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by Michael Monks
HOW TO RUN COVINGTON CITY HALL MORE EFFICIENTLY
The report by Management Consultants commissioned by Covington Mayor Chuck Scheper that is expected to detail how to run City Hall and its departments more efficiently has been received by the Covington City Commission. Commissioner Steve Frank offered this hint on his Facebook page:
A great report. I believe Covington is in great hands with Chuck Scheper at the helm.
The City Commission does not meet again until May 29.
FORMER UK BASKETBALL PLAYER ACCUSED OF SEX WITH TEENS
Michael Porter last suited up for the Wildcats in 2009 leaving as a junior to spend more time with his wife and baby. This morning Porter faces charges that he had sexual contact with two minors, ages 14 and 15:
According to court documents, Michael James Porter, 25, had sexual contact with a 14-year-old and 15-year-old on several occasions. The police reports indicate Porter met the minors when he was serving as a group leader at a church function.WLEX
Police charged porter with six counts of sodomy and two counts of sexual abuse, according to the Fayette County Detention Center website.
HOLMES COACH SURVIVED FATAL CARROLLTON CRASH IN 1988
Jason Booher was 13 years old and was one of sixty-seven people on board a bus returning from Kings Island to Radcliff, Kentucky when the vehicle was struck by a drunk driver which killed twenty-seven of them. Booher is now the varsity boys basketball coach at Holmes and shared his story at the school:
“It used to be tough to talk about, but now I’ve been able to see so many positives that have come from it,” Booher said. “The stiffer drunk driving laws, the safer buses and the many victims that talk about it today and have an impact on people.”Full story at the link.
Booher was sitting in the fifth seat from the back, next to the window. He was able to escape the blaze without injury by climbing over the seats and out the back door, then helped pull others out and drag them to the grass in the median.
“We were pulling kids and pulling kids – it seemed like forever,” Booher said. “In 90 seconds, the bus was over 1,500 degrees.”
Cincinnati Enquirer/William Croyle
CANDIDATE BILL ADKINS REMINDS VOTERS THAT A DEMOCRAT IS RUNNING
Kentucky's 4th Congressional District is the talk of Commonwealth political circles because of the brutal primary being waged on the Republican side. But Bill Adkins, a Williamstown attorney, wants Northern Kentucky voters to keep in mind that there is a Democrat in the race, too. He penned this editorial:
Congress is deeply divided and in many ways, dysfunctional. The typical hardworking, middle class family today is caught in a political power struggle that threatens to dismantle every safety net we have in place for our senior citizens and for those who have lost their jobs, are trying to get an education or training, and those who need health care services they can afford.SEE ALSO: Adkins, other candidates speak at Kentucky Farm Bureau forum Bill Adkins
There are solutions, but only if we put aside our partisan difference and work in the best interests of all citizens, not just those with the ability to hire expensive lobbyists. The Republican budget plans of deep cuts and austerity without investment will not work. Trickle down economics does not work. Only a plan that includes reforms to our tax system, controlled spending and investment in technology, infrastructure, education and in our small business, will our economy experience true recovery and growth.
We are stronger if we work together and look for solutions that empower Americans not blame them for needing a government that works. I’ve never believed that dependence on government should be a lifestyle, but neither do I believe that the truly needy in this country should be cast aside.
I am proud of the Democratic values I was raised with – hard work, fairness, honor and duty to serve our communities and our country, and true compassion for those less fortunate. Democrats do matter in this upcoming election on May 22 nd and I hope thatvoters in the 20 counties of the 4th Congressional District exercise their vote for a better future for Kentucky.
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COVINGTON'S MONDAY AFTERNOON HEADLINES
In case you missed Monday afternoon's headlines...
The quest for a cancer cure right here in Covington is delayed; A device is counting the cars that travel down Main Street; Plus, another Holmes student lands an athletic scholarship. Those stories and much more at the link!
LEXINGTON DIOCESE SUPPORTS THE BAN ON SAME-SEX COUPLES FROM PROM
A young lesbian couple was barred from entering the prom at Lexington Catholic High School last weekend and the school is being supported by the diocese:
The Diocese's statement said the school's decision to prohibit the admittance of the same-sex couple was "consistent with the teaching of the Catholic Church."Herald-Leader
"The Church empathizes with those who struggle with same-sex attraction, but, at the same time, the Church and its institutions, like Lexington Catholic, cannot condone or promote actions which normalize homosexual tendencies," the statement says in part. "This in no way detracts from the value and dignity of the students involved. In light of Catholic teaching, the actions of the Lexington Catholic High School administration were a corrective invitation to the students involved to embrace their truest human dignity as children of God."
NEWPORT RESTAURANT FINDS MOB MONEY HIDDEN INSIDE
Only in Newport:
“The very first day I bought the place, two guys came in with hammers in their hands and they wanted to knock the tops off all my banisters,” said Cunningham.A TV crew showed up to help search a few weeks ago and they did not end up empty handed. What did they find? Click the link.
The two men, who Cunningham said were in their 80s or 90s, claimed to have worked in the building during the mafia’s heyday in Newport. Cunningham said the men had belonged to the Fraternal Order of Eagles on the third floor, which was known to house an illegal gambling operation.
Cincinnati Enquirer/Sarah Gadzala
BE SURE TO "LIKE" MAINSTRASSE'S NEW SANDWICH SHOP ON FACEBOOK
DJ's Sandwich Shop hopes to be open in June in the building that most recently contained a baseball card and sports memorabilia shop. Click here to follow the progress on Facebook.
KENTUCKY CHOSEN AS TEST MARKET FOR NEW COCA-COLA PRODUCT
Why not? Even a Pepsi is known as a coke in Kentucky:
The Atlanta-based company says it will test a "Sprite Select" and "Fanta Select" this summer that will have about half the calories of regular. The drinks will be made with a blend of sugar and other sweeteners, including Truvia and erythritol. The tests will take place in a limited number of stores in Atlanta, Detroit, Louisville, Ky. and Memphis, Tenn.Associated Press
CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO SHOT AROUND COVINGTON TO PROMOTE THE UPCOMING PRODUCTION OF "AVENUE Q" WHICH OPENS AT THE CARNEGIE ON JUNE 1
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