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Extreme nutrition

To most people, “bonking” implies an R-rated activity. To marathon runners, cyclists, and other endurance athletes, it’s something else entirely.In sports jargon, someone who “bonks” suffers severe fatigue after running out of their stored energy. People who experience the condition, also known as “hitting the wall,” describe it as having “your legs turned to cement.” Some folks hallucinate too.The body stores energy ...

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The war on women

It has long been suspected that the Supreme Court hates women, although it took the court’s 5-4 decision in the Hobby Lobby case to fully reveal its blatant misogyny.The court held that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act forbids the administration from forcing Hobby Lobby — an arts-and-crafts chain owned by evangelical Christians — to cover contraceptives that its owners object to on religious grounds (specifically, four drugs that it believes act as abortifaci...

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‘The Brain from Planet Arous’

An evil brain from outer space (like there’s any other kind) takes over the body of a scientist and plans to conquer the world in this effective chiller that demands a remake.The film opens with two dedicated scientists, Steve March and his aide, Murphy, getting all excited about radioactivity at a nearby site called Mysterious Mountain. The spot is only 30 miles away but boasts a record 120 degree temperature. They are all set to go when Steve’s girlfriend, Sally, offe...

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Rental Central

A slow week for new releases was supplemented by some obscure flicks and a vintage television series that were all worth seeking out.

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Time is now for serious look at reforms for teachers’ pension system

Over the course of the past decade, the issue of state pensions has come to the forefront, as the gap in promised benefits and the financial resources set aside to fund them has continuously expanded. Many states, including Kentucky, have required action on this issue before the system completely collapsed. I am proud the 2013 General Assembly took the bold steps of increasing our financial contribution and revising benefits for new employees in an effort to preserve the system.

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Renewables can put the brakes on high gas prices

As Americans hop in their cars this summer, gasoline prices are at a six-year high. Thanks to surging demand and continued turmoil in Iraq, gas is quickly approaching $4.00 per gallon.With prices rising so fast, there’s never been a more important time for America to invest in alternative sources of energy. The longer we’re dependent on oil, the longer we’re at the mercy of foreign political turmoil.One of the most promising alternative energy sources i...

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A legislative perspective

A common misconception about the legislative process is that all state laws take effect right after the governor signs them.While that assumption is understandable, the truth is that most laws are not official until 90 days after the end of a legislative session. This year, that date falls on July 15th.There are some exceptions. If a law addresses a pressing need – as we saw this spring with the problem many school districts like ours had regarding an excessive num...

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Leveraging East Kentucky’s heritage to support economic development

Last week, I wrote about the large number of areas in East and Northeast Kentucky that possess military heritage. The list included homes of military heroes and a smaller but still significant number of battlefields. This week, I traveled to one of those sites: Cumberland Gap. As I mentioned last week, the Gap was an important spot for Daniel Boone and was later used as an invasion route by a Confederate army. Today, it’s part of the U.S. Park system and thus maintained by the federal g...

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Rental Central

A few older gems were released this week alongside one stinker that, no doubt, escaped as well.“A Young Doctor’s Notebook” — Fans of dark humor will enjoy this drama/comedy that centers on a young doctor, circa 1917 , who is assigned to a clinic in the remote Russian countryside. The four-part series from the BBC has a compelling plot device that finds our hero being interrogated 18 years later about the events that are unfolding. A dynamic cast is led by Da...

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‘The Hunt’

An inquiring mind for a tabloid newspaper finds out much more than he wants to know, when he inadvertently joins a group that hunts humans in this farout French fright flick.Despite the lurid subject matter, this gets off to a banal start with a young man spotting a homeless dog on his block and taking it home for some food. The animal enjoys the treat but is shocked to see two men in plastic masks enter the apartment and kidnap his new friend. They toss the poor sap in a van (whic...

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How a fairer tax code can improve America’s infrastructure

As Congress heads home to celebrate the Fourth of July, it leaves with two critical issues unaddressed.

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Settlement good news for farmers, communities

In June, I joined Gov. Steve Beshear in announcing a crucial settlement that restores certainty to Kentucky’s annual payments from the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA), providing essential funding to our farmers, childhood development programs, and public health initiatives for the foreseeable future.

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East Kentucky’s military heritage a potential force in region’s economic development

On Friday America celebrates the 238th anniversary of its Declaration of Independence. On that day, America said it was independent. While that declaration was an important milestone, as we all know, it would require much conflict for the claim to become a reality. The Declaration of Independence would be followed by a violent war with the greatest superpower of its day. And it wouldn’t end there: other wars would follow. Time and again America has been forced to back up its declaration...

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A legislative perspective

Kentucky was not a state when our country declared its independence nearly 240 years ago, but as we prepare to celebrate that anniversary on the Fourth of July, it is worth pointing out we do have ties to this early period.We were home to about a half-dozen skirmishes during the Revolutionary War, including what is widely believed to be the war’s last: The Battle of Blue Licks in present-day Robertson County.Although the war’s outcome was all but decided by t...

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Improving FOIA

Earlier this year, the Veterans Affairs Administration denied the Tampa Tribune’s Freedom of Information Act request for the names of VA hospitals where veterans died because of delays in medical screenings. To hide this information, the VA used the “pre-decisional” exemption, simply stating that the requested documents were “preliminary” communications and could thus be withheld. This misapplication was not an isolated incident. Agency use of this b(5) catch-all...

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‘The Brain from Planet Arous’

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