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Datebook: February 15 – Fall of Singapore 70 Years Ago

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During World War II, Singapore was a major British military base, nicknamed “Gibralter of the East.” It was considered an impregnable fortress and it’s fall, was a major blow to British forces. Prime Minister Winston Churchill called the defeat to the Japanese the “worst disaster” and “largest capitulation” in British history. Indeed, roughly 62,000 troops were taken prisoner and more than half had died as POWs. Singapore had been a British colony since the 19th Century. On February 8th, the first wave of Japanese troops landed on the island, outgunning British defense. By February 13, most of the island’s defensive weaponry had been destroyed by air, land, and sea troops. On the morning of February 15, Japanese troops broke through the last line of defense, by evening Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival surrendered to General Tomoyuki Yamashita. This was a triumphant victory for Japan. During their occupation, the island was renamed Syonanto. Many of the captured Indian troops, which had fought for the British, were recruited to fight for the Japanese in the Burma Campaign. Occupation ended after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, along with the entry of the Soviet Union into the war. Singapore was returned to the British, and remained under their weakened control until self-governance in the late 1950s and the merger with Malaysia in the 1960s. Yamashita was convicted of war crimes by the US and hanged on February 23, 1946.

It’s Wednesday, February 15

Children ages six to twelve can learn about the magic of light and sound at this week’s WKCTC Friday Night Science event. Discover the science behind light and sound by making an aluminum rod sing and creating a rainbow. The cost is twenty dollars. The two-hour class begins at 5PM. To register, call 270-534-3335.

Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah presents “The Descendants,” starring George Clooney, tonight at 7. The film’s protagonist tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife suffers severe head trauma during a boat race. The movie plays through Sunday; find more information and additional showtimes at

Graves County High School features a number of its graduates as performers in “All Hearts Come Home.” The alumni show is Friday at 7PM at the Performing Arts Center, located next to the high school. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students.

Tomorrow at noon on WKMS, hear “Say It Loud,” a radio documentary featuring historically important speeches by African Americans. Learn more at

Written by Matt Markgraf

February 15, 2012 at 9:01 am

Datebook: January 6 – New Mexico Becomes 47th State 100 Years Ago

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After much contention, largely over the issue of whether or not to permit Indian slavery, statehood was granted to New Mexico on January 6, 1912, becoming the 47th state. The issue was that members of Congress maintained that territories could not restrict slavery under the Missouri Compromise, while others insisted that older Mexican legal traditions (which forbade slavery) took precedence. New Mexico is uniquely cultural, with the second-highest Native American percentage in the country (after Alaska), mostly comprised of Navajo and Pueblo peoples. It also has the highest percentage of Hispanics. Thus, the state flag is represented by red and gold colors, which pay homage to Spain, as well as the Zia symbol – an ancient Native American symbol for the sun. New Mexico is politically diverse, often considered a “swing state.” One quarter is forested, and includes the nation’s largest National Forest: Gila National Forest at 3.3 million acres. The official state animal is the black bear, named after discovering Smokey the Bear.  Tourists come for the food and the annual hot air balloon festival. Government spending has benefited New Mexico in the form of three Air Force bases, and research laboratories. The first atomic bombs were made and tested at White Sands. And, of course, Roswell is the home of an alleged 1947 UFO crash site.

It’s Friday, January 6

The Graves County High School Choir hosts a silent auction tonight in the high school commons area before and during the Mayfield-Graves County basketball game. Proceeds from the silent auction will help buy choral risers, tuxedos, new sheet music, and a piano. Items up for auction include a signed Swamp People t-shirt, UK basketball game tickets, and more.

The Lower Town Arts and Music Festival seeks applications from local and regional musicians of all genres interested in performing in this year’s festival. All musicians should apply by February 15 at 5PM. Find application materials at

Market House Theater holds open auditions for “The Adventures of Nate the Great” on Monday and Tuesday at 5PM in the studio theater classroom. All of the characters in this kids’ detective play are elementary school age. Performances are February 23 through 27th, with three morning school matinees. For more information, contact Market House Theater between noon and 5.

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the morning cram [the millennials edition]

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Will first time voters come through for Obama in 2012?

NPR reports President Obama rode into the White House on the support of “Millennial” voters, but their loyalty may be wavering.

We get an extra hour on Sunday (but I’m saving mine for Monday).

Kentucky~  A Graves County teacher is arrested for allegedly sleeping with a student. Barkley bridge work will go on through the weekend. The Breeders Cup begins today. Gov Beshear will begin his final surge. Utilities could go up.


Datebook: August 11 – 55th anniversary of artist Jackson Pollock’s death

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Paul Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956), known as Jackson Pollock, was an influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. Pollock’s most famous paintings were made during the “drip period” between 1947 and 1950, a time when he experimented with unique methods of applying paint to canvas. After struggling with alcoholism for his entire adult life, Pollock, on August 11, 1956, at 10:15 pm, died in a single-car crash in his Oldsmobile convertible while driving under the influence of alcohol. Find more about Jackson Pollock and his work here.

It’s Thursday, August 11.

Murray Reads Maya is engaging readers for acclaimed author Maya Angelou’s speaking at Murray State’s CFSB Center on Wednesday, August 24th at 8 p.m. Use the website to join the list of participants, to see special events, and to learn more about Ms. Angelou’s writings. Tickets for the reading are $10 at

Western Baptist Hospital’s annual free Childbirth Fair is from 10 to noon Saturday in the atrium of Doctor’s Office Building 2 in Paducah. Dr. Edward O’Neill will answer questions about the region’s first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Tour the birthing center and register for the free maternity program, Stork Central. Call 270-575-BABY for more.

Graves County High School hosts a 5KRun/Walk to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, in memory of Tori Beth Waggoner. Late registration is $25 starting at 7 a.m. Check-in is at 7:15 and the run starts at 8.

Murray State students are returning to campus, so drive safely. Use to stay in touch with our region. Thanks.

Datebook: March 22 – World Day for Water

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It’s Tuesday, March 22.

Tomorrow there’s a blood drive from 5 to 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Murray.  Type A-Positive blood is critically needed by the Murray Calloway County Hospital Blood Donor Center.  Make an appointment at 270-762-1119.

The Graves County High School Symphony Orchestra hosts the Paducah Symphony Orchestra in a Season Event Side-By-Side Concert titled “Out of This World”.  It’s at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Performing Arts Center, adjacent to Graves County High School near the intersection of Ky. Highway 121 and the Purchase Parkway. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for students.

Western Baptist Hospital offers a free luncheon Friday featuring gastroenterologist Dr. Pamela Reed speaking on colon cancer.  It’s from noon to 1 p.m. in the Baptist Heart Center auditorium.  Registration is required at 270-575-2895.  The American Cancer Society recommends adults 50 and older should be screened for colon cancer.

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morning cram [ike’s warning edition]

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50 years ago today, President Dwight Eisenhower warned the nation about what he described as a threat to democratic government. He called it the military-industrial complex, a formidable union of defense contractors and the armed forces.

NPR looks at what’s changed since.

KENTUCKY~ 2 property owner holdouts will go to court in the battle to build a new Paducah Middle School. McCracken County officials are investigating a non-suspicious teen death. Police arrest a Graves County high schooler over a gun threat. You can buy your very own LBL bison. A bill before legislators this session would drug-test food stamp and Medicaid recipients.

TENNESSEE~ A lucky pilot receives only a scratch after crash-landing a single-engine craft near Sango. Clarksville Police seize a record 250lbs of pot, an (alleged) drug dealer is murdered, and they also allege a guy lied about getting his wallet stolen (he lost it). Governor Haslam doesn’t want the public to know his income.

ILLINOIS~ SIU@Carbondale: enrollment keeps falling. Everyone’s waiting around to see what Governor Pat Quinn will decide to do about the state’s death penalty.


Datebook: December 13 – Acadian Rememberance Day

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It’s Monday, December 13.

The Kentucky High School Rodeo is at the MSU Cherry Expo Center Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. Adult tickets are $8 for events ranging from bareback riding to goat tying to bull riding.  The Center is at 2101 College Farm Road in Murray.

Tonight the Hopkinsville High School Choral Concert starts at 7 p.m. at the Alhambra Theatre. Tickets are $3. Wednesday the Theatre hosts Jimmy Buffett’s lead Guitarist Peter Mayer’s Group with Maggie Estes, violin, at 7 p.m. with $25 tickets benefiting Christian County Juvenile Services. And on Friday, the 101st Airborne Band is there with a free Christmas Party Sing Along at 7 p.m.  The theatre is at 507 South Main in Hopkinsville.

Graves County High School’s Horticulture Department has red, white, maroon and pink poinsettias for $5 each through Wednesday, available from 8 to 3. The agriculture entrance is at the end of the high school nearest Graves County Middle School.

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