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Datebook: September 7 – suspected Mona Lisa thief arrested 100 years ago

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The Mona Lisa painting now hangs in the Musée du Louvre in Paris. The painting’s increasing fame was further emphasized when it was stolen on August 21, 1911. The next day, painter Louis Béroud discovered the four iron pegs where the painting should have been and initially thought it had been taken for promotional photographs. French poet Guillaume Apollinaire, who had once called for the Louvre to be “burnt down,” came under suspicion. On September 7, 1911, he was arrested and put in jail. Apollinaire tried to implicate his friend Pablo Picasso, who was also brought in for questioning, but both were later exonerated.

The story gets more interesting, as the painting was thought to have been lost forever. It took two years to find the lost painting. Louvre employee Vincenzo Peruggia had stolen it and hid in a broom closet until after hours. He kept it in his apartment for two years before selling it to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. He was hailed as a patriot for returning the Italian painting and only served six months in jail.

It’s Wednesday, September 7

The 24th Annual Trail of Tears Pow Wow is Saturday and Sunday at the Trail of Tears Commemorative Park, US Highway 41 South, Hopkinsville. Gates open at 10 a.m. both days. Grand entries are 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and Noon, Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults. Experience Native American music, dancing, food, and crafts.

A non-profit agency providing foster care in Western Kentucky, Bellewood, hosts an informational meeting about becoming a foster parent next Tuesday. It’s at 6:30 p.m. at the Graves County Public Library, 601 North 17th Street in Mayfield.

The Dr. James W. Hammack, Jr. Scholarship Banquet is Saturday, September 17, at 7 p.m. in the MSU Curris Center Ballroom. UNC-Charlotte faculty member Dr. Karen L. Cox speaks on “Dixie’s Daughters: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Preservation of Confederate Culture.” Call Kay Hays at 270-809-2234 for required reservations.

Marketplace airs at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, followed by President Obama addressing the Joint Session of Congress at 6. See details at

the morning cram [‘Whitey’ Bulger edition]

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FBI agents have arrested a notorious Boston mobster after years of searching for him.

NPR reports ‘Whitey’ Bulger was arrested in Santa Monica, CA after having spent 16 years on the FBI’s most wanted list.

Kentucky~ A man has escaped from jail in Paducah. A Paducah pair are caught hiding meth in their kids’ swing. LBL is putting on a food drive. Murray is getting a Dunkin’ Donuts (YEEAAHH!!). Senators McConnell and Paul react to Obama’s  Afghanistan plan by warning against ‘inflexiblity’ and wanting more respectively.

Tennessee~ CDE Lightband’s budget has been approved.

morning cram [essential] edition

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“In Washington, D.C., and at federal agencies across the country, the big question employees are asking on the eve of a possible government shutdown is: Am I essential or not? Workers and agencies that are deemed essential will be kept on the job if a shutdown occurs.”

NPR reports on who will stay and who will stay home.

KENTUCKY ~ The special session is really over this time; Senate President promises no overage pay. Trigg County is working to pass stricter adult business codes. Recent surveys show food is more expense. Paducah hosts a transportation summit, plans to discuss Panama Canal. A teenage girl gets charged as an adult in Evrard kidnapping and murder case. Rand Paul says Obama’s military action was a power violation; Mitch McConnell promises to talk about it. An Oak Grove man dies from strangling; assailant says it was a sleeper hold.

TENNESSEE ~ A former youth pastor gets a post-trial diversion for statutory rape. New funding rules could mean less money for some Clarksville nonprofits, more for others.

Fancy Farm Update with photos – 3:15 p.m.

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Well, many of the national media are heading out the door as Rand Paul and Jack Conway have finished their stumping.

Democrat Jack Conway won the coin toss and elected to go first. His comments, amongst cheers and jeers, focused on accountability. He repeated a phrase connected to Rand Paul, “Accidents Happen.” Conway tied in the BP Oil Spill and the last national election. Near the end of his speech, Conway quoted Bill Clinton, saying, “Nothing’s wrong with America that can’t be fixed with what’s right with America.”

Republican Rand Paul took the stage second again with both hardy cheers and boos. Paul opened his speech by talking about the overwhelmingly long tax code. Volunteers held up eight large red boxes symbolizing the mass of the actual pages of the code. Paul connected Conway with Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid, saying they should come to Kentucky and campaign with him. He told the crowd he would reform politics in Washington and make changes Kentuckians need.

After his speech, Rand Paul and many republicans including Senator Mitch McConnell left the Fancy Farm picnic. Many of the audience members are trickling out too.

Political stumping continues with local races. Stay close to the Front Blog for more updates.

Fancy Farm

Written by Bec Feldhaus

August 7, 2010 at 3:28 pm

President Obama Responds to WKMS Commentator

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WKMS Commentator and “Cafe Jazz” host Dr. Brian Clardy produced an open letter to the President regarding Nuclear Proliferation. You might have heard it on WKMS during the “Front Page” listen to it or read it here.

We received an email from Dr. Clardy this afternoon with this response from President Obama.

Dear Friend:

Thank you for your views on issues related to nuclear
arms control and energy.  I appreciate your perspective.

Nuclear weapons and their proliferation pose one of the
gravest threats to America and the world, from North Korea’s
nuclear and long-range missile tests, to Iran’s expanding
nuclear program, to the potential of terrorists obtaining these
weapons.  Since the end of the Cold War, the threat of a global
nuclear war has decreased, but the risk of nuclear attack has
increased.  However, even as we seek to end this threat, we
must also use nuclear energy as one option to help the world
confront the effects of climate change.  Building on my
previous work in the United States Senate, my Administration
will partner with the international community to limit the
danger of nuclear weapons, while encouraging the peaceful use
of nuclear energy.

As Commander-in-Chief, I am committed to stopping
nuclear proliferation and seeking a world free of nuclear
weapons.  To achieve this goal, we will lead efforts to reduce
nuclear arsenals and bring into force the Comprehensive Test
Ban Treaty and a verifiable Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty.  My
Administration is working with Russia on a new treaty to
reduce our warheads and delivery systems, consistent with our
commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.  We
will also increase cooperation to secure all vulnerable nuclear
materials, work with others to enhance the international
inspection system, and take decisive action when countries
break the rules.

Please join me online to learn more about issues related
to nuclear arms control and energy at:

Thank you again for writing on this important issue.


Barack Obama

Written by Chad Lampe

April 15, 2010 at 2:47 pm