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Datebook: December 22 – Shoe Bomber 10 Years Ago

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Ten years ago today, passengers on Flight 63, flying over the Atlantic Ocean, complained of a smoke smell shortly after meal service. Flight attendant, Hermis Moutardier found Richard Colvin Reid sitting alone near a window, attempting to light a match. She warned him of no smoking on the plane and he promised he would stop. A few minutes later, she returned to find him leaning over in his seat – that’s when she saw a shoe in his lap, a fuse leading into the shoe, and a lit match. He was eventually subdued by passengers using seatbelts and headphone cords. Two fighter jets escorted the plane to the Logan Airport. Authorities found 100 grams of plastic explosives hidden in the shoes, enough to blow a large hole in the aircraft. Reid was an Islamic fundamentalist and self-proclaimed Al-Qaeda operative from the UK. He was later convicted, and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. We can ‘thank’ him for making us all have to take our shoes off at the airport now.

It’s Thursday, December 22

The United Way of Murray Calloway County is looking for education, income and health related nonprofit programs to invest community dollars. It is accepting applications from any 501c3 organization in Murray-Calloway County through January 20. See mccunitedway.org or call 270-753-0317 for an application.

Visit the River Discovery Center at 117 South Water Street at the Riverfront in Paducah to learn more about how the waterways affect our region. The museum shop features river books, educational toys and games, jewelry, clothing and nautical items. In downtown’s oldest standing structure, the River Discovery Center is open Monday through Saturday 9:30 to 5.

Murray Calloway County Hospital has a critical need for 0-Negative and A-Negative Blood types. The Hospital’s Blood Donor Center is on the first floor of the North Tower. Call 270-762-1119 for an appointment. A blood donor must be 18 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and pass brief health exams.

Tonight at 9 hear a special Café Jazz Christmas program with Brian Clardy. See more about it at wkms.org.

 

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Datebook: December 1 – AIDS Virus Officially Recognized 30 Years Ago

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Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a disease of the human immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The illness interferes with the immune system making people with AIDS much more likely to get infections, including opportunistic infections and tumors that do not affect people with working immune systems. This susceptibility gets worse as the disease continues. AIDS was first recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1981 and its cause, HIV, identified in the early 1980s. In 2009, the World Health Organization estimated that there are 33.4 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS, with 2.7 million new HIV infections per year and 2.0 million annual deaths due to AIDS. In 2007, UNAIDS estimated: 33.2 million people worldwide had AIDS that year; AIDS killed 2.1 million people in the course of that year, including 330,000 children, and 76% of those deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa. According to UNAIDS 2009 report, worldwide some 60 million people have been infected since the start of the pandemic, with some 25 million deaths, and 14 million orphaned children in southern Africa alone.

It’s Thursday, December 1st

Hopkinsville’s Christmas Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, goes from Glass Avenue to Fifteenth, and is themed “Christmas Around the World.”

The Methodist Churches of Calloway County present a Live Nativity from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. See costumed re-enactors and live animals, including camels, portraying scenes inside the MSU Expo Center on College Farm Road. Admission and refreshments are free.

Paris Henry County Arts Council presents its 44th Annual Community Christmas Concert Sunday at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Scott Shepherd directs. Admission is free.

LBL’s Homeplace debuts “Civil War Comes to the Homeplace” from 10 to 4 Saturday. The living history farm moves forward in time to 1861 when families witnessed the building of Forts Henry and Donelson and Federal gunboats patrolling the rivers. Visit a Confederate encampment to see how civilian soldiers adapted to military routines.

Use wkms.org to send us your announcements and to see all the Holiday Programs on our schedule. Thanks!

 

Datebook: November 8 – “Led Zeppelin IV” Released 40 Years Ago

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The fourth album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin was released on November 8, 1971. No title is printed on the album, so it is generally referred to as Led Zeppelin IV. Upon its release, Led Zeppelin IV was a commercial and critical success. It may be most notable for featuring the famous song, “Stairway To Heaven.” The album is one of the best-selling albums worldwide at 32 million units. It has shipped over 23 million units in the United States alone, making it the third-best-selling album ever in the US. In 2003, the album was ranked 66th on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

It’s Tuesday, November 8

The Humane Society Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale is Saturday from 9 to 2 at the Calloway County Library on Main Street. Bring donations Thursday from 10 to 5. Bring home baked goods and preserves, crafts, and new gift items. Note the donation day change since the Library is closed Friday for Veteran’s Day.

UT Martin’s Piano Ensemble performs a concert tonight at 7:30 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 145 Hannings Lane. Faculty pianists, Delana Easley, Elaine Harriss, Scott Roberts, and Johnathan Vest perform – “The Stars and Stripes Forever” together. UTM students present works by Wilberg, Carl Maria Von Weber, and Poulenc during the 50 minute program.

Murray State University’s Department of Art and Design annual Art Auction starts with a preview at 7 p.m. Friday, November 18th. The auction of Work by faculty, area artists, alumni and students begins at 7:30 in Clara M. Eagle Gallery, 6th Floor, Doyle Fine Arts. Proceeds fund scholarships and the visiting artist program.

Vote Today. Our election coverage starts at 6:30. See wkms.org. Thank you!

Written by Matt Markgraf

November 8, 2011 at 11:50 am

the morning cram [trix are for kids edition]

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Our kids may be biologically hardwired to want sugar and sweets.

NPR reports recent studies on children and the ‘sweet tooth’ reveal that kids have a different set of senses than adults.

Kentucky~ Murray has a new fire training facility. More construction equals more traffic. Gas prices have fallen. Man with deer heads enters alford plea. There was a bunch of rain. A fifteen year old is charged in Paducah Middle bomb threat. NASA is bringing moon rocks to MSU.

the morning cram [the king’s speech edition]

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Jordan’s King Abdullah II addresses the Arab Spring and Jordan’s need for a middle class.

NPR reports the King has entered the fray surrounding the Palestinian debate and has assured Jordanians that elections will be forthcoming.

Kentucky~ A Man is re-indicted for setting a deadly 1998 MSU fire.  Fulton may be losing its EMS services. The battle for Instant Racing continues.  Student test scores will soon be released.

Tennessee~ Bridgestone is expanding its Clarksville facilities.   Two state budgeting officials are leaving their positions. Lawmakers are attempting to change the Judiciary Court Commission’s power. Tennessee will be among many states determining science curriculum.

the morning cram [political compromise edition?]

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Could the fledgling economy eventually drive politicians to work with one another?

NPR reports that while some politicians will continue their partisan policies, others may begin to change their tune.

Kentucky~ A Calloway County minister is charged with sexual abuse of a minor. Rand Paul says Tim Geithner should resign.

Illinois~ The US credit downgrade will affect Illinois revenues. Health officials say get yo’ kids vaccinated.

Tennessee~ The western part of the state is lagging in business development. Policy makers will talk about NCLB in Nashville today. Gov Haslam is on a new education committee.

the morning cram [Gang of Six edition]

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The so-called ‘Gang of Six’ presented their proposal to Senate members yesterday, and hope abounds that it may appeal across party lines.

NPR reports a bi-partisan group of six senators has developed a proposal for raising the debt ceiling, cutting the deficit, and raising revenue that is getting positive reviews across the board.

Kentucky~ Men charged with attempted murder say “it wasn’t me”. Calloway County is getting emergency funds. Homebuyers, Hopkinsville wants you. Many downtown areas look at revitalization. Corn is growing strong.

Tennessee~ International businesses, Clarksville wants you.

Illinois~ Honeywell and union have reached an agreement (WHA?!?!).