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Datebook: May 20 – Kentucky proclaims neutrality 150 years ago

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Civil War battle map of Kentucky, published in Harper's Weekly October 19, 1861.

On May 20, 1861, both houses of Kentucky’s General Assembly passed declarations of neutrality, declared by Governor Magoffin. Both the North and South respected the Commonwealth’s neutrality, but positioned themselves  strategically to take advantage of any change in the situation, with camps along the border. Click here to read more about Kentucky’s neutrality and the resulting difficulties.

Here’s Datebook for Friday, May 20

Paducah’s Human Rights Commission and the City feature musicians, singers, dancers, poets, and other entertainers from the area tonight at 7 in the 5th Annual Evening of Performance at the Carson Center. It’s a free performance with refreshments. Doors open at 6:30.

Kentucky Emergency Management’s website, kyem.ky.gov, offers short interactive exercises about earthquake preparedness topics including hunting for hazards in your home that could fall on you during a quake, keeping emergency survival kits in your home, your car, and your office, about dropping, covering and holding on, and what to do after the shaking stops.

The Lowertown Arts and Music Festival opens in Paducah today with activities from 3 to 10 p.m. Tomorrow’s hours are 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and the Festival continues Sunday noon to 5.

Parking is at the Paducah Bank at north 5th and Monroe or the Carson Center lots at south 2nd and Washington, because Lowertown streets are closed to traffic for the duration.

Get details at wkms.org. Enjoy your weekend!

On the Road: Wehai Part II

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Day II in Wehai:

Thinking bubble "What is WKMS News covering today?"

So, first of all, jet lag lives. Day two of waking up bright eyed at 4:30 a.m. and staving off crashing at 2:00 p.m.  I disobeyed all suggestions of powering through the day to prevent further lag. I dozed for maybe an hour, and so far so good. I’m hoping to push through 10:00 this evening.

Since I last posted we’ve taken a tour of Weihai City, the Beach and Shandong University.

First Stop on City Tour

In other “news” During our tour of campus we learned that housing here and in most Chinese universities is a bit tighter than in the U.S. Many dorms have five or six students per room. And as far as necessities go, the campus has  one major bath house for the entire student body. So, it is very common to see a large group of students walking around with towels and soap dishes into a building near our dormitory. Imagine sharing a bath house with around 15,000 people.

And, if you read my earlier post regarding waiting in line for the library, I can  confirm it is true. I can also confirm that the library is the largest building on campus, 12 floors and full.

That Big Building.. Yep that's the library

Today we had our first “shadow boxing” lesson. It is nothing like boxing, more like miming with a side of kungfu. Technically, it is Tai Chi and our crew put up a good fight, but ultimately ended up looking completely awkward. Documentation of the awkwardness might never be revealed, but cameras were present.  We also had a great culture lesson from our fearless leader Issac. And we learned a bit of calligraphy. The photo below is work from our teacher. My work might best be compared with the artistic ability of an infant.

Wonderful Ornate Work from our Calligraphy Teacher

We topped off the evening with a wonderful meal and the first round of our presentations to students regarding Murray State. One of my colleagues, Dana Howard, is also blogging. See more here: Dana Discovers China

Jet Lag is starting to win again.

Chad

Written by Chad Lampe

May 20, 2011 at 9:36 am

morning cram [psst! edition]

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Hearing gossip about people can literally change the way you see them.

NPR reports a study finds negative gossip actually alters the way our visual system responds to a particular face.

KENTUCKY~ Consultants want to revamp Paducah from 2nd to 6th tying Downtown, Lower Town and the Riverfront all together. McCracken County Schools may drop +38 jobs. Another Fort Campbell hero dies abroad. Beshear appoints a task force to face off with flood-water borne skeeters. Court: it’s all or nothing for Cadiz alcohol sales. The Cave-In-Rock Ferry is rockin’ out again. Experts spar over whether Marathon Oil price gouged. Officials plan to talk about the Asian Carp invasion. The state is taking part in a National Level (disaster prep) Exercise. State Tourism officials sign off on incentivizing the Noah’s Ark theme park.

TENNESSEE~ Unemployment is up! and lawmakers are split over budgeting extended benefits.

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