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Datebook: July 14 – Bastille Day

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July 14 is the French national holiday La Fête Nationale, or Bastille Day. It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution. The oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe is held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, French officials and foreign guests. Happy Bastille Day!

It’s Thursday, June 14th

Relay for Life of McCracken County will take place tomorrow night at Carson Park in Paducah. There will be food, games, zumba, live entertainment, and ceremonies to honor and remember those who have battled cancer. The free event begins at 6PM.

This Saturday from 8 to noon, the Murray-Calloway County Hospital offers free sports physicals to local student athletes grades seven through twelve. The physicals will be held in the Endoscopy Department at the west entrance of MCCH. Students must be enrolled at Murray, Calloway County, or Eastwood Christian Academy. No appointment is necessary.

The feature of this week’s Family Movie Night in Mayfield is “Hairspray.” In the film, teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to Harmon Park tomorrow night at 8 to enjoy the free show.

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the morning cram [debt-ceiling edition]

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A chasm is growing between congressional Republicans, as the ‘Hell No Caucus’ claims US credit default is a fallacy.

NPR reports claims by Republican lawmakers such as Minnesota’s Michelle Bachmann and Illinois’ Joe Walsh put them at odds with party leaders.

Kentucky~ The Heath school shooter is denied a competency hearing. There will be road work on I-24 today. A local couple wins the Duck Tape prom competition (but will they stick together?).

Tennessee~ Clarksville may get a convention center. Bredesen’s mom won’t get Haslam’s update e-mail anymore.

Illinois~ The Gaming Board wants Quinn to veto a gambling expansion bill.