINT SCATHING PORTRAIT OF COVINGTON SCHOOLSOne video calls the district's students "the most illiterate, most uneducated and most ignorant kids in the state".
Videos: The River City News
COVINGTON WANTS YOU FOR A 'NEW HOME FOCUS GROUP'
The Housing Authority of Covington wants to know what you would like to see in new homes developed in the city. Three meetings in the next few weeks will last an hour each. Here are the times and locations:
January 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm at Covington Latin. (Park in the lot behind the Cathedral on the corner of 12th and Scott Street. Enter through those doors of the school);
Two more meetings are scheduled for January 26 and February 2.
KY LAWMAKER AMENDS BILL REQUIRING DRUG TESTING FOR WELFARE
A Lancaster Republican state representative would no longer require across-the-board drug testing for welfare recipients, but rather would only test those referred to by a case worker with probable cause:
Another issue some lawmakers had with the 2011 version of the bill was that it could leave children vulnerable if their parent or guardian suddenly got cut off from food stamps for testing positive for substance abuse. Under the current version — House Bill 26 — kids would be placed with a temporary guardian and government benefits tagged for the kids would go with them.More with video at the link.
SEN. RAND PAUL VOWS TO FILIBUSTER ANTI-PIRACY LAW
Better known as SOPA, it's the pending national bill that inspired Wikipedia to go dark Wednesday:
"The Internet, as we know it, has had a profound impact on job creation, the global economy and prosperity. It has accelerated wealth creation and facilitated a more connected world. But the Internet's development is based on the free flow of information, innovation, and ideas, not central government control," Sen. Paul said.(press release)
"Both PIPA and SOPA give the federal government unprecedented and unconstitutional power to censor the Internet. These bills enable the government to shut down websites that it deems guilty of violating copyright laws. While we support copyright protections, we are also concerned about websites being shut down without their day in court, and making innocent third parties bear the costs of solving someone else's problems."
|Sen. Rand Paul|
FORMER KY SEC OF STATE TREY GRAYSON ON REDISTRICTING FIGHT
Now that he's far away from Frankfort, Grayson can comfortably call out both parties via Twitter:
Grayson may think the Senate GOP is fairer, but Democrats, naturally, disagree:
In two districts, Democrats are pitted against one another. In another, Democratic and Republican incumbents were put in the same district, one favoring the GOP candidate. And in a move that Democrats said was particularly spiteful, the Republicans renumbered the district represented by Sen. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington, the body’s most liberal member. That move will force her out of office at year’s end, without a chance to run again until 2014, because her home will be in the district represented by Sen. Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson, which is not on this year’s ballot.Courier-Journal/Joseph Gerth
Meantime, in the state House, the GOP is still sore over the Demicrats' plan:
“Let’s call this bill what it is,” DeCesare said. “It’s culling the herd. You’re wanting to cut our numbers.” DeCesare continued for about three minutes, with anger apparent in his voice.Bowling Green Daily News/Andrew Robinson
“This is a big-time election year, and I think you’re scared,” DeCesare said. “I think you feel like you’re in danger of maybe losing your majorityship in this body. And that’s fine, that’s the way our process works.”
One NKY State Rep. says Boone County will have to fork up lots of cash because of this redistricting:
Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, issued a statement today saying 16 precincts slated to be split in Boone County could lead to the creation of between six and eight new precincts. That, she said, would cost Boone County as much as $90,000 in new election costs.cn|2
“Given the tight budget situation both on the state and local level, it is simply unimaginable to burden local government and taxpayers the added cost given the redistricting plan’s blatant partisan and political motivations,” Wuchner said in the statement. In addition, the confusion this plan would create among voters only further serves to create apathy among Kentuckians in a presidential year.”
NOW THE BATTLE LINES INCLUDE CONGRESSIONAL REDISTRICTING
At some point, the legislature will surely get focused on matters other than their own political future.
SEE ALSO: Sen. McConnell already has over $4 million for his 2014 reelection campaign. Herald-Leader
BETTER TRAFFIC FLOW AND PARKING FOR KY SPEEDWAY PROMISED
After the disaster that followed the Speedway's first Sprint Cup race, improvements are underway:
The signs on I-71 said today is the day Kentucky 35 would be closed. By 10 o'clock it was not only closed, a big chunk of it was gone. Crews are digging a pedestrian tunnel under the highway that will connect the track and land it's bought for much-need parking. "Roughly 9-10 thousand spaces. That's all dependent when we get into it deeper. That's the goal we're shooting for."Local 12/Joe Webb
LIFE WITHOUT THE SOUTHGATE HOUSE
Music fans continue to mourn the legendary space that closed after the New Year celebration:
The allure of seeing a show in a 200 year old haunted mansion is what gets you through the doors the first time. People come back because the staff makes you feel like it is your house. It would be naive for someone to think that they could simply start booking shows in that building and achieve the same success. The Southgate House staff is still here in this community & I expect great things to come from them.CincyMusic/Ian Bolender
IN CASE YOU MISSED: THE NEW REHABBED BUILDING ON MAIN ST
A long-vacant, abandoned building on a busy corner is no longer blight. In fact, it's quite the stunner!
Lots of photos at the link!The River City News
AND THE REHABS CONTINUE!
A half block from the building featured above, yet another vacant building is getting some love! 831 Main:
We are righting this ship, Covington, thanks to people who believe. Keep believing!
meanwhile... across the river...
AGENT FOR THE BANKS IS CONFIDENT
This project was talked about for decades, but now that The Banks is here, it's really exciting:
By Opening Day, The Banks could be home to seven newly opened restaurants and entertainment venues serving up everything from live music, hot dogs and draft beer to top shelf wines and filet mignon. The offerings, bolstered this week by the addition of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, further solidify a grand vision for the riverfront community that leasing agent Mark Fallon has doggedly chased for more than a year. The effort is helping set the stage for The Banks’ next phase, which could include a grocery store, coffee house, bookstore and spa.Cincinnati Enquirer/Lisa Bernard-Kuhn
CINCINNATI RANKED AMONG UNHAPPIEST PLACES TO WORK
These surveys, good or bad, are pretty dumb. But it always gives us something to brag or get defensive about.
Forbes via FOX 19
in case you missed...
Sneaky art project sends political messages at rest stops along I-75; NKU freshman reflects on one week as an intern at NKY Emergency Shelter in Covington; Plus, go behind the scenes with Broadway veterans performing this weekend at The Carnegie. Those stories and so much more at the link!News Round-Up -- Wednesday Afternoon
MAYBE AN ASPIRIN A DAY IS NOT RIGHT FOR YOU
Researchers at the University of Kentucky:
But new research shows that aspirin is not for everyone, and that in some patients this so-called wonder drug is doing more harm than good. “I stop a lot more aspirin than I start,” said Dr. Alison Bailey, director of the cardiac rehabilitation program at the Gill Heart Institute at the University of Kentucky. “People don’t even consider aspirin a medicine, or consider that you can have side effects from it. That’s the most challenging part of aspirin therapy.”The New York Times
CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE SCOTT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Left to Right Back Row: Mike Fritz, Jake Groeschen and Landon Perraut
Left to Right Front Row: Collin Myers, Megan Brown, Andrea Stewart and Olivia Krauth
DID YOU KNOW IKEA STORES INTENTIONALLY CONFUSE YOU?
That's what a new video suggests:
If you're short on time, skip ahead to the 25-minute mark in this video for a fascinating explanation of how Ikea builds its stores in such a way that 60 percent of its customers' purchases weren't on their shopping list to begin with. In essence, the discombobulation may frustrate you, but it also loosens up your purse strings. This impulse to buy based on disorientation isn't something Ikea invented. It's actually something called "the Gruen Transfer."GOOD