by Michael Monks
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DOWNTOWN DIALOGUE WITH MAYOR CHUCK SCHEPER TONIGHT
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CREATIVE STRATEGIES FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
This afternoon during the Covington Business Council's montly luncheon, the topic will be creative strategies for economic development. It features author Elizabeth Edwards whose book Startup: The Complete Handbook of Starting a Company for Less has landed her many guest lecture spots and appearances in national media. Join the CBC Thursday from 11:30AM to 1:00PM at the Madison Event Center.
IN CASE YOU MISSED: HISTORIC BLDG MAY BE RAZED FOR NEW WALGREEN'S
Documents indicate that a property owned by the Diocese of Covington on MLK Boulevard across from the Cathedral on Madison is being considered for a new Walgreen's. The plans call for the demolition of the old rectory mansion and seek design and zoning variances. A copy of the agenda for Covington's Urban Design Review Board indicate that the design variances are on that board's agenda Monday afternoon.
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BASKETBALL: HOLMES, SCOTT ADVANCE; HOLY CROSS SHOCKED BY COVCATH
A mixed night for Covington high school basketball fans as the district tournaments now have their finalists. In the 35th District, Holy Cross and Covington Catholic went to three overtimes before the Colonels pulled out the win.
The Covington Catholic Colonels took the Regents Hall floor with a brand new look: shaved heads. In an act of team solidarity, every player on the team sported a buzzed head for their first round games against Holy Cross. In the end, after the best game played in the 9th Region this season, featuring three overtimes, the Colonels sent the second seeded Indians home early, shaking their heads.NKY Sports Blog
SEE ALSO: Past fuels CovCath upset of Holy Cross Cincinnati Enquirer
The Indians' season ends in the district semifinals, but it was a great season highlighted by an outstanding 28-3 record and the championship from the Kentucky All A Classic. NKY Sports Blog has a terrific video from that championship game including the thrilling buzzer beater and the raising of the trophy. Click here.
HOLMES 70, BEECHWOOD 57
The top-seeded Bulldogs improve to 20-6 on the season and advance to face Covington Catholic in the district finals Friday night. Both Holmes and CovCath will play in the 9th region tournament for a shot to go to Kentucky's Sweet 16 by making it to the district finals.
SCOTT 79, CALVARY CHRISTIAN 24
The Eagles held Calvary to just 24 points in advancing to the 37th District title game to face Campbell County. Scott improves to 14-13 on the season having won eight of their last ten including four straight.
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FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA IN CINCINNATI TODAY
A fundraiser this morning for the President's reelection efforts:
Ticket prices for the Democratic National Committee fund-raiser range from $250 to $10,000, with the top donors getting access to a “senior campaign staff meeting,’ a private “meet and greet” with the First Lady and a photo opportunity.Cincinnati Enquirer
JILL BIDEN, LABOR SECRETARY HILDA SOLIS TOUR KENTUCKY UPS CENTER
A hundred miles south, the Second Lady and the Labor Secretary visited workers in Louisville and today will appear in Lexington.
SUPER PACS IN COVINGTON? IT'S POSSIBLE
Candidates running for Kentucky's 4th Congressional District are preparing for the presence of these shadowy well-funded groups:
One of the candidates, Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie, said he had heard “rumors” of potential deep-pocketed donors looking to start independent campaign groups to get involved in the race in support of a particular candidate, potentially even for him.Hear from Massie and Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore at the link.
“We’re certainly not directing one or encouraging anybody to do one, but I think there may be folks that see my message — my small government message — and might get behind it independently,” Massie said.
From Jack Conway:
This policy change threatens the privacy of those users of various Google products who wish to keep various parts of their online experience separate. It also has the potential to heighten the risk of identity theft and fraud, given that Google will now be storing more extensive personal information profiles.press release
SEE ALSO: Google glasses could be on sale by end year:
People who constantly reach into a pocket to check a smartphone for bits of information will soon have another option: a pair of Google-made glasses that will be able to stream information to the wearer’s eyeballs in real time.Ah, well hello there, future!
New York Times
SEE ALSO: Facebook personality score predicts job success Business First
DOZENS RALLY FOR ANTI-BULLYING LAW IN FRANKFORT
Including Covington City Commissioner Shawn Masters. Video at the link.
SEINFELD ACTOR ATTEMPTS SUICIDE IN CINCINNATI
Daniel von Bargen -- who played Mr. Kruger in "Seinfeld" -- is clinging to life in an Ohio hospital after shooting himself in the head Monday morning in a failed suicide attempt ... and TMZ has the horrifying 911 tape in which he calls for help.The 911 call:
Daniel tells the 911 operator, "I've shot myself in the head ... and I need help."
More from TMZ.
SEE ALSO: The Best of Mr. Kruger YouTube
GANNETT, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER TO ADD PAYWALL TO ONLINE CONTENT
This has been a long time coming:
“We will begin to restrict some access to non-subscribers,” said Bob Dickey, president of community publishing. The model is similar to the metered system adopted by The New York Times a year ago, in which online readers are able to view a limited number of pages for free each month. That quota will be between five and 15 articles, depending on the paper, said Dickey. Six Gannett papers already have a digital pay regimen in place.USA Today will not be affected. Gannett also owns the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Indianapolis Star among many, many others. Hey folks, their stuff can't all be free!
CINCINNATI NAMED AMONG MOST FRUGAL CITIES
So that doesn't bode well for the Enquirer hoping to bank on that paywall:
The Savings Index ranks cities with a population of 300,000 or more based on each city's total issued coupon savings, including coupons printed and saved to store loyalty cards, on Coupons.com and the Coupons.com network in 2011 relative to its population size.FOX 19
KY OFFERS GRANTS TO HELP SMALL BUSINESS EXPORTS
The state Trade and Export Promotion Program:
The grant program is part of a three-year pilot initiative authorized by the Small Business Administration Jobs Act of 2010, which aims to increase the number of small businesses that export and to increase the value of exports for companies, according to a news release.Business First
“By taking part in this initiative, more and more Kentucky companies will be able to grow their capacity, increase productivity and ultimately sell more of their services and goods abroad,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in a news release. “I encourage all eligible businesses to learn more about this beneficial program.”
NKY HOME SALES RISE
But the price fell big:
In Northern Kentucky, sales rose 9.44 percent with 255 closings compared to 233 in the same month last year, the Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors reported.Cincinnati Enquirer/Lisa Bernard-Kuhn
The average price fell 20.76 percent to $129,865.
COVINGTON SINGING GROUP TO PERFORM AT DIV II ELITE 8
What a great honor for The Brotherhood Singers:
It's official!!! We've been selected to sing the National Anthem for the 2012 NCAA Division II Men's Elite Eight Championship game on Saturday, March 24 at 1pm. It's being hosted by NKU (whom we love) at the Bank of Kentucky Center. We are truly honored and thank them for this wonderful opportunity. God Bless
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NKU TO HONOR SENIORS TONIGHT
A big game against Bellarmine at the BOK Center is the regular season home swan song for these guys and gals. NKU wants a packed house decked out in gold:
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NKU men are ranked #8 in the nation while tonight's opponent, defending national champion Bellarmine is ranked #2. This rivalry has gotten heated:
Northern Kentucky is on its way out of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, but not before a few students launched a #BellarmineHateWeek on Twitter. That’s even better than having someone print up T-shirts about you. Twitter is worldwide.Courier-Journal/Eric Crawford
Hate Bellarmine? What else do you hate? Puppies? As the school’s official Twitter account observed Tuesday, “That’s not very Merton-y.”
CELEBRATE THE ARTS CIRCUS STYLE
As part of the Macy's Arts Sampler 2012 head over to Ludlow's Circus Mojo:
But before that event on Saturday is the Colossal Celebration of Urban Living on Friday at Circus Mojo.
in case you missed...
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON'S NEWSCity Commissioner lobbies for anti-discrimination legislation in Frankfort; Holmes seeks volunteers to help with career & college planning; Kentucky adds a surprising sport to high school varsity level; Plus, men with mustaches lobby for tax breaks in DC. Click it.
HOW ABOUT A LITTLE WINE WITH THAT SLIDER?
White Castle may be adding a wine list:
"Our customers wanted beer, so we thought, why not try wine, too?" said Lisa Ingram, chief operating officer. She was drinking a Sprite. Her father, Bill Ingram, president and chief executive, held a bottle of Budweiser. "I don't think we'll do scotch," he said.Wall Street Journal