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Archive for May 31st, 2011

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.

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