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Eastern Little League about to take on Michigan on ESPN

It may be a slow news day, but in 30 minutes, Lexington’s own Eastern Little League All-Stars will take on Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores of Michigan in the Great Lakes Regional of the Little League World Series. The game will be televised on ESPN for your viewing pleasure.

On Tuesday, Eastern avoided elimination by beating Wisconsin 10-5 thanks to a sixth inning grand slam by Joey Howard. To become the first Lexington team to claim a spot in the Little League World Series in almost 40 years, Eastern will have to win three games straight. The winner of today’s game will play Ohio in the semifinals Friday at 5 p.m. The loser goes home.

Go Eastern! You got this.


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Glen Campbell’s connection to Kentucky football and basketball

By now, you’ve heard that country music legend Glen Campbell passed away yesterday at the age of 81, but did you know he was a Kentucky fan?

Campbell, an Arkansas native, sang the national anthem before the Kentucky/Arkansas basketball game in Rupp Arena back in January 1992, but he started coming to UK Football games back in the 1970s after becoming friends with head coach Fran Curci. According to our good friend Oscar Combs, Campbell met Curci through a business associate and started attending games at Commonwealth Stadium, where he frequently roamed the sidelines and visited the locker room. Here he is sporting a Power K hat in the Commonwealth Stadium press box during the 1977 season, when Derrick Ramsey led Kentucky to a 10-1 record and No. 6 ranking:

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And hanging out with Fran Curci after a big win:

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Campbell remained a Kentucky fan over the years, even sporting a Kentucky shirt while traveling at LAX in 2012:

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Maybe for Campbell, Kentucky really did mean paradise.

 


Hey Kentucky! Talks to The Nation’s Oldest-Serving Mayor in Booneville

Hey Kentucky! Talks to The Nation’s Oldest-Serving Mayor in Booneville

While on the road in Owsley County, Matt and Drew sat down with Booneville Mayor Charles Long.  He’s no regular mayor.  Long will be 98 years old this fall and has served as mayor for 59 years.

He first took the job to bring indoor plumbing to Booneville and has not left the office since.  To make the Long even more intriguing, he was a 65-year Kentucky basketball season ticket holder who knew Adolph Rupp pretty well.

Click here for more Hey Kentucky and watch today’s entire episode after the jump.

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The Safest and Most Dangerous Cities in Kentucky

What are the safest cities in Kentucky? That’s a question you may have asked yourself over the years, and thanks to safety and security website SafeWise.com, we have an answer. SafeWise used crime reports and population data to determine the 20 safest cities (population over 4,000) in Kentucky. Which was the safest of them all?

Flatwoods, Kentucky. According to Safewise’s data, zero violent crimes happened in the Ashland suburb in 2015 (the latest data available). The rate of property crimes was also the lowest, at 2.57 per 1,000 people. Next up: Greenville in Western Kentucky; and Independence in Northern Kentucky. Jared Lorenzen and Shannon the Dude will be happy to know that Fort Thomas and Mount Washington also made the list:

1. Flatwoods
2. Greenville
3. Independence
4. Fort Thomas
5. Prospect
6. Lawrenceburg
7. Taylor Mill
8. Villa Hills
9. Columbia
10. Highland Heights
11. Edgewood
12. Wilmore
13. Fort Mitchell
14. Mount Washington
15. Vine Grove
16. Central City
17. Grayson
18. Williamsburg
19. Erlanger
20. Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills

What are the most dangerous cities in the Commonwealth? Roadsnacks.net also studied FBI crime reports, and their rankings probably won’t surprise you:

1. Hazard
2. Newport
3. Paducah
4. Bowling Green
5. Louisville
6. Shively
7. Frankfort
8. Princeton
9. Winchester
10. Campbellsville

Before some of you start bragging, Lexington does come in at No. 11.


Pigs shut down I-65 in Louisville today

The I-64/I-65 interchange is one of the busiest junctions in Louisville, but this morning, it was shut down because a semi-truck hauling pigs overturned and caught fire:

The Courier-Journal’s Matt Stone was on the scene and captured these pictures of the pigs, which roamed around the interstate until police could figure out what to do:

The pigs were being transported to the Swift plant in Butchertown when the truck tipped over, spilling the animals onto the instate. Sadly, some were killed and those that were injured will be put down. The rest will continue on to the Swift plant.

I realize the pigs were headed to the slaughterhouse anyways, but can’t we give the crash survivors a break and set them free in a field or a big mud puddle? No? I guess Americans love bacon too much, myself included.

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LOOK: Kentucky fan also cheers for Wisconsin?

LOOK: Kentucky fan also cheers for Wisconsin?

This car with a Fayette County plate was spotted on Nicholasville Road in Lexington today with both Wisconsin and UK decals. Have we found the only UK & Wisconsin fan in existence? Is it a car divided? Or, did someone lose a bet two years ago and has to leave that ugly sticker on their car for eternity? Inquiring minds must know!

Regardless, now I’m thinking about the Wisconsin game. Sigh.


Eastern Little Leaguers avenge Kentucky’s loss to Wisconsin to keep World Series hopes alive

Eastern Little Leaguers avenge Kentucky’s loss to Wisconsin to keep World Series hopes alive

Lexington’s Eastern Little League All-Stars had to win today to stay alive in the Great Lakes Regional, and win they did, thanks to Joey Howard’s crucial grand slam in the top of the sixth inning.

With a 10-5 win over Wisconsin, Eastern got a bit of revenge for their home state, and will play the winner of Indiana and Michigan on Thursday. To advance to the Little League World Series, they’ll have to win out.

Congrats, boys. You got this.


Attorneys Request to Unseal Evidence in Katina Powell Lawsuit

Attorneys Request to Unseal Evidence in Katina Powell Lawsuit

Confidential evidence in a defamation lawsuit against Katina Powell may be unsealed for public consumption.

Attorneys who represent six women in a defamation lawsuit against Powell for being depicted in Breaking Cardinal Rules, filed a motion today to set aside a protective order that kept the case’s evidence from being released to the public.

The evidence includes everything in Powell’s thousand-page journal, depositions and financial records.  If revealed, the evidence would not include personal information or documents turned over by the University of Louisville related to the investigation.

The matter will be heard before the circuit court judge one week from today on August 14.

For more on the story, read WDRB News’ report.


Channing Tatum still hanging around Kentucky, spotted in Harlan

Channing Tatum still hanging around Kentucky, spotted in Harlan

Channing Tatum is still hanging around the Bluegrass State after eating breakfast and giving away a motorcycle in Lexington on Sunday.

Today, Tatum was in Harlan, of all places, where he met with the Kentucky State Police to learn about some of the KSP’s projects and initiatives.

He also had some outdoors fun at Black Mountain just outside of Harlan in Evarts, Kentucky:

Keep a close eye on your women, Eastern Kentucky.

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Eastern Little League loses, sets up must-win game against Wisconsin

Eastern Little League loses, sets up must-win game against Wisconsin

The Kentucky little leaguers dropped their game against Illinois in the Great Lakes Regional today, so now they must win out to advance to the Little League World Series.

Their next game is Tuesday morning at 10 am and it is a win-or-go-home situation in the six-game, double-elimination tournament for a spot in Williamsport.

The opponent is… ugh… Wisconsin.

BEAT WISCONSIN.


OMG CHANNING TATUM WAS IN LEXINGTON YESTERDAY

If you thought that was me on the motorcycle outside Windy Corner Market in Lexington on Sunday, I’m afraid you were mistaken. It was Channing Tatum. I apologize for the confusion. I know we look a lot alike, especially with our shirts off, but it was Magic Mike; not me. Happens all the time.

Tatum made a surprise appearance in town as part of a promo tour for his new movie, Logan Lucky. He stopped by the Windy Corner Market for breakfast and then gifted his motorcycle to an employee celebrating her 20th birthday before he left.

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The birthday girl, Victoria Pittman, told The Herald-Leader, “For about 10 minutes, I kept asking people if I was having like a schizophrenic delusion… I thought I was getting punked.”

I would like to, again, apologize to anyone who thought Channing Tatum was me. You have no idea how often that happens. It’s really impossible to tell us apart anytime “Pony” comes on.


Lexington’s Eastern Little League wins Game 1, plays again Monday

Lexington’s Eastern Little League wins Game 1, plays again Monday

Lexington’s Eastern Little League all-star team is one step closer to reaching the Little League World Series.

Eastern won its first game in the Great Lakes Regional on Sunday, defeating the team out of Indiana, 1-0. Ty Bryant got the start for Lexington’s 12-year-old squad and pitched four innings before Joey Howard and Leighton Harris finished the job in one-inning relief appearances. The group allowed only one hit in the entire game.

Eastern will be back in action today at 1 pm against the team out of Illinois, which hasn’t played a regional game yet. That game can be see live on WatchESPN via this link.

The Great Lakes Regional is a six-team double-elimination between teams from Kentucky, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois, played just outside Indianapolis this week.

If Eastern can win it all, it will be Lexington’s first team in the Little League World Series since 1978.


Shocker: UofL appeals NCAA ruling on sex scandal, asks for hearing

In a move that surprises absolutely no one, the University of Louisville has appealed part of the NCAA’s ruling on the sex scandal surrounding the men’s basketball program.

According to The Courier-Journal, UofL is appealing the financial penalty and the vacation of records ordered by the infractions committee, which will require the program to vacate 123 wins, including the 2013 National Championship. They’ve also requested a hearing with the Infractions Appeals Committee; if granted, that hearing would take place this fall. The infractions committee has 30 days to review and reply to UofL’s appeal. From there, UofL then gets two weeks to file a rebuttal and the NCAA’s enforcement office has 10 days to respond after that.

UofL appealing the ruling was a no brainer, but judging by the committee’s language back in June, their odds of getting any leniency seem very, very slim. As a refresher, here’s the committee’s smackdown of Louisville’s argument that because the strippers were cheap, the punishment shouldn’t be too harsh:

“These are severe violations, regardless of any dollar amounts assigned to them,” the report reads. “In this instance, the panel need not ascertain an exact value of the activities. The nature of the violations themselves, without more, elevates them to Level I. The types of activities that occurred in this case were repugnant and threaten the integrity of the NCAA Collegiate Model, regardless of any precise dollar value assigned to them.”

Yeah…good luck with that, Louisville.

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Photo by Alton Strupp/Courier-Journal

Courier-Journal’s kinky side strikes again with risqué photo gallery

Photo by Alton Strupp/Courier-Journal

What exactly is going on at the Courier-Journal?

A few weeks ago, the Louisville paper posted a picture of a European hooker on a tweet about Tom Jurich; yesterday, they published a story about sealing your penis shut during sex; and today, they’ve got an entire photo gallery dedicated to the Miss Sturgis pageant at the Sturgis Bike Rally. That last one may seem harmless until you see the actual photos:

Photo by Alton Strupp/Courier-Journal

Photo by Alton Strupp/Courier-Journal

Phew. Who put Rick Pitino and Bobby Petrino in charge of content?


The Courier-Journal reporting on stories that matter

The Courier-Journal reporting on stories that matter

A headline from the Courier-Journal caught my eye this morning when it came across my Twitter timeline. It read, “Should you seal your penis shut with a Jiftip sticker during sex? It’s risky, doctors say.”

Now that’s the kind of hard-hitting journalism the state of Kentucky needs! FINALLY, the Courier-Journal is tackling the issues that matter!

I mean, with everything going on around the state and the world, who hasn’t looked in the mirror and wondered, “Jiftip, should I seal my penis with it?” And now we know!

Clear a spot on the shelf for a Pulitzer right now, maybe two Pulitzers.

It’s good to see Louisville’s newspaper making a comeback, just when we thought it was dead.