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Datebook: February 22 – George Washington Turns 280

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George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 (and died December 14, 1799). We all know him as the 1st U.S. President (1789-1797), and as a great military leader. He was elected unanimously and oversaw the creation of a strong, well-financed government that maintained neutrality in the wars raging in Europe. He was born into a wealthy Colonial Virginia family, who owned tobacco plantations and slaves. He was mentored by William Fairfax, who promoted his career into the military. He quickly became a senior officer in the colonial forces during the French and Indian War. As  Commander-In-Chief of the Continental Army, he forced the British out of Boston in 1776, but lost New York City. After crossing the Delaware River, he defeated the British in two battles, and retook New Jersey. Washintgon strategized the capture of Saratoga in 1777 and Yorktown in 1781. As President, he supported Alexander Hamilton’s programs to pay off the debt, to implement a tax system, and to create a national bank. He was outspoken against partisanship, sectoinalism, and involvement in foreign wars. He retired from presidency in 1797 and returned to his home, Mount Vernon. He freed his slaves in his will. At his death, Washington was hailed as “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen”.

It’s Wednesday, February 22

The American Red Cross holds a blood drive at First Presbyterian Church in Murray tomorrow from 12:30 to 5:30.  Donors must be healthy, at least seventeen years old, and at least 110 pounds.  Schedule an appointment by calling 800-RED-CROSS.

The Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park hosts an Oil Painting Weekend this Saturday and Sunday.  Learn the wet-on-wet method of oil painting by creating your own 16×20 landscape painting.  The fees are $65 for one class or $120 for both classes and the Friday night program.  For more information, call Rebecca Clark at 797-3421.

The Murray State University Department of Theater presents Suddenly Last Summer, by Tennessee Williams, tomorrow night at 7:30 in the Actor’s Studio Theater.  The play tells the story of a young woman who seems to go insane after her cousin dies under mysterious circumstances. Admission is $8, or free for MSU students.

Tomorrow at noon, hear Swinging into the 21st Century with Wynton Marsalis.  Find details at

Datebook: February 8 – Queen Elizabeth II Proclaimed Queen of England 60 Years Ago

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On February 8, 1952, Princess Elizabeth formally proclaimed herself Queen and Head of the Commonwealth and Defender of the Faith after the sudden death of her father, King George VI. She and her husband, Prince Philip of Greece, Duke of Edinburgh, had returned the UK after cutting short a trip through the Commonwealth, which began in Kenya. Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation was held in Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953. She’s reigned for 60 years, the second-longest for a British monarch (Queen Victoria reigned for 63 years and 7 months). During her reign, the British Empire continued to transform into the Commonwealth of Nations. She oversaw the decolonization of Africa and the Caribbean, opened the Sydney Opera House, awarded The Beatles MBE medals, received an historic visit by The Pope, and attended the Kentucky Derby. She is 85 years old.

It’s Wednesday, February 8

The American Shakespeare Center presents “The Winter’s Tale” tomorrow night as part of the Murray Shakespeare Festival. The performance takes place in Lovett Auditorium at 7PM; tickets are $10, or $5 with a Murray State ID. Find a complete schedule of festival events at

The Hopkins County Art League presents its second annual Hearts & Arts event on Friday from 6 to 9PM at Black Dog Fiber Studio. Artists from Hopkins County will showcase their work while serving desserts and coffee. $5 tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 452-9639.

Artist Tommy Fletcher gives a free demonstration on creating quick and easy dynamic portraits this Saturday from 1 to 3 at the Yeiser Art Center. Learn about capturing a likeness, using Rembrandt lighting for constructing faces, and taking monochromatic paintings to color. Reserve a seat by calling 442-2453.

Tomorrow at noon, hear “Heavenly Sight” as part of our celebration of Black History Month. See more at

the morning cram [he’s doing his Walter Huston dance edition]

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Apparently, the fortune I left in Vegas last year isn’t paying the bills anymore, so they’re looking to gold.

NPR reports as the struggling economy has hurt the gambling industry in Nevada, state officials are looking to increase taxes on the state’s prospering gold mining industry.

OVC Scores…

Kentucky~ We can go see the bridge this weekend (photo op; place head here). There was a bomb threat at Calloway Middle. Big trucks and small bridges don’t mix. We have the interwebs back. Former Ag Commish Farmer applied for unemployment. A soldier uses HIV to avoid discharge. There are more jobs at an Owensboro pipeline.

Datebook: January 27 – Yue Fei Wrongly Executed 870 Years Ago

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Yue Fei was a Chinese military general during the era of the Southern Song Dynasty. He is best known for leading the defense of Southern Song against invaders from the Jurchen-ruled Jin Dynasty in northern China, before being put to death by the Southern Song government. He was granted the posthumous name of “Wumu” by Emperor Xiaozong in 1169, and later granted the posthumous title of “Prince of E” by Emperor Ningzong in 1211. Widely seen as a patriot and national hero in China, since after his death, Yue Fei has evolved into a standard epitome of loyalty in Chinese culture. Despite his sweeping victory over the Northern Song, pushing his troops northward, his efforts were opposed by a party seeking appeasement within the capital led by minister Qin Hui. Yue Fei was ordered to return from the battlefield, and obeyed the Emperor’s command. On January 27, 1142, he and his son were executed on false pretenses, causing an uproar by the people. Decades later, Yue Hei was exonerated and is celebrated today for his patriotism and contributions to poetry, martial arts, and military methods.

It’s Friday, January 27

The Marvelous Wonderettes return to Playhouse in the Park for two encore performances tonight at 7 and Sunday afternoon at 2:30. The musical comedy takes place at the 1958 Springfield High School prom and features popular tunes from the 50s and 60s. $11 tickets can be purchased by calling 759-1752.

The Humane Society of Calloway County hosts Fashion 4 Paws tomorrow from noon to six in the Curris Center Ballroom on the campus of Murray State. The formalwear consignment sale event also features live music by Bordertown, custom-designed jewelry, and a silent auction.

The Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery hosts an opening reception tonight from six to eight honoring two new exhibits. The Curris Center Gallery displays Kevin Beasley’s minimalist installation exploring phenomenology and perception, and the main gallery presents a juried exhibit titled, “White Hot Gold: Examining the Role of Performance in New Media.” There’s more about the exhibits at

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Tracy’s Racer Roundup 1-26-12

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Here’s what’s being written about the undefeated Murray State University Racer basketball team: posted a nice interview with Steve Prohm:

“Our league doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Morehead State finished second in our league last year. We won the regular season. Our second-place team moved on to the second round of the NCAA tournament. And then two years ago, we went to the second round. Two out of the last three years, we had an NBA draft pick in our league.”

— Racer head coach Steve Prohm wonders if an undefeated Racer squad could be rewarded with a coveted 1 seed in the Big Dance.

The Murray State Racers are turning themselves into one of the most exciting and confounding storylines of the college basketball season. At 20-0, Murray State has a great shot at becoming the first college hoops team to go undefeated in the regular season since UNLV did it in 1990-1991, before losing to Duke in the Final Four.

In case you missed it, the New York Times wrote a great in-depth article about the Racer’s magical season and its effect on the community.

There are close to 18,000 people in Murray, according to the 2010 census, and it seems that almost all of them have an opinion on the Racers. (“There are a lot of coaches in this town,” Prohm said.) They pack the 8,700 seats in CFSB Center on game nights, giving the Racers a distinct home-court advantage.

Written by Tracy Ross

January 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Datebook: January 26 – Bessie Coleman Turns 120

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Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman was born on January 26, 1892 (and died April 30, 1926). She was the first female pilot of African American descent and the first person of African American descent to hold an international pilot license. Inspired by tales of WWI fighter pilots, she dreamed of taking to the skies. Being African American and a woman, she was refused admittance in American flight schools, so she learned French and went to Paris, since women were already pilots there. On June 15, 1921, Coleman became the first African American woman in the world to earn an aviation pilot’s license. She realized a career in exhibition flying and became a media sensation as “Queen Bess” when she returned to the U.S. She was called “the world’s greatest woman flier” and performed daredevil maneuvers to massive crowds over New York and Chicago. At a show in Jacksonville, Florida, while attempting to pull out of a dive, the aircraft got stuck plummeting to the ground. She was thrown from her seat 500 feet above and died on impact. It was later found that a wrench had gotten stuck in the gearbox.

It’s Thursday, January 26

Dr. Matthew Gianforte, pianist and assistant professor at Murray State, presents a recital titled “Musical Tributes” tonight at 7:30 in the Performing Arts Hall of the Doyle Fine Arts Building. The free concert features works by Robert Schumann, Frederic Chopin, and Franz Liszt.

A screening of the documentary American Teacher takes place tomorrow at 11AM in the Alexander Hall auditorium on the campus of Murray State. The documentary chronicles the stories of four teachers as they reach different milestones in their careers, offering a deeper look at the teaching profession in America today. The screening is free and open to the community.

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra’s second annual “Made in America” concert takes place on Saturday at 4PM at Harrison Street Baptist Church in Paducah. Hear African American spirituals, art music, and hymns. Admission is $10 for adults and free for students. Purchase tickets from the PSO office at 444-0065.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

January 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm

the morning cram [she thought we’d be getting a million dollars…its not fair edition]

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Good news. Romney pays less in taxes than I do, and likely you as well. I’m not sure why that’s good news, but I’m an optimist.

NPR reports Mitt Romney’s 2010 tax return shows he made $21.7 million dollars, and paid 13.9 percent in taxes. He’s rollin in it.

OVC Scores…

Kentucky~ Canaan gets OVC honors for a fourth time…he’s a bad man. A twister touched down in Hazel on Sunday. Former McCracken Judge-Executive gets that money. Madisonville Police ID remains. School bus ads die easy (sorry Bruce Willis). Lawmakers say the budget is tough, wow. Pharmacists say providers are screwing them.

Tennessee~ Beavers backpedals on bill.