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Saxophone great Branford Marsalis ‘goes for Baroque’ with Philadelphia Chamber at UK

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By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward   From jazz greats Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock to rockstars Dave Matthews Band and Grateful Dead to hip-hop artists Public Enemy and Gang Starr … and now Baroque music, few instrumentalists showcase their …

23 Blast proves that real life stranger, scarier than fiction, but is also more inspirational

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  Late October is the season for scary movies and stories of terrible fright, but in the mid-‘90s it wasn’t a movie that terrified Travis Freeman of Corbin. It was the fact that at 12 he’d gone blind overnight. Freeman’s …

Ashland 2015 Teacher of the Year awarded to Louisville third-grade teacher Sarah M. Reed

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  A third-grade teacher at Field Elementary School in the Jefferson County school district, Sarah M. Reed, is the 2015 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.   Ashland Inc. and the Kentucky Department of Education made the announcement at a ceremony …

Cabela’s eyes spring 2016 for opening its 70,000-square-foot store in Lexington

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  Cabela’s Inc., which sells hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, has announced target date for opening its 70,000-square-foot Lexington store: spring 2016.   The store will be located in the new Hamburg Place II retail development on Polo Club Boulevard …

With PumpkinMania, Transylvania contends ‘there’s no better place’ to observe Halloween

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  As many as 500 jack-o’-lanterns will make for a spooky big PumpkinMania display on the steps of Transylvania University’s historic Old Morrison. The free public lighting ceremony and trick-or-treating will be the evening of Monday, Oct. 27. (See additional …

Chef John Foster: Changing the tide of processed food not easy but well worth it

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  See my “Quick Teenager-Friendly (and Healthy) Sandwich” recipe below:   At last we seem to be on the right track when it comes to talking, writing and blogging about changing our eating habits and choices. Articles and debate about …

Student’s first book – A Fluttering of Wings – takes flight, now being turned into screenplay

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  Destinee Hardwick has been writing as long as she can remember. At the age of 18, this Somerset Community College student saw her dream realized when her first book was published, entitled A Fluttering of Wings.   The book …

Ashley Scoby: No. 1 Mississippi State not exactly UK’s ideal homecoming opponent

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  When the University of Kentucky scheduled its homecoming festivities for the week of the Mississippi State game, it probably didn’t expect the Bulldogs to be the No. 1 ranked team in America.   That is the case, though, and …

Your Health: If smokers understood what they’re really inhaling, chances are they’d quit

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By Belinda Blair KyForward columnist   Lung cancer takes more lives than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. Regardless of the device used, smoking is not healthy.   Smoking and secondhand smoke causes lung cancer, low birth-weight babies, ear infections …

Once again, all 120 Kentucky counties see year-over-year drop in unemployment rates

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Unemployment rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties between September 2013 and September 2014, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. This is the second consecutive month that …

Local government officials urge state lawmakers to boost enhanced 911 funding

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  Local government officials across the state plan to ask the 2015 General Assembly to increase the wireless fee for enhanced 911 service as more Kentuckians move from wireline to wireless phones.   Local governments say they want state lawmakers …

Billy Reed: Month filled with critical football games could muscle hoops out of spotlight

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Beginning on Saturday, Louisville and Kentucky will embark upon what I believe to be the most important, interesting and significant 35-day period in the history of major-college football in the commonwealth. Heck, it might even be exciting enough to detract …

It’s all about food – Kentucky food – on state’s new culinary destination website

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  A series of initiatives to promote culinary tourism in Kentucky have begun with the launch of a food-focused website KentuckyCuisine.com.   Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism Commissioner Mike Mangeot announced the initiatives at the Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s …

EatKentucky: Once you get to North Lime Coffee & Donuts, you might not want to leave

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  By Alan Cornett Special to KyForward   You can usually tell the quality of a place by the line at the counter. On a rainy mid-morning Saturday, the line was out the door at Lexington’s North Lime Coffee & …

Bill Straub: What’s going on with the usually composed, cool-under-fire Mitch McConnell?

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Regardless of the outcome of this year’s U.S. Senate race in Kentucky, at least one unexpected, interesting question has arisen: What in the world is going on with Addison Mitchell McConnell?   Widely known as a political genius – just …

Hot Air, Hot Glass: Renowned glassblower returns to Centre College from Murano, Italy

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  When most people blow on a straw they’re lucky to produce bubbles, but when Lino Tagliapietra blows out comes beautiful colored glass.   The internationally acclaimed glass-blowing artist from Murano, Italy, begins a ten-day visit to Centre College in …

Ashley Scoby: Musings from an airplane seat result in more scrimmaging for Calipari’s Cats

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  For as much as Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about helping his players escape the “clutter,” he certainly has enough of it in his own life. Phone calls, people knocking on his door, someone always asking for something: …

Statewide ‘Alive at 25′ defensive-driving program serves as wake-up call for teens

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  Ron Turley spent 27 years patrolling the highways of Kentucky as a state trooper. Ask him what the worst part of the job was, and he quickly answers: “Telling parents that their son or daughter was killed in an …

What will make Lexington more livable, age-friendly? Survey seeks senior citizens’ ideas

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A survey that begins circulating today will give Lexington’s senior citizens a chance to tell officials what the city can do to be more livable – and age-friendly.   The Livable Lexington survey is spearheaded by the Lexington’s Senior Services …

Coach Colene: Don’t let an unexpected funk set you back on your quest for true happiness

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By Colene Elridge KyForward columnist   For those of you who follow me on social media, you may have noticed there were a couple of days when I was in a bit of a funk. I’ll be really honest with …