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Datebook – September 20, 2010

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It’s Monday, September 20.

Kentucky’s Division of Emergency Management and the UK Mitigation Office present an applicant briefing for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at the Pennyrile Area Development District Office.  It’s at 300 Hammond Drive in Hopkinsville.  This program is focused on needs resulting from severe storms on Mothers Day this year.

Murray State is offering a free Computer Lab Course for Seniors 65+ this fall.  It’ll meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 5:50 p.m. beginning October 12.  The class, CSC 100 will meet in Room 306 of the Lowry Center on 15th Street for 9 weeks, concluding December 7. Call the Center for Continuing Education and Academic Outreach for more:  270-809-4150.

Kentucky’s Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton speaks tonight at Murray State.  Justice Minton’s presentation starts at 7 p.m. in Freed Curd Auditorium of the Industry and Technology Building.  His topic is how the rule of law is alive and well in today’s society.

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Good Read – Between Panic and Desire

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Between Panic & Desire
by Dinty W. Moore

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Product Description:
Blending narrative and quizzes, memory and numerology, and imagined interviews and conversations with dead presidents on TV, the book dizzily documents the disorienting experience of growing up in a postmodern world. Here we see how the major events in the author’s early life—the Kennedy assassination, Nixon’s resignation, watching Father Knows Best, and dropping acid atop the World Trade Center, to name a few—shaped the way he sees events both global and personal today. More to the point, we see how these events shaped, and possibly even distorted, today’s world for all who spent their formative years in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. A curious meditation on family and bereavement, longing and fear, self-loathing and desire, Between Panic and Desire unfolds in kaleidoscopic forms—a coroner’s report, a TV movie script, a Zen koan—aptly reflecting the emergence of a fractured virtual America.

Jacque Day says:

“What is the shortest distance between two Pennsylvania towns? Towns, I might add, somewhat nearby where I grew up. Panic and Desire, little boroughs, as we call them, about five miles apart, near Punxsutawney. Dinty W. Moore, named not for soup but for a troublemaking Irish comic strip character, dwells in the spaces between in this personal journey through American fear, from the Red Scare of the 1950s through the turbulent ‘60s. In Moore’s equation, Between Panic and Desire lies Paranoia. On a map, a dot called Wishaw occupies the honorary in-between place. Directions: to get from Panic to Desire, take Panic-Wishaw Road due east to Desire Road, and if you want to avoid Desire at the very last second, veer west onto Rock Dump Road, which eventually leads to Paradise Road, and if you’re ready for some deeper happiness, Hemlock Road. How easily we go from the physical to the metaphysical.”

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Written by Matt Markgraf

September 20, 2010 at 10:00 am

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Written by Chris Taylor

September 20, 2010 at 9:26 am

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morning cram [young guns edition]

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As Republicans are expected to pick up seats in the House of Representatives, the GOP hopes that voters will give them the majority. They call themselves the Young Guns.

~NPR reports the group of ambitious conservatives know they can’t bring more of the same.

KENTUCKY~ Murray State creates a nursing doctoral program (coming 2012). A man accused of a Murray rape claims his innocence in court. Police: man left toddler in his yard as he ran from detectivesTrain vs. SUV in Christian County claims 3 lives. Paducah’s mayor is slated to be the next president of the Kentucky League of Cities. High schoolers are voting in fake elections this week. Area foresters seek to burn +11k acres. Another Fort Campbell hero dies in Afghanistan. Beshear tackles nursing home abuse.

TENNESSEE~ A former Fort Campbell gun smuggler sentenced to +9 years.

SPORTS~ (football) MSU < CAU, APSU > TTU, UTM > EIU. (soccer) MSU < LTU & WMU, APSU > Valparaiso, UTM > SIUe.