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Archive for February 7th, 2012

Datebook: February 7 – Charles Dickens turns 200

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Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 (and died June 9, 1870). He was an English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian period. Dickens enjoyed a wider popularity and fame than had any previous author during his lifetime, and he remains popular, having been responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic novels and characters. Many of his writings were originally published serially, in monthly installments, a format of publication which Dickens himself helped popularise. Unlike other authors who completed novels before serialisation, Dickens often created the episodes as they were being serialised. The practice lent his stories a particular rhythm, punctuated by cliffhangers to keep the public looking forward to the next installment. Give yourself a fun literary challenge, read A Tale of Two Cities, look for the rhythm.

It’s Tuesday, February 7

Murray-Calloway County Hospital’s Blood Donor Center hosts a blood drive tomorrow evening from 5:30 to 8 at the Hazel Baptist Church. All blood types are needed. Donors must be at least 18 years old, at least 110 pounds, and in good health.

The McCracken County Public Library hosts a program titled “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” on Thursday night at 7. Presenter Daryl Harris of Northern Kentucky University takes the audience on a musical history tour through spirituals and freedom songs. The program is free and open to the public; details are online at

A Living Well Workshop takes place on Thursday from 12:30 to 3 at the Murray-Calloway County Senior Citizen Center. The free workshop is the first in a six-week session. People with chronic health problems can learn techniques for dealing with symptoms, information about medications, nutrition advice, and more. Register at 753-0929.

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the morning cram [damn…we’re in a tight spot edition]

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Iranian Jews are feeling caught between an Iran and an Israeli place.

NPR reports that rising tensions between Iran and Israel put Iranian Jews living in Israel in a conflicted state.

Kentucky~ An MSU student had bomb materials on campus. Canaan’s a Cousy finalist. The McCracken Humane Society manager wants charges dropped. Officials are talking about the drop-out age.