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Datebook: February 23 – Supernova 1987A Visible to Naked Eye 25 Years Ago

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Supernova 1987A was located in the outskirts of the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a nearby dwarf galaxy, approximately 168,000 light-years away, though close enough to be visible to the naked eye if you lived in the Southern Hemisphere. The light from the supernova reached Earth on February 23, 1987. It was the first opportunity for modern astronomers to see a supernova up close and observations have provided much insight into core-collapse supernovae. Voyager 2, then enroute to Neptune, was able to observe the supernova with its cameras.

It’s Thursday, February 23

The Howard Finster Vision House Touring Exhibit goes on display tonight at the WKCTC Clemens Fine Arts Center Gallery. Finster’s images range from pop culture icons like Elvis to historical figures such as George Washington to religious images of his own visions. There’s a reception tonight from 5 to 7, with an artist talk by curator David Leonardis at 6. The exhibit runs through March 23.

The Modernette Civic Club sponsors their 18th Annual African American Breakfast on Saturday at 8AM at the James E. Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville. The keynote speaker will be Mr. John Johnson, Executive Director for the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights in Louisville. $12 tickets can be purchased at the door.

Western Baptist Hospital offers free screenings during a Heart Health Fair on Saturday from 9 to noon in the atrium of Doctors Office Building 2. Western Baptist staff will provide blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and EKG rhythm strip screenings. Fasting and advance registration are not required.

Find more community events online at wkms.org.

Datebook: January 18 – SOPA Opposed with Internet Blackouts

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If you went to Google today, you’d see a large black box urging visitors to contact their Congressional leaders. If you tried to access Wikipedia, you’d be out of luck. The inspiration for these “today in history” blurbs originates with Wikipedia, providing an outline and then resources for further information. Popular blog sites like Reddit, BoingBoing and the Cheezburger Network have also posted prominent protests. SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) is a bipartisan bill (H.R. 3261) introduced in the US House of Representatives by Lamar Smith (R-TX). The bill expands the ability of US law enforcement and copyright holders to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual and counterfeit goods. The proposed bill would allow copyright holder to seek court orders against websites accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement (Google has cited YouTube as an example  of a site that would be shut down immediately if this law were to go into effect). Depending on who requests the court orders, the actions could include barring online advertising networks and payment facilitators such as PayPal from doing business with the allegedly infringing network, barring search engines from linking to such sites, and requiring Internet service providers to block access to such sites. Unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content would be a crime, with a prison sentence. The bill also gives immunity to Internet services that voluntarily take action against websites dedicated to infringement, while making liable for damages any copyright holder who knowingly misrepresents that a website is dedicated to infringement. Proponents aim to crack down on piracy, but opponents say it overreaches, and violates the first amendment. The Senate vote is scheduled for January 24.

Click here to read the bill

It’s Wednesday, January 18

Gather a team of six to compete in Saturday’s Trivia Night benefiting Project Hope No-Kill Humane Society. Doors open at 6:30 for registration, and play starts at 7PM at Grace Episcopal Church in Paducah. It’s $15 per player. Request a registration form by calling 217-7781.

Western Baptist Hospital offers a free grandparenting class providing updated information, safety tips, and a refresher on how to care for grandchildren. The class meets tomorrow night at five in the Atrium Classroom of Doctors Office Building 2. To register, call 575-2229.

The Ballard County Chamber of Commerce invites the public to their first annual open house tomorrow night at their new location next to the farmer’s market in La Center. Visit with directors, see the new office, enjoy refreshments, and register for door prizes from 3:30 to 6:30. For more information, call Executive Director Beth Hunt at 665-8277.

Find the text of this datebook on The Front Blog at wkms.org. Thanks!

Written by Matt Markgraf

January 18, 2012 at 11:38 am

Datebook: December 14 – First Explorers Reach South Pole 100 Years Ago

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Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen saw success chartering the North Pole and set to the south with a crew, in 1911. he set up camp at the Bay of Whales, donned Eskimo-style wool clothing and used skis and dog sleds for transportation. They departed from camp on October 19 with four sledges and 52 dogs. Using a route Using a route along the previously unknown Axel Heiberg Glacier, they arrived at the edge of the Polar Plateau on November 21 after a four-day climb. On December 14, 1911, his team arrived at the Pole (90° 0′ S). They arrived 33–34 days before rival Robert F. Scott’s group. Amundsen named their South Pole camp Polheim, “Home on the Pole.” Amundsen renamed the Antarctic Plateau as King Haakon VII’s Plateau. They left a small tent and letter stating their accomplishment, in case they did not return safely to their camp. They did return, however, on January 25. Amundsen’s success was publicly announced on March 7, 1912, when he arrived at Hobart, Australia.

It’s Wednesday, December 14

The Western Baptist Hospital Foundation offers sponsorship of a poinsettia or “Christmas Star” in honor or memory of a loved one. The poinsettia tree is in the atrium of Doctors Office Building 2. The suggested donation is $20 for a 6 inch, $40 for a 12 inch. An acknowledgement card goes on the poinsettia and another goes to announce the gift. See westernbaptist.com.

Enjoy Murray’s Playhouse in the Park’s production of The Sound of Music Friday and Saturday nights at 7, Sunday afternoon at 2:30. Get tickets at playhouseinthepark.net. Take a canned good or non-perishable food item with you for the Festival of Lights at Murray’s Central Park.

LBL continues to offer permits, maps, and cutting guidelines for free Cedar Christmas Trees through Christmas Eve. Stop by the Administrative Office 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at the Golden Pond Visitor Center, 9 to 5 Saturday and Sunday, closing at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Follow our holiday programming schedule at wkms.org. Enjoy today.

Datebook: October 19 – Siege of Yorktown Formally Ends with Cornwallis’ Surrender 230 Years Ago

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On October 19, 1781, at Yorktown, Virginia, representatives of British commander Lord Cornwallis handed over Cornwallis’ sword and formally surrendered to George Washington and the comte de Rochambeau. The Siege of Yorktown was a decisive victory by a combined assault of American forces led by General George Washington and French forces led by the Comte de Rochambeau over a British Army commanded by Lieutenant General Lord Cornwallis. The culmination of the Yorktown campaign proved to be the last major land battle of the American Revolutionary War in North America, as the surrender of Cornwallis’ army prompted the British government eventually to negotiate an end to the conflict.

It’s Tuesday, October 18

The Christian County Grandparent Support Group meets tomorrow at the Pennyrile Area Development District Office starting at 10 a.m. The office is at 300 Hammond Drive in Hopkinsville.

Western Baptist Hospital has its 5th Annual Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors Symposium for healthcare professionals Saturday from 8 to 3:45. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. at the Heart Center Auditorium, 2501 Kentucky Avenue in Paducah. Register by Thursday at sjones@bhsi.com. There’s a $30 activity fee and some education credits available.

The youth of Murray’s First United Methodist Church have a Harvest Hootenanny tomorrow in the church gym at 503 Maple Street. A chili competition and meal start at 5. From 6 to 8 there’s a petting zoo, pony rides, a costume parade, carnival games and a trick or treat walk through the church. It’s open to all, $3 per person, $10 max per family for either meal or activities.

Hear our weekend music shows like Music From the Front Porch on demand at wkms.org. Thanks for supporting your listening pleasures.

Datebook: October 18 – Moby Dick Published 160 Years Ago

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Moby Dick is widely considered to be one of the first Great American Novels and a treasure of world literature. It was written by Herman Melville and published on October 18, 1951 by Richard Bentley in London (and later by Harper and Brothers in New York). The story tells the adventure of a wandering sailor named Ishmael, and his voyage on the whaleship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that on this voyage Ahab has one purpose, to seek out the ferocious, enigmatic white whale: Moby Dick. The book is regarded (and infamous) for its stylized language, symbolism, metaphors, complex themes and meandering tangential storyline. The book was largely ignored when it was first published, and was first of several “literary failures” by Melville (see his other fantastic novels Pierre and The Confidence Man). It wasn’t until nearly 50 years after his death that the book resurfaced and eventually gained the reputation of a masterpiece.

Why read Moby Dick? See NPR’s feature.

It’s Tuesday, October 18

The Christian County Grandparent Support Group meets tomorrow at the Pennyrile Area Development District Office starting at 10 a.m. The office is at 300 Hammond Drive in Hopkinsville.

Western Baptist Hospital has its 5th Annual Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors Symposium for healthcare professionals Saturday from 8 to 3:45. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. at the Heart Center Auditorium, 2501 Kentucky Avenue in Paducah. Register by Thursday at sjones@bhsi.com. There’s a $30 activity fee and some education credits available.

The youth of Murray’s First United Methodist Church have a Harvest Hootenanny tomorrow in the church gym at 503 Maple Street. A chili competition and meal start at 5. From 6 to 8 there’s a petting zoo, pony rides, a costume parade, carnival games and a trick or treat walk through the church. It’s open to all, $3 per person, $10 max per family for either meal or activities.

Hear our weekend music shows like Music From the Front Porch on demand at wkms.org. Thanks for supporting your listening pleasures.

Datebook: August 11 – 55th anniversary of artist Jackson Pollock’s death

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Paul Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956), known as Jackson Pollock, was an influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. Pollock’s most famous paintings were made during the “drip period” between 1947 and 1950, a time when he experimented with unique methods of applying paint to canvas. After struggling with alcoholism for his entire adult life, Pollock, on August 11, 1956, at 10:15 pm, died in a single-car crash in his Oldsmobile convertible while driving under the influence of alcohol. Find more about Jackson Pollock and his work here.

It’s Thursday, August 11.

Murray Reads Maya is engaging readers for acclaimed author Maya Angelou’s speaking at Murray State’s CFSB Center on Wednesday, August 24th at 8 p.m. Use the website murrayreads.org to join the list of participants, to see special events, and to learn more about Ms. Angelou’s writings. Tickets for the reading are $10 at Ticketmaster.com.

Western Baptist Hospital’s annual free Childbirth Fair is from 10 to noon Saturday in the atrium of Doctor’s Office Building 2 in Paducah. Dr. Edward O’Neill will answer questions about the region’s first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Tour the birthing center and register for the free maternity program, Stork Central. Call 270-575-BABY for more.

Graves County High School hosts a 5KRun/Walk to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, in memory of Tori Beth Waggoner. Late registration is $25 starting at 7 a.m. Check-in is at 7:15 and the run starts at 8.

Murray State students are returning to campus, so drive safely. Use wkms.org to stay in touch with our region. Thanks.

Datebook: July 21 – The First Battle of Bull Run 150 Years Ago

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The First Battle of Bull Run, also known as the First Battle of Manassas (the name used by Confederate forces), was fought on July 21, 1861, in Prince William County, Virginia, near the City of Manassas. It was the first major land battle of the American Civil War. Just months after the start of the war at Fort Sumter, the Northern public clamored for a march against the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, which could bring an early end to the war. Yielding to this political pressure, unseasoned Union Army troops under Brig. Gen. Irvin McDowell advanced across Bull Run against the equally unseasoned Confederate Army under Brig. Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard near Manassas Junction. Both sides were sobered by the violence and casualties of the battle, and they realized that the war would potentially be much longer and bloodier than they had originally anticipated.

It’s Thursday, July 21

Rangers from the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park perform live at the Dover Hotel at Fort Donelson National Battlefield tomorrow at 1 p.m. Also enjoy excerpts from Dr. Nancy J. Dawson’s original production, Stories from da Dirt, during the program. Bring lawn chairs to enjoy period Civil war songs and short historic skits.

Tonight Paducah Parks Service shows the animated movie Megamind at dusk around 8:30 p.m. weather permitting. It’s free and suitable for the family. Concessions will be available for purchase. For comfort bring lawn chairs, blankets and insect repellent. This is the final summer Movie in the Park at the amphitheatre in Noble Park.

Next Monday there’s a free class helping children ages 2 to 9 to prepare for the arrival of a new brother or sister at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah. This sibling class is 5 to 6 p.m. Monday in the atrium classroom of doctors office building 2. Register at 270-575-2229.

It’s time for you to explore wkms.org and use our interactive community events calendar. Welcome—and thanks!

Datebook: July 18 – William Makepeace Thackeray turns 200

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William Makepeace Thackeray was born on July 18, 1811 (and died December 24, 1863). He was an English novelist famous for his satirical works, particularly Vanity Fair, a panoramic portrait of English society, and may also be known for The Luck of Barry Lyndon and Catherine. He tended towards the savage in his attacks on high society, military prowess, the institution of marriage and hypocrisy. During the Victorian era, Thackeray was ranked second only to Charles Dickens, but he is now much less read and is known almost exclusively for Vanity Fair. Thackeray saw himself as writing in the realistic tradition and distinguished himself from the exaggerations and sentimentality of Dickens.

It’s Monday, July 18th

Free training sessions will be held in preparation for the 8th annual Paducah Pediatrics Kids’ Triathlon.  Kids ages 7 to 14 are invited to a swim training tonight at Noble Park Pool from 7:30 to 8:30, and there’s a session for running and biking tomorrow night from 6 to 7 at Noble Park’s Shelter 10.  Parents and siblings are welcome to attend.

There’s a free grandparenting class at Western Baptist Hospital on Thursday night from 5 to 6.  The class provides grandparents and older caregivers with updated information, safety tips, and a refresher on how to care for young children. Register by calling (270) 575-2229.

The National Quilt Museum in Paducah presents a new exhibit entitled “The Chicago School of Fusing,” which will be on display through October 4th.  The show features vibrant quilts and whimsical 3-D quilt cloth objects.  The National Quilt Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 to 5 and Sunday from 1 to 5.

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Datebook: May 18 – Big Joe Turner turns 100

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American blues shouter Big Joe Turner was born on May 18, 1911 in Kansas City, Missouri. According to songwriter Doc Pomus, “Rock and roll would have never happened without him.” Turner came to his greatest fame in the 1950s with his pioneering rock and roll recordings, particularly “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” He died November 24, 1985. Today we shout the blues in your honor, Big Joe. Watch Big Joe Turner shout the blues on YouTube.

Here’s Datebook for Wednesday, May 18

Murray Calloway County Hospice conducts the first of a two part education program about end-of-life issues and care-giving– tomorrow from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. The course is required for volunteers. The second session is May 26. Both sessions are in the Education Building on the corner of south 8th and Elm Streets. Call 270-767-3670 with questions or intent to attend.

May 30th is the deadline for the 2nd Annual Remarkable Vision Photo Contest. See kentuckynewera.com for rules and to submit digital high res jpegs taken within Christian County. Category 1 is for historical imagery unique to Hopkinsville-Christian County. Category 2 is for the photographer’s vision of potential and opportunity.

Western Baptist Hospital hosts a free stroke awareness luncheon tomorrow in its Heart Center Auditorium. Reservations are required at 270-575-2895. The hospital also offers a 24 hour chest pain and stroke hotline at 800-575-1911.

Go to our website wkms.org to learn about our live broadcast Saturday from the Lowertown Art and Music Festival in Paducah.

morning cram [predator edition]

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Armed US Predator drone aircraft are flying over Libya 24/7 attacking Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s forces. 

Military officials insist to NPR the move is not a prelude to deeper US military involvement.

KENTUCKY~ It’s gonna rain! (a lot) and could flood rivers/roads while delaying corn farmers from planting. Paducah Police charge a man in a (possibly) drug-fueled, shooting murder. McCracken officials want to hear from opponents @ their (May 2) Ohio River coal project rezoning hearing. Attorney General Conway calls Pabst’s new binging-brew a “safety risk”. The MSU Women’s Golf team is currently in 2nd as they tee off again in the OVC tourney.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville Police charge a Hoptown teen with attempted murder (x3) after an all-girl brawl earlier this month. Union City officials may raise the speed limit on one of its thoroughfares after traffic cameras spur complaints.

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