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A Labor Day tributeto Job Corps

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson made good on his promise of a “War on Poverty” with the Economic Opportunity Act. As he signed the new law, he declared that it “will strike at poverty’s roots” in a way that “is prudent and practical…consistent with our national ideals.”One of the bill’s key elements was the establishment of Job Corps, a residential education and training program for low-income young people run by the U...

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Eroding wages and continued lack of jobs mark Labor Day in Kentucky

More than five years after the recession officially ended, Kentucky workers still struggle with a scarcity of jobs and face continued declines in real wages, according to a detailed new report released today by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy (KCEP).“The State of Working Kentucky 2014” outlines the damage done by the Great Recession and the substantial jobs gap that still needs to be closed; examines how today’s economy affects different workers based on a...

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Horror, comedy and drama made for some excellent for viewing for renters this week with an emphasis on horror.“The Walking Dead: Season 4” — Lots of stuff happens, and not all of it is good, in the fourth season of AMC’s monster series. Just as life is getting back to what passes for normal during a zombie apocalypse, an old enemy returns for a new battle, and he has brought company. The second half of the season sees the cast split up and t...

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‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’

A young girl is terrorized by pint sized creatures at a mansion her father is restoring in this well mounted remake of the 1970’s ABC Movie of the Week, of the same title.The story begins in 19th century Rhode Island. We meet an artist named Blackwood and he is up to no good. He calls for his made to come down into the basement but neglects to warn her of the wire he has strung over one of the steps. The young lady falls and is barely conscious when Blackwood takes a hammer a...

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Should state ban cell phones while driving?

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 14 states have enacted laws against hand-held use of cell phones by all drivers. These 14 states include 11 blue states, two swing states, and one red state. These bans are already in effect in 12 states; two of them will become effective within the next year. Be aware that when you cross a state line, you could be committing a crime.

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Wildcat turned entrepreneur says NYT getsMagoffin County wrong

Growing up in Magoffin County, Grayson Smith always knew he wanted to come home to the mountains he loved. “I didn’t buy into that whole ‘life-is-better-somewhere-else’ mindset,” he says. Not that he wouldn’t have opportunities to live elsewhere. In high school Grayson was a star football player, a running back and linebacker at Magoffin County High. When he graduated from high school, he headed to the Big Blue Nation. His high school play hadn’t land...

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A legislative perspective

Of all the issues the General Assembly considers, none is more important than keeping our people safe.It’s something other legislators and I think about every legislative session, and it was at the top of my agenda when I was Attorney General.The first step in tackling a problem is making sure you have the full picture. When it comes to crimes and arrests, few resources are more helpful than the data the Kentucky State Police has compiled every year since the 1980s...

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One major box office hit and some great television hit the shelves this week, just in time to catch up before the fall season.“Amazing Spiderman 2” — Andrew Garfield’s run as the web-slinger continues with this second installment that is freed from having to retell the Spiderman origin story. Garfield continues to make for a more snarky hero, and that’s good because the humor helps the movie over a small slump in the second half. This ...

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Deal with ISIS now, or die by it later

During the 2012 presidential campaign President Obama repeatedly boasted, “Osama bin Laden is dead and Al-Qaeda is on the run.” He is right on both counts: bin Laden is gone and Al-Qaeda runs stronger than ever. The latest Al-Qaeda iteration, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), conceived by Al-Qaeda in Iraq during the height of Operation Iraqi Freedom, gained strength and experience fighting in the Syrian civil war, a conflict President Obama avoided by dubbing possible in...

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Solar power gets hot, hot, hot

With so many homeowners and businesses making greener energy choices, private utilities — along with big oil, gas, coal, and nuclear companies — see the writing on the wall.Unlike some other denizens of the fossil-fueled set, this gang isn’t beating oil wells into solar panels, retiring nuclear reactors, or embracing wind and geothermal power. Instead, these guys are trying to coax lawmakers into rigging the rules against increasingly competitive new energy altern...

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Movies from the Black Lagoon: ‘Deadly Eyes’

A swarm of giant rats threatens Canada in this drive-in classic that delivers the low-budget horror goods with style and clever effects work.The film opens with college students hearing a lecture about vermin on a class trip. Most nature-run-amok flicks save this information for the halfway point, but this movie dives right in to the deep end. We learn that rats eat one-fifth of the world’s food supply, outnumber us 24-to-1, and cause millions of dollars in property damage ev...

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No appetite for fixing school lunch

You can lead a kid to vegetables, but you can’t make her eat. Especially if the food doesn’t taste good.That’s what the government found out in the wake of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.I was active in advocating for school lunch reform at the time. The bill became law shortly after I published a book on U.S. food policy. It seemed like such a perfect solution: Fix school lunch and you improve the diets of millions of kids instantly. You also...

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Tim Robinson, entrepreneur

Launching a new business venture in a county purported to be one of the worst in America is not something you’d ordinarily expect from a successful entrepreneur, especially one who lives nearly three hours’ hard drive away. What about all those dreary stats the New York Times assembled? Poor educational attainment, household income, jobless rate, disability rate, life expectancy and obesity rate… how could an entrepreneur possibly be expected to assemble a stable workforce f...

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A legislative perspective

When it comes to cutting-edge medical research, Kentucky has long played an outsized role despite being a relatively small state.It began more than 200 years ago, when Danville’s Ephraim McDowell became the father of abdominal surgery, and it continued up to a few weeks ago, when it was reported that an Owensboro facility had produced the experimental serum given to two Americans who had become infected with the Ebola virus in Africa.While more work is necessary to...

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Movies from the Black Lagoon: ‘The Tall Man’

A small town in the Pacific Northwest is terrorized by a dark figure that abducts children, in this carefully orchestrated chiller from Pascal Laugier (“Martyrs”).The film opens with a bang as police, assisted by FBI agent Lt. Dodd, search for a missing child and interview the only witness, a bloodied and beaten down woman named Julia. The story then leaps back 36 hours and we see the ordeal she went through that led to her bruised state.

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