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the morning cram [the wrong, commie… it’s Houston! edition]

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“In Russia we only had two TV channels. Channel One was propaganda. Channel Two consisted of a KGB officer telling you: Turn back at once to Channel One.”

NPR reports signs of a media crackdown in Russia as the country nears its presidential elections.

Kentucky~ Murray State trumps Saint Mary’s at Saturday’s  ESPN Bracketbuster game. The death of a 14-year-old Christian County girl has sparks a movement against bullying and suicide.  The closing of Madisonville’s medical examiner’s office is causing an outrage. A little-known 2001 law could have prevented an infant’s death and a teen mother’s arrest. The Delta Mariner resumes its voyage to Cape Canaveral. Educators from 17 states come to learn about the state’s new education standards.

Tennessee~ A new bill may help military spouses facing unemployment.

the morning cram [Mawage. Mawage is what brings us together today edition]

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It seems people are less interested in taking part in what Twain called the “the supreme felicity and tragedy of life”.

NPR reports the marriage rate in the country is at an all time low: Buttered Popcorn flavored jelly beans have a higher approval rating and those things are nasty!

Kentucky~ Beshear says it’s time to start working together.

Illinois~ Mississippi River  study underway. Tax breaks are now on the books! EPA says Illinois air quality is getting worse.

Tennessee~ National Guard starts suicide prevention services. Lawmakers don’t want you to know about their closed-door-conversations.

Missouri~  Senator Roy Blunt edges out other GOP big dogs to take the GOP vice chairmanship.




morning cram [euro edition]

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“At age 53, the European Union is in the grips of a midlife crisis.”

~NPR discusses the currency shared by 16 nations.

KENTUCKY~ A Hopkinsville man is busted on sex charges for (allegedly) wooing a fictitious teenager online. A Fort Campbell soldier almost lights himself on fire in a public suicide attempt and officials plan to build a new elementary school on base. West Kentucky Allied Services gets federal funding to help the needy with high electric bills. Beshear says last year’s economic incentive revamp is paying offDon’t text ‘n drive.

TENNESSEE~ Henry County High bans face piercings and cell phones. 2 were arrested during a weekend raid on a rural Montgomery County “Outlaws” motorcycle gang clubhouse.

ILLINOIS~ How the state’s Lieutenant Governor is chosen changes after last year’s embarrassment. A Willow Lake mining accident killed an Eddyville, KY man.

Caleb’s good read: “Prayers for Bobby”

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Prayers for Bobby
by Leroy Aarons

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Product Description:
Bobby Griffith was an all-American boy …and he was gay. Faced with an irresolvable conflict-for both his family and his religion taught him that being gay was “wrong”-Bobby chose to take his own life. Prayers for Bobby, nominated for a 1996 Lambda Literary Award, is the story of the emotional journey that led Bobby to this tragic conclusion. But it is also the story of Bobby’s mother, a fearful churchgoer who first prayed that her son would be “healed,” then anguished over his suicide, and ultimately transformed herself into a national crusader for gay and lesbian youth.

Caleb Campbell says:
“I was blown away by this biography of a young man shattered by denial and self-hatred. It’s a book everyone should be required to read. Bobby is someone in every community and every family. The journey his mother goes through after his death to find acceptance and understanding is one that every parent will be able to relate to. A moving piece of non-fiction.”

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Written by Matt Markgraf

May 21, 2010 at 9:00 am