August 15, 2013 |
Vladimir Putin could learn a thing or two from Johnny Cummings, the openly gay mayor of the tiny but tolerant coal town of Vicco, Ky . On Wednesday night “The Colbert Report” profiled Cummings, the politician and hairdresser who helped Vicco become the smallest town in America with an ordinance on the books banning discrimination based on sexual orientation. The segment was part of the recurring feature “People Who Are Destroying America” (which, in true Colbertian fashion, tends to spotlight people doing anything but)
August 12, 2013 |
There's more to see in Louisville than horse country and the Kentucky Derby. The super-size Louisville Slugger baseball bat and boxer Muhammad Ali's "journey to greatness" are on display at downtown museums that showcase some of the city's other claims to fame. Visitors can cash in on a new pass good at six museums that offer their own perspective on life in Derby City and beyond. The deal: The Main Ticket can be bought online or at the visitor center at 301 Fourth St. It's good for admission to: -- Frazier History Museum -- Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft -- Kentucky Science Center -- KentuckyShow!
July 30, 2013 |
Centre College, a small liberal arts school in Kentucky, has received a $250-million all-stock donation to help establish a scholarship program for students majoring in science, computer science and economics, the school said Tuesday. The donation, from the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust, is the largest given to a liberal arts college, the school said. It is also among the largest ever received by any educational institution in the United States. The largest gift was New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's $350-million donation to Johns Hopkins University, announced earlier this year.
July 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Mitch McConnell will face a challenge from the right in his 2014 reelection bid, a development that has a major conservative group considering an endorsement of the top Senate Republican's opponent and Democrats boasting of a possible red-state pickup. Matt Bevin, a Louisville businessman, launched his campaign to unseat McConnell at Kentucky's Capitol Wednesday , part of an announcement tour that will take him across the state this week. He also launched a television advertisement decrying McConnell's record of supporting higher taxes, debt-ceiling increases and “liberal judges” during his five terms in office.
July 16, 2013 |
Rand Paul is the most interesting contender for the Republican nomination. And when I say interesting, I mean that in the broadest sense. A case in point: Last week, the Kentucky senator hit some turbulence when the Washington Free Beacon reported that Jack Hunter, Paul's aide and the coauthor of his book, "The Tea Party Goes to Washington," was once the Southern Avenger. Who's that? Starting in the 1990s, as a radio shock jock, Hunter would wear a wrestling mask made from a Confederate flag, while making jokes about assassinating Abraham Lincoln and having the South re-secede.
June 25, 2013 |
Here's what you need to know about Thursday's NBA draft: Nerlens Noel averaged 10.5 points as a Kentucky freshman until his season ended early because of a serious knee injury. Now he's the likely No. 1 pick. Noel still can't jump because of surgery for a torn ligament and might not even play until two months into the NBA season. But he can block shots and rebound and . . . what else exactly? If he turns out to be a solid pro, his delayed NBA debut is a small price for a team to pay over the four-year run of his rookie contract.
June 8, 2013 |
Broderick Turner projects how things shape up for the first round of the June 27 NBA draft. Player; age; position; height; weight; school; comment; 1.CLEVELAND Nerlens Noel; 19; PF/C; 6-10; 228; Kentucky …Had surgery to repair torn ACL in left knee. Expected to play this season. 2.ORLANDO Ben McLemore; 21; SG; 6-5; 190; Kansas … Athletic, and can score. 3.WASHINGTON Otto Porter; 20; SF; 6-9; 200; Georgetown … Local product, has size and length for the position.
June 5, 2013 |
Back home again in New York, Kentucky Derby winner Orb is the horse to beat in the Belmont Stakes. Orb was made the 3-1 morning-line favorite in a field of 14 entered for Saturday's final leg of the Triple Crown at Belmont Park, and trainer Shug McGaughey is confident his colt can bounce back from his fourth-place finish behind Oxbow in the Preakness. "He's been here for three weeks, and I think it has to be a help not only mentally but being familiar with the footing as well," McGaughey said.
May 18, 2013 |
BALTIMORE - Horse racing's Preakness is a place of history and a bubble of hope. If you come here with a Kentucky Derby victory under your belt, as trainer Shug McGaughey and Orb have, you have little time to appreciate that history. You are lost in the Triple Crown bubble. Every question goes in the same direction: Can you win? How will you (a) feel, (b) react, (c) enjoy? Orb's morning-line odds are even money. If you want to make money on him Saturday, you'll need to bet lots of it. This year, only Orb can hope for immortality.
May 15, 2013 |
BALTIMORE - Wednesday morning at Pimlico race track was similar to most mornings for Claude McGaughey III. Except there were lots of reporters around, which made it different. McGaughey is a thoroughbred horse trainer, currently the one in the catbird's seat in his sport. His long-striding Orb won the Kentucky Derby, making him racing's next Great Brown Hope. It also makes McGaughey the present voice of the sport's future. He has little choice. Horses, except for Mr. Ed, are lousy quotes.