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Figure skater wins a title at collegiate championships By Anne Halliwell

he bent over the laptop screen, watching a 14-year-old version of herself glide across the ice. She noticed that even at that age, her body was strong from ballet, conditioning and three hours on the ice every day. Five years later, Farah Sheikh, a psychology freshman at UK, has only grown in athleticism. In August, her years of experience nabbed her the senior ladies title at the U.S. Collegiate National Figure Skating Championship. Although UK does not have a figure skating team, she said she wanted to represent the school she would be attending. “Growing up in Lexington, I knew that


UK has a lot of spirit for their athletes and I thought that it would be nice for them to have variety,” she said. “To have something different on their plate would be cool for the whole Lexington community,” she said. But persistent foot injuries limited her ability to be on the ice for long stretches of time. Sheikh realized the collegiate championship would end her 16-year career. “It was a struggle, but I had to pace myself,” she said. The pain forced her off the ice for several months before she began training for the championship. When she did begin training, she was forced to cut down the time she spent on the ice. Despite the injuries, Sheikh said she made training for the competition her sumSee SKATER on page 2


Top: Farah Sheikh performs a lay-back spin at the Lexington Ice Rink on Sunday. Although UK doesn’t have a figure skating team, Sheikh said she hopes to bring variety to Lexington through her sport.

Friends, family of Alex Johnson honor his life at memorial By Will Wright

Friends and family of Alex Johnson, the UK chef found dead after disappearing in December, met Tuesday in Lexington to remember his life. Those at a memorial service spoke of his contagious sense of humor, love for the outdoors and neverending kindness to others. Johnson, 32, worked at the Hilary J. Boone Center.

His body was discovered coworkers at the Boone Friday in the Kentucky Riv- Center said Johnson always enjoyed life and er. Two arrests have taught others how been made in conto enjoy it as well. nection with his death, and one man It was rare to is being charged find someone who with murder after he appreciates life as was arrested close to much as Alex, his the Mexican border. coworker said. Many people One of JohnJohnson took turns standing son’s high school in front of the teachers said alclosed casket to tell stories though he never knew and express their grief. Johnson in his adult life, he One of Johnson’s felt glad to know Johnson

during his high school years. “He was one of those students you never forget,” the teacher said. He recalled one day in the teacher’s lounge when Johnson’s AP calculus teacher was throwing her arms up, upset about Johnson’s behavior. Johnson and his friend played chess during her class, much to her dismay. See JOHNSON on page 2

Despite death in owners’ family, Thai restaurant remains campus staple By David Schuh

It’s not visible from the street. It’s not even visible from the sidewalk without walking through the bushes and down the steps. The Bangkok House may be tucked away in a basement, but that doesn’t keep the UK community from finding it at the corner of Rose Street and Avenue of Champions every day. The family-owned restaurant located beneath Campus Cafe has been serving up authentic cuisine for about 20 years, but

this year has been different. In December, the patriarch of the family, Boonlert Bunchatheeravate, died of cancer at the age of 64. “Everybody knew him,” said Pom Bunchatheeravate, Boonlert Bunchatheeravate’s son. “We run the place like family. We know the customers.” The Bangkok House normally closes the restaurant in December due to slow restaurant traffic and to take a trip home to — fittingly — Bangkok, Thailand. Last time the family went home, Boonlert Bun-


Pitchya Bunchatheeravate cooks a traditional Thai meal at the Bangkok House on the corner of Rose Street and Avenue of Champions.

chatheeravate brought gifts back for some of his more frequent customers. “They are like family


or friends to us,” Pom Bunchatheeravate said. Boonlert BunchatheerSee BANGKOK on page 2

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UK’s Beatty to run for mayor Assistant VP for campus services competing for Lexington position

will allow us to progressively and productively plan for many decades to come, but Anthany Beatty, UK’s as- we can only be successful sistant vice president for cam- with extraordinary leaderpus services, announced Tues- ship.” day that he will run against Beatty, 62, is a graduate of Mayor Jim Gray and the third Henry Clay High School, challenger this year. Eastern Kentucky Beatty was the University and KenLexington police chief tucky State Universifrom 2001 to 2008 bety. fore taking the posiA third candidate, tion at UK. In his curDanny Mayer, also rent role, he oversees filed his election pathe UK police, parkpers on Tuesday. He ing and transportais an associate EngBeatty tion, emergency manlish professor at agement, and enviBCTC. ronmental health and Mayer, who lives safety departments. in the northside of He is also the co-chair Lexington, received a of the Tobacco-free doctorate in AmeriCampus Initiative can literature from Task Force. UK in 2007. More Beatty submitted than four years ago his election papers to he founded the comGray the Fayette County munity newspaper Clerk’s office just afNorth of Center, ter noon Tuesday. which focused on the “In order for Lexnorthside of Lexingington to reach its ton. highest mark, every “After four and a Lexington citizen half years of covering must have a voice, the city, I didn't think and everyone must be my voice was reprewilling to hear the sented,” he said. The Mayer opinions and input of newspaper no longer all who may be impublishes, and Mayer pacted by the decisions we said his candidacy for mayor make as a city,” Beatty said in is the next step in being an a news release Tuesday morn- engaged citizen, which is ing. something he teaches in his “ ... Lexington has the classes. people and places that can and See BEATTY on page 2 By Rachel Aretakis

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Farm bill could pave way for hemp in Ky. McConnell includes provision allowing its growth for research By Becca Clemons

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that he included language in the federal farm bill to let universities or state departments of agriculture cultivate industrial hemp in states that had previously legalized the process. Federal law currently prohibits growing industrial hemp, but if the bill passes with the language included, it would pave the way for states to “study the growth, cultivation or marketing of industrial hemp,” according to the text of the bill. State officials have worked with Kentucky’s Congressional delegation to loosen federal regulations on hemp, which had been outlawed because of its similarity to marijuana. The Kentucky Legislature legalized cultivation of industrial hemp last spring but was unable to establish a market for it without federal approval. Pilot programs could help boost Kentucky’s economy, McConnell, a Republi-

can from Louisville, said. Proponents of growing industrial hemp say thousands of products could be produced with it, including clothing, lotions, paper, food and building materials, according to a study conducted by the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment in 2013. “This is an important victory for Kentucky’s farmers, and I was pleased to be able to secure this language on behalf of our state,” McConnell said in a news release. With approval, he said, “we are laying the groundwork for a new commodity market for Kentucky farmers.” Opponents worry that growing industrial hemp could perpetuate illegal drug use, according to the UK study. Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer said last year that hemp and marijuana plants look identical to the naked eye, and that having legal hemp could complicate enforcement of marijuana laws. Kentucky has a long history as a hemp producer. It



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Mayer said current leadership focuses too much on downtown. “My campaign will focus on the ‘whole horse’ — creating diverse and functional live, work, play communities that extend well beyond Main Street and that do not unfairly commit the city's citizenry to paying off high cost/low reward inner urban developments,” he said in a written statement. Becca Clemons contributed reporting.

mer project, spending the prior months readying herself for her impending win and a $5,000 scholarship. But she recalled that in her last week before the competition, she was feeling the pain. “I knew it was my time to be done,” Sheikh said. She worked with internationally recognized coach Julie Berlin, who praised Sheikh’s hard work on and off the rink.

was the dominant producer from the 1840s through the 1850s, according to the UK study. Production peaked again during World War II because of demand for rope and other products. Industrial hemp — like marijuana — was restricted as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 because it contains THC, according to a College of Agriculture fact sheet.

This is an important victory for Kentucky’s farmers.” MITCH MCCONNELL U.S. senator

But U.S. consumers have spent more than $500 million in recent years on imported hemp products, the study notes. Among supporters of industrial hemp in the state are McConnell; U.S. Sen. Rand Paul; U.S. representatives from Kentucky; and state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer. “For months, we have tried to get some assurance “It was fun to train someone who was that committed and motivated,” Berlin said. “She had a really good work ethic.” Now Sheikh skates recreationally at the Lexington Ice Center about three times a week. She calls skating an “outlet from daily routines” that also keeps her fit. Sheikh plans to use her experience to coach the next generation of figure skaters, including her younger sisters. She herself started skating by following in her older sisters’ footsteps. Sheikh also hopes to be-

at the federal level that Kentucky producers can grow industrial hemp without fear of government harassment or prosecution,” Comer said in a news release. “This is what we’ve been waiting for.” Nancy Cox, the dean of the College of Agriculture, said in a statement that she had not seen the bill’s final language, but that UK researchers were planning to help the state agriculture department with industrial hemp pilot projects if the bill passes. The legislation’s broad language could be interpreted to allow farmers or other producers to use hemp for commercial purposes, “as long it is done in conjunction with some potential research component,” said Holly Harris VonLuehrte, Comer’s chief of staff. “I think this is a great potential private-public partnership,” she said. The five-year farm bill, officially titled the Agricultural Act of 2014, is expected to pass this week with bipartisan support. Industrial hemp, according to the bill’s text, refers to cannabis with a concentration of 0.3 percent or less of THC. It comes from a different variety of cannabis than traditional marijuana. come a certified technical specialist who judges competitive skating on a volunteer basis. “I still know those skaters — I grew up watching them, even competing against a few,” Sheikh said. “That’s why I want to judge.” Even from the rink side, Sheikh takes an interest in the sport at a professional level. Sheikh always dreamed of making it to the U.S. Collegiate Nationals. “I just knew that I wanted to end my skating on a high.”

JOHNSON Continued from page 1 The teacher would ask him a question, hoping to catch Johnson off guard and prove he was not paying attention. The frustrating part was that Johnson was always able to give the correct answer. Johnson appreciated life like he appreciated nature,

BANGKOK Continued from page 1 avate and his wife, Pitchya Bunchatheeravate, bought the place in 1995 after moving to Lexington. He was a veterinarian in Thailand, but he couldn’t practice in the United States. So he started something new. When the family bought the Bangkok House, Pom Bunchatheeravate would work after school and on weekends. It wasn’t just a summer job; it became a family business — one that he would eventually inherit. “It was very slow at first,” Pom Bunchatheeravate said. “The owner before didn’t have a lot of customers and wanted to sell it. But when (my family) bought it, it picked up.” It has become so successful, in fact, that the family wanted to move about six or seven years ago. He said they tried to buy a building on South Limestone Street, a spot currently occupied by The Local Taco. But the finances didn’t work out. So the restaurant remained in its current location, closest to campus. UK chemistry professor John Anthony is a regular, and the reason is simple. “It’s close and the food is excellent,” Anthony said. The most popular dish is

and he appreciated nature from the time he was a child, Johnson’s mother, Judy Johnson, said in a written statement read to the memorial’s attendees. As a child, Johnson enjoyed things like catching bees and fireflies, and going on walks with his dog. Though one man expressed anger at the loss of Johnson, most spoke of his life, relationships and desire to help others.

Pad Thai, a mix of rice noodles, curry and peanut flavoring, among other things, said Pom Bunchatheeravate. With most items between $5 and $10, almost all dishes are reasonably-priced alternatives to campus food for students and professors. One of Anthony’s favorites is the Tofu Pad Thai, which he likes with his own custom flavor addition. “Extra spicy and then add more,” Anthony said as he grabbed the shaker of red pepper flakes. The restaurant is welcoming. Even though it’s hidden in the basement, people can often smell the cooking from the street outside. It isn’t overly fancy, but it recreates the culture of the Bunchatheeravate’s home. Donning the walls of the entrance are several awards, including the Ace Weekly’s 1997 Best Pad Thai award and a Pride of Thailand certificate of excellence from the National Food Institute in September 2009. The family has done it their own way for 19 years. They only offer food that they make for themselves, a way to ensure authentic, original Thai recipes. “It’s been trial and error,” Pom Bunchatheeravate said. “Whatever food we put in the menu, we have to like it first. If we don’t like it, why would other people come in and buy it?”

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UK takes step back in loss at LSU Cats defeated 87-82 by aggressive Tiger team against Louisiana State University would have continued the Cats’ recent roll through SEC play. But the Cats were outworked all over the court at LSU. They played terrible defense, didn’t fight for rebounds and were careless with the ball. The 87-82 loss was, without a doubt, UK’s worst-played game of the season.


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2 spots remain on football roster By Matt Overing

UK men’s basketball head coach John Calipari is known across the country for his recruiting prowess. Football head coach Mark Stoops is making a name of his own. Stoops and his staff have blazed the recruiting trail, leaving just a couple remaining spots in the 2014 class. UK is on track to sign more four-star recruits in 2014 than the last four years combined.

But one problem arises from UK’s success filling the 2014 class: over-recruiting. UK can’t set sights on more than two additional players due to limited scholarships. Matt Elam, a four-star defensive tackle, according to Rivals, will decide between UK and the University of Alabama on Jan. 30. UK junior college recruit Michael Mathis (Kilgore College, Kilgore, Texas) said he’s not sure See RECRUITING on page 4

The players who needed to combat the Tigers’ strengths didn’t. Sophomore forward Willie Cauley-Stein continued his trend of disappearing when faced with anyone with bigger muscles. Freshman forward Julius Randle continued his trend of holding the ball just long enough for it to be stolen. And freshmen guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison continued their trend of being outplayed by players with smaller frames and fewer skills. The box score doesn’t show a total blowout, but it really was never close. LSU is a talented team despite its underachieving record. The Tigers’ roster is filled with strong players who can make shots and play solid defense. But UK will face several teams this year that are significantly better than LSU, including almost every team they may face in the NCAA Tournament. Still, the Tigers dominated UK in every possible de-

fensive and hustle statistic. They totaled 11 blocks, 11 steals and 15 assists. The Cats did everything they could to waste two great performances from freshmen James Young and Dakari Johnson. Young’s 23 points and seven rebounds are solid, but not unexpected. Johnson played the best game of his career, tallying 15 points and six rebounds before fouling out with under a minute to play. Too much went wrong for it to matter. The Cats had won seven of their last eight games, most of which came in convincing fashion. That momentum is all for naught. The funny thing, though, is how close UK kept the game. The deficit should have been 20 points for most of the game. Instead, it never got worse than 16 points, and that was brief. With a solid performance in a tough road environment, a win at LSU could have validated the Cats’ momentum, and helped them maintain their confidence heading into a


LSU’s Jordan Mickey blocks Julius Randle’s shot at the Maravich Center in Baton Rouge, La. on Tuesday. difficult stretch of their SEC schedule. Yet just when you

thought they had turned the corner … they got embarrassed.

6 highlights from the UK-LSU game By Nick Gray

UK slumbered through an 87-82 loss to Louisiana State University on Tuesday. Here are six highlights from the game: 1. Cats slip up from the beginning UK (15-5, 5-2 SEC) suffered through another slow start of its own doing, falling behind by as much as 16 before the game came onto television. LSU (13-6, 4-3 SEC) hit nine of its first 12 shots, including 10 points on five-of-six shooting. 2. Pair of plays sum up UK’s struggles

First, freshman guard Andrew Harrison lifted up for a 3-pointer with 2:57 left to cut the lead to seven, but missed the goal completely and turned the ball over to the Tigers. Then, freshman guard Aaron Harrison hit a 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining to trim the deficit to five. UK refused to foul any Tiger with the ball, and LSU dribbled out the final ticks on the clock to seal the victory. 3. Cauley-Stein conquered by Tigers frontcourt ESPN cameras showed sophomore forward Willie Cauley-Stein in an argument with assistant coach Kenny Payne after he was taken out

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souri beat the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. The Tigers won the rebounding margin 42-26 and hit all 16 of their free throws in the second half. Missouri will host UK on Saturday in an arena where the Tigers have won four straight matchups against ranked opponents. 6. Just a gentle shove? UK head coach John Calipari's frustration grew to the point that he shoved Andrew Harrison in the direction of his position in the second half. ESPN’s cameras showed Calipari lunging onto the court to direct the starting guard.


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5 suggestions for photographers ELEANOR HASKEN

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COLETON CUDDY, contributing cartoonist

Join sustainability efforts to reduce carbon footprint CHEYENE MILLER

Contributing columnist

Is global warming scientific fact or paranoia-fueled rhetoric? Over the past few decades, the earth’s average temperature has increased at a record pace. Ocean levels continue to rise and the polar ice caps are melting away. This makes it hard to see a Coca-Cola commercial without being depressed at the sight of those polar bears. Greenhouse gases are collecting in the atmosphere, locking in the sun’s heat. Scientists attribute this phenomenon to our excessive burning of fossil fuels, pollution and the massive reduction of our forests. Skeptics say climate change is a natural process the earth has always been going through.

RECRUITING Continued from page 3 where Elam will play college ball, but knows the 2014 class is tight-knit. “(Elam) seems like a cool kid,” Mathis said. “It seems he wants to be (at

The majority of scientists believe that humans directly caused climate change, and that drastic measures must be taken to avoid further damage to our planet. It’s easy to find this situation overwhelming. Luckily, there are many voices on campus that offer guidance on how to lend a helping hand. The UK Office of Substantiality is tasked to create energy conservation programs and policies that are economically effective. Sustainability Coordinator Shane Tedder suggests that simple things, like taking advantage of UK’s bus program make the difference. “Students can make a positive impact on the environment with subtle changes to many of the decisions they make each day,” Tedder said in an email. Campus features that help that effort include new recycling bins and more than 100 water bottle refilling stations around campus, as well as the centralized energy

management of campus buildings, Tedder said. “This effort uses a variety of strategies to conserve energy and saves UK more than $3 million a year in electricity costs,” Tedder said. “These

UK), but he doesn’t know where he wants to play. I think everybody is trying to get this program on the right foot. Everyone up there seemed like a family.” However, that family may have to turn away potential members. Players that like UK may not be able to attend due to the limited

amount of scholarships. Rod Shafer, head coach at Lake Wales High School in Lake Wales, Fla., said last week that cornerback Dedric Brinson would choose UK if they offered him a scholarship. UK’s staff has yet to extend him an offer, but did go to his school twice last week to shore up a 2015 commit-

If everyone decides to pitch in and do what they can to reduce their carbon footprint, then maybe the polar bears will be saved after all.” Cheyene Miller negawatts (avoided electricity use) reduced the greenhouse gas emissions of the university by 54,007 metric tons of CO2 equivalent in 2013, a 10 percent reduction of our car-






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bon footprint.” Another green voice on campus comes from English professor and environmentalist Randall Roorda, who assures students that their contribution is more important than they realize. He suggests that anyone who walks rather than drives, recycles, keeps the lights off while away, and uses both sides of a sheet of paper contributes to a cause greater than themselves. “Being green is like praying without ceasing,” Roorda said in an email. “If enough people adopt such devotionals, well, then who knows?” If no one thinks they can do anything about global warming on their own, then the odds of change actually occurring are slim. However, if everyone decides to pitch in and do what they can to reduce their carbon footprint, then maybe the polar bears will be saved after all. Email opinions@

ment, safety Marcus Walker. “That’s the ugly part of recruiting,” Shafer said. “Coaches, sometimes they over-recruit, then find out they can’t get all those kids in. You also have kids that commit to schools and then de-commit, and that’s not fair to the colleges. It’s a two way street.” Shafer said it was his understanding that Brinson did not receive an offer when UK visited last week. With National Signing Day on Feb. 5, schools like UK are making final preparations with players, Shafer said. “You don’t have to sign on National Signing Day, but these kids want to,” Shafer said. “On Signing Day, there will be a lot of colleges that don’t get their kid.”

An astonishing amount of new photographers have clogged my news feed, as more people download apps like Instagram to their phones or buy new cameras. And I’m sick of it. I’m not the first person to speak out against the influx of photography and I certainly won’t be the last. I can no longer sit idly by and let people take terrible photos when I know they can do better. We all have a starting point; I know that mine was certainly bleak. So after offering countless tidbits of advice to new photographers who walk through the Kernel’s door, I figured now is a good time to offer guidance. 1) Don’t ever use automatic mode. If you need help adjusting settings, use program mode, typically represented as “P” on your camera. Program is much more versatile than automatic. It allows you to adjust the brightness of the photograph, rather than settle for whatever automatic throws at you. 2) Avoid using flash at all costs. Although at times this is inescapable, keep that sucker off if possible. Flash really only works up to a distance of 10 feet. Setting the flash off at a concert when you’re in the back row won’t do you much good. Not to mention it will blind all of those around you. Flash also washes your subject out. If you’re like me and are paler than a paper towel, flash won’t do you any favors. At best, you’ll look like a weirdly luminous mannequin.

3) I fully endorse taking way more photos than you’ll ever need — that’s what huge memory cards are for — but please don’t post every single photo taken on Facebook. I have seen so many people post upward of 30 photos of one sunset or one beach, and while one of these photos may be spectacular, the other 29 are a bit overkill. You look much more professional if you choose only your best shots of the same scene. 4) Move around. Don’t shoot just from eye-height. Get down low, go up high, go anywhere! Changing your perspective will give a fresh eye to any scenario. 5) Compose your shot. If you’re really in this to win this, follow the rule of thirds. Imagine a three-column grid placed over your viewfinder. Composing a shot so that it lines up with one of the lines, or through the boxes that the lines create, makes any photo infinitely more interesting. You don’t want to rely on tilting your camera or changing the horizon line to make a photo interesting. Taking your time to really set up a shot will improve your photo tenfold. Photography is all about practice. Do something different and weird, then show it off. Offer and receive feedback gracefully. If you are afraid to make mistakes you won’t be able to make a good photo. Eleanor Hasken is the Kernel’s assistant photo editor and the editor of The Kentuckian. Her column appears weekly in the Kernel. Email ehasken@



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Local boutique investment firm seeking copy writer for general finance and econ articles. Will pay per article. Must have general knowledge of stock market but training provided. Contact Local real-estate company seeks help turning vacant apartments and rental homes. Duties include basic home repairs, plumbing, changing electrical plates, switches, etc. Hourly wage $9-10/hour, depending on skills. Reliable transportation required. Flexible around classes, 15-20 hours per week. Prefer T/Th or M/W/F availability. Potential for full-time over summer. Please email skills and class schedule to Looking for a fun, energetic person for PT nights and weekend work doing gymnastics classes and birthday parties. No experience necessary, will train. Call Kalli Turner at (859) 255-5231. Looking for attractive females for gentlemen’s club. Apply in person with valid ID after 4:30 p.m. Mon-Sat. Call (859)351-6735. KY-Diamonds, 987 Winchester Rd. Ask for Kim or Larry. Part-time accounting assistant needed for scanning, data entry, bank statement reconciliation, creating invoices and reports. $8 per hour, 20 hours per week, flexible around classes. Accounting majors preferred. Send resume and spring class schedule to Researchers at the University of Kentucky are looking for individuals 21–45 years of age who have received a DUI in the last 2 years to participate in a study looking at behavioral and mental performance. Participants are compensated for their time and participation is completely confidential. For more information, call (859) 257-5794. Researchers at the University of Kentucky are conducting studies concerning the effects of alcohol and are looking for male & female social drinkers 21-35 years of age. Volunteers paid to participate. Call (859) 257- 5794.

Seeking PT website and IT assistant. Requires WordPress and coding experience. Business software integration and CRM applications helpful. 15-25 hours/month. Send resume to Visually impaired woman needs PT personal assistant for driving, light cleaning, computer tasks (computer literacy a must), dog walks. Flexible hours. Please call (859) 269-8926.

Roommates Wanted

Roommates needed at 114-B Waller Ave. ($375) and 209 University Ave. ($450). Call (859) 539-5502.


2 BR/2 BA luxury condo at Marriott’s Legends Edge at Bay Point, Panama City Beach, FL. May 17-23. $1,200. Call (859) 494-3220.

Things To Do

New dance classes forming now for teens/adults in Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Tap. For information on this 8-week session, contact (859) 266-5861 or

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Horoscope To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries ( March 21 — April 19) — Today is a 6 — Think up solutions from a new vantage point. New opportunities open up to advance the prosperity of your community. Opposites attract, now even more. Plan actions before taking them. Get into strategy. Taurus ( April 20 — May 20) — Today is a 7 — You don't need to spend to have fun. Play music, draw or write. There's nothing wrong with changing your mind. Take small steps toward your goal. Solve a household problem while you're at it. Gemini ( May 21 — June 20) — Today is a 6 — You can get whatever you need. Let your partner take the lead. Meeting a deadline conserves your good reputation. Finances become more optimistic. Share your gratitude with your team. It does take a village. Cancer ( June 21 — July 22) — Today is a 7 — There's a problem at work, but you can solve it. Create an elegant social event. Being generous doesn't have to be expensive. Let the responses come. Quiet, do-nothing

time and meditation allow for innovative thinking. Leo ( July 23 — Aug. 22) — Today is an 8 — Continue your good work, and advance to the next level. It starts with the first step. Postpone cleaning house. A mess is fine. Gamble or take risks another day. Celebrate and appreciate a loved one. Virgo ( Aug. 23 — Sept. 22) — Today is a 6 — Consider an interesting suggestion from someone beloved. Strengthen your foundation, to avoid losing a deal to another. Have faith, plus a backup plan. Borrow to regain balance. Don't bite more than you can chew. Libra ( Sept. 23 — Oct. 22) — Today is a 6 — New skills make you even more interesting. Take risks with home projects, while willing to accept consequences good or bad. Wisdom prevails. You have more in reserve than you thought. Tally up, then celebrate the results. Scorpio ( Oct. 23 — Nov. 21) — Today is a 6 — Select colors and designs. You're very attractive now. Sparks fly, creatively and otherwise, and it's all good. Emotional speeches are par for the course. Limit your spending considerably. Slow down and accomplish more. Sagittarius ( Nov. 22 — Dec.

21) — Today is a 7 — Decline a party in favor of a private activity. Confirm attendance. Express your true feelings. Do the homework. Anticipate controversy. Let go of how you thought it had to be. Flattery will get you everything. Capricorn ( Dec. 22 — Jan. 19) — Today is a 7 — You can solve a challenging puzzle. Others vie for your attention. Do the homework. The data you're amassing comes in useful later. It's not a good time to gamble. Run a reality check. Postpone having company over. Indulge in mindless diversions. Aquarius ( Jan. 20 — Feb. 18) — Today is a 6 — Fall in love all over again. Intuition points the way... follow your heart. Keep digging for the best deal, and drive a bargain. A female records decisions. Mean what you say. Circumstances dictate the direction to go. Pisces ( Feb. 19 — March 20) — Today is a 6 — Begin a new project, but finish the old stuff first. Don't get intimidated by constructive criticism. Keep more in reserve than in your pocket. Bring excitement to the bargaining table. Insist on complete honesty. Exude confidence. MCT

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With State of the Union speech, Obama tries to make history By David Lightman McClatchy Washington Bureau (MCT)

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday followed a familiar script for presidents entering their sixth year, as he tried to revive his waning political clout while shaping his legacy. Obama delivered his State of the Union address to an American public increasingly skeptical that he can help ease their economic pain. His influence on Capitol Hill, while never robust, has all but vanished. He knows his historic fate is largely out of his control. Obama is the fourth of the last five presidents to serve second terms. Like those before him, Obama tried to write his own history by promoting signature policies and themes that were part of their election mandates. Obama’s pitch was a plea for a more sound, more equitable economy. Corporations prosper, he said, yet “inequality has deepened.”

He urged civility and common purpose.But he also got tough: If Congress won’t act, he said, he will. Obama announced executive action to raise the minimum wage for people working on new federal contracts to $10.10. Congress would likely not have agreed. He’s also bypassing Congress to allow people to have new “starter” retirement savings accounts. Such actions probably will chill further his relations with a Congress where Republicans already lead the House of Representatives and the Senate’s center-left Democrats are inching away from a president highly unpopular in their states. He’s going to have trouble corralling those Democrats from more conservative states, who shudder at the prospect of defending the 2010 health care law they once supported. Kentucky was mentioned in the address in regard to the health care law. In addition to inviting Gov. Steve Beshear to

By August Brown Los Angeles Times (MCT)


Vice President Joe Biden, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner at the State of the Union Address on Tuesday.

the Capitol for the address, Obama praised the governor for embracing the Affordable Care Act. “Kentucky is not the most

liberal part of the country, but he’s like a man possessed when it comes to covering his commonwealth’s families,” Obama said.

UK HealthCare relocating some services Former Dillards at Turfland Mall to house clinics, departments

UK HealthCare announced its plans Tuesday to relocate some primary care and specialty outpatient clinics to the former Dillard’s location at Turfland Mall on Harrodsburg Road. The 15-year lease will cost about $1.5 million per year, UK spokeswoman Kristi Lopez said. This cost does not include the cost of maintenance and operation, which she estimates to be another $500,000 per year. The currently vacant 85,000-square-foot first floor will be the new home of UK Family & Community Medi-

cine, according to a press release. This part of UK HealthCare currently operates in the Kentucky Clinic and at the Kentucky Clinic South on Harrodsburg Road. The new location, set to open in fall 2014, will also house UK Orthopedics & Sports Medicine (currently located at Perimeter Drive), UK’s Occupational Medicine & Environmental Health Clinic and the Travel Medicine Clinic (both currently located at Kentucky Clinic South), according to the press release.

Pete Seeger remembered for music, activism


A rendering of the new UK HealthCare location, expected to open at the former Turfland Mall on Harrodsburg Road in fall 2014. Other departments and clinics may relocate at a later time. UK HealthCare will notify patients who are currently receiving services from the relocated clinics about the switch in the coming weeks

and months, according to the press release. Lopez said at this time UK does not anticipate losing employees because of the relocation. STAFF REPORT

Pete Seeger’s death at 94 leaves a huge hole in America’s moral conscience. The folk singer was a fixture in music, politics and American life for the latter half of the 20th century, and he continued performing and speaking in public — including at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration and during the Occupy Wall Street protests — until his death on Monday. The outpouring from fellow musicians, writers and activists was immediate. The White House released a statement describing Seeger as “America’s tuning fork,” and said that “over the years, Pete used his voice — and his hammer — to strike blows for workers’ rights and civil rights; world peace and environmental conservation. And he always invited us to sing along.” Seeger and Bruce Springsteen performed Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” at the Obama inauguration ceremony. Springsteen directed fans to a video of his introduction of the legend at the concert celebrating Seeger’s 90th birthday. In 2006, Springsteen collaborated on an album of songs popularized by Seeger, and remains perhaps the most high-profile musical champion of Seeger’s songs and political messaging. Willie Nelson sent a link to Seeger’s surprise set at Farm Aid in 2013. Tom Morello, the Rage Against the Machine guitarist and an heir to Seeger’s union-song legacy as The Nightwatchman, directed fans to “Seeger’s uncompromising badass testimony

before The House UnAmerican Activities Committee,” which is indeed an excellent way to remember his legacy of resistance. Colin Meloy of the Decemberists described Seeger’s questioning before the HUAC as “a stain on our history and Pete was there to kick it in the shins.” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros wrote that “we will miss but never forget Pete Seeger. Thank you for all that you gave.” Jay Sweet, a producer at the Newport Folk Festival (where, according to apocryphal tales, Seeger once

We will miss but never forget Pete Seeger. Thank you for all that you gave.” EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS

wanted to cut the cable to Bob Dylan’s newfound electric guitar with an ax), wrote that “Pete’s advice to me was always pretty simple, “You need old folk’s music AND young people’s music. You see, without one you can’t have the other. ... If asked how to pay tribute, my guess is Pete would say support a cause, join a movement, sing a song or just go chop some wood.” Michael Moore, the filmmaker and left-leaning activist who worked with Seeger during the Occupy movement, wrote: “Pete Seeger. What can I say. He said it and sang it and lived it all. Our paths crossed many times, and I am the better for it. RIP.”

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