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Datebook: December 30 – A Skipped Day in Samoa

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One day closer to the new year for Samoa, a tiny South Pacific island nation. When the clock struck midnight last night, the country skipped over Friday, December 30 and moved right into Saturday, December 31. Samoans gathered around a clock tower in the capital, Apia, to celebrate the historic moment. The purpose of this was to align their time zone with key trading partners in the Asia-Pacific region by shifting west of the international date line. They will now be the first nation in the world to ring in the new year, rather than the last (Kiribati was previously the first). Happy New Year Samoans!

It’s Friday, December 30

Paris Landing State Park hosts the first hike of the New Year on Sunday at noon. The two-hour family-friendly hike starts and ends at the Park Inn. Hike along the river’s edge, stopping at the old swim beach for refreshments and a bonfire. For more information, call 731-641-4465.

Recycle Now of Paducah will be open tomorrow from 8AM until noon, accepting cardboard, plastic, aluminum cans, glass, electronics, and batteries. For more information, including volunteer opportunities, visit recyclenowpaducah.com.

The Murray Calloway County Hospital Center for Health and Wellness offers a 13-week Cooper-Clayton Method smoking cessation class starting this Tuesday. The program provides weekly education sessions in a warm, accepting support group environment. The class meets every Tuesday at 5:30PM. To register or for more information, call 270-762-1348.

Tune in Sunday morning at nine to hear the Front Page Year in Review. See more at wkms.org.

Datebook: December 29 – Inventor of Chicken Nugget Turns 90

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Robert C. Baker was born on December 29, 1921 (and died March 13, 2006). He was a professor of food science at Cornell University who invented the chicken nugget as well as many other poultry related inventions. He was considered the “George Washington Carver of poultry.” McDonald’s is often falsely credited for inventing the chicken nugget, but in fact, Baker published his chicken nugget recipe in the 1950s as unpatented academic work and McDonald’s patented theirs in 1979.

Do you want to make Baker’s chicken nuggets? Here’s his recipe: http://cornellsun.com/node/17066

It’s Thursday, December 29

Maiden Alley Cinema presents the psychological thriller “Martha Marcy May Marlene” starring Elizabeth Olsen, Hugh Dancy, and John Hawkes, rated R. The film shows at 7 and at 9 tomorrow night. For additional weekend showtimes, visit maidenalleycinema.com.

The Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park invites you to celebrate the New Year on Saturday night. The park’s package includes dinner, a dance, and a continental breakfast on Sunday. For information and reservations, call 1-800-325-1711.

Paris Landing State Park hosts “Shiver on the River” this Sunday at 2:30 at the Marina boat ramp. The event raises money for the REAL Hope Youth Center. Individuals making a minimum contribution of $25 will receive a t-shirt and a free buffet after the awards ceremony. There’s an award for the best costume. The event will be held rain or snow. Find more at shiverontheriver.com.

Visit us online at wkms.org, where you can find more community events. Thanks for listening.

the morning cram [deadly GPS edition]

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Could over-dependency on GPS guidance systems lead you to your death?

NPR reports that sometimes GPS systems are wrong, and when that happens in the wrong place, it could end up being fatal.

Kentucky~ No smoking in Murray schools (not even in the boys room). A Symsonia woman died in a car accident. KY 121 Bypass is closed in Mayfield. Trials begin today for Fort Campbell soldier. State officials are meeting to figure out the finances (good luck). The state pays too much for meds too. More homes are empty throughout the state.

Illinois~ Papayas can make you sick.

Tennessee~ Clarksville water tastes “earthy” (yum). A Henry County man drowned in Kentucky Lake. The state gets more money for education.

morning cram [rahm edition]

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Ever since Rahm Emanuel won the legal right to be on the Chicago mayoral ballot, it was pretty much a given that he would win the plurality of votes when Election Day rolled around.

NPR reports Emanuel’s 55% share in yesterday’s vote means there will be no runoff election.

KENTUCKY~ A burning propane truck caused delays yesterday on McCracken County’s Cairo Road. Paducah aims for another land grab (in Lone Oak this time) and signs a new contract with their local firefighters union. A Murray murder trial gets postponed (again) and there’s a new Parks Director in town. UK’s presidential search is underway and who the candidates are will be kept a secret. The state gets its hands on lethal injection drugs. House members will soon vote on anti-bullying legislation and the Senate Budget Committee is looking at what to do about Medicaid. Gubernatorial hopeful Bobbie Holsclaw asks why the optometrist bill is clearing the legislature at such a rapid pace. Democrats intend to pay for a painting of Governor Beshear.

TENNESSEE~ Searchers pull the body of a missing Paris man from Kentucky Lake.