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Spotting the Wienermobile on the Bourbon Trail

By Meaghan Downs

This isn’t bat country.
It’s Wienermobile country.
Much like native son Hunter S. Thompson, I thought some sort of hallucination had started to take hold when I saw a 27-foot hot dog car from my driver’s seat.
Thanks to a tip from a reader who first spotted the vehicle, I learned about life on the road from behind the wheel of a hot dog.
For “hotdoggers” and Wisconsinites Kylie Hodges and Dylan Hackbarth, Oscar Mayer hot dogs paved the way for their year-long road trip with the Wienermobile.


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Delivering results that are just too good

By Ben Carlson

I bumped into a frustrated fellow Monday night who wanted a help wanted ad he purchased pulled from this week’s paper.
Seems the ad, which ran last week for a minimum wage, temporary position, had generated so many phone calls that his phone was ringing almost non-stop.
“I can’t take it anymore,” he said. “Just today we’ve received 40 calls.”
I told the fellow I’d do what I can to oblige even though it was well past our normal advertising deadline.


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The grand experiment

By Meaghan Downs

Once, there was a grand experiment.
Psychologists ushered a person into a little room with a one-way mirror and a simple switchboard.
Levers indicated electric shock levels from low to debilitating.  
The man in the white lab coat offered basic instructions: read questions to the man or woman you can’t see behind the mirror.
For each wrong answer, buzz them with an electric shock.
The more wrong answers, the more intense the current.  


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By Allan Wolper

UK mishandling sports reporters

George Orwell’s 1949 tome on political repression, “1984,” told of Oceania, a fictional society ruled by Big Brother that bugged the phones of its citizens and practiced strict mind control.
Orwell would have loved the University of Kentucky, the publicly funded institution that recently banned the Kentucky Kernel, its independent campus newspaper, from covering its annual invitation-only media day.


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Don’t weep yet for demoted health director

Tony Soprano would love a racket like this

By Ben Carlson

Want the real news that surfaced from last Thursday night’s health board meeting?
No, it isn’t that the director got over and kept his job, albeit on a part-time basis.
Instead, it’s that despite all the bluster the judge-executive who wanted him fired could muster, the board doesn’t have the ability to fire the director.
Oh, it can vote to fire him but that becomes reality only if the decision isn’t vetoed by the state health board, re: Dr. Steve Davis, its acting director.


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A case for, against health director

By Ben Carlson

The Anderson County Board of Health will likely decide the fate of embattled health director Brandon Hurley when it meets Thursday night.
This newspaper has not endorsed keeping him or firing him, and will not do so here. Instead, we’ll examine the pros and cons of each.
First some background. Hurley has been health director for about three years. Soon after he came aboard, the health board — an unelected group of residents with varied professional backgrounds — continued a decade-long discussion on whether to construct a new building.


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Censorship a slippery slope for health board

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
Shut up.
Those two words together can be rather offensive, can’t they? They become even more so when those in authority decide not only if we’re allowed to speak, but limit what we’re allowed to even say.


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Send Halloween photos via Facebook to the News

By Meaghan Downs

Facebook doesn’t have to be reserved to funny cat videos.
It can also be an engaging way for us — the newsroom and the newspaper reader — to dialogue and share Anderson County through community photos.
More than half of Facebook’s 800 million active users log into Facebook every day, according to Facebook statistics.
And I’m guessing that our readers are some of those same people.
Just a hunch.
As community journalists, we’re always looking for ways to connect the newsstands to the realm of digital media.


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Judge-executive to stand alone in effort to fire health director

Conway’s intervention likely doomed to fail

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
Prediction: Health Director Brandon Hurley isn’t going to be fired tonight (Wednesday).
In fact, if Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway makes good on his promise to make a motion to have him fired, odds are better than 50-50 his motion won’t even get a second.
Here’s why: A majority of the health board serves as Hurley’s enablers and, because they have allowed him to continue his destructive actions, they are now his codependents.


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Go right ahead and occupy

By Meaghan Downs

It’s catchy.
“I am the 99 percent.”
Born well after the era of rallies in the ‘60s and ‘70s, I’ve never seen or experienced a protest first hand.
I tend to protest with my pen or my mouth, and not necessarily with marching or picket signs.
Occupy Wall Street, for those of you not on the frontlines of New York’s Liberty Plaza or knowledgeable about its grassroots campaign across the United States, is defined as a leaderless movement protesting alleged Wall Street greed.


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