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Datebook: December 23 – Festivus

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Festivus, observed on December 23rd, is a way to celebrate the holiday season without participating in its pressures, religious aspects, and commercialism. It was introduced into popular culture by Daniel O’Keefe, a screenwriter for Seinfeld, as part of a comical storyline on the show. The holiday’s celebration includes an unadorned aluminum “Festivus pole,” practices such as the “Airing of Grievances” and “Feats of Strength,” and the labeling of easily explainable events as “Festivus miracles.”

It’s Friday, December 23

Tonight a rock/punk/metal-fest benefits the Paducah Cooperative Ministry. It’s the Ho Ho Hall Show from 7 to 11:30 at the Massac Community Center at 4476 Korte Road, Metropolis. Tickets are $5. Hear the Purchase Orphan Choir, the Hi Fi Ninjas, the Wish You Were, Thick as Thieves and Voyage of Slaves.

LBL’s Golden Pond Visitor Center is open from 9 to 3 tomorrow, and stays closed Christmas Day. LBL’s administrative office is closed Monday.

The Holidays at Murray State 2011 airs on KET and WKMS this weekend. It’s on KET2 and KETKY at 8 a.m. today, tomorrow on KET at 3 a.m. and midnight and KETKY at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.. WKMS airs the hour-long program at 9 a.m. Sunday. Hear the Jazz Band, Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Singers, and vocalists Sonya Baker and Tana Field.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols live from Cambridge England pre-empts Car Talk from Cambridge Massachusetts tomorrow 9 a.m. See our holiday show schedule at wkms.org.

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the morning cram [empty nest egg edition]

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Retirement may not be as enjoyable as it once was.

NPR reports retirees are finding the golden years to be much more difficult than they expected.

Kentucky~An accidental shooting claims a life in Graves County.  No Child Left Behind grades are in.   Senator Paul wants to block pipeline regulations.  Williams and Galbraith sound off on Race to the Top funds.

Illinois~ Metropolis ok’s booze on Sunday.

morning cram [transparent edition]

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President Obama famously promised to run the most transparent administration in history.

NPR reports it’s Sunshine Week and security experts are evaluating how well the administration has lived up to that pledge.

KENTUCKY~ A shrink testifies the ’97 Heath High shooter was incompetent during his initial trial. A Calloway County chemical fire yesterday prompted some evacuations. WKU signs on to gladly take Hopkinsville Community College grads. People will comb the roadside (for free) next week. Senate Prez Williams challenges Gov Beshear to a TV word-duel and he also wants to work the special session for free, but House Dems won’t.

TENNESSEE~ Judge decides the Buchanan double murderer should die in prison (from old age). Unemployment in area counties remains well above the state average. Hundreds are expected to descend on Nashville’s Capitol building @ noon to rally for worker’s rights. UT officials up the school system’s minimum wage.

ILLINOIS~ Ohio River water levels are expected to crest Friday. Republicans don’t like Gov Quinn’s latest appointment.

morning cram [island edition]

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Since scientists predict global warming will bring higher sea levels, longer droughts and more frequent storms, an Australian government program aims to help a neighboring island nation slowly relocate.

NPR reports the program gives people economic incentives to move gradually, so they won’t completely lose their national identity.

KENTUCKY~ A Paducah/McCracken County merger studying session is no longer threatened after a House Bill dies. Meet Heath High School’s new principal. KET warns federal funding cuts could mean no more Sesame Street or Antiques Roadshow. Apparently the Commonwealth is a ginseng-growing power house. Payday lenders rejoice they can still charge whatever they want. Lawmakers threaten to kick out the EPA to protect the coal industry and the House will soon vote to allow optometrists to use lasers. MSU < SEMO.

TENNESSEE~ A Clarksville woman finds a WWII-era bomb in a field… brings it home… then calls police.  TVA is changing its rate structure, but says if you see changes it’s your distributor’s fault. Oh… and free fire alarms!

morning cram [vostok edition]

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Russian scientists are on the verge of punching a hole into a vast Antarctic lake that’s buried under more than two miles of ice.

NPR reports the drilling is expected to tap into Lake Vostok, possibly disturbing a primitive and pristine ecosystem untouched for millions of years.

La Niña is expected to make our remaining winter months wetter and warmer.

KENTUCKY~ A police chase in McCracken County’s Farley area yields $15k worth of meth. 900 Fort Campbell heroes are due back (from Afghanistan) this weekend. A December Ballard County Jail inmate’s death is linked to a rare strain of pneumonia. Ex-Prez ‘W’ Bush reschedules his Fort Campbell book signing. The state has recycling grant$ up for grabs. A Senate committee approves to discontinue the Commonwealth’s ban on nuclear power plants citing the irony of already having a uranium enrichment plant in Paducah. A House committee likes DUI vehicle-breathalyser legislation. A proposed immigration bill (similar to Arizona’s) gets its first hearing and a report finds it could cost the state about $89 million a year.

TENNESSEE~ A state mental health official likens upcoming budget cuts to ‘amputating fingers.’

morning cram [debris edition]

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Before Haiti is able to rebuild it must remove tons of rubble left behind by last year’s devastating earthquake. 

NPR hears how some Haitians aren’t waiting for the government to clear the debris: They’re freeing their communities using hand-cranked machines.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah will hold a public hearing about building a proposed electrical substation in front of Coleman Place and the Police Department shows off its new bookkeeping software. Bardwell city officials put off voting on a proposed payroll tax. A Hopkins County ex-Magistrate declines being the new Community Development Director there. Murray could get a skate park @ Chestnut this summer. Four charged in connection to a Murray home invasion will be back in court by the end of the month. Who is the Commonwealth’s first woman to file to run for a state office? KET joins the fight to prevent cuts to federal funding for public broadcasting. Gov. Steve Beshear is comfortable with people carrying guns into the state Capitol. Oak Grove’s Police Chief is reinstated.

TENNESSEE~ Farmers are using social media to promote agritourism to their farms. Paris’ Dana Corp. expects to add 25 new jobs to its workforce.

ILLINOIS~ Whether or not the state abolishes the death penalty is now up to Gov. Pat Quinn.

“Don’t Tread on Me” Altercation Irony

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Supporters of Rand Paul wrestled a woman to the ground and stepped on her head as she tried to confront the Republican nominee before a KET (Kentucky Educational Television) debate Monday, October 25, 2010. Ironically, some of those involved were sporting “Don’t Tread on Me” pins, as seen here:

Here’s a link to more on the altercation, along with video from Associated Press, posted on YouTube.

http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wkms/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=1717509

Written by Matt Markgraf

October 26, 2010 at 4:11 pm