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Datebook: May 26 – Sally Ride turns 60

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Dr. Sally Kristen Ride was born May 26, 1951. She is an American physicist and a former NASA astronaut, perhaps most famous for becoming the first American woman – and then-youngest American – to enter space. Ride joined NASA in 1978, and entered space in 1983. In 1987 she left NASA to work at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Arms Control. She is currently the President and CEO of Sally Ride Science, a company she founded in 2001, that creates entertaining science programs and publications for upper elementary and middle school students, with a particular focus on girls. Happy birthday Sally!

Here’s Datebook for Thursday, May 26

Tonight the Parks Department in Paducah inaugurates its free summer Movie in the Park program at dusk, around 8:15 with a showing of the movie “Yogi Bear”. Concessions will be available at the Noble Park Amphitheatre, 2801 Park Avenue.

Fort Donelson National Cemetery’s tribute to veterans is a luminary candle placement at each headstone between 7:30 and 9 p.m. Sunday. Story tellers share the history of the cemetery and some of those who rest there. Bring a flashlight as lighting will be limited.

Anyone donating at an American Red Cross blood drive now through September 14 is automatically entered into a drawing to win a 2012 Ford Fiesta SE. There’s blood collection today at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 1620 West Main in Murray from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’s also a collection tomorrow from 10 to 2 at Finish Line Car Wash, 3516 Clarks River Road in Paducah. Participants there get a free car wash.

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morning cram [hypertension edition]

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Federal health officials claim young adults’ expanding waistlines are causing unexpected problems, including an increase in diabetes, kidney disease and even arthritis.

NPR reports scientists have just added high blood pressure to that list.

Storm damage not as bad as expected.

KENTUCKY~  A man charged with rape of mother and daughter in Mayfield. A judge says Conway can’t prove that Marathon is guilty of price-gouging. Gov Beshear extends protection from price-gouging during weather recovery. An Elderly man died in a Todd County car wreck.

TENNESSEE ~  Gov Haslam says companies should create their own gay and lesbian policies (rather than being forced by the state).

Written by Chris Taylor

May 26, 2011 at 8:40 am