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Datebook: November 10 – “Dr. Livingstone, I Presume?” 140 Years Ago

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Sir Henry Morton Stanley was a Welsh journalist and explorer famous for his exploration of Africa and his search for David Livingstone. Upon finding Livingstone, Stanley allegedly uttered the now-famous greeting, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” His legacy of death and destruction in the Congo region is considered an inspiration for Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.  Early in his journalism career, Stanley was commissioned by the New York Herald in 1869 to locate the Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone, who was known to be in Africa but had not been heard from for some time. Stanley traveled to Zanzibar in March, 1871 and outfitted an expedition with the best of everything, requiring no fewer than 200 porters. This 7,000 miles expedition through the tropical forest became a nightmare. His thoroughbred stallion died within a few days after a bite from a Tsetse fly, many of his carriers deserted and the rest were decimated by tropical diseases. To keep the expedition going, he had to take stern measures, including flogging deserters. Stanley found Livingstone on November 10, 1871, in Ujiji near Lake Tanganyika in present-day Tanzania, and may have greeted him with the now-famous, “Doctor Livingstone, I presume?” This famous phrase may be a fabrication, as Stanley tore out of his diary the pages relating to the encounter. Even Livingstone’s account of the encounter fails to mention these words. The Herald’s own first account of the meeting, published July 2, 1872, also includes the phrase: “Preserving a calmness of exterior before the Arabs which was hard to simulate as he reached the group, Mr. Stanley said: – ‘Doctor Livingstone, I presume?’ A smile lit up the features of the pale white man as he answered: “Yes, and I feel thankful that I am here to welcome you.”

It’s Thursday, November 10

Short story writer and Austin Peay State University faculty member, Cynthia McWilliams presents for the Loman C. Trover Library Reading Series at 7 tonight at Madisonville Community College. The reading’s open to all and refreshments are served.

Through 6 this evening and from 9 to 1 tomorrow there’s a fine art print and book sale on the first floor of Price Doyle Fine Arts Building of Murray State. Items include hand pulled lithographs, etchings, silkscreens, woodcuts, and hand-bound blank books.

Fire Station 1 at 301 Washington Street in Paducah hosts a Chili fundraiser tomorrow and next Friday from 11 to 1 to benefit the United Way of Paducah-McCracken County. Chili, chili dogs, and hot dogs are available.

Mayfield’s American Legion Post 26 hosts a Veterans Day Ceremony tomorrow at 11 a.m. in Harmon Park.

Paducah’s Veterans Day Parade Opening Ceremony starts at 10:30 tomorrow morning at the Gazebo at 2nd and Broadway. The Parade has 35 entries including four bands.

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the morning cram [New Orleans target practice edition]

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Trials are set to begin tomorrow for New Orleans policemen charged with killing two during Katrina aftermath.

NPR reports that six years after the alleged police brutality incident, trials will finally begin for officers charged in largest police abuse case in modern New Orleans history.

Kentucky~ The Lake Barkley State Park Beach is closed because of floods and e-coli. Western Kentucky farms are now eligible for flood assistance. Brent Burke is expected to be released today.

Tennessee~ Many state schools could see pay raises.

morning cram [evacuate! edition]

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Fukushima nuclear plant operators evacuated workers today after gray smoke rose from a reactor unit.

NPR reports the latest developments on stabilizing the radiation-leaking complex.

KENTUCKY~ An elderly Paducah man dies after driving into an underwater ditch. Whether the Heath High shooter can appeal will be decided in August. A Murray woman pleads guilty to enabling an armed home invasion. KY-131 is now back open (after parts were underwater). Caldwell County has a newly named Magistrate. Rep Henley: cutting Medicaid will be a pain for Murray’s Hospital. The special session continues. Emancipation Day pushes the tax deadline back 3 days. US Census: cities grew, rural areas declined.

TENNESSEE~ High gas price$ prompt Henry County officials to cut a deal with their waste pickup servicer.

SPORTS~ (Baseball) MSU < GSU, UTM < UAB, APSU < ISU; (Softball) MSU < EIU, UTM > TSU, APSU < EKU.

Datebook: February 25 – The First Pan American Games held 60 years ago

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It’s Friday, February 25.

Murray State’s Quad State Festival this weekend includes a special concert by the University Wind Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra featuring Joe Alessi at 7 tonight in Lovett Auditorium.  Alessi is principal trombone with the New York Philharmonic and regarded as a leading trombone artist internationally.

The Clarksville Community Concert Series presents classical guitarist Ana Vidovic (VEE dah vich) in performance Monday at 7:30 p.m.  The Vidovic concert is in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall at Austin Peay State University.  Tickets are available at  The Croatian virtuoso began her international career at age 11.

Next Friday is the deadline for artists submitting works in the selection process for the Governor’s Derby Exhibit 2011.  Two dimensional artwork completed within the last four years on the theme Springtime in Kentucky by Kentucky artists will grace the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.  Submit digital images online at

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morning cram [bath salts edition]

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Vanilla Sky, Ivory Wave and White Rush are some of the names on packets of white powder being sold in convenience stores and gas stations across the nation.

NPR reports though the packets are labeled and sold as “bath salts,” they are actually a drug that produces a meth-like (and sometimes violent) high.

KENTUCKY~ Roadways are looking (mostly) clear but more snow is likely. Paducah Police need your help to find a missing autistic woman. State Police investigators accuse a teenager of murdering a 9-year-old Todd County girl. Owensboro Catholic officials call in a PI to check out a suicide victim’s online sex abuse allegations. A wine group is waiting for legislators to hear them… complain. Figuring out the state’s Medicaid budget is hard and one lawmaker is (again) taking aim at payday lenders.

TENNESSEE~ Republicans are rallying to join other states to challenge the federal healthcare law.


morning cram [armed coeds edition]

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Is the answer to mass shootings on college campuses to arm students and staff?

NPR reports eight states have proposed legislation that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on campus.

KENTUCKY~ It’s Tim Masthay Day in Murray. A defense attorney claims McCracken County Sheriff’s deputies used a misleading affidavit to obtain a search warrant. Ex-Mayfield Mayor Arthur Byrn’s nepotism allegations don’t pan out. Paducah’s Quilt Museum will soon need a new leader. The House passes a ban on bath salts. Education officials get ready to change how the state tests and evaluates schools.

TENNESSEE~ Lawmakers propose a bill to track cold-med (meth ingredients) sales. The AP alleges Governor Haslam dodged reporters after hiding his income.

ILLINOIS~ A pair of gay rights groups launch an online site to track the state’s civil unions.


Datebook: January 25 – Charles Manson + Co. found guilty 40 years ago

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It’s Tuesday, January 25.

Kentuckiana Girl Scouts fundraise Saturday.  Desserts First is at the Carson Center in Paducah from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  Tickets are $30 for the tasting event featuring desserts made from Girl Scout Cookies by area chefs.  Hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a best dessert competition highlight the night.

The Fisk Jubilee Singers perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m. for the Clarksville Community Concert Series.  Tickets range from $12 to $25 and are available online at  The performance is in Austin Peay State University’s Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall and honors the 20th anniversary of its Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center.

Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah hosts a free videoconference on Alzheimer’s Care Thursday at 5:30 p.m.  Viewing of this Kentucky Telehealth Network feature is in Meeting Room A on the 1st floor of Doctors Office Building 2 near the Women’s Center.

Thursday at noon hear excerpts of significant speeches of the Civil Rights era with the American Radio Works feature Say it Loud.  Learn about it at

morning cram [abort edition]

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Abortion is an issue so contentious it almost prevented the health law from passing last year.

NPR reports its back.

It’s cold and dangerous on the roads. Think twice about getting out and keep warm clothing in your car.

KENTUCKY~ Oak Grove will soon have a local psychiatric service. A Christian County man pleads guilty to matricide. (Another) Democrat files to run for Secretary of State. A former Fort Campbell murderer/rapist soldier is appealing his conviction today.

TENNESSEE~ A meeting in Paris next week will solicit public opinion on a proposed project to widen US-641 and city officials there will meet today to figure out who will temporarily fill in as city manager. Clarksville officials won’t push for allowing handguns on city park grounds and former Mayor Johnny Piper snags his ex-spokeswoman to be his assistant.


morning cram [assassin edition]

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According to a Secret Service study: assassinations of political figures have almost never been for political reasons. 

NPR hears how most would-be and actual political assassins felt near invisible and sought notoriety.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah Police are puzzled after finding a few pipe bombs at a city waste site. Four family members accused of a McCracken County murder/kidnapping plead not guilty. State Police arrest a Marshall County official on theft charges. A local health department leaks almost 10,000 patients’ personal information to the web for months. The Commonwealth’s family courts are finally getting on the same page. A State Rep submits a bill that would eliminate concealed weapon permits and one lawmaker wonders why state officials changed a rule concerning child injury/death notifications by state social workers.

TENNESSEE~ APSU’s (alleged) threatening letter writer submits to a TBI-requested mental eval. Clarksville goes ahead with implementing city worker raises.


morning cram [healing edition]

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President Obama yesterday paid tribute to victims of the Arizona mass shootings, urging Americans to change the nation’s caustic public dialogue by talking in a way that heals instead of wounds.

NPR has extensive coverage.

KENTUCKY~ A bid to build McCracken County’s jail expansion comes in over $1mil under estimates. Kentucky State Police are investigating fund misappropriations by two recently fired McCracken County School employees. USEC is haggling with TVA over a new power contract for Paducah’s Gaseous Diffusion Plant. House Speaker Stumbo wants to ban smoking in cars with kids. KCTCS is participating in a new nationwide accountability program. A federally-subsidized work program employed 400 last year. Gov. Beshear says politicos should calm down. Since Secretary of State Trey Grayson is leaving for Harvard, Bowling Green’s Mayor will finish out his term.

TENNESSEE~ Austin Peay issues a campus warning after receiving a threatening letter from an ex-student.