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Marion Adams recalls the aftermath of D-Day

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Marion Adams, 91, a retired farmer from Newton Township, Ohio, says of June 6, 1944, “I try to forget it. No one has a right to know. They wouldn’t believe it anyway.”Those of us who watched PBS on Memorial Day of this year don’t need a description: we saw the horrors of Normandy in black-and-white on our televisions.Adams was aboard LST 491 as a U.S. Navy radio operator on D Day. In response to the question, “Why did you live when so many died?” he said, “The whole thing has to do with fate, not faith, but fate. Every person has a god within himself or herself. Things happen that the individual has nothing to do with.” Adams was to learn later how very true that is.

 

Today in History — Aug. 2

By the Associated PressToday is Saturday, August 2, the 214th day of 2014. There are 151 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On August 2, 1964, the destroyer USS Maddox suffered light damage during a skirmish with North Vietnamese patrol torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin. (This and an alleged second incident two days later led to congressional approval of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution that propelled Amer...

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Off to Hollywood

Hollywood, that land of magic and endless possibilities. So you want to go there and be discovered, make millions each year, become a household name?

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A slave’s legacy

Had his master not “allowed” him to learn to read, Kentucky slave Elijah P. Marrs could not have become a teacher.And had he not become a teacher, he likely would not have gone on, after serving with the Union army during the Civil War, to help found in 1879 what would become Simmons College in Louisville and serve as its first president.Now a replica of his Civil War uniform stands in the lobby of the historically black college which Tuesday celebrated a sig...

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Today in History — Aug. 1

By the Associated PressToday is Friday, August 1, the 213th day of 2014. There are 152 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On August 1, 1944, an uprising broke out in Warsaw, Poland, against Nazi occupation; the revolt lasted two months before collapsing.On this date:In 1714, Britain’s Queen Anne died at age 49; she was succeeded by George I.In 1876, ...

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1 in 5 uninsured don’t want coverage

Though millions of people gained health coverage this year as a result of the Affordable Care Act, millions more remain unaware of their options or have no interest in getting insured, a new survey has found.Among those who were uninsured last year and remain uninsured, only 59 percent were familiar with the new Obamacare marketplaces and 38 percent were aware of federal subsidies to lower their insurance costs, according to the survey conducted in June by the nonpartisan Urban Ins...

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Ripple effects intersecting lives

I recently watched my son trying to teach his son how to skip rocks across the surface of the water. At 2 years old (almost 3) his best efforts resulted in a plop followed by widening ripples. As much as he enjoyed watching his dad skip rocks across the surface like magic, he was content with the impact that his stone tossing had on the water’s surface.We don’t all have to be rock skipper experts who put on a good show and make a little magic for others to see. Sometime...

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No broad permit for state coal mining

General environmental permits are for small, routine disturbances or discharges that pose little risk to the public and that require the same basic precautions: controlling runoff from excavating a small site, for example, or disposing of dry- cleaning chemicals.Kentucky is seeking to renew its general permit for the coal industry — including mountaintop surface mines that disturb hundreds of acres, pollute streams already impaired by earlier mining and threaten aquatic life ...

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The Dog Days of Summer TN Dept. Agriculture, Forestry Division

I’ve heard the term Dog Days all my life, but only knew that it referred to the sweltering heat of late summer when dogs laid around more and were more prone to go mad (with rabies). I had a request from a reader to look into the subject in more depth, so if you’re curious as well, read on.

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Gripped by the adventure, thrilled by the prize

I had watched several bucks from the safe confines of a barn. They came out each evening and fed in a field that had only been planted about a month prior. Of the five bucks that were pretty consistent, there was one 10 pointer that I kept my eye on even though he was not much bigger than one of the large 6-pointers.

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Fishing options for hot temperatures

FRANKFORT – The dog days of summer settled over Kentucky in the last week, bringing the hottest temperatures of the year. The summer heat in July and August make fishing reservoirs a tough prospect.Even bluegill get grumpy in the larger lakes at this time of year, much less largemouth bass.“We are getting to the time of year of the maximum production for baitfish, such as shad, in our reservoirs,” said Ryan Oster, fisheries program coordinator for the K...

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Today in History — July 31

By the Associated PressToday is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On July 31, 1964, the American space probe Ranger 7 reached the moon, transmitting pictures back to Earth before impacting the lunar surface.On this date:In 1777, the Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old French nobleman, was made a major-general i...

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Milestones at ‘Camp Grandma’

When my grandchildren were younger, I turned my home into a summer camp for them. Now most are grown and too busy with their own, big kid activities. It’s kind of sad, but it’s all part of life. It just happens, but I’ve got photos to remind me of the fun we had.One year, my son’s two children came down from Seattle. Brooklyn was 11 and Jackie was 8. When they arrived, Brooklyn was especially clingy. She wanted to be hugged a lot and often a hug would last a...

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A catastrophe without end

This year is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. American troops entered the fray three years after the war started. The war was an intense slaughter of human life. New modern artillery and machine guns were employed, but the European military leaders were unable to adjust, unable to develop new tactics to compensate for the new weapons. Millions of soldiers died and neither side could prevail.

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Improve end-of-life health care

The day my father died from prostate cancer — Jan 11, 2011 — is the day I decided that no family should ever experience the same pain. That day everything changed for me. I had worked for seven years at an organization whose sole focus is end-of-life care, yet I had not had even one conversation with my father about his end-of-life wishes. It was truly a wake-up call, an eye-opening experience I hope I never have to repeat.

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Today in History — July 30

By the Associated PressToday is Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On July 30, 1864, during the Civil War, Union forces tried to take Petersburg, Virginia, by exploding a gunpowder-laden mine shaft that had been dug out beneath Confederate defense lines; the attack failed.On this date:In 1729, Baltimore, Maryla...

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An empty chair and a life that ended much too soon

Returning to my classroom Thursday on the last day of...

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Letter to the Editor

This being the Fourth of July, I felt led to share my...

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