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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

NEWS ROUND-UP -- TUESDAY EVENING 28 AUGUST

THE RIVER CITY NEWS MORE COVINGTON NEWS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
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by Michael Monks 
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MORE MAINSTREAM MEDIA COVERAGE OF SCHOOL BOARD VACANCY
The twists and turns that followed the August 2 resignation of Covington School Board member Denise Varney (which up to this week were only covered here at RCN here, here, here, and here) are now getting their second dose of coverage in the mainstream media. WKRC, following an earlier report in the Cincinnati Enquirer, has a video report Tuesday afternoon with one piece of new information being that the Kentucky Department of Education is reviewing its vacation policy since a part-time employee's 30-day vacation is being blamed for the delay in accepting Varney's resignation and preventing would-be candidate Mark Young from seeking election to her seat. Instead, it still appears that there will be an appointment to fulfill Varney's seat, which is not up for reelection till 2014. Young and his attorney intend to sue to have his name placed on the ballot again.
Full story: WKRC  
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DON'T MISS TUESDAY MORNING'S NEWS!
"The rally is meant to be a way in which white citizens can gather and express their discontent with the problem of black-on-white crime." NKY white supremacists are headed to Ohio; Plus, ground is moving at Covington's huge residential development. Those stories and much more at the link.
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QUICKIES
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Republican state senate candidate Chris McDaniel is endorsed by NKY Association of Realtors Facebook 
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KY Republicans share Convention experience on Twitter Herald-Leader 
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KY Sec. of State gets order to protect military votes press release 
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Man pleads guilty to stealing from KY, OH tornado victims WLWT 
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Gov. Beshear proclaims September "Preparedness Month" press release 
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Man found asleep on couch charged with burglary Courier-Journal 
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"Lazy, slovenly" college students are gold mine to entrepreneurs Courier-Journal 
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NKU campus urged to eat more fruit, veggies KY Forward 
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The late Neil Armstrong wants you to contribute to Children's Hospital Cincinnati Children's 
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Holy Cross football hopes to rebound after lopsided loss last Friday Cincinnati Enquirer 
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New Mainstrasse cafe gets write-up Business Courier 
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FORECLOSURES IN KY NUMBER 20,000 ANNUALLY
Stats from this article: 20,000 foreclosures in KY every year, 1 in 4 homeowners are "upside down" (owing more than the home is worth), and one in ten is more than thirty days behind on a mortgage payment:
Yet Kentucky has fared better than the nation and most of the surrounding states. According to the RealtyTrac website, on average there is one foreclosure for every 2,826 households in Kentucky compared with one in 686 nationally.
That was some of the data presented Monday to a state House task force looking at the foreclosure “crisis” in Kentucky, a task force that isn’t entirely sure what it can do to address the problem.
Full story: Richmond Register/Ronnie Ellis 
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HOW LONG WILL YOU NEED TO SAVE FOR A DOWN PAYMENT?
Using Census data, The Atlantic Cities calculated how long one has to work in order to save for a down payment on a home in the 100 largest metro areas:
We assumed that people saving for a down payment set aside 10 percent of their pre-tax earnings – even though of course that depends on your earnings and how much you want to put away – and will earn an annual return of 1.5 percent on those savings. We also assumed a 20 percent down payment, the traditional norm, though many mortgages (including FHA-insured mortgages) require less than a 20 percent down payment (see note at end).
For Cincinnati/NKY, the average weekly wage is $891, the median price per square foot is $80, creating a total of 6.6 years worth of saving. 
Full story: The Atlantic Cities 
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SOMEONE PUT TACKS ON LOUISVILLE'S IRON MAN COURSE - TWICE!
Mean:
Somebody took it upon themselves to spread roofing nails along the race route on US 42 between Bluegrass Parkway and Highway 524 East. And not only did they do it, they did it TWICE between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oldham County police tried to track down the idiots perpetrators with unmarked units. Several bicycles and an EMS unit suffered flat tires as a result of the action.
Full story: WDRB 
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UNDERGROUND SEX CLUB FOUND INSIDE WHISKEY ROW
Interesting:
Workers preparing historic Whiskey Row buildings for interior demolition have discovered what appears to be the remnants of a sado-masochistic swingers club, abandoned for decades. "This is the weirdest I've ever found," said Greg Harris, the superintendent of the project for Sullivan-Cozart. Two floors below Main Street, a large black and white logo displays the word "LATEX," presumably the name of the club, painted on the century old wall.
Full story with video: WHAS
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CREEPY MANNEQUIN HEAD APPEARS IN MAINSTRASSE TREE
So, this?
Creepy.
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IT'S TIME TO PLAY WHAT IS COVINGTON SELLING CRAIGSLIST?! 
This evening we have three lovely items up for sale from Covington on Craigslist... Let's take a look:
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ITEM #1
This is something called an Ab Do-er II, but don't ask the owner what it's for:
I have an exercise machine called an ab do-er II which sits in the basement and never gets used. Wanting it gone since no one uses it. Not even sure what you do or how to use it. Selling for $15.
Full details: Click Here 
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ITEM #2
Hook this baby up to your car and you too can be delivering pizzas all over town:
Pizza car rooftop sign / light. Works great! Just needs to be cleaned off.
Used price ($98) is reasonable, as these cost $150 new
Full details: Click Here
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ITEM #3
Relive your youth or, gasp, a time before you were born:
Vintage Atari 2600 with 11 games , 2 controllers and all necessary hardware. Still works great! Retro!

Games are:
Space Invaders/Jungle Hunt/Defender/Vanguard/Battlezone/Moon patrol/Kangaroo/Squeeze box/Missile command/Taz/Air sea battle
$45 for everything
Full details: Click Here 
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Of course, if you are feeling really ambitious, Mainstrasse's Groove Coffee House is also for sale on Craigslist Click Here 

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