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Constance Alexander: Flu shots for all, but especially the old and young, who remain the most vulnerable

Mother was ten when the 1918 flu pandemic hit. One of seven children, she and her parents lived in Brooklyn, New York, and at least one of her older brothers was fighting in the War. Perhaps it was the luck of the Irish, but no one in the Kelly family was stricken. The rest of the neighborhood was not so fortunate. My mother remembered how some families suffered multiple losses. As coffins got scarce,...

Research group head, Ky. native says gun violence incidence in state twice as high as New York City

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Kentucky tops New York City when it comes to gun fatalities, according to Mark Bryant, a Harlan County native and Lexington resident who leads the Gun Violence Archive. Formed in 2013, the research group compiles gun death information from thousands of sources around the country. Bryant said no one had been keeping accurate statistics on gun deaths. Nearly 64%...

WKU lineman Tyler Witt named to 2019 Wuerffel Trophy Watch List; started all 12 games in 2018

Western Kentucky University junior offensive lineman Tyler Witt has been named to the 2019 Wuerffel Trophy Watch List. The Wuerffel Trophy is “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service” and is awarded to the FBS player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. Going into the 2019 campaign, Witt is also listed by Athlon Sports...

Alleged MeetNKy co-conspirator in court; former finance director thought money went to boyfriend

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor A man charged as being complicit in the $4 million meetNKY/Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau embezzlement case appeared in Kenton County District Court for a preliminary hearing Tuesday. Keith Tasher (seated in pink jumpsuit) appeared for a preliminary hearing in Kenton County District Court Tuesday. Tasher is charged as a co-conspirator in the...

Kentucky’s Shahla Karimi enjoying diamond-studded success in New York City as jewelry designer

By Sara Spiegel Special to KyForward It was during the summer of 2014 that Shahla Karimi decided to take a break from life in New York City and spend time at her childhood home in LaGrange, a sleepy town just north of Louisville. She often went home when decisions weighed heavy, especially big life decisions. After a career spanning nearly a decade in the Big Apple, she needed to hit the reset button,...

UK Students hit the streets of New York to develop app to assist with outreach to the homeless

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky A group of University of Kentucky students is proving their impact can reach well beyond the Commonwealth. Together, they are using their knowledge of computer science to help some of the most vulnerable members of the largest city in the United States. More than 8.5 million people call New York City home, but far too many of them are homeless. Breaking Ground,...

Hayes Middle School’s Deener named Kentucky History Teacher of the Year

April Deener of Edythe J. Hayes Middle School has been selected the 2018 History Teacher of the Year for Kentucky by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, a nonprofit organization dedicated to K-12 history education. April DeenerThe award honors one teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Defense Department schools, and U.S. territories. Deener is now in this pool for National...

Talented and big dreamers, BCTC students accepted to Columbia, Carnegie Mellon

Bluegrass Community and Technical College students have lots of talent and big dreams that will take them far, as illustrated by James Nguyen and Caleb Kinmon. James NguyenWhile a student at Scott County High School, Nguyen participated in the BCTC Informatics Academy, a program funded by a generous donation of JP Morgan Chase. Nguyen graduates from high school in May and will attend the highly competitive...

Kentucky chef’s Ouita Michel, Sara Bradley to bring taste of Kentucky to NYC’s James Beard House

Kentucky bursts into the culinary world as two Kentucky chefs, Ouita Michel and Sara Bradley, will bring Kentucky-rich cuisine to the distinguished James Beard House in New York City on Tuesday, February 27. For years, Kentucky has been a hidden gem of Southern fare – but now its evolving cuisine takes the national stage and proves why the culinary scene is Better in the Bluegrass. Ouita Michel “Kentucky...

Lexington’s Mary Miller among judges for the 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in NYC

Lexington resident Mary A. Miller is among one of seven group judges at the 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City on Monday, Feb. 12 and Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Miller will officiate over the Non-Sporting Group during the evening competition held at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. The two-day, all-breed dog show, a highlight of Westminster Week, will feature daytime...

T.G. Shuck: Tale of two cities – Lexington and NYC – and how family manages to live in both

So how does one end up with a child on Broadway under the bright lights of New York City?   The heart of New York City...I took this photo! This is a question that has been posed to me on more than one occasion, so I figured I’d give it a whirl and try to explain. Just make talented kids … it is that simple!   All jokes aside this journey and season of life has been rewarding,...

Lex What Wear: Mix, match takes on whole new meaning when it comes to spring’s prints

  By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   Oooh-La-La… PRINTS! This mix-match combo of spring’s most coveted prints might just be my favorite collaboration for the North vs. South Blogger Challenge. It’s a bittersweet moment because I adore these gals, follow their work and love their style; however, this is the last one – for now. All who say “YES” to bringing back...