Various dignitaries gathered Thursday morning at White Castle in Bowling Green for a ceremony to honor first responders a few days before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. With members of the Bowling Green Fire Department looking on, officials paid tribute to the firefighters, law enforcement and emergency medical personnel who lost their lives during the attacks, while giving thanks to the first responders who continue to risk their lives to protect their communities.
A baseball complex, amusement park, giant recreational vehicle facility and restaurants have all been among the ideas conceived or considered for parts of 965 acres along Interstate 65 near Franklin. Bowling Green entrepreneur David Garvin pieced together the property six years ago and hoped to develop Garvin World, based on a concept that featured all things recreational vehicles. Then the economy faltered and three of the major companies interested in the project filed for bankruptcy.
One of the creepier stories in recent weeks has been about feet found along the shores of Washington state and British Columbia. There have been 11 or so discovered since 2007 — usually in athletic shoes.
Jake Ellison at NPR member station KPLU set out to see if he could figure out what's going on, and starts his report with this attention-getting line:
"There are likely hundreds of dead human bodies in the waters of the Northwest at any given time."
The first performance is staged tonight inside the new performing arts center at Eastern Kentucky University. The invitation-only event features the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and the American Spiritual Ensemble. Center Director Debra Hoskins says ticket sales for their inaugural season are progressing well.
There's a hoary bit of advice in journalism that still gets passed from old-school editors to newbies: "If your mother says she loves you, check it out."
So what about your doctor? The nonprofit investigative journalism outfit ProPublica has a tool you can use to see how much money your doctor has received from drug companies. ProPublica is kind enough to share it for all to use, so I've embedded it in this post. Have at it.
President Obama presented his jobs plan to Congress Thursday evening. It proposes tax cuts to businesses that hire new employees, reforms to the unemployment insurance system and investments in schools and infrastructure. Host Michel Martin discusses the plan with National Urban League President Marc Morial and small business owner Andy Shallal.