What’s With All The Drama At EKU These Days?

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NASA announced Thursday that its Messenger probe has discovered new evidence of water ice on Mercury. [HuffPo]

Of course Eastern Kentucky becomes the butt of yet another joke. This time about elected officials. [Gawker]

In an occasionally testy final meeting of the year, the community operations board of the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts failed to resolve a key issue that is holding up its search for a new executive director. [H-L]

Good morning, Warrers On Christmas. Much has happened since our last intelligence briefing. [Wonkette]

Wednesday was “Business Appreciation Day” in Corbin. And along with a free lunch for the business community, the City of Corbin served up Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson as guest speaker. [Times-Tribune]

The U.S. economy grew faster than initially thought in the third quarter as restocking by businesses provided a big boost, but consumer and business spending were revised lower in a sobering reminder of the recovery’s underlying weakness. [Reuters]

A tea party group has ended a petition drive to dissolve a library board that has approved a series of tax increases in recent years. Barb Sanders, a leader of the anti-tax group in Pulaski County, said in a statement that the petition drive may be unnecessary now that lawmakers are drafting legislation to hold special taxing districts accountable. [BGDN]

The U.N. General Assembly has voted by a more than two-thirds majority to recognize the state of Palestine. [HuffPo]

The Muhammad Ali Center will have a free, public showing of the film “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. in the center auditorium. [C-J/AKN]

Mammoth Cave National Park has dedicated a new $16.4 million visitors’ center that includes more space and a place to view exhibits. [WTVQ]

Eric Smart, the former University of Kentucky researcher who resigned and was censured for scientific misconduct earlier this year, was disciplined for sexual harassment of his employees three years ago. [H-L]