<p>Colson Whitehead is a 2002 recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship. His writing has also appeared in <em>Salon, The Village Voice, </em>and <em>The New York Times</em>. </p>
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A zombie plague has wiped out 95 percent of America. Camps of survivors band together in pockets across the country, waiting for small squadrons of human "sweepers" to inch their way across major cities, destroying the remaining zombie-like creatures hiding out in office buildings and shopping malls.
But now the human sweepers have to tackle their biggest challenge yet: clearing the undead from Lower Manhattan.
Louisville’s local United Auto Workers union has voted in favor of a new contract with Ford Motor Company. The last of the votes were counted Tuesday night and Louisville’s Local UAW 862 helped push for ratification of the agreement.
Eli Capilouto was formally installed as the University of Kentucky's 12th president Tuesday, and he marked the occasion with a bold promise to build new dormitories and classroom buildings. Improved facilities are at the center of the promise, Capilouto said, partly because the average age of UK's buildings is more than 50 years old, partly because the university has less access for people with disabilities than any school in the state and partly because only 10 percent of students on campus live in modern housing.
A Pikeville woman is facing felony charges after corrections officers allegedly found her to be in possession of more that three dozen pills in the Pike County Detention Center. Pike Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Bartley said the charges against Shellie Duncan, 35, are part of a “steady stream” of promoting contraband cases. Bartley said his office takes the cases very seriously and those caught with drugs in jail are often made examples for other inmates who may try to sneak drugs into the jail.
Since Sept. 22, several bed bugs have been found in Owen County schools, but Owen County Schools Superintendent David Raleigh said there’s no need for panic. Owen County Elementary School was the first to send a letter home with students after two bed bugs were found in the school. On Oct. 3, Raleigh said three were found in one classroom around the same desk at Owen County High School, and one was found in the office of the Owen County Primary School.
A milestone in the state's years-long effort to get Interstate 69 into western Kentucky will take place Tuesday when Gov. Steve Beshear will unveil the Interstate 69 shield signs for 55 miles of the Western Kentucky Parkway and Interstate 24. The state recently secured federal authority to erect the I-69 shields along the WK Parkway from Nortonville (south of Madisonville) to Eddyville and a few miles of I-24 in the lakes area near Eddyville.
Henderson Fiscal Court heard the opening salvo Tuesday of a campaign jailers plan to use to sway the General Assembly next year. In a nutshell, Kentucky jailers maintain that House Bill 463 -- a recently enacted major overhaul of the criminal justice system -- is going to have a negative impact on the jails across the state. The way around that problem, they say, is allowing the state's current contracts to expire next year with Corrections Corporation of America, which has prisons in Marion and Floyd counties. The inmates in the Marion Adjustment Center and the Otter Creek Correctional Center would then be transferred to county jails.
Darryl and Carol Denham and their son, Daniel, 21,gather in the bedroom of their son, Sam, who they say committed suicide because of bullying at school. Sam's parents want to use his death to educate kids about the dangers of bullying.
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Last Friday evening, Carol and Darryl Denham could not comprehend why their 13-year-old son, Sam, took his own life earlier that day. On Saturday, about 150 people held a vigil on the Denham's front lawn. "That's when we got our answer to the question 'Why?'" Carol said. The Denhams say Sam, an eighth grade student at Woodland Middle School, was bullied to the point where he could not take it anymore. They said several students told them that at the vigil, and even named the bullies.
The weather was not the best to be outdoors last Thursday, but to the students who came to the University of Kentucky Wood Utilization Center in Quicksand for their annual “Win With Wood” day, none of that mattered at all.
<p>Zhou Youguang, founder of the Pinyin system of romanizing the Chinese language, has published 10 books since turning 100, some reflecting his critical views of the Chinese government. Shown here in his book-lined study, the outspoken Zhou has witnessed a century of change in China.</p>
Zhou Youguang should be a Chinese hero after making what some call the world's most important linguistic innovation: He invented Pinyin, a system of romanizing Chinese characters using the Western alphabet.
But instead, this 105-year-old has become a thorn in the government's side. Zhou has published an amazing 10 books since he turned 100, some of which have been banned in China. These, along with outspoken views on the Communist Party and the need for democracy in China, have made him a "sensitive person" — a euphemism for a political dissident.