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Dec 14, 2012 It's 'slime' time in college football

QUOTE: Western Kentucky, a school with mediocre athletics and apparently, sub-mediocre standards, has turned to a person who lied to his last employer about the nature of an accident involving the mistress he allegedly hired to a university position she was unqualified to hold.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Dec 02, 2010 My take: Where's the outrage over Noah's Ark park?

QUOTE: I write not to raise First Amendment questions about elected officials transforming themselves into self-appointed curators, but to ask whether these officials are really concerned (as they claim) about the use of taxpayer funds to weigh on matters of the spirit....Are you equally outraged over millions in tax breaks to a group promoting fundamentalism?

CNN (Cable News Network)
Aug 25, 2009 Hawaii to Remove Inmates Over Abuse Charges

QUOTE: Hawaii prison officials said Tuesday that all of the state’s 168 female inmates at a privately run Kentucky prison will be removed by the end of September because of charges of sexual abuse by guards.

New York Times
Jan 26, 2009 High school football coach charged in player's death

QUOTE: A popular Kentucky high school football coach was arraigned Monday on a reckless homicide charge in the heat-exhaustion-related death of one of his players...."If he denied him access to water, that's really, really serious," said CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Nov 08, 2008 Citing Workload, Public Lawyers Reject New Cases

QUOTE: Public defenders’ offices in at least seven states are refusing to take on new cases or have sued to limit them, citing overwhelming workloads that they say undermine the constitutional right to counsel for the the most open revolt by public defenders in memory, many of the government-appointed lawyers say that state budget cuts and rising caseloads have pushed them to the breaking point.

New York Times
May 19, 2008 Court Upholds Tax Exemptions for Municipal Bonds

QUOTE: The outcome of the case was being closely watched by the municipal bond market, where the practice in question is commonplace. Nearly every state that has an income tax — 38 in all — chooses to exempt state bond interest from residents’ taxable income, while taxing the interest on other states’ bonds. All 49 other states supported Kentucky’s position that the practice is valid.

New York Times
Jan 07, 2008 Lethal-Injection Ruling May Have to Wait: Justices Question Whether Kentucky Case Is Enough to End Three-Drug Protocol

QUOTE: Several justices who support the death penalty clearly indicated during oral arguments that they believe the three-drug protocol used around the country passes the constitutional test. But even those sometimes critical of how capital punishment is carried out wondered if the case [brought by two death row inmates]...would be enough to decide whether lethal injection should be scrapped.

Washington Post
Dec 03, 2006 Supreme Court to Review Two School-Integration Plans: Justices to Consider Whether Race Can Still Be a Factor in Public School Placement

QUOTE: More than 50 years after the Supreme Court decided in Brown v. Board of Education that separate schools are inherently unequal, the court will consider tomorrow whether race can still be a factor when school systems design programs to promote racial integration. A broadly written decision on Louisville's plan, and on a related one from Seattle, could have a profound impact on school systems across the country.

Washington Post
Sep 04, 2006 White House Fights Race-Based Admissions Policies

QUOTE: At issue are programs in Louisville and Seattle, which seek to ensure that the student bodies of public schools reflect the cities' ethnic composition. White parents have challenged the policies in court, arguing that their children were denied admission to their preferred schools because of race.

Washington Post
Aug 28, 2006 Pollution in the Water, Lawsuits in the Air: With Damage to Ecosystem Jeopardizing Tourist Industry, Oklahoma Fights Back

QUOTE: Frustrated that nearly four years of talks failed to produce a solution, Oklahoma is now suing eight firms on the grounds that the chicken waste applied to crops near the river contains hazardous chemicals...Across the country, states and localities are suing efforts to curb air and water contamination that respects no borders.

Washington Post
Jul 05, 2006 Kentucky bans blogs in state offices: Bloggers and state employees are speaking out about what they say is a violation of free speech

QUOTE: Bloggers...charge that Gov. Ernie Fletcher (R) is violating their right to free speech by censoring their content from the 34,000 state employees. But others see a more subtle lesson in Kentucky's attempt to crack down on desktop dawdling...

Christian Science Monitor
Dec 25, 2005 The Quest for Hometown Security: Rogers's Sway Over Spending Benefits 'Silicon Holler' in Kentucky

QUOTE: Rogers is now tapping a new source of money for his district. As chairman of the House Appropriations homeland security subcommittee, he has encouraged contractors to move into his district and announced millions of dollars in anti-terrorism research at Kentucky colleges and universities. He has taken credit for $206 million in homeland-security-related funding for the state....But the Lexington Herald-Leader, one of the state's largest newspapers, has called him the "Prince of Pork."

Washington Post
Dec 18, 2005 Ghosts of a Shuttered College Follow Weld Back Into Politics

QUOTE: one who has stepped forward has said Mr. Weld was told directly of wrongdoing. The story of Decker College is a cautionary tale about the pitfalls facing commercial colleges as they seek to build profits by recruiting struggling students eligible for financial aid while honoring their obligations as educators and stewards of federal loans.

New York Times
Mar 02, 2005 Take Two Tablets: The Supreme Court picks through the rubble of its Ten Commandments jurisprudence.

QUOTE: ...pair of [Supreme Court--Ed.] cases involving displays of the Ten Commandments on state property. At one level everything appears scholarly and doctrinal. Until you realize that the doctrine is a mess, and the justices are so tangled up in old tests, old glosses on old tests, and new glosses on new tests that they don't even know how to talk about the Establishment Clause cases, much less how to resolve them.

Feb 21, 2005 Homeless Man Takes on Texas, Religious Display

QUOTE: ...challenge the state of Texas for what he believed to be a governmental endorsement of Judeo-Christian doctrine and a violation of the separation between church and state.

Washington Post
Aug 29, 2004 Where Prosecutors Say Votes Are Sold

QUOTE: "It is basically conceded in Kentucky that people have a constitutional right to sell their vote,"

New York Times
Jun 03, 2004 E.P.A Nears Pact On Waste by Processors of Livestock

QUOTE: The Environmental Protection Agency is close to reaching an agreement with some of the nation’s largest animal processors that would lay the groundwork for the first federal emission standards for companies that process millions of pigs, cows and chickens every day.

New York Times
Jan 29, 2003 Tolerance and Hypocrisy on Gay-Straight Clubs

QUOTE: ...a small group of students at Boyd County High School in rural eastern Kentucky asked to form a Gay-Straight Alliance club...School officials turned them down twice...

New York Times
Jan 18, 2003 Showdown in Covington: For gays, fairness ordinance is past due

QUOTE: propose changes to the city's code of ordinances to specifically outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, age, parental status and marital status in areas of employment, housing and public accommodations.

Cincinnati Post
Aug 13, 2002 A Long Road of Broken Promises for Black Farmers: USDA Fights Claims After Landmark Deal

QUOTE: ...many thousand other farmers have had their claims rejected, the totals of payouts and forgiven loans are far short of what was projected, and the battling almost every claim filed.

Washington Post
Jan 01, 1111 On Death Row, a Battle Over the Fatal Cocktail

QUOTE: Opponents of the death penalty have filed challenges to the three-chemical combination used in Kentucky and about 30 other states in recent years.

New York Times