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Opposition may be less than impressive, but Cardinals’ offense has been putting on a show so far

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Rick Pitino’s teams at the University of Louisville have been known for their disruptive, in-your-face defense, and in a way this year’s team is no different. However, at least so far, the 2015-16 version of the Cardinals have forged more of an offensive identity than usual. UofL (7-1) ranks sixth nationally in field goal percentage...

Mom says school nurse is an ‘angel’ for quick retrieval of AED to save 10-year-old boy’s life

School nurse Cassandra Artrip worked on the playground to save Ethan’s life when he experienced arrhythmia. (UKNow photos) By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward The rosy flush of Ethan Abel’s cheeks comforted school nurse Cassandra Artrip as she watched the 10-year-old doze with a plush dog in his arms. “He’s pink and breathing on his own, and I am tickled to see he’s doing so well,”...

Study shows excessive alcohol use continues to be a billion-dollar drain on the American economy

  Excessive alcohol use continues to be a drain on the American economy, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   Excessive drinking cost the U.S. $249 billion in 2010, or $2.05 per drink, a significant increase from $223.5 billion, or $1.90 per drink, in 2006. Most of these costs were due to reduced workplace productivity, crime and the cost of treating...

New approach to chronic, debilitating pain gives patients hope for a decent quality of life

  By Allison Perry and Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward Debilitating pain has shackled William Tincher from a decent quality of life since he was a young man. Eager to serve his country, 18-year-old Tincher enlisted in the Marine Corps only to be sent home because of tophaceous gout, a chronic form of arthritis. Tincher, who was in Future Farmers of America as a teenager, went on instead...

Next Door to the Dead, Haunted Holidays out just in time for Halloween reading adventures

University Press of Kentucky has released two eerie books just in time for Halloween. (UPK photo) Just in time for Halloween … the University Press of Kentucky has released two “hauntingly good” publications: Next Door to the Dead: Poems by Kathleen Driskell and Haunted Holidays: Twelve Months of Kentucky Ghosts by Roberta Simpson Brown and Lonnie E. Brown. When Kathleen Driskell...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Visiting the Harvest Home dairy operation for a real ‘taste’ of farm life

    In this installment, the Bluegrass & Backroads team visits Harvest Home Dairy and Harvest Moon Farm in Oldham County. In business since 1972, the operation is run by Robert and Angela Klingenfus.   Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue.   But, as natives...

Arlington Cooking Club helps fifth-graders learn their way around a kitchen – and more

  Rolling out several trays of meatballs for minestrone soup gave Arlington Elementary School Cooking Club members a chance to practice their multiplication skills. (Photos by Tammy L. Lane) By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Children from Lexington’s Arlington Elementary stirred in some excitement and added a dash of love while preparing dinner for their families to cap a seven-week...

Keith Taylor: Stoops says Cats not pouting after poor outing in loss to Mississippi State

Kentucky’s C.J. Conrad makes a first down in Kentucky’s 42-17 loss to Mississippi State Saturday (Photo by Vicky Graff)   Kentucky won’t spend much time dwelling on its performance at Mississippi State. It was that bad.   During the first half of the season, the Wildcats had lost their only two games by a combined margin of eight points, including a 30-27 decision to Auburn...

Winning Ugly: Cardinals get well against Boston College in 17-14 battle of the defenses

UofL (3-4, 2-2) had to overcome four turnovers, a blocked punt and another shaky performance by its offensive line to turn back a BC team that is still winless in ACC play at 0-5 (3-5 overall) and had been shut out in two league games (U of L Athletics Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE–Somewhat predictably, Louisville’s football team found the perfect...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Colder fall air can't temper state's deer hunting hot streak

The 2015 Kentucky deer hunting seasons are off to a scorching start. Kentucky hunters set a new September harvest record with 6,650 deer (F&W Photo)   By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward   Cold air poured into Kentucky over the past weekend and dropped overnight low temperatures below freezing across much of the state.   The cool down didn’t cool off the deer hunting. It’s been...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Colder fall air can’t temper state’s deer hunting hot streak

The 2015 Kentucky deer hunting seasons are off to a scorching start. Kentucky hunters set a new September harvest record with 6,650 deer (F&W Photo) By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward Cold air poured into Kentucky over the past weekend and dropped overnight low temperatures below freezing across much of the state. The cool down didn’t cool off the deer hunting. It’s been hot since early September. “Good...

Billy Reed: For the University of Louisville, maintaining status quo no longer an option

It the wake of the national scrutiny that a sex scandal has brought to the University of Louisville, it’s time for coach Rick Pitino and school officials to put the best interests of the institution first as they consider what to do next (UofL Athletics Photo)   As a result of one of the most bizarre sports scandals ever, the University of Louisville finds itself at a defining moment in...

Hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns will light up the night when Transy’s PumpkinMania returns

  PumpkinMania returns to the steps of Transylvania’s Old Morrison Oct. 27.   In what is becoming a Lexington Halloween tradition, hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns will soon glow on the steps of Transylvania University’s historic Old Morrison.   The community is invited to the fifth annual PumpkinMania lighting and trick-or-treating on Tuesday, Oct. 27, starting at 6 p.m. The...

Chef John Foster: Winter squash is incredibly versatile – no mini-marshmallows needed

  I’ve started to notice more of the winter, or hard, squash and less of the zucchini and summer squash. This is a sure sign that summer has waned and we need to pay attention to stocking up on the last of the tomatoes and peppers. And re-learn the value of the next group of vegetables.   At Sullivan and The Sage Rabbit we try to approach each new crop as a learning experience for the...

Keith Taylor: Stoops confident Cats can duplicate road success at Mississippi State

Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott escapes Kentucky’s A.J. Stamps during the Bulldogs’ 45-31 win over the Wildcats last year at Commonwealth Stadium. The two teams meet in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday in Starkville (Glenn Morris Photo)   Kentucky has yet to lose a road game this season. They will try to keep that streak going while attempting to end another one Saturday at Mississippi...

Top-ranked Boston College rush defense presents a serious challenge for Louisville

lUniversity of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson became only the third UofL freshman in history to throw for 300 yards last week. He completed 20-of-35 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception, in a 41-21 loss at Florida State (UofL Athletics Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE–No one ever doubted Lamar Jackson’s running ability....

Bill Straub: The time has come to declare
the Kentucky Whiz Kid an abysmal failure

Some years ago, too many to be perfectly frank, my old pal Big Al Suderley told me he had broken up with his girlfriend, who he at all times referred to as “the beautiful Isabel.’’ When I inquired about what led to the unfortunate split, Big Al tersely replied, “She was making unreasonable demands.’’ “Yeah,’’ his brother Bill Suderley, known as Bull, intoned, “she told him to...

Jamie Vaught: So close to being undefeated, Stoops likes his team’s attitude and approach

A difference of eight points is all that’s keeping Kentucky and Boom Williams from being undefeated halfway through the 2015 season (UK Athletics Photo)   Kentucky could have been 6-0 at this point? Really?   Yes, the football Wildcats are that close to being undefeated, but things didn’t work out. They committed costly mistakes in the Florida and Auburn matchups which resulted...

Jamie Vaught: So close to being undefeated, Stoops likes his team's attitude and approach

A difference of eight points is all that’s keeping Kentucky and Boom Williams from being undefeated halfway through the 2015 season (UK Athletics Photo)   Kentucky could have been 6-0 at this point? Really?   Yes, the football Wildcats are that close to being undefeated, but things didn’t work out. They committed costly mistakes in the Florida and Auburn matchups which resulted...

A Homecoming: Kentucky-born filly returns from Peru for Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland

  Jockey Julien Leparoux guides Salama on morning workouts Oct. 1 at Keeneland. (Keeneland photo by Coady Photography)   By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   The Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Oct. 30 and 31 at Keeneland is a homecoming for horses. More than half of the participants were born and raised in Central Kentucky before embarking on travels that will come full...