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Islamaca International, Local Volunteer Respond to Allegations

Mayfield, KY ~ Since late August, when the Mayfield zoning board denied a conditional use permit for a mosque because of limited parking, rumors have spread about the Somali Muslim community that lives in Mayfield. The Somalis have denied allegations against them, including rumors they want a breeding ground for terrorists, that they’re Bantu slaves, and that they want to enforce Sharia law in the city. As Angela Hatton reports, now allegations are out about some members of a volunteer coalition.

The Q&A – Tessa Duvall “Homefront and Frontlines: Women of the Deployment”

Fort Campbell, KY ~ If you happen to be a subscriber to the Kentucky New Era, you may have noticed a series of features titled, “Homefront and Frontlines: Women of the deployment.” If you aren’t, you may want to check it out. The series looks at the lives of women affected by the deployment of Fort Campbell soldiers overseas in Afghanistan and Iraq. Kentucky New Era and Eagle Post intern journalist Tessa Duvall is the author of these pieces, each uniquely compelling, and she joins us on the line.

Messages from Murray to the World

Murray, KY ~ Do-it-yourself believers looking to weatherize a home for winter often go first to windows. Upon delivery, if you’ve purchased Pella Windows, you could get a work of art along with the window. With assistance from Murray-based manufacturers, including Pella windows, a Nashville artist is sending a message across the country using boxes and crates. Rebecca Feldhaus has the story of a community-based art project with international reach.

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Written by Chris Taylor

September 10, 2010 at 12:31 pm

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Datebook – September 10, 2010

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It’s Friday, September 10.

Tonight the exhibition Message from Murray opens at Murray State’s Clara M. Eagle Gallery, sixth floor Doyle Fine Arts with a reception from 6 to 8. Visitors write messages on shipping boxes.

The Pow Wow in Hopkinsville is going on over the weekend despite the weather.

Learn English in free conversation classes, first floor Faculty Hall, 2 to 4 p.m. starting Sunday through December 5.

Sunday the Paducah Symphony Adult Chorus auditions for new members from 1 to 2 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church. Schedule audition at 270-444-0065.

Tomorrow see a judged corvette show at the riverfront in Paducah benefiting St. Nicholas Clinic. Registration is at 9. Trophy presentation is at 3.

Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College opens a show of quilts by the Piecemakers Quilt Club with a reception in the Anne P. Baker Gallery Sunday at 2 p.m.

Market House Theatre in Paducah presents its second weekend of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Showtimes and tickets at

There’s much more to see at Have a happy day!

Good Read – Baby We Were Meant for Each Other

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Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other
by Scott Simon

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Product Description:
In this warm, funny, and wise new book, NPR’s award-winning and beloved Scott Simon tells the story of how he and his wife found true love with two tiny strangers from the other side of the world. It’s a book of unforgettable moments: when Scott and Caroline get their first thumb-size pictures of their daughters, when the small girls are placed in their arms, and all the laughs and tumbles along the road as they become a real family.

Mark Welch says:

“Scott Simon is a remarkable man – an award-winning broadcaster and host of NPR’s Weekend Edition, author, a devoted husband to Caroline, and father of two beautiful daughters, Elise and Lina. His latest book is Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption. Simon tells their story of adopting two daughters from China after his wife was unable to conceive in the “traditional Abraham-and-Sarah-begat manner” and deciding there are already children in this world who needed them. And, he adds, “we sure need them.” I had the privilege of interviewing Simon recently. He said that Elise & Lina “re-wired” their new parents, making them hopelessly in love and completely devoted to these tiny strangers from the other side of the world. An added bonus in the book are the stories of other adoptive families. Some are famous (NPR sports commentator Frank Deford) and some are not, but each family’s experience captures the tenor of the first sentence of Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: Adoption is a miracle.”

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Written by Matt Markgraf

September 10, 2010 at 10:00 am

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The associate pastor of a Gainesville, Florida church says the Quran burning scheduled for Saturday is postponed until the proposed meeting in New York is confirmed.

~NPR reports the church plans to wait 24 hours before making any further decision about burning Qurans.

KENTUCKY~ There are reports of multiple crashes on a Graves County stretch of the  Purchase Parkway this morning. A judge dismisses exploitation charges against a Paducah pastor (other charges may come). MSU’s non-profit leadership program enrolls the most (nationally). Paul reneges on St. John’s picnic debate; Conway to still speak. Fort Campbell’s hospital unit is shipping off to Iraq. The Commonwealth will get $135mil in federal funding for schools. The Pope and several Kentucky Catholic bishops lean on Beshear to commute an upcoming execution.

TENNESSEE~ A Clarksville man (allegedly) strangled his wife and police say a homeless man (allegedly) tried to rob a bank using a cab as his getaway. A Henry County homeowner shoots/wounds a would-be burglar (who escaped into the woods). Gov Bredesen says oops for not knowing about a state university regent appointment law.

ILLINOIS~ Get a discount on Energy Star-certified appliances (again).