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UK Officially Drags Us All Into The Twilight Zone

October 18th, 2013 · 1 Comment

From the WTF files: University of Kentucky HealthCare will pay former surgeon Mark Plunkett more than $1 million as part of a settlement after Plunkett’s pediatric cardiothoracic surgery program was shut down and he resigned to take a job at the University of Florida. [H-L]

Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, said in an extensive interview this month that he did not take any secret N.S.A. documents with him to Russia when he fled there in June, assuring that Russian intelligence officials could not get access to them. [NY Times]

The teabaggers got something wrong? Surely not! [C-J/AKN]

The government may finally be on a path to reopening, but the shutdown’s effects will linger for scientists studying everything from climate change to cancer. [Politico]

The Kentucky Supreme Court is set to hear an appeal lawsuit brought by the family of a man who was killed while serving as an informant for the Kentucky State Police. [WKYT]

Republicans on Wednesday came to grips with a harsh reality as they prepared to swallow a Senate compromise to end the fiscal fight: They got nothing. [The Hill]

A Lawrence County man was sentenced Wednesday to five years in a federal penitentiary in a case that stemmed from him having marijuana delivered to him via the U.S. Mail. [Ashland Independent]

Robert Costa of National Review, who has aced coverage of the fiscal showdown over the last three weeks, has a new interview with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. It offers an uncommonly blunt assessment of what went wrong for the Republicans in the most recent standoff, and with it comes hints of where the party’s leaders are going from here. [WaPo]

House Speaker Greg Stumbo has accepted a position as partner at Morgan & Morgan, a Florida-based personal-injury law firm whose founder, John Morgan, is a major financial backer of the movement to legalize medical marijuana. [H-L]

Spy agencies in the United States and the United Kingdom have argued that their recently exposed dragnet surveillance programs are legal and necessary. But international law experts are not so sure. [Slate]

The teen accused of smothering her infant sister to death pleaded not guilty to murder Thursday morning in Madison Circuit Court. [Richmond Register]

David Vitter may not be playing with a full deck, according to Harry Reid, but is he playing with a full diaper? [HuffPo]

Tags: Eastern Kentucky · Economy · Environment · Greg Stumbo · KY Supreme Court · Mitch McConnell · Rand Paul · UK · Wiretapping

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  • 1 Novena // Oct 18, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    “Prof, Can You Lend Me a Dime?”

    The medical school prof fails at UK, resigns to go to U. of Florida, and then it is a “no-go” there. And now UK will pay him at least $1.05 million. Ah, the corporatization of academe! Golden parachutes for not just honchos, but also “star” professors (whose stars seldom shine as brightly as expected, as in this case). This is truly a dark age for higher education, especially for KY taxpayers.