by Michael Monks
THE RIVER CITY NEWS MORE COVINGTON NEWS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
MAYOR SCHEPER, BILL BUTLER AMONG COVINGTON DONORS TO ROMNEY
In case you missed last night's report at The River City News on the amount of money coming out of Covington for the 2012 Presidential candidates, click the link below. Republican Mitt Romney had the fewest contributors from Covington (other than Rick Santorum who had only 1) but the four people that did give to the former Massachusetts governor gave big. Scheper gave $2,500 and Butler gave $1,000. More details at the link.
In addition to the campaign contributions report, at the link you'll also find details on how the man who prosecuted and convicted the Oklahoma City bombing conspirator could become NKU's next President.
KENTUCKY RANKS HIGH IN TEEN PREGNANCY RATE
The Commonwealth ranks 7th in the nation in the rate of teenage pregnancies with 46.2 teen pregnancies for every 1,000 teenage girls. Mississippi tops yet another unflattering list. There is some good news, however:
The rate for teenage moms reached its lowest point since record-keeping began in 1940. The rate fell 9 percent to about 34 per 1,000 girls ages 15 through 19. The decline was seen among all racial and ethnic groups.Story: Herald-Leader
The CDC report released Tuesday focused on state figures. The authors say the teen declines have been attributed to pregnancy prevention efforts. They note that a recent government survey showed more use of contraception by teens.
Full report: CDC
WOULD THERE BE AN iPHONE WITHOUT KENTUCKY?
Probably. But perhaps not without a Kentucky-based glass company as described in a wonderful article titled When Apple Called Kentucky:
In his best-selling biography, journalist Walter Isaacson tells how Jobs challenged Corning to begin churning out a durable, scratch-resistant material called Gorilla Glass for the iPhone’s screen.Courier-Journal/Chris Otts
Apple originally had planned for the iPhone to have a plastic screen, Isaacson wrote. But Jobs decided the device would “feel much more elegant and substantive if the screens were glass.”
Responding to the impatient Jobs’ challenge, the Harrodsburg plant quickly went from making liquid crystal display (LCD) glass for products such as televisions and monitors to manufacturing Gorilla Glass for the first run of iPhones.
On the day the iPhone hit the market, Jobs sent Weeks a message: “We couldn’t have done it without you.”
FROM KEEP COVINGTON BEAUTIFUL:
30 bags of debris removed from Roebling Point Gateway (Monday). Making way for new plantings on Sat-April 21 :) We will see you there!!
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COVINGTON-BASED POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE TO SUPPORT MCCONNELL
One of two PACs formed in NKY this election cycle is based in Covington:
Justin Brassell, a former campaign manager for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, and Jeremy Hughes, of Covington, a former staffer for U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, formed Bluegrass Votes based in Covington. Brassell and Hughes both said it will raise money independently to support McConnell’s re-election.The intentions of the other PAC are a mystery right now.
Cincinnati Enquirer/Scott Wartman
MCCONNELL: INDIVIDUAL MANDATE OKAY IN ROMNEYCARE, NOT OBAMACARE
As top Republicans begin to accept Mitt Romney as their Presidential nominee, the former Massachusetts governor's health care plan, often referred to as a blue print for President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, must become defensible:
McConnell said the Massachusetts health care bill Romney signed into law in 2006 while serving as Massachusetts governor shouldn’t be equated to the Affordable Care Act — nicknamed Obamacare — even though they both include mandates for individuals to carry health coverage. That’s because the states have the right to pass such powers but the federal government doesn’t, McConnell said.More with video at the link.
“It’s a totally different thing,” he said.
SEE ALSO: In the NKY Congressional race, it's Gary Moore versus Alecia Webb Edgington: Round 2 cn|2
Kentucky man in critical condition after his head is stuck between a tractor trailer and a building Herald-Leader
UK/Indiana rivalry in basketball is too good to jettison Herald-Leader
Duh: Homophobes have unacknowledged attraction to the same sex says a new study Think Progress
WOW: FABULOUS HOME FOR SALE IN COVINGTON
The River City News likes to showcase on occasion some of the unique real estate opportunities that pop up in Covington and this home at 917 Spring Street in Botany Hills definitely qualifies:
Wow. And a skyline/river view to boot? Yes, please. Asking price: $350,000. More photos at the link.
WHY THE WORD "OK" IS AMERICA'S MOST USEFUL INVENTION
Allan Metcalf’s book OK: The Improbable Story of America’s Greatest Word traces its journey from “joke to business tool and then to staple of everyday conversation and an attitude toward life.” Metcalf provides many snapshots of American history, with detours into the worlds of business and celebrity and psychology, while painting a vivid portrait of the weird, wild process of word evolution. I think you’ll find the yarn Metcalf spins to be far better than OK.GOOD