Uh, Of Course Rick Pitino Knew

Disgraced former disability lawyer Eric C. Conn plotted his escape for a year before absconding from home detention weeks before he was to be sentenced in a massive fraud case, according to a federal indictment unsealed Monday. The indictment levels new charges against Conn and Curtis Lee Wyatt, who worked for Conn at his law office in Stanville and allegedly tested security at the U.S. border with Mexico on Conn’s behalf. [H-L]

A month after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, many of the 3.4 million citizens on the island are desperate for aid as they struggle daily to find basic necessities like food, drinking water, medicine and consistent forms of communication. [HuffPo]

Former University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino questioned assistant coaches recently as to why Brian Bowen’s family was living at the Galt House Hotel, according to documents released Monday by Pitino’s lawyer Steve Pence. [C-J/AKN]

The content recommendation ad network Outbrain, whose clicky content sprawls across the web, is investigating whether Russian ads or other forms of election tampering took place on its service during the 2016 election. [BuzzFeed]

With Halloween quickly approaching, scary story enthusiasts are eager to revisit the horrors found in Camp Crystal Lake, Elm Street, Castle Rock and Sleepy Hollow. This year, fans of fright can add the Bluegrass State on their list of spooky story locales thanks to a special program this month at the historic Old Parsonage of Andrew Tribble on Boonesborough Road. [Richmond Register]

The U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday it has indicted two major Chinese drug traffickers on charges of making and selling highly addictive fentanyl to Americans over the internet. [Reuters]

Barren County’s parks and recreation department took in $50,015.62 in its first time managing the youth baseball and softball fall season. [Glasgow Daily Times]

A ProPublica review adds fuel to a longstanding worry about the nation’s highest court: The justices can botch the truth, sometimes in cases of great import. [ProPublica]

The city of Bowling Green is looking to tweak and merge its two ordinances regarding panhandling in light of recent court rulings that found many aspects of panhandling are protected under the First Amendment. [BGDN]

He’s just painfully stupid. Donald Trump said military personnel assisting in Hurricane Maria recovery efforts “shouldn’t have to be” distributing food in Puerto Rico, again casting the U.S. territory’s challenges as partially self-inflicted during a Monday press conference. [Politico]

A surge in the number of people receiving disability benefits in Kentucky is partly due to the state’s aging baby boomer population and other demographic trends, according to a left-leaning think tank. [WFPL]

Oh my god, Republicans are dumb as hell. There was a pretty striking finding in Thursday’s Quinnipiac University poll: Fully 46 percent of Republicans — a plurality — said they would support a preemptive strike against North Korea. [WaPo]

This is just stupid. Of course Rick Pitino knew what was going on. His attorney if Steve Pence. That should tell you everything you need to know. [H-L]

Would be great if stuff like this still happened in Kentucky schools – particularly in rural and poorer areas. [HuffPo]

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Matt Bevin Tried To Harm Foster Children

Jeff Hoover isn’t just a borderline racist, homophobic bigot… he’s also a con artist. Working on the pension mess in total secrecy is about as corrupt and shady as corrupt and shady can be. [H-L]

Donald Trump on Thursday signed an order that could rattle the Affordable Care Act’s private insurance markets by allowing a proliferation of cheaper, less comprehensive plans that would undermine rules about who and what insurers must cover. [HuffPo]

Why on earth are people giving Greg Postel crap for having temporary security during the height of the latest Rick Pitino bullshit? It’s like the people complaining have never done the right thing in the face of powerful, corrupt people with tons of resources at their fingertips. [C-J/AKN]

Late each night, Rafael Surillo Ruiz, the mayor of a town with one of Puerto Rico’s most critical ports, drives for miles on darkened roads, easing around downed power lines and crumpled tree branches — to check his email. [WaPo]

The fact that Nate Haney is involved with this Braidy bullshit should send red flags up with every state and federal investigator in Kentucky. Hi, Nate! You should be more careful about what you reveal to friends you’re with when you’re out in public. [Ashland Independent]

As Donald Trump promotes a tax plan critics say would raise the federal deficit by slashing corporate rates and eliminating some taxes paid by the rich, some three quarters of Americans believe the wealthiest should pay more, Reuters/Ipsos polling shows. [Reuters]

Fuck Matt Bevin for trying to harm foster children in need. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a case involving a growing number of Kentucky relatives providing free foster care for children. The result is that Kentucky must begin paying those relatives the same as they do licensed foster families, news outlets report. [Richmond Register]

Human grease fart, Donald Trump, threatened to stop recovery efforts in Puerto Rico because he’s fucking insane. If you support him, something is dangerously wrong. [NY Times]

Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. said a “public conversation” is needed on whether to amend the state’s constitution so state judges are appointed by the governor instead of elected. [BGDT]

John Thomas set up the deal the way he had arranged nearly two dozen others. A friend said he wanted to buy as many guns as he could, so Thomas got in touch with someone he knew who had guns to sell. [ProPublica]

One item of business taken up by the Horse Cave City Council during their meeting Monday night was approving an audit proposal from Campbell, Myers and Rutledge PLLC. The auditing firm proposed conducting audits of the city’s financial records for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 fiscal years with the cost not exceeding $11,000, according to the city council meeting minutes. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The island of Puerto Rico was devastated by the worst hurricane in its history over three weeks ago. Parts of the Caribbean island – home to 3.4 million US citizens – remain isolated, and phone networks have been catastrophically ruined, making it difficult to confirm the picture on the ground. [BBC]

Kentucky officials say a new report shows a massive increase in the number of Kentucky adults and children receiving disability benefits. [H-L]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions broadly accused immigrants of lying to attain asylum Thursday, claiming that “dirty immigration lawyers,” along with “rampant abuse and fraud,” allow too many people to avoid deportation. [HuffPo]

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Kim Davis Is Finally In Over Her Head

Kim Davis and her shitty, drug-addled, bigoted family better hope they don’t fall on hard times because I promise you Rowan County won’t step up for them. They’ll have to go to Romania – where the Nazi, homophobic witch is spending nine days campaigning against gay people. That’s right – she’s in Russian-controlled areas fighting against gay people. Literally being funded by people advocating for the deaths of gay people. Such a shame this piece of garbage is still given any attention. [H-L]

Outside the Morgan County fair in McConnelsville, in a rural swath of Ohio that fervently backed Donald Trump in last year’s election, ticket seller John Wilson quietly counts off a handful of disappointments with the man he helped elect. [HuffPo]

The hot gossip these days is that Kenny Johnson is Coach #2. But who knows? Or, really, who cares? The lot of these fuckers need to be fired. [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump “likely obstructed justice” when he fired FBI Director James Comey and could face impeachment, according to an analysis from the Brookings Institution. [CNBC]

A state lawmaker said he will file a bill that would legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana for adults in Kentucky as an effort to get more tax revenue for the state’s ailing pension systems. [WFPL]

New Republicanism: Killing the poorest of the poor along with the last remnants of the environment in places like Appalachia. [Reuters]

The 8-month-old director vacancy for the Glasgow Electric Plant Board has been filled after the 11 Glasgow City Council members present at their regular meeting Monday unanimously approved Mayor Dick Doty’s proposed appointment of Tag Taylor for the spot. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Schools for potential dropouts market aggressively to boost enrollment — especially during weeks when heads are counted to determine funding. Some of their tactics may violate federal consumer protections. [ProPublica]

Morehead State University is striving to see how it can turn a vision into being by having the safest, most affordable and most personable four-year university in the state, according to the school’s president. [Ashland Independent]

Trump escalated his attack on Senator Bob Corker on Tuesday by ridiculing him for his height, even as advisers worried that the president was further fracturing his relationship with congressional Republicans just a week before a vote critical to his tax cutting plan. [NY Times]

The courthouse square is officially “historic.” In March, the Rowan County Historical Society received notification that the courthouse square, which includes the former Rowan County courthouse, jail, and superintendent’s office, has been accepted in the National Register of Historic Places. [The Morehead News]

As the public feud between Trump and Sen. Bob Corker stretched through its third day on Tuesday, a collective, if private, acknowledgment emerged that Corker was speaking for most Senate Republicans when he stood up to a Trump taunt. [WaPo]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is asking the Education Department to skirt its rules and make an exception to provide federal dollars to a college in his home state – even though a high percentage of its graduates defaulted on their students loans for the last three years. [H-L]

A study published this week demonstrated that breast cancer death rates, already low, are improving even more. But one thing was missing from the hopeful headlines: There’s a major gap in mortality between black and white women. [HuffPo]

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Another Comer-esque Politician. Another Hypocritical Push For Abortion. Par For The New Republican Course.

Amid all of the weak “condolences and prayers” the gun lobby’s political pawns have gushed this week, Matt Bevin attracted attention on Twitter with this tweet: “To all those political opportunists who are seizing on the tragedy in Las Vegas to call for more gun regs…You can’t regulate evil…” You can’t regulate evil, huh? Then I guess it’s time to repeal state and federal criminal codes, defund our police forces and disband the military. And while we’re at it, let’s reconsider those religious regulations known as the Ten Commandments. [Tom Eblen]

“Why is now not the time?” Todd asked. “When planes flew into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, did we say, ‘Now is not the time to talk about’ terrorism or homeland security? When our banking system nearly collapsed in 2008, did we say, ‘Now is not the time to talk about’ financial regulation?” [HuffPo]

PEE ALERT! Embattled and suspended Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino maintained his innocence on Sunday in a conversation with the Courier-Journal, saying he “will be vindicated” in the coming months. [C-J/AKN]

The hottest feud in Washington is between Republicans and the Tax Policy Center (TPC). [The Hill]

The City of Berea is the latest of dozens of municipalities to join with the Kentucky League of Cities in an effort to separate the County Employee Retirement System (CERS) from the state pension systems. [Richmond Register]

The US won’t step up to take care of its own people, thanks to the stupidity of New Republicanism, so Mexico is stepping in. Suffering itself after two major earthquakes last month, Mexico plans to send aid including water and electricity experts to Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. [Reuters]

On a recent night at the Carter County Public Library, Ray Krone told his story of being convicted and sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit in the state of Arizona. [Ashland Independent]

In the spring of 2012, Donald Trump’s two eldest children, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., found themselves in a precarious legal position. [ProPublica]

Morehead State University hopes to continue progress in spite of financial setbacks. Near the end of last Thursday’s Board of Regents meeting, Paul Goodpaster, Board chair, read a statement. [The Morehead News]

This Republican, just like Jamie Comer, tried to get a woman to have an abortion so he didn’t have to take responsibility. That’s how it always goes with these “conservative” hypocrites. [NY Times]

Oh, wait for it, wait for it… Rep. Tim Murphy announced Wednesday that he would not seek re-election, following revelations that he urged a woman with whom he had an affair to get an abortion. [Roll Call]

The first phase of a pedestrian-cyclist trail for which Glasgow was awarded a federal grant more than three years ago is still in the works, but it may be spring before the city advertises for bids. [Glasgow Daily Times]

More from the orange, bloated, tone-deaf bigot. Referring to his trip to devastated Puerto Rico as lovely. [WaPo]

Matt Bevin hasn’t yet publicly shared his plan for overhauling Kentucky’s financially ailing pension systems, but an email that his administration sent lawmakers recently provides a clearer picture of what he hopes to accomplish in a promised special legislative session this fall. [H-L]

A new Quinnipiac University national poll showed that 51 percent of Americans were embarrassed by Trump, and 69 percent want him to stop tweeting. Just 26 percent of respondents want him to continue the habit. [HuffPo]

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Those Clinton Remarks Are A Big Deal

Campus police in Kentucky are investigating a series of flyers promoting a white nationalist group at the University of Louisville. [H-L]

Hillary Clinton told MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid that she believes German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the most important leader in the free world ― an extraordinary assessment by a former presidential candidate, U.S. secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady, and a remark likely to be seen as an affront to Donald Trump. [HuffPo]

Louisville Metro Police officers will not respond to requests to assist U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in enforcing federal laws under a new policy for the department outlined Friday. [C-J/AKN]

He’s so painfully stupid. Donald Trump on Sunday stepped up his criticism of National Football League players who protest during the pre-game national anthem, calling on fans to consider boycotting the NFL if teams do not discipline them. [Reuters]

Republican state Sen. Mike Wilson of Bowling Green will be the new Majority Whip by his GOP colleagues. [Ronnie Ellis]

Attorneys general for 37 states sent a letter Monday to the health insurance industry’s main trade group, urging its members to reconsider coverage policies that may be fueling the opioid crisis. [ProPublica]

Spoiler alert: it won’t. Two businessmen officially bought the Ashland Plaza Hotel and announced Thursday how they plan to revamp it into a 4-star Delta Hotel by Marriott— a move city officials hope will energize a struggling downtown. [Ashland Independent]

The White House has created a list of about a half-dozen candidates to be the next leader of the Federal Reserve, including its current chairwoman, Janet L. Yellen, and the president’s chief economic adviser, Gary D. Cohn, according to two administration officials and a third person with knowledge of the process. [NY Times]

One after another, experts on addiction and treatment delivered a consistent message to state lawmakers about Kentucky’s heroin epidemic and opioid abuse problems Wednesday. [The Morehead News]

Two-thirds of Americans oppose launching a preemptive military strike against North Korea, with a majority trusting the U.S. military to handle the escalating nuclear crisis responsibly but not Trump, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds. Roughly three-quarters of the public supports tougher economic sanctions on North Korea in an attempt to persuade it to give up its nuclear weapons, while just about one-third think the United States should offer the isolated country foreign aid or other incentives. [WaPo]

The Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention in Glasgow will receive a $125,000 grant to help support a drug-free community, U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie announced Thursday morning. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Yet more proof that New Republicans are dumber and more corrupt than you could have ever imagined. [ThinkProgress]

The jackasses running Georgetown need swift kicks in their asses. Really? Like banning masks is going to solve something? This is why Kentuckians are thought of as dumb, mouth-breathing hicks outside the Commonwealth. [H-L]

The Pittsburgh Steelers chose not to enter the field during the playing of the national anthem on Sunday, eliciting boos from the crowd at Chicago’s Soldier Field football stadium. [HuffPo]

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The Republican Health Care Nightmare Is Real

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A Pikeville psychologist convicted of taking part in the largest Social Security disability fraud in U.S. history should serve 25 years in prison, a judge ruled Friday. [H-L]

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price needs to travel on private jets for his job because he is extremely busy, a spokeswoman said Wednesday in response to criticism that chartering flights is expensive and wasteful. [HuffPo]

This is the dumbest shit. Really? Trying to move it to Philadelphia? Who are these jackasses? The Muhammad Ali Childhood Home Museum shut down this week, less than two years after opening, one of the owners confirmed Friday. [C-J/AKN]

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered a rallying cry Thursday for the fight against climate change and an implicit rebuke to Donald Trump, who has announced his intention to pull the US from the Paris agreement to slow global warming. [CNN]

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has contracted on a contingency basis with four outside legal firms to assist in investigating and perhaps suing drug manufacturers and distributors for promoting opioids which fueled a drug epidemic in Kentucky. [Ronnie Ellis]

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) signaled on Sunday that she is unlikely to support the latest GOP ObamaCare repeal effort, but said she hasn’t made a final decision. [The Hill]

Three Northeast Kentucky counties were among the ten counties with the highest unemployment rates in the state, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. [Ashland Independent]

So dumb. The Trump administration on Friday reversed Obama-era guidelines on how colleges should handle sexual assault allegations that it said treated the accused unfairly. [Reuters]

Even as lawmakers appropriated too little money for Kentucky’s public pensions over 20 years, they gave away — or left uncollected — billions in revenue in the form of tax breaks and exemptions. [More Ronnie Ellis]

Trump criticized Sen. John McCain and misrepresented the latest attempt by Republicans in the Senate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Twitter Saturday morning. [ThinkProgress]

The Housing Authority of Glasgow will give priority to natural disaster victims — including those affected by recent hurricanes — who are seeking temporary emergency housing for the next 90 days over those who are on waiting lists. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Washington Post-ABC polling released Sunday suggests that, even before Trump inserted himself into the NFL protests, most Americans viewed him as a president who was doing more to divide the country than to unite it. About two-thirds of Americans felt that Trump, despite his insistent rhetoric that the country needs to unite, was, in fact, driving Americans apart. About 3 in 10 said Trump had helped unite the country. [WaPo]

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Friday that he will partner with four law firms to investigate and potentially sue drug manufacturers, distributors and retailers that contributed to Kentucky’s opioid abuse epidemic. [H-L]

Organizations from across the health care industry have come together on Saturday in a joint statement opposing the controversial Graham-Cassidy bill. [HuffPo]

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Neo-Nazis Are Apparently Cowards Now

Surprise! The racists are cowards. White nationalist groups might hold a flash demonstration in Lexington to protest moving two Confederate statues from the lawn of the former Fayette County courthouse instead of a publicly announced rally, according to an organizer. [H-L]

When Avaye Armstrong got pregnant almost two years ago, she had a job waiting tables at a Buffalo Wild Wings. She enjoyed the work and it paid well on game nights. Armstrong, her daughter and her boyfriend were living with his mother at the time, not far from the restaurant. [HuffPo]

Are you effing kidding!? Just bulldoze it. Rip it up. It’s pointless to have a traffic circle there. [C-J/AKN]

The relationship between Dingust Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not spoken to each other in weeks, and Mr. McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty that Mr. Trump will be able to salvage his administration after a series of summer crises. [NY Times]

Way to go, Laurel County! A man has been arrested in Laurel County after deputies say he was naked and walking around an elementary school while high on Drugs. [WKYT]

Donald Trump is still racist as all hell and Republicans like Scott Jennings still own him. They created him, they own him. [The Hill]

The Boyd County Jailer, Joe Burchett, needs to go. He is the problem. [Ashland Independent]

Analysts tracking Russian influence operations find a feedback loop between Kremlin propaganda and far-right memes. [ProPublica]

Poor Whitney Westerfield has been lied to again. He believes he’s going to have an easy time winning the Office of Attorney General. Unfortunately for him, he’s not quite as slick as he’d like to believe. [Richmond Register]

Yes, Donald Trump is absolutely running scared. He knows the press is guaranteeing neither he nor his family (or staffers) will ever have a shred of credibility. [WaPo]

It didn’t last all that long but for a minute and 42 seconds Monday the stars aligned and the world seemed in tune here. [Ronnie Ellis]

Donald Trump’s approval rating has hit a new low following a week in which a majority of voters believe he did more to divide the country than unite it. [Politicrow]

A Franklin Circuit Court judge on Tuesday asked attorneys for the state why Kentucky should not make medical marijuana available to patients who believe it might help them, given that “we’ve pretty much decriminalized” the drug around much of the nation and even in parts of the state. [H-L]

Donald Trump’s administration has dissolved a federal panel of scientists and other experts tasked with helping create and implement new policy based on the latest climate change research findings. [HuffPo]

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