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All The UK News Is As Crazy As Rand Paul

October 18th, 2013 · 3 Comments

An internal review of the University of Kentucky’s pediatric cardiothoracic surgery program does not address why the program was voluntarily shut down last fall, despite numerous calls for transparency from affected parents, some of whose children died. [H-L]

The last-minute bill to avert a potentially catastrophic U.S. default and reopen the government came in at a relatively skimpy 35 pages, but lawmakers still managed to pack in some special favors. [Reuters]

Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard, the Laramie, Wyo., college student whose 1998 murder inspired the federal hate-crime prevention act of 2009, will speak in Louisville for the first time at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Brown Theatre on Broadway. The event is free and open to the public. [C-J/AKN]

Elderly Americans are prescribed medications in inexplicably different ways depending on where they live, according to a new report from Dartmouth researchers. [ProPublica]

No matter what Jefferson County Public Schools’ spokesperson says, Louisville has a serious problem with school bus accidents. This crap happens on a daily basis and there are usually children involved. [WAVE3]

New research suggests that extreme weather events will keep people poor in many parts of the world. The authors argue that where disasters like drought are prevalent, they can be the most important cause of poverty. [BBC]

Laurel County is now deliberately trying to one-up itself with the craziness. A man is in jail after police in Laurel County say he exposed himself to a woman through her window. [WKYT]

If you hit the drive-through, chances are that the cashier who rings you up or the cook who prepared your food relies on public assistance to make ends meet. A new analysis finds that 52 percent of fast-food workers are enrolled in, or have their families enrolled in, one or more public assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps) Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). [NPR]

Drivers were wrecking in Laurel County Thursday almost faster than authorities could investigate the crashes. Laurel County Sheriff John Root said Thursday night that his office had investigated 29 traffic crashes in the county over the previous 16 hours. [H-L]

Paying for roads in the United States was once straightforward. Petrol (gasoline) taxes, easy to administer and collect, were directed into the federal Highway Trust Fund. [The Economist]

A broken website imperils the largest expansion of the American safety net since the Great Society. More than two weeks into the disastrous rollout of, the website created by President Barack Obama’s health care reform law still isn’t working right. [HuffPo]

These are the people backing Matt Bevin. Unlike the Fraternal Order of Police, they don’t provide feet on the ground, legit direct mail or actual action during a campaign. [TPM]

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Novena // Oct 18, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    “A Devaluation of Human Beings”

    UK seems to believe that “peer review” is more important than transparency concerning pediatric deaths. What have our universities become in the 21st century? Bury the victims and sustain your own hide?

  • 2 UKeye // Oct 20, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Novena: “What have our universities become in the 21st century?” The trough for the bureaucrats running them (and friends).

  • 3 Novena // Oct 21, 2013 at 8:05 am

    “You Got It, UKeye!”

    Yes, you can call it by any of these names: “academic” capitalism, “academic” corporatism, or “academic” capitalist cronyism. Whatever the nomenclature, it means serious decline in academe.