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Datebook: December 7 – A Date Which Will Live In Infamy

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The attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941. The attack was intended as a preventive action in order to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions the Empire of Japan was planning in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States. The base was attacked by 353 Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes in two waves, launched from six aircraft carriers. All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four being sunk. All but two of the eight were raised, repaired and returned to service later in the war. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship, and one minelayer. 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,402 Americans were killed and 1,282 wounded. President Franklin D. Roosevelt to proclaimed December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy.”

It’s Wednesday, December 7

The Ice House Gallery of the Mayfield Graves County Art Guild has its Annual Holiday Open House and Artisan Sale Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5. The artisan gift shop includes shaker boxes, carved Santas, and hand-made brooms. From 2 to 4 Sunday there’s also a reception for students from Central Elementary whose works are displayed in the classroom gallery. The exhibit “How about a little art?” is in the main gallery.

Kenlake State Resort Park hosts a Twilight Theatre Holiday Dinner Experience December 16th and 17th. Tickets are $30 per person at 270-436-2399 by next Wednesday. Enjoy holiday memories, music and Chef Bob’s menu including traditional English pudding.

Paducah Tilghman High School’s Jazz trio featuring four year old Zaren Saddler on drums performs prior to the Paducah Symphony Orchestra’s Home for Christmas Concert Saturday at 7 at the Carson Center. The Orchestra and Choruses begin their performance at 7:30. Get tickets at 270-444-0065.

See a schedule for programs to keep you company for the holidays at

Datebook: January 14 – Benedict Arnold turns 270

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It’s Friday, January 14.

Murray State’s Eagle Gallery hosts a reception tonight from 4 to 6 p.m. introducing The History of Mexico through Its Engravings — A Foreign Land:  Women, Domestic Violence and Migration – encaustic paintings and poetry — Works by New MSU Art Faculty:  Michelle Given, photography and Katie Hudnall, wood and works by Gallery Director Mary Van Wassenhove, prints and sculpture.  The Gallery is on the 6th Floor of Doyle Fine Arts.

Paducah Tilghman High School hosts the Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club Sing-A-Thon tomorrow from 6 to 11 p.m.  Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances include a Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Cherry Civic Center.

The Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College hosts auditions at 2 p.m. Sunday for the Children’s Center for Dance Education’s supporting roles in Hansel and Gretel the Ballet to be presented in March.

The Yeiser Art Center in Paducah opens its new Teen Spirit 2011 Exhibition with a reception 3 to 5 Sunday featuring works by area high school students.

See other events at  Enjoy your day!

morning cram [hacktivists edition]

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The FBI and the Justice Department are searching for the hackers who launched Operation Payback.

~NPR ponders if high-profile internet attacks are really worth it.

Ice and snow have shutdown many area schools (find out which ones) and makes for some slippery driving (be careful). Also, find out what kind of weather is heading your way this week.

KENTUCKY~ An abused/hospitalized McCracken County toddler dies and a Paducah woman was found murdered. A Paducah highschooler is charged with dealing pot at school.

TENNESSEE~ Haslam names his new finance commissioner. The state is working on upgrading its 911 systems to receive texts.

ILLINOIS~ Filmmakers are working on a documentary about the late US Senator Paul Simon.

OVC BASKETBALL~ (Men’s) MSU > Chattanooga, UTM < IPFW, APSU > Fontbonne. (Women’s) MSU < Purdue, UTM > Evansville, APSU < Bowling Green.

morning cram [sleepy fat kids edition]

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A new study finds a good, long night’s sleep may be just as important as diet and physical activity for infants and preschoolers.

~ NPR hears children getting less sleep are nearly twice as likely to become overweight.

KENTUCKY~ Car vs horse buggy injures 3 (one’s a toddler). A man gets stabbed after chasing down a suspected thief. Fort Campbell’s private family housing is rebranding itself. A former Paducah Tilghman student now plays on the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad. Officials warn the weather is ripe for wildfires!

TENNESSEE~ Paris finds out its new sewers won’t cost as much as first thought.

ILLINOIS~ While United Steelworkers claim to have heard an explosion at Metropolis’ Honeywell hexafluoride plant, company officials explain the event was ‘normal.’ Governor Quinn is replacing the head of the state’s Dept. of Corrections.

morning cram [killer whales edition]

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“Modern day sperm whales have tiny teeth and eat squid. But this ancient sea monster devoured other whales.”

~NPR explores the depths.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah Police charge 9 men with sex crimes in an internet chat room sting. A hotly contested debate over windows at Paducah Tilghman High ends. McCracken makes building subdivisions there potentially more profitable. KSP searches for 2 Marion escapees on the lam in a silver pickup. Hopkinsville sees a murder mistrial. 3 more Fort Campbell casualties happened in Afghanistan. A road worker was hit in Caldwell County. Several new laws (driveby texting/domestic tracking) take effect this month. Rand Paul may alienate farmers by opposing subsidies. Education officials will evaluate Dawson Springs Schools (among 20 others).

TENNESSEE~ New armed robbers will spend more time in jail starting today.

morning cram [dead byrd edition]

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The United States’ longest-serving Senator is dead at 92.

“Robert Byrd (D-W.Va) was a man who fought the Civil Rights Act — to his later regret — but who took pride in his fight against authorizing the use of force in Iraq.”

NPR remembers.

KENTUCKY~ Fredonia’s all-girl prison farm is a hit! Paducah school officials want to buy 31 homes behind the middle school on Lone Oak Road. Owensboro Community and Technical College’s new president begins July 1. MSU takes 4th @ bass fishing tourney on Kentucky Lake.

TENNESSEE~ Henry County Medical Center’s debt worsens. Union City gets a WWII-era plane for its upcoming Discovery Center.  Republican candidates for governor would prefer cutting inheritance, investment and business taxes over taxes on groceries.

ILLINOIS~ Metropolis has until mid-July to have a plan in place to stop pumping sewage into the Ohio River.

morning cram (rush edition)

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Rush ‘Army of One‘ Limbaugh.

KY~ Some guy robbed a Paducah payday loan shop. Picky board members have delayed renovating Paducah Tilghman High for two months. Hopkins County’s budget may be getting a bump from grant$. Beshear warns about ‘radical’ Rand. Beshear/Stumbo doubt there’s time to look @ charter schools. U of L researchers OK immunizations for < 1-year-olds. Ag-head Farmer: affected should apply for flood relief.

TN~ Someone vandalized a soldier statue in Martin (again). Lawmakers want to pat Arizona on the back.

morning cram (good luck edition)

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good luck

KY~ Benton’s Walmart will be home to a Murray Hospital clinic. Details on Paducah Tilghman High’s upcoming facelift. Owensboro’s art museum may close. The House and Senate budget-makers may kiss and makeup. Beshear sues Full Tilt Poker and signs a government transparency bill. The white nose has killed more than a million bats.

TN~ Montgomery County has a lot of Chlamydia. IRS expects 187k to request tax extensions. The Senate Speaker really wants the state to sue over healthcare reform.