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A history lesson about gambling, the Payne Brothers, Black mobsters in what was ‘Sin City’ of Newport

By Chad Huggins Dunbar Special to KyForward Part 57 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020.” While there are many books, films, articles, and other scholarly works detailing the story and legacy of Newport’s organized criminal underworld during the Sin City era (Prohibition through the 1960s), far less attention has been paid to the role of African-American mobsters...

Kentucky-based author Fred Minnick raises
a glass to women of whiskey with new book

Fred Minnick turns the spotlight on forgotten women who were integral to the survival and development of whiskey throughout history. (Photo courtesy Kentucky Derby Museum)   By Elizabeth Adams KyForward correspondent   Women have served cocktails from behind bars, bootlegged liquor behind closed doors and led behind-the-scenes operations for distilleries around the world. So, Kentucky-based...