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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...

Rural Blog: ‘Wet’ vote in big lake-tourism county continues trend of rural areas forsaking Prohibition

When Congress and the states repealed Prohibition in 1933, they required that each state allow localities to continue banning the sale of alcoholic beverages. A swath of counties, mainly from the Appalachians to Texas, do that, but Prohibition has been eroding in recent years. Front page from last week’s Times Journal (Rural Blog Photo) In Kentucky, where lobbying by the distilling industry...