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Alpacas could be secret weapon against COVID-19; UK researchers say antibodies potential defense

By Elizabeth Chapin University of Kentucky Alpacas Big Boy, Blue Eyes and Emperor may hold the key to combating COVID-19. Their antibodies could offer a defense against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease. University of Kentucky College of Medicine researchers are using the special antibodies made by alpacas, called nanobodies, to help understand the novel coronavirus and potentially develop...

Catrena Bowman-Thomas: It’s Juneteenth; celebrate end of slavery and pursue meaningful ‘what’s next’

Today is Juneteenth! A holiday recognized by the state of Kentucky and many other states, Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note...

In wake of recent drownings, officials emphasize safety when swimming, boating in Kentucky waters

With the recent summer-like temperatures, many people have been getting outdoors to enjoy Kentucky’s lakes and streams. If not careful, a fun day swimming or boating can turn tragic in a matter of seconds. Conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources investigate boating accidents and fatalities on all waterways and reservoirs throughout the state. Often, they...

Banwari Mittal: As region reopens, I love the new attitude; why we should see people being nicer

Our city is reopening and it is exhilarating to see people again — on restaurant patios and on our sidewalks on Greenup, Mainstrasse Village, and elsewhere in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. It is nice to see people reconnecting with our city life but even more joyful is to see them reconnecting with other people in new ways — more courteous, friendlier, and eager to help strangers. Forced...

Five N. Kentuckians among 45 from across state selected for Leadership Kentucky Class of 2020

Leadership Kentucky, one of the oldest and most prestigious statewide leadership development programs in the United States, has announced the members of the Leadership Kentucky Class of 2020. Fernando Figueroa Among the members are Dr. Fernando Figueroa, President and CEO of Gateway Community & Technical College, Jason Payne, Senior Vice President, Republic Bank, Justin Otto, Newport on the Levee,...

Kentucky by Heart: Stories behind names of high schools reveal unique look at Kentucky’s past

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist While recently looking over information about public high schools in Kentucky, it occurred to me that a lot of them are not named after their locations. Most are, however, with one example being in Pike County, where there is “Pike County Central High School” and “Phelps High School” (among others in the county). Both indicate locations with their names. But...

Our Rich History: Organizing for Action: Women’s suffrage in Northern Kentucky, Part 2

By Paul Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune Part 31 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020,” and Part 2 of our series: “Organizing for Action: Women’s Suffrage in Northern Kentucky.” See Part 1 of our women’s rights series: “Organizing for Action: Women’s Suffrage in Northern Kentucky” In 1888, the newly-founded Kentucky Equal Rights Association (KERA)...

The River: A sad/happy farewell as the CLYDE is sold and the Captain is a boatman without a boat

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 I’m about to move on to the next, possibly final, phase in life. The Rafter CLYDE, my last physical connection to the river, sold last...

UK entomologists say new stinging ant species could cause problems for Kentuckians

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky entomologists want people to be aware of a new stinging pest in the state, the Asian needle ant. Recently, Asian needle ants invaded a home in south central Kentucky and stung the homeowner. This is one of the state’s first reports of the ants coming indoors. The insect has been in Kentucky since at least 2013 and in the U.S. since the...

Covington ‘Census party’ Saturday at City Heights; volunteers to help residents fill out confidential form

The latest stop in the Covington Census Committee’s tour? The City Heights housing complex. On a mission to make sure every Covington resident is counted in the 2020 Census, the committee will hold a Census party Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the complex at the end of Benton Road. Tables will be staffed by volunteers ready to help residents fill out the confidential Census application online,...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: A rundown of recently-published sports books for your summer reading list

•  “Yogi: A Life Behind the Mask” by Jon Pessah (Little, Brown and Company, $30) is a definitive biography of Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees icon who won a record 10 World Series championships. Berra, who died in 2015 at the age of 90, was a second-generation immigrant from a working-class, Italian-speaking family in St. Louis who left school after the eighth grade. The Hall of Fame catcher...

Kentucky among state, local chambers urging Congress to provide relief for childcare providers

With many childcare programs closed or operating with reduced capacity due to public health guidelines, a group of 41 state and local chambers of commerce has urged Congress to provide targeted assistance to childcare providers in its next legislative package. “For millions of Americans, returning to work is not just contingent on the lifting of stay-at-home orders and their employer reopening, but...

WYWQ*: The Ovation Music Venue on Newport’s riverfront is taking shape as spectacular facility

By Tory McKinley NKyTribune intern The Ovation Music Venue, part of Phase 1 in the Premier Concert Experience project by Covington-based Corporex, moved right along While You Were Quarantined.* (WYWQ*) The much-anticipated project is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Corporex has already announced that it will move ahead on Phase II, a Home Suites Hotel and an office building. In partnership...

Kentucky by Heart: Celebrating Kentucky’s own James Bond, and all of the state’s ‘overcomers’

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Reading and writing about overcomers from Kentucky is a passion of mine. Overcomers are often fueled by faith and an amazing persistence, along with the capacity to lay feelings of bitterness and self-pity aside. They don’t come “a dime a dozen,” and celebrating their stories, I believe, can inspire others with their struggles. A good place to find such noble...

Our Rich History: Organizing for action — women’s suffrage in Northern Kentucky

Part 30 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport Kentucky, 1795-2020″ and Part 1 of our series: Organizing for Action: Women’s Suffrage in Northern Kentucky” By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to NKy Tribune Have you ever personally felt “boxed in”? That you had the intelligence, talents, skills, and ideas to contribute to society but were ignored? That you weren’t...