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Remembering Hiroshima, ‘Little Boy’ with big bang, the Enola Gay, Paul Warfield Tibbets — 75 years ago

By Paul Tenkotte Special to KyForward On Monday, August 6, 1945, a B-29 Superfortress bomber named the Enola Gay took off from the Northern Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Piloted by then-Colonel Paul Tibbets (1915–2007), the plane’s payload was “Little Boy,” the codename for the first nuclear bomb to be used in warfare. The target was Hiroshima, Japan. Weighing almost 10,000 pounds,...

Billy Reed: Look for Billy’s cutout in the Reds stands and don’t play golf with Trump (integrity matters)

I freely admit that I have enjoyed watching the Cincinnati Reds on TV, even though I seriously doubt if major-league baseball will be able to continue dodging the Coronavirus pandemic that has shut down so many things we love. For example, the Louisville Bats canceled the entire season months ago. They’re the Reds’ Class AAA farm team, and I miss going to Slugger Field on the banks of the Ohio...

Bruce Lunsford’s Art Collector delivers masterclass in Ellis Park Derby and is headed for Churchill Downs

JR Communications On Saturday evening, following a devastating performance at one of racing’s most historic tracks, the consensus within the Thoroughbred racing community was that the question of which horse would bear the burden of favoritism in the pandemic-delayed Kentucky Derby had been answered.  Barely 24 hours after Tiz the Law threw down the gauntlet with his sublime victory in the Grade...

Kentucky Supreme Court sets schedule for hearing on suit against Governor’s executive orders

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court issued an order on Friday, setting a briefing schedule and a date for oral arguments, in one of the lawsuits filed against Gov. Andy Beshear’s use of executive orders in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. 
The matter involves separate rulings by circuit judges in Boone and Scott counties, in cases where Attorney General Daniel Cameron joined...

Gov. Beshear reports ‘tough day’ — 801 new COVID cases and 8 deaths; ‘we can determine our future’

Gov. Andy Beshear reported “a tough day” in the fight against COVID-19 with 801 new cases and eight deaths bringing state totals to 34,578 cases and 772 deaths. Twenty-nine of the new cases were children 5 and younger. “I know we are slowing the growth of this virus in Kentucky, but it’s still aggressive. We simply need to do better. Our positivity rate is the highest we’ve had since...

Bruce Lunsford’s Art Collector to run in Sunday’s Ellis Park Derby after triumph in Blue Grass Stakes

By Jennie Rees JR Communications Bruce Lunsford grew up in Kenton County, where the local track in northern Kentucky is Turfway Park. Keeneland was a significant part of his education at the University of Kentucky. And Churchill Downs has been Lunsford’s local track for most of the Louisville entrepreneur and philanthropist’s adult life. But if not an actual homecoming, Sunday certainly will...

Governor reports 516 new COVID cases, 8 deaths; extends mask-wearing mandate; news round-up

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 516 new COVID cases and eight deaths as of Thursday afternoon, bringing the state’s totals to 33,254 cases and 760 deaths. Twelve of the news cases were children 5 and younger. There were 33 new cases in Fayette County. The deaths reported include a 68-year-old woman from Kenton County; a 68-year-old woman from Bell County; an 86-year-old woman from Fayette County;...

As Fayette County prepares for 2020-2021 school year, Rise STEM Academy for girls off to strong start

As Fayette County Public Schools prepares for the 2020-21 school year, youngsters enrolled in the Rise STEM Academy for Girls are already settling in. The new program, which has welcomed 150 students in grades K-2, offered a virtual Exploratory Week for instructors and their classes Aug. 3-7. One day, for instance, a kindergarten teacher guided her kids through a water experiment mixing primary colors. With...

New book by UK administrator Kathy Sheppard-Jones highlights diversity and inclusion for Ky. kids

By Meg Mills Special to KyForward University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) Executive Director Kathy Sheppard-Jones has turned her personal experiences into a learning opportunity for Kentucky kids. Sheppard-Jones has published “You Can Do So Many Things!” — a book for young children that highlights diversity and inclusion in the workforce. Kathy Sheppard-Jones with her...

Lt. Gov. Coleman announces education pioneer Nettie Depp to be first woman to have statue in Capitol

Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman on Wednesday announced plans to unveil the first monument honoring a woman in the state Capitol. The new monument will be placed in the West Wing of the Capitol, as planned. “In honor of the United States Women’s Suffrage Centennial August 18 and Women’s Equality Day on August 26th, today I’m announcing the first monument honoring a woman, Nettie Depp, in the state...

Latest White House COVID-19 report shows fewer Kentucky counties in danger zones this week

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News Kentucky got a better report this week from the White House Coronavirus Task Force. It has two more counties are in the task force’s “red zone” — for places with more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people, and a positive rate of at least 10 percent in tests for the virus — but a lot fewer in its “yellow zone,” for those with 10 to 100...

Heavy traffic during the coronavirus pandemic has taken its toll on Kentucky’s state nature preserves

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service When state parks closed at the start of the pandemic, many Kentuckians ventured out to local nature preserves and natural areas, and experts say the heavy traffic has taken a toll on Kentucky’s public lands. Clare Sipple recently retired, but spent 18 years managing Lower Howard’s Creek Nature and Heritage Preserve in Clark County. Over the past few...

Beshear reports 700 new COVID cases, 7 deaths; ‘Coverings for Kids’; Lex mayor cites testing places

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 700 new COVID cases and seven deaths as of Tuesday afternoon, bringing the state’s totals to 32,197 cases and 751 deaths. Eighteen of the newly reported cases were from children 5 and younger, including a 2-month-old and a 6-month-old in Jefferson and a 1-year-old in Metcalfe County who was exposed at church and recently traveled to Tennessee. There were . “This...

Jan Hillard: Mail-in voting is both safe and effective — and deserves broad adoption across the states

With COVID’s reach growing daily and the presidential election 3 months away, we must rationally look at alternatives to in-person voting. Vote At Home photo We cannot cast off alternatives with unsupported generalizations that claim widespread fraud. The evidence from years of using in-home and absentee voting does not support the claim of widespread fraud. Instead the evidence shows that mail-in...

Many Kentucky counties lack syringe exchanges; includes 20 most vulnerable to disease outbreaks

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Most Kentucky counties now have harm-reduction programs to fight drug abuse, but the coronavirus pandemic has slowed their expansion and complicated the work of their syringe exchanges. Still, they’ve all continued to offer some level of service during the pandemic. Sixty-three counties have harm-reduction programs, and one more is in the works, but that...

Kentucky Realtors reports housing market takes big leap in June, thanks to low mortgage rates, job gains

COVID-19 had an adverse, albeit short, impact on the Kentucky housing market this spring. Higher pending contracts over the past two months indicated that sales would come roaring back. June would not disappoint. 5,426 closings took place in Kentucky, up a whopping 13% over June of last year. Year-to-date sales climbed to 24,159. This is 1% greater than sales through June of 2019 which peaked at 23,945. Nationally,...

It’s Farmers’ Markets Week — support farm families by purchasing fresh produce, following guidelines

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It’s Kentucky Farmers’ Markets Week Aug. 2-8, and Kentuckians are being urged to support the farm families who bring fresh products to the public each week. 
Farmers’ Markets Week salutes the 167 farmers’ markets in 115 of Kentucky’s 120 counties. At those 167 markets, more than 2,768 vendors are offering products for sale.  
Agriculture Commissioner...

Billy Reed: Happy to debate facts vs facts with anyone, but to be clear — Adolph Rupp was not racist

Naively, I now realize, I thought I would never again have to write the column about whether Adolph Rupp was a racist. The facts simply do not support the notion that he was. Period. Yet once again, 43 years after his death, the legendary University of Kentucky basketball coach is being attacked by some opportunists who refuse to let the facts get in the way of their prejudices and perceptions. Inspired...

Beshear reports 778 new COVID cases, 4 deaths; ‘mask up’; and a round-up of coronavirus news

Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday reported 778 new COVID cases and 4 deaths, bringing state totals to 30,151 cases and 778 deaths. Twenty-three of the new cases were from children age 5 and under. There were 19 new cases in Boone County, 17 in Kenton County and 12 in Campbell County. “The health and the lives of people around you, our economy and how fast we can build it back, and our ability to get our...