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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Dick Roeding Was A Homophobic Bigot

Daviess County Sheriff’s Department deputies and the Owensboro Police Department’s hazardous device unit were called to a home under construction in west Daviess County on Thursday after a crew found an explosive device that had been stuffed in a portable toilet. [H-L]

Donald Trump denied a report on Wednesday that he previously requested a tenfold increase to the U.S. nuclear arms supply. NBC News published a piece alleging that he made the ask over the summer after seeing a slide displaying the reduction in American nuclear weaponry since the 1960s. [HuffPo]

The contracts for a pair of suspended Louisville men’s basketball coaches would allow the University of Louisville Athletic Association to fire them as soon as Monday morning’s board meeting. [C-J/AKN]

Groups that advocate for LGBT rights increasingly feel that they are under assault from the Trump administration. [The Hill]

Bigots of a feather flock together. John Schickel is a homophobic bigot just like Dick Roeding. Both have spent years fighting to make the lives of LGBT people miserable and unlivable. Fuck both of these people. Thank goodness one of them is dead. Yes, I said it. Thank goodness Roeding is dead so he can no longer harm young gay people. If you’re praising him? Check yourself. Something is wrong with you. [CN|Toot]

Donald Trump suggested challenging media licenses for NBC and other broadcast news networks on Wednesday, delivering his latest salvo against the media after recent NBC News reports about Trump’s secretary of state and the country’s nuclear arsenal. [Reuters]

It’s almost like someone did zero research regarding freshwater crustaceans before writing this. My eyes rolled way back into my head because I’ve studied them for 20+ years – to the point of my side hustle being speciality freshwater shrimp foods that took a decade to perfect. It’s frustrating to see people get paid for producing mediocre, ill-informed content while editors push it around like it’s stellar or groundbreaking. These shrimp (no S – shrimp is plural) aren’t difficult to find because I’ve been able to locate them my entire life. Their habitat is well understood among hobbyists and scientists. Otherwise, I wouldn’t know what I know and wouldn’t be shocked as hell at a story like this. It’d behoove the writer to put in more effort before publishing something a cave guy knows little about as fact. [WFPL]

The National Institute of Standards and Technology announced last week that it is launching a new study of certain types of DNA analysis used in criminal prosecutions. [ProPublica]

Auditors reviewing an Appalachian county’s finances found that its former treasurer wrote herself checks worth more than $114,000 by dipping into county funds and emergency preparedness grant money, Kentucky’s auditor said Tuesday. State Auditor Mike Harmon said he was forwarding the findings regarding former Jackson County Treasurer Beth Sallee to the FBI, Kentucky State Police and state attorney general. [Richmond Register]

The International Monetary Fund delivered a blunt warning to international policy makers ahead of the fund’s annual meeting this week: Governments risk undermining global economic growth by cutting taxes on the wealthy. [NY Times]

New Boyd Emergency Medical Services director Charles “Chuck” Cremeans said he will work to give his staff the tools it needs to save lives in an aging county with a staggering overdose rate. [Ashland Independent]

Donald Trump is full of shit about stock market claims. Just like he always is. Here’s proof. [WaPo]

In the days following Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, Google searches for gun control spiked to overtake searches for gun shops in every state — except Kentucky. [H-L]

A coalition of more than a hundred Democratic members of Congress has asked Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis if the Pentagon helped advise Donald Trump on his July decision to bar transgender Americans from serving in the U.S. military. [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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Bevin Got Kneed In The Nuts Yet Again

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I wish people would quit pretending dead people are terrific. All this, “OH MY GOD! They were so great, my best friend, a pure spirit!” bullshit has got to stop. Especially as it relates to shitty Frankfort politicians. [H-L]

Donald Trump said on Sunday that Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) is retiring from office because Trump refused to endorse him for re-election next year ― a claim that a source familiar with the matter disputed. [HuffPo]

Matt Bevin’s administration cannot keep secret the names of investors in Braidy Industries Inc., which received $15 million in public funding for a new aluminum plant in Eastern Kentucky, Attorney General Andy Beshear has ruled. While this is a big deal, there’s got to be someone more credible than Joel Christopher to speak for the paper. He’s gone on record with me lying (I have Chicago PD records to prove it and have published them) about Morgan Watkins’ claims to have interacted with Chicago Police during the airline mess. So he’s about as trustworthy as Matt Bevin. [C-J/AKN]

We’re still not holding our breath over Google Fiber. Because you know it’ll hit the absolute worst neighborhoods first. [Google]

One in six Kentuckians struggle with food insecurity and for the state’s children it is worse — one in five. Recently, Berea College hosted the 2nd annual Kentucky Hunger Dialogue to bring together communities, universities, non-profit organizations, government agencies to brainstorm and collaborate to create action against hunger. The focus of the dialogue was to show people what hunger looks like in Kentucky, and what people are doing in Kentucky to address the issue. [Richmond Register]

Tenants of the Baltimore-area apartment complexes owned by Jared Kushner’s real-estate company have brought a class-action lawsuit against the firm’s property management arm over its aggressive pursuit of tenants for allegedly unpaid rent. [ProPublica]

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear will join some Eastern Kentucky residents and officials in opposing a requested electrical rate increase of $63.5 million by American Electric Power subsidiary Kentucky Power Company (KPC). [Ashland Independent]

A widely shared chart showing that more guns mean fewer gun murders gives a misleading impression. [NY Times]

Those wishing for some glimpse at proposed pension reform legislation this week are likely to be disappointed but one legislative leader provided some hope for those who fear it will include drastic changes to existing benefits. [Ronnie Ellis]

Before I started researching gun deaths, gun-control policy used to frustrate me. I wished the National Rifle Association would stop blocking common-sense gun-control reforms such as banning assault weapons, restricting silencers, shrinking magazine sizes and all the other measures that could make guns less deadly. [WaPo]

The City of Glasgow and Barren County Fiscal Court are among the announced recipients of Kentucky Office of Homeland Security grants, with a combined $47,500 for radio equipment, according to a press release from KOHS. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The White House announced Thursday that Donald Trump has officially nominated Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, to be deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). [ThinkProgress]

Lois Smith was paralyzed, but now she can walk again. Smith, 62, had been to the emergency room off and on since she collapsed one day in her driveway about five years ago and found herself unable to walk. She was uninsured, on disability and incapable of paying a primary care doctor. [H-L]

Mike Pence is a giant, closet case baby. That’s the long and short of it. He’s that kind of guy like Damon Thayer – feigning homophobia while trolling for you-know-what behind the scenes. [HuffPo]

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UofL’s Been In Turmoil For YEARS

Pro-Tip: The University of Louisville has been in turmoil for FAR LONGER than this most recent Rick Pitino scandal. You sports jackasses sat on your butts and twiddled your thumbs during the decade of Jim Ramsey and Robert Felner corruption like it was no big deal. Now you’re acting shocked. [H-L]

Here’s all the expensive nonsense that Trump’s EPA chief is wasting your tax dollars on. [HuffPo]

University of Louisville’s interim president delivered some good news today: The accreditation group that put the university on probation last December says it is now in compliance with virtually all of its rules. [C-J/AKN]

In 2001, when surging budget surpluses fueled hopes of extinguishing the national debt, a pitched battle broke out over President George W. Bush’s proposed $1.6 trillion tax cut. Nevermind that the tax cut’s 10-year tab was supposed to leave behind more than $3 trillion in surpluses — Democrats and some Republicans said that the tax cut was just too large. Fast forward to President Trump’s Washington, where the budget deficit for this fiscal year is expected to near $700 billion and the federal debt has topped $20 trillion. [NY Times]

In a recent ceremony, 75 Kentucky State Police officers were honored with promotions. Among them were Madison County residents Thomas Pyzik and Michael K. Simpson. [Richmond Register]

Four decades ago, while working for Rep. Jack Kemp (R-N.Y.), I had a hand in creating the Republican tax myth. [WaPo]

A new upgrade to the city of Ashland’s webpage will soon allow residents to better report issues. [Ashland Independent]

A 64-year-old man armed with more than 10 rifles rained down gunfire on a Las Vegas country music festival on Sunday, slaughtering at least 58 people in the largest mass shooting in U.S. history before killing himself. [Reuters]

During Thursday’s quarterly meeting of the Morehead State University Board of Regents, the Board unanimously approved the demolition of six campus properties. [The Morehead News]

Democrats, joined by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), are amplifying their calls for tougher gun laws in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas. [The Hill]

Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear are each claiming victory following the Kentucky Supreme Court’s dismissal of Beshear’s suit challenging Bevin’s reorganization of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. [Glasgow Daily Times]

At least 58 people have been killed and hundreds injured in a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert. [BBC]

Surprise! No Montgomery County schools made any of these lists because all that nonsense from fired former superintendent, Joshua Powell, was just that. Nonsense. Those schools were never top-performing, were never in the top ten of anything. Never. Ever. But Alice Anderson and the rest of the school board has gone limp, refusing to hold people accountable because they’re tired and scared. So nothing will improve much there within the next decade or so. [H-L]

The Department of Homeland Security intends to monitor the social media accounts and internet search history of legal immigrants as part of a new tracking system set to roll out next month. [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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