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Datebook: February 23 – Supernova 1987A Visible to Naked Eye 25 Years Ago

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Supernova 1987A was located in the outskirts of the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a nearby dwarf galaxy, approximately 168,000 light-years away, though close enough to be visible to the naked eye if you lived in the Southern Hemisphere. The light from the supernova reached Earth on February 23, 1987. It was the first opportunity for modern astronomers to see a supernova up close and observations have provided much insight into core-collapse supernovae. Voyager 2, then enroute to Neptune, was able to observe the supernova with its cameras.

It’s Thursday, February 23

The Howard Finster Vision House Touring Exhibit goes on display tonight at the WKCTC Clemens Fine Arts Center Gallery. Finster’s images range from pop culture icons like Elvis to historical figures such as George Washington to religious images of his own visions. There’s a reception tonight from 5 to 7, with an artist talk by curator David Leonardis at 6. The exhibit runs through March 23.

The Modernette Civic Club sponsors their 18th Annual African American Breakfast on Saturday at 8AM at the James E. Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville. The keynote speaker will be Mr. John Johnson, Executive Director for the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights in Louisville. $12 tickets can be purchased at the door.

Western Baptist Hospital offers free screenings during a Heart Health Fair on Saturday from 9 to noon in the atrium of Doctors Office Building 2. Western Baptist staff will provide blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and EKG rhythm strip screenings. Fasting and advance registration are not required.

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Datebook: January 31 – National Gorilla Suit Day

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In 1963, cartoonist Don Martin (of MAD Magazine fame) published “National Gorilla Suit Day” in the collection Don Martin Bounces Back, in which Fester Bestertester mocks the (then fictitious) concept of a National Gorilla Suit Day, and suffers a series of incredible assaults from gorillas and abominable snowmen. Subsequently, Don Martin fans have celebrated National Gorilla Suit Day on January 31. Whether or not you have a gorilla suit… go bananas today.

It’s Tuesday, January 31

The Glema Mahr Center for the Arts hosts a dinner theater production of “Almost, Maine” on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 6:30PM. The romantic comedy takes place in the mythical town of Almost, Maine, where residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected ways. Purchase tickets from the box office at 821-2787.

The Paducah Symphony Children’s Chorus is taking orders for their annual barbecue fundraiser. Entrees available for purchase include Boston butt, pork loin, whole slab of ribs, and whole chicken. Orders must be made by February 7; call the PSO Office at 444-0065.

Children ages six to twelve can learn about “The Mystery of Magnets” at this week’s WKCTC Friday Night Science event. Make magnets float in midair, go on a magnetic scavenger hunt, and learn how a magnet’s poles work. The cost is twenty dollars. The two-hour class begins at 5PM. To register, call 534-3335.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

January 31, 2012 at 11:09 am

Datebook: April 5 – Inventor of Segway turns 60

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Dean Kamen, inventor of Segway, turns 60 – Click here to see his Wikipedia page.

It’s Tuesday, April 5.

Thursday the Paducah School of Art/WKCTC 2011 Student Art Exhibition opens at the Clemens Gallery of the Clemens Fine Arts Center on the West Kentucky Community and Technical College Campus.  There’s a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.  The College is at 4810 Alben Barkley Drive.

The Murray State String Ensemble Concert is tonight at 6 in Performing Arts Hall of the Fine Arts Building.  Works by Machado, Tarrega, Paganini, Bizet and Bach are on the program for many combinations of strings including the MSU Guitar Ensemble in its first concert performance.

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra requests artwork for display during its “Triumphant” Concert April 16th at 7:30 p.m. in the Carson Center.  The program features the Symphony Chorus in Cerubini’s Requiem.  The 2011 Young Artist Competition winners also perform.  Submit complementary artworks by Noon, Thursday, April 14th at the Symphony Office at 201 Broadway.

About $2500 in your pledges and gifts will put the WKMS Community Fundraiser over the top.  Call 800-599-4737 to help or use the secure pledge page at  Thanks so much.

Datebook: January 13 – Old New Year’s Eve

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It’s Thursday, January 13.

Next week the U.S. Department of Energy hosts two public inquiry meetings about its evaluation of what to do with materials expected to be generated by facility decontamination and decommissioning—as well as future environmental cleanup actions at the Paducah Site.  The first meeting is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Heath High School Cafeteria.  The second meeting is 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Emerging Technology Center at WKCTC in Paducah.

A Half Marathon Training program starts Saturday at 9 a.m. and continues every Saturday for preparing for the April 16th Murray Half Marathon.  The training program includes a group run and costs $30 for members of the Center for Health and Wellness on Poplar, where it convenes.  $60 for non-members.

This evening Market House Theatre in Paducah opens its two weekend presentation of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged.  Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays.  Get tickets at

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Datebook: Dec. 3 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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It’s Friday, December 3.

Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. there’s a 4 Home Holiday Tour in the Novadell Area of Hopkinsville.  Each home has $12 tour tickets.

WKCTC’s Holiday Concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Clemens Fine Arts Center on Campus in Paducah.

Angels Attic Thrift Store, 972 Chestnut Street in Murray has a Christmas Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow.

A 5K Reindeer Run starts at 5:45 p.m. tomorrow at the Trigg County Middle School Gym in Cadiz.

Hickman County Elementary Gym in Clinton hosts an Arts, Crafts and Book Fair tomorrow from 9 to 2.

The Yeiser Art Center in Paducah opens a Members Exhibit and Tommeall Lee’s Artist of the Month Show with a reception tonight from 5 to 7.

UT Martin previews a wild horse and burro Adoption today from 2 to 7 p.m., Adoptions tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Glema Center at Madisonville Community College stages A Tuna Christmas tonight and tomorrow night at 6:30.  $25 tickets include dinner.

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morning cram [operation streamline edition]

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Immigrants caught entering the US illegally are often pushed through the federal courts at unheard of speeds. They are often arraigned, counseled, plead and convicted in a matter of hours.

~NPR unveils a 3-month investigation into the process.

KENTUCKY~ Several McCracken County candidates scramble to fix campaign signs to comply with state law. A SWAT team sweeps a McCracken County meth house and police in Hopkins County rescue 4 children from a ‘large-scale’ lab. Paducah’s WKCTC will conduct a mock shooter exercise Wednesday morning. Police want your expired meds. (Yet) another Fort Campbell soldier dies in Afghanistan. Jack blasts Rand @ McCracken’s St. John’s Picnic; while Rand attends a secret meeting.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville Police search for a man wanted in connection to the shooting of a 14-year-old girl. The state’s 911 system will go digital in just over a year.

NCAA SPORTS~ (Football) MSU < SEMO, APSU < MTSU, UTM < SELU. (Soccer) MSU < IPFW & SIU-E; APSU > Southern, < SELU; UTM > IPFW & Evansville.

morning cram [nato slackers edition]

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“American soldiers — and even private contractors — are spearheading the effort to build an Afghan army and police force, so American and NATO troops can one day leave. But Pentagon officials and military officers say NATO nations still aren’t doing enough.”

~NPR hears this is beginning to annoy US lawmakers.

KENTUCKY~ Reidland-Farley is finally rid of that confounded fire-rescue boat. WKCTC accepts a gracious half-mil gift from a late Paducah couple. Police arrest three for (allegedly) trafficking meth in Paducah. Constructing a bridge linking Livingston and McCracken counties could begin this month. Christian County blames school bus routing problems for some students getting home hours late and a virus is ravaging a Hopkinsville elementary school. Corn and soybean harvests are predicted to pale compared to last year’s. Judge: lawmakers illegally transferred worker’s comp funds.

TENNESSEE~ It’s now okay again to ship cigarettes to soldiers abroad. Clarksville High’s head football coach resigns after hazing allegations emerge.