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Archive for May 16th, 2011

Datebook: May 16 – William Seward turns 210

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William Henry Seward, Sr. was born May 16, 1801. He was the 12th Governor of New York, a United States Senator and the US Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. He was a formative Republican, loyal to Lincoln, and outspoken against slavery, which nearly cost him his life as he survived an assassination attempt on the same night of Lincoln’s assassination. When asked what his greatest achievement was, he said “The purchase of Alaska – but it will take the people a generation to find it out.” On March 30 ,1867 he successfully acquired Alaska from Russia, for $7,200,000 (2 cents per acre… which would be roughly $100 million today). This purchase was famously mocked as “Seward’s Folly.”

It’s Monday, May 16

Angels Attic Thrift Shop provides free local pickup for items like furniture, appliances, toys, clothing, books, CD’s and other recordings to sell to benefit the Angels Community Clinic. You can also drop off these items at the rear of the shop, off Arcadia Drive, Monday through Saturday 9 to 5

This week public health departments in the Purchase area conduct random and confidential door to door household surveys to assess community preparedness for a disaster. This is a partnership with the US Public Health Service and the volunteer Medical Reserve Corps to aid local response agencies determining emergency water, power, food, shelter and medical needs.

Through June 11, The Yeiser Art Center in Paducah shows a photographic documentary about a small sect of Baptist believers in Klinsty, Russia. Immanuel Baptist Church’s pastor Jamie Broome narrates businessman Michael Walker’s images made onsite in 2008 and 2010. The Yeiser’s on Markethouse Square, open Tuesday through Saturday 10 to 4.

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morning cram [sleep debt edition]

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Most high school students are chronically tired from juggling school, sports, homework, chores, friends and family.

NPR hears how the typical high school senior gets less than seven hours of sleep on school nights, but they need a great deal more.

KENTUCKY~ The Ohio River Bridge (Wickliffe-Cairo) is back open. McCracken officials will listen tonight to public comments on a proposed coal-2-liquid plant and they voted to fund MSU’s new Paducah campus. MSU loses Head Basketball Coach Billy Kennedy to Texas A&M. An Amish teen drowned in a pond. National Democrats are closely watching Kentucky’s Governor race. Attorney General Conway accuses Marathon Oil of price gouging.

TENNESSEE~ Democrats are renewing efforts to extend the state’s unemployment. A new study finds the state’s schools aren’t producing enough tech grads. Several counties are eligible for disaster unemployment benefits.