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Datebook: May 31 – Burning of Jaffna Library 30 Years Ago

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The burning of the Jaffna Library, from May 31 – June 2, 1981, was an important event in the Sri Lankan civil war and was one of the most violent examples of ethnic biblioclasm of the 20th century. At the time of its destruction, the library was one of the biggest in Asia, containing over 97,000 different books and manuscripts. Learn more about the event from Tamil National.

It’s Tuesday, May 31

The Caring Hearts Fund of the Paris & Henry County Healthcare Foundation hosts a concert and silent auction Friday at the Paris Convention Center, 1510 East Wood. Tabitha Myrick, Mark McWherter and Jim Merrel perform as the acoustic trio Trifecta from 6 PM to midnight. Tickets are $12 at the door. The event is “bring your own beverage” and includes a silent auction. Proceeds benefit patients receiving cancer treatment.

Thursday the Murdock Farm Field Day starts at 9 a.m. at 1576 Kildeer Trail in Murray. Oregonian Nick Bowers speaks on annual ryegrass as a cover crop. National Resources Conservation service personnel will be there for questions. Contact 270-210-3429.

Tomorrow is the deadline for applications for The Senior Arts Academy, next Monday through June 17th for grades 6 through 12, at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College. Students produce Honk, Jr., a musical about a modern day ugly duckling. There’s a registration form at glemacenter.org – scholarships are available.

See more events at wkms.org. Thanks for listening.

the morning cram [robot gladiator edition]

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Robot Battles Sparks Kids’ Interest in Manufacturing

NPR reports manufacturing businesses try to attract the next generation of workers with gladiator-like robot fights.

Kentucky~ The Ohio River is expected to swell to “normal” levels over the next couple of days. Paducah Police warn residents about a possible scam. Many small historic towns are in danger of fading away. Two top politicians haven’t given money back that they made while they weren’t working.

Tennessee~ A Clarksville woman is attacked with a sword and folding chair. One is killed and another is hospitalized in a head-on car wreck in Clarksville. The Henry County Medical Center thinks they can make around $1 million next year.

Illinois~ Harrah’s has reopened (hooray!).  Lawmakers cut $1.6 billion from Gov Quinn’s budget. The  Senate panel approved measures to end workers’ comp.

the morning cram [political facebook edition]

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Politicians use Facebook too; Could this cause problems for users?

NPR reports powerful politicians can use Facebook to become “friends” with voters, but their friendship with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg could be dangerous.

Kentucky~  Two people were arrested in Paducah for having 11-pounds of marijuana. Good weather is expected for the giant 400-mile yard sale this week. Most area counties are declared eligible for flood recovery funds. The Legislative Ethics Commission says state lobbyists spend millions every year.

Tennessee~ Six more 101st Airborne heroes were killed  in Iraq. Northwest Tennessee residents have to apply for emergency food stamps  by June 1.

Written by Gary Pitts

May 30, 2011 at 8:50 am

Weekend Energy Preview 5/28

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so raw and spicy, it’s like sliced up sashimi with two shots of wasabi!


Highlights

Quadrat Beat – Back in The Game (Original Mix) feat. Kyla – Quadrat Beat is indeed back in the game, at least on Weekend Energy anyway. This breaks wizard was a staple for the genre as much as he was on this show, but the rest of the genre caught up with his level of of quality production. Complete with rip-roaring vocals from Kyla, this song rocks as a comeback and I’ve thrown it in mix as the opener. Other good stuff by Quadrat Beat: Muse, Make You Dance and Hive. Check’m’out!

Hey Champ – Cold Dust Girl – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Mischa Daniels – Where You Wanna Go (New Vocal Radio Edit) feat. J-Son – I’m not really familiar with Dutch House producer Mischa Daniels, Where You Wanna Go is catchy and explosive. J-Son’s vocals combined with upbeat lyrics carry the song, perfectly mixed, of course, by Mischa. This is a huge club song, guaranteed to be a smash this summer. Check out the awesome music video.

The Killers – Mr. Brightside (Nicademass Remix) – Yeah The Killers go way back. I figured this dubstep remix would be terrible and shlocky like some of the other variations of this song, but it turned out much, much better than I could have imagined. It’s got a slow build-up and sounds similar to the original mix until about a minute in, where the floor just drops out and the whole thing lands in a giant alligator-infested swamp. Drop this, now.

(After the jump read this week’s Discovery and what Almost Made It)

Discovery

Hey Champ

Cold Dust Girl by Hey Champ isn’t a new release, but it was new to me this week, same with the band. Cold Dust Girl is quick, syrupy and refreshing. It’s like a stack of pancakes on a back porch with a tiny dog nearby. The chiming guitar riff that just leaps into the song every now and then perfectly compliments the easy going drumbeat and intricate synths. Check out their website, where you can download their new single Anything At All. I’m digging the wordplay and the floor stomping, but well-thought out beat. Hey Champ is a refreshing discovery, and just in time for the great summer weather.


Almost Made It

MAY68

I almost put My Ways by MAY68 in the mix this week. MAY68 was one of my favorite finds last summer and it’s been almost as long since I’ve played them again. In addition to My Ways, check out The Prisoner. Both awesome… and one of them will be in the mix next week!


Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Yeasayer, Wynter Gordon, Dead C.A.T. Bounce and No Logo!


“Crank up your stereo, bust out the strobe light and kick up the bass.”

Weekend Energy has been blowing out car stereo systems, upsetting the neighbors and enhancing the night life of western Kentucky every weekend since July 2007 on WKMS. Host Matt “McG” Markgraf pours through hundreds of songs each week to create “the loudest show on public radio” featuring the best techno, dance and electronica from around the world.

Weekend Energy airs Saturdays on 91.3 WKMS from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Stream it live on wkms.org Saturday nights.

Hear the show streaming online.

Written by Matt Markgraf

May 28, 2011 at 10:15 am

On The Road: Weihai Part IV

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In the last few days here in Weihai I’ve had time to visit a zoo, eat dinner with university administrators, give a presentation on student activities at MSU and go to a KTV to sing my heart out.

Good Group, Great Dinner and Strong Fire Water

Let’s get the official (literally) business out of the way first.  Part of a MSU delegation trip to Shandong University at Weihai is to have a reception and meet with university administrators. So, on this particular evening we met with the president, the secretary a dean and professor. We were all presented with gifts and we reciprocated, then on to dinner. Here’s where the fun begins. First, to my knowledge professional/business banquets in China involve significant consumption of high proof alcohol, and there are some “rules” to the drinking. Picture a round table with assigned seats.  The party host sits directly across from the entrance of the room. The second host sits directly across the table. The role of the first host is to welcome guests and give three toasts. The role of the second host to my knowledge, as told to me by our intrepid leader Issac, is to get drunk. Now on to the guests (us MSU folks) The guests, who sit next to the first and second host, historically should do as the hosts do, or at least give it the college try.  And who gets the seat next to the second (drunk) host???? Me.  He was a great man who spoke little English, but I gathered he got his graduate degrees in the Koreas, South and North (interesting). I also gathered he has quite the tolerance for high proof alcohol. The traditional drink for these dinners is a “white wine” but to us is more like fire water. (tested and proven, burns a blue flame) 54 percent alcohol, translates into 108 proof. Three glasses translate into a sweaty headache, a fire in the stomach and smidge of blurred vision. But, we made it.  By the end of the dinner the second host referred to me as his little brother and gave me a hug (He stands to my left in the photo next to Sarah Clark). Good Times.

Generic KTV Logo: Thanks Travel Blog

Believe it or not the firewater buzz didn’t lead to a night out singing karaoke, but a day at the zoo and visiting the easternmost coastal point in northern China did. You can see more about our zoo trip and beautiful photos on Dana’s blog. Anyway, our group had some busy days and wanted to blow off some steam, and we did at a family- oriented KTV. I write family oriented, because a quick Google search of KTV’s in China sometimes brings up some questionable photos and stories. So, here are a couple of things to note. KTV’s are individual singing rooms you rent for an hour or two where you and a group of friends shut the door, sit on couches drink various beverages eat some popcorn and sing as loudly and obnoxiously as you’d like. If you find yourself in a Chinese KTV be aware there are an array of American pop songs, but not all are translated correctly into karaoke versions, and the music videos don’t make much sense. For example, we sang “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” and the video depicted a series of grand prix car wrecks. Or, John Lennon’s “Imagine” had some very beautiful shots of vines, cherry trees, children crying, soccer matches and a frying pan.  But we did have fun, with our popcorn, drinks and friends, new and old.

Presentation

Tonight was the last presentation for our delegation regarding MSU. Dana and I gave our presentations on student life and organizations to a room full of SDUW students. They went well. But, honestly the best part comes at the end. Students flock to the floor of the presentation room to chat with us about all things American or Murray State. I spoke with a delightful girl whose American name is Amy. Amy asked if our group was going out to party tonight. I said no, and then returned the question. What about you? She says… “No, partying isn’t too popular here.” I suppose the campus-wide curfew puts a damper on late night gallivanting.   Anyway, I asked what they do on the weekends when the curfew is extended to 11:30 p.m. Amy provided no real response, because she was bursting with excitement to tell me that she and her friends had a huge weekend planned. Was it windsurfing on the beach? Was it going on a road trip to visit another school? Was it an off campus party?   NOPE. Amy and her friends were going to a mountain two hours away to pick cherries. Not the exhilarating beach, coastal schoolgirl’s response I expected. I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised when the hottest seller on campus is not an ice cream cone, soda, or candy bar, but huge slices of melon on a stick.  Anyway, it just goes to show the sheer innocence these students possess. It is absolutely amazing. When is the last time you got uncontrollably excited about picking cherries with your friends? When is the last time you took time enjoy the company of people without any outside distracting influence?  I’ve tried to hone in on what makes these people so accommodating and genuine, and I don’t think I have the complete answer, but I think Amy gave me a tidbit of it.  What a great experience.

PEACE,

Chad

Written by Chad Lampe

May 27, 2011 at 10:21 am

Datebook: May 27 – Vincent Price turns 100

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Vincent Price was born on May 27, 1911 (and died October 25, 1993). He was an American actor, best known for his distinctive voice and serio-comic attitude in a series of horror films made in the later part of his career. Some notable films include “The Keys to the Kingdom,” “Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein,” “The Thee Musketeers,” “The Fly,” “House on Haunted Hill,” “Nefertiti, Queen of the Nile,” “Edward Scissorhands,” and… of course… “Michael Jackson’s Thriller.” The list, however, is nearly endless. There is little doubt that Price’s contribution to cinema was substantial and unique. Click here to see his filmography.

Here’s Datebook for Friday, May 27

The Pickin’ Party continues at the Homeplace Sunday while LBL’s Nature Station also has lots to do. At 11 a.m. learn about barred owls. There’s a riverbank puppet show at 1:30, then A Serious Case of the Uglies: Strange Animals of LBL at 3:30. A family oriented sunset canoe trip sets out at 6. Make reservations at 270-924-2020 today.

Today is the deadline for entrees in the My Little Hearts Beauty Pageant at the Tymeless Hearts Carnival in Murray on June 25. Children newborn to 13 may sign up. $25 entry fees benefit families of children with heart defects. E-mail tymelesshearts@live.com.

Ross Bolen stars in the Hank Williams’ tribute Lost Highway at the Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers tonight at 7 and tomorrow at 2 and again next weekend. Hear the songs of Williams’ Louisiana Hayride and Grand Ole Opry fame until his demise at age twenty-nine. Get tickets at.grandriversvariety.com.

See details at wkms.org. Thanks to our soldiers this Memorial Day weekend!

the morning cram [Patriot Act edition]

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Congress scrambles to extend the Patriot Act as President Obama orders it signed into law from across the sea.

NPR reports Obama ordered an automatic signing of a four-year extension while in France.

Meteorologist Beau Dodson says that the area “dodged a bullet.”

Kentucky~  A possible merger of Paducah and McCracken wouldn’t change anything for police; meanwhile police are offering money for info on drug store robbery. A Hoptown woman claims rape. The state is coming close to a Medicaid overhaul agreement. Hilda Legg has finally conceded the  Sec of State race to Johnson.

Tennessee~  Clarksville’s  Mayor wants to drop its lease with a struggling marina operator. Gov Haslam tells the Department of Education that teachers are not unhappy. The City of Clarksville sues to oversee the Power Board budget. The OVC baseball tournament continues in Jackson tonight.

Illinois~  Talks break down quickly at Honeywell because of overtime pay. The House demands more money for retirement pensions from state employees. The state saw unemployment drop in April.

Written by Gary Pitts

May 27, 2011 at 8:43 am

Posted in The Morning Cram