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Datebook: June 2 – Martha Washington turns 280

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America’s first First Lady, Martha Dandridge Custis Washington was born on June 2, 1731 (and died May 22, 1802). She was never referred to as “first lady” because the term was coined after hear death. Instead, she was known as “Lady Washington.” Often depicted as a frumpy elderly woman, new research into her life has evidenced quite the contrary. Martha was a spiffy dresser, assertive and a woman of independent means (with sole control over her wealth from a previous marriage and of her childrens’ inheritance). She is also described as “loving her husband madly.” She joined George on the battlefield each year to care for and provide morale for the troops. Happy birthday Martha!

It’s Thursday, June 2

The Humane Society of Calloway County benefits from a Dash for the Dogs and Cats Saturday at Calloway County High’s stadium at 2108 College Farm Road. There are 40 and 15 mile bike routes starting at 7:30 a.m., a 5 k run at 9 and a 1 mile dog walk at 9:30. Per event entry fee is $20.

Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College holds auditions for its mid-July production of the musical Hairspray this weekend. Saturday auditions are 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday audition hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Speak with Brad Downall or Lynn Curtis about audition requirements at 270-824-8650.

LBL’s Pisgah Bay hosts Kentucky Drag Boat Association races this weekend. Time trials are Saturday and final races are Sunday, 10 to 5 both days. There’s a $5 fee per person, free for Children under 12. Bring lawn chairs or ground blankets to Birmingham Ferry to view racers achieving over 150 miles per hour.

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the morning cram [war on drugs edition]

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Former world leaders say, “global war on drugs has failed.”

NPR reports the Global Commission on Drug Policy recommends a re-evaluation of approach to combating drug problems.

Kentucky~ A tornado touched down in Calloway County last week. A man goes to jail for putting a baby in the oven. Payments for new MSU Paducah campus are due next year. A former Todd County Sheriff owes back taxes. Congressman Ed Whitfield says we need more protection from cyber attacks.

Tennessee~d The Clarksville Charter Committee is trying to expand the power of the mayor’s veto. Gov Haslam signs a bill requiring a photo ID to vote.