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Fauci ‘the Einstein of epidemic diseases,’ says Kentucky State professor who studied under him

By Narayanan Rajendran Kentucky State University The physicist Albert Einstein wrote a letter in 1939 to President Franklin D. Roosevelt suggesting that the U.S. should develop its own atomic research. That information, followed by FDR’s Manhattan Project, has changed U.S. history forever because FDR took the advice seriously. If Adolf Hitler would have developed the atomic bomb first, history would...

Braxton Brewing’s Evan Rouse on what it means to be names to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter COVINGTON — When he was 16, Evan Rouse took a family trip to drop his brother off at school at Indiana University. It also happened to change his life, because it was then that Rouse went to a brewery for the first time. On the ride home, he’d made up his mind — and he told his father what he wanted to do. Evan Rouse “Dad,” he said, “we’re going to brew...

The Man Scout: Stick with me in End Times, we will feast like kings – just be sure to bring a flint stone

By Chris Cole Special to NKyTribune Last week I shared details about my fear of fire and a few incidents from my childhood that undoubtedly fueled that fear. The very night I wrote that column, the house my grandparents lived in when I was growing up burned down, just a few blocks from the house fire 36 years ago I described last week. Fire is a beast, merciless and remorseless. It can destroy a home...

National Fire Protection Association encourages prompt removal of Christmas trees from homes

Saying goodbye to your Christmas tree may not be easy, but here’s a compelling reason to remove it as soon as possible: Nearly one-third (31 percent) of U.S. home fires that begin with Christmas trees occurs in January. The longer a natural tree is kept up after Christmas, the more likely it is to dry out and ignite. With this concern in mind, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) strongly...

Kentucky by Heart: Cataloging Kentucky book collection offers nostalgic walk down memory lane

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist I‘m currently cataloging my sizeable Kentucky book collection, which stretches around me on the shelves in my study, where I do most of my writing. There are some non-Kentucky books, too, but many less, and I’m estimating that the number of books I own written by Kentucky authors or about the state will show at least a thousand. Though the process gets laborious...

Our Rich History: African Americans, gambling and the Payne Brothers, part of Newport’s Sin City era

By Chad Huggins Dunbar Special to NKyTribune Part 57 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020.” While there are many books, films, articles, and other scholarly works detailing the story and legacy of Newport’s organized criminal underworld during the Sin City era (Prohibition through the 1960s), far less attention has been paid to the role of African-American...

The River: Reflecting on New Year’s days gone by on riverboats — and saying a relieved goodbye to 2020

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Thank goodness 2020 is three days behind us. The day before the turn of the calendar, I found myself reflecting on New Year’s days gone...

Snow and ice tips to protect your yards this winter and to keep them in top shape

With the pandemic keeping people sheltering at home, more people are extending their outdoor time in the winter by adding fire pits, outdoor heaters and other features. Even in the wintertime, it’s important to take care of your yard. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, an international trade association representing power equipment, small engine, portable generator, utility vehicle, golf car...

Four organizations/individuals earn NKY Chamber’s Community Award for service to the community

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) celebrated the work of four members/member organizations with the presentation of its Northern Kentucky Community Award (NKY Community Award). Amazon, Kroger, Tom Prewitt, an attorney at Graydon, and Tammy Weidinger, CEO and President of Brighton Center, received NKY Community Awards in November and December. Sponsored by Central Bank, the awards...

The Man Scout: The experiences that frighten us most — they often burn brightest in our memories

By Chris Cole Special to NKyTribune 
Chapter 16 of the Boy Scouts Handbook is the one I have been both looking forward to and dreading since I started my Man Scout adventure several months ago. Fire Building. Growing up in Newport, I never had much use for fire. We were city folk – no campfires or brush burning. I don’t think I ever even roasted a marshmallow until I was married. To this day,...

Jerry Biedenbender: What it’s like to run a 100-mile race through ice and mud — and actually win

What? What’s wrong with you? Why would you do that? Along with a very confused look, that pretty much sums up the beginning of every conversation I have about the Falls 100 ultramarathon. Then it switches gears and I’m asked, do you eat? What do you eat? Do you sleep? Are there breaks? Yes, tons of food, no, nope. This race was such an adventure that started eight months and 1,700 miles earlier....

Kentucky by Heart: The sacrifices of Vietnam’s ‘Sons of Bardstown’ have had lasting impact on community

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune Columnist It’s probably safe to say that most communities of Kentucky were affected in some way by the tragedy of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War, an era generally considered stretching from 1962-1975. The Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial website reports that 1,108 Kentuckians were among the approximately 58,000 Americans who died in the conflict. There were...

Our Rich History: New Ky. books on U.S. Senators, women’s suffrage provide sharp focus for 2021

By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune The end of any year causes us to reflect upon what we’ve accomplished, as well as what we resolve to do in the coming New Year. If social media and casual conversational remarks are any indication, this year — 2020 — is one that many people would prefer to forget. Of course, we all know deep down that forgetting 2020 will never be possible, and indeed,...

The River: 51 years ago, Capt. said he’d always ‘have a job,’ so after stint in the USAF, he made a phone call

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Fifty-one years ago this week, on 28 December 1969, I separated from the U. S. Air Force after four years and three months of active duty....

Ludlow Theater stand-up comedy back with Tom Mabe, Steve Caminiti tonight at 8 p.m. (wear masks)

Live comedy is back at Ludlow Theatre at 8 p.m. for an evening of live comedy and live circus! Join professional comedians Tom Mabe and Steve Caminiti with special guests John Kirby and Chris Speyrer for an evening of live comedy and circus with wood-fired pizza and craft beer at The Ludlow Theatre. Headliner Tom Mabe of “The Bob & Tom Show” Fame headlines this exciting night of entertainment....