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Teabagging Never Pays, Kids, Just Don’t Do It

December 26th, 2012 · No Comments

It’s Holiday Week so we’re on a limited post schedule. So here’s a pointless round-up.

The growing role of class in academic success has taken experts by surprise since it follows decades of equal opportunity efforts and counters racial trends, where differences have narrowed. It adds to fears over recent evidence suggesting that low-income Americans have lower chances of upward mobility than counterparts in Canada and Western Europe. [NY Times]

Police are looking for the robbers who tied up two clerks in a pharmacy robbery. [WKYT]

How the NRA is larding state constitutions – like Kentucky’s – with frivolous, redundant “right to hunt” amendments. Like we told you for months, that was Greg Stumbo’s fault. Anyone acting surprised has been living under a rock. [Slate]

Salon writer David Sirota appeared on Don Lemon’s CNN show on Saturday to discuss that the majority of mass shooters in the United States have been white. [HuffPo]

Ray Burnam ran for sheriff on a pledge to do whatever he could to settle three unresolved slayings in this tranquil corner of Kentucky. He even dangled his own money as a reward, pledging $1,000 for information leading to a conviction in any of the cases. [H-L]

In his last few years, Adam Lanza shut himself off from the outside world almost completely, his troubles slowly escalating as his family splintered. [WSJ]

Thirteen Kentucky organizations will receive grant funding next year under a settlement between the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Environmental Protection Agency for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act. [WFPL]

This month’s rocket launch by reclusive North Korea shows it has likely developed the technology, long suspected in the West, to fire a warhead more than 10,000 km (6,200 miles), South Korean officials said on Sunday, putting the U.S. West Coast in range. [Reuters]

Richard Beliles is the first to acknowledge that he’s lost more battles than he’s won during 23 years as chairman of Common Cause of Kentucky, a nonprofit that promotes open and ethical government in the state. [C-J/AKN]

Natural gas may have reshaped the domestic energy market in 2012, lowering energy prices and marginalizing the coal industry, but America’s shale boom hasn’t undermined renewables. [NPR]

The day after Labor Day, just as campaign season was entering its final frenzy, FreedomWorks, the Washington-based tea party organization, went into free fall. [WaPo]

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Tags: Eastern Kentucky · Education · Environment · Greg Stumbo · Poverty · Takin yer guns!